Welcome to Paschal Elementary's Orff Instrumental Ensemble website. Fourth grade students are selected for this group based on character and skill. Assessments will take place the first two weeks of school during specials. Rehearsals are Tuesdays and Thursdays after school until 4pm.
The group performs on xylophones, glockenspiels, metallophones, recorders, drums, and other various pitched and unpitched instruments - including body percussion! The group also explores movement and often creates movement to complement the music. Over the past years the group has performed at PTC meetings, Silvertree Rehab, SCUC Central Office, the Texas Music Educators Association Conference, the Alamo, the McNay, and the state capitol, to name a few places.
Students have the opportunity to play several times throughout the year including Fall, Winter, and Spring performances; here is the schedule:
- September 5 (Thursday) 3:25 pm – 1st rehearsal
- September 23 (Monday) 5:55pm – performance in the cafeteria preceding the PTC meeting
- October 11 (Friday) 7:45am – performance in the cafeteria for kinder/first grade students
- December 9 (Monday) 7:15pm – performance at Clemens HS auditorium with entire 4th grade student body
- December 18 (Wednesday) 11am-1:00pm – holiday performances for the student body during lunches in the cafeteria
- February 28 (Friday) 7:45am – performance in the cafeteria for kinder/1st grade students
- March 20 (Friday) 9:00am-2:00pm – performance at the McNay Art Museum in San Antonio
- April 28 (Tuesday) – 6:00pm – combined show choir/Orff performance in the cafeteria
- May 8 (Friday) 8:30am - FINAL performance for the student body in the gym
Frequently Asked Questions:
- Do I have to purchase a black Paschal shirt? It would be best if every student in the ensemble is dressed alike during performances; a uniform appearance helps to create a sense of group identity and belonging, having a positive effect on individual and collective confidence.
- My child has younger siblings; can they hang out in/near the music room during rehearsals? I (Mr. Zurovec) have learned that I am not able to both effectively conduct rehearsals and monitor younger siblings; please make appropriate transportation arrangements.
- Can my child be a member of more than one musical group, like Orff ensemble and show choir? Yes your child can. He/she can even be a member of all three groups (choir, Orff, and ukulele club) J.
- My child rides the bus home; can he/she be in the ensemble and still ride the bus home in the afternoons? Students who normally ride the bus home will need to have other means of transportation home on rehearsal days, since the buses leave Paschal El well before the end of rehearsal time.
- Are parents allowed to go on the field trip in the spring? Yes, and parents are encouraged to come! … but seating is usually very limited so we ask that parents use their own means of transportation.
- Why is it called the Orff Ensemble? In the early 20th century, Carl Orff, with his fellow teachers Dorothy Gunther and Gunild Keetman, started a school where children could learn to sing, move creatively, and play instruments. It was the first time that anyone had ever explored and developed a method for teaching music to children. Orff soon saw to the development of xylophones designed specifically to be played by children. In our classroom, we call these xylophones, metallophones, and glockenspiels “Orff Instruments”.