Rehearsal Notes 9/14/2019

Junior Symphony


Good job at rehearsal and sectionals! Section coaches were pleased with the attention, focus and preparedness of everyone! We only have two more sectionals!! As mentioned by Mr. Corbin, please come with your music marked with questions or passages for you to ask your coach for help with. 


Continue practicing the A flat major scale and add the E flat major scale, as seen in Tales of Vandosar starting at measure 119. The several places where the tempo changes in Gershwin and Tales of Vandosar should be circled or highlighted, especially since the tempo markings are notated below the staff instead of above like we usually see. If you are not sure what the conductor’s beat pattern is be sure to write it in at the next rehearsal. (It always makes conductors happy to see musicians jotting things down in their music). 


Sea Songs


This piece will go relatively fast (112 bpm) but it should be practiced somewhere around 80 bpm for note and rhythmic accuracy. The melody is passed along pretty quickly so it is very important that you understand when you or your section has it, who gave it, and who it will be passed off to. Woodwinds, brass and percussion- listen to a recording while following along in the music will help with rhythmic accuracy and maintaining a steady tempo. 


Tales of Vandosar

There has been a good amount of improvement with this piece, especially the eighth note and triplet passages. The rhythm is more accurate but keep working with the metronome as well as practicing slowly for note accuracy. 


Passages to work on in Tales of Vandosar:

Fute I- measures 42-46

Oboe I, trumpet I, violin I, and viola- the section starting at pick up to 92. 

Trombone I- measures 84-92

Trombone & violin I- pick-up into 108

Vln I, II, and viola - measures 54-61

Cello- pick up to measure 100 and measures 133 to 137. 




Although we did not get to spend but a VERY brief moment on Finlandia during rehearsal, we would still like for everyone to spend time the passages that you are having the most difficulty with.

Strings (except for basses): If you are having a challenging time with the sextuplet passages (such as at letter H), you are welcome to only play the notes that fall on the beat and the off beat. This way notes are eliminated but you are still changing your bow at the same time. We will go over this at our next rehearsal. Those of you that are managing can play as written.


George Gershwin in Concert


This piece is possibly our strongest one so far! In rehearsal (and all rehearsals) it is important to mark in your music when to watch the conductor for changes in: tempo, beat pattern, dynamics, etc. There are a couple places where the tempo is twice as fast for a few measures but it isn’t printed in the music. Everyone needs to take note of crucial things like this- even in your own copy of the music. As the conductors move throughout the orchestra, it is noticed when there is and when there isn’t a pencil on the stand. Always keep at least two in your instrument case if you can (this way if one breaks you will have an extra). 




“Got an old stereo system collecting dust?  The Youth Symphony, Concert Orchestra and Junior Orchestra could put it to great use!  Those three ensembles rehearse in Robertson Hall, currently void of a dignified way of playing music back to the kids.  Why does Bernstein conducting the NY Philharmonic sound tinny and thin? Because their glorious music is being played through computer desk speakers.  And for an orchestra of 80+, they just don’t cut it!


What we would like to add to Robertson Hall is:


  *   A stereo receiver (tuner, amplifier, central brain of a stereo system)

  *   Speakers large enough for a good-sized room

  *   A CD player

  *   A cassette player

  *   A turntable for playing vinyl (how amazing would this be?) NOTE: the Castro Hall unit needs one as well

  *   OPTIONAL: A channel usually marked as “AUX” for plugging in an 1/8” cable, for connecting to a laptop, iPod, digital metronome, etc.

  *   A small-sized stereo cabinet for housing all this would be great too!


An ideal unit would be an older one from the 1970s or 80s, one that has straight-ahead capabilities designed before wireless came around.  A similar donated stereo unit (but one that STILL needs a record player/turntable if you’ve got one to donate) was recently installed in Castro Hall, rehearsal space of the Youth Orchestra, Junior Symphony and Junior Band in the spring.  Now we are looking to find one for Robertson Hall so we can have the ability to play music back to the students there too.


Please contact Mr. Corbin at<> or 505-417-1876 if you have questions about the program’s stereo needs, if you wonder if something you have might fit those needs, or to arrange pick-up of a stereo system or components.  Put that old Jensen, Marantz, Sony or Sansui stereo unit back in service again!”


Have an awesome week!

Ms. Brasher and Mr. Corbin


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