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End of the Year Orchestra Party

June 4th, 2012

Everyone is invited to our final orchestra activity of the year. On Monday, June 11 all orchestra students are invited to the freshman cafeteria for an end of the year pot-luck. Festivities will begin at 2:30 and last until 4:00pm. Details and signups to come during class periods. For those of you on senior society, send me an email or tell a friend to let me know if you are coming and what you will be bringing. Baked goods are highly encouraged!!

Music Awards Banquet

June 1st, 2012

Hi everyone,


The annual awards banquet for all students in the high school music program will take place on Sunday June 17th at 2:00pm. This year it is being held at the DoubleTree Hotel at the intersection of Route 1 and Ridge Rd. Tickets are $10/person and everyone is invited. Below is the registration form which is due back to me any time on Monday June 4th.

Awards Banquet


Concert Reflection

May 22nd, 2012

Hi Everyone,

This is a reminder that all orchestra students must be present for the ENTIRE concert they are playing on. You have 48 hours to complete this written assignment. Assignment is to be completed directly in the google doc for 25% of your concert grade! Complete the reflection as soon as you can!

Click here to go to the form and complete your concert assignment. 


Important information – Concert Dates, String Quartets, Honor Society

May 11th, 2012

Hi Everyone,

There is a lot of information in this post, so carefully read through everything.

String Quartets – If you participated in string quartets and would like to have it listed on your transcript, you must fill out this form and return it along with a the participation fee by Thursday May 17. Attendance at rehearsals must be 50% or higher in order to receive credit for String Quartets. Forms and payments must be returned to the main reception desk and checks should be payable to “SB Board of Education.”

Tri-M Honor Society – If you are a senior, print and fill out the form here to order your graduation cords for any subject area honor society. The form must be completed and returned to the activities office by Friday May 18. Checks should be made payable to “SBHS Activities Director.” If you are a junior, the induction ceremony will take place in the Fall. You will be notified of your duties and responsibilities as a a Tri-M Honor student before the end of the school year.


Concert Information – Remember that all students must stay for the entirety of the concert in which you play on. There is a written reflection that is part of your concert grade which must be submitted in order to receive full concert credit.


Chamber Orchestra

After School Rehearsal – Thursday May 17 from 2:30-3:45.

Dress Rehearsal – Monday May 21 from 2:30-3:15.

Concert – Wednesday May 237:30pm


2A String Orchestra

Concert – Wednesday May 23 – 7:30pm


2B/3A String Orchestra

Dress Rehearsal – Monday May 21 from 3:15-4:45.

Concert – Tuesday May 227:30pm


Do you get this joke? This happened at a concert a few months ago!



AP Music Theory Listening Examples

May 10th, 2012

64 Practice Exercises #19-22

65 Practice Exercises #23-27

After School Rehearsal Reminder – 2B and 3A only

May 4th, 2012

Hi Everyone,


This is a reminder that we will be having our first after school rehearsal this coming Monday May 7th from 2:30-3:30. This is only for students in 3A and 2B. If you have a sports conflict, please make every attempt to show up for just a few minutes at the beginning of rehearsal. See you all on Monday!

2B/3A String Orchestra combined rehearsal and Orchestra “Party” for Everyone

April 29th, 2012

String Orchestra

2B and 3A String orchestras will be meeting after school on MONDAY May 7 from 2:45pm-4:00pm. This will be our first of two after school rehearsals. The second will be announced during class. This rehearsal is not optional, and you must speak with me BEFORE the rehearsal if you have a school-related conflict.

Orchestra Party

Even though I don’t like the word “party,” we’ll be having an orchestra “party” immediately following the combined string orchestra rehearsal on Monday the 7th of May. We will be meeting in the annex cafeteria from 4pm-5pm, and EVERYONE who is enrolled in an orchestra class is invited (not just string orchestra). More details will be given in class, but mark the date on your calendar!

Chamber Orchestra Festival Information and Rehearsal Recording

April 12th, 2012

Chamber Orchestra,

Thanks for an excellent rehearsal yesterday evening. Here’s a copy of the recording we made so you can listen to yourselves! Holberg Suite April 11. There’s also a link at the bottom of the post as well.

Here is the itinerary for next week’s festival:

4/19 Thursday – 5:30pm Rehearsal (in orchestra room)


6:30pm Load and Depart* – Bring Bag Dinner for Ride


Change into concert dress


7:30pm Arrival at JP Stevens High School


8:30pm SBHS Chamber Orchestra Performance (Holberg Suite)


10:00pm Awards


10:45pm Return to SBHS**


*Transportation Fee of $7 is due on Wednesday April 18 (cash or check payable to “South Brunswick student activity fund”)

**All students must travel to and from JP Stevens HS on the buses

String Orchestra Scales

March 29th, 2012

Hey Everyone,

I’m including links to print out fingerings for the major and minor scales up to 2 sharps and 2 flats. If you have some time during spring break, make sure to practice your parts as well as the scales. We will be having a playing test on scales sometime during April!

Violin Scales

Viola Scales

Cello Scales

Bass Scales