Friedell District-Wide

Middle school

Orchestra Handbook

Welcome to Friedell Orchestra!


Here’s what you need to know for the year:


Announcements:  I will post announcements to Skyward and Google Classroom.  


Concerts: Participation in concerts is mandatory except in cases of illness or unavoidable conflict.

Winter Concert for 7th, 8th grade orchestra and String Shredders

  • Tuesday, Dec. 19, 2017, 7:00 pm at Mayo High School

Spring Concert for 6th, 7th and 8th grade orchestra and String Shredders

  • Thursday, May 24, 2017, 7:00 pm at Mayo High School

Concert Attire

  • Black and white clothing with no logos or writing
  • Shredders may wear the Shredders t-shirt and jeans for the outdoor concert and spring tour


Violinists must provide their own instrument.  All others may be rented from the school for an annual fee of $90.  If cello and bass students would like a second instrument to keep at home, the fee for the second instrument will be an additional $45.  This fee contributes to a repair fund for the instruments. 

Other Materials Needed:

  • Rosin for your instrument
  • Violin/viola players:  a shoulder rest is strongly recommended, Kun or Everest are recommended.
  • Cello/bass players: a cello strap or bass rock stop are recommended when playing on hard floors.
  • Music stand for practice at home.


  • Formative (0%):  quizzes or small projects that measure progress toward goals.
  • Summative (100%):  tests and major projects.  Grades in skyward will show the separate standards met, rather than individual assignments.

Late Work Policy:  Work must be turned in before the end of the quarter in order to be graded, except in cases of illness or extended absence.

How to contact Ms. Ringen:

            Middle school is a time for students to develop a sense of independence and to learn how to solve problems.  When a problem occurs, take a moment to talk with your child.  Has he/she talked to me yet?  What does he/she already know?  This conversation will help empower your child and develop his/her self-esteem.  If your child is unable to solve an issue by talking to me, then please do email me or call me.


Phone:  (507) 328-4706

String Shredders:  String Shredders is a pop orchestra for 7/8 grades.  It’s an auditioned group, and requires an attendance commitment to participate.  We will hold rehearsals during the RTI time.  More information will come in late September.

‚ÄčChamber orchestra:  ‚ÄčThis is an extracurricular group for each grade level that meets once per week during advisory.  Participation is optional, and students may join or leave the group as they desire.


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