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Debut Orchestra Messages

2/9/2024

The retreat is tomorrow! Students will start in sectionals for the first hour. Want to show some spirit…wear something RED to celebrate the Lunar New Year AND Valentine’s Day. No pressure if you don’t have anything red, I promise!

Remember to bring water. Snacks are provided, but you’re also welcome to bring other food to snack on if you prefer (or have allergies). We’ll have a break and fun activities from 1:30-2:00pm.

See you tomorrow!

2/5/2024

Students received their audition spots from their coaches at sectionals during our rehearsal on 1/22.

Mark your calendars! Retreat & Seating Audition Information:

  • Our retreat will be at Odle Middle School on Saturday, 2/10 from 12:30-3:30pm
    • Retreats are NOT optional. Please submit an absence report if your student will not be attending or if they are coming late/leaving early. We will rehearse, play games, and have sectionals in preparation for seating auditions.
  • We will hold seating auditions on Monday, 2/12 at rehearsal
    • Seating auditions are NOT optional. If you miss the auditions, you will be placed at the end of your section

During seating auditions, coaches will listen to students individually to help place students in the section. The coaches and I are looking for students who have shown mastery on their parts (posture/technique, bowing, intonation, rhythmic accuracy, expression), and also students who have demonstrated good preparation each week and strong rehearsal etiquette.

Violin 1:
*Updated Parts (please mark your parts): Vln1-Adagio-Cantabile, American-Princess-1st-Violin-, SOUVENIR-DE-PORTO-RICO-1st-Violin

Adagio Cantabile: m. 29-41
American Princess: m. 70-76
Souvenir de Porto Rico: m. 43-59

Violin 2:
Adagio Cantabile: mm. 29-end
American Princess: mm. 37-49
Souvenir de Porto Rico: mm. 43-59

Viola:
Adagio, mms.29-the end
American Princess, mms. 59-71Souvenir, mms.59-84

Cello:
Adagio Cantabile: m. 1-8
Souvenir de Porto Rico: m. 67-83(I want to hear the transition to pizz. as well)

Bass:
American Princess: mm. 14-23 (smooth bow changes) and mm. 42-49 (rhythms)
Souvenir de Porto Rico: mm. 1-8 (rhythms) and mm. 83-99 (rhythms)

1/28/2024

Please BRING A STAND to rehearsal on 1/29. Our normal room is not available, so please be ready to move to our new locations. Violin 1 & 2 will be going upstairs to rehearse together (where they’ve had sectionals in the past). Viola, Cello, and Bass will be in the downstairs pod doing the same. Mrs. Ewing and Mrs. Vail (our assistant conductor and 2nd violin coach) will be working with the groups, along with their coaches.

For your calendar:

  • Our retreat will be on 2/10 at Odle MS from 12:30-3:30pm.
  • Our seating audition will be on 2/12 at our rehearsal. Audition spots will be updated this week.

1/7/2023

Hello Debut Musicians and Families!

Welcome to the Winter Quarter of BYSO! New to us? Learn “About Me” HERE!

Remember to bring a PENCIL and your PRINTED music to the first rehearsal and label everything (stands will be helpful next week when we do sectionals, but aren’t necessary this week). We’re a big group, so I’ll have some seats assigned to help you find your spot. We will be sight-reading our new music, which can be tricky, so hang in there! No one is expected to know the music perfectly the first night. Especially as the music bumps up a level!

Want to hear what we’re playing?! Here are the links:

Stand partner question of the week: Do you like the weather HOT or COLD?

Coaches Names:

  • 1st Violins: Coach Caroline
  • 2nd Violins and Assistant Conductor: Mrs. Vail
  • 1st and 2nd Violins: Coach Rafael
  • Violas: Coach Camber
  • Cellos: Ms. Lee
  • Bass: Coach Moe

Don’t forget your…

12/18/2023

Happy Holidays, Everyone!

I hope you’re enjoying the season and finding time to practice and play your instrument! Music for Winter (starting on Jan. 8) will be available around January 4th or 5th. Keep your eyes peeled once we hit 2024!

Here’s a free resource for seasonal songs: https://www.christmasmusicsongs.com/christmas-music-for-strings.html (Scroll down to choose your instrument).

Updated 11/13/2023….(11/5/2023)

Guess what?! We have ONE rehearsals left and then it’s CONCERT TIME!

  • Concert this Saturday, 11/18 at 3:00PM
  • Students need to arrive at 2:00PM (call time) for our final rehearsal on stage!
  • Uniform: Be sure to check ensemble’s concert attire requirements. Let’s look sharp for this concert!
  • Goals: Eyes up to stay with the conductor, match bows with your section, look and sound good!

