Welcome to 2020-2021 Year

Welcome to 2020-2021 School year. My name is Toru Tagawa, and I am the Orchestra Teacher for Canyon del Oro High School, Cross Middle School and Harelson Elementary School. Please find your school name on links on the top to go to your school Orchestra site. You will find your Google Classroom Codes, Remind Code and Orchestra Handbook. Looking forward to seeing all of you on Zoom, then hopefully in person in the near future. Mr. Tagawa

School Instrument


School Instrument update. Those of you who are coming back (or moving up) to CDO, Cross or Harelson, you may keep your instrument during the summer, please let me know if you are intending to do so. If you want to return the instrument for the summer, or you are moving school next year, or not continuing with Orchestra next year for any reasons, please let me know, and we will find a way for you to return the instrument to school. Thank you. Please e-mail Mr. Tagawat at ttagawa@amphi.com

Welcome to 2019-2020 School Year

We are now on Google Classroom as of 3/25/20.

First week was a trial week, so all of you received full credit. From 3/30/20, assignment will be graded. (Minimum 4 check boxes, total 10 points, one task counts as 1 point, so lowest grade will be 6, and highest is 10)

You must be able to check 4 boxes on Orchestra E-learning sheet every week in order to receive full point. (Total, 10 points each week). .  Please turn in through Google Classroom by filling out the Google Form, if not, please turn in a picture of the OrchestraE-Learning4Form and send it to ttagawa@amphi.com. If picture is not possible, you can send what you have done in email.(For example, Played for Family (Parents, Siblings, Dogs, Cats, etc), Composed a song (Song title), Learned a piece by ear(Song Title), Practiced with Youtube lesson (Link), etc).

Assignment is due every Friday at 12pm.

Please sign up for google classroom. Go to classroom.google.com and click Go to Classroom. Join Class,

Symphonic Orchestra Code is 2cnkh6w

Concert Orchestra Code is c4knaha

Cross Intermediate Orchestra Class Code: t2e72jg

Cross Advanced Orchestra Class Code: g6zlwwa

Harelson Advanced Class Code: ps7gnx2

Harelson Beginning Class Code: n44dmcj

Example of Video Greeting Card:

Useful Site about Violin, Viola, Cello, and Bass playing. Including Posture to Vibrato go to

Violin: https://sites.google.com/a/ncssm.edu/slairdclass/orchestra/violin-instruction

Viola: https://sites.google.com/a/ncssm.edu/slairdclass/orchestra/viola-instruction  Watch the Violin Instruction for Posture, Vibrato, how to change strings, etc.

Cello: https://sites.google.com/a/ncssm.edu/slairdclass/orchestra/cello-instruction

Bass: https://sites.google.com/a/ncssm.edu/slairdclass/orchestra/bass-instruction

Play Along with Brian Balmages Music. (Scroll down and find (The Abandoned Funhouse, Burst, Woodsplitter Fanfare, Rhythm Dance).


Alternative Style with Christian Howes,

How to Tune The Violin/Viola (Do not use the Pegs if you don’t need to)

How to Tune The Cello. (Do not use the Pegs if you don’t need to)

April 3 – 6 (Fri-Mon)  Orchestra Spring Trip, LA, Rose Center Theater, (4/4).  Cancelled. 

May 12 (Tue) Final Concert at 6:30pm, CDO Auditorium, Cancelled.

Full Orchestra: Dvorak Symphony No.8 IV: Dvorak8IVStrings, Dvorak8IVFlObClBs Dvorak8IVHnTrTbnTuTimp

Last Movement Starts 27min. 48 second.

May 15 (Fri) Honors Assembly at 6pm, CDO Auditorium, Cancelled. 


CDO/Cross Concert May 14, 2019@6:30pm

CDO HS and Cross MS’s Final Concert is on May 14th, 2019 at 6:30pm.

Canyon del Oro High School, Auditorium, 25 W. Calle Concordia, Oro Valley. (Fine Arts Building is located SW Corner of the Campus)

Free and open to the public.

