• Cardinal Orchestra 


    2019-20 Cardinal Orchestra Concert/Event Schedule                                          

    Monday, October 14   WHS Fall Showcase Concert   7:30 pm   WHS Gym    

    Monday, December 9   Holiday 9-12 Orchestra Concert   7:30 pm   WHS BPAC

    Thursday, February 13-15   All-State Performances   All Day   Mpls. (selected students)

    Wednesday, February 26   Region 8AA Orchestra S/E Contest   All Day   Willmar  

    Friday, March 13   Deadline for All State auditions (uploaded)

    Monday, March 16   9-12 Orchestra Concert   7:30 pm   WHS BPAC     

    Monday, March 30   CLC Honors Reh.  4-8:00 pm   Sartell (Chamber Orch. & selected students)

    Friday, April 3   CLC Music Festival    8:00 am – @ 6:30 pm   Sartell

    Monday, April 13   All District String Festival   7:00 pm   WHS Gym    

    Wednesday, May 20   Commencement Concert   8:00 pm   WHS BPAC (Pre-concert Social for

                                          Seniors & Parents at 7:15 pm   WHS cafeteria)  

    • Highlighted concert dates/events are required by all Cardinal Orchestra students. Non-highlighted ones are optional. 


    2019-20 Fundraisers

    Thursday, September 5   Coupon Book Kick-off    During School   Music Rooms

    Monday, September 23   Coupon Book Money Due

    Saturday, October 5   Mills Ford Fundraiser   9:00 am–4:00 pm   Mills Ford Willmar

    Monday, October 14   Music Matters Fall Kick-off    6:00 pm   WHS Cafeteria

    Friday, November 1   Fruit Fundraiser #1 Kick-off   During School

    Monday, November 11   Fruit Orders Due

    Tuesday, December 10   Fruit Delivery during P/T Conf.  3:00–5:00 pm   WHS Band Room

    Friday, January 24   Fruit Fundraiser #2 Kick-off   During School

    Monday, February 3   Fruit Orders Due

    Tuesday, February 25   Fruit Delivery   3:00-4:30 pm   WHS Band Room

    Saturday, April 25   Mills Ford Fundraiser   9:00 am-4:00 pm    Mills Ford Willmar


    Concert Attire   

    The goal of ensemble work is to be uniform in our presentation.  This includes uniformity in our appearance.  Cardinal Orchestra members will wear all black.  Men must wear a black dress shirt, black dress pants, black socks, and black dress shoes for all concerts.  Women must wear either a black dress (that falls below the knees when seated) with black leggings and black dress shoes, or a black dress shirt with black dress pants and black dress shoes.  Pants are preferred. 


    Concert Participation Policy

     All music students MUST participate in all concerts, contests, and festivals for their ensemble.    

    The mandatory performance dates for Cardinal Orchestra are highlighted above.    

    An unexcused absence from a concert will lower the student’s final grade for the term ONE LETTER GRADE.  An unexcused concert absence CANNOT be made up. 

     The only excuses for missing a concert are: 

    1. Personal illness (absent from school the day of or day after; being sick just for the evening is not excused.) * an email notifying the director is appreciated
    2. Family emergency
    3. Immediate family wedding or immediate family graduation. 

           (Written notices must be given to the director at least one month before the concert.)  

    1. Vacations planned in advance of school year.  (Must be specified by

           the end of the first week of school.)

    • For excused absences, a makeup assignment will be required.

    Please communicate with relatives who may purchase tickets or arrange travel for you.  It is important they are aware of your concert dates and your commitment to your ensemble so that your grade doesn’t suffer from their good intentions! 


    Grading Policy

    1. Rehearsal Skills 40% (contributing positively to rehearsals; showing active interest in the class; working hard to improve musicianship individually and as an ensemble) * Points are deducted from “rehearsal skills” each time a student is absent from class. They may be made up by coming in before school or during zero hour and practicing; 20 minutes of practice equals one make-up.  It is the student's responsibility to keep track of absences and to schedule practice sessions.  Students may also make up rehearsal points by scheduling a lesson with the director for extra assistance with music.                                               
    2. Performance Skills 40% (posture, rhythm, intonation, bowing, style) * Each term students will be assessed on scales and/or orchestral literature. Retaking performance assessments is an option if you would like to improve your skills and score; it is your responsibility to check your score on student portal, practice, and schedule a time to retake the test. 
    3. Written Skills 20% (evaluations, written assignments, quizzes)



    * Be respectful and courteous to everyone.  

    * Respect property.

    * Come to orchestra prepared:  instrument, folder, pencil, iPad, on time, in seat, tuned. 

    * No gum, food, or drink other than water during rehearsal. 

    * No electronic devices may be used unless given permission by the director.