Parents and Students:

This Saturday is the last rehearsal before our school tour!

Our hope is that last Saturday's rehearsal (a good one!) brought to your attention music that you need to practice.

BE SURE TO PRACTICE excerpts that are still difficult for you AND review other excerpts to build STRENGTH and ENDURANCE!

Be sure to practice at least 20 minutes a day! You know all the spots we have been rehearsing and you know that we have worked on dynamics, style and ensemble (“playing together”). Use the metronome when you practice so when you come to orchestra you can concentrate on listening and playing with the other instruments. Then you can really enjoy the musical experience.

Speakers! Be ready to speak at the next rehearsal, Saturday, the 19th!

Speakers are:

Introduction: Isabel Dickinson & Gabrielle Dorsey

Sword Dance: Gustav Bourdon

Second Storm: Ariana Watson & Jaedyn Castillo

Siyahamba: Kenzie Hayes

Chaconne & March: Emma Kirwin & Willow Stracuzzi

Trepak: Emma Smith

Finale: Danielle Webb

Closing the Concert: Elise Allen & Cal Boy-Lynn

Speakers should write something for your piece. You can tell about the composer and the piece, how the piece makes you feel, etc. If you are introducing the concert, you can describe AYS, the Junior Orchestra, introduce Mrs. Robertson and Mr. Austell, etc. Closing the Concert people can thank the audience for their respect and appreciation, announce our upcoming concert, and wish them a safe and happy Holiday Season. Be sure to practice your speech using a strong, clear voice with good articulation and expression! Do not let your voice inflection drop at the end of a sentence! The concert will be recorded, so please be prepared. If you have a partner, practice with your partner! If you are having trouble figuring out what to write about, look up the composer on the internet!

Practice a lot! Have a good week!

Mr. Austell and Mrs. Robertson


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Albuquerque Youth Symphony Program
4407 Menaul Blvd. NE
Albuquerque, NM 87110

PO Box 30961
Albuquerque, NM 87190