It's Concert time for Waterloo Orchestra!
Greetings from Mr. Velsey: (updated 5/20/18)
Concert Day is Monday, May 21st.
Concert time is 6:30 pm. Please have your child arrive by 6:00 pm.
Our young musicians are excitedly preparing our concert repertoire that will showcase the new techniques and knowledge they have learned over the last few months. Get ready for some music that celebrates the great tradition of American fiddle playing, with some African and European touches.
A new Orchestra Resources page is now available to WES Orchestra students in Canvas. A link can be found on the main page for your child's grade level orchestra class. Instructional videos on how to play some of the concert music are available now!
We need help on concert night! Our many musicians (especially our 3rd graders) can use help unpacking, tuning and getting organized before they take the stage. Please consider signing up by clicking here. Thanks!
The Orchestra schedule is posted on this website. Hover over the "More" tab and select "Schedules." You can download a PDF copy of the schedule by scrolling to the bottom of the schedules page.
Copies of the new schedule were handed out on Friday, April 20th. Please go over the dates with your child so he/she is prepared on their lesson days and can receive the highest grade for participation. Please make sure you child is practicing his/her music 15 minutes a day, 5 days a week.
Does your 4th or 5th grader feel like he/she is falling behind in orchestra? Weekly "extra help sessions" are available and can be found in the new schedule. 4th and 5th graders wishing to participate may speak to me in advance of each session.
Should you wish to reach me, my contact information is:
410-313-5014 (Waterloo main office phone)
Thanks and I look forward to seeing you on May 21st!
Congratulations for choosing music and starting on a great journey! Studies have shown that participating in music increases our cognitive and memory skills and gives us a "whole brain" experience, since it involves using both sides of the brain. Music can also be a nice way to take a break or unplug from our busy lives and let our imaginations soar!