All rehearsals are held on Monday evenings. For online rehearsals, musicians are expected to be prepared and logged in to rehearsal 15 minutes prior to start time. Cameras must be kept ON for the entire duration of the rehearsal session.
Director: Barney Blough
Rehearsal Time: TBA
Conductor: Barney Blough
Barney Blough holds a Bachelor of Arts degree in Music Performance and a Master of Music Education degree from Central Washington University, a Teaching Certificate from Seattle Pacific University, and a Professional Certificate from Pacific Lutheran University. He has served as Music Director of the Seattle Chamber Orchestra, Assistant Conductor of the Rainier Symphony, and Assistant Conductor of the Lake Union Civic Orchestra. Learn more.
Monday, April 19 – In Person Winds Rehearsal Update
We will continue rehearsals at Jubilee Reach in Bellevue on Monday, April 19. Some of you might remember it as being a previous summer camp location for us. The address is 14200 SE 13th Place, Bellevue, WA 98007. You can learn more about the venue at their website https://www.jubileereach.org/
As you know, Ramon Salumbides is our Site Manager and will be helping with set up and health screening. For health attestation, students will have to download the ProtectWell App on their phones, and use the following “WNUU1YJR” when prompted to enter an organization code. We will also be conducting the general health questionnaires upon entry at tonight’s rehearsal.
Because only two spaces in the building meet the required distancing needed, the String Orchestra will rehearse earlier than usual, so that the same rooms can be used by the Wind Ensemble after the required 30 minute air exchange period. Below I have included links to the score, parts, and recordings for Divertimento for Wind Octet by Gordon Jacob. Please bring your printed music in advance and a music stand to the rehearsal.
The Wind Ensemble’ rehearsal schedule is:
6:45-7:30. Room 203
7:45-8:30. Upstairs Foyer
You will need to park on SE 13th Place, as the parking lot will be locked after 5:00pm. There should be plenty of room on that street, so please do not park on the neighboring streets. You will be checking in at the front door that faces SE 13th Place. You can start checking in 15 minutes prior to rehearsal. You will need to keep 6 ft of space between each other as you queue outside the entrance door. Volunteers will be taking your temperature and checking that you are on the attestation list. A normal temperature and being on the attestation list will give you clearance to enter the building for the rehearsal.
You will not be allowed to bring food to the rehearsal (water is okay) so please make sure to eat before you arrive.
Mr. White Discusses the composition of Acadia Fanfare
Here is the video of our meeting with Will White, the composer of Acadia Fanfare. At this meeting Mr. White answered questions about composition, and he talks about how he composed his piece: Acadia Fanfare Commentary with William White. It will be helpful if you watch this video before you begin recording.
Acadia Fanfare Program Notes Acadia Fanfarewas inspired by the natural beauty of and rugged landscape of Acadia National Park, and also by the musical tradition of the Pierre Monteux School, which sits in close proximity to the park itself. The work opens with a depiction of waves beating against the rocky shores of Mt. Desert Island, musically, an homage to Debussy’s “La Mer”. The squalls of seabirds sound in the distance as the day comes alive. The waves grow larger and larger as the musical texture builds to a breaking point, and finally the fanfare theme itself bursts forth in a blinding array of light and mist.
The central section captures the magic and majesty of the park’s interior, and gives the forest birds a turn to speak. The work concludes by once again evoking the rocky coastal shores of Acadia, as an accretion of birdsong and crashing waves usher in a recapitulation of the fanfare theme leading the work to its triumphant finale.
The Recording Process
A click track will be used to help us play in the same tempo so our final recordings can be merged together seamlessly. The click track will also include a backing track, which is a model recording that will help us play in tune, with correct rhythm, articulation, and dynamics.
Students will need to have two devices in order to record their parts: a computer to listen to the click track, and a cell phone to record on. They will listen to the click track on their headphones while recording the audio and video of their performance on their phone. They can prop their phone on a table or shelf to record, but they will get the best results if they use the top of a selfie stick attached to a camera tripod.
The Backing Tracks Folder contains the click tracks you will need to record your part. We will record in chunks so you can redo your recordings without having to go back to the beginning of the piece. Every section will have 4 to 8 spots to record before we are all done. Some sections have more spots to record than others, depending on their part. Our fabulous sectional coaches have recorded the entire piece for you, and I have added the professional recording and a click track behind them to help you keep track of the beat. I have also added a count off so you will know when to start. Make sure you have your music printed out and that you have practiced carefully before you start recording. Then all you have to do is listen to the metronome and match your coach while you are recording. It’s going to sound great after all our parts are mixed together!
Here is a video with Recording Instructions that explain how you will go about recording your part. I made it last year when we were recording “Greater Than,” but everything we are going to do for “Acadia Fanfare” is exactly the same.
