MRHS Music Foundation “Music Notes”

Spring Trip Update


The permission slip can be found at the link below. Also, the Directors will be handing them out on Monday, March 23rd.

All outstanding maintenance fees must be paid in order to attend the Spring Trip (Mads, Womens, Jazz Vest, etc.).  If you are not sure, please contact Joy Altenburg to check the status of your account.

 If you have any questions regarding your Student Account balance, please contact Joy Altenburg at

Cash Card News!!!

Cash card sales have concluded for the 2015 trip but will continue for those students who wish to get a head start on fundraising for next year's trip. 

Did you know that only 13% of music students took advantage of cash card fundraising? The average amount earned was $66, and ten students earned at least $100. The top earner added $375 to his account through cash card sales alone!

It's easy: simply pay face value for Weis or Giant cash cards through the Music Foundation, and 5% of that amount will go directly into the student's account. If your family does not shop at Weis or Giant, consider asking friends, neighbors and extended family to purchase cards. 

For the remainder of the school year, cash card orders will be filled twice a month instead of every week. Please place orders in the black box by Tuesday, February 10 and Tuesday, February 24 for pickup on Friday of those weeks. 

During the month of March, the deadlines will be Tuesday, March 3 and Tuesday, March 17. Additional dates will be announced at a later time. 

For more information, contact Debbie Burnett at 301-412-4014 or or Cassie Felch at 410-615-5632 or

The Music Foundation Needs YOU!!!!

It takes a village, right?  Well, the Music Foundation is in search of volunteers to help out with various events and activities taking place the remainder of this school year. 

No experience necessary!!! You will be trained!!! It's Fun!!! Get Involved!!!

  • Howard County Orchestra Assessments: we are in need of parent and student volunteers to help run this two day event in March.  Please contact Laura Schnake at
  • Mixed Bag Fundraiser: we are in need of parent volunteers to assist with this fundraiser.  Please contact Lisa Benton at for details.
  • End of Year Awards Banquet: we are in need of parent volunteers to help coordinate the food portion of this wonderful event (sending e-mails, organizing, store runs). Please contact Laura Schnake at for details. We are also looking for someone to facilitate ordering/printing the student "awards" for this event (coordinating with the directors for student lists, printing awards, getting plaques engraved, etc.) Please contact Amy Tich if you are interested at

We are also recruiting for positions/coordinators for next year.  

As our seniors move on, so do their parents.....

Please consider volunteering your time to help with these extremely important functions:
  • Concert Attire Apprentice: We need a parent to work alongside Laura Schnake to learn the ropes for ordering concert attire for the students. This position involves coming into school to take measurements, coordinating the orders, working with the vendor, and distributing attire when received from the vendor.  The timing of this is the beginning of the school year in early October for measuring and ordering. If interested, or if you have questions about the position, please contact Laura Schnake at
  • Treasurer: The Music Foundation Board of Directors is in need of a Treasurer for the 2015-2016 school year.  Experience with Quicken is a plus, but not required.  Training will be provided. If interested, or if you have questions about the position, please contact Sheila Stiles at
  • Patron Donation Coordinator: This position involves tracking our family and business patron donations, writing Thank You Notes to our sponsors, as well as ensuring all names are submitted to the director in charge of printing our concert programs. The bulk of the donations are received in the first quarter of the school year.  If interested, or if you have questions about this position, please contact Berni Giroux at
  • Citrus Fundraiser Technology Person:  The citrus fundraising team is in need of an individual to maintain the Citrus Website ( for the 2015-2016 school year.  The website is a critical piece of the fundraising campaign and without someone to update it, we may not be able to offer the Citrus Fundraiser.  If interested, or if you have questions about the position, please contact Kim Lennon at or Kathy Rivers at  The typical timing of the citrus fundraiser is October-January (may be revised based on demand of product).

All families are invited to attend the Music Foundation monthly meetings to learn more about what the Music Foundation is involved in and where you can be of service.

The meetings are held the first Thursday of each month at 7 pm (the meeting is usually held in the Student Services office).  Hope to see YOU there!!!

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Music Foundation Board
President: Lisa Benton
Vice President: Laura Cochran
Treasurer: Sheila Stiles
Secretary: Sandra Smith
Many thanks to the board members and the many committee members and volunteers for your service to the music students of MRHS!

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