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Are you a Plano West Orchestra alumni? Then join us on our last concert of the year for a developing orchestra tradition. We are going to end the May 24 concert with a special senior performance (Music of the Night from Phantom of the Opera). Mid-performance, orchestra alumni will join the seniors to finish out the piece. Help transition the seniors to “alumni-hood” if you’re available!
This is an extra special year. We are very sad that Mr. Thompson will be leaving Shepton for an amazing new job at Westwood High School in Round Rock ISD. So come wish Mr. Thompson well, or see other favorite orchestra teachers.
The concert will be on May 24 at 6:30pm. The senior performance will be the last piece on the program, so it will happen at some point after 8:30pm. You will need to be in the orchestra room as Chamber Orchestra is performing their final piece (Bohemian Rhapsody) – a student will come and bring you to where you need to be. Attire is casual…. if you have an old orchestra t-shirt, wear that!
We began this tradition last year, and we had some kinks. We’ve learned from that, and we’re making some changes. This year, alumni will actually setup on the auditorium floor down in front of the stage.
If you want to participate, print out the music at the link above. (All piano and percussion parts will be covered by PWSH students. Do not print these parts) You will need to provide your own instruments. If you’re a cello or bass player, we MIGHT have a limited number of instruments to lend. Please email PWSH Orchestra Director Ryan Ross at email@example.com to inquire on a possible instrument-borrow. Violins – you can choose if you play Violin 1 or 2.
As marked in the music, the piece will begin with only seniors playing on stage. At measure 31, we will repeat back to 14, and on the repeat alumni will join. From there, the entire group will play to the end.
No need to RSVP this year. Our email database only goes back to 2011 or so. Please help spread the word to our alumni going all the way back to 2001!
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We are excited to share that the Plano West Chamber Orchestra has been named the 2016 first place winner of The American Prize for Orchestral Performance (school orchestra division)! Congrats to our current seniors and the class of 2016 for their accomplishment! Congratulations are also due to our friends at Arlington HS (NY state), Allen High School, and Reagan HS (San Antonio) for their recognition in the competition.
See the full list of winners here.
Incoming juniors and seniors: Please find the audition music for next school year below.
Current Sophomores (incoming Juniors) will sign up with your high school director for a 5 minute audition the evening of May 15-17, and current Juniors (next year’s Seniors) will audition during their class period during the week of May 15.
To access the audition music, use the Google Drive link below. If you have any issues accessing the music, talk with the orchestra teacher at your campus.
Congrats to our recently selected junior officer team! It really was an unbelievably difficult process narrowing down the candidates, and we are so appreciative to everyone who was interested and interviewed. We really do have the best students in the world!
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We are pleased to share that Plano West Orchestras have been named National Winners in two Mark of Excellence competitions!
The Chamber Orchestra was named a National Winner in the string orchestra category, submitting last year’s performances of Schoenberg’s Verklarte Nacht and Mozart’s Divertimento in D.
The Symphony Orchestra was named a National Winner in the full orchestra category, submitting Beethoven’s Symphony No. 3, Movement 1, and Brahms’ Symphony No. 3, Movement 3.
Congrats to the following Plano West Orchestra students for their outstanding achievement in selection as All-State Orchestra members! 16 is a Plano West record!
Kevin Bai – 18 (Symphony)
Alan Bouda – 21 (Symphony)
Cedric Hu – 26 (Symphony)
Raymond Chen – 40 (Symphony)
Tim Wang – 52 (Philharmonic)
Matthew Zhao – 78 (Philharmonic)
Kevin Lin – 2 (Symphony)
Navin Ahire – 4 (Symphony)
Luke Fullington – 13 (Symphony)
Annette Tsong – 14 (Symphony)
Serena Cheng – 21 (Philharmonic)
Gahwon Lee – 2 (Symphony)
Alice Zhao – 9 (Symphony)
Blake Aldridge – 28 (String)
Mikey McNamara – 39 (Band)
Daniel Che – 4
Home hear Carl Orff’s epic Carmina Burana, performed by the Plano West Orchestra and Chorus. The performance will be on December 2, 7pm, at St. Andrew United Methodist Church on Plano Parkway.
The church will not allow ticket sales at the door, so all tickets must be pre-purchased. You will then claim your ticket at the church at the “Will Call” table. To order your ticket, click here.
Want to place an ad in the Plano West Orchestra’s concert programs for the 2016-2017 school year? Complete our form and return by October 10. Students, be sure to put your name on the bottom of any flyers you distribute.
2016-2017 Advertimsement Form and Info
I’m happy to share that the Plano West Symphony made 3rd place in today’s Honor Full Orchestra finals. This is an amazing result regardless, but one even more so amazing since the full orchestra recorded only 2 weeks after our TMEA string orchestra performance. This is the first time in Plano West history that the full orchestra made finals, and I’m beyond proud of the hard work that the orchestra members invested to achieve this result.
Congratulations go out to our friends at Martin HS in Arlington ISD for their win. I had the privilege to hear their recording at the contest, and it was an outstanding performance without qualification. Bravi tutti!
I’m pleased to announce that the Plano West Symphony Orchestra (full orchestra), has been named a finalist in the TMEA Honor Orchestra competition! Although our orchestra program has been named the TMEA Honor Orchestra winner six times in string orchestra, this is the first time in school history that we have been named a finalist in the full orchestra category. Congratulations to everyone who was involved, especially graduated Seniors! The final round will be judged on July 21 in San Antonio, Texas.