Dear Students and Parents,

Welcome to the new school year. My name is Toru Tagawa, and this is my 4th 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 (6th and 7th Graders) and the Advanced Orchestra (7th and 8th Graders or Advanced 6th Graders). 

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 fill out the Orchestra Handbook Signature after reading this document. Cross Orchestra Handbook Signature at

Parents, please sign up for Remind
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
October 6 (Wed) Fall Concert at 6:30pm, CDO Auditorium, 5pm Call 
December 8 (Wed) WinterConcert at 6:30pm, CDO Auditorium, 5pm Call
March 2 (Wed) CDO Feeder Concert at 6:00pm, CDO Auditorium,5pm Call
May 11(Wed) 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. 

Concert Attire for Performances
Orchestra T-Shirts, nice pants or jeans, closed toe shoes

Listening Links for 10/6 Concert.

Intermediate: DAD, Egg Song, Dragon Hunter, Subatomic

Advanced: Moonlight Tango, Creatures, Into the Sky Brandenburg No.5

Cross Orchestra Handbook 2021-2022

Handbook Signature 

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