TWHS Orchestra Newsletter

October

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WOW! Can you believe that we have made it through a full 9 weeks grading period. We are a quarter way through the school year, and what a school year it is! I am proud that we are making the most of it, and all the work that you all are doing. With that said we need to make a few changes going forward as we continue to strive to make the most of this year.


On a more positive note I am very pleased with all the work you have put into the Mark Wood music and can not wait to share that amazing concert with you all, once it is all edited and put together. We should have the concert ready to release in mid November.


Please make sure to read the WHOLE newsletter as there is A LOT of information contained in it.

T-SHIRT/ SPIRIT WEAR DISTRIBUTION

Our t-shirts/ spirit wear items have arrived. If you are an in person learner, or come in for orchestra class, you will receive your order this week during class. If you are an online learner, we will be distributing your orders THIS FRIDAY OCTOBER 9th from 1 to 2:15 PM in the front u-drive of the school. Just pull around and pick up your order from a table sitting outside our door.

Orch T-Shirt/ Spirit Wear Distribution for Online Learners

Friday, Oct. 9th, 1-2:15pm

6101 Research Forest Drive

Spring, TX

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Join Our Remind and Stay Informed

TWHS Orchestra Directors will be using REMIND to communicate again this year. Many people have still not signed up for the remind, and are missing critical information. This is our primary means of communication.


Please download the app or text the correct code to 81010


PARENTS:

Senior Campus Parents: @twhsorchp


9th Grade Parents: @orc9parent


STUDENTS:


Chamber Orchestra: @01chamber


Concert Orchestra: @02concert


Symphony Orchestra: @03Symphony


Camerata Orchestra: @04camerata


Philharmonic Orchestra: @05phil

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For our Holiday Concerts Virtual Students will have a choice of two assignments.


OPTION 1: Online Students may choose to learn the holiday music we are learning in class. They can rehearse with us in person or via zoom. However they MUST attend a rehearsal DURING every class, again either on zoom or in person. Also these students must commit to coming into the school, IN PERSON, to record the concert on the specific day. See below for the concert recording dates.


OPTION 2: Student who cannot/ will not come in person to record the concert must make a holiday music video(s) that we can incorporate into the concert. Students will be required to have their solo(s) approved by a director and will need to have an accompaniment (either a back track or live). More information about this project is coming soon.


All Virtual Students will need to make a choice by Monday October 19th, and once made they will be required to honor their choice.

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We have had a real problem with late work the first 9 weeks, from both in-person and virtual learners. Mrs. Gordon and Mr. Michaelson can no longer spend the time to chase down missing work.


In order to maintain some flexibility and grace for students, but still allow Mrs. Gordon and Mr. Michaelson to retain some of their sanity and do their jobs in a timely fashion, the Updated Late Work Policy will be as follows:



  • Assignments will continue to be due on Fridays at 11:59 PM for all students whether virtual or in person. After that it is late.


  • Students will have until 11:59 PM on Sunday Night following the due date to turn things in with no penalty.


  • From Midnight Monday Morning through 11:59 PM Monday Night 10 points will be deducted.


  • From Midnight on Tuesday Morning through 11:59 PM on Tuesday Night another 20 points will be deducted for a total of 30 points off.


  • At Midnight on Wednesday Morning the assignment will no longer be accepted, and will turn into a zero.



If you have a serious reason for why you will not be able to complete your work within this timeframe, i.e. a death in the family or a hospitalization, please send MR. MICHAELSON an email to discuss.

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Orchestra Fees Are Past Due

Orchestra fees were due last month. We still have a several families that have not paid or contacted Mr. Michaelson. As you all know, we do minimal fundraisers other than this fee, so it is imperative that every family contribute. Please email Mr. Michaelson at amichaelson@conroeisd.net with any concerns or financial issues.


This fee can be paid online through CHARMS under the financial tab. If you need to send a check please contact Mr. Michaelson to make arrangements. Please pay this fee or make payment arrangements as soon as possible.

Pay your Fees on Charms

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SECTIONALS

All sectionals will continue to remain fully online through the fall. We will reexamine having students in the classroom for sectionals come spring.
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CONCERTS DURING THE FALL WILL BE HAPPENING VIRTUALLY, AND DATES ARE STILL IN FLUX. We hope to be able to return to in person concerts in the spring, however if we have to continue with virtual concerts more recording dates will be announced.


