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 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

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State Results!

Congratulations to the Berkner Symphony Orchestra!!! 4th place in the TMEA State Honor Full Orchestra contest!

The Berkner Symphony was one of only two orchestras in the state that made the finals for both the String and Full contests!