Newsletter (May 2017)

Upcoming Events

May 9 The Viper Workshop #2 Our Composer in Residence, The Viper returns for a second workshop to check in on our progress of his music.
May 18 The Viper Workshop #3 Yet again, The Viper returns for a third workshop to put the finishing touches on our evening performance.
May 18 Orchestra Concert Final Concert of the Year, featuring music of Beethoven & The Viper
May 19 Summer Orchestra (Registration Deadline) Deadline to register for Summer Orchestra. Register online at
May 23 Awards Banquet @ Concord Banquets

The Viper Workshops

Our Composer in Residence, The Viper (Dr. Ryan Jerving) continues work-shopping with the students to prepare for performances of his original compositions: Just that Good and The Monsters are Coming. He will join both orchestras during large rehearsals as he does for each of his three visits. On Tuesday, May 9, he will be working specifically with 6th grade sections during their lessons. So 6th graders, don’t miss it! A few weeks ago he worked with 7th graders, and on the final visit (on the day of the concert) he will work with 8th graders during their lessons.

Read more about The Viper at Knock, Knock. Who’s There? It’s The Viper.

Orchestra Concert (May 18)

Our final concert of the school year is fast approaching on Thursday, May 18, and the orchestras will be performing mostly traditional Classical music. The students have been mostly studying the music of the iconic and legendary figure Ludwig van Beethoven.

The Chamber Orchestra has learned excerpts from Beethoven’s Symphony No. 3, nicknamed “Eroica” (Heroic) and Symphony No. 8, the “Pastoral Symphony.” The Intermezzo Orchestra has learned a Minuet & Trio of Beethoven’s as well as a few other classical favorites of his contemporaries.

In addition to performing the music of Beethoven, the students have been working with a real live composer, Dr. Ryan Jerving (aka The Viper) who has inserted a few Beethoven jokes here in there in his compositions.

It’s a bittersweet concert as teh 8th graders show off all that they have learned in their 3-year experience in MS Orchestra as they bid us adieu in their final concert.

We hope you join us for the concert on May 18 at 7 PM! See you there!

Concert Reminders
  • Attire) Black Polos, Dress Pants/Shoes
  • 6:15 PM) Students arrive in Orchestra Room to tune and prepare.
  • Please bring some sort of Treat/Drink for the post-concert reception.

Summer Orchestra

Keep mastering your playing skills over the summer and enroll in D95 Summer Orchestra! Register at (deadline is May 19).

Awards Banquet

At the end of every year (this year on May 23) students are awarded for their accomplishments at the annual BOC Awards Banquet. The evening begins with a formal dinner, followed by a DJ & dance, and ends in an awards ceremony where all orchestra students (band and choir too) are recognized for their participation in orchestra and select students are awarded for their extraordinary achievements in orchestra.

Please return the following FORM and payment to Mr. Broach by Tuesday, May 16.

Banquet Schedule

  • 5:30) Seating (tables of 10)
  • 5:50) Dinner
  • 7:00) DJ & Dance
  • 8:00) Awards Ceremony (parents welcome)

Banquet Reminders

  • Attire) As a special occasion, students should dress nicely (dress slacks, nice shirts/blouse, skirts/dresses, ties, no jeans).
  • Cost $25 per students (includes DJ, raffle prizes, dinner, awards).
  • Chaperones Needed) Let Mr. Broach ( know if you can chaperone.
  • Check out award types and past Orchestra MVPs BOC Awards Banquet (general information).

Other Orchestra Opportunities

  • 8th Graders) High School ILMEA Music is available upon request. If you are interested in participating, I’m sure Mr. Sackschewsky will be asking about it at the beginning of the next school year.
  • Can’t get enough orchestra? Check out these community youth orchestras: