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On Tuesday, February 27th, Maestro Wiley of the Roanoke Symphony Orchestra paid a visit to SJMS and instructed the students of the SJMS + LAMS Orchestras! Our students learned a great deal, had a wonderful time, and we are all very appreciative of Maestro Wiley's time and efforts to help our students become better musicians! A special thank you to the RSO! We are appreciative of this opportunity for our students! Congratulations to the SJMS + LAMS 7th and 8th Grade Orchestras on earning ALL SUPERIOR RATINGS at the VBODA District VI Orchestra Contest on Wednesday, February 28th. Every participating student played extremely well and we had a really great day! Thank you to parents, our administrators, Mrs. Dance and Coach Cooper for helping us achieve great success! ?
Posted by kmsmith  On Mar 08, 2018 at 2:18 PM 23 Comments
*Our 8th Grade All-City Event took place on Friday, October 6th. Addison, Breckenridge, Jackson, Madison, and Woodrow Wilson Middle Schools represented RCPS very well. The rehearsals and the concert were a huge success! Thank you for all who attended our All-City Concert! We are already planning next year's event! *8th Grade Jackson + Addison RSO Green Room Performance will take place on Friday, December 1st.  -Students are asked to arrive at 4:15-4:30 dressed in concert clothes. -Our concert will begin promptly at 5:00pm. -Parents/Guardians must attend the short rehearsal and performance. -We invite you to stay downtown for the Roanoke City Christmas Tree Lighting following the performance! *6th, 7th, 8th Grade Orchestra Concert at Jackson will take place on Thursday, December 6th. -Students are asked to arrive at Jackson Auditorium at 5:15. -Our concert will begin promptly at 6:00pm -This concert will feature our beginning 6th Grade Orchestra + Combined 7th and 8th Grade Orchestra If you have any questions, please email me!
Posted by kmsmith  On Nov 21, 2017 at 1:50 PM 12 Comments
I am thrilled to be back at Stonewall Jackson this year to continue the wonderful traditions that we have built - making music, community service, and fantastic concerts! As in years past, I will be available at Stonewall Jackson each morning teaching our three orchestras and will teach Lucy Addison's three orchestras each afternoon! We have much to celebrate from this past year! Over the summer, many Jackson Orchestra students participated in the Summer Music Institute - sponsored by the Roanoke Symphony Orchestra. These students spent a week at Hollins University learning from master teachers, swimming and recreational activities, attending concerts and masterclasses, and putting on a concert at the end of the week showcasing all they have learned! It was AMAZING! Great job, everyone! Stonewall Jackson Middle School Orchestra earned Excellent and Superior Rating sin their Spring Concert Assessment! What a wonderful way to end the year! You are growing into amazing young musicians and I could not be more proud to be your teacher! We are all so proud of all you have accomplished and the excellence that you continually strive toward! :) For all our new musicians, I cannot wait to meet you all! We will have a fantastic year full of growth and amazing music making. As always, if you have any questions, please feel free to contact me!  Michelle Smith Johnson 540-853-6040
Posted by kmsmith  On Aug 15, 2017 at 9:45 AM 13 Comments
The SJMS 6th, 7th, and 8th Grade Orchestras will present a Winter Concert on THURSDAY, DECEMBER 8th. We had to make a slight adjustment to the original concert schedule - I apologize for any inconvenience.  Students are asked to arrive no later than 5:30pm. Our concert will begin at 6:00pm! 
Posted by kmsmith  On Nov 02, 2016 at 8:33 PM 8 Comments
Stonewall Jackson Middle School Music Department presents a Fall Orchestra Concert featuring 6th Grade Orchestra & 7th/8th Grade Orchestra   Our music students have been working very hard to prepare this concert for you! Come celebrate their achievements! Details: Date: Thursday, October 20th Time: Students arrive at 5:30pm to tune instruments and rehearse on stage. Concert begins at 6:00pm. 6th Grade Orchestra will perform first! Please make plans to stay for the entire concert if possible (approximately 45 minutes). Dress: Concert Clothes (will be the same for all concerts)! Gentlemen: Black pants, white collared shirt,black socks and shoes. Ladies: “Dressy” white and black – Black dress pants, skirt (knee length or longer), Black and/or white dresses are ok, too! Black dress shoes. If you have any questions or concerns, please call: 540-853-2681 or email: Mrs. Smith Johnson, Orchestra:
Posted by kmsmith  On Oct 18, 2016 at 10:55 AM 17 Comments
8th Grade Students and Parents: All-City Orchestra Information and Permission forms were sent home yesterday! Please make sure to return those promptly! Event Date: Friday, September 30th Concert Time: 6:00pm at William Fleming High School We are so excited for this event! :) It will be WONDERFUL! Have a great day! -Mrs. S-J.
Posted by kmsmith  On Sep 07, 2016 at 6:38 AM 11 Comments
What a wonderful two weeks we have had here at Jackson! Our 7th and 8th Grade Musicians have been working hard each day on the following: *Two-octave scales (D Major, G Major, and C Major) *Sonatine for Strings *Night Shift (8th Grade Only) In the upcoming days, we will add more pieces and work hard to perfect them before our first fall concert. 6th Grade students have done an AMAZING JOB. All of our new musicians have: *Chosen instruments *Learned line and space notes *Learned (and performed) rhythms that include quarter notes, half notes, triplets, sixteenth notes, and whole notes. (You should hear them! They are SO good!) *Learned correct posture and hand positions *D + A strings and the notes on them! :) BIG ANNOUNCEMENT - ROANOKE YOUTH SYMPHONY STRING ENSEMBLE BEGINS NEXT TUESDAY, SEPTEMBER 6th: *AFTER SCHOOL FROM 4:30-6:00 AT PATRICK HENRY HIGH SCHOOL *NO AUDITION REQUIRED *TO SIGN UP, EMAIL OR CALL SARAH JONES AT THE ROANOKE SYMPHONY OFFICE:   OR  540.343.6221 x231 Please visit this link for more information:
Posted by kmsmith  On Aug 30, 2016 at 7:02 PM 15 Comments
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Posted by abenson  On Mar 22, 2016 at 12:12 AM 6 Comments