Young Orchestra Festival & Carnival

May 14th, 2022. Info is also included in the calendar page (top navigation). Select the date for information, select “Read More” to open full page version.

  • The festival is 7:30 – 10:30 at Millard South High School and is required for 9th grade orchestra.
  • The carnival is 12:30 – 2:00 pm at Millard North High School and is required for seniors.

Young Orchestra Festival: 7:30 – 10:30: Required for 9th grade orchestra, all students in 5th hour Philharmonic Orchestra.

  • 7:30 a.m. – Students arrive at Millard South High School, enter through front doors, go to assigned homeroom (room 124) and check in with Mrs. Martinez
  • 8:00 a.m. – MN Orchestra warms up (MSHS Band Room)
  • 8:30 a.m. – Orchestra performs (Millard South HS Auditorium) and receives clinic with Erin Aguirre (performance is open to public 🙂
  • 9:00 a.m. – Orchestra members pack and go watch solo/small ensemble performances
  • 10:15 a.m. – Solo/small ensemble concludes – students may be picked up at the flagpole at Millard South.  

All students must be picked up by 10:30 a.m. – thank you!

Solo and Small Ensemble Details – Patty Ritchie, judge:

  • 9:06 Quartet – Izzy, Jocelyn, Jessica, Lucy
  • 9:12 Violin Trio – Rachel, Pujitha, Swara
  • 9:24 Solo – Abhishek B
  • 9:30 Solo – Sanjith 
  • 9:36 Solo – Calista
  • 9:42 Solo – Izzy
  • 9:48 Solo – Miles
  • 9:54 Solo – Jessica
  • 10:00 Solo – Keerthana
  • 10:06 Solo – Sriram

Other Information:

  • Location: Millard South High School – 14905 Q St., Omaha, NE
  • What to Wear: Students must wear their MN Orchestra uniform. 
  • What to bring: Bring your instrument and music. Soloists and small ensembles – make sure you have a judge’s score with each measure numbered in pencil. *Mrs. Martinez may have a score as well – double check with her! Hand the score to the judge as you enter the room. If the score is your personal music, make sure it is marked with your name (first and last) and school. If it is borrowed music, make sure it is clearly marked with the owner’s name.
  • Food: Make sure to eat before you leave.  You may bring snacks/water if needed for after our performance. We will not be eating as a group.
  • Scores and Awards: The judge’s scores will be given to the director after you have finished playing. The ratings are I = Superior, II = Good, III = Average, IV = Fair. Awards will be mailed to the teacher for distribution.
  • What to expect: After signing in at the registration table, we will be shown to a homeroom where we will unpack and wait for the runner to take us to the warm-up room. We must conduct ourselves quietly and professionally, so we do not disturb the individuals performing. We will perform for the judge (the judges are seasoned, and very nice, string educators) who will give you written and spoken comments. Parents are allowed to listen to the performance.
  • Time Limits: Your solo/ensemble length is limited to 5 minutes, 30 seconds in order to allow time for comments and to keep on schedule. Our orchestra will perform 3 selections, followed by a clinic at the conclusion.
  • Student Expectations: By being a member of Millard North Orchestra, you have signed on to do your personal best and to respect MSHS’s staff, facilities and equipment, as well as the other teachers and students participating.


It would be best to have 4-5 designated parent chaperones attend. Please contact Mrs. Martinez if you are available to chaperone.

Chaperone Expectations: Thank you for giving your time! Please be available for students and monitor their behavior, especially helping at transition points. Mrs. Martinez will be supervising other events and, consequently, will not be with all the children at all times.

Questions: If you have further questions, please call me at 402-715-1513 (MNHS Music Office) or email Thank you for supporting your child in this endeavor!


  • WHEN:  Saturday, May 14, 1:00 pm
  • WHERE: MNHS Cafeteria and Auditorium 
  • We are performing: How to Train Your Dragon, Sea of Thieves, Pirates, School Song, Sweet Caroline, and the MNHS School Song.  This is a required performance for seniors, but not a required performance for string players grades 9-11, HOWEVER, it is important to have good participation and instrument representation.  This is part of our community outreach, so it’s important to make a good impression!
  • Winds and percussion – thank you for playing!
  • Performers (select link for list) need to be ready to play by 1:00 p.m., so you will need to arrive by 12:30 to perform or by noon to set up
  • Dress is concert black – uniforms for orchestra strings, black shirt, black tie, black dress pants or knee-length or longer black skirt or dress – black socks and shoes for all!
  • Carnival Workers (select link for list) have 2 shifts: 11 a.m.-1 p.m. = set-up; 1 p.m.-4 p.m. = run a booth and clean up afterward.  Wear orchestra shirts or Millard North shirts and jeans/pants of your choice.

Any questions – contact Mrs. Martinez – 402-715-1513 or  Thanks for making time for this event and keeping us visible in the community!