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

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

♫ Textbook:  Essential Elements for Strings, Book 1.  Subsequent and/or supplemental books from the 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:  one box of tissue, pencils.


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!):

♫ Wednesday, November 15, 2017 – 8th Grade Orchestra Festival (during the school day)

♫ Tuesday, December 19, 2017 – Orchestra Concert at Central, 7:00 pm (All grades check-in 6:30 pm)

♫ Wednesday, December 20, 2017 – 8th Grade visit to Central Orchestra (during the school day)

♫ Friday, January 19, 2018 – 8th Grade Orchestra Tour to ES (during the school day)

♫ Thursday, February 22, 2018 – 6th Grade Orchestra Festival at Logan MS (during the school day)

♫ Saturday, February 24, 2018 – 7/8th Grade Solo & Ensemble Festival at Holmen MIDDLE (select students only)

♫ Tuesday, March 13, 2018 – All City String Fest at La Crosse Center, 7:00 pm(All grades check-in at 6:00 pm)

♫ Thursday, May 17, 2018 – Orchestra Concert at Central, 7:00 pm (All grades check-in at 6:30 pm)

♫ Friday, May 18, 2018 – All school district rental instruments 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 once 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.  Each quarter will have five to seven lessons.

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)!  Twenty minutes of home practice every other day 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 three days out of the six day cycle:

♫ 6th Grade Orchestra Rehearsal:  4th Hour (9:45-10:30 am) on odd cycle days I, III, V

♫ 7th Grade Orchestra Rehearsal:  2nd Hour (8:15-9:00 am) on odd cycle days (I), III, V

♫ 8th Grade Orchestra Rehearsal:  3rd Hour (9:00-9:45 am) on even days II, (IV, VI)



Summer string lessons will run for six weeks, beginning the week of June 11, 2018 through July 27, 2018 (no lessons July 2-5, 2018).  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 by early June.  Students’ summer lesson teachers will contact families to confirm lesson times and information in early June.



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




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