All-State Results

Congratulations to the following Plano West All-State Musicians!

Violin: Katie Chang (2 Symphony), Jessica Ding (65 Philharmonic), Sua Bae (71 Phiharmonic), Priscilla Lee (101 Sinfonietta)

Viola: Arman Deendar (7 Symphony), Christine Kim (41 Sinfonietta)

Cello: Joscelynn Palen (19 Philharmonic), Matthew Lin (41 Sinfonietta)

Bass: Karthik Iyer (29 Sinfonietta)

Orchestra Check Writing Fundraiser

TO MAKE AN ONLINE DONATION, CLICK HERE

Dear Plano West Orchestra Families,

I hope that in this difficult time, your families are navigating the many challenges that the world is throwing at us. In so many ways, our lives have been turned upside down. But regardless of whether your child is attending school remotely or face to face, I know you have seen your child’s teachers adapt and rise to the occasion to continue providing an excellent education and meaningful experiences.

In support of our orchestra teachers, the Plano West Orchestra Boosters are establishing a check-writing fundraiser campaign. As you know, this year’s orchestra fee was reduced to only $20 – an amount that covers only the most basic supplies for orchestra. This amount does not provide room in the budget to purchase additional classroom supplies and gear.

Mr. Ross and Mrs. Gross have provided a wish list to the boosters, and we hope you can do your part to help fund it. They are hoping to have a permanent “recording studio” setup installed in the orchestra room. This project will require hanging four high quality microphones from the orchestra room’s ceiling and running these in to a recording device. This year, they hope to tie this in with the Zoom calls to provide the students at home with quality sound from the in class players. But long term, this will allow the orchestra to be quickly recorded in class. Immediately after recording, they will be able to play back the recording and evaluate it for areas to improve. Previous methods to do this were either extremely time consuming or yielding a low quality recording.

We understand that everyone may not be in a position to contribute. However, if you are, we ask that you consider making a gift to the Plano West Orchestra to help their teachers provide the best possible experience for our children. The Plano West Orchestra Boosters are a 501(c)3 organization, and your donation is tax deductible to the extent provided by tax law. When you donate, we will acknowledge your donation with a thank you letter and receipt to serve as a record of your gift. Many corporations also match donations made to 501(c)3 organizations, so be sure to check. If we need to complete any paperwork to help that along, don’t hesitate to reach out!

Thank you for your consideration! If you have any questions, please do not hesitate to reach out. All contributions should be made out to “Plano West Orchestra Boosters” and may be mailed to the address below. Alternately, visit planowestorchestra.com and donate through the CheddarUp link on the front page. Our goal is to fully fund the wish list by Friday, November 6, 2020.

Sincerely,

Ritu Agrawal

PWSH Orchestra Boosters President

Mail Contributions To

Plano West Orchestra Boosters

c/o Treasurer Yan Cao

5601 W. Parker Road

Plano, TX 75093

All-Region Results

Congratulations to the following students who have earned a place in the 2020 Region 25 All-Region Orchestras. Students with a * next to their name have advanced to the next round of the All-State process.

Violin

3. Sua Bae*, 6. Katie Chang*, 11. Jessica Ding*, 14. Jessica Shin*, 21. Priscilla Lee*, 29. Sherry Rui, 30. Meiyi Lu, 35. Annie Wong, 38. Rohan Thomas, 41. Govardhan Poondi, 44. Victor Tsao, 45. Lidice Sanabria, 46. Jaquelynn Palen, 50. Noa Reddick, 55. Nicholas Li, 56. Nathan Ma, 59. Christin Park, 60. Gina Jeon, 64. Sara Nakagawa, 70. Luke Liu

Viola

4. Arman Deendar*, 8. Christine Kim*, 24. Sarah Bagheri, 26. Kelly Castellano, 29. Sharon Xue, 32. Evan Wu

Cello

4. Joscelynn Palen*, 5. Michael Cao*, 6. Marlon Florez*, 7. Matthew Lin*, 13. Wesley Geng*, 15. Emily Yeh*, 24. MIranda Ye, 25. Akash Naik, 28. Julian Pak

Bass

3. Karthik Iyer*, 6. Cade Medearis*, 7. Aiyana Armstrong*, 9. Arnold Venter*, 11. Nima Sadri*

Piano

4. Michael Chyobotov*

2020-2021 Orchestra Placements

Dear Students,

Below, you will find a link to find your orchestra placement for next school year.  Students are listed by student ID number in “last name alphabetical order,” and it does not reflect your placement within your ensemble.

