Sunday, September 25, 2016

2016 HRHS Orchestra Play-A-Thon Reminder

It's almost time for the 10th Annual HRHS Orchestra Play-A-Thon. The 2016 Play-A-Thon will be held on Saturday, October 1st, from 11:00am - 4:30pm at the HRHS Orchestra rooms and auditorium. Students from both the Chamber and Symphony Orchestras will be playing for 5 hours to improve technique, music performance, pitch, rhythm and receive rehearsal time for their upcoming concert and upcoming honor orchestra auditions. Stage etiquette and concert expectations will also be addressed.
This year’s Play-A-Thon is structured a little differently. The aim of the Play-A-Thon this year is to raise funds to benefit the HRHS Orchestra program. We have partnered with the SNAP fundraising program to raise money for specific needs in the orchestra program. SNAP is an easy email donation platform we are using this year. We ask all student to participate either through SNAP or through donation page found on the website. We look to purchase items from the Director’s Wish List and enable a scholarship fund to benefit students that may need help in participating in specific activities throughout the year.
You will see the Orchestra Director’s Wish List linked on the orchestra website. Items include new technology, class sets of music books and other items that will benefit all of the Orchestra students. Please make donations and fee checks payable to: HRHS Orchestra Boosters Donation money is due by October 7th. Remember, anyone can support the HRHS Orchestra Play-A-Thon (Family, friends, neighbors, teachers, businesses, coaches, private teachers, DYAO, CYSO, Youth Orchestras, South Suburban Symphony, or local orchestras or organizations).
A Play-A-Thon fee of $5 for each student will cover lunch and snacks as well as teambuilding activity costs. Students will pay at check-in and will need to be checked in by 11:00am on Saturday, October 1st. Names of all who participate will be added to a Door Prize Jar and there will hourly door prize drawings.
Volunteers helping out with Play-A-Thon will be contacted with more specific information about their participation. The schedule for Saturday is as follows.
Orchestra Play a thon
Saturday, October 1, 2016 (11:00 AM – 4:30 PM)

10:30 AM Council Report

11:00-11:15 Warmup- (all on stage)

11:15– 12:15 PM Symphony runthrough, then Chamber

12:15 – 12:50 Lunch

12:50 – 1:50 Symphony Rehearsal – Stage

12:50 – 1:50 Chamber Sectionals
Violin I – orchestra Room
Violin II – ensemble Room
Viola – Choir Room
Cellos – Tech Lab
Bass – Practice Room

1:50-2:00 Break

2:00-3:00 Chamber Rehearsal – Stage

2:00-3:00 Symphony Sectionals
Violin I – orchestra Room
Violin II – ensemble Room
Viola – Choir Room
Cellos – Tech Lab
Bass – Practice Room

3:00-3:30 PM Activity

3:30 – 4:30 PM Symphony and Chamber Mock Concert on stage
~Invite friends and family to watch!

Tuesday, September 6, 2016

Orchestra Scholarship Donations

HRHS Orchestra Families,

Each year the Orchestra Boosters provides supplementary scholarship funding to help students who are in need of some extra assistance to help pay for fees, private lessons or to participate in other Orchestra activities.

Anyone wishing to donate to this scholarship fund may do so by going to the Friends of the Orchestra tab on the HRHS Orchestra website. The DONATE button is located towards the bottom of the page. Checks made out to HRHS Booster Club may also be given to Mr. Woodworth or sent to the Boosters' treasurer, Kim Smith-Gross, indicating that it is for the scholarship fund.

Any amount you can chip in makes a difference. Thanks for giving this your consideration.

SNAP Fundraising

Orchestra Parents,

Please take a moment to read about one of this year's most significant fundraising efforts.

We will be kicking off our Snap! Raise campaign this week. Snap is an online donation campaign that allows our program to receive donations from our networks and supporters. Snap uses the power of email, text, and social media with a safe, fun, and interactive approach. All we ask is that each parent/guardian help their student gather 20 or more email addresses of their biggest fans. Please review the info below to see just how much of an impact this campaign can have for our students.

*Your contacts are strictly private and protected, and never sold or shared.*

Snap Fact Overview: 
1. Safe and Protected - Snap! Raise is the safest online donation campaign available. All data is private and never redistributed. Your student’s information on the Snap page is less detailed than what would be on a team website roster.
2. Online donation platform - Reach potential donors via email, social media, and text to ask them to support our program and visit the page, where they can seamlessly donate.
3. Email Strategy - All supporters will receive a receipt for their gift that is tax deductible, included with a personalized thank you from the student. There are three reminder emails sent to donors, with an option to unsubscribe. 
4. Network - Snap’s platform and process is what makes their campaigns so successful. It allows an extensive reach across communities by providing options to connect with multiple donors and their social networks, maximizing our raising efforts.  

Check out the following Local Example of a successful fundraising campaign:
Mountain Vista High School Band & Orchestra:

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