Volunteers Needed

posted Oct 20, 2016, 12:03 PM by Oakton Orchestras   [ updated Aug 19, 2018, 10:49 AM ]

Volunteers  Needed

Many volunteer positions are still available.  

Immediate Need:

  • Booster Secretary
  • Assistance with Cheesecake Distribution in November 
  • Uniform distribution
  • Program Advertising Sales

Other Positions:

  • All Orchestras are in need of Room Parents
  • Dining for dollars coordinator
  • Run out concert coordinator
  • End of year Picnic Coordinator
Thank you!  Have a Great Day!

Cheesecake Fundraiser

Remember....  Cheesecakes will be delivered the Monday before Thanksgiving.

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Orchestra News

posted Oct 13, 2016, 7:08 AM by Oakton Orchestras

Orchestra News
Parents be on the lookout for our first fundraiser.
Your student, in the last few days should have received 5 postcards. In an effort to reach our fundraising goal this year, we are asking that each student mail a minimum of 5 postcards to friends, family and/or local businesses. (A $.34 stamp is required to mail each postcard.)  This fundraiser allows the Orchestra to benefit 100% of the funds  and the Donor to receive a 100% tax deductible donation.

An example of how well this can work: If each student’s 5 postcards yields $5 (one coffee at Starbucks) a piece, 150 student will raise $3,750.  

Cheesecake Fundraiser

Our cheesecake fundraiser will be kicking off next week.  Orders will be due October 28th.  Cheesecakes will be delivered the Monday before Thanksgiving.

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See attached document if you would like to be a sponsor of the Orchestra

Thank you for your participation in these fundraisers.

Volunteers Needed

Many volunteer positions are still available. 

Immediate Need:

  • Assistance with Cheesecake Distribution in November 
  • Uniform distribution
  • Program Advertising Sales

Other Positions:

  • All Orchestras are in need of Room Parents
  • Dining for dollars coordinator
  • Run out concert coordinator
  • End of year Picnic Coordinator
Thank you!  Have a Great Day!

Welcome to the 2016-2017 Oakton HS Orchestras

posted Sep 12, 2016, 11:35 AM by Oakton Orchestras   [ updated Sep 13, 2016, 8:24 AM ]

WELCOME BACK to Another Year of Fun and Music-Making with the OHS Orchestras!


Information in this email

  • Back to Orchestra Night -- Wednesday September 28th
  • Request for Volunteers  ---Immediate need for Uniforms
  • Orchestra Forms
  • Orchestra Calendar  2016-2017
  • Senior Regional Auditions -September 26th Jeb Stuart HS
  • Back to School Nights
  • Remind 101

We hope that all of our wonderful orchestra families, both new and returning, have settled in well enough to the new 2016-2017  school year.  The OHS Orchestra Boosters will be sending you periodic reminders and news about  the OHS orchestra program.  All of these e-mail announcements will also be posted on the homepage of the OHS Orchestras website at  so that you will have multiple resources to keep you informed. 

Follow us on Twitter @OaktonOrchestra


Instagram: oaktonorchestra

And see instructions for Remind 101 in this message.


Click Here  To support the Oakton Orchestra Every time you Shop at Amazon




BACK TO ORCHESTRA NIGHT  iWednesday, September 28th in the OHS Lecture Hall at 7:00 p.m.  All new orchestra families are expected to attend, and all returning families are strongly encouraged to participate. Mr. Oppenheimer will unveil exciting details about this year's spring trip and other exciting programming activities.  

Also, uniform measuring for new students will take place on Orchestra night.  Bring your checkbook to place your uniform order!

Volunteers Needed

Many hands make light work, and it is also a lot of fun!  Please considering volunteering a little bit of your time to the Orchestra this year. Volunteer Opportunities can be found on the Webiste

We have an immediate need for several people to measure for new uniforms. (Description: Measure for new uniforms, complete order forms, & distribute in the fall. Collect and inventory uniforms in spring for  rental.) 

This will be done at back to orchestra night.  Please email myself or Mr. Oppenheimer if you are available to help with this. Thank you.


These include: 

Student Information Form    handed out in class and at Cougar Kick-off,

Participation Fee Form Handed out in Class

Student-Parent-Teacher Contract attached at the back of the Handbook and Syllabus (which was distributed in all classes in the past few days)

  THIS FORM IS ALSO AVAILABLE ON THE "Forms and Documents" tab of the OHS Orchestra Website).  

Parents as well as students are expected to review the Handbook for a good understanding of class expectations.  

The 2016-2017  Orchestra Calendar  can be found on the web site

Please make sure all concert and other dates are transferred onto your family calendars.  Concert participation is MANDATORY for all students!

SENIOR REGIONAL AUDITIONS are coming up on Monday, September 26th at JEB Staurt High School, 4PM.  

BACK TO SCHOOL NIGHTS for 9th and 10th graders is Wednesday, September 15th.  BTS Night for 11th and 12th graders is Thursday,September 22nd.  

Mr. Oppeheimer will share a brief overview of classroom plans and expectations.


REMIND 101 enrollment is available to all students and parents who would like to receive text message reminders from Mr. Oppenheimer about class assignments, concerts, auditions and other important things.  Instructions for enrolling are in the Orchestra Handbook (a copy of which is on our website) and will also be available at Back-to-School Night and Orchestra Night. If you would prefer an email reminder rather than a text reminder, please send an email to

Text Messaging

@oakorch – everyone

@oakcon – concert

@oaksym – Symphonic

@oakchamber – Chamber


Text to 81010 or 571 267 3170

Thank you for your time.  Information will be coming regarding upcoming fundraising events.  If you have any ideas, don't hesitate to let us know. 