Very Important:please label your finished recordings exactly the same as the click track you used except with your name at the end. For example, if you recorded with the “Cello Top – 28 to 52” click track, please name your finished recording “Cello Top – 28 to 52 – Audrey”. If you have any questions about how to upload your videos, please send an email and I will help you figure it out.
Final Performance Video
In addition to recording the ending of Acadia Fanfare, this week you are also going to record a video of yourself playing all the way through from beginning to end while wearing your concert attire. You should wear the concert attire that is listed on the BYSO website for your group.
Set up your computer to listen to the full orchestra backing track while you are recording the video on your phone or camcorder. Please record this video with the best framing, lighting and background possible, and also be sure that you are framing the shot horizontally in landscape mode. This will allow us to create a merged, multi-screen video that includes everyone in the orchestra. Please include your name and instrument in the title of your video and upload it here in theStudent Videosfolder.
Recording Assignments Flute 1: 12 to 33, 37 to 54, 61 to 85, 98 to end Flute 2: 12 to 33, 37 to 54, 61 to 85, 98 to end Oboe 1: 12 to 33, 40 to 54, 61 to 83, 98 to end Oboe 2: 12 to 33, 40 to 54, 61 to 83, 98 to end Clarinet 1: 8 to 33, 33 to 54, 43 to 85, 98 to end Clarinet 2: 8 to 33, 33 to 54, 43 to 85, 98 to end Bassoon 1: 4 to 33, 53 to 85, 95 to end Bassoon 2: 4 to 33, 53 to 85, 95 to end Horn 1: 15 to 54, 61 to 75, 79 to 83, 88 to end Horn 2: 16 to 54, 67 to 73, 79 to 83, 96 to end Horn 3: 20 to 54, 67 to 73, 75 to 79, 83 to 86, 94 to end Horn 4: 20 to 54, 67 to 73, 75 to 79, 83 to 86, 96 to end Trumpet 1: 21 to 32, 32 to 51, 95 to end Trumpet 2: 20 to 32, 32 to 51, 95 to end Trumpet 3: 19 to 32, 32 to 51, 97 to end Trombone 1: 24 to 55, 71 to 73, 101 to end Trombone 2: 24 to 55, 71 to 73, 101 to end Trombone 3: 24 to 55, 67 to 73, 101 to end Percussion: All Violin 1: 13 to 34, 37-52, 58 to 95, 97 to end Violin 2: 8 to 34, 37 to 54, 54 to 95, 97 to end Violin 3: 8 to 34, 37 to 54, 54 to 95, 97 to end Viola Top: 5 to 34; 37 to 54, 94 to end Viola Bottom: 5 to 34; 37 to 54, 54 to 73, 94 to end Cello Top: 3 to 28; 28 to 52, 54 to 71,71 to 95, 94 to end Cello Bottom: 1 to 28; 28 to 52, 54 to 71,71 to 95, 94 to end Bass: 1 to 28; 28 to 52, 53 to 94, 94 to end
Here is the plan for our remaining rehearsals:
February 22 – Rehearsal #6, Section 2 recordings due, section 3 score study with Will White, begin recording final performance videos, finish all audio recordings for next week
March 1 – Rehearsal #7, final recordings due, final recording critique with Will White
Acadia Fanfare Part Assignments
Acadia Fanfare Project Description
The Winter Quarter Full Online Orchestra recording project will be “Acadia Fanfare” by William White, a local composer who lives here in Seattle. Mr. White will join us in rehearsals to help with score study and rehearsal guidance. Acadia Fanfare for orchestra was commissioned by The Pierre Monteux School for Conductors and Orchestral Musicians as part of the 2016 centennial celebration of Acadia National Park. The commission was supported in part by funding from the Maine Arts Commission. It has an accompanying slideshow of beautiful wildlife pictures from the park which will be used for our final video, which will blend images of our musicians with pictures from Acadia National Park.
Here is a brief overview of the recording process. BYSO students will record their parts as if they were in a professional recording studio. Performance tips will be provided by our coaches in sectionals, and students will be expected to practice their parts thoroughly before they begin recording. Specific instructions for recording both audio and video will be provided in rehearsals. To give you an idea of what we are doing, here is the video that we made during Fall Quarter of “Waltz of the Flowers.” This version is kind of fun because it also includes a message from Lynne Robinson, the Mayor Bellevue, and interviews with some of our orchestra members.
Thursday, January 7 – Hello FOO (Full Online Orchestra)!
Here is the complete docu-dance film “Nutcracker Suites” that features our performance of “Waltz of the Flowers,” which begins at about 1:11:35. This version is kind of fun because it also includes a special performance of the Pas de deux with members of the New York City Ballet, and interviews with some of our orchestra members. Be sure to listen all the way to the end because you are all listed in the credits, along with a reprise of our recording of “Waltz of the Flowers.”