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

          Sixteenth  Edition, 2/14/2020   
New and Notable

"The only love affair I have ever had is with music" - Maurice Ravel

The second semester is just flying by as we work toward LGPE on February 19th. Thank you to those who have signed up to chaperone!  Your children are working more diligently than ever and are excited!  Now is a great time to take out those tuxes, shirts and dresses to make sure everything is in order.  

LGPE Performance Times @ Alpharetta HS
* All orchestra students are expected to be in tuxes/dresses for the performance.  How we appear is part of our score!
Freshman Orchestra - 10:30AM
Sinfonia Orchestra - 12:45PM 
*Freshman/Sinfonia - Please arrive to orchestra room by 8AM

Philharmonic Orchestra - 4:00PM
Chamber Orchestra - 7:00PM 
*The bus is expected back at RHS by 9PM.  Philharmonic - you may be picked up at Alpharetta HS at 5PM, or you can ride the bus back with Chamber.


Abery Ohayon - Q & A

Time in orcehstra:
Abery has been playing violin in orchestra for 7 years.  

Favorite Music:
Fiddle/bluegrass music because it is upbeat.

Favorite composer:
Aaron Copeland

Favorite songs played in orchestra:
Mirage, Pirates, Darkened Shadows, Molly on the Shore

What do you like about RHS Orchestra and Why?
I really like how orchestra allows us to express ourselves through music and allows us to make personal connections we are able to keep through high school and beyond.

What has been your most memorable  experience as a part of the RHS Orchestra?
Either participating in the Tower of Talent or the junior year trip to Disney.

What do you know about music that you wish you knew when you were younger?
Playing in tune requires significant practice (@ my 8th grade self)

What advice do you want to give to younger players - either middle school or HS?
Continue with/start private lessons and practice whenever you can.

What do you with you could do better musically than you do now?
I wish I could be more confident when playing because it would solve many other problems.

What is your favorite motto or quote?
Try your hardest, even if nobody else is.

If you could start your music career over again, what would you change, if anything?
I would begin playing violin specifically much earlier and would have participated in as many extracurricular events as possible.

Where do you want to go to college and will you continue to study music?
UGA (most likely, or GATech).  I won't study music, but I will continue to play.

ASO on 3/19!!!
Please use this link to download the ASO Permission slip form and return by 2/25.  Stay tuned for opportunities to volunteer!

* 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!


Join the Georgia Philharmonic as five outstanding young artists perform in the tenth annual Samuel Fordis Young Artists' Concerto Competition Showcase Concert. 

Saturday, February 15, 2020, 7:00 PM at Lassiter Concert  Hall.

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.

Interested in a career in Music Therapy?
Click  this link to learn more about a conference coming up March 4-7 in LaGrange, GA. High school students are invited to attend the conference on March 7th.  If you are interested, please RSVP to insighttomtrsvp@gmail.com.

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:

February 19
LGPE performances at Alpharetta HS

Freshman -10:30AM

Sinfonia - 12:45PM

Philharmonic  - 4:00PM

Chamber - 7:00PM

Concert Dates

April 21
Spring Orchestra Concert

Additional Dates

March 19
Spring ASO Trip
Permission slip due by 2/25 (linked in newsletter)

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:
February 25 @ 6:30
Location TBA
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"Without music, life would be a mistake"  
  Friedrich Nietzsche.