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    Instructor: Mr. Smith


    General Orchestra email: Brad Smith:


    Orchestra discussion group and email list

    October 9th: Orchestra Parent Meeting: 7 pm in Room 117

    Orchestra Families! Welcome to the 2018/19 school year at Eckstein: Stay informed by 'Opting in' to receive email updates about upcoming orchestra events. You may unsubscribe at any time. Email the orchestra chair at  with your student's name and the orchestra (s) played in. We tentatively set an Orchestra potluck date! We will be posting more information soon!

    Eckstein Orchestra Tentative Schedule 2018-19 as of 9/21/18

    Eckstein Orchestra Program Information 2018-19

    Orchestra Family Potluck scheduled for September 20, 2018 at 6pm in the School Cafeteria

    Welcome to another great year of music with the Eckstein Orchestras. We are starting the year with an orchestra family potluck on Thursday, September 20th at 6:00 pm in the Eckstein Lunchroom.

    Come and get information on this year's schedule of performances and trips, sign up for volunteer opportunities, provide input on fundraisers, meet fellow orchestra parents, and eat good food!

    Plates, cups, napkins, and water will be provided. You bring the yummy food.
    Student Last Names:
    A through I - Desserts
    J through R - Appetizers
    S through Z - Main Dishes

    (Please provide your own serving dishes and serving spoons)

    If anyone has questions or could help a bit with setup, please email

    We hope to see you all there!

    Summer Music Program 2017-2018

    Do you have an incoming 6th grader at Eckstein Middle School who is interested in taking orchestra?
    Get a jump start on the school year with the Summer Eckstein Music Program, June 25 - July 13. It's a 3 week 9:00AM-noon camp held at Roosevelt High School.
    Not an incoming 6th grader? That's fine too - any 7th or 8th grader who wants to can participate. Your child will get quality music instruction from Eckstein's orchestra instructor, Mr. Smith. And it's insanely affordable at only $90 for all 3 weeks!
    To register, please fill out this orchestra form and turn it in to the main office at Eckstein Middle School.

    2017 / 2018 Orchestra Fundraiser

    Welcome to this year’s Orchestra Fundraiser! In order to raise funds to support our orchestra program, we have traditionally held a holiday wreath fundraiser. This year we have decided to do something different - a direct ask. A direct ask allows us to potentially raise more money, since we will not have the overhead involved with purchasing wreaths. It will also give Mr. Smith more flexibility in using the funds we raise.

    We have set a goal of $8000 to raise by Wednesday, November 29th. This money will go toward instrument maintenance, the purchase of 1 or 2 new cellos, scholarships for camps and trips, and other music enrichment opportunities. Some of you may not be aware that the Seattle School District provides no funds of any kind to the orchestra program other than Mr. Smith’s salary. Your fundraising dollars allow Mr. Smith to provide quality cellos and basses to students during school hours so that they do not have to lug their instruments to school every day, and to provide instruments to students who cannot afford instrument rental fees.

    We are asking each family to donate $100 toward our goal. We realize that this sum may be too high for some families. Any amount you can give will help us meet our goal. If you can donate more than $100, know that your extra funds will offset the cost for those who cannot afford to donate.

    Some parents and kids wanted to preserve some of the competitive aspect of the original wreath fundraiser. To that end, we created pledge cards for parents to sign. Your signature indicates your commitment to our wonderful orchestra program, and DOES NOT require a donation. Pledge cards should be returned to designated boxes in the orchestra room in the blue envelope provided. The orchestra that returns the highest percentage of pledge cards by Wednesday, November 29th will win an in-class party!

    Donations can be made online, by check, or in cash. We strongly prefer online donations. To donate online, go to: . To make sure your donation goes to the right place, enter “Eckstein Middle School Orchestra - 13411” in the “To Group” field. Checks should be made out to “Alliance for Education - Eckstein Orchestra.” Checks or cash should be placed in the blue envelope provided together with your pledge card, and returned to the designated boxes in the orchestra room.

    All of these donations are not only tax deductible, but also eligible for any matching funds your employer may provide. The Alliance for Education acts as our 501c3 umbrella organization and their Tax ID number is 911508191. So, make sure to check with your employer about matching funds to leverage your donation

    If you have any questions or need another pledge card, please contact us at .  Thank you for supporting our children’s musical education!

