Middle School
1900 Denton Street | La Crosse, Wisconsin 54601 | 608-789-7670 | Fax: 608-789-7975

Longfellow/LDI Orchestras


Our orchestra is a place for students of all abilities who want to play violin, viola, cello or bass. We play classical music, movie music, folk tunes, multicultural music, blues, jazz, rock, and more.  If you love the sound of strings and want to play a variety of music, join our orchestra!



Most materials are available at our local music retailers (Leithold Music ~ Old Towne Strings ~ SSE Music).  Each store features easy online or telephone ordering and free delivery to school if your family is not able to get to the store.  Please make sure that you have the following supplies and remember to bring needed materials when necessary:

♫ Instrument, bow, case, & rosin:  store rental, own, or school rental (limited supply available to families who qualify).

♫ Instrument support:  shoulder rest/contoured sponge (violin/viola), or end pin rest/rock stop (cello/bass).

♫ Textbook:  Measures of Success for Strings, Book 1 (6th grade).  Subsequent and/or supplemental books from the Measures of Success, Essential Elements, or Suzuki repertoire will be required as students progress.

♫ Concert attire:  white collared shirt/white blouse with modest neckline, black pants, black shoes & socks.

♫ Other:  pencils for your own use & one box of tissue to share in our classroom.


Performances make up about 30% of your grade in orchestra.  In the event a student cannot attend a performance, please see an orchestra teacher to arrange an alternative assignment to avoid a significant drop in your orchestra grade.  Here are our performances for this year (mark your family calendars!):

♫ Friday, September 14, 2018 – All Orchestra forms & fees due

♫ Wednesday, November 14, 2018 – 8th Grade Orchestra Festival (during the school day)

♫ Thursday, December 13, 2018 – Orchestra Concert at Central, 7:00 pm (All grades check-in 6:30 pm)

♫ Wednesday, December 19, 2018 – 8th Grade visit to Central Orchestra (during the school day)

♫ Friday, January 25, 2019 – 8th Grade Orchestra Tour to ES (during the school day)

♫ February TBA, 2019 – 6th Grade Orchestra Festival at Logan MS (during the school day)

♫ Saturday, February 23, 2019 – 7/8th Grade Solo & Ensemble Festival, Location TBA (select students only)

♫ Tuesday, March 5, 2019 – All City String Fest at La Crosse Center, 7:00 pm (All grades check-in at 6:00 pm)

♫ Tuesday, May 14, 2019 – Orchestra Concert at Central, 7:00 pm (All grades check-in at 6:30 pm)

♫ May TBA, 2019 – 8th Grade Orchestra performance at Recognition Ceremony (Check-in time TBA)

♫ Friday, May 24, 2019 – All school district rental instruments & borrowed equipment due back to orchestra room



Lessons make up about 40% of your grade in orchestra.  Lessons are scheduled during the school day, for 20 minutes per cycle.  Every effort is made to schedule student lessons at a convenient time.  If a student misses a lesson, he/she should see an orchestra teacher as soon as possible to schedule a make-up.  5-7 lessons are required for each quarter.

Your lesson teacher will give a new assignment for you to prepare (practice) and write it down on your lesson sheet.  Bring your instrument home for practice about every other day, as a portion of each lesson grade is based on your skill improvement (practicing leads to improvement)!  20 minutes of home practice 3 times per week is our goal, although slightly more or less practice may be needed for students to prepare their assignment well.



Rehearsal points make up 30% of your grade in orchestra.  We will meet for orchestra rehearsal two to three days out of the six day cycle:

♫ 6th Grade Orchestra Rehearsal:  4th Hour (9:45-10:30 am) on cycle days 1, 3, 5

♫ 7th Grade Orchestra Rehearsal:  2nd Hour (8:15-9:00 am) on cycle days (1), 3, 5

♫ 8th Grade Orchestra Rehearsal:  3rd Hour (9:00-9:45 am) on cycle days 2, 5, (6)



Summer string lessons will run for six weeks, beginning the week of June 10, 2019 through July 25, 2019 (no lessons July 1-7, 2019).  These individual lessons meet once per week for 20 minutes and are available for students of any level on violin, viola, cello or bass.  Summer lesson registration forms will be available in April and our summer lesson schedule should be finalized and sent home by early June.  Students’ summer lesson teachers will contact families to confirm lesson times and information in early June.  A .pdf version of our Summer Orchestra Lesson Registration Form is available here:



Ms. Jessica McDonald ~ jmcdonal@lacrossesd.org ~ 608-789-7670 (Longfellow/LDI)



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