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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.

◊All of your class materials, practice copies, etc. can be found on Teams!

I am SO very excited to see you and welcome you back to school! Orchestra will once again be a little different this year in comparison with last year, but in the best of ways. We are BACK TOGETHER! Prepare yourself for fun, thoughtful music making, and challenging yourself to be a more well rounded musician. The joy (and mental de-stress) you get from orchestra will be just as you remember it! I am looking forward to getting to know my new and returning students, and sharing in awesome music making.

Many precautions have been taken to ensure your safety in returning to school and to the music program. All school instruments (celli and basses) will be sanitized by Mrs. Rister after each use to ensure the health and safety of students.

Remind (for students):

  • Chamber Orchestra: @risterl
  • Symphony Orchestra: @risterorch


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.

Contact Mrs. Rister
Office Phone: 585-267-3063