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Viran Vuu

Director of Orchestras

viran.vuu@springbranchisd.com

713-251-3100 ext. 3128

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Orchestra Handbook


The Spring Woods Orchestra

With Honor and Spirit…
The Spring Woods Orchestra program has a long-standing heritage of excellence in making music. We now have four string orchestras which all perform regularly. The Spring Woods Orchestra has performed successfully at many festivals in Texas and Florida.

The Spring Woods Orchestra is comprised of approximately one hundred students in grades nine through twelve at Spring Woods High School in the Spring Branch Independent School District. Most of these students began their string education in sixth grade in our middle school Orchestra programs.

Performance opportunities are abundant at the high school level. Annual events include a season of four major concerts, a holiday concert at the Tiger Trail School, Region and State auditions, Pre-UIL Concert, UIL Concert and Sight-reading Contest, SBISD & UIL Solo and Ensemble Contests, the school musical and a Spring Trip. In addition, the orchestra is active in the community, sending out various chamber groups to perform for community events.

For many years the Spring Woods Orchestras have been successful at UIL contests.  Both the Varsity Chamber Orchestra and the Non-Varsity Symphony Orchestra won Sweepstakes at contest this year.

The orchestra has performed successfully at many festivals over the years often earning Superior ratings.  Most recently earning all Superior ratings and a Best in Class trophy at the Lone Star Showcase of Music Festival in Dallas.

Orchestra membership is divided by audition into four distinct string orchestras.  Classes meet daily during their assigned period as well as after school section rehearsals for Chamber and Symphony.  All orchestras meet after school for dress rehearsals prior to concerts. 

The Spring Woods Orchestra represents a broad cross section of the student body. Its members participate in sports, service organizations, academic clubs and other fine arts.  Many of our string players have been named to the top 10% or their graduating class and some have been salutatorian and even valedictorian. Despite a tremendously busy schedule of academic and extra-curricular events, orchestra members remain a close-knit group who find time to socialize with each other. Typical events include Lock-ins, Homecoming Parade, Tiger-Fest booth, parties, various fund-raisers, Spring Trip, and a banquet at the end of the year. 

Our feeder schools include Spring Oaks Middle School taught by David Coldiron, Spring Woods Middle School, and Spring Branch Middle School taught by Melissa Condi.

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Students can log into Charms to see their orchestra calendar in detail as well as the orchestra handbook and forms.  Login using "springwoodshso" as the "school code".  Enter your student ID number on the next page.  Here is the link https://www.charmsoffice.com/ 

Parents feel free to contact Mr. Vuu by phone 713 251 3128 between 7:50 AM and 8:30 AM Monday through Friday.  You may also contact Mr. Vuu by email through the email module on the right side of this webpage.

 

Schedule

1st period       Middle School Assisting      

2nd period      Middle School Assisting       

3rd period       Intermediate Orchestra   

4th period       Chamber Orchestra      

5th period       Symphony Orchestra      

6th period       Philharmonic Orchestra     

7th period       Teacher Conference     

Grading Rubric

Daily Participation, Materials, and Sectionals 20%

Quizzes and Professional Concert Project Grades 40%

Chair Tests and Performances 40%

Tutorials/Sectionals Schedule: (To be created)

                     3:00pm-3:40pm           /   3:40pm-4:20pm

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Tuesday       

Wednesday  

Thursday      

Friday           

Calendar 2017-2018

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Spring Woods HS Orchestras Calendar of Events

Date Time              Event                             Location                 Participating Orchestra

August

28        After School                Sectionals Begin                              SWHS: Orchestra Room         Chamber/Symphony/Philharmonic

September

8          Class                          Region Audition Entry/Fee Due                                                         Any Interested Members*

12        After School               1st Fundraiser 59-Minute                    SWHS: Orchestra Room        All Members

16        8:00am-2pm               Orchestra Car Wash                          Bus Circle/Orchestra Room    Student Volunteers

21        After-School                Black Out Pep Rally                          SWHS Football Stadium         Student Volunteers                                         

October

2          4:00pm-8:00pm          Homecoming Parade                          SWHS                                    Any Interested Members

5          After School               Homecoming Game-Football              Tully                                       School Wide

7          All Day                       Region HS Orchestra Audition            Northbrook HS                       Region Students*

10        After School               SWHS College                                    SWHS                                    School Wide

14        All Day                       Region MS Orchestra Audition           Spring Branch MS

21        8:00am-2pm              Orchestra Car Wash                          Bus Circle/Orchestra Room    Student Volunteers

24        6:30pm                      Fall Orchestra Concert                      SWHS Auditorium                    All Members

28        TBA                           Area Audition/Taping                          Memorial HS                            Region Students*

November

8          All Day                       TexRenFest Music Festival                Renaissance Festival              Chambers and Symphony*

8          6:00pm-8:00pm          Region Sectional/Rechairing             Jersey Village HS                   Region Students*

10-11   9:00am-5:00pm          Region Orchestra Clinic & Concert   Langham Creek HS                Region Students*

December

7          6:30pm                       Orchestra Winter Concert                  SWHS .                                   All Members

TBA     TBA                            Orchestra Winter Tour/Tiger Trail       Communities                          Chamber*

January

8                                             Sectionals Resume                             SWHS: Orchestra Room        Chamber/Symphony/Phil

TBA    TBA                             Cub Camp Incoming Freshmen Visit  SWHS                                     Chambers                   

26        7:30pm                       Musical Opening Night                       SWHS                                     Any Interested Members*

February

3          All Day                       District Solo and Ensemble Contest   Landrum MS                           Any Interested Members*

3          7:30pm                       Musical Closing Night                        SWHS                                     Any Interested Members*

9/10     TBA                            UIL Solo and Ensemble Contest       Cypress Springs HS               Any Interested Members*

4-17     TBA                            TMEA / All State Concerts                 San Antonio                            All Staters* / Interested Students           

March

7          TBA                            UIL Full Orchestra C & SR                Cypress Ridge HS

22        After-School               Pre-UIL Performance                         SWHS                                     Competing Orchestra

April

4-5       TBA                            UIL NV HS String C & SR                 Bridgeland HS                         Competing Orchestras*

19        TBA                            UIL Varsity HS String C & SR           MHS                                         Chambers Orchestra*

TBA    7:00am                        SBISD Running for the Arts              Memorial City Mall                   Any Interested Members

TBA    TBA                            Spring Orchestra Trip                         TBA                                         Any Interested Members*

May

16        6:30pm                      Orchestra Spring Concert                   SWHS                                    All Members

18                                          Senior Instr./Uniform Deadline            SWHS                                   Seniors and Non-Returning Members

26        5:00pm-9:00pm         Spring Woods HS Graduation            Don Coleman Coliseum         Non-Seniors

June

1                                            Last Student School Day                    SWHS                                    All Members


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