Sara White-Farnell, Director. whiteSAW@fultonschools.org

          Eighteenth   Edition, 3/8/2020   
New and Notable
"Without music, life would be blank to me." -Jane Austen

It has been an incredibly busy and exhilarating month, and it is only March 8th!  I have been incredibly fortunate to be a GMEA judge for for the state and to judge the Gwinett County District 13 LGPE Orchestra.  

This week, I attended the National ASTA conference in Florida.  I was able to work with and meet many composers, attend several informative sessions. listen to National Orchestra Performances, and learn about new music being published!  

John Riley, a Harp Guitarist, presented the history of the instrument and demonstrated its beauty through several songs.


Apo logies to STEFAN GLENDE for the misspelling of your name

Brandon Yang - Q & A

Time in orchestra:

Brandon Yang has been playing the viola for 8 years.  

Favorite Music:
Chamber Music (full orchestral compositions)

Favorite composer:

Favorite songs played in orchestra:
Hindemith; Polar Express; Molly on the Shore

What do you like about RHS Orchestra and Why?
It's a place where I can just chill and play music with some enjoyable people

What has been your most memorable  experience as a part of the RHS Orchestra?
Performing at the Tower of Talent my freshman year

What do you know about music that you wish you knew when you were younger?
Music is a universal language

What advice do you want to give to younger players - either middle school or HS?
Don't be too stressed about too many things, but also don't slack off on practicing.  It really hurts when you spend all that time practicing but don't really take pride in what you're playing.

What do you with you could do better musically than you do now?
Be able to sight read better

What is your favorite motto or quote?
There's a time and a place for everything, but not for music

If you could start your music career over again, what would you change, if anything?
Take more consideration into my practice

Where do you want to go to college and will you continue to study music?
Georgia Tech: play, not study

* EXTRA! EXTRA! We are now selling RHS notepads and notecards as part of a fundraiser.  Please use the link below to purchase. SENIOR PARENTS - THE NOTECARDS WOULD BE A TERRIFIC PRE-ORDER IN ANTICIPATION OF GRADUATION GIFTS!


March 26th @ 6pm - Spring Chamber Music Concert @ Milton HS

This concert will be similar to the one we did in the media center at RHS.  If you performed in solo or ensemble, please plan to sign up for this event.  See Ms. White-Farnell for more information.  She will have a sign up sheet in the office.

NAfme - All National Honors Orchestra
This is an incredible process from beginning to end and will take place November, 2020 in Florida.  Please use  this link to learn more about the audition process and the top conductors leading the work.

Franklin Pond Summer Institute Opportunity

Attention Juniors and Seniors
Are you considering majoring in music education? Clayton State has 2 music degrees they offer, along with small class sizes and a state-of-the-art performance space.  For more information about the programs, you can contact Richard Bell, Associate professor of music: RichardBell@clayton.edu.  For the music school audition information: 

Have you joined the RHS Orchestra Booster club?  Any amount you can donate helps us tremendously. RHS SGC voted to make April 21 school day (originally students were scheduled to be off 

Please use the links below to access recordings from the Winter Concert.
* Georgia College has several matinee concerts coming up that I would encourage you to attend (and maybe get in an impromptu college tour!).  Please see the dates below:
Mar. 4, 2020 | 11:15 a.m.        Wind Symphony
Mar. 26, 2020 | 11 a.m.     University Chorus
Mar. 26, 2020 | 2 p.m.       Women's Ensemble
Mar. 27, 2020 | Noon       
Max Noah Singers
April 2, 2020 | 11:15 a.m.
Jazz Band

*Patriotic Art Competition!  Your student does not have to be an art major to participate.  If you would like to see past submissions and requirements, go to:
Click on: Scholarships
Click on: Young American Creative Patriotic Art Competition
Click on: Entry Form (the link is in the section "What are the  Requirements"
Submissions due by March 31st to:

Contact person:
Sandra O'Bryan

Please use the link below to access photos from the Legacy of Excellence Awards!


So many ways to help!!

Immediate Needs:
We need everyone to either sign up for the RHS Orchestra Booster Club or donate what they can in order to meet our goal for the year.  

Ms. White is in desperate need of TISSUES and HAND SANITIZER.  Thank you!

Summer Opportunities at Oberlin Conservatory

Go to oberlin.edu to find out more about programs at the conservatory including a Sonic Arts Workshop and Piano Festival!

Many thanks to our business sponsors!

King Galleries
Antiques and Estates

Carissa Boles Photography

Johnny's Pizza
550 W Crossville Rd

Enormous thanks to all those who have volunteered to support our Roswell Orchestra Booster Club!  There are still many opportunities you can learn more about by clicking here.



President- Becky Nelson

Vice President - Robert Shearin

Treasurer- Stephanie Grahl

Members at Large - Greg Botelho

Director of Events - Sandra Davis

Finance Committee - Ilka Mendoza

Chaperone Committee Chair - RAchel Wilson

Middle School Liaisons -Sowmya Garton and Amy Brown

Newsletter- Deidre Kinoshita

Website Coordinator - David Garton

Concert Program - Robin Jenkins

Uniforms- Carissa Boles

Volunteer Committee - 13 of 15 slots filled!

Social Media Committee - 4 slots filled!

Publix Reward Cards
Please use your reward cards when you shop at Publix. 

String Shops
Atlanta Violins:
Full service violin shop in Roswell. They strive to provide outstanding value in the instruments they lease as well as sell.
387 S Atlanta St.
Roswell, GA 30075

Beau Vinci Violins:
Family run business committed to making customers happy.
116 N Main Street
Alpharetta, GA 30009

Mandarin Strings:
Featuring John Bodor, a nationally recognized luthier with 40 years of experience including repair and restoration of Stradivari, Maggini, Guarneri and others. 
1735 Roswell Rd.
Marietta, GA 30062

Ronald Sachs Violins:
Featuring Ron Sachs a second generation violin maker who studied under luthier Quince Edens and bow maker Joseph Regh.
836 Pleasant Hill RD.
Lillburn, GA 30047

East Cobb:
3100 Johnson Ferry Rd.
Marietta, GA 30062
KSU Concerts Streamed live:
Concerts at Kennesaw State University are streamed live! For a list of upcoming concerts please visit their website at 
h ttp://arts.kennesaw.edu/music/events.php
and to watch them live go to http://arts.kennesaw.edu/music/streaming.php


Upcoming Dates:

ASO Trip
March 19th
*Stay tuned for details if you signed up to attend

Concert Dates

April 21
Spring Orchestra Concert

Additional Dates

March 26
Chamber Music Concert @ Milton HS
6 PM
*open to all students to play a solo; duet; trio; quartet

April 25
GMEA Solo and Ensemble Event at Milton HS
Times TBA

May 8
Orchestra Banquet

Booster Club Meetings

Notifications with the time and location will come out through Infinite Campus
All are welcome!

Next Meeting:
Tuesday, April 14th @ 7PM
Location TBA
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"Without music, life would be a mistake"  
  Friedrich Nietzsche.