Upcoming Concerts

Our final concert is Tuesday, May 15, 7 pm at Rocky.


If you still need to go to a concert for your Term 4 Concert Report, consider these:

Sunday, April 15, 2018, 7:30 pm Weber State University Symphony Orchestra Concerto Night

Thursday, May 3, 2018, 7 pm, Fremont High School Orchestra Concert

Saturday, May 5, 2018, 7:30 pm, at Ben Lomond High School, New American Philharmonic Orchestra

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Beginning Orchestra Field Trip Report Resources

Students who wish to use this field trip for their concert report for 4th term, may write 2 pages on their experience at the Utah Symphony Concert at Fremont High School.

Use the links below for more information on the composers and pieces. The “secondary” one will have more details than the “elementary”.

The assignment must include a one-page program that you create, as well as 2 pages (1 side each) written or typed–I want to be able to read it!

It must be turned in on Wednesday, April 11, 2018.






Here are the pieces and order as they were performed at the concert:

1-John Williams Harry’s Wondrous World

2-Ludwig van Beethoven Symphony No. 9: IV. Ode to Joy

3-Georges Bizet Farandole

4-Aaron Copland Variations on a Shaker Melody

5-Ludwig van Beethoven Symphony No. 6: IV. The Storm

6-Gabriela Lena Frank  The Mestizo Waltz (from Three Latin American Dances)

7-Benjamin Britten Young Person’s Guide to the Orchestra: Introduction & Fugue

8-Piotr Ilyich Tchaikovsky The Nutcracker: Act II Pas de Deux

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“Pasta with a Purpose”

To The Fabulous 15 Students who are performing “Allegro in D for Strings” at “Pasta with a Purpose” Wed. March 21:

Please wear white on top, black/dark on the bottom or all black (dressy).

We play at 7:15 pm.

Please arrive as close to 6:30pm as you can. We will tune in room 111. You may eat before 6:30 or after we play.

Bring your dinner ticket and bring your family to buy theirs!! 😉

Thank you!

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Festival/concerts and Term 3 and Term 4 Projects!



Here is a link to purchase tickets to Utah Symphony/Ballet West “Green Eggs and Ham”, Sat. March 13. 7:00 pm, at WSU Browning Center. Since our report is due March 12, those students attending this concert/ballet may turn in their reports on Wed, March 14.   http://symphonyballet.org/concerts/family.html

Jazz Combos. March 14, 7:30 -9 pm, Russell/Wanlass Performance Hall, USU Campus, Logan  https://cca.usu.edu/calendar/events

These are the only concerts I have been able to find out about. If you see something in the surrounding communities involving strings, let me know!


If parents cannot take you to a live concert, you may do the assignment by listening AND watching these videos:

1. Create your own “program” listing all these pieces, their composers and the name of the group performing. Staple your program to the back of the concert report form. (Handwritten or typed is acceptable.)

2. Watch and listen to all 63 minutes of music. You may have an intermission or two, if needed 😉

3. Complete the “Orchestra Concert Attendance Report Form”. (Print from “All Forms”, on this blog.)

4. Parent signature required for this assignment, to indicate that you did complete the viewing of the video concert.

5. Hand in by March 12.




Over 2nd SEMESTER, Students must have 1 college/professional level concert report and 1 high school concert report:

(term 3 is due March 12)


Consider these concerts for your term projects for Term 4:  (Due May 14)

Term 4 is due May 14.

Most high schools will have concerts 4th quarter. Please refer to their websites.

March 24, 2018, 7:30 pm, Chamber Orchestra Ogden, at Peery’s Egyptian Theater in Ogden. No charge for public school music students with ID, at the door. Arrive early. Reserved and regular tickets $8.

March 26, 2018, 7:00 pm, American String Teacher Association ‘Stringfest’ Contest Winners Recital, at WSU (choir room, 2nd floor?), featuring standout players from all age groups. 

April 9, 2018, Beginning Orchestra Field Trip to Utah Symphony at Fremont High School. May be used as a report, but must be 2 pages paragraph form, not the “Concert Attendance Report form”, and must be turned in on April 11.

April 15, 2018, 7:30 pm WSU Symphony Orchestra Concerto Night, featuring University contest winners. $6/$7

April 16, 2018, 6:30 pm – String Project Concert (HS level)

Also, search for Utah Symphony Performances:






Parents– There is no evening concert for Term 3, but you are invited to our district festival performances:

Also, our 8th grade bass players from 4th period will perform with Intermediate/3rd Period/8th grade Orchestra, as well.

