Senior Orchestra Notes!

What's Happening in Senior Orchestra

Upcoming Events

Solo/Ensemble Festival- Jan 23
Solo/Ensemble Recital – Jan 25
Orchestra Workshop-Feb 7
Mid-Year Concert – Feb 11

Solo Festival

Registrations for the annual Roosevelt Solo and Ensemble Festival are now being accepted. The festival is an opportunity for students to prepare a solo or ensemble piece and perform for an adjudicator. The adjudicator will rate the performance and provide helpful, positive feedback for further improvement. It is a non-competitive event. Musicians of all abilities and grade levels can successfully participate in the festival. Students who receive a Superior or Excellent rating will receive a medal.

The Solo Festival is Saturday, January 23, 2016. Interested students should begin selecting and preparing their music right away. Additionally, students who participate in the festival are invited to perform in the Solo Recital on Monday, January 25.

Please see the registration form (available here: for complete details. You may also register online at:

Great String Music

Listen to Piotr Tchaikovsky's Souvenir de Florence played here by the The Russian National Orchestra soloists!
Tchaikovsky Souvenir de Florence RNO soloists Moscow Orchestrion hall

Featured Composer: Piotr Ilyich Tchaikovsky

5/7/1840 - 11/6/1893
Born in Russia

Piotr (or Peter, as we would say in English) Ilyich Tchaikovsky was born in Votkinsk, a town in Russia's Ural Mountains. When he was 8 years old, his family moved to the capital city of St. Petersburg. Even though Tchaikovsky was a good musician as a kid, that wasn't considered an "acceptable" profession, so his parents made him study law instead.

But even in law school, Tchaikovsky continued to study music. Eventually, he gave up his legal job and went to the St. Petersburg Conservatory. After he graduated, he moved to Moscow to teach at the new conservatory there. It's now named for him.

For years, Tchaikovsky had a patroness named Nadezhda von Meck -- a wealthy widow who was a big fan of Tchaikovsky's music. She regularly sent him money so that he could concentrate on composing without having to worry about making a living. But Nadezhda von Meck didn't want to meet Tchaikovsky. For 14 years, they only communicated by writing letters to each other. Tchaikovsky dedicated his Fourth Symphony to his patroness.

Tchaikovsky traveled all over Europe for performances of his music. In 1891, he even came to America for the opening of Carnegie Hall, where he was invited to conduct his music.
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