Concert time

CDO/Cross Orchestra Concert will be on Wednesday, October 6, 2021 @6:30pm at Canyon del Oro High School Fine Arts Auditorium (25 W. Calle Concordia, Oro Valley). Please park in the West Parking lot. Concert is free and open to the public. Masks: Required to enter the building. Concert order: Cross Intermediate, Cross Advanced, CDO Concert, and CDO Symphonic Orchestras.

Welcome to 2021-2022

Dear Students and Parents,

              Welcome to the new school year. My name is Toru Tagawa, and this is my 13th year as the Orchestra Director at Canyon del Oro High School. I am looking forward to working with all of you and making great music. At CDO, we have two orchestras, the Concert Orchestra and the Symphonic Orchestra. The Concert Orchestra is open to intermediate level students, and the Symphonic Orchestra is only open to advanced students and audition is required.

In both orchestras, we will cover a variety of literature from J.S. Bach to full orchestra music. We will be learning about composers, scales, key signatures in addition to playing your instrument. 

Please read this handbook carefully and sign the online contract by August 17, 2021. Link is at Orchestra Handbook 2021-2022 Make sure to put your T-shirt size, you will receive one Orchestra T-shirt. We will make T-shirts after we are able to meet in person. 

Symphonic Orchestra meets in the 2nd Period.

Concert Orchestra meets in the 3rd Period. 

If you have any questions or concerns, please feel free to contact me. 


Toru Tagawa,, 520-696-5797

Director: CDO Orchestra       

For Orchestra handbook, instrumental rental form, go to

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

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 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 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


Viola:  Watch the Violin Instruction for Posture, Vibrato, how to change strings, etc.



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!