Springhouse & Orefield Middle Schools

Concerts Spring 2022

Spring Concert!
Friday, April 29th 7:00 PM
Parkland High School

8th Grade Hershey Trip!
Saturday, May 7th

Honors Ensembles Spring Concert!
Wednesday, May 18th 7:00 PM
Springhouse Middle School

Honors Ensemble at Festival of the Arts!
Saturday, May 21st 11:15-11:45 AM
Parkland High School Rotunda

From the Conductor's Stand...

Hello Students and Families,

Welcome to the Parkland Middle School Orchestra program. Whether you are a beginner or have already been participating in the Parkland String Program, introductions are due! My name is Mrs. Santanello and I am the new Orchestra Director for Springhouse and Orefield Middle Schools. I am very excited to be a part of this incredible, art-enriching school district and even more excited to meet all of you in person! We are going to have a fantastic year making music together.

I come to Parkland from El Sistema Lehigh Valley, a youth orchestra and social outreach program of the Allentown Symphony, where I served as Director of Orchestras and the Program Manager. My primary instrument is the cello and in addition to playing all of the string family instruments, I am an euphonium player, singer, acoustic guitar player and lover of all things music! My husband is also a music teacher, teaching high school band in North Penn School District and we are both proud graduates of West Chester University of Pennsylvania. Along with our dog, Sophie, our cat, Milo, and our bird, Figaro-our music makes for a loud household! If you would like to know more about me, you can check out our PSD Middle School Orchestras website:

As for the start of the school year, in Marking Period 1, we will begin with orchestra lessons once a week. Please consistently check the lesson schedule: SMS/OMS Orchestra Lesson Schedule 2021-2022, also found in your Orchestra Lessons course on Schoology.

Being in an orchestra is a team activity. We will all work together to perform music at our highest level. My expectations may be challenging because I want our ensembles to have successful musical experiences. I want each of us to feel proud of ourselves and one another! However, I am a down-to-earth , approachable, empathetic person. Please do not hesitate to contact me if there’s anything I can do for students or parents to ensure their success.

Please see the Orchestra Handbook to learn more about the expectations of being in our orchestra program.

All my best,

Mrs. Santanello

About the Program

The middle school orchestra programs in Parkland School District consists of students in 6th, 7th, and 8th grade at Springhouse Middle School and Orefield Middle School. Any student interested in learning a string instrument is welcome to join!

Lessons during Marking Periods 1, 3, 4, 6

During marking periods 1, 3, 4, and 6 every student in orchestra will receive one instrumental group lesson each week. Lessons are on a rotational basis, which means that each week the student will have a lesson on the same weekday but during a different period so that they are only taken out of a specific class once a marking period. Teachers are aware of the lesson schedules. Students are expected to remind their teachers of the lesson and then report directly to the orchestra room. Schedules will be posted inside and outside of the orchestra room and can also be found on Schoology. If a student has a test, quiz, or very important classroom work during their lesson time, the student will stay in class to complete the work and the lesson will be rescheduled to a “make-up lesson” slot. Recording assignments are expected to be completed, regardless of lesson attendance.

Ensemble Classes during Marking Periods 2 & 5

6th Grade Orchestra, 7th Grade Orchestra, and 8th Grade Orchestra will each meet as a class during marking periods 2 and 5. Students should refer to their schedules to find out when their specific orchestra period occurs.

Concert Preparation

For concerts, each of the grade levels from both Springhouse and Orefield combine to perform in one 6th Grade Orchestra, one 7th Grade Orchestra, and one 8th Grade Orchestra from both schools. In order to combine our efforts and prepare for the Winter and Spring Concerts, there are 2 after school rehearsals at Springhouse Middle School for each of the concerts that every student is expected to attend! See the "After School Rehearsals" tab for more information.

Honors Orchestra

The Honors Orchestra is an auditioned ensemble that meets after school every Tuesday and performs more advanced repertoire for concerts and community events. Auditions will be at the end of September. If you are interested in auditioning, contact Mrs. Santanello!