Friday, February 14, 2020

Board positions open

Now that we are in the second semester of this year, it's time to start thinking about our Orchestra board for next year.  The board positions open for the 2020-2021 school year are: secretary, vice president of fundraising, and vice president of communications.  Fortunately, our president, treasurer, and ambassador will still be around to provide support.  No one needs to feel intimidated about helping out!  Here are some questions you may be having.  Hopefully this will help, but if there's something not covered here, please let me know.

Why do we need help?  The board manages the boosters' finances, helps out with student concert attire, works with Orchestra Council on activities, helps with raising money if needed, coordinates information between director and families, and generally helps with anything the director and/or Orchestra needs.  These are vital functions as we help take care of out-of-class details so the director can focus more on teaching.  This is also going to be a fantastic chance to help shape the Orchestra and boosters as we welcome a new director in the fall.

How can you help?  Attached to this email is a description of the positions available.  Please read this carefully!  If you see a position that interests you or you have questions about, respond to this email or email  If you have a talent that isn't mentioned on the description list, please feel free to let us know.  We all excel in different areas, but when we work together, we can do more than any one alone.

Is there a deadline?  Yes, please let us know by March 1st, so we have time to prepare and finalize the communications for board elections.

What is the election process?  Once we have candidates for each position, we will have an electronic vote (generally April 15-30).  Ballots will be sent to all booster parents via a Google form.  Everyone is eligible to vote, and we consider a victory by a majority of the participating voters.  The new board will be introduced to the boosters at the Orchestra senior banquet in May.

So are you intrigued yet? I hope so!  Be sure to read the job descriptions, and let me know if you have questions.  Thank you so much for considering helping our boosters and, ultimately, our kids be successful in Orchestra.

Great Works tickets on sale now!

We are excited to announce that you can now purchase tickets for Great Works on Tuesday, March 10 at 7 p.m.! The HRHS Chamber Orchestra will collaborate with the band's Wind Ensemble for a great night of music at St. Andrew United Methodist Church, 3350 White Bay Drive, Highlands Ranch.  
Tickets will be accessible online until March 9th.  Save yourself the hassle of buying them at the door the night of the event!  
General Admission is $5 per seat.  Here is the link to purchase tickets.  
Thanks!  We look forward to seeing everyone there!

3/11/2020 meeting minutes

Hi all!  Please go to our Booster page to see the minutes from our meeting this week.  Thank you, Corinne and Tonya, for joining us!

Saturday, December 7, 2019

Live-streaming tonight's concert

Here is the link if you would like to watch the live-stream of tonight's 7 p.m. Winter Showcase concert!

Tuesday, November 26, 2019

How to donate to HRHS Orchestras - effortlessly!

So, in my last post, I told you about two awesome fundraising programs we are involved in.  This email is to give you directions so that you too can participate!
For King Soopers:
Your everyday shopping can be a great boost to our fundraising efforts!  To associate your loyalty card with the King Soopers Community Rewards Program, visit and click on "Welcome, Sign In" then click "Sign In" and sign in to your King Soopers account OR create a new account. Once signed in, click on "My Account" and then "My Account" again. This brings you to the Account Summary page. On the left side, click on "Community Rewards." Under "Find an Organization," search for HRHS and then click "Enroll" under Highlands Ranch High School Orchestra Boosters VL865.  Now all you have to do is swipe your loyalty card or enter your alternate ID every time you shop to earn money for our Orchestra program.  It couldn't be any easier!
For Amazon Smile:
Black Friday and Cyber Monday are approaching quickly!  You can support HRHS Orchestras by shopping on Amazon!
Just click here, log in, and select us (Hrhs Orchestra Boosters) to help raise money for the Orchestra general fund while you do all of your normal (and holiday!) shopping on Amazon. Be sure to bookmark Amazon through Smile and open through that link. It's a win-win all the way around! We appreciate all you do to help us support this wonderful organization. Happy shopping!  

Why you should donate to HRHS Orchestras

Our Booster board wants to let everyone know about two effortless fundraising campaigns you can do as you go about your holiday gift and grocery shopping. This is a long email with a lot of information, but please read to the end. See next post for how to sign up to help!
First, our King Soopers program is so much easier than it used to be. Right now, we have 12 families participating in this program. Together for the 3rd quarter of the year, they raised $414! We currently have nearly 60 families combined in the three Orchestras. Think how much we could raise if everyone took the simple steps to sign up!
To put this in perspective, Mrs. Jonas asked for section coaches to come in the first week of December. This will cost $450 for a total of 150 minutes of coaching (50 minutes with each of the three classes). We will spend more in this one transaction than we raised in 3 months of our King Soopers program.
Second, we participate in the Amazon Smile program. This is equally easy and beneficial to our program. You use the website to do your normal (and holiday) shopping, and they will donate money back to our program. How cool is that? From July to September of this year, we earned $7.25. They donate millions of dollars a year to organizations just like ours. We should be taking advantage of this benefit, especially as we prepare for the holidays (think Black Friday and Cyber Monday specifically!).
So why do we do these two programs, as well as the restaurant nights and various other fundraisers? We have used these funds for the following:

* Section Coaches
* Special Guests
* Classroom instrument repair
* Senior Scholarship fund
* Homecoming Parade
* Trick-or-treat street
* Strings Camp
* End-of-Year Banquet

We also use this money for other items that the Orchestra program may need as the year progresses. This is so important for the success of our Orchestra program!
Our next Booster meeting will be Tuesday, Feb. 11, 2020, at 6:30 in the HRHS Orchestra room. These meetings are where we discuss what funds are needed, fundraising options, and how funds are used, as well as upcoming events. Everyone is welcome and encouraged to come! As always if you have questions, please let us know.

Meeting minutes posted

The minutes from our November booster meeting have been posted on the Booster page of this website. Thank you!