Region Orchestra 2021


Berkner Area Orchestra and Band students participated in their audition competitive Region Orchestras Clinic and Concert on Dec.4th at Booker T. Washington High School in downtown Dallas.  They are pictured here with their directors at Klyde Warren Park.

Spirit Wear is Here!

Orchestra Ramily Spirit Wear is here!  Shop this link to support the program and stay cozy in style this fall.  The store will be open until Wednesday, 9/29.

Berkner Orchestra Updates

Berkner Orchestra Update

Friday, March 20, 2020

At-Home Learning Preparations

The Berkner Orchestra room will be open on Monday 3/23 and Tuesday 3/24 from 9am to 11am and 4pm to 6pm for parents or students to come pick up their orchestra binder and/or orchestra instrument if you were unable to take it home before Spring Break.  You will only be permitted to enter through the main green band hall door #37 (at the corner of St. Johns & Concord Dr).  You must enter only through the band hall door.

Corpus Trip

  •       Richardson ISD has cancelled all spring trips for RISD secondary Fine Arts ensembles.  Port Royal Condominiums in Corpus has graciously moved our travel deposit over to 2021 for the Berkner Fine Arts trip already scheduled for April 23 – April 26, 2021. Freshmen, Sophomores and Juniors will have $400 of your Corpus payments automatically rolled over to 2021.  Senior families will be mailed a refund of $400. A separate email will be sent out soon to all senior parents with more information on refunds. If you have not made your full payment, you will receive credit for the money in your account minus the $50 deposit for next year’s trip.

Orchestra Banquet/Spring Concert/BHS Graduation

  •       Richardson ISD is monitoring containment of the virus moving forward, and will continue communications regarding end of year festivities.  Nothing has been canceled as of this moment for May 2020 activities.

Mr. Needham

BHS Cluster Director Changes

We are thrilled to announce BHS Associate Director, Ms. Kathryn Sabrsula, will be the new head director at Apollo JH!  We also want to welcome to our orchestra family two new directors, Ms. Lydia Villarreal, as the new Associate Director at BHS, and Ms. Carina Parker as the new Associate Director at Apollo.  We look forward to continuing the great traditions of orchestra excellence in the Berkner Cluster!  Please check our director page for more information about our new directors

Ms. Villarreal, BHS

Ms. Sabrsula, Apollo JH

Ms. Parker, Apollo JH

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.