Please notice the Feb 28 time change for Advanced/4th period


Beginning Orchestra Festival is Friday, Feb. 23, 2018 at Fremont High School.  We warm up at 9:40 and perform at 10:00 am. Following the performances, we will eat lunch at 12 Street and Washington Blvd. Students may bring a sack lunch or money for fast food, or both. I would love to have chaperones at lunch!  (8:20 am-1 pm if you can ride the bus with us or 11:50 am – 1 pm if you want to meet us at the parking lot of Chick-Fil-A on 12 Street and Washington Blvd. and eat lunch with groups of kids.)     They did SO great!

Intermediate/Advanced Festival is Wednesday, Feb. 28, 2018 at Roy High School. 3rd Period (“Intermediate”) performs at 8:55 am. 4th Period (“Advanced”) performs at 1:11 pm  11:35 am. We will eat lunch at 10:55 am in the Roy High cafeteria, so bring your student ID and/or sack lunch. We will need two chaperones since we will require 2 buses, and I will be setting up the event that morning. (7:45 am – 2 pm if you can stay the whole day, OR–if you can have someone pick you up at the destination, we would need you at 7:45 am and/or 1:30 pm.)

Please see the Concert/Event page and Term Projects page on this blog.



Feb 24, 2018. 7:30 pm Weber State University Symphony Orchestra & Chorus, “Carmina Burana”

Sat. Jan. 6, 3 pm. (this is the updated time and date). Cello & Bass Recital at First Presbyterian Church, 28th & Grammercy, Ogden.  Marisa DeGarlais’ & Paul Joines’ Studios.  Can be used for Term 4 or Term 3 Project.

Sat. Jan. 20, 7;30 pm at Weber State University Browning Center, New American Philharmonic Orchestra concert. Can be used for Term 4 Project. Admission free.

Sat. Jan. 27, 7:30 pm at Peery’s Egyptian Theatre, Chamber Orchestra Ogden, “Red Dress Event”. Admission free for school orchestra students! Term 4 Project. Wear red to support American Heart Association. THIS ONE FEATURES AN AWESOME BASS & CLARINET DUET! LOOK FOR MRS. D AND MR. RIPPON!

Wednesday, January 31, 7:00 pm at Roy High School Auditorium. Weber School District Honor Orchestra Concert.  (This can be used for a Term 3 Project.) YOU MIGHT SEE SOME STUDENTS FROM OUR SCHOOL!

Advanced Field Trip to SLC is coming up Wed. Feb. 1.  We will need 5-6 Chaperones!  Keep your grades up so you won’t mind missing a day of school! A 2-page typed report of the events of this day–especially the Utah Symphony rehearsal and repertoire–can be used for a Term 4 project.


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Upcoming Events November – January

Saturday, November 18, 2017, 2:00 pm.  POSTPONED. New date, Sat. Jan. 6, 2 pm! Cello & Bass Recital at First Presbyterian Church, 28th & Grammercy, Ogden.  Marisa DeGarlais’ & Paul Joines’ Studios.  Can be used for Term 4 or Term 3 Project.

Thursday, December 7, 7:00 pm at FHS. Fremont High School Orchestra Concert. (This can be used for a Term 3 Project.)


Wednesday, December 13, 7:00 pm. Our RMJH Orchestra Concert, at Rocky. Advanced Band will join Advanced Orchestra in one full orchestra piece!


Thursday, December 14, 7:00 pm. We will play our full orchestra piece at the band concert. Arrive 7 pm for tuning, concert attire.


RMJH Advanced Orchestra and Band – Elementary School Concert Tour 2017, during school Friday, December 15. Bring your folding music stand from home!

Saturday, January 27, 2018, 7:30 pm at Peery’s Egyptian Theatre. Chamber Orchestra Ogden “Red Dress Concert”. (This can be used for a Term 4 Project.)

Wednesday, January 31, 7:00 pm at Roy High School Auditorium. Weber School District Honor Orchestra Concert.  (This can be used for a Term 3 Project.)

You may also attend a Clytie Adams (in Nov at WSU), Imagine Ballet School (in Dec at Peery’s Egyptian Theatre), or Ballet West (Nov/Dec at WSU or Capitol Theatre) performance of “The Nutcracker” for a Term 4 Project.

Check out this amazing performance of Copland’s Appalachian Spring by University of Maryland. Since Copland used the melody to “Simple Gifts”, a traditional tune associated with Thanksgiving, I thought it was a good time to spotlight it.



