Welcome Newsletter (August 2019)


Intermezzo Orchestra at Clinic

Welcome to a new year in Orchestra! The school year has begun and we’re going to have a great time in orchestra! I am excited about the opportunity to experience a wide variety of music with the students through the many activities we have planned. Orchestra at Middle School North is a unique experience in which its members should be proud to participate.

Students are given the opportunity for personal growth and enrichment through the study of orchestral music literature, string performance, and music history. The curriculum will emphasize practice of proper performance technique, study of music literature & history, and the exploration of musical expression through performance, composition, and improvisation. Students explore technology in music through computers, tablets, amplification, effects processing, and recording.

This year in orchestra will be a busy one! Both ensembles have many performances, contests, and will build lasting relationships with friends. Students will also participate in many other performances and contests during the year.

Upcoming Events

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

Wednesday, Aug 28 Orchestra Parent Meeting 5:45 PM – 6:15 PM @ MSN Orchestra Room
Wednesday, Sept 11Prima Musica AuditionsAfter School. Students will be able to take the late bus home. Let Mr. Broach know that you want to audition!
Friday, Sept 13Ork Bjord ElectionsOrk Bjord leadership elections during school.
Saturday, Sept 21ILMEA AuditionOptional Event. Rehearsals after school every day except Wednesdays on Sept 6 – Sept 19.
Thursday, Oct 24Orchestra ConcertOur first concert of the year! 7 PM @ MSN Cafeteria. Dress up in a Halloween Costume!

Additional Performance Opportunies

Prima Musica (2016-17). Performing at the annual BOC Assembly.

In addition to the Chamber & Intermezzo Orchestras, students have the opportunity to audition for the following ensembles. If you are interested in auditioning, let me know.

  • Prima Musica Ensemble | Auditions: Wednesday, September 11 @ After School
  • Jazz Band | Auditions: Thursday, September 11 @ After School (for bass, piano, guitar players)
    • same day as Prima Auditions, we’ll make it work
  • ILMEA Festival | Auditions: Saturday, September 21 @ Northbrook JH

While not affiliated with LZMSN, I strongly encourage all orchestra students to take private lessons with a private teacher. Also, students may choose to participate in an additional outside of school orchestra. Some great youth orchestas include:


Student’s music using annotation app on iPad.

Student’s music using annotation app on iPad.

We continually make strides in technology and (as one who loves technology) students in orchestra will put it to use! All students here at MSN have their own iPad to use for the school year. With that in mind all orchestra students will be reading their orchestra music and much more from their iPads! My hope is to have a completely paperless classroom.

Sectional Classes (aka Lessons)

Violas practicing during sectionals.

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.


Orchestra Polo

New families to orchestra, there are two things to purchase at the beginning of the year. The Orchestra Polo and the Theory Book.

  • Orchestra Polo ($25) – Grade 6 and New Orchestra Students in Grade 7 or 8.
  • Theory Book ($7) – Grade 6 only.

Parent Volunteers Needed

We can always use parent volunteers for various events. If it weren’t for the assistance that many parents provide, orchestra would not be what it is today! Some volunteer opportunities available this year include:

  • Chaperones for Field Trips
  • Organize the Treat Table for Performances
  • Maintain Music Library
  • Fundraising


If you have any questions, please contact me at riley.broach@lz95.org or (847) 719-3668. Email tends to be quicker.

I’m looking forward to working with everyone in the Orchestra Family to make this a great year!

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