Dear AHS Orchestra students, families, alum, and supporters,
We are continuing to find ways to support our director, Ana Maria Solis-Herrera, and her family after the loss of their beloved husband and father, Sam, on November 8. Sam Herrera was a generous and devoted supporter of the AHS Orchestra program. Please continue to hold them in your hearts and keep them in your thoughts and prayers, and consider donating to the GoFundMe campaign or recording a short message of support.
Save the Date
- Early Practices: November 29 and December 6 at 7:30 am (to prepare for winter concert)
- December 4: Third payment for NY trip due (see details here)
- December 6: Winter Concert at 6:30 pm, Austin High gym
Winter Concert Is Almost Here!
Winter Concert will be held on December 6 at 6:30 pm. Orchestras from Austin High’s vertical team elementary and middle schools will join us for a fun night of holiday music from diverse traditions. Tickets are $5 and the proceeds support all of the orchestra programs that perform.
This year, we will not be hosting a dinner beforehand. Austin High performers will stay after school, be served dinner, dress in their performance uniforms, and then head to the gym.
Important parking and traffic information! Because of Trail of Lights parking on the Austin High Campus, please be sure to give yourself plenty of time to arrive and park. Let any parking attendant know that you’re arriving for the orchestra Winter Concert and they will let you into the lot without charge.
If you can volunteer to help serve the students dinner, sell tickets or check will-call at the door, sell concessions, and help setup for the concert, please get in touch.
New York Trip Important Details
Please go to the Spring Trip 2024 page for important details and deadlines!
Senior Orchestra Students Group Photo for Yearbook Ad
We would like to have a group picture of the senior orchestra students to include in a school yearbook ad. Please email Sandee Vargas, Orchestra Boosters Vice President, for additional information if you would like to include your student.
Region Orchestra Performance
Congratulations to all of the orchestra students who played at the TMEA Region 18 Orchestra concert on Saturday, November 18th at the Austin ISD Performing Arts Center. They did a fantastic job and we are all so proud of their accomplishment!
- Violins: Annika Solotko, AJ Benjamin, Edward Lee, Lilla Gysan, Lydia Reider, Olivia Jump and Roman Zigmont
- Violas: Abner Seefeldt and Eric Chiang
- Cellos: Julian Felix and Ethan Barrera
UIL Solo Contest
Students will begin preparing for UIL Solo competition in January. A reminder that the private lessons offered at school are some of the most affordable you can find, and the instructors are wonderful. Please consider signing your child up. It can make a big difference in their performance in the spring competitions, and in how much they enjoy the program because of the confidence they develop.