JO Students and Parents:

It has been so nice to look over the orchestra at 8:50 am on Saturday and see that 2/3’s of the students are already in their chairs tuning their instruments! Thank you to those students for being on time (early)!



Your rehearsals the past 2 Saturdays have been so productive. Thank you for your attention! You all are one of the nicest, most respectful and cooperative group of students. What a pleasure you are to work with. And we are making so much progress on our concert pieces! We still have a lot of work to do however.

It is so important for each member to practice his or her JO music at least four times per week for at least 20 minutes per time. If at all possible, practice with a metronome. Some section leaders have assigned parts for you to memorize. Be sure that you have them ready to play from memory next week.

Specifics for Strings

Be sure to SUBDIVIDE when you practice!

Chaconne and March: Review same spots as last week!

m. 57-73

m. 97-113

m.103-113 – Basses will play this from MEMORY on Saturday

m. 141-153 - Cellos will play this from MEMORY on Saturday

m. 163-177 – Violins and violas will play from MEMORY on Saturday

On the March, all 8th notes should be played short with a quick bow stroke.

Chaconne at 76 beats per minute; March at 100 beats per minute

Finale: Beginning – all down bows should be played with full, fast speed bows originating at the FROG! Work with the dotted eighth-sixteenth rhythms with the metronome at 112. Keep in mind that not all the notes are dotted. Some are 2 eighth notes. All 8th notes should be spiccato (off the string) and played with a relaxed bow hold close to the string . CODA – first note long, followed by a lift to the frog.

Trepak: All 8th notes short and off the string! Review Letter E to Letter H for rhythm.

Second Storm Ivan: Practice emphasizing all dynamics!

Specifics for Woodwinds, Brass and Percussion

As always, be sure to play with a full, soloist style at all dynamic levels.

Chaconne and March: As you know, this piece is a significant challenge for everyone.

Be sure to practice:

m. 41-49 – Flutes and Clarinets should memorize this passage!

m. 61-67

m. 89-120

Chaconne at 76 beats per minute; March at 100 beats per minute

Finale: Review the entire piece; 112 beats per minute

Be especially careful of the rhythms we changed (to sound more like the original)

m.22-30 - Work on getting a beautiful, full sound!

Trepak: Be mindful of the articulations, especially the staccatos and accents! Review Letter E to Letter H for rhythm.

Second Storm Ivan: Practice emphasizing all dynamics!

As always, enjoy the excerpts you can play well, BUT be sure to practice your challenging excerpts MORE

And remember: rehearsal can be for clarifying what you have practiced at home, BUT NOT to make up for what you SHOULD HAVE practiced at home (but didn’t)!

And as always: Be sure to arrive at the AYS Building by 8:45

Be sure to have your instrument, music, pencil, and a tuner (if you own one).

FYI: It is more fun and rewarding to play in an orchestra when you can play all the notes!!!!

Mrs. Robertson and Mr. Austell


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