STUDENT CONCERT CHECKLIST:

  • Dress in your ensemble’s concert attire
  • Bring your instrument
  • Bring your music
  • Bring a pencil
  • Bring a water bottle
  • Do not bring a music stand

10/13/2023

Students received their audition spots from their coaches at sectionals during our rehearsal on 10/9.

Mark your calendars! Retreat & Seating Audition Information:

  • Our retreat will be at Odle Middle School on Saturday, 10/21 from 12:30-3:30pm
    • Retreats are NOT optional. Please submit an absence report if your student will not be attending or if they are coming late/leaving early. We will rehearse, play games, and have sectionals in preparation for seating auditions.
  • We will hold seating auditions on Monday, 10/23
    • Seating auditions are NOT optional. If you miss the auditions, you will be placed at the end of your section

During seating auditions, coaches will listen to students individually to help place students in the section. The coaches and I are looking for students who have shown mastery on their parts (posture/technique, bowing, intonation, rhythmic accuracy, expression), and also students who have demonstrated good preparation each week and strong rehearsal etiquette.

Violin 1:
*Updated Parts (please mark your parts):Fingals-Rock-Vln-1, Ancient-Flower-Vln-1, Vanguard-Vln-1

Fingal’s Rock: mm. 1-16 (quarter note = 100)
Ancient Flower: pick-up to m. 18-36 (quarter note = 69)
Vanguard Overture: none (quarter note = 112)

Violin 2:
Fingal’s Rock: m. 17-26 (quarter note = 100)
Ancient Flower: none (quarter note = 69)
Vanguard: mm. 64-72 (quarter note = 112)

Viola: updated 10/16
Fingal’s Rock: m. 1-23 (quarter note = 100)
Ancient Flower: mm. 37-55 (quarter note = 69)
Vanguard: mm. 64-77 (quarter note = 112)

Cello:
Fingal’s Rock: mm. 13-26 (quarter note = 100)
Ancient Flower: mm. 22-36 (quarter note = 69)
Vanguard: none (quarter note = 112)

Bass: updated 10/16
Fingal’s Rock: mm.17-26 and 54-65 (quarter note = 100)
Ancient Flower: none (quarter note = 69)
Vanguard: mm. 5-13 (quarter note = 112)

10/4/2023

At the next rehearsal (10/9), you will be receiving our seating audition spots. These will be selected by your coach. Seating auditions will take place during rehearsal on 10/23. Remember, it’s how well you play the spots, but also, how prepared you are in rehearsals.

How can you prepare?

Each week, ask yourself:

  • How is my posture, position and rehearsal etiquette throughout rehearsal?
  • Am I watching the conductor?
  • Am I listening to my section?
  • Did I mark up my music when the conductor or coach gave bowings/fingerings?

And then…PRACTICE!

Listening for inspiration and support on your part:

10/2/2023

We will meet in our large rehearsal space at 6:45 pm and then break into sectionals with coaches from 7:00-7:45pm. Everyone should bring a pencil. Violin 1, Violin 2, and Violas should bring music stands to use in their sectionals. Cello/Bass will be using the school’s stands.

9/22/2023

Please read the message (below) from 9/18. Here are two additional updates from after our parent meeting:

  • Music links were sent to emails yesterday, 9/21 (around 4:15pm). Please print it for our first rehearsal.
  • Please have your student bring a portable stand to rehearsal (marked with a name). We will be using them for sectionals over the next few weeks.

Updated on 9/18/2023

Hello Debut Musicians and Families!

Welcome to the best group out there (totally biased!). I’m excited to make music with you this year. Learn “About Me” HERE!

Please plan to bring a stand, pencil and your music to the first rehearsal and label everything! We’re a big group, so I’ll have some seats assigned to help you find your spot.

Things you can do to feel more confident sight-reading at our first rehearsal:

  • Print out your music!
  • Mental Practice/Preparation: Listen to the recordings (below) to hear what the pieces sound like…even better if you can follow along with the music. You are NOT expected to know your music perfectly the first night!
  • Find out what key each piece is in and try to play a scale in that key.
  • Look for anything you don’t recognize or might have a question about and ask about them in rehearsal or with your private teacher.

Songs for Fall 2023:

Next up:

  • September 25 – First Rehearsal!
  • October 23 – Seating Auditions

See you on 9/25/23!

Mrs. Ewing

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