youth playing in concert

Philharmonia Messages

November 21st

Congratulations on our first concert of the season this past weekend!!!  Rehearsals begin again on Monday, January 9th with new repertoire.  Be sure to check your email later in December for links to parts (will also be on this page) – available by the start of January.  See you in January!

November 14th

Please see details and location at the top of this webpage for our Sunday, November 20th concert. Remember that our call time is 3pm, so please be onstage and ready to go. Plan ahead so you have time to find parking and find our room to unpack.

Focus on any final details you need to master especially regarding articulation changes throughout all our music as well as dynamic changes – sudden and gradual. Increased attention to these details will make our performance even more exciting on Sunday!

September 26th

Thank you for a great first rehearsal!  Remember to find a tuner app and a metronome app if you don’t already have one – and use them both!  For your metronome practice, be sure to start at a slower, accurate tempo (for you) with the goal of gradually increasing your tempo mark over the weeks ahead.  

Listen to a recording to help your practice, and be sure to listen for the musical components in each section and phrase – not just the technical components. 

Seating auditions will happen at our Fall Retreat on Saturday, October 8th at Odle Middle School (starting at 9:00am).  Below are the specific sections to focus on for your audition.  

John Williams’ “The Jedi Steps and Finale”

  • Everyone:  73 to 90
  • Everyone:  168 to 237
  • Cello addition:  98 to Broadly

Ralph Vaughan Williams’ “English Folk Songs Suite”

  • Oboe addition (from Oboe 1 part):  Mvmt 2 – Beginning solo to the note at A1
  • First Violin addition:  Mvmt 2 – A1 to Allegretto Scherzando

September 22nd

I am excited to see you all at our upcoming first rehearsal on Monday, September 26th at the Lake Washington HS in the band room!  In preparation for that rehearsal, please print out all the parts for your instrument.  For example, Violins should print both the Violin 1 and Violin 2 parts for all pieces.  Woodwinds and Brass should print out the full set of parts that are included in their PDF.

We will begin this quarter with John William’s “The Jedi Steps and Finale” from “Star Wars: The Force Awakens.”  Your PDF may also include movement IV “The Jedi Steps” which you do not need to print out.  Be sure to print out movement V “The Jedi Steps and Finale.”  The parts we are using are the original, professional level parts from the movie.  Specifically, this is Rey’s climbing of the Jedi steps which then moves into the end credit music from the movie (some measures were cut out in the movie to fit within the end credit time, so you will see a few two to four measure chunks that are in your parts that are not in the end credit music).  All instruments have a lot to do in this piece, and there is zero expectation that you have it learned for our first rehearsal!  If you are able to listen to a recording and follow along with your part before our first rehearsal, that would be very helpful.  You can either put the movie on at the end credits or purchase that specific movement from the album (but only purchase the full “The Jedi Steps and Finale” one, not the shorter “The Jedi Steps” that is available on the album as well).

The other piece we are starting with is Ralph Vaughan Williams’ “English Folk Songs Suite” which some of you may have played the wind ensemble version before.  If you are able to find a recording to listen to before our first rehearsal, look for a professional symphony playing the piece and not a professional wind ensemble.  The music is the same in both, but who plays what is different.

See you on Monday, September 26!

Joseph Kempisty
BYSO Philharmonia Conductor

Sponsors & Partners