Welcome to the HEB Elementary Honor Orchestra home page! The HEB Elementary Honor Orchestra is designed to provide a weekly orchestra experience for Suzuki students in the HEB school district who were chosen through an audition process. Through their training and hard work at rehearsals the students will learn: correct rehearsal procedures; to read music more easily; both to work as a team and to be a leader; to polish pieces for performances; and to present polished performances.  The Honor Orchestra has performed at the National Suzuki Association Leadership Training Meeting; Majestic Theater; Texas Music Educators Convention; and at the Meyerson Symphony Center.

The conductor of the Elementary Honor Orchestra is Vincent Pugh. Mr. Pugh is the Suzuki teacher at Bellaire Elementary and has conducted orchestras and honor orchestras in Kansas City, San Antonio, Austin and Arlington. Mr. Pugh really enjoys conducting youth orchestras and thinks one of the most exciting things in the world is to listen to young people perform with energy.

Auditions were held on September 16th and 17th and congratulations goes to all students who were selected.  I am looking forward to working with you on some wonderful and challenging music this year!




Hope you enjoyed the snow yesterday and lately. Now it is time to practice for our combined concert with the Honor Choir. We have 2 rehearsals remaining, one on our regular Thursday, March 19th and one on Tuesday March 24th at 5:00-5:30 with the choir.  Our pieces to perform for the concert are Dabbling in the Dew, Appalachian Dances, and Turbulence (at quarter note = 144). Please be sure you have all the notes for these three pieces ready for our rehearsal on March 19th.  There are 4 new assignments in smart music to be done and the 1st violins have a new 2nd page of the Appalachian Dances (which is available from your Suzuki teacher or it is posted on this website under documents).  Have a good Spring Break and be sure to practice before our next rehearsal

Continue practicing on the Suzuki accompaniment packet.  Pieces that need a careful look are - Go Tell Aunt Rhody, O Come Little Children, Long, Long Ago and Perpetual Motion.  Our concert is on the 29th!

Happy 2015!  Good work on counting dotted half notes.  For next week be ready to play any of the pieces in the Suzuki accompaniment packet.  Practice one piece each day and you will be ready!  Our concert performing these pieces will be on January 29th - which is soon!

Thanks for making an entertaining video at rehearsal.  I know that Carrie Lane Grueselle will enjoy it.  Please practice Dabbling in the Dew and all of your Suzuki harmonies over the break.  Have a great holiday!  (Don't forget to practice!)

Good first rehearsal in December! Please practice Dabbling in the Dew 1-16, Whistle While You Work, and Suzuki Harmonies.

Concert time change!  We will begin the November 24th concert at 5:45 at Central Junior High.  Students need to arrive at 5:15 for tuning.  Look for more information in the handout given out on November 20th.

For November 20th - Thanks for a great Potluck dinner!  This was the first time we had so much food that we had to make a dessert table!  Nice mini-performance. Please practice Turbulence and Joust for the concert.

For November 13th - Potluck dinner!  Please bring your assigned drink, entry or side dish!  We will rehearse our two pieces for the concert first - Turbulence and Joust and then present a short concert, which will be followed by food!

For November 6th - Have every note of Joust and Turbulence learned.  These will be our two pieces for the November 24th concert.

For October 30th rehearsal- Congratulations to all who had fast timed fingerings.  Please be sure to practice Turbulence 1-44, Dabbling in the Dew - 1-10 and the melody sections, violins and violas 11-26, cellos and basses 27-35.  Joust 1-30.

For October 23rd - Good rehearsal!  Be sure to show your parents - Jaws!  Don't forget our timed fingering quiz next week - get your time under 20 seconds.  Be sure to practice Turbulence 1-44, Joust 1-29, Dabbling in the Dew 1-19. 

 For October 16th rehearsal - Timed fingering - be sure to learn all notes on the G and C strings so you can mark them quickly!  2 weeks until a final quiz on them.   Practice G scale, G chorale, Perpetual Motion Rock, Turbulence 1-33, Joust 1-27 and Dabbling in the Dew 1-24.  Be sure to check smartmusic for assignments. 

For October 9th rehearsal -  Thanks for a good rehearsal in spite of the weather on October 2nd! Please practice the G scale and G chorale,  1-19 in Dabbling in the Dew, 1-24 in Turbulence and 1-19 in Joust and the D scale and Perpetual Motion Rock.

Smart music can be found here: www.smartmusic.com

Please return your contract during rehearsal next week if you forgot it last week. 

Please check this page weekly for practice spots and announcements. For the first assignment please to listen to a recording of the 4 of the pieces we will begin playing. You will find recordings of our pieces in the document manager area. Also practice 1-19 in Dabbling in the Dew, 1-17 in Turbulence and 1-22 in Joust and the D scale and Perpetual Motion Rock. Don't forget to sign-up for the EHO smartmusic class (through Bellaire Elementary) for assignments and a chance to send recordings to Mr. Pugh.