Mrs. Lauren Rister



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Mrs. Lauren Rister

Welcome! Please use this website to find important information for the Mendon High School Orchestra program. Links located to your left will help you navigate, and I invite you to check back often for new information.

6/4 Update on NYC Trip (from 1st Choice): "We are still in the process of retrieving refunds from vendors on your trip.  Travel Guard insurance cannot payout a claim until we are able to provide all refundable amounts in the form of direct payment to families.  We will do so immediately following receiving all expected refunds for your trip.  Once all of this happens, Travel Guard will be paying out approved claims for any money that is unable to be refunded through us.  We appreciate your patience and understanding."

Office Hours: Tuesdays and Thursdays from 10am-11am. Password is MHS Orch. Click to participate!

New Assignments will be posted by the end of the day each Wednesday
Assignment #1 (assigned 4/15, due by 11:59pm on Tuesday, 4/21): Follow this link to take you to your assignment. You will need YouTube and a thoughtful brain to complete this assignment :)
Assignment #2 (assigned 4/22, due by 11:59pm on Tuesday, 4/28): Follow this link to take you to your assignment. YOU MUST USE YOUR SCHOOL EMAIL for login - I am trying Office 365 instead of google forms for this one.
Assignment #3 (assigned 4/29, due by 11:59pm on Tuesday, 5/5): Follow this link to take you to your assignment. You will need YouTube and *maybe* some family help!
Assignment #4 (assigned 5/6, due by 11:59pm on Tuesday, 5/19) - Watch video (sent on Remind) and then follow this link to take you to your assignment. Find your headphones!
Assignment #5 (assigned 5/20, due by 11:59pm on Thursday 5/28): Follow this link to read about your assignment. ALL instrumental music students from Sutherland and Mendon are doing this assignment
Week starting 5/27: Open this PDF to read about the plans for this week.
Assignment #6 (assigned 6/3, due by 11:59pm on Tuesday 6/9): Follow this link to complete the assignment. Click here to see what you need to do when you come to school to clean out your things! You ALSO have this week to complete any work you are behind on.

Contact Mrs. Rister
Office Phone: 585-267-3063
Remind (for students):
*Symphony Orchestra - @risterorch
*Chamber Orchestra - @risterl


May 13th Update on NYSSMA Honors Festivals:

Area All-State:  Since there is no spring solo festival, next fall’s Area All-State will be based on teacher recommendation and I'll be able to attach both last spring's solo sheet and this January's sheet to support my recommendation.  Usually this process does not take the January county scores into consideration.  Area All-State is scheduled for November 20-21, 2020.

Conference All-State: NYSSMA has released very specific parameters for next December’s Conference All-State festival.  Only current juniors (2019-20 school year) who registered for an all-state level 6 solo audition at last spring’s solo festival (2019) and who scored a 98-100 will be eligible for this December’s Conference. 


Mission Statement
The Music Department develops students who are confident performers, imaginative and critical thinkers, capable of interpreting and communicating the aesthetic qualities of music, and are knowledgeable patrons of music. Students become empowered to bring the intrinsic values of music into their adult lives.                                      

 As a result of participating in the PCSD Music program, students will be able to independently …

  • critically evaluate music heard in live or recorded performances;
  • respond to and communicate effectively about the aesthetic qualities of music;
  • evaluate and reflect on the role of music in society and a changing world;
  • perform as individuals or in a group, playing a role through continued practice in the overall performance's success;
  • create and perform music within various contexts that are meaningful and relevant.