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    Welcome to the CRSO 2019-20 
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    The Orchestra is 100-member strong and will be busy preparing great music for a number of performances this year. Our members are part of a dedicated, fun, and hard-working group who have grown together into an amazing ensemble. The Council Rock community is extremely proud and supportive of our entire music program K-12 and are particularly impressed with our orchestra students! The group will be performing at our school for the annual Winter and Spring Concerts and Orchestra Festival, plus will be heard at many venues outside CR South including  the Oxford Valley Barnes and Noble, the Pennsbury Orchestra Festival, Council Rock Orchestra Festival, at the Ocean City Music Pier, and for the Six Flags Great Adventure Adjudication in May. Previous performances have included 5 performances at the PMEA (Pennsylvania Music Educators Association) Conference in 2006, 2009, 2012, 2014, and 2018 and 5 overseas performances in Scotland (2003), Italy (2007), France and Monaco (2011), Greece (2015), and Spain (2019). The CRSO has also performed at Carnegie Hall (February 2016), the Cherry Blossom Festival (2012), with the Philadelphia Orchestra (2009), at Phillies Games (2011, 2014, 2018), in Baltimore's Symphony Hall (2005), and at the White House (2011, 2012, 2013, 2014, 2015, 2016, 2017, 2018). Our pieces for this year include:

     
    Across the Stars (from Star Wars Episode 2).....................................Williams
    Symphonie Fantastique, Movement 5 ..................................................Berlioz
    We Three Kings (Violin Solo) ...................................................................Riley
    Ride of the Valkyries............................................................................Wagner
    Capriccio Italien ............................................................................Tchaikovsky
     
     
    Concerts for this school year:

    Barnes and Noble Oxford Valley - December 6, 7:00pm

    Winter Concert, CR South - December 18, 7:00pm 

    Pennsbury Orchestra Festival, Pennsbury HS - April 30, 7:00pm

    Ocean City Music Pier - TBD

    Council Rock Orchestra Festival, CR South - May 8, 6:00pm

    Spring Concert, CR South - May 20, 7:00pm

     

     CROPS

    The COUNCIL ROCK ORCHESTRA PARENTS SOUTH (CROPS) is a parent organization designed to support the needs of our orchestra students. Ask anyone associated with the orchestra, and you will know that the orchestra is an exciting, fulfilling experience for both your child and you. This world class orchestra has always had a high level of musical excellence ranking as one of the best high school orchestras in Pennsylvania. The students have a great deal of fun in it with Mr. Simon as they tackle the tough musical challenges presented to them. The orchestra, however, requires much in VOLUNTEER HELP from the parents to function smoothly and successfully not only for fund-raising efforts for performances and trips, but also to help in other activities such as

     

    • Uniform Fitting

    • Rehearsal Pizza Parties

    • Hayride-Picnics

    • Master Sectionals

    • Concert Refreshments

    • Orchestra Festival

    • Trip Chaperones

    • End-of-year Banquet

    • And More!

     

     

    CROPS meetings are open to all members and will be held on the following Wednesday Nights in Room A1 at 7:30pm:

    August 14

    February 5

    September 11

    March 4

    October 2

    April 1

    November 6

    May 6

    December 4

    June 10

    January 8

     

     

    Our goal is to achieve 100% membership so that we may continue to support this outstanding group of students. We invite you to become an active participant of CROPS so that you can play an integral role in your son/daughter’s high school musical experience.  You will be well rewarded with their outstanding performances over the coming year.

    Please complete the online form https://forms.gle/fV6VgUZfWoeZYx2A8  and send in a check for $100 per family membership fee. This fee helps to support among other events, the cost of the four pizza parties and will help defray the cost of hiring professionals for our Master Sectional Series. Typically, the cost to run each Master-Sectional is over $1000 each session ($6000 for the Series).

    We hope to continue our strong and enriching orchestra program here at Council Rock South. Your participation will help to ensure our students a very enjoyable and fulfilling year ahead. Please return all forms by September 13

    Thank you for your support and we hope to see you at our next CROPS meeting.  We will be available to answer all your questions at the Welcome Back Meeting on Wednesday, September 11th

     

     
    The CRSO performed at Carnegie Hall on Saturday, February 13, 2016 
     
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