• Salina Central
    High School




    Required Materials

    1.      Instrumentand bow in working condition.

    2.      Essentialsfor Strings (for your instrument-Midwest Music or Hanson Music)

    3.      Rosin

    4.      Mute(rubber or ebony, it will be necessary for some pieces)

    5.      Cleaning Cloth

    6.      Pencil

    7.      Violin/Viola– Shoulder rest

    8.      Cello/Bass– Floor stop

    9.      Music Notebook

    10.  Appropriate concert attire as outlined in the handbook.
    suggested – metronome/tuner

    Rehearsal Expectations

    1.      Have all required materials at every rehearsal.

    2.      When the bell rings you are in the classroom with your instrument, music, and are ready for the flag salute.

    3.      Tune softly and carefully with long bow draws and with no talking.

    4.      Show respect for your fellow musicians. Do not play, talk, or move around the room while the conductor is working with another section; instead, work on fingerings, air-bow difficult passages, or review your music. Always listen for instruction.

    5.      Take proper care of your instrument and bow.

    6.      Take proper care of your music.

    7.      Do not chew gum or bring in food and drinks to rehearsal! You may bring a bottle of water with a lid. DO NOT bring bottles of water on stage in the Auditorium or in the Little Theatre; water spilled on the curtains or the floor will cause damage.

    8.      Be a contributing member of the orchestra! Put forth your best effort in class and in home practice.

    9.      Conduct yourself in sectionals as you would in rehearsal; show respect for your section leader(s) or guest clinicians.

    10.  Electronic devices (CELL PHONES, MP3 PLAYERS) are not to be visible or audible during rehearsal. If your device is seen or heard your daily points will be a ZERO and Central cell phone discipline plan will be followed.

    Assessment and Grading

    GradingScale:                                                                       Grades:

                A – 90% - 100%                                                                                 Daily points: 5 every day
                B – 80% - 89%                                                                                   Concerts:100
                C – 70% - 79%                                                                                    Playing tests: 100
                D – 60% - 69%                                                                                   In-class assignment - 10
                F – Below 60%                                                                                   Final:100

    Daily Points: The 5 “P’s” to getting your daily 5 points

    Prompt:You are in the classroom when the bell rings and ready to tune at 7:40.
    You have all required materials.
    You have practiced the music we are rehearsing and are ready for a playing test.
    Good/positive effort is being put forth in class.
    You are maintaining your equipment in good condition and not disturbing other’s property or storage location

    Category Weights:

    Daily Points: 40%
    Concerts: 30%
    Playing Tests: 10%
    In-class assignments: 10%
    Final: 10%

    Concert Attire

    Girls will be ordering dresses from “Stage Accents” at the end of September. They cost $52.00and we will order them all at once. You will most likely need to have it altered even if you find your size, so be prepared to do so, but the size chart below should help. We will be doing a frozen food fundraiser in August to help with cost if you cannot afford out of pocket. These dresses will be worn at least five times this year, the first time being on our December 12thconcert. If you are in choir, you only need to order one dress for Mr. Holmquist and I are requesting the same one. If you have a black dress from choir in previous years it will also work.


    Boys will wear a tuxedo for all concert black performances, meaning a tux jacket with lapels, a white wing collar shirt with pleats, black bow tie, black pants,black socks, and black shoes. A lot of our boys already have this for Youth Symphony, but if you don’t you are on your own to acquire one. You can order one or find one at any dress clothing store piece by piece. There is anexcellent deal on a white shirt and tie at “Hobby Lobby”, but just ask if youneed help finding one.

    Please remember that this is for YOUR concert!  Use your best judgment on shoes and jewelryand let’s look as good as we sound!

    *Failure to comply with stated concert attire willresult in a loss of 25% of your concert grade.


    Note: when turning in money foranything, be it a fundraiser or money for t-shirts, etc., the money must be inan envelope labeled with your name, the date, the amount, and what the money isfor.  Envelopes will be available in theLittle Theater for you to use.

    Fundraisersand events will be discussed by the class and decided on at the discretion ofMr. Book.


