Coronavirus Update

(Last Calendar Update: March 29, 2020)

Parents and Musicians:

Due to the coronavirus pandemic, we must adjust our Beckendorff orchestra calendar.  Please mark the following changes on your calendar.  We will provide updated information as necessary.  Katy ISD is closed until April 13.  Please visit for more specific information regarding school closure.

UIL Evaluation Canceled
The 2020 UIL Evaluation is canceled.

FYO Suzuki Recitals Canceled
We regret to announce that the FYO Suzuki Recitals scheduled for Tuesday, March 31 and Thursday, April 2 are now canceled without the opportunity to be rescheduled.

FYO Festival Canceled
Unfortunatley, our FYO will not perform at the Katy FYO Festival that was originally scheduled for April 29.

Spring Trip Canceled
Because Katy ISD is not allowing any student/staff travel, we regret that our Spring Trip scheduled for May 2 is now canceled.  We will announce refund procedures at a later date.

2020-2021 Placement Auditions
SLHS High School Auditions: AuditionMaterial2020

BDJH Auditions: Placement auditions will still occur in spring semester.  Continue to practice your two-octave and three-octave major scales and a prepared solo piece. More detailed information will be released when we return to school.  Please be patient and know that due to the uncertainty of our school calendar at this time, that our audition requirements will most likely need to be altered so that our students can adequately prepare and feel very confident for their audition.

Incoming 6th Grade Orchestra Try-Ons & Audition Information

Due to the Coronavirus pandemic, all incoming 6th grade orchestra activities are postponed until further notice.  

Try-Ons scheduled for April 14 & 16 are canceled.

Auditions scheduled for April 21 are canceled.

Rescheduled dates will be announced at a later date.  Thank you for your understanding.


Please read the information below regarding try-on dates or audition (based on the  two options listed below):

OPTION #1: TRY-ONS (Students with NO previous string playing experience)

Dates will be announced later.

Please sign-up for your Try-On date and time (This is NOT an audition).  You will select an instrument that you would like to learn and play (Violin, Viola, Cello, or Double Bass).  You will also receive information about where to rent your instrument.

OPTION #2: AUDITION (Students with more than 1 year of private string lessons)

Audition date and time will be announced later.

Auditions are only for current 5th grade students with previous string playing experience and who are currently taking private lessons for more than one year. You must email Mr. Butz ( to arrange for your audition time.  You will receive detailed information about what to prepare when you email Mr. Butz.  No audition will be permitted if your child has less than one year of private lessons.  Mr. Butz will email your time to you upon receipt of your email request for an audition.

Beckendorff Honor Orchestra named 2019 Houston Cup Winner

Congratulations to the Beckendorff Honor Orchestra on winning First Place in the 2019 Houston Cup!  The Houston Cup is a local competition celebrating and recognizing excellent teaching and performance at the middle school level. You can learn more about this prestigious competition here:

Patron Program

We are grateful for our Patron Program donors who kindly contribute to our orchestra so that our students are able to work esteemed guest clinicians, sectional coaches, and receive supplemental learning material to enhance orchestral learning throughout the year.  If you would like to make a donation, please download the form and return to BDJH Orchestra: BDJH-PatronProgram