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Upcoming Events


CONCERT ATTENDANCE REPORTS:   Attend 1 High School Orchestra Concert by 3rd Quarter (due March 12), AND attend 1 Professional or College level Orchestra concert by May 11.



Saturday, September 23, 2017, 7:30 pm at Peery Egyptian Theatre

Chamber Orchestra Ogden Concert

Tickets:  http://coosep2317.brownpapertickets.com/

Orchestra Concert Attendance Worksheet

This would fulfill the project required for college/professional level concert report or participation make-up points.


Wednesday, October 11, 2017, 7:00 pm at Fremont High School

Fremont High School Orchestra Concert

Orchestra Concert Attendance Worksheet

This would fulfill the project required for HS concert report or participation make-up points.


Tuesday, October 17, 2017


Rocky Mountain Junior High Orchestra Concert

7:00 pm

Performers arrive 1 hour early for tuning, best dress concert attire.

Students needed for set up after school and take down after the concert.

This is a required event for our class!


Saturday, October 28, 2017, 7:30 pm at Ogden High School

New American Philharmonic Orchestra

Get your tickets from Mrs. DeGarlais 😉

Orchestra Concert Attendance Worksheet

This would fulfill the project required for college/professional level concert report or participation make-up points.



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Getting Ready to be in RMJH Orchestra 2017-2018

REVISED July 7, 2017

A warm welcome to our new students beginning orchestra this fall! I’m looking forward to working with you this coming school year!

To help prepare for our classes, I would like to know your instrument preference(s).

Please reply by email at madegarlais@wsd.net by August 14.


You will need your own instrument to play in orchestra! Generally, this is how it works:

BASSES:  A standup bass to be used during class is rented from the school and shared with another student in another class ($42.50/yr), and a second bass (if available) is rented from the school ($85/yr) to practice at home and use at concerts or combined rehearsals or festivals.

VIOLAS:  Violas are rented from the school ($85/yr) as long as supplies last*, then rent/rent-to-own from a store ($20-$30/mo).

CELLOS:  Rent a cello from the school ($42.50/yr) to be shared with another student during classes, and rent/rent-to-own a second cello from the store ($35-$65/mo) –or from the school* ($85/yr) if available, to practice at home and use at concerts or festivals or combined rehearsals. Students who walk to school or ride with a parent daily might choose to rent a cello from the school* (if available) or from a store to take back and forth daily. (Be aware that at the school we only have ¾ and full size cellos. You’ll want the same size at home as you use at school.)

VIOLINS:  Rent your violin from the school if you are on fee waiver. Rent/rent-to-own from a store otherwise ($20-$30/mo).

*Students on fee waiver have first priority for renting school instruments.  After that, we will have a lottery of sorts. If you don’t think you will qualify for fee waiver status, but would prefer a school rental, I suggest renting from a local business first, and returning their instrument after 1 or 2 months if you end up being able to use a school rental.  School Rental must be arranged through me, so be sure to let me know if that is your preference. I will begin renting out school instruments the first week of school. Look for the required paperwork to come home. If you are considering applying for fee waiver status, please do so as soon as possible.

If you are having a hard time making up your mind…

Our program needs more viola players and bass players! And, by the way, college scholarships for decent viola players and bass players are “easier” to get, because there are fewer violists and bassists out there.

Although all string instruments come in fractional sizes, you might also consider your size, transport-ability and the sound you prefer. Listen to professional recordings and videos to help you decide what sound you will enjoy playing!


Important: Get your instrument from a reputable music store.

Parents may be tempted to buy a lesser priced instrument online, — don’t do it! It will look shiny and new, but will need work to make it playable. You won’t realize how bad it is until a few months in, when tuning and technique are extremely frustrating and the student is not making as much progress as their classmates. It is usually safer to rent from a local music store, especially if you aren’t certain the student will continue next year. You get a working instrument for the time you need it, and if the student does decide to keep playing, the rent is applied to the purchase. As you are shopping, keep in mind, a violin or viola should cost around $500 or more. They cost around $20/month to rent/rent-to-own.  A cello should cost $1200+.  They rent/rent-to-own for around $35-65/month.

Most music stores rent, rent-to-own as well as sell outright. Be sure to check with each store for their policies.

If you do buy from a private seller or online seller, make sure you know the history of the instrument, where it was purchased, how much it was retail.

