Congratulations to varsity and non-varsity orchestras. Both received straight 1s from all judges (called sweepstakes) at String Orchestra UIL!

☆ 2023-24 UIL Achievements ☆

Like most years, our students excelled in UIL competitions this year.

10 students advanced to state in Solo & Ensemble UIL

Non-Varsity: 1 / Superior for Concert and Sight Reading at both Full Orchestra and String Orchestra UIL, winning a Sweepstakes (top score from all judges) at String UIL

Varsity: 1 / Superior for Concert and Sight Reading at both Full Orchestra and String Orchestra UIL, winning a Sweepstakes at both

Our director, Ana Maria Solis-Herrera, was named
Austin High’s Teacher of the Year!

Thank You to Our Sponsors!

And the many orchestra families who have given so generously.

Save the Date

  • Sunday, April 21: Orchestra Banquet; Norris Conference Center, 2525 W. Anderson Lane, Suite 365, Austin, TX 78757
  • Saturday, April 27: AISD Solo & Ensemble Competition (for students who advanced to state in the UIL Solo & Ensemble)
  • Thursday, May 9: Spring Concert
  • August 5-9: AHS Orchestra Summer Camp! (Scroll down to register)

See the calendar for all other important dates.

Submit Your Pictures for the Banquet!

Calling all photographers! If you have any pictures of different orchestra events from this school year, including the NY trip, please submit them using the link shared in the orchestra newsletter. Photos will be displayed at the orchestra banquet on April 21st! 

AISD Solo & Ensemble Competition

Austin High Orchestra students who advanced to state in the UIL Solo & Ensemble competition will also perform at the AISD Solo & Ensemble Competition on Saturday, April 27th. Practice with the pianist will be on Tuesday, April 16th and Monday, April 22nd.  The pianist will be Dr. Patrick Creel. 

We’re Hosting the AISD Middle School Solo & Ensemble competition. Please Volunteer. 

Austin High will host the AISD Middle School Solo & Ensemble competition at Austin High on Saturday, April 27th. We need student and adult volunteers to help run the event. Sign up will be posted on Blend for students. There will be two shifts: 9:00 am to 12:00 pm and 1:00 pm to 4:00 pm. We would like two adult volunteers for each shift. If you are available or have any questions, please please contact Joy Lobb.

We Need Board Members and Volunteer Leads for Next Year!

We are in need of parent volunteers for the 2024-2025 school year to help with the following positions. If you are available or have any questions, please contact Ms. Solis or Joy Lobb.

  • Treasurer: You’ll receive training and guidance to assist you with this position on the Booster Board.
  • Graphic Designer: Every year, we need help designing posters, flyers, merchandise, online graphics, and other material.
  • Trip Planning: If there is an adult volunteer who is interested in helping the orchestra with scheduling and planning trips, please let us know!
  • Uniform Room Team: Ms. Solis needs volunteers who are available throughout the year to keep the uniform room organized and tidy, help determine how many uniforms need to be ordered, and assist students on days/evenings when they have orchestra performances. 

Register for AHS Orchestra Summer Camp!

We want all of our students to join in on the summer fun. This year, our annual summer camp will be held from August 5 through 9, 9:00 am to 12:00 pm. It’s a wonderful opportunity for students—especially new students—to bond and have fun together, learn new music for fall concerts and competitions, work with private instructors by section, get measured for performance uniforms, play games, have fun, and more! Please register using the form below.

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