Fall Semester 2020


  • FRIDAY OCT 9th (1-2:15 PM) T-shirt/spirit wear distribution


  • November- Release of our Electrify Your Strings with Mark Work Digital Edition Concert


  • Fri Dec 4th 3-7 PM Holiday Mosaic Concert Taping
  • Sat Dec 5th 10 AM- 5 PM Holiday Mosaic Concert Taping
  • Fri Dec 11th Release of our Holiday Mosaic Concert


  • Fri Dec 11th 3-7 PM Trans Siberian Tribute Concert Recording
  • Sat Dec 12th 10AM - 5 PM Trans-Siberian Tribute Concert Recording
  • Fri Dec 18th Release of our Trans Siberian Tribute Concert


Spring Semester 2020

  • Jan 26th 6:30 PM Solo and Ensemble Recital


  • Mar 27th 6:30 PM Spring Classics Concert with McC JH


  • May 1th 7 PM Night at the Movies Concert

Booster Club Sponsorship Program


Dear Parents

The TWHS/McC Orchestra Program is comprised of over 500 students and since the fine arts budgets continue to decrease every year which means we have less money per student. School district funding and student fees do not cover all expenses for supporting a performance group of this size. In addition, each orchestra concert averages between $5-8k due to copyright and performance rights for music.

Throughout the year, our booster club hosts a variety of fundraising events and spirit nights to assist the program in gaining funding for necessary materials, instruments, music, technical equipment, director training and senior scholarships. We also have a sponsorship program for parents and local businesses in which we offer various forms of acknowledgment for your support. Every dollar raised is solely used for the benefit of the TWHS and MCCJH Orchestra programs.

The TWHS Booster Club is an IRS approved 501(c)3 Not-For-Profit organization, which means your gift or donation is tax-deductible. With appreciation, we will send you a receipt and personal acknowledgement for your contribution. Please help us share the word about our wonderful orchestra and ask a friend or local business to help support our program!

Please review our sponsorship program found below.
Thank you,

TWHS/McC Booster Club Board

REGION ORCHESTRA AUDITION REMINDERS

REGION ORCHESTRA AUDITION-

Date: Saturday October 10th through Wednesday October 14th

Location: Online on Music First

Info: Please see the dedicated Region Audition Canvas Course for More Information. Auditions can only be recorded during this time frame. Also you can record each cut multiple times, BUT you can only submit one. Once you hit submit, it is FINAL and can not be changed. Do NOT hit submit on each recording till you are happy with it. I would suggest separate recording sessions for each etude, so that you are fresh, less stressed, and can get your best take. If you would like Mr. Michaelson's help recording, please email him ASAP to set up a time. For those trying out for All State, you MUST qualify to do so during the region round. Then if you qualify you will record the all state material at a later time.


REGION ORCHESTRA AUDITION MATERIAL:


Violin

Book - TitleEditorPublisherEdition

Rode 24 Caprices for the ViolinRode/GalamianInternational Music Company2066

Selection 1

Page(s): 4-5

Etude Title: No. 2 - Allegretto

Tempo: Dotted Quarter Note = 68-76

Area Cut: Play from beginning to end. Final Area cut will be posted on September 1.

Region Cut: Play from beginning to down beat of m. 30.

Errata:

Book - TitleEditorPublisherEdition

Forty Two Studies or CapricesKreutzer/SingerSchrimer

Selection 2

Page(s): 44-45

Etude Title: No. 28 - Grave

Tempo: Quarter Note = 48-54

Area Cut: Play from beginning to end. Final Area cut will be posted on September 1.

Region Cut: Play from pick up to m. 37 to end.

Errata:
All staccati should be played on the string with clear, glued, articulated,
on the string with friction articulation (posted 5/1)
Grace notes before trills should be played ON the beat (posted 5/1)
Grace notes after trills should be played using the printed rhythmic indication
(16th note grace notes = 16th notes, 32nd note grace notes = 32nd notes) (posted 5/1)
In measure 42, the first note (D trill) should be a dotted quarter (matching measure 44) (posted 5/6)
In measures 28-35 - break the slur, play 2 beats per bow (two bows per measure) (posted 5/6)
In measures 52-63 - break the slur, play 2 beats per bow (two bows per measure) (posted 5/6)
In measure 11 - play the measure with written grace note rhythm DO NOT use the b) notation at the bottom of the page (posted 5/18)




Viola

Book - TitleEditorPublisherEdition

42 Studies for Viola SoloKreutzer (Pagels)International Music CompanyNo. 976

Selection 1

Page(s): 36-37

Etude Title: No. 26 - Moderato

Tempo: Quarter Note = 84-92

Area Cut: Play from beginning to end. Final Area cut will be posted on September 1.

