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Hotel Departure Info

Please carefully understand the “order of operations” for Sunday:

1) 7-8:30m: Packing, Breakfast, and Bag Drop in the lobby

2) At 7:00am, you can begin bringing your bags to the lobby for storage during the day. Everything needs to leave your hotel room. Chaperones will visit rooms beginning at 8:00 or so (or verify in some other manner), that you’re all moved out or making progress in that direction. Meds will be in the BREAKFAST AREA at 8:00 – 8:15, so you can get them when you drop your bags during that time.

3) Everything should be entirely out of your room no later than 9. You don’t need to do anything special with your keys. You can keep them as a souvenir if you wish.

4) At 9, head to EPCOT for the morning. If you want to leave earlier so you are first through the gate, that’s fine. Alternately, if you’d like to alter your park reservation using the Disney App, that is fine too — this will allow you to choose a different park to start at. To do this (assuming you loaded your ticket in to your app), go to “My Tickets and Passes”, select “Make Park Reservation,” and go from there. Note: you can only join digital queues at the park you hold a reservation at.

5) NO LATER THAN NOON, you should be in line at a bus station to return to the hotel. This means you should probably begin walking to the bus area about 11:30 or so. Be sure to use your meal card to get food before you leave the park, OR come back a little earlier and use it in the hotel food court.

6) We begin loading the bus at 12:45 (in the lobby) to head to the airport. Seriously – you cannot miss this and cause us to miss our flight or something.

7) Bonus: Did we lend your PWSH cello to PESH for their workshop? If so, it is in storage at the lobby. Ask someone in the lobby to get it back, and make sure you bring it to the airport! 1 of those people still hasn’t replied to my query about this on Remind. If that is you, please reply to me privately so I know our instruments are all accounted for.

2023-2024 All-State Results

Congratulations to the following PWSH students for earning a spot in the highly competitive Texas All-State Orchestras!

Violin

Steven Lu (#1 in the state!), Judy Yan (92 Sinfonietta)

Viola

Randy Guo (8 Symphony), Nathan Wu (9 Symphony), Williams Xie (14 Symphony), Keon Attarha (24 Philharmonic), Bryan Tong (40 Sinfonietta)

Bass

Julian Wang (29 Sinfonietta)

2023 All Region Results

Congratulations to the following students selected to a Region 25 All-Region Orchestra! Students listed with an asterisks (*) have qualified to record for All-State.

Violin Symphony

Steven Lu (1*), Nina Huang (6*), Judy Yan (16*), Linden Ni (23*), Ray You (26*), Annie Li (32), Julian Chapman (33), Grace Tam (38)

Violin Philharmonic

Kylie Hung (41), Kaori Shioyama (45), Lynnse Ogishima (46), Sonya Shah (47), Emily Si (57), Aaditya Dhar (70), Austin Jones (Alternate)

Viola Symphony

William Xie (3*), Keon Attarha (7*), Randy Guo (8*), Nathan Wu (10*), Bryan Tong (16*)

Viola Philharmonic

Evelyn Ding (18), Caru Xu (21), Siya Patel (26), Cara Lin (30), Nate Tang (alternate)

Symphony Cello

Alex Chen (15*), Jasper Lin (16*)

Symphony Philharmonic

Teddy Xiong (18), Amir Suhail (20), Maddox Lin (21), Bryan Kim (23), Anthony Chen (28), Ava Li (alternate)

Symphony Bass

Julian Wang (1*), Claire Sasaki (3*), Aidan Wang (4*)

Bass Philharmonic

Chelsea DeRoach (13*)

Symphony Harp

Nina Zucconi (1*)

2023-2024 Class Placements

Dear Students,

Below, you will find a link to find your orchestra placement for next school year.  Students are listed by student ID, and it does not reflect your placement within your ensemble. I suggest you use Ctrl-F to find your number.

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. At the beginning of the year, we will fully review the requirements so you can make your final decision and opt in or out.

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2024 Banquet Info

Location
Renaissance Dallas Richardson Hotel
900 E Lookout Dr
Richardson, TX 75082

Timeline
6:30 – 7pm: Check In. Each school will have their own check-in table.
7-9: Dinner and Presentations
9-11: Dance

Traffic can be heavy at this time of day, so budget a bit longer than you think it will take to get there.

If you are being picked up at 11, please be certain your ride is on time

Attire
Semi-formal is required. Shorts, jeans, and other casual clothing are not permitted.

Dropoff
If you are being dropped off by a parent, they should drop you at the Renaissance entrance on Plaza Drive (east side of the hotel). Pickup is at 11, and they should be on time to pick you up.

