Dear UAHS Orchestra students and parents,
Welcome to the UAHS Orchestra program!!  We are so excited that you have chosen to participate in Orchestra this year!  We are looking forward to a great year, full of opportunities for you to grow musically, educationally and socially.  This letter contains important information about important Orchestra events.  Please read carefully and make note of all dates, especially concert commitments.  Feel free to contact any of us if you have questions.   We’re looking forward to seeing all of you in a few weeks.

The UAOPA Blitz is our annual community fundraiser held in conjunction with the Band.  It is our largest fundraiser and all Orchestra students are expected to participate!!  Students are encouraged to form a group of four and use the Sign-up Genius link to register their group.  Non-registered students will be placed into groups of four with a volunteer parent driver and will be assigned a route to canvas for donations.  We need at least 40 parent drivers so please use the following Sign-up Genius link to volunteer to help.  Parent volunteers are required to register at the UA High School Office (1650 Ridgeview Rd.) by 8/16 (unless they have a white volunteer badge) and bring a driver’s license and insurance card the night of the Blitz.  The High School Office is open M-F 7:30am - 4pm and parents need to tell the receptionist that they are registering for the Orchestra Blitz.

Our annual picnic will take place in the HS Cafeteria.  It’s important that all students attend and bring at least one parent.  We’ll be doing uniform/shoe fittings, yard sign orders, volunteer sign-up, Maestro Circle donations and going over important information for the year.  All students needing a uniform MUST be present to get measured!!  Please bring a dish to share as noted below. Sandwiches, cake, and drinks will be provided by the UAOPA.  RSVP for fittings and the picnic at the Sign-up Genius link.  Scroll through the tabs to access all the sign-ups.  You can also sign-up to volunteer to help at the tables that night if you are able to assist.

• Last Names A-F: Salad/Fruit
• Last Names G-T: Side Dish
• Last Names U-Z: Dessert

There is an expectation that all parents will volunteer in some way with the Upper Arlington Orchestra Parent Association (UAOPA).   As you can see from the activities listed above, parent volunteers are the backbone that helps our excellent orchestra programs thrive at every level. In addition to the links to help with the Blitz and picnic, we will have an opportunity for parents to sign up at the picnic to volunteer at future events!!

Please look at the attached sheet and make sure you note all dates in your calendar!!
Chris Lape, Ed Zunic, Gretchen Zunic  UAHS Orchestra Directors
Rebekah Anderson     UAOPA President


Important Dates


Date        Time               Event                                            Location

Aug. 18   5:30-8pm      H.S. Instrumental Blitz                 U.A.H.S. Cafeteria

Aug. 25   5-8pm          UAHS Orchestra Picnic                U.A.H.S. Cafeteria
Sept. 16  7pm             UAOPA Meeting                            HS Room 170
Oct. 21    7pm             UAOPA Meeting                           HS Room 170
Oct. 27    3pm             UAHS String Spooktacular!          HS Auditorium
Nov. 11    7pm             UAOPA Meeting                           HS Room 170
Nov. 17    1-4pm          Fall Phil Dress Rehearsal            HS Auditorium
Nov. 19    7:00pm        UAHS Fall Philharmonic              HS Auditorium
Dec. 9     7pm              UAOPA Meeting                          HS Room 170
Dec. 17    10:10am      7th Period String Exam Perf.      HS Room 181
Dec. 17    1:10pm        2nd Period String Exam Perf.     HS Room 183
Dec. 18   10:10am       1st Period Symphony Exam Perf. HS Room 181
Dec. 18    1:10pm        3rd Period String Exam Perf.       HS Room 181
Dec. 19    8:05am        8th Period Concert Exam Perf.    HS Room 183
Jan. 13    7pm              UAOPA Meeting                          HS Room 170
Jan 25     all day           OMEA Solo & Ensemble Contest TBD
Feb. 10   7pm              UAOPA Meeting                          HS Room 170
Mar. 2     7pm              UAOPA Meeting                           HS Room 170
Mar. 31   7pm              UAHS Orchestra Concert w/8th HS Auditorium
April 4     all day           Central Ohio String Festival        HS Auditorium
April 13   7pm               UAOPA Meeting                         HS Room 170
May 11   7pm               UAOPA Meeting                          HS Room 170
May 14   7pm               Spring UAHS Orchestra Concert HS Auditorium

All dates in bold are required.  Concert uniform must be worn to all concerts unless otherwise announced. 

Extra Credit Concert Opportunities

Monday, December 9  7:30pm  Hastings Orchestra Concert
Monday, December 16  7pm   Jones Orchestra Concert
Thursday, May 9   7pm   Assist at District 4th Orchestra Concert
Friday, May 10   7pm   Jones 7/8 Orchestra Ice Cream Social
Monday, May 11   7:30pm  Hastings 5/6 Orchestra Concert
Monday, May 18   7pm   Jones 5/6 Orchestra Concert
Wednesday, May 20  7:30pm  Hastings 7/8 Orchestra Concert