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There are some performance goals that can only be
achieved by taking the orchestra to perform in another city, state, or
country. These performances are just as important a part of the
orchestra experience as concerts that are given at school, and it is
expected that all orchestra members will take part. These activities are
also part of the grade that each student receives. If a student cannot
participate due to an unavoidable conflict, an alternate assignment will
be made, typically a research paper. Please understand that such an
assignment is not meant to be punitive, but since the performances
missed would have been a significant part of the grade, then the
alternative assignment must be as well. Arrangements for alternate
assignments must be made well in advance.
It should be understood that orchestra membership
does involve some travel and some expense. Following the 2010–2011
school year, the orchestra, in conjunction with the Evergreen Alumni
Orchestra, plans to return to New York after school is out in the summer
of 2011. This trip would last approximately four days. The departure
and return dates are not set, but a performance at Lincoln Center is
scheduled for Sunday 26 June. Parents are welcome to come along, either
in the capacity of chaperones or as fellow travelers. At this time, the
estimated cost for the trip is $2000 per person, not including meals.
Please understand that this estimate is subject to change, as travel and
lodging costs are not always stable. There will be a variety of
fund-raising options during the school year.
Our orchestra program has come to be regarded by
adjudicators as one of the top five programs in the state of Washington.
You are joining a prestigious organization that strives hard to always
improve and achieve even more each year.
In order to maintain the excellent reputation that we
enjoy, we would not want to travel and perform unless we could do our
best, and that involves having everybody there. It is like an athletic
team in the sense that the whole orchestra must rely on each musician to
play their part, and that requires everyone's participation. All local
performances during the year are required. By law, field trips cannot be
mandatory, but obviously the success of the organization depends upon
Signing the Parent Signature Form indicates that you are
aware of these expectations and will support your child's participation
in these activities.