    -Eckstein Orchestra Fundraising Committee

    2017/2018 Orchestra Calendar


    Fall Friday November 17th 7:30 PM Eckstein Auditorium
    Elementary Instrumental Music (Junior) Thursday December 7th Time TBD Eckstein Auditorium
    Winter Friday March 2nd or 9th (TBD) 7:30 PM Eckstein Auditorium
    Senior Groups Thursday April 26th 7:30 PM Eckstein Auditorium
    Solo Ensemble Saturday, March 24th Time TBD Eckstein Auditorium
    Musical Friday, May 18th and 19th Time TBD Eckstein Auditorium
    Last Concert Friday, November 17th 7:30 PM Eckstein Auditorium
    Fall Friday June 15th Time TBD Eckstein Auditorium


    Camp Casey (Beginning, Junior, and Intermediate) January 4 - 7
    Icicle Creek (Senior Orchestra) February 1 - 4
    Tacoma Youth Symphony Festival (Beginning, Junior, and Intermediate) TBD
    Central Washington University Orchestra Festival (Senior) March 8 or 9 (TBD)


    Potluck       September 13       6:30pm Cafeteria
    Parent meeting 1       October 10       7:00pm Room 117
    Parent meeting 2       November 14       7:00pm Room 117
    Parent meeting 3       December 12       7:00pm Room 117
    Parent meeting 4       January 9       7:00pm Room 117
    Parent meeting 5       February 13       7:00pm Room 117
    Parent meeting 6       March 13       7:00pm Room 117
    Parent meeting 7       April 17       7:00pm Room 117
    Parent meeting 8       May 8       7:00pm Room 117
    Parent meeting 9       June 12       7:00pm Room 117


    General Orchestra email:

    Brad Smith:

    Greenery Fundraiser Organizer: Natalya Yudkovsky,

    Camp Casey Organizer: Shari Kaiser,

    Orchestra discussion group and email list To receive Orchestra news by email, please send your name, student's name, grade, instrument and their orchestra (Beginning, Intermediate, Junior, Senior or Community) to . We will add you name to the appropriate email list associated with your student.

    PARENT MEETINGS: Normally, we will have a parent meeting on the second Tuesday of every month in room 117 at Eckstein at 7:00PM. CAMP CASEY and ICICLE CREEK: there are the locations where we have intensive work sessions for our students. We play for about 20 hours over a 3 ½ day period, effectively giving each orchestra the equivalent of an extra month of class time. SOLO-ENSEMBLE FESTIVAL: an opportunity for ANY orchestra student to prepare a solo, or for a group to prepare an ensemble, for adjudication and award. We provide fine local professional adjudicators, and every student receives a medal and certificate. A student need not have a private teacher to participate. SENIOR GROUPS: showcases our top ensembles from the orchestra, band and choir. MUSICAL: involves many Eckstein arts, visual and performing, to produce a Broadway-style musical every Spring.
    BOYS should wear black dress shoes, socks, trousers, belt and tie. Boys should wear a white dress shirt, preferably a pleated tuxedo shirt. No white socks or dark T-shirts, please.
    GIRLS should wear all black. Appropriate dresses and dress pants are acceptable. Please do not wear short skirts on stage. Pleases wear black shoes.
    ARRIVAL TIME: Students are expected to arrive 30 minutes before a concert begins and stay for the entire concert.
    BEHAVIOR: An orchestra concert is a formal affair. Appropriate etiquette includes not carrying on a conversation (this is considered very rude) and not walking in and out of the auditorium during a performance. It is also important to show appreciation with applause at the right time. In Jazz and Rock concerts, applauding after every solo is appropriate, but in formal orchestra concerts, it is polite to wait until the ENTIRE COMPOSITION is finished. This can sometimes be confusing because many compositions have more than one section, each of which is called a “Movement.” Movements are normally indicated on the program with Roman Numerals, and these movements often alternate between slow and fast. Try to save your applause until the last movement ends.

    Contact Information 2017-18

    General Orchestra email: 

    Brad Smith:

    Greenery Fundraiser Organizer: Natalya Yudkovsky,

    Camp Casey Organizer: Shari Kaiser,

    Orchestra discussion group and email list

    To receive Orchestra news by email, please send your name, student's name, grade, instrument and their orchestra (Beginning, Intermediate, Junior, Senior or Community) to We will add you name to the appropriate email list associated with your student.


    APTOS Middle School, San Francisco, California
    Camp Casey Conference Center Website
    Icicle Creek Center For The Arts
    University of Washington Meany Hall
    Western Washington University Orchestra Festival
    Chung Park Bio