Info on Macklemore concert – rehearsals and show!


*You are excused from school at Noon and are responsible for your own transportation.

*ARRIVE BY 12:45!!

*Enter Benaroya through the Artists’ Entrance on 2nd Ave.

*Bring the nice copy of your music (every person!)

*Rehearsals/backstage will be closed – so please make sure the students know that when they are not on-stage, they won’t be able to observe the rehearsals*



*Same as above. ARRIVE BY 12:45!


THURSDAY, May 10 – CONCERT – 8:00PM / 7:30 Call Time

*Artists Entrance

*Wear concert attire – ALL BLACK



This concert is sold out. The Symphony will be hosting a live-stream of the event in the recital hall @ Benaroya for immediate family (4 per person) of students performing. I need these names in advance or they will be turned away!!! Sign Up is on the Cello Room Door.

Orchestra A members who are not performing are also invited to attend the live stream. (no extra family)

 All Live Stream guests will enter the Artists’ Entrance!



No phones in rehearsal

No talking or playing after cut-offs

Be on time and ready

Be flexible and gracious

Hopefully we will have a designated time to take a photo/get autographs—if not, good luck, but don’t be pushy.

ENJOY YOURSELF—pops concerts with stiff boring musicians are the WORST.

Join us for a Parent get Together and wine tasting

Please save the date to join us at a fun event for new and existing Garfield high school orchestra parents! Event details are:
What: orchestra parent get together
When: Thursday, May 24th at 6:30-8:30 pm
Who: incoming and existing Garfield high school orchestra parents and Kim Roy, Garfield’s Orchestra Director
How: We will have appetizers and beverages. Please rsvp by email to us so we can provide plenty of sustenance.
Hosts: Eve Gordon and Marguerite Ro


Pops Concert rehearsal schedule announced

Pops Schedule

Monday April 2 – Orchestra A Night Rehearsal 6:30-8:30

Tuesday April 3– Orchestra B/C Night Rehearsal 6:30-8:30

Wednesday April 4– POPS Concert 7:00pm at QJA


Pops repertoire:

Danzon No. 2 – Marquez

Copland’s Clarinet Concert – Elam Grekin, clarinet

La filles de Cadis – Delibes – Emili Rice, soprano

Music from Chicago, Richard Rogers (with the GHS Choir), and Hollywood Blockbusters!



Audition dates and requirements for 2018/19 school year

May 21, 22 – Incoming 9th grade Winds/Brass Percussion/Piano/Harp Auditions (starting at 3:45pm in 219)

May 23, 24 –Garfield Orchestra Winds/Brass/Percussion/Piano/Harp Auditions (for current GHS students)

May 29, 30, 31—Garfield Orchestra Viola/Cello/Bass Auditions (for current GHS students)

June 4, 5, 6—Garfield Orchestra Violin Auditions (for current GHS students)

*Auditions will take place for existing GHS students in the morning, during advisory, 6th period, and after school—sign up sheets will go up in May*

Audition requirements for winds/brass:

Two octave Major scale

Two octave Minor scale

2 minute of a solo

Sight Reading


Audition requirements for strings:

3 octave Major scale

3 octave Minor scale

2 minute of a solo



Percussion:  (see or email me for audition time)

Short solos on snare, timpani, and mallets

Sight Reading



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CWU Orchestra festival Chaperones Needed!

Dear Garfield Orchestra families,

Chaperones are needed for our March 8-Central Washington Orchestra Festival.  All orchestras (A, B and C) will be attending!

On Thursday March 8 ALL Garfield orchestra students will be attending the Central Washington Orchestra Festival in Ellensburg, WA. This is a non-competitive festival including a constructive and engaging exchange between the clinician/conductor and students.

We will need 15 volunteers to chaperone the group on buses and throughout the festival.  This is a fun and easy event to chaperone plus another great chance to see your student perform!

Volunteers should be at Garfield at 8:30 on the morning of March 8th.  We will be returning to Garfield in the evening around 7:30 pm (depending on traffic).  Volunteer paperwork will be provided to chaperones a few weeks before trip.

The sign-up link is here: Sing up to chaperone for CWU Festival

Thank you!

Thank you!


Hello Waltzers!

We wanted to say a huge thank you to all of you for making the 25th Annual Winter Waltz so festive and fun last Sunday evening. Many of you offered time and energy as volunteers at the check in and raffle desks as well as helping with decorations, set up, and clean up. The event simply could not go on without your help and we are deeply grateful!

We look forward to seeing you again next year at the Winter Waltz! And if, after all the revelry, you would like to help plan next year’s event, please do reach out to us soon. It’s fun and many hands make light work. In the meantime, if you have any questions or follow up comments, please feel free to send mail to us.

Thank you once again and look forward to seeing you at upcoming concerts.

Eve Gordon Anderson & Carolyn Morikawa, co-chairs &

Winter Waltz this weekend ~ Come one and all and lend a hand!


Winter Waltz tickets are still available! Save time this coming Sunday by getting your tickets in advance if you have not already here: You can print them out at home or keep on your phone for convenience. Or you can purchase tickets at the door on Sunday evening.