The nature of auditions is that some people are happy with their placements, but others feel some disappointment.  Please understand that Mrs. Gross and I spent a great deal of time working through the audition results to guarantee that everyone is in the group that will allow them to succeed, but also to become better musicians.  Most importantly, please don’t let the results define you as a musician or as a person.  In the end, none of this matters that much.  But the work that you will do (or not do) means everything about who you will become as a person. In other words, grow where you are planted.

If you’re disappointed, please consider a few points:

1. The level of competition at West is high.  Really high.  The upside of this is that all of our orchestras really play beyond their apparent level.   For example, the third orchestra at West is playing at a level much higher than the top orchestra at most schools in Texas.  Regardless of the group you’re in, it is going to be good.

2. It is totally normal to be in a “lower” group at West than you were in at Shepton or Jasper.  Juniors, remember that you were auditioning against seniors with more experience and against talented players from the other high school.  Believe me, though, that the level of music we will be playing in the groups will not in any way be a step back from what you are accustomed to.

Later in the summer, counselors will let us know if there are conflicts in your schedule. Mrs. Gross and I will work those out for you – if there’s something we need to discuss with you in that regard, we will send you an email or call.

Remember that this upcoming year, every student may elect to take orchestra for honors credit. Be sure to communicate this with your counselor – at the beginning of the year, we will fully review the requirements so you can make your final decision.

I’m so excited for our orchestra next year!  Let’s make it a great year!

VIEW RESULTS HERE

Covid-19 Audition Update

Hello Students,

This year’s Plano West auditions are now in Google Classroom. To audition, use join code “xovohqy” The new due date and digital submission requirements are posted in the Google Classroom assignment. If you have any questions, please do not hesitate to reach out!

2020-2021 Audition Music

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 April 6-8, and current Juniors (next year’s Seniors) will audition during their class period that same week.

Students who are transferring to Plano West (from outside the West Cluster or PISD), can email Mr. Ross at ryan.ross@pisd.edu to schedule an audition.

To access the audition music, use the link below.  If you have any issues accessing the music, talk with the orchestra teacher at your campus.

https://drive.google.com/open?id=1_jniKitcqOc3eHquUzKUWPF5-0LMQgCU

2019-2020 Junior Officers

We’re happy to announce our junior officers for this school year. It was an incredible group of candidates, and the decision making process was very difficult.

If you weren’t selected: At the end of the school year, we typically select 2 additional officers to replace the slots left by the two new co-presidents. This gives us a chance to “make right” on any student who we mistakenly left out this first round. If you hope for one of these slots, we hope you’ll continue to lead and serve the orchestra by example.

In addition, please understand that this is a reflection more on the number of quality candidates we met and limited officer slots than the quality of the candidates. We interviewed 55 candidates and could have easily selected a quality officer group of nearly 50.

Officer results are in alpha order by first name.

Aashna Desai
Abeni Belay
Anjali Brown
Arman Deendar
Arnold Venter
Bethel Kim
Chloe Yang
Cindy Hu
Claire Charton
Elliot Chen
Emaan Noorzaie
Govardhan Poondi
Hemal Pathak
Inka Durcanksa
Joshua McDonald
Kareem Aly
Kelly Zhou
Krista McLeod
Mohena Gupta
Priscilla Lee
Rohan Thomas
Sasha Nepomnyashy
Wesley Geng
Wesly Chen
William Blake

All-State Results

Congratulations to the following All-State members from Plano West!

Violin – Ashley Tauhert (Symphony 34), Vivian Zhang (Philharmonic 67), Priscilla Lee (Philharmonic 68), Jessica Shin (Sinfonietta 94), Sua Park (Sinfonietta 107), Anqy Tong (Sinfonietta 110)

Viola – Jackie Liu (Symphony 1), Arman Deendar (Symphony 8), Yejean Kim (Symphony 13), Vaibhav Sriram (Sinfonietta 41)

Cello – Bryan Han (Symphony 6), Eddie Xu (Philharmonic 20), Matthew Lin (Philharmonic 26)

Bass – Karthik Iyer (Symphony 7), Kevin Meng (Symphony 9), Sasha Nepomnyashy (Philharmonic 23), Jonathan Vasilyev (Sinfonietta 30)

2019 Screening Audition Results

Congratulations to the following students advancing to the All-State recording round this Saturday.

Violin

Ashley T, Priscilla L, Vivian Z, Annie W, Anqy T, Jessica S, John C, Meige L, Sua P

Viola

Jackie L, Arman D, Yejean K, Grace Z, Andrw Y, Vaibhav S

Cello

Eddie X, Joscie P, Catherine Y, Matthew L, Nathan N, Bryan H, Emily Y

Bass

Kevin M, Jonathan V, Sasha N, Karthik I, Jackson B, Ishaan R