Parking
You must use the parking garage on Plaza Drive, on the east side of the Renaissance Hotel. When you pull in to the parking garage, you will receive a parking ticket on cardstock. YOU MUST BRING THIS TICKET IN TO THE BANQUET WITH YOU!

When you check-in at the banquet, there will be a “parking validation” machine. You must stick your parking ticket in to that machine to have it validated – this will allow you to leave the parking garage for free. If you forget to validate your parking ticket, you will likely be charged to leave the parking garage at the end of the night.

Do not park anywhere on the surrounding streets! Most of the parking in the area is permit-only for area apartments, and you will be towed at your expense.

All-State Results

BRAVO and CONGRATULATIONS to the following All-State Orchestra musicians! This is a tremendous accomplishment and a wonderful reward for your hard work!

Violin: Steven Lu (Symphony 12), Sophia Wang (Symphony 26), Tarun Ramji (Symphony 29), Raghu Talla (Symphony 37), Jaeha Jung (Philharmonic 60), Lindsey Cho (81 Sinfonietta), Nina Huang (92 Sinfonietta)

Viola: Ashish Samson (Symphony 3), Ian Chen (Symphony 5), Nathan Wu (Symphony 7), Laura Tan (Symphony 14), Randy Guo (Philharmonic 21), Christopher Lee (Philharmonic 23)

Cello: Derek He (Symphony 12), Henry Zhang (Philharmonic 28)

Help Us With Our TMEA Travel!

This February, our full orchestra (strings and band) and choir have the incredible opportunity to perform at the Texas Music Educators Association Convention in San Antonio! A performance of this nature is the highest honor for a music ensemble in Texas, and we are incredibly excited for this performance of a lifetime.

The district is helping to support some of our travel costs, but we need to raise approximately $7,500 additional dollars for travel. Please support us with whatever you can spare. The Plano West Orchestra Boosters are a 501(c)3 organization, and all donations are tax deductible to the extent allowed by tax law.

If you would rather send in a check rather than donate online, all donations can be made out to the Plano West Orchestra Boosters, and those checks can be given to any band, orchestra, or choir teacher.

Click here to go to the donation page!

2022 All-Region Results

Congratulations to the following students selected to a Region 25 All-Region Orchestra! Students listed with an asterisks (*) have qualified to record for All-State.

Symphony Violin

Sophia Wang 1*, Steven Lu 2*, Nina Huang 3*, Lindsey Cho 8*, Jaeha Jung 11*, Ray You 15*, Raghu Talla 16*, Tarun Ramji 17*, Grace Tam 23*, Alan Zhou 30, Sarah Chen 33, Matt Ogata 37

Philharmonic Violin

Kaori Shioyama 41, Marcel Yu 45, Manasvini Komandur 47, Kylie Hung 49, Chris Wong 55, Julie Jung 58, Linden Ni 59, Emily Lou 75, Aaditya Dhar 79, Sonya Shah 80, Dana Kim Alternate

Viola Symphony

Ashish Samson 1*, Ian Chen 2*, Laura Tan 3*, Christopher Lee 4*, Nathan Wu 5*, Randy Guo 13*, Anele Saige 16*

Viola Philharmonic

Siya Patel 27, Charles Cheung 31

Cello Symphony

Derek He 6*, Henry Zhang 10*, Amir Suhail 11*, Ian Wang 15*

Cello Philharmonic

Leslie Looi 18, Teddy Xiong 22, Andrew Napier 27, Maddox Lin 28, Eric Pan-Wang 31, Eric Shi Alternate

Symphony Bass

Claire Sasaki 4*, Aidan Wang 5*, Chelsea DeRoach 7*

Philharmonic Bass

Lucas Daniel 19

2023 TMEA Honor Full Orchestra

The Plano West Symphony Orchestra is pleased to be named the “state champion” 2023 TMEA Honor Full Orchestra! In February, the PWSH Symphony will perform at the TMEA Convention in San Antonio, marking the program’s 9th performance at TMEA.

The success we have at Plano West is absolutely rooted in the excellent music instructions our students receive at Jasper, Shepton, Rice, Robinson, Renner, Frankford, and our community of private music instructors.

We also congratulate the other finalists on their wonderful performances, each conclusively demonstrating that music education is alive and well in Texas!

2022-2023 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 order of last name, and it does not reflect your placement within your ensemble. I suggest you use Ctrl-F to find your number.

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 to be back to “normal” next year, and I’m so glad we’ll get to make music together again!

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