October 2023Newsletter

It has been a busy month in the orchestra department. We are preparing for our October concerts and enjoying some time getting to know everyone. Thank you to HOPE for sponsoring the picnic on September 8th. Thank you as well to Echo USA for sponsoring the sectional lesson day. We were so lucky to have five amazing coaches who worked with all the orchestra students last Tuesday.

Our first concert of the 2023-24 season will be on Thursday, October 12 at 7PM. We have some early reporting times because we will be taking pictures. Please see below for call times and dress information:


Please follow dress code as outlined in the handbook.

Boys must show up in black pants, tux shirt, black shoes, and socks. We will distribute tux jackets and bow ties before the concert

Remember that boys must purchase their own black pants and tux shirt.

Girls wear solid black: Girls have the freedom to choose their apparel if sleeves extend below the elbow and skirts or slacks to the ankle, and the midriff must not show while standing or sitting. This may be a long sleeve all black dress or black blouse or sweater and ankle-length skirt. Full black slacks are also appropriate and encouraged for cello players. Girls must also wear black closed-toe dress shoes (not more than 2” heel) and black stockings or hose.

Concert and Philharmonic Orchestra:

Call time is 5:15 for rehearsal on the stage in the PAC. Please come dressed and we will take a picture for the yearbook at 6:00. Tux jackets can be picked up before the picture. Call times are the time that the rehearsal will start. Students not in their seats and ready to perform will be marked down on the summative concert attendance grade.

Symphony Orchestra:

Call time is 6:00 in the choir room. Please be dressed by 6:00 so that we can take the yearbook picture before the concert

A reminder that ILMEA videos must be emailed to me by 10/2 so that I can make sure everything is OK and we don’t have to wait until the night of the concert to get everything all taken care of.

Tux Helper- Mrs. Oh has volunteered to help with tuxes again this year. We could use one more volunteer. It is a low-stress job, but we do need someone who can come and help with fittings and then hand out and return tuxes for every concert.

Sinfonietta Auditions: Auditions for the after-school orchestra here at LZHS called Sinfonietta are due October 13th. The rehearsals will be every Tuesday from 3:50-5:15. Students should submit their ILMEA video, or the ILMEA scales and the first page of a concerto they are working on. Students will be performing advanced music composed for small chamber orchestras. Students can audition in person or by submitting a video. All auditions must be submitted/completed by October 13.

You must have the following contract signed by 10/13.  Rehearsals will begin Tuesday, October 17

Symphony Performance at Elmhurst University:  Please return field trip permission slips by Friday, October 6 . The field trip forms can be found in Canvas

Homecoming Dance Help: HOPE will once again be providing a bag check and snacks at the homecoming dance on October 7th. We are looking for families to man the booth and for donations. If you can help in any way, please register in the sign-up genius. You can drop off donations on 10/6 at the HS security.

If that doesn’t work, feel free to drop donations with Christine Brodersen

HOPE Donations: The October concert is our big push for HOPE donations. If you would like your name in the first program, please donate by 10/6. You can donate online, or in person at the concert.


Thank you as always for your support of the orchestras at LZHS,

Nathan Sackschewsky, LZHS Orchestra Director