Save the Dates!


1.     Monday, March 4 – First Parent Meeting of 2019
Please join us in the Nathan Hale choir room from 7-8 p.m. to celebrate what we’ve accomplished so far and learn what’s next.

2.     Sunday, March 24 – First-Ever Mattress Fundraiser!
Sounds a little wacky, BUT it’s the new trend among music programs across the nation. Why? Because it costs us nothing to host, and, according to the stats and schools we talked to, it raised thousands of dollars in a day.

New Fundraiser

Swing & Jazz this Thursday!

VOCAL JAZZ AND JAZZ BAND will be swinging with full sets of classic tunes. Everyone encouraged to join the fun!

When: Thursday, Jan. 24, 7 p.m. (Volunteers asked to arrive at 6:15 p.m.)
Where: Nathan Hale Performing Arts Center (Bake Sale in Lobby)
Cost: Free but suggested donation is $5+


How to Help: Visit our Sign-Up genius to see volunteer roles/needs:

Special Instructions: If you donate a baked good, please label for allergies (i.e. nuts, nut free, gluten free, etc.)

Thanks for your support! Should be a great time!

Music Boosters Update

Next Music Boosters Board meeting is set for Tuesday, February 5 at 7 PM. This is a working meeting for the Board and committees, but all meetings are open and parents welcome to attend.

Complete meeting notes are archived in a private Music Boosters shared drive and available on request.

Summary: November & December Board Meetings

Fundraising & Budget

  • Barnes and Noble to be held Dec. 8. Lots of volunteer help needed.
  • Direct donation drive to launch with first email.
    In years past, most money raised has come from direct ask.
  • Discussion of other fundraisers to consider: Century Link Field concession stands, another Chipotle fundraiser, MOD pizza fundraiser, mattress sale fundraiser, “Hire the Band” fundraiser
  • Ask for help getting more organization and parent volunteers for events and bake sales
  • From September 1 to November 12, 2018, we have had $1917.63 in expenses with only $576.35 in income (as of Nov.), for a net loss of $1341.
  • Discussion of allocating set amount to each program, starting next year.
  • Teacher ask for $75 fee at beginning of year goes toward their self-help fund (not controlled by Music Boosters).
  • Money raised by Music Boosters funds clinicians, travel scholarships, and other fees that support students.
  • Discussion of pros/cons of large field trip
  • Jennifer will put in order for t-shirts and quarter zip sweatshirts.(gray with blue and red logo)
  • Online donations from direct donation drive currently at $1397.40 (as of Dec.)
  • Chipotle fundraiser netted $576.35
  • Treasurer detangled Music Booster funds and teacher Self-Help funds. The net income is showing negative on paper, but actually the account is holding steady with expenses similar to income.
  • Alliance for Education takes a 9% fee from online donations. Treasurer wants to explore setting up the Nathan Hale Music Boosters as its own 501c3 so that funds would not need to flow through the Alliance for Education. Discussion of pros/cons.
  • Discussion of mattress fundraiser possibility, which other schools and fundraiser organizer say could raise more than $2500. (

Teacher Updates

Katrina Sibicky (wind ensemble, chamber orchestra, concert orchestra)

  • Wind Ensemble
    • Date for EBMEA festival is set: 3/19 at SPU.
    • Seattle Chamber Music Society is piloting a program for bands where they send in coaches for a few weeks to work with chamber groups. Students in band will be encouraged (especially upper classmen) to form ensembles. For those who commit, I will arrange with SCMS to bring in the coaches.
  • Chamber Orchestra
    • Ensemble signed up for the Western Washington Orchestra Festival: Saturday 3/16 up at WWU. 
    • Signed up for Edmonds Session again.  Students will have opportunity to make a recording of a movement/piece at Edmonds Community College. 
    • Seattle Chamber Music Society has been doing program like mentioned above for strings from many years.  Since students in the group have been working in trio and quartet, I will arrange to bring in coaches for them. 
  • Concert Orchestra
    • 4 students have been working as a quartet with ECCHO.  They have been enjoying working with this year’s coach and are looking forward to performing at an ECCHO concert in December.

*Concert is coming up on Thursday, Nov. 29th.  Will need bake sale organized. 

Dan Rowe (Jazz Band)

  • Jazz Band spent five hours with clinician David Berger, which was funded by the Music Boosters. Really successful. In the future, would like to photograph and better document these types of events.
  • Jazz Band will participate in the Northshore Jazz Festival on November 17th
  • Jazz Band will be submitting recordings to the Essential Ellington and Monterey jazz festivals
  • Barnes & Noble concert on Dec. 8
  • Jazz band will play for the school during lunch on December 18th
  • Working on music for putting in a recording to submit for the Monterey festival, due January 12th
  • Wanting to submit the recording for the Essential Ellington festival, due January 25th. Looking for someone to assist with the recording.

