Hi Everyone!

Thank you so much to everyone who was able to come out to the informational meeting tonight.  I am so excited to get started with the Orchestra Academy!  If you weren’t able to make it, below is the informational letter that I handed out.  It should answer most of your questions.  If you have any other questions, please feel free to email me at lisa@orchestraacademy.co.  And don’t forget, if you want to join us by our first rehearsal (next Monday, October 1st), there are two steps: register on the website, and get an instrument!

Orchestra Academy

Mondays from 11:30am – 1:00pm

Turnberry Elementary

13069 E 106th Pl

Commerce City, CO 80022



Follow on Facebook and Instagram: @orchestraacademy


Purpose: Provide beginning orchestra teaching to students in 27J

Schedule: Every Monday from 11:30am – 1:00pm, starting October 1st, 2018

*No rehearsal on November 19th, 2018 due to Thanksgiving Week*

Tentative Concert Date: December 6th, 2018

We will also continue the orchestra academy into next semester, with another concert in the Spring of 2019.

Bi-Weekly Updates: I plan to post bi-weekly updates with videos to help your students at home.  I will post one on Tuesday or Wednesday that reviews what we worked on that Monday, and another on Thursday or Friday that gives a “challenge” that kids should work on at home and be ready to perform the following Monday.  I will post these on the website, on our Facebook and Instagram pages, and I will also send a mass email when they are posted.  Please be sure to watch these, and most of all, have your student practice!!  Home practice is a MUST since we will only be meeting once a week.

Fee: $125/per student for the Fall semester

Fee is due Monday, October 1st, 2018.  Can be paid in cash, check (made payable to Lisa Badal), or sent via PayPal to lisa@orchestraacademy.co

If Fee isn’t paid by October 15th, 2018, a $20 late fee will be issued.

If Fee isn’t paid by November 1st, 2018, student can no longer attend the Orchestra Academy.

If you would like to set up a payment plan (monthly, biweekly, so on), talk to Mrs. Badal directly.


Fee includes:

  • Music
  • Instruction fees
  • Space reservation costs
  • Liability insurance costs
  • Other costs (advertising, programs, etc)

Fee does NOT include:

  • Instrument
  • Bow
  • Rosin
  • Shoulder rest (violin/viola)
  • Rock stop (cello/bass)


Instruments: All students will be required to provide their own instrument.


DO NOT be tricked into buying an instrument on Amazon.  They seem like a good deal, and they have some good (fake!!) reviews, but the only brands that Amazon sells are extremely poor quality, are shipped unassembled (leaving you needing to pay a music store to set it up), and are often made incorrectly so as to make them unpayable.  Do yourself a favor and buy or rent from a reputable music store!

Good places to rent or buy an instrument:

  • Music and Arts (7250 W. 88th Ave in Arvada)
  • Universal Music (1200 E 104th Ave in Thornton)
  • Shar Music (sharmusic.com)

Good places to buy an instrument (no rentals that I could see):

  • Rockley’s Music Center (8555 W. Colfax Ave in Lakewood)
  • Flesher-Hinton Music Co (5890 W. 44th Ave in Wheat Ridge)
  • Southwest Strings (swstrings.com)

**I highly recommend renting an instrument.  It is a great way to be able to use a decent quality instrument at a small price.  The music store will keep track of your rental purchases, and you can eventually put that money towards purchase of an instrument if you desire**

ALSO, string instruments come in all different sizes.  Go to a music store to be measured!

If you have any questions, always feel free to contact me at lisa@orchestraacademy.co.  I will do my best to answer your question in a timely manner.  Thank you so much for your support of the arts!


Lisa Badal

Orchestra Academy Director

September 26, 2018
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