We are looking forward to an amazing year in Orchestra.



posted Sep 10, 2016, 10:07 AM by Oakton Orchestras


posted Sep 8, 2016, 8:08 AM by Oakton Orchestras


15           Back to School Night for 9th and 10th graders

22           Back to School Night for 11th and 12th graders     

26           Senior Regional Orchestra Auditions at JEB Stuart HS, 4pm

28           Back to Orchestra Night (required for new members) 7pm in OHS Lecture Hall   



17-18     Cheesecake sales begin

27 *        Fall Orchestra Concert, 6pm call – 7pm concert

28           Cheesecake orders due



2              Tri-M Induction Ceremony/Recital

10-12     Senior Regional Orchestra at West Potomac HS

14 *        Pre-VMEA Performance, 6pm call - 7pm concert

15           Senior District Orchestra Auditions at McLean HS, 4pm

17-18     Chamber Orchestra Trip and Performance at Virginia Music Educators’ Conference in Hot Springs VA

18           VMEA Performance, 1pm

23           Cheesecake delivered in orchestra room, 2pm-4pm (estimate)

24-25    Thanksgiving holiday



15 *        Winter Orchestra Concert, 6pm call – 7pm concert

17-31     Winter Holidays


January, 2016

1-2          Winter Holidays

3              School Resumes

6-7          Senior District Orchestra at Washington-Lee HS



23 *        Pre-Assessment Concert, 6pm call – 7pm concert

27           All Virginia Orchestra Auditions @ JMU



10-11*  District 12 Orchestra Performance Assessment at Madison HS

22-26     Spring Performance Trip!



6-8          All Virginia Orchestra Event at Colgan HS for the Performing Arts

10-17     Spring Break

20           Senior Solo Audition Night                                                                          

21           Solo and Ensemble at Hughes MS



11-13     OHS Spring Musical, TBD



8 *          Spring Honors Concert, 6pm call – 7pm concert 

13 *        Orchestra Senior Recital, 6pm call – 7pm concert                                                              

15           Graduation (underclassmen Chamber only) at the GMU Patriot Center, 2pm

Welcome Back Orchestra Students

posted Sep 4, 2016, 8:10 AM by Oakton Orchestras

Merrifield Garden Gift Card Sales Form

posted Mar 7, 2016, 10:25 AM by Oakton Orchestras

Assessment Information

posted Feb 9, 2016, 2:25 PM by Oakton Orchestras   [ updated Sep 8, 2016, 9:29 AM ]

February 16th 4pm-6pm Rally to Fully Fund Strings

posted Feb 9, 2016, 2:04 PM by Oakton Orchestras

Please Read this Message
As parents of students who have benefited from the Strings Programs, please come out and show your support so future generations of students will have the same opportunities.

How playing an instrument benefits your brain - Anita Collins‎ via @TED_ED

Rally to Fully Fund the Strings Program in Fairfax County

         February 16th 4pm-6pm

Where:     Fairfax Government Center
12000 Government Center Pkwy, Fairfax, VA 22035

Who:       Parents and Students are strongly encouraged      to  attend
Students should bring empty instrument cases.

Some Oakton Orchestra students will be playing at 4:45.

What Can You Do?
Make Your Voice Heard

Attached you will find 
1 - List of Board of Supervisors and call to action (Dates - Feb. 13-15, Feb. 16 and March 1)

We need to pack the Government Center,February 16th, to show the Supervisors just how serious we are about needing and getting full funding.   You need to get this out because if we do not get full funding from the Board of Supervisors - we could still lose the 4th grade string program.  As you have heard - this would impact both band and string teachers since we share certification.

In the advocacy world - there is also the belief that once they start cutting - other things follow. 

We need to protect our program and we need your help!

has joined together with Friends of FCPS which combines all groups interested in obtaining full funding!  

Tri-M sponsors -please note - we are going to events in the 
county where we can get parents to sign letters to go directly to the Board of Supervisors.  Please email Jenna at if you have students that can help.

This coming weekend we are asking parents to send their supervisor a note, email, fax or phone message as part of a Send a Little Love Campaign.  We want to flood their offices with messages supporting full funding for the school system. Please mention 4th grade strings and the importance of maintaining the Arts in FCPS.  
If you have questions - please contact one of us!

Mary Wagner,     Patricia Adams    Jenna Day
FACE Co-chairs

Oakton Chorus & Orchestra Master Works Concert -- December 5th 3PM

posted Dec 1, 2015, 12:04 PM by Oakton Orchestras

Oakton Chorus & Orchestra Master Works Concert

Saturday, December 5th at 3:00 PM


Vienna Baptist Church

541 Marshall Road, SW

Vienna, VA 22180


The Oakton Choral Department, under the direction of Tiffany Powell, and Oakton Chamber Orchestra, directed by Max Oppenheimer, will be collaborating to present an enjoyable evening of music performing two outstanding works by famous composers - Giovanni Battista Pergolesi and Franz Schubert. The combined Oakton Women’s Choirs will partner with the Oakton Chamber Orchestra to perform the Pergolesi Stabat Mater, while the Oakton Mixed Choirs will join forces with the orchestra for the Schubert Mass No. 2 in G Major. Many chorus members will also be featured as soloists within the works.


This Master Works Concert will be presented on Saturday, December 5, 2015 at Vienna Baptist Church - The concert will begin at 3:00 PM and will be followed by a reception to honor our student performers. Admission is free. However, donations will be collected at a suggested rate of $10 per adult, $5 per senior citizen and student or a maximum of $20 per family.  This is a normal ticket price for an event such as this.  If you are not able to make a donation at this time, please do not allow this to keep you away from the performance.  Everyone will be admitted.  The donations will help cover costs associated with this performance and to benefit the church for the use of their facility. We hope that you can join us for this special concert event.

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