Dear Students and Parents,

Welcome to the new school year. My name is Toru Tagawa, and this is my 3rd year as the Orchestra Director at Cross Middle School. I am also the Orchestra Director at Canyon del Oro High School where all our school concerts take place. I am looking forward to working with all of you and making great music. At Cross, we have two orchestras, the Intermediate Orchestra and the Advanced Orchestra. 

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 at Orchestra Contract by August 14, 2020. Make sure to put your T-shirts size, you will receive one Orchestra T-shirts. (Parents/family members may order for $15). We will make T-shirts after we are able to meet in person. Please sign up for Google Classroom, and sign up to the remind if  you would like to be added to the list (For remind, you can sign up with your mobile phone, or by entering email address).

“For students to log in to Google Classroom, they must first find their student ID number (available through the Student Portal and their schedule). Their login is that number followed by The default password for anyone who has not logged on to Google Classroom before is the student’s legal first name with capital letter. If your student has used Google Classroom in the past and is unable to login due to a changed password, please email Mr. Gutierrez  or MR. Boknevitz. “

Remind: 81010 text @crossorch

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


Toru Tagawa, 520-696-5797
Orchestra Teacher, Cross Middle School
E-mail address:, website:

Important Dates

September 30 (Wed) Fall Concert at 6:30pm, CDO Auditorium, 5pm Call (Cancelled)
December 9 (Wed) WinterConcert at 6:30pm, CDO Auditorium, 5pm Call
February 6 (Sat)  AMEA Honors Orchestra, Flowing Wells HS (selected participants only) 
March 2 (Tue) CDO Feeder Concert at 6:00pm, CDO Auditorium,5pm Call
May 11(Tue) Final Concert at 6:30pm, CDO Auditorium,5pm Call

5pm Call – means students are to arrive at the site at 5pm. There will be food provided for students by the Canyon del Oro High School Orchestra Booster Club.

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