National Winners, National Orchestra Honors

I am pleased to announce that Jasper High School’s Symphony Orchestra was named the sole National Winner for the 2014 National Orchestra Honors (high school full orchestra).  This is the nationwide competition that is the orchestra division of the Mark of Excellence program administered by the Foundation for Music Education.  We were selected by submitting our recording from last year’s TMEA performance in San Antonio, and this is the first time that Jasper’s Symphony has received this distinction!  .

Although the competition had entrants from 32 states, all but one of the winning orchestras are from Texas…. this is a particularly strong testament to the strength of music programs in our state!  We are also proud that there are 3 other Plano schools among the National Winners (in different categories), and a fourth in the Commended Winners section.

Full results can be viewed HERE.

Thursday Night at Chipotle

Join us Thursday (9/11) night at Chipotle (Shops at Legacy) between 5-8pm.  Enjoy a delicious burrito or burrito bowl while 50% of the proceeds go to the Jasper Orchestra.  Be sure to print the flyer and give it to the cashier, show it on your phone, or tell the cashier you are there for the orchestra.  Feel free to print extra and give them to co-workers, friends, or family.  5717 Legacy Dr #150, Plano, TX 75024


Jasper Audition Results

Dear Orchestra Members,

Below, please find the orchestra placements for next school year.  Know that a great deal of thought went in to these placements, and each auditionee was placed in an orchestra that will provide them the best opportunity to learn and shine.  If you find yourself a little disappointed by your orchestra placement, remember a few things:

1)  The Jasper Orchestra auditions are very competitive because of the very high quality of  training you all receive at Rice and Robinson.  The upside of this is that all of our orchestras are very much above average for their level and will be a rewarding musical home for you!

2)  You are so much more than simply a person in a class period.  Regardless of what class you are in, take it as an opportunity to excel and distinguish yourself in a positive manner.  It will most certainly pay off for you in the long run!


Obviously we cannot field questions about your orchestra placement from over 200 students.  If after some time you still would like feedback, please feel free to email Mr. Ross at

In the next day or so, you will all be receiving some music from our first concert next year — if you’re looking for something to practice over the summer, feel free to take a look at it!  Have a great summer, and I can’t wait to see everyone next year!