Erica Ewell (Choir and Vocal Jazz)

  • Four soloists are planning to compete at the Bellevue College jazz festival
  • Concert choir will be attending EBMEA in March
  • Erica will be adding another course next semester, which will be a music survey course targeting non-musicians.
    Erica is teaching part-time now, but will be moving to full-time next year. She is planning to add a survey course next year on African American music. She would also like to add a middle choir level in between choir and vocal jazz.
  • Combined Eckstein Middle School and Nathan Hale High School holiday choir concert on Wednesday, December 19 at the Nathan Hale Performing Arts Center.
  • There may be a need for parent staffing of information tables during Nathan Hale High School Information Nights for future and prospective parents/guardians on Wednesday, December 12, 2018 and Tuesday, February 12, 2019 from 6 PM to 7 PM.
  • Barnes & Noble concert Dec. 8
  • Sue Pess’ office party
  • Event at the Wing Luke Museum on December 15
  • Choir Concert on December 19
  • Middle School tour with Eckstein and Jane Addams Middle School
  • Jazz Night on January 24
  • Bellevue College Jazz Festival on January 26
  • In March: DeMiero Festival, EBMEA choir festival, Concert choir will join the Orchestra and Wind Ensemble concert on March 13 in preparation for their festival

Other Business

  • Need to research how other music boosters raise and manage money.
  • Need a parent representative from each music group to coordinate volunteers and events for their group (like a Room Parent).
  • All agreed to not have meeting in January. Next meeting set for Feb. 5.

We need some helpers tomorrow! PLEASE and THANK YOU!

Tomorrow, Wednesday (Dec. 19), we’re partnering with Eckstein for a Holiday Choir Concert and Bake Sale, and we need some helping hands to make it a success.

WHAT: Eckstein/Hale Holiday Choir Concert & Bake Sale

WHEN: Wednesday, 12/19; 7:00 p.m. – 8:30 p.m. PST

WHERE: Nathan Hale Performing Arts Center

HOW YOU CAN HELP: See the volunteer opportunities and sign up online at:!/showSignUp/805054eadaf22a57-weds

In addition to bringing baked goods, setting up and cleaning up, we also need one reliable volunteer to pick up Banh Mi sandwiches on Lake City Way and bring them to the school. If you sign up for this, Jen (our fundraising chair) will give you all the details.

We know you guys will rally! If you have not yet volunteered, please consider this easy opportunity to make a difference. If you have volunteered, please consider doing so again and helping lead new volunteers. Thank you!!!

Also, if you’d like to get more regularly involved, we’re hoping to find something akin to a Room Parent for each music discipline (orchestra, choir, band, etc.). If that sounds interesting to you, please send a message to haleinstrumental.

Thank you!!!

Nathan Hale Music BoostersVisit:

upcoming concert and volunteer needs

One Invitation and One Request


Please join us for a wonderful night of beautiful singing at the combined Eckstein and Hale choir concert.

WHAT: Eckstein and Hale Joint Choir Concert
WHEN: Wednesday, 12/19; 7:00 p.m. – 8:30 p.m. PST
WHERE: Nathan Hale Performing Arts Center

We need baked goodies and a few good volunteers! Nathan Eckstein Middle School parents and Nathan Hale High School Music Boosters are co-sponsoring a bake sale (plus Banh Mi sandwiches). Please consider contributing a homemade or store-bought treat. We also need volunteers to help with other tasks such as setup, sales, and cleanup. Please check out open opportunities and signup here:!/showSignUp/805054eadaf22a57-weds

Thank you for supporting our young, talented musicians!

Thank you!!!

Thanks for making Book Fair & Peformance Day a success!

Dear Nathan Hale Music Parents, Friends and Families,

A heartfelt “Thank You” to all who who came out to Barnes and Noble last Saturday to enjoy the Book Fair and Performance Day!

The day went off without a hitch due to the great organizational efforts from event directors Carol Achtmeyer and Jessica Peaslee. Thank you, Carol and Jessica.

Thanks also to all the Greeters and Gift Wrappers!.The gift-wrapping table raised a whopping $425!

A big-shout-out to our talented musicians who provided first-class music for Barnes and Noble shoppers throughout the day.

