Wildcat Orchestra

Weekly Update #22

Happy Thursday Orchestra Families!

Thank you so much for being so flexible this week with limited morning rehearsals and adjusted lesson schedules. It is so nice to know how responsible all orchestra students are! We go back to a normal (woo hoo!) schedule next week.


Rehearsal and lesson schedule is as follows:

Monday (2/22) - 6th grade morning rehearsal, 8th grade lessons

Tuesday (2/23) - 7th grade morning rehearsal, 7th grade lessons

Wednesday (2/24) - Wildcat Symphony Rehearsal

Thursday (2/25) - Wildcat Symphony Rehearsal**, 6th grade lessons

Friday (2/26) - 6th grade morning rehearsal, 8th grade lessons


** Please note the one schedule change for this week. We changed Thursday's 7th grade rehearsal to a Wildcat Symphony rehearsal. Make sure you are there!

Springman's Musical - Hairspray!

Our musical premiers this weekend! We have two evening performances on Friday, 2/19, and Saturday, 2/20, at 7:00 PM in the West Gym. I will give 25 points extra credit to any orchestra student who goes to the show and brings me a program with their name on it.


Tickets are on sale in the mornings during Overture period in front of the main office or during the day in the main office. They are $8 pre-sale and $9 at the door.

6th Grade - LOTS TO PRACTICE!

This week we learned TWO pieces! One from the Classical Era (Minuet in G) and one from the Romantic Era (Ride of the Valkyries). Please make sure that Minuet is performed at 95 bpm and Ride of the Valkyries is performed at 130 bpm for your student to earn their artifact next week.


All students have a metronome app on their iPad called "ProMetronome". Students know how to use it and should be practicing with their app as they will be performing with it on next week.


I would strongly suggest having your student perform their assigned "mini" piece to ensure they are PRACTICING!!!! Each piece is announce and reviewed/practiced in weekly lessons and full orchestra but the extra practice at home will ensure that they earn their artifact.

7th Grade - lucky duckies!

This week 7th graders stayed in Norway because we didn't have school on Tuesday. All 7th graders now need to prepare the song "Hall of the Mountain King" at 95 bpm for next lesson.


All students have a metronome app on their iPad called "ProMetronome". Students know how to use it and should be practicing with their app as they will be performing with it on next week.


I would strongly suggest having your student perform their assigned "mini" piece to ensure they are PRACTICING!!!! Each piece is announce and reviewed/practiced in weekly lessons and full orchestra but the extra practice at home will ensure that they earn their passport stamp.

Wildcat Symphony - NIMCon

We have received our performance TIME and DATE for the Organizational Contest. Last year, our group received a Division I and was able to progress onto the state competition - we are hoping to do so once again! Because of the importance of this performance, IT IS MANDATORY for all students to attend!!!


Permission slips were sent home with your students this week. Please sign them and have students turn them back into me ASAP. Plan on the following schedule for our NIMCon Performance:


WHERE: Woodland Middle School (Gurnee)


DAY: Friday, March 11th


TIME FRAME:

3:00 PM - depart from Springman

4:00 PM to 5:45 PM - Dinner at TBA (potentially Gurnee Mills Mall)

6:25 PM to 7:25 PM - Performance

7:25 PM to 7:45 PM - Receive results and depart for Springman


As always, thanks for your support of our band and orchestra students!!!

Solo and Ensemble Contest (for those performing!)

Below are the times are are performing and the rooms you are in. Make sure you note the following:


  • You can meet me in SMALL GYM prior to your performance. I would suggest arriving 10-15 minutes early to warm up.
  • You need ORIGINAL music for your performance. If I gave you music, make sure that you see me for the original book.
  • You will need to perform the scale your piece is in - you can do it in quarter notes, half notes, or the karate scale pattern. Make sure it is at a steady tempo! If you are unsure what key your piece is in or what scale to play, I am more than happy to help you figure this out.
  • Your judge will have about 5-7 minutes to give you a "mini" clinic after you are done performing for them. Don't run out of the room after you are done - expect them to work with you and give you feedback!
  • Dress nicely - NO SPRINGMAN POLOS (the judges do not want to know your school), NO JEANS, T-SHIRTS, or TENNIS SHOES, PLEASE!!

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Musical Moment of the Week

Here is a video shared with me - A piano has 88 keys. Each one is different. But what if they were all the same? To find out, they took apart a piano and reengineered it so that it only plays one note: Middle C. The slogan for this video is: Be Together, Not the Same. Very inspiring!
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