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       Philharmonic Orchestra B   

4th period       Chamber Orchestra      

5th period       Symphony Orchestra      

6th period       Philharmonic Orchestra A     

7th period       Teacher Conference     

Grading Rubric

Daily Participation, Materials, and Sectionals 20%

Quizzes and Professional Concert Project Grades 30%

Chair Tests and Performances 50%

Tutorials/Sectionals

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

Monday        Chamber Cello Bass

Tuesday       Symphony Cello Bass /   Symphony 2nd Violin

Wednesday  Symphony 1st Violin    /   Symphony Viola

Thursday      Chamber 1st Violin      /   Chamber Viola

Friday           Chamber 2nd Violin

Make-ups

1st day late = 10 points off, 2nd day = 20 points off, 3rd day 30 points off, sectionals must be made up within the 3 week grading period they were missed 

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Spring Woods HS Orchestras Calendar of Events 2015-2016

Date Time Event Location Participating Orchestra

August

31 Sectionals Begin SWHS: Orchestra Room Chamber/Symphony

September

3 6:00pm-7:00pm Orchestra Parent Meeting SWHS: Orch Room All Member and Parents

9 4:00pm-8:00pm Homecoming Parade SWHS

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

October

3 All Day Region Orchestra Audition Spring Branch MS Region Students*

22 6:30pm Fall Orchestra Concert SWHS Auditorium All Members

31 TBA Area Audition/Taping Memorial HS Region Students*

November

4 TBA TexRenFest Music Festival Symphony and Chamber

11 5:00pm Region Orchestra Rehearsal Stratford HS Region Students*

13-14 9:00am-5:00pm Region Orchestra Concert Langham Creek HS Region Students*

December

4 Fall Professional Concert Project Due Date All Members

8 6:30pm Orchestra Winter Concert SWHS . All Members

TBA TBA Orchestra Winter Tour Communities Chamber*

January

11 Sectionals Resume SWHS: Orch Room Chamber/Symphony

20 9:15AM-11:15AM Incoming Freshmen Visit SWHS Chambers

TBA Musical Rehearsal/Shows SWHS Any Interested Members*

30 All Day District Solo and Ensemble TBA Any Interested Members*

February

TBA Musical Rehearsal/Shows SWHS Any Interested Members*

5/6 TBA UIL Solo and Ensemble   Cypress Springs HS Any Interested Members*

10-13 TBA TMEA / All State Concerts San Antonio All Staters* / Interested Students     

April

11 After-School Pre-UIL Performance SWHS Competing Orchestra

14 TBA UIL 6A Var. String C & SR Memorial HS

15-16 All Day UIL MS Varsity String C & SR SOMS Volunteer Helpers

19-20 TBA UIL 5A, 6A NV String C & SR Cypress Woods HS Competing Orchestra*

30 7:00am SBISD Running for the Arts Memorial City Mall Any Interested Members

May

TBA TBA Spring Orchestra Trip TBA Any Interested Members*

10 6:30pm Orchestra Spring Concert SWHS All Members

20 Spring Professional Concert Project Due Date All Members

28 TBA Spring Woods HS Graduation Don Coleman Coliseum Non-Seniors



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