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posted Nov 20, 2012, 10:38 AM by Oakton Orchestras

Dear Orchestra Parents and Students,


Congratulations to the following students who made it into the Senior District Orchestra based on their auditions earlier this week!

Violin: Erica Pi and Kirsten Tate

Violin Alternates: Tiffany Cai and Hannah Chung

Viola: Brian Lehman and Thomas Meldrum

Bass:  Blair Kilner

These students will participate in the Senior District Orchestra event on January 4th and 5th at Langley High School.  Way to go, Cougars!


Open Communications for Our Community

Based on some feedback from parents and students, I had a discussion with Ms. Mezvinsky about areas of focus for our orchestras in the new quarter.  While Ms. Mezvinsky is doing her very best and I hope that you will join me in applauding her for all of her efforts, I do want to recognize that change can be challenging for all of us. 


I’d like to share with you some perspective I have gained in working with Ms. Mezvinsky in the first quarter.  Her responsibilities as Orchestra Director extend well beyond OHS and the hours she spends in the classroom. In addition to managing the three orchestras at OHS, Ms. Mezvinsky spends two afternoons a week over at Oakton Elementary working with four groups there, so she’s easily dealing with 200 students in any given week.  In the first two and a half months on the job, Ms. Mezvinsky has collected more checks than you can shake a stick at – participation fee, concert attire fee, senior regional orchestra audition fee, senior district orchestra audition fee, cheesecake fundraising sales, and trip deposit – in addition to recruiting students and parents for two car washes, cheesecake sales, and a book fair, not to mention working with the students on ensemble music to play at Oakton Library for a fundraising event and spending long days judging two large auditions for senior regional and senior district orchestras! In other words, we are expecting her to keep a lot of balls in the air.  Even in the face of the barrage of e-mails from me and other booster parents, she manages to be extremely pleasant and very enthusiastic about the young musicians whose talents and abilities she is eager to bring out.


Ms. Mezvinsky and I agree that the process of building and sustaining a strong community is supported by open communications.  To her credit, Ms. Mezvinsky has been gracious and open in receiving feedback from me and is working to address issues we have identified.  She has requested that parents and students provide any feedback directly to her as she would like to address any concerns as soon as possible.  I think you will find her very approachable, so please don’t be shy about voicing any concerns with Ms. Mezvinsky ( or 703-319-2748).  If you are more comfortable offering feedback anonymously, please feel free to contact me ( or 571-241-8102) with any concerns or questions about the orchestras.  I do ask for your patience with both the booster organization and Ms. Mezvinsky as we slowly but surely progress in making our orchestras better!


Due Dates/Reminders:


GLScrip Orders Due Nov. 15

November GL Scrip orders are due TODAY for delivery before Thanksgiving. Contact GLScrip coordinator Maria Gloria Cobas ( with any questions.

Spring Trip Deposits Due Nov. 15/16

The check should be made out to Oakton High School for $250.


Cheesecake Distribution on Nov. 19th in Lecture Hall from 2 – 4 PM

Contact Tammy Ham ( with any questions.


Barnes & Noble Fundraiser on Nov. 23rd – More Volunteers Needed!

We need just a few more student volunteers for the Black Friday event.  Please sign up in the orchestra room.  Parents – please email Connie Lehman at and let her know you can help!  Come join the orchestra’s volunteers on Black Friday and bring your friends, relatives and neighbors along with the attached voucher.  Whether you are staying nearby or going out-of-town for Thanksgiving, you can use the attached voucher to help the orchestra!


Happy Thanksgiving!!!


Anne Suh

OHS Orchestra Booster Club