February 20, 2016

JO Parents:  We took time today to play all the pieces on our program. Our hope is that, by doing this, we brought to each member’s attention the excerpts that need their attention during their individual practice sessions.

We will have sectionals next Saturday, February 27th. As always, Strings will go to their individual section rooms first.  Sectionals will be from 9:00 to 10:15.  Please get to rehearsal early to allow enough time for the students to get to their sectional room.  Woodwinds, Brass, and Percussion will be in our rehearsal hall as usual.

JO Students: We accomplished a lot today by playing each piece on our program!

For next rehearsal, be sure to review the following:

“Firework Music”:       Quarter note = 116
                                   The difference between accented and unaccented notes           
                                   8th note passages between Circle 4 and Circle 8

“Cantabile”:                Quarter note = 112
                                   Practice as legato (smooth) as possible
                                   Give special attention to m. 29 to the end

“Slavonic Legend”:     Quarter note = 11
                                   Measure 80 (THE KEY CHANGE) to the end
                                   The changes of articulation
                                   Be sure to subdivide for rhythmic accuracy

“English Fugue”:        Quarter note = 88
                                   Be sure to subdivide for rhythmic accuracy
                                   Give special attention to Letter L to Letter M and ALL 16th note passages                                    

“March to the Scaffold”:  Quarter note = 108
                                        Rhythmic accuracy from m. 60 to m. 66
                                        Overall rhythmic accuracy on the dotted 8th-16th note rhythms
                                        Syncopation at m. 36-37

“William Tell”:              Quarter note =100
                                    M. 35 – keep all 8th notes short!
                                    Coda to the end for rhythmic accuracy – subdivide!
                                    Intonation at m. 55

See you next week!

Mrs. Robertson and Mr. Austell


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