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Frequently Asked Questions About Orchestra

6th Grade Orchestra

  • Do I need my rental instrument for the Summer?

The Directors hope all students will continue to practice over the Summer and to participate in Summer Orchestra Camps.  If you need materials to work on, please contact your Director. Ultimately, the decision to continue instrument rentals is up to each family.  

AHS/LFC Orchestras

  • Can my student take Orchestra and Athletics?

Yes! Orchestra will meet opposite most athletic periods. Soccer is one of the few sports scheduled during some orchestra classes as of the current schedule

  • What is Full Orchestra?

Starting in 9th grade, LFC Chamber Orchestra students will perform with selected members of the Allen HS Band – this ensemble will make up the LFC Full Orchestra. Rehearsals for Full Orchestra will be determined each semester – usually once a week after school (Around 2 rehearsals Fall Semester, 8 rehearsals Spring Semester). The AHS & LFC Full Orchestras performs in the Winter Concert, UIL Contest, and Spring Concerts.

  • How much money does it cost to be in the orchestra?

Each student is required to purchase an orchestra polo shirt, a black music binder, and other music supplies for their specific instrument (see handbook). The polo shirt will be used for all 4 years of high school. You must also purchase or rent a quality instrument to play in the orchestra. The cello and bass can be rented from the school for school use ($125 plus tax per year.) Students can also take private music lessons, which is strongly encouraged! Spring Trips will be supplemented by fundraisers. Other costs involve small fees (All-Region Orchestra, UIL Solo & Ensemble, etc…)

  • Listing of Pas AHS/LFC Spring Trips
    2005 – Branson, Mo. (w/ AHS Band)
    2006 – Orlando, FL

    2007 – Austin/San Antonio
    2008 – Corpus Christi
    2009 – Hawaii (w/ AHS Band)
    2010 – Austin/San Antonio
    2011 – Los Angeles, CA
    2012 – Corpus Christi
    2013 – New York, NY (w/ AHS Choir)
    2014 – Austin/San Antonio
    2015 – Orlando, FL
    2016 – Corpus Christi
    2017 – Breckenridge, CO.
    2018 – Austin/San Antonio
  •  What is the Uniform of LFC/HS Orchestra Students for formal concerts?

Students will be issued a school tuxedo or dress for formal concerts. Girls may choose the Orchestra dress (provided) or they can provide their own uniform (guidelines in the handbook) This is provided at no cost – except for upkeep and dry cleaning. Black shoes, black socks, etc…will need to be provided by the student (see handbook) Freshman are issued new uniforms at the Orchestra Registration Day in August 2015.

  • How is Orchestra scheduled in a typical class day?

Lowery Orchestras will be scheduled during the middle of the day – currently Chamber Orchestra is 5th period, Sinfonia Orchestra is 2nd period, Concert Orchestra is 3rd period and Camerata Orchestra is 6th period.

Orchestra at LFC and AHS is not a double-blocked class! Every orchestra student will meet 2 or 3 times a week (depending on the week rotation)

  • Which Orchestra should my student sign up for?

In early May, 2015 – every 8th grade orchestra student will audition with the High School Orchestra Directors to determine which ensemble each student will perform with. Since students register for their classes before May, every student should enroll using this code: FA1ORC – Orchestra. Students’ schedules will be changed by the directors through the counselor’s office once auditions are finished. Audition music will be available online and in the MS orchestra classrooms by April 3, 2015.

  • Are students required to attend all events?

Students are required to attend all events on the orchestra calendar that pertain to them. In some instances academic eligibility will not allow students to attend some events which are out of district. We make every effort to inform parents about orchestra activities. Please see handbook for more information.

  • Does the orchestra meet early before school starts in August?

Yes, there will be an Orchestra Orientation before school starts, in August for freshman Orchestra students. Students will size for uniforms, receive handbooks, locker information, and purchase t-shirts. The Allen Orchestra Booster Club sells spirit wear while a local vendor will have instrument repair and music supplies available. See our website for times and information.

 Can my student participate in Orchestra all four years of High School in their schedule?

Yes! Students who participate in AP/IB, Athletics, etc…have been able to take orchestra all four years of High School without taking summer school. Counselors CAN make orchestra fit into class schedules.

 Is there a Booster Club available for parents to help the Allen Orchestra Program?

Yes! We encourage all parents to join the Booster Club! See website for info!