Finally, thanks to our wonderful music teachers who went out of their way to make this a performance to be remembered!

We are expecting to receive information soon on how much the Book Fair raised for our music program. Stay tuned, and thanks for your support.

Happy Holidays everyone!

Carolyn Price, Chair
Nathan Hale Music Boosters

It’s Giving Tuesday and there’s still time to give the gift of music…

Any gift given to Nathan Hale Music Boosters this Giving Tuesday (TODAY!) will make a HUGE difference for our music program.

Your direct donations go directly to support opportunities for our students to be able to attend music festivals and special events, have instruments and sheet music to play, opportunities to learn from expert clinicians, and much more.

The suggested donation is $100 per family, but any amount is welcome, and every little bit helps. (Don’t forget employer matches! They really add up.)


1. Follow this link to the online donation center (managed by the Alliance for Education) and complete the form.
The designated recipient should be auto-filled as: Nathan Hale Music Boosters – 02214. After submitting, you should receive an email receipt within seconds.

2. Find out if your employer matches charitable gifts. This can double your impact! Make the match through your human resources department. (Please also forward your email receipt (the one you received in step 2) to our co-treasurer, Carmen Brady @ bradyc888 who will track your match to make sure it comes through.

3. Forward this email to any and all friends, family, and extended community members who might be willing to support our music program.

NOTE: If you prefer to donate by check, please make it out to “Alliance for Education/Nathan Hale Music” and add “02214-Nathan Hale Music” in the memo/notes line. Put it in an envelope addressed to the attention of our Fundraising Chair, Jennifer Barrón, and send it to school with your kid to give to their music teacher.

THANK YOU for your support! Learn more about our program and upcoming events at:


The NHHS Music Boosters

Need help this Thursday…

We need some parent helping hands this Thursday at the Wind Ensemble and Orchestra concert. Easy way to make a big difference.

Please take a look at open slots for bringing a treat, manning the bake sale table, setting up, cleaning up, etc.

Volunteer Sign Up

Date: 11/29/2018 (Thursday)
Time: 7:00 p.m. – 8:30 p.m. PST
Location: Nathan Hale Performing Arts Center

See you at the concert!

Seeking Volunteers for Nathan Hale Barnes & Noble Music Performance, Dec. 8

Help make our students’ Dec. 8 holiday performance at Barnes & Noble Northgate a success in one of two ways: 

1.      While listening to students play (performances from 11 a.m. – 4 p.m.), do some holiday shopping. Proceeds from in-store purchases and the gift wrap table will benefit our music program. Just be sure to mention the Nathan Hale voucher number (12443644) at the register. 

2.     Volunteer to set up and staff the event. Check out the volunteer opportunities on our Signup Genius page.

Thanks for your support!

Nathan Hale Music: Volunteers needed for Barnes & Noble Performance 12/8/18

Dear Nathan Hale Music Families,

As you know, our musicians and singers will be performing in a "Books and Performance" Fundraiser for the Nathan Hale Music Program at Barnes & Noble on Saturday, December 8th from 11 am to 4 pm. Fundraising pays for much-needed sheet music, instruments and instrument repair, expert clinicians, festival fees, and scholarships for students who cannot pay the full cost for field trips and special events.

To make this event a success, we’ll need some volunteer support from you! It’s a really fun day, and volunteering can easily be combined with listening to your child perform and doing some holiday shopping!

Here are some of the ways you can support the music program on December 8:

  • Help transport large instruments and equipment. We’ll need approximately 5 vehicles. There’s a 10 am shift, meeting at school and driving to Barnes & Noble, and a 4 pm shift, meeting at the store and driving back to school.
  • Staff the gift-wrapping table. We get to keep 100% of the donations made for gift wrapping! We’ll need two wrappers throughout the day, working in one-hour shifts from 10 am to 4 pm.
  • Be a greeter. We’ll need someone to greet shoppers and let them know about the fundraiser and distribute the voucher code. This will be broken down into one-hour shifts as well.

A SignUp Genius request is being sent to make it easy to select a volunteer role. In case you don’t receive it, here’s a link:

On the day of the performance, shoppers can use our voucher number 12443644, or just tell the cashier that they want their purchase to benefit Nathan Hale Music.

Students should arrive no later than 15 minutes before their ensemble’s performance time, below, and wear concert black.

Performance Schedule:

11:00 – Chamber Orchestra
12:00 – Vocal Jazz
1:00 – Wind Ensemble
2:00 – Concert Choir
2:30 – Concert Orchestra
3:00 – Jazz Band

Thank you for supporting Nathan Hale Music!