October 25, 2020 | Advanced

Orchestra Academy canceled for Monday, October 26th.

Orchestra Academy will be canceled tomorrow, October 26th. I am so sorry to cancel our rehearsal and for any inconvenience this causes. My son has COVID symptoms and we were instructed to quarantine until we get results from his test, which won’t come until Monday afternoon at the earliest. I am so sad to miss rehearsal, but I also know that i ...

August 23, 2020 | Advanced

Orchestra Academy is on for Fall 2020!

Hi everyone! I know it has been a while and there has been a lot of uncertainty. I am so happy to announce that we will be able to continue the Orchestra Academy for the Fall 2020 semester! The Henderson Community Church has kindly agreed to let us use their facilities to hold rehearsals on Monday mornings. The church is located at 12001 Oakland St i ...

April 4, 2020 | Advanced

Orchestra Academy Plan Going Forward

As you have probably heard, there will be no in-person learning in School District 27J for the rest of the school year. I agree that this is the best decision, but I have to admit I was heartbroken because I was really hoping that we could still have our concert. I have been able to meet with so many students in the last couple of weeks and they hav ...

April 3, 2020 | Advanced

Practice Video List and Private Lesson Signup

Hi everyone! It has been great to see so many of you with online private lessons. If you haven’t signed up yet, follow this link to do so: Students in the Intermediate and Advanced Orchestras have been having a lot of success practicing with the practice videos I have made. Follow these links to find the practice videos: Intermediate Orchestra: D ...

March 20, 2020 | Advanced

Orchestra Academy Plan during COVID-19

Hi everyone!

We are all kind of reinventing the wheel right now, having to self-isolate with COVID-19. I have been thinking about how we can continue to make progress in the Orchestra Academy. I have a couple of ideas about how we can keep students practicing and engaged.

First, I have created some online content for my students.

Here is a video showing the Beginning Orchestra what they should be practicing:

And below are links to practice videos for the other orchestras.

Intermediate Orchestra:

Advanced Orchestra:

In addition to these practice videos, I would like to offer online private lessons to the students of the Orchestra Academy. I have been using a free service called Zoom with my private students and it has worked pretty well. I will allow each student to sign up for 2 20-minute private lessons in the next 3 weeks using the link here:

Sign Up!

My expectation for these lessons is that the students have practiced and come to the lesson having put in some effort themselves. They should be ready to play what they can of their pieces for me and ready with any questions they may have. They definitely don’t need to be perfect—all students will be a work in progress—but I want to make sure that they have done some work at home.

My hope is that we will get to go back to rehearsing on April 20th and still have our concert in May (the concert date still hasn’t been confirmed, I am so sorry about that).

Please let me know if you need any help or if students have questions. I am here to help! Thank you all for your patience through all of this!

March 12, 2020 | Advanced

Orchestra Academy Cancelled

Today, School District 27J announced that all after school activities are canceled until further notice. This includes the Orchestra Academy. We will not have rehearsal this Monday, March 16th, and we were already going to miss Monday, March 23rd due to Spring Break. I will continue to follow what 27J decides to determine when our rehearsals will re ...

September 5, 2019 | Announcements

Buying a string instrument—what’s wrong with Amazon??

Your child is so excited to learn the cello and you are excited to help them explore a new passion. Like most people, you instantly google “where to buy a cello”—but are met with a lot of different options. To complicate the situation, the orchestra teacher has a lot of opinions on where you get your instrument, and it can seem overwhelm ...

May 21, 2019 | Announcements

Advanced Orchestra Auditions

Fall auditions for the Advanced Orchestra will be on each instrument’s last piece in their book, located on pages 44 and 45. Below I have recorded videos explaining some of the advanced techniques found in the piece, and then a video of me playing the song on its instrument. Please don’t hesitate to email me if you have any questions or concerns. lisa@orchestraacademy.co

Violin: La Rejouissance

Viola: Minuet

Cello: March in G

Bass: Musette

May 21, 2019 | Announcements

Intermediate Orchestra Auditions

Hi everyone!

If you want to play in the Intermediate Orchestra in the Fall, then you will need to play the melody line of Brandenburg Concerto No. 5 as your audition piece. This can be found on page 22 of your books. Below are videos of me playing this melody on each instrument so that you know how it should sound. Don’t hesitate to email me with any questions! lisa@orchestraacademy.co





May 15, 2019 | Announcements

Final Review!

Our concert is on Thursday! Look below for our final review video. Beginning Orchestra should especially listen because we have a program change

The concert order will be as follows:

Beginning Orchestra:

  • Mary Had a Little Lamb (p. 15)—everyone on melody
  • Ode to Joy (p. 17)—everyone on the theme
  • First Scale March
  • Royal Promenade

Intermediate Orchestra:

  • Appalachian Hymn
  • Kabuki Dance
  • Dragonhunter

Combined Orchestras:

  • Impulse

See you all on Thursday! The concert starts at 6:30, but you need to be at the school at 6:00 so that we can get ready. See you then!