Grant Sears, Orchestra
Room: #140 - Orchestra Room
The orchestra has had a terrific Winter quarter this year. We've had several highly successful concerts and activities, not the least of which was our most recent large group festival held on March 6th at Capital High School where both orchestras participated and performed well. The Symphonic Strings received three superior ratings and the String orchestra received one superior and two excellent ratings. Most importantly, it was a very positive experience with both groups coming away with new knowledge and a deeper appreciation for performing music!
At the end of January, we had our annual High School instrumental solo and ensemble contest. We had approximately 30 musicians take part in this small group and solo experience. Many superior ratings were received and again, a terrific learning experience for all involved. We had two of our musicians qualify to go to state this year. Maya Dirar, received 1st alternate with her amazing solo violin performance. Cooper Knutson and Maya Dirar received 1st alternate with their duet entitled Passacaglia by Handel/Halvorson. Outstanding performances and congratulations to the both of you!
Looking ahead, the orchestra's final concert will be on Wednesday, May 22, 2019 at 7pm in the KCPA. We hope you can join us for a terrific concert and a nice "send off" for our graduating orchestra seniors. I hope everyone has a safe and relaxing spring vacation and I look forward to a strong finish to the 2018 - 2019 school year.
Grant Sears, NTHS orchestra teacher
Reminders for Orchestra Students & Parents
- Bring your instrument and a combination lock to school on the first day. I will assign you a locker for your instrument.
- Make sure your instrument and case are in good working order. IE - New strings, bow rehair, fine tuners, rosin, and pencil.
- Start practicing again. There will most likely be a quiz at the end of the first week.
- Please read and understand the orchestra handbook on this site. Print the Parent and Student signature form and turn in to Mr. Sears by Friday September 7th.
- Work hard, pay attention, turn in all of your assignments and you'll do very well.
- All cell phones are to be turned off and kept out of site.
I am in my 34th year of teaching, 33 of which have been in the North Thurston Public Schools. I presently teach orchestra at North Thurston High School, South Bay, and Pleasant Glade schools. I have a bachelor of Music from Washington State University and a Master of Arts in Music from Pacific Lutheran University. I absolutely love teaching orchestra and strive to instill a love and committment for playing a stringed instrument throughout a student's life. I do this by modeling excellence through positive energy, commitment toward my students, and dedication to the craft of teaching.
- 7:30am - NTHS, Symphonic Strings
- 8:29am - NTHS, String Orchestra
- 9:33am - NTHS, Camerata
- 11:30am - Pleasant Glade Elementary Strings
- 12:50pm - South Bay Elementary Strings