Newsletter (September 2018)

Upcoming Events

Download the Orchestra Master Calendar for all Orchestra events. Please add these dates to your family calendar.


Wed, Sept 5 Prima Musica Auditions After School. Students will be able to take the late bus home. Let Mr. Broach know that you want to audition!
Thu, Sept 6 Orchestra Parent Meeting 5:45 PM – 6:20 PM @ MSN Orchestra Room
Wed, Sept 12 ILMEA Signup Deadline Sign up with Mr. Broach to audition for ILMEA.
Sat, Sept 22 ILMEA Audition Optional Event. Read more information at the ILMEA Festival page.
Thu, Oct 25 Orchestra Concert Our first concert of the year! 7 PM @ MSN Cafeteria
Sat, Nov 3 ILMEA Festival Students that pass the audition perform at the annual ILMEA Festival.

Sectional Classes Have Begun!

All orchestra students attend sectional classes once per week to work on instrument / grade level specific curricula. In these lessons students study many facets of music from instrumental performance, composition, improvisation, interpretation, music theory, music history, conducting, and much more. These lessons are an integral part of the orchestra curriculum as much of what is learned in these lessons is not covered during regular rehearsal time.

Rotating Schedule
These classes are on a rotating five-week schedule to prevent a student from missing any one class regularly. We try to remain stringent with the schedule, but in the (hopefully, rare) event a student has to miss a sectional, one solution is for the student to attend a sectional at a different time (after school, another period, etc.). We always try to stick with the schedule so students are partnered up in homogeneous grouping.

Download the Sectional Class Schedule (2018-19).

Prima Musica Ensemble Auditions

Auditions for Prima Musica will be after school on Wednesday, September 6. At the auditions students will play various excerpts of the following music for me as well as be asked to “raise their right hand and vow to work hard” if accepted into the group. 🙂

Audition music is available in Google Drive in the “Ork Music” folder in the Prima Musica subfolder.

Orchestra Parent Meeting

I’m looking forward to meeting with you parents on Thursday, September 6 at 5:45 PM in the orchestra room. Read more about the agenda at Orchestra Parent Night (2018).

ILMEA Festival & Auditions

Every year select students may audition to participate in the elite ILMEA Orchestra at the Festival. Over 60 schools from the North/Northwest suburbs participate and select students are chosen to represent their school upon passing the audition.

Let Mr. Broach know if you would like to audition by September 12. The cost for the audition is $8.

Read more…

Purchase Orchestra Materials

Orchestra Polo for Formal Performances

At the start of the year, the following supplies are needed for orchestra.

  • Orchestra Polo ($25) – all 6th graders and new 7/8th graders
  • Essential Techniques, book 3 ($10) – all 7/8th graders
  • Alfred’s Essentials of Music Theory, book 1 ($7) – all 6th graders

Please complete the form ( to receive all needed Orchestra materials. Cash or checks (written to “CUSD 95”) should be sent to Mr. Broach.