December 2023 Newsletter

I hope that all of you had a wonderful Thanksgiving. I really enjoyed having some time with my family and of course all of the great food. It is an often-begrudging family tradition in my house to talk about what you are thankful for. Of course, I am most thankful for a healthy happy family, however I am equally thankful for getting to make fantastic music every day with the students at LZHS. It is invigorating to be able see such growth and accomplishments from everyone. This is an exceptional place to make music and I am thankful for everyone who gives their time and energy to make the orchestra program so successful. Thank you as well to our HOPE board who do so much behind the scenes to make sure we can do so many amazing events.

This week we have two big celebrations:

Elise won the 2023-24 LZHS Concerto Competition and will be performing the first movement of the Bruch Violin Concerto with the orchestra in May.

Elise, Jonathon, Mira, and Jonah were selected perform with the All-State orchestras in January. They will audition later this month to find out if they made Honors or All-State Orchestras. Congratulations to everyone!

December 13th is our winter concert. We have several concert and extra rehearsal dates (especially for Symphony) this month,  lease make sure you have the orchestra calendar added to your calendars.

Important Highlights:

Winter Concert, Wednesday, December 13 at 7PM:

Important concert 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 5:45 for rehearsal on the stage in the PAC. 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 6:15 on stage to run the Christmas song.

Alumni- If you have any alumni who would like to join us for the Christmas Song, have them reach out and I will send them the music!

Other important dates:

  • Thursday 11/30- Evening Symphony Rehearsal-6:30-8:30
  • Thursday, 12/7- Choir Concert- For Sinfonietta Students-wear black be on stage by 6:10
  • Wednesday, 12/13: Orchestra concert at 7PM
  • Tuesday 12/18: Bear Strings rehearsal and concert- 4:00-5:30 rehearsal- Concert at 7PM