Thank You to Our Sponsors!

And the many orchestra families who have given so generously.

Save the Date

  • NOTE: Early practices in February are different from week to week because of performances and school closures.
  • VARSITY early practices/arrivals, 7:15 on:
    • February 26, Monday, possible Master Class with Brian Frock
    • February 27, Tuesday
  • NON-VARSITY early practices/arrivals, 7:15 on:
    • February 26, Monday, possible Master Class with Brian Frock
    • February 27, Tuesday
  • New York Trip music special practices: March 5 and March 6, 7:30 am
  • February 23, after school Clinics and Social:
    • 4:45 pm to 6:00 pm: Clinics (varsity with Joseph Baird, non-varsity with Payton McIntyre)
    • 6:15 pm: Social at Blazer Tag, only 40 spots available
  • February 28: UIL Full Orchestra Competition, AISD PAC. Non-varsity is performing at 10:00 am and will need to be at school early by 8:00 am; varsity will be performing at 1:00 pm.

See the calendar for all other important spring dates.

Orchestra Clinic and Blazer Tag Social: February 23

There will be an orchestra clinic from 4:30 to 6:00 pm, February 23rd. The clinician for Varsity students will be Joseph Baird. The clinician for Non-Varsity students is Payton McIntyre.  

An orchestra social will follow at Blazer Tag from 6:30 to 8:00 pmall 40 spots have been claimed.

Choice sheets! Make sure you listed orchestra as your No. 1 elective!

Choice Sheets for next year are underway. If you are in the Chamber Orchestra next year, make sure you signed up for BOTH the Chamber Orchestra AND String Instrumental Ensemble. For incoming Juniors, the Ensemble class code is 5213.H200, for incoming Seniors the Ensemble class code is 5214.H200. If you are not sure which orchestra you will be in next year, contact Ms. Solis. 

NY Trip: Choose Your Meal at La Donna

One evening, we’ll have dinner at La Donna restaurant. The appetizer will be a House Salad and desert will be Vanilla Cake. The beverage will be sodas. The choices for dinner are:

  • Chicken parma with pasta
  • Meatballs with pasta
  • Cheese ravioli
  • Grilled chicken with vegetables

Please email with your choice to Sandee Vargas so we can give them a count on each of the above.

Senior Picture and Senior Orchestra Students Group Yearbook Ad

Seniors who took part in the senior photo group should also submit payment of $26 to contribute towards the senior group yearbook ad. Payments by check should be made out to Austin High Orchestra and be given to Ms. Solis. Students may also pay using Venmo. The Venmo address is: @AustinHighOrchestra.  

Adult Volunteers Needed for Middle School UIL Competition

On Thursday, February 29th and Friday, March 1st, Austin High Orchestra will “host” the UIL orchestra competition for Middle Schools at the AISD Performing Arts Center (not at Austin High). We need four adult volunteers from 8:30 am-12:30 pm and four from 1:00 – 4:00 pm each day to help set up the stage, check-in students/schools, record scores, serve snacks and lunch for judges, etc. If you are available to help, please email Joy Lobb.

Support the Solis-Herrera Family

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.

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