    1stchair – You can be eligible for first chair ifyou score the highest in your section on the playing test and you exude greatleadership qualities in class and at performances. You must have zero unexcusedabsences to maintain your section leader position.
    Seating - I create theseating in a strategic way. When I score playing tests I look at categoriessuch as rhythm, articulation, intonation, and then I seat students with theircompliment of a stand partner. We will rotate seating once a month unless it isclose to a performance.


    All students have the opportunity to become leadersin a non-musical capacity within the orchestra. Officer positions are worth letter points and are a great way to getinvolved.  Elections will be held inclass in August.

    GeneralRequirements: being elected as an officer in anorganization is an honor and responsibility. Officers are leaders and representatives and should be involved andhelpful with all orchestra endeavors; be the first to arrive and the last toleave.  If you are elected as an officer,you must remain eligible and not have any office referrals for the semester.

    President: Itis the president’s responsibility to attend all orchestra functions, concerts,etc.  The president may be asked to speakat concerts and represents the orchestra in public.  In addition, the president may be asked tooversee the activities of other officers. This post is reserved for an upperclassman.  Worksclosely with: all officers.

    VicePresident:thevice president is responsible for assisting the president in his or herduties.  In the president’s absence, thevice president assumes the president’s role. The vice president may also be asked to assist other officers in theirduties or to oversee the activities of other officers.  This post is reserved for anupperclassman.   Works closely with: all officers.

    Secretary: thesecretary is responsible for taking minutes at all meetings of orchestraofficers, coordinating and distributing information regarding events and performances,taking attendance at concerts, updating the calendar in the Little Theater eachmonth, and occasionally recruiting quartet members to perform in publicvenues.  The secretary may also be askedto distribute and collect other materials in class, such as surveys, ballotsfor elections, etc.    The secretary willbe required to coordinate all of his or her responsibilities with Mr. Book toensure accuracy.  Works closely with: historian, Mr. Book.

    Historian: thehistorian is responsible for ensuring that orchestra functions arephotographed. The historian is to find a presentable way to organize photos andother media and may choose to display this at the end of the year (for example,scrapbook, video, etc.)  The historian isalso responsible for senior memorabilia that is presented at the final concertand for keeping a record of awards won by orchestra students.  The historian is also encouraged to help keeptraditions and start new ones.  This postis an excellent opportunity for creativity! Works closely with: orchestraparents and alumni, secretary.

    ClassRepresentatives: class representatives give the officersinput on decisions based on feedback from their class. 


    Attending solo/ensemble regional contest is greatachievement for any string player and should not be taken lightly.
    *I will register soloist for contest only if they are studying with a privateteacher, and ensembles that have established a regular practice routine withcoaching’s.
    *If you play your solo at regional contest, you must have a SECOND original forthe judge. This is to comply with copyright laws. If you make it to state, itmust be memorized for a score.

    *ImportantOrchestra Dates*
     Please mark your calendars!

    Ø  October14th, Monday, First playing test is due

    Ø  November1st, Friday, 7:35 am: District audition tapes due to Mr.Book (for those interested in auditioning for District Orchestra)

    Ø  November4th, Monday, 7:30 pm: Fall Concert
    CHS Auditorium, Dress for this concert is an appropriate costume of yourchoice.

    Ø  November22nd – 23rd, WesternKansas Orchestra Festival
    Great Bend, KS concert black attire

    Ø  December2nd, Monday, Second playingtest is due

    Ø December 7th, Saturday, all day: DistrictOrchestra
         Manhattan High School, concert blackattire

    Ø  December12th, Thursday, 7:00 pm: Joyous Noel
         CHS Auditorium, concert black attire

    Ø  January11th, Saturday, all day: State Orchestra Live Auditions
         Central High School, warm-up area isthe Little Gym

    Ø  January30th – February 1st: CHS Musical; AnythingGoes
         CHS Auditorium

    Ø  February27th -  March 1st: StateFestival Orchestra/KMEA In-service Workshop
         Century II, Wichita

    Ø  March3rd, Monday, Third playingtest is due

    Ø  March10th, Monday, 7:30 pm: Pre-Festival Concert
         CHS Auditorium, concert black attire

    Ø  April5th, Saturday, all day: Regional Solo/Ensemble Contest
        Barton County Community College; GreatBend, KS

    Ø  April17th, Thursday: State Large Ensemble Festival
        Fort Hays State University; Hays, KS,concert black attire

    Ø  April26th, Saturday, all day: State Solo/Ensemble Contest
        Emporia High School, Emporia, KS

    Ø  April28th, Monday, Fourth playingtest is due

    Ø May 5th, Monday, 7:30 pm: SpringConcert
        CHS Auditorium, concert black.

