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Middle School
13624 Steele Creek Road
Charlotte, NC 28273
Courier #: 538
P: 980-343-5006  |  F: 980-343-3239 
Principal: Barry Blair
LC: Southwest
Bell Schedule: 8:00 AM - 3:00 PM
Grades: 6-8
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Hello, SWMS Orchestra Families!

Just, wow.  I found myself so filled with gratitude last week.  Gratitude for o​​​ur opportunity to play at Blumenthal, gratitude for the parents who went with us on both trips, gratitude for being able to work in such a wonderful school, gratitude that our children showed great humility of character with some tough situations, gratitude that my brother drove from Raleigh to hear us play.  Most of all, I am grateful for your children.  They are some of the most talented, hard working, empathetic people on the planet, and they learned those values from you, parents.  I am thankful to be able to share music with them and watch them grow as musicians and human beings.

6th grade notes

Concert music time!!  We are working hard to perfect our concert music for the May 12 concert.  We're excited to share our improvement in skills with you.

Charlotte Concerts: A Musical Celebration Blumenthal Performance media coverage

Here are some links to some of the media coverage from the event:
Charlotte Observer Video about AMS:
Wilson’s World Pre-Show Interview for AMS:
WCCB Post about AMS:
Link to Daniel Coston’s Photography from AMS:

Atlanta trip April 21-22 (participating 7th and 8th graders)

Candy sales need to be wrapped up as soon as possible (you are responsible for the number of boxes you ordered.)

We will only have four rehearsals to prepare for this competition:

  • Tuesday, April 4 4:45-6:15 PM
  • Wednesday, April 5 4:45-6:15 PM
  • Tuesday, April 18 4:45-6:15 PM
  • Wednesday, April 19 4:45-6:15 PM

There will be a parent meeting on Tuesday, April 4 at 6:30 PM, location TBA.  You will receive permission forms, trip itinerary, and other relevant information about the trip.  Please plan for at least one parent/guardian to attend.

Rising 6th Grade Instrument selection nights

It's coming upon that time of year when we invite the rising 6th graders to our classroom to try out instruments.  We usually have a lot of current Orchestra students from all grades help these nights.  I'll send home a permission form for you to return if you are interested in helping with one or both of these nights.  Calm and mature is the name of the game helping these nights, as they get pretty busy!  You'll also need to be in your Orchestra polo/black pants.

  • Thursday, April 27 5:30-7:00 PM
  • Tuesday, May 2 5:30-7:00 PM​​

Calendar recap

  • Tuesday, April 4 4:45-6:15 PM Atlanta rehearsal
  • Tuesday, April 4 6:30 PM Atlanta parent meeting
  • Wednesday, April 5 4:45-6:15 PM Atlanta rehearsal 
  • Tuesday, April 18 4:45-6:15 PM Atlanta rehearsal
  • Wednesday, April 19 4:45-6:15 PM Atlanta rehearsal
  • Friday, Apr. 21-Saturday, Apr. 22 ATLANTA TRIP!!
  • Thursday, April 27 5:30-7:00 PM Instrument selection night
  • Tuesday, May 2 5:30-7:00 PM Instrument selection night
  • Thursday, May 11 SWMS Orchestra Spring Concert 7PM
  •  Junior Western Region Orchestra clinic 

I'm. So. Proud. Of. You. All.  Lots of love and music and gratitude for each one of you.  You are all such an important part of our organization, and it is an honor for me to be able to make music with you each and every day.  Let's finish our year with a strong showing in Atlanta and our Spring Concert!


Kristen Wright

Orchestra Director​

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