Wildcat Orchestra

Weekly Update #31

Happy Friday Orchestra Families!

April showers bring May music month! This month is filled with TONS of opportunities for your students to perform and see their peers perform!

  • Springman Chorus Concert - May 16
  • Springman Variety Show - May 20
  • Springman Orchestra Concert - May 24
  • Springman Band Concert - May 26
  • 8th grade NJHS Performance - June 2

I hope your students decide to go and support their friends and fellow musicians at any or all of these events!

Our rehearsal schedule for next week is as follows:

Monday (5/9) - Wildcat Symphony morning rehearsal, 8th grade lessons

Tuesday (5/10) - 6th grade morning rehearsal, 7th grade lessons

Wednesday (5/11) - 7th grade morning rehearsal

Thursday (5/12) - 8th grade morning rehearsal, 6th grade lessons

Friday (5/13) - 7th grade morning rehearsal, 8th grade lessons

6th Grade Lessons - Grove Field Trip

Due to the Grove field trip, lessons for 6th graders will be split between Wednesday and Thursday. Genesis will be on Wednesday and Discovery will be on Thursday.

Wednesday - Genesis students can choose to come to the 10:00 or 11:45 lesson. If you have a problem with those times, please e-mail me.

Thursday -

8:30 - violin group 1 and 2

9:00 - violin group 3, 4 and 5

11:45 - violas

2:00 - cello and bass

2:30 - beginners

Spring Concert - May 24th

I hope everyone got my invitation to the Spring Orchestra Concert! The students and I are very excited to perform for you and have many surprises in store for the audience!

May Rehearsal Calendar

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End of the Year BOC Field Trip

On Friday, May 27th we will be taking an ALL DAY FIELD TRIP to Tilt Studio at Rink Side Sports to celebrate all of our Band, Orchestra, and Chorus students' hard work this year! Check out all they have to offer HERE!

Permission slips went out this week and are due back to me by May 20th. Please remember the following stipulations are in effect to go on this field trip.

  • Students MUST have an A or B in their respective ensemble(s) to be eligible for the trip
  • Regular Team Teachers will be providing feedback on students' behavior throughout Trimester 3
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6th and 7th Graders - IMEA 2016

In thinking ahead to next year, I just got the audition music for IMEA 2016.

IMEA Honor Orchestra is an AUDITIONED group. If your students want to audition, they need to prepare three full pieces to be performed in front of a judge. If they make the orchestra, they will have one full day of rehearsal which culminates in a final concert.

What is so cool about this group?

You get to meet other orchestra students from all of the other middle schools throughout the Chicagoland! You also get to be directed by a famous guest conductor.

How does the audition process work?

The orchestra auditions are held in hour and a half shifts. Thought that shift, the student will receive a 30 minute sectional followed by an hour large ensemble rehearsal with the guest conductor. At some point during that hour rehearsal your student will be pulled out to play their audition. It is extremely important that your student comes to the audition ready to go. The sectional and large ensemble rehearsal will not be enough practice time for a successful audition.

If you have any questions, don't hesitate to ask!

Musical Moment of the Week

Who knew you could do so many different things with your bow? Please enjoy how you can make music with your bow and a... saw. I hope they use the dull side!
Somewhere Over The Rainbow - Musical saw - Serrucho musical