    Ø May 18th, Sunday, 2:00 p.m.: Graduation

    ExtendedAbsence Policy/Missed Concerts

    If you happen to be absent for longer than two weeksor six rehearsals, your eligibility to perform in a concert will be at the decisionof Mr. Book. If it is determined that a student is not prepared for aperformance they will follow the alternative assignment.

    Alternativeassignment- First of all, you should put all ofyour concert dates on a calendar, make sure you do not have any conflicts, andthen plan on being at every performance. If something were to happen, forexample a death in the family, or you are so ill you are in the hospital, thenthose would be an excused absence. If you fail to attend a concert, or if youhave another SCHOOL activity conflict, here are your options.

    1.      Writea 3 page, 12 point font, double spaced paper about a musical topic approved byMr. Book.

    2.      Makean appointment with Mr. Book within one week of the performance to come in andperform selections from each of the pieces.

    Letteringin Orchestra

    To letter you must:

    ·        Have no unexcused absences

    ·        Have all required orchestra equipment atevery check in class

    ·        Attend all concerts and performances

    Orchestra letters will be based on a point system inwhich 100 points are neededto letter. Points may be earned in the following ways:

    Points for 3 quarterly orchestra grades:(A good indication of overall student attitude, willingness to work, playingability, and general class participation.) A total of 15 points are possiblefor the year. The student will receive the following points for each of thefirst three nine week grade periods:

    A – 5 points                B – 4 points                 C – 3 points                 D or F – 0 points

    Loyalty and service to the orchestra: An automaticnumber of points will be earned according to years of service:

    (4 years – 20 points)        (3 years – 15 points)            (2 years – 10 points)        (1year – 5 points)

    Youth Symphony:20 points

    Salina Symphony or other community orchestra:20 points

    Private Lessons:20 points

    Solo at Music Contest:15 points

    Ensemble at Music Contest:10 points

    District Orchestra:10 points

    Auditioning for State Festival Orchestra:10 points

    Participating in the All-StateOrchestra: 20 points

    Musical:15 points

    Reports:A 300 word paper or oral report submitted to the orchestra teacher on anorchestra related subject will be worth 5points, if judged acceptable by the teacher. Limit of 25 total points peryear with no more than two in any nine week period. Papers turned in formake-up work do not count toward your letter.

    Ensemble for Class:Performing an ensemble for class, subject to teacher approval, may earn 5 points. Limit of 10 points per year.

    Concerts:Attendance at any music concert will be worth 5 points if a program is brought to school signed by one of theperformers or by the student’s parent. Limit of 25 total points per year.

    Music Camp:Attendance at a summer orchestra camp, verified by bringing a camp brochuresigned by the student’s parent, will be worth 10 points. Attendance this summer will count for the followingyear.

    Officer Positions:Serving a full year as an orchestra officer is worth 10 points. Librarians, equipment manager, and stage crew may earnup to 5 additional points for their time spent outside of class.\

    Zero tardies in a quarter:10 points

    Extracurricular Activities:Extra points may be earned in ways such as: (5 points each, limit of 20)
                Decorating for a concert orcontest
                Bringing refreshments to aspecial event
                Doing publicity work for anorchestra activity
                Creating an orchestra bulletinboard
                Bring a notice of fiveupcoming music related events
                Assisting with elementary orchestraconcert/ enrollment night
                Performing at Church or otherevent
                Bring a 10 track mix CD ofmusic you enjoy and think is of high quality to Mr. Book.
    Becoming a BetterMusician

    As you continue in orchestra, it is my hope that youwill seriously consider furthering your musical abilities outside of regularclass time. Most of these thing will earn you letter points, too! Here areseveral ways to enhance your musical knowledge and ability:

    1.      Takeprivate lessons. While playing in orchestra is an important part of being acomplete musician, private study allows you to learn at your own pace, whetherthat be learning more challenging techniques and literature or working toimprove basic skills and techniques. There is no substitute for one-on-oneinstruction with a musician who is an expert on your instrument. There is alist of private teachers in this handbook. It is very strongly suggested thatat the high school level you study with a teacher who specializes in yourinstrument.  In other words, if youare a violinist, take lessons from a violinist. Please ask Mr. Book for recommendations if you need them.

