May Announcements

Important upcoming Orchestra dates:
  • May 8-10, 2018-19 Auditions
  • May 14, Orchestra Banquet, Richardson Civic Center, 6-10 p.m. tickets are $20, Seniors are free
  • May 21, Grand Finale Concert, 7:00 p.m. Berkner Auditorium
We need to have a head count of who is attending the banquet by this Friday, May 4.  Checks may be made to BAOC and deposited in the orchestra safe.
We also need any media you may have from this school year for our end of year Banquet video.  In addition, we need seniors to turn in a baby picture and a current senior picture for our Grand Finale senior recognition.  Please email all media to:
Finally,  there are still several students who owe program operations fees or instrument rental fees.  Please check your Charms account so we can get all accounts up to date before the end of school.  Students not making payments will be placed on the hold list. 

Midwest December Schedule

Midwest Orchestra December

***Final exams are from 8-10 a.m. on December 6-9 and December 12 in the Lecture Hall

Finals Testing Schedule

Tuesday 12/6- English

Wednesday 12/7-Social Studies

Thursday 12/8- Science

Friday 12/9- Math

Monday 12/12-electives

Tuesday, Dec.6:

Final Exam Day One for Midwest Orchestra

4:30-5:45 PM rehearsal, 7:15 p.m. Midwest Orchestra call time for performance at Berkner Auditorium – BHS Orchestra Winter Concert – Pictures at an Exhibition, Holberg, Jubilee Fanfare, Urban Concerto Grosso

Wednesday, Dec.7:

Final Exam Day Two for Midwest Orchestra

4:30 PM to 6:30 PM:  Special Midwest Orchestra rehearsal

Thursday, Dec.8:

Final Exam Day Three for Midwest Orchestra

5:30 PM – Midwest Orchestra call time for performance at Berkner Auditorium – BHS Bands Winter Concert – Danzon No. 2, Clarinet Concerto, From the Realms of Glory

Friday, Dec.9:

Final Exam Day Four for Midwest Orchestra

4:30 PM to 6:00 PM:  Special Midwest Orchestra rehearsal

Sunday, December 11:

4-7 p.m. rehearsal with Frank Ticheli

Monday, December 12:

9:00 a.m. rehearsal, Send-Off Performance, 6:00 p.m. call time, 7:00 p.m.

Tuesday, December 13:

8:00 a.m. call time for General Meeting, load buses, and head to the airport!


Midwest Dress Code

Midwest Parents and Performers,

We will be dressing in business professional attire for most of our trip to Chicago. Boys will need a sports coat, dress shirt, and slacks.  Girls will need a dress, nice blouse and slacks, or a pant suit for the trip. There is no need to go shopping for winter outerwear that may be worn only on this trip! Consider borrowing rather than buying. Overcoats are preferred, but ski jackets are acceptable although they don’t usually fit well over a sport coat. It is recommended that students bring a pair of gloves and an ear band, ski cap, or scarf. When indoors, gentlemen will remove hats and caps.

Business professional attire is required on both travel days, on Wednesday when we are at the McCormick Center in the morning, and at the Chicago Symphony on Thursday evening.  Casual clothing may be worn on Tuesday evening for Chicago Style pizza and Wednesday evening for the Hard Rock Cafe and Blue Man Group. Neck ties for boys and dresses for girls are required at the Chicago Symphony Thursday evening.

There are a lot of sales this Thanksgiving week and you might consider checking Thrift stores for great bargains.  We are going to look great and represent Berkner High School in the best possible manner.


Thank you all!


Mr. Needham and Mr. Schayot

Midwest Payments

Midwest Parents and Performers,


The final student cost of the Midwest trip is $600.  We have a $200 payment due on October 31 and the final payment is due by November 18 (the Friday before Thanksgiving break).  Checks can be made out to BAOC and turned into the Orchestra office.  Payments can also be made on Charms through individual band or orchestra accounts.

What do the students get?  A lot!!!  Included in this trip price are a Chicago style pizza dinner the first night, Hard Rock Cafe the 2nd night, a catered dinner celebration the 3rd night, tickets to the Chicago Symphony, Blue Man Group, the Art Institute of Chicago, the Willis Tower Observation Deck (formerly Sears Tower), all flight costs, hotel costs, ground transportation costs, and breakfast each day at the hotel.  Students will need additional money for lunch on two days and optional souvenir shopping.

This trip to Chicago will be a lifetime event for the students in the Berkner Symphony Orchestra!

Please contact Mr. Schayot or Mr. Needham if you have any questions.