If you do decide to buy a lower priced student instrument, please use the 6-12 months to save for an upgrade for 2nd semester or next year.


For your convenience, a Store-Rental Night will be held Wed, August 23, 5:00-7:00 pm at Roy High commons.

Representatives from Bert Murdock Music, Classical Strings, Riverton Music and Summerhays Music will bring their rental instruments to Roy High and you can fill out the paperwork, make a payment, and take the instrument home with you that evening. They will also have some of the other materials needed for class (listed below).

You may also contact them at their places of business. Their staff can help you know the right size to get. If there’s a question, I almost always go with the smaller size, for ease in hand position and comfortable posture. I also judge height AND finger length.


Stores in Weber/Davis Area:

Classical Strings, Harrisville, by appointment, groverstrings@gmail.com, 801-786-1605

Summerhays Music, Layton

Riverton Music, Clearfield

Main Street Music, Kaysville, after hours text 801-726-8685

Piano Gallery, Riverdale (Bert Murdock affiliate)

Music Village (repair and some resales only), Riverdale


Some stores in SLC and Murray:

Adam Day Violins, Scroggins and Scroggins Violins; Charles Liu Violins; Moroz Violins; and Peter Prier Violins.


Other things you’ll need:  


$15 registration fee paid on school registration day. This allows us to buy music, travel on field trips, and buy other materials we need.

Bring your instrument along with the following items by the 1st Monday of school. You will be assigned a cubby or rack to store your instrument during the school day.

String Basics Book 1” method book, included with most store rentals, $10 online or from a store. We have the students buy these because the book is pretty worn out by the time one person has used it. Make certain to get the one for your instrument.

Shoulder rest or sponge or shoulder pad for violin or viola ($3-$30) Buy it when you rent your instrument from the store. Before you buy, make sure you have a chance to fit it to the student’s neck and violin or viola. There are several sizes and varieties, and they are not “one size fits all”. It should not be painful to hold the instrument properly. A player with a shorter neck might even use a sponge or rolled up rubber shelf liner as a nice grippy shoulder rest. I will be at the rental nights to help with shoulder rest fitting. If you want to order one online, make sure we try a few types at school first. Please be prepared that you may be asked to make an exchange in the first 2 0r 3 weeks if a shoulder rest or chin rest problem comes up as we begin to play in class.

Rosin ($2-$6) comes with your store rental, or buy some online. Dark is best.

Cleaning cloth (just an old washcloth from home). This will be kept with your instrument.

2 Pencils to be kept in your music folder or in your instrument case.

Pocket Folder. We usually have folders donated to the school by a store.  I’ll let you know the first week of school whether you need to bring your own.  

Folding Music Stand ($10-$15, stays at home for practicing except for 1 or 2 times when it’s needed at school) Order online or buy from a music store. Set up a good practice area at home!


These items are needed by 4th week of school :

Electronic tuner & Metronome (Smart phone app, handheld, clip-on, online site, combination metronome or not. Download or get one with a mic or vibration reader.)

Endpin stop for bass, Rock stop/strap for cello ($8-$18) Buy it from the store or online. The most dependable kind for cello has a strap.

RMJH Orchestra T-Shirt for wearing to school on concert days and school spirit days (optional, and cost is estimated to be $6.50).


I appreciate your reading all the many details! If you have further questions, please contact me.


Mrs. Marisa DeGarlais 😊


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Power Practice!

In anticipation of our upcoming festivals, we will be reporting our home practicing 5 days per week, from Jan. 30-Feb. 13.  If you practice Jan. 27, 28, or 29, you may count those days on your “Power Practice” record.  Parent Signature/initial required.  Due Feb. 14.

If you lose your “Power Practice” form, you may print one from this blog:  Click on the “All Forms” page.  Click on “Power Practice”.

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Playing Tests Jan. 5-10

2nd and 3rd Period Playing Test

Part 1: “Book 10 Twinkle”  

Part 2:  “Conquest” 

Violins, measures 5-8, 13-18.

Violas, measures 34-41 and 50-52

Cellos & Basses, measures 21-31


4th & 5th Period Playing Test

Part 1:  “Book 10 Twinkle”

Part 2:  “Gauntlet”

Violins, 17-27

Violas, 2-10 and 57-60

Cellos, 23-33

Basses, 21-27 and 60-65

Part 3:  “Acadia First Light”

Violins, 35-50

Violas, 61-83

Cellos, 68-83

Basses, 32-51



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Next concert Dec. 14, 7pm

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