If you couldn’t make it to a Waltz dance lesson this week with our Waltz professionals, not to worry – they will provide a sample Waltz for us on Sunday evening to get us started.  And for even more festivity, feel free to bring a masquerade mask if you have one. They are available at costume stores or easily available on line. Here is a link to Amazon just as an example:

Students in all of the orchestras received information from Ms. Roy today about the Waltz. The basics are that students should arrive at Benaroya Hall by no later than 5:45 for rehearsal, they should arrive in concert attire, make sure to eat a full dinner before arriving at the Hall, bring a water bottle and their instruments(!) and bring any music Ms. Roy requested.

Finally, we are still seeking a few volunteers and would appreciate any help you can provide for these requests:
• Snacks: Here is the signup sheet to bring easy-to-eat snacks for our orchestra players. FOGO will provide some snacks, but additional fruit, cheese, crackers, etc, will be very helpful:

• Event table volunteers: We still need just a few volunteers to check in ticket-holders, and help at the raffle table and photo booth during easy 30-minute shifts on Sunday evening. Please email the co-chairs listed below if you are available to help during the event and please feel free to reach out to friends.

Thank you to all who have signed up so far.

We look forward to seeing you at the Waltz. Please contact us with any questions or if you can volunteer!
Carolyn Morikawa ( & Eve Gordon Anderson (, Winter Waltz Co-Chairs

Winter Waltz – Dance Lessons for Adults and Volunteer Opportunities

Happy New Year!

The orchestras are back in full swing and we are preparing for the Winter Waltz on Sunday, January 14th at Benaroya Hall. Please be sure to get your tickets if you have not already! They are available here: for conveniently printing at home or storing on your phone. You may also purchase at the door if needed.

To get us all ready to dance the night away to beautiful waltzes performed by our terrific Garfield orchestras, we have waltz lessons for adults during the student night rehearsals next week. We are fortunate to be taught by professionals from Century Ballroom here in Seattle. Adult dance lessons will be offered at these times:
1. Monday, January 8th at 6-7:30 and 7:30-9 pm ( for parents dropping off and picking up for X & Y Orchestra rehearsals) in the GHS Commons.
2. Tuesday, January 9th 6:30-8 pm (for parents dropping off and picking up for Z orchestra rehearsal) in the GHS Commons.
– Students know which group they are in so please coordinate with them.

Students in B & C orchestras will have dance lessons with Dean Paton from Century Ballroom  during the school day next week (C orchestra on Wed, Jan 10th during 1st period and B Orchestra on Thurs. Jan 11th during 2nd period). The A orchestra will not have lessons during the school day, but we encourage them to join the adult lessons when they are *not* in night rehearsal – the more students, the merrier!

A Waltz is even more festive with masquerade masks – please bring a mask if you have one. They are available at costume stores and on line. Here is a link to Amazon as an example:

Finally, we are seeking volunteers on the day of and during the event and appreciate anything you can do for these requests:
Snacks: Please keep an eye out for signup sheets to bring easy-to-eat snacks for our orchestra players who will arrive having eaten dinner, but will work up an appetite with all that playing and dancing. FOGO will provide some hearty snacks, but additional fruit, etc, will be helpful.
Costco pickup: We need 1 volunteer to pick up platters of food and some dry snacks at Costco on the day of the event (late morning or mid-afternoon). The volunteer will need a car, Costco and credit card, but FOGO will reimburse for all items in a timely manner.
Event table volunteers: We need several on-site volunteers to check in ticket-holders, and a few to help at the raffle table and photo booth during easy 30-minute shifts. Please email either of us if you are available to help during the event and please feel free to reach out to friends. We may also send out a sign-up sheet with shift times so please be on the lookout for that.
Thank you for considering helping us!

Looking forward to seeing you (masked or not), at the Waltz. Please contact us with any questions or if you can volunteer!
Carolyn Morikawa ( & Eve Gordon Anderson (, Winter Waltz Co-Chairs

Side by Side Dress Rehearsal and Performance Schedule

Here is a summary of the schedule for Friday January 5th.

1:30 PM – GHS arrives via Artist Entrance.


3:15 to 3:35 PM – Break

3:35 to 4:30 PM – SSO rehearsal of Mozart and Hue

4:30 to 4:35 PM – GHS to pick their instruments and go on stage


5:00 – 6:30 PM – break

For more details on the rehearsal (who goes where).

6:30 PM – GHS orchestra gathers in Founders Room (call time)

7:00 PM – GHS gathers backstage with instruments

7:00 PM Concert Order

MOZART Symphony 39 (I) – Seattle Symphony

HUE Fantasy – Seattle Symphony (with PHOEBE!)

BEETHOVEN    Leonore Overture No. 1 – Garfield Orchestra

TCHAIKOVSKY Romeo and Juliet – Garfield Orchestra + Seattle Symphony

Seattle Symphony Side-by-Side this Friday, January 5th!

Greetings and Happy New Year Orchestra families!

Just a quick reminder that on January 5th from 7-9pm is our Side by Side Concert with the Seattle Symphony at Benaroya Hall.  “Orchestra A” only will be performing but all are welcome and attendance is FREE! Please register below for tickets for RSVP only. There is no charge at checkout.

Orchestra A will have an evening rehearsal on January 3 (6;30-8:30).

We look forward to seeing you at Benaroya Hall for a great night of music!