Cross Middle School Intermediate Orchestra

Mytho by Soon Hee Newbold

Centrifuge by Kathryn Griesinger

Cross Middle School Advanced Orchestra

Geometric Dances by Richard Meyer, III. Traiangle Dance

Brandenburg Concerto No.5 By J. S Bach/Isaac

Cross MS Orchestra Combined

Pirates of the Caribbean

By Badelt/Richetts

Canyon del Oro High School Concert Orchestra

A Pirate’s Legend by Soon Hee Newbold

Canyon del Oro High School Symphonic Orchestra

Nabucco Overture by Giuseppe Verdi/Monday

Senior Solos by

Aidan Burgess (Love’s Greeting by Elgar)

Tania Carvajal (Romance by Debussy)

Jorja Overbey (Duos Concertants No.1 by Charles-Auguste de Beriot) with Mr.Tagawa

Kai Skaggs (Tzigane by Ravel)

Spencer Sullivan (Swan by Saint-Saens)

Gillian Gessner (Meditation from Thais by Massenet)

The Best of Queen (Combined HS Orchestra)

Dvorak’s Symphony no.9, IV. (Full Orchestra)

2018-2019 Concert Dates

CDO Orchestra and Cross Middle School Orchestra Concerts for 2018-2019 School Year will be

December 12 (Wed) CDO Feeder Concert at 6pm, CDO Auditorium

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March 11 (Mon) Spring Concert at 6:30pm, CDO Auditorium

May 14 (Tue) Final Concert at 6:30pm, CDO Auditorium

Concert Order will be Cross Middle School (Intermediate, Advanced), then CDO (Concert, Symphonic)  (December Concert order will be Elementary, Middle, HS)

Wonderful Trip, 3/15-3/18

CDO Orchestra and Band Traveled to Anaheim, CA to perform at the Heritage Festival at Rose Center Theater on 3/16/18.  Both Orchestras and Bands performed well, and received numerous awards.  Symphonic Orchestra and Wind Ensemble Received Gold 1st Place, also receiving Adjudicators Awards, and invitation to the Festivals of Gold. Concert Orchestra and Symphonic Band Received Silver Awards. Band scored highest in the Band category and received the Outstanding Ensemble award. We scored highest points for the top Orchestra and Band combined, and received Instrumental Sweepstake Award, Kai Skaggs, Violin, Gabby Cioca and Ashton Rowe received the Maestro Award for performing Solos. We also attended a concert performed by Pacific Symphony Orchestra, with Pinchas Zuckerman as violin soloist at Segerstrom Concert Hall, and spend a day at the Disneyland, and visited Little Tokyo on the way back.  We had a wonderful time. Thank you all for your support!





Fall Concert, October 9, 2017

Fall Concert is October 9, 2017 at 7pm.

Canyon del Oro High School, Auditorium

25 W. Calle Concordia, Oro Valley.  (auditorium is located SW corner of the campus, park on the West Parking Lot)

November 11, 2017. We have CDO HS Orchestra Fundraising Concert

11.11.2017 @2pm. Grace St. Paul’s Episcopal Church, 2331 E. Adams Street, Tucson, AZ


Schedule of Concerts/Festival 2017-2018

Schedule of Concerts/Festival for CDO Orchestra (ABODA Festival is for Symphonic Only)

October 9 (Mon) Fall Concert at 7pm, Auditorium (6:30pm Call)

October 20  (Fri) ABODA Festival, Canceled


November 3, Deadline for sign up for Regional Orchestra Audition for CDO students.

($20 application fee, payable to CDO, memo: Orchestra audition)


December 11 (Mon) Winter Concert at 7pm (6:30pm Call)

December 19 (Tue) Final


January 27 (Sat) Regional Auditions, University of Arizona

February 16(Fri) and 17(Sat)  AMEA Regional Festival (Participants only)

February 27 (tue) ABODA Festival at Desert Mountain High School, Scottsdale (Changed)


March 10 (Sat) AMEA All State Audition, Phoenix

March 14 (Wed) Spring Concert at 7pm (6:30pm Call)

March 15-18 (Thu-Sun) Orchestra Spring Trip to Los Angeles, CA


April 5 (Thu), CDO Feeder Concert at 6:00pm

April 19-21 (Thu-Sat), All-State Festival, University of Arizona (Participants only)

April26 (Thu) ABODA All State Festival, Symphonic Orchestra Only, Phoenix


May 14 (Mon) Final Concert, CDO Auditorium at 7pm (5:30pm call)

May 15 (Tue) Orchestra Banquet  6pm – 8pm at MPR

May 23 (Tue) Final