February 5

Hello JO Students and Parents,  

We started sectionals this week and the sectional leaders were pleased with the cooperation of everyone.  Students – make sure you work on the spots indicated by the sectional leader, as well as spots suggested by the conductors in full orchestra rehearsal!

Students - Things to keep in mind for this program:

Practice with a metronome!

  • Most of your practice needs to be dedicated to:
    • Hornpipe - Tempo goal is quarter note = 88.  Please set your metronome at 88 or less and practice all measures that have sixteenth notes!
    • The Blue Danube: careful consideration to the tempo markings throughout.  First violins – begin memorizing the section between #127 to the end. 
    • Farendole (especially those first and second endings):  light articulation (off the bow)
    • Mummers – review for rehearsal next week.
  • This program is meant to be more challenging. Do not underestimate the difficulty of the program and be sure to find recordings of the peices to listen to fro reference.

Sectionals will continue next Saturday. All notes and rhythms need to be learned and perfected so that your section coaches can work purely on the musical aspects of each piece as opposed to teaching things that could have easily been taken care of during individual practice. 

We're looking forward to working towards another great performance! See you in a week!

Mrs. Robertson and Mr. Austell


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