A parent sent this along to me... It's a video about a dam removal in Oregon. What's that music in the background you ask?? Why, it's none other than our 2014/15 Chamber Orchestra. Enjoy! https://vimeo.com/135754205
Both the Bands and Orchestras have concerts this week!
First - The Cheldelin Bands will be performing their last concert of the school year in the Cheldelin Courtyard (weather permitting) on Tuesday, May 26th at 6PM. Parents are encouraged to bring a picnic dinner and lawn chairs. We'll have folding metal chairs available as well as some picnic benches. It'll be a fun way to spend your evening enjoying some music with your favorite musicians!
Second - The Level III & IV Orchestras will be opening the final concert for the Corvallis Elementary String Program on Saturday afternoon, May 30th, 3PM in the Crescent Valley High School Auditorium. Call time is 2:30 in B2 (the orchestra room). If they are comfortable, students should tune their instruments before they leave home, so adjustments will be minimal.
Many of our current members began their love of string playing in Elementary Strings and we've been given a great opportunity to share the stage with them! There is an encouraged $3 entry fee - I have complementary tickets for anyone who wishes to have them.
All students auditioning to participate in the Corvallis Chamber Orchestra must submit a recording of themselves performing:
A two (or three) octave major scale.
A two (or three) octave natural, harmonic and melodic minor scale. (3 scales)
A solo of their choice that exemplifies their strengths on their instrument – No longer than 5 minutes please.
The two excerpts provided for your instrument. One emphasizes lyrical skill and the other, technical.
On the recording – please say your first and last name, instrument and grade you will be entering in the fall of 2015. Also, if you currently have a private instructor, with whom you are studying.
The due date is up to you. Submit when you feel ready. If you think you'll need the summer, please fill out the Premier Orchestra registration sheet on the home page. This will ensure you will receive updated information.
Please send recordings to Mrs. Smith at firstname.lastname@example.org
Thank you for auditioning.
Best of luck to you all!
We head to the Newport Performing Arts Center on April 29th.
If you are able to make it to our performances, we would love to see you there!
Level IV Orchestra performs at 1 PM and the 8th Grade Band performs at 3 PM.
Remember, our Twitter hashtag for the day is #csdnewportfest
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We're going to have a great day!
Dear Orchestra Families,
As promised, we have added a final concert on to our year! Mark your calendars for May 30th, 2015 3-5 PM.
We have been invited to open and perform for the CYSA Elementary Strings concert at their final program. This is quite a nice opportunity for those students who will be moving into middle school next year to see what they have to look forward to AND they get to hear the middle school orchestras!
Call time for both Level III and IV will be 2:30 PM
There is a $3 fee for this concert, however if this is a hardship, please let me know and I will make sure you have tickets.
Due to the Band and Orchestra traveling to festival that day, Level III will not meet. Please discuss this with your families, as there will be NO BUS SERVICE on the day.
I'll see you Friday, May 1st!
Here are links to each of the numbers performed at the church earlier this month. Enjoy!
William Tell https://youtu.be/VZbUt3jAF6M
Jesu, Joy of Man’s Desiring https://youtu.be/WvsRxzupCfs
Concerto Italiano https://youtu.be/9V5aoivI0Dk
Music from Pirates of the Caribbean https://youtu.be/ZLFyvIzMI3w
The Four Seasons (Spring - Winter - Autumn) https://youtu.be/DDpUN-nmR5I
I’ve Got Rhythm https://youtu.be/8BAZw21RpCU
Brandenburg Concerto No. 3, 2nd movement https://youtu.be/0ZXWZbmZuuA
Pavane pour une infante défunte https://youtu.be/NZFWhVUU4Ug
What a year its been so far!
Hello Parents and Students,
Students entering the 9th grade in 2015 will have the opportunity to audition for the Corvallis Youth Symphony. This is a great group of musicians that work hard and play top literature. If this sounds like something you'd like to do, please audition!
Audition dates are - May 18th (3:30-7:00pm) and May 21st (3:00-6:00pm)
Go to www.cysassoc.org to schedule your time.
· Prepare contrasting sections (lyrical/technical) from a solo in the standard repertoire. Please prepare no more than 2-3 minutes of each section.
· Prepare a 2-octave (minimum) or 3-octave (preferred) major or minor scale of your choice. Please be prepared to play the scale at quarter note = 60, two notes per bow, ascending and descending, with arpeggios.
·Prepare contrasting sections (lyrical/technical) from a solo in the standard repertoire. Please prepare no more than 2-3 minutes of each section.
·Prepare a 2-octave (minimum) or 3-octave (preferred) major or minor scale of your choice. Please be prepared to play the scale at quarter note = 60, slurred, ascending and descending, with arpeggios.
·Prepare contrasting sections from a marimba or xylophone solo in the standard repertoire. Please prepare no more than 2-3 minutes of each section.
·Prepare a 2-octave (minimum) or 3-octave (preferred) major or minor scale of your choice. Please be prepared to play the scale at different tempi (quarter = 60 to 120).
·You will be asked to perform standard snare drum rudiments, or you can substitute a short excerpt from a standard snare drum solo.
· You may be asked to demonstrate tuning and basic bow strokes on timpani.
We have a concert tomorrow night and what a hoot it will be!
Call times are as follows-
8th grade - 6:15
7th grade - 6:30
6th grade - 6:45
7th & 8th grade students wear black on bottom and white on top. 6th grade students, please wear nice clothes.
We now have a twitter feed. Please click the little bird at the top of this page and follow us! #thatsrightwehaveatwitter #bandrocks #woohoo
Keep track of your practice times! It's nice to see what you've accomplished throughout the week and it's part of your homework :) Also, if you are having difficulties finding time to practice, see Mrs. Smith and together we'll work out a schedule that will fit you.
Goals are an essential part of your weekly practice. Setting goals gives us focus and helps us to become better musicians.
Set an attainable goal - Make it something you can achieve and maybe even surpass!
Share your goals with your parents and Mrs. Smith.
Have a great day everyone!