    2.      Attendconcerts. Attending concerts by professional and local groups exposes youto a greater variety of music and styles. (It's also a great way to earn letterpoints!) Check the orchestra website and listen in class for announcements ofupcoming local events.

    3.      Performoutside of class. Seize every performance opportunity available to you,including opportunities for auditions. These help you to gain experience andget out nerves before bigger events, and every performance will help you gainconfidence as a musician. Ideas for performances are: religious events, nursingor retirement homes, or forming a string quartet to perform at weddings andparties. Small ensembles are also a great way to build musicianship!

    4.      Consideran instrument upgrade. This is a big decision and is something to bediscussed with your private teacher, your parents, and Mr. Book. Sometimes,students “outgrow” the quality of their instruments, and a better instrumentcan make a big difference. Of course, an instrument is an investment and thepurchase of any instrument should be thoroughly researched and investigated.

    5.      Participatein Salina Symphony or Salina Youth Symphony.  Many high school students perform with theYouth Symphony, the adult symphony, or both. This gives you the opportunity to play more difficult music than we playin class and also allows you to work with other musicians and conductors in thearea.  Details regarding auditions willbe given in August.

    6.      Auditionfor District and State Orchestra, even if you think you might not make it.  Auditions are a good experience regardless ofwhether you make the cut, and the more you play, the more confidence you willhave.  Auditioning for district orchestraautomatically guarantees you a spot, which means that you will get toparticipate in an honors orchestra, work with a different conductor, and meetother musicians from the area. 

    Private Teachers


    1. Ann Samuelson (785-668-2027, annsamuelson@sbcglobal.net)
    2. Denise Blehm (826-5971, deniseblehm@yahoo.com)
    3. Teresa Hernandez (317-7502, teresah@greatplaynsmusic.com, www.greatplaynsmusic.com)
    4. Doug Beyer (210-724-9989, ViolinDB@cox.net)
    5. Manda Deegan (404-2199 home, 341-2485 cell, manda_deegan@yahoo.com)
    6. Dena Berquist (820-9598 or 452-5332)


    1. Teresa Hernandez (317-7502, teresah@greatplaynsmusic.com, www.greatplaynsmusic.com)
    2. Doug Beyer (210-724-9989, ViolinDB@cox.net)
    3. Denise Blehm (826-5971, deniseblehm@yahoo.com)—beginning viola only
    4. Manda Deegan (404-2199 home, 341-2485 cell, manda_deegan@yahoo.com)
    5. Sarah Bernard-Stevens (308-760-2047, emailsarahs@gmail.com)–beginning viola
    6. Dena Berquist (820-9598 or 452-5332)


    1. Teresa Hernandez (317-7502, teresah@greatplaynsmusic.com, www.greatplaynsmusic.com)
    2. Dena Berquist (820-9598 or 452-5322)


    1. John Davis (827-9909, JCDA440@aol.com)
    2. Andrew Book (309-3549, andrew.book@usd305.com)


    Music Stores andWebsites

    • KC Strings (for instruments, rentals, bows, repair)

    JohnDavis (“Stringman”), local dealer
    (785) 827-9909          

    ·        MidwestMusic

    210S. Santa Fe
    Salina, KS  67401
    (785) 825-6296          

    • S.M. Hanson Music Inc.

    335S. Clark St.
    Salina, KS  67401
    (785) 823-6273          

    ·        Senseney Music

    2300 E. Lincoln

    Wichita, KS  67211

    (316) 262-1487

    1-800-362-1060          www.senseneymusic.com


    • Southwest Strings (a good source for instrument supplies, strings, music, etc.)


    ·        SharMusic       www.sharmusic.com


Last Modified on August 21, 2013