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.

◊All of your class material can be found on Teams! Remember to do your virtual attendance on EVERY remote day, and check the "assignments" tab.

♦Instruments are not needed the first week of school (9/8-9/11). STUDENTS SHOULD START BRINGING THEIR INSTRUMENTS TO SCHOOL THE WEEK OF 9/14! Violin and viola students should place their instrument under their seat in the rehearsal room upon arrival to school as we are not using lockers.

I am SO very excited to see you and welcome you back to school! It has seemed like an eternity since March 13th and I can't wait to see you in person :) Orchestra will be a bit different this year in comparison with last year, and I promise we will still have lots of fun together. 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. Cello and Bass students will NOT be sharing instruments - every student will have their own designated bow and instrument to use during rehearsals/lessons. They will be sanitized by Mrs. Rister after each use to ensure the health and safety of students.

Remind (for students):

  • Chamber Maroon (M-Th): @maroonchmb
  • Chamber Gold (T-F): @goldchmbr
  • Symphony Maroon (M-Th): @maroonsym
  • Symphony Gold (T-F): @goldsym

Department Announcements
- All 2021 MCMSA festivals have been cancelled (solo festivals, All-County festivals, and PEAK)
- All Area All-State festivals have been cancelled. You will be notified that you were selected as a recognition of honor.
- Conference All-State (along with the 2020 Winter Conference) is cancelled

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