Region Cut: Play from beginning to 1st note of m. 22.

Errata:
Where articulation choices occur, the top option (staccato) should be played (posted 5/1)
m. 2, bt. 4 = down bow slur over the first 3 notes, last note up bow (posted 5/1)
m. 3, bt. 2 = down bow slur over the first 3 notes, last note up bow (posted 5/1)
m. 3, bt. 4 = down bow slur over the first 3 notes, last note up bow (posted 5/1)
m. 5, bt. 2 = down bow slur over the first 3 notes, last note up bow (posted 5/1)
In measures 33-35 the top line (octaves) should be played (posted 5/1)
m. 4, beat 4 - shift down to third finger on the penultimate note (G) (posted 5/6)
m. 8, beat 4 - shift down to second finger on G (posted 5/6)
m. 8 - the last note is D-flat (posted 5/6)
m. 18, bt. 1 = up bow slur over the second 2 notes (posted 5/11)
m. 18, bt. 3 = down bow slur over the second 2 notes (posted 5/11)
m. 20, bt. 2 = down bow slur over the first 3 notes, last note up bow (posted 5/11)
m. 21, bt. 2 = down bow slur over the first 3 notes, last note up bow (posted 5/11)
m. 24, bt. 2 = down bow slur over the first 3 notes, last note up bow (posted 5/11)
m. 38, bt. 4 = shift down to second finger on E-flat (posted 5/11)
m. 13, bt. 2 = the last 16th note of the beat should be B natural (posted 5/18)
m. 31, bt. 3, first note should be a Gb (posted 6/29)

Book - TitleEditorPublisherEdition

41 Caprices, Op. 22 for ViolaCampagnoliPetersEP2548

Selection 2

Page(s): 7

Etude Title: No. 6 - Adagio

Tempo: Quarter Note = 44-50

Area Cut: Play from beginning to end. Final Area cut will be posted on September 1.

Region Cut: Play from m. 9 to downbeat of m. 21.

Errata:
m. 4, bt. 4 - upbow on the D quarter note (maintain slur between D & C# whole note) (posted 5/6; edited 5/18)
m. 6 - downbow on C-natural and slur the 16th notes as printed (posted 5/6; edited 5/18)
m. 22 - upbow on beat 3 through the downbeat of m. 23 (posted 5/6)
m. 3 - break slur between G & F - last 3 notes of the measure should be down, up, down. m. 4 should begin up bow (posted 7/31)




Cello

Book - TitleEditorPublisherEdition

Twenty-One Etudes Book 1 for CelloDuportSchirmer50255840

Selection 1

Page(s): 40-41

Etude Title: No. 13 - Allegro (no repeats)

Tempo: Half Note = 72-82

Area Cut: Play from beginning to end. Final Area cut will be posted on September 1.

Region Cut: Play from beginning to m. 49.

Errata:
The last note of measure 104 should be F# above the staff, not A (matching the last note of m. 105) (posted 5/1)

Book - TitleEditorPublisherEdition

40 Studies High School of Cello Playing, Op. 73Popper (Stutch)International Music CompanyNo. 811

Selection 2

Page(s): 14-15

Etude Title: No. 7 - Lebhaft

Tempo: Quarter Note = 92-102

Area Cut: Play from beginning to end. Final Area cut will be posted on September 1.

Region Cut: Play from beginning to the last note of m. 14 (updated 8/3).

Errata:




String Bass

Book - TitleEditorPublisherEdition

12 StudiesLibon/SankeyInternational Music CompanyNo. 3098

Selection 1

Page(s): 10

Etude Title: No. 8 - Moderato

Tempo: Quarter Note = 60-72

Area Cut: Play from beginning to end. Final Area cut will be posted on September 1.

Region Cut: Play from m. 33 to end.

Errata:
A barline is missing between measures 48 and 49 (posted 5/6)
m. 41 - last note of the measure should be F natural (posted 5/18)

Book - TitleEditorPublisherEdition

30 StudiesSimandlIMCNo. 1296

Selection 2

Page(s): 22-23

Etude Title: No. 20 - Moderato assai

Tempo: Dotted Quarter/Quarter Note = 75-85

Area Cut: Play from beginning to end. Final Area cut will be posted on September 1.

Region Cut: Play from beginning to m. 41.

Errata:

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