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!



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
eve@meanderinc.com & cpcsm@comcast.net

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: https://garfieldorchestra.org/product/winter-waltz/. 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: https://www.amazon.com/s/ref=sr_pg_1?fst=p90x%3A1&rh=i%3Aaps%2Ck%3Amasquerade+mask&keywords=masquerade+mask&ie=UTF8&qid=1515097610&mc_cid=acc2f92ab8&mc_eid=d4a265c79a

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: http://www.signupgenius.com/go/10c0a45afaf2bab9-winter

• 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 (cpcsm@comcast.net) & Eve Gordon Anderson (eve@meanderinc.com), 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: https://garfieldorchestra.org/product/winter-waltz/ 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: https://www.amazon.com/s/ref=sr_pg_1?fst=p90x%3A1&rh=i%3Aaps%2Ck%3Amasquerade+mask&keywords=masquerade+mask&ie=UTF8&qid=1515097610

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 (cpcsm@comcast.net) & Eve Gordon Anderson (eve@meanderinc.com), 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!

Tickets for Winter Waltz on Sale!

Tickets are now on sale for our 25th Annual Winter Waltz at Benaroya Hall presented by Friends of Garfield Orchestra and Classical King FM! Dance the night away to 3 hours of incredible waltz music by our own fabulous Garfield Orchestras. The theme is “Masquerade” so please bring a masquerade mask if you can. Novices and experts welcome! Waltz lessons will be provided ahead of event — please keep an eye out for announcements.

What: 25th Annual Winter Waltz

When: Sunday, Jan. 14, 2018 @ 7:30 – 10:30 PM

Where: Grand Lobby Benaroya Hall, 200 University St., Seattle

How: Purchase tickets with early bird pricing starting Thursday, Dec. 14 through Dec. 31 HERE: https://garfieldorchestra.org/product/winter-waltz/

Contact Carolyn Morikawa, cpcsm@comcast.net, or Eve Gordon Anderson, eve@meanderinc.com, with questions.


Winter Waltz tickets on sale from Thursday evening, Dec. 14th

Our 25th annual Winter Waltz is at Benaroya Hall on January 14th, 2018!

Tickets will go on sale starting on Thursday evening, December 14th. Early bird pricing (tickets only, does not include reserved tables) is available through the end of December. If you would like to reserve a table, please put your name on a table number. If you would like others to join you at your table or a table near you, please let them know what table they should reserve when they purchase tickets. Student tickets are $5.oo.  Orchestra players do not need to purchase tickets.

The Waltz theme is masquerade this year – please bring a masquerade mask if you are able to!

Please stay tuned for more details!



Join the Garfield Orchestra for Handel’s Messiah – Friday, December 8th.

Come and sing the Messiah Oratorio along with the Garfield High School Orchestra under the direction of Kim Roy.  The music and signing starts at 7:30 PM at Seattle’s First Baptist Church, 1111 Harvard Ave.

Tickets are now available online at Brown Paper Tickets.

General Admission tickets are $15, Seniors and Students $10.

Bring your own score, or rent one at the door for $5. You don’t need to be an accomplished choral singer this sing-along concert is for everyone who loves singing and Handel’s immortal oratorio.

Desserts and beverages available during intermission.