Archive for December, 2010

Chamber Orchestra Information

Thursday, December 30th, 2010

Hello Everyone,

I hope you are all enjoying your winter break…I know I am! Even though it is a good time to re-charge and re-fuel for the upcoming part of the year, it’s also a good opportunity to get ahead in your preparation for the chamber orchestra auditions which will take place very soon! If you did not get the chance to pick up the audition sheets before the end of the day last thursday, I’m posting the audition information right here on the blog. Here are a few tips on what I am looking for:

Scales (These are very important!) – All the correct notes! Don’t leave these to the end. You can work on these on your own without my help. This will also be the first part of the audition, and you only get ONE chance to make a FIRST IMPRESSION. Keep that in mind! It is also extremely important to keep a consistent tempo.

Prepared Music – YOU MUST follow the printed fingerings and bowings. I repeat….YOU MUST play the fingerings and bowing EXACTLY HOW THEY ARE PRINTED IN THE MUSIC. I realize that there are alternate fingerings and bowings available, but I chose these excerpts for a reason. Another tip….The tempo markings are already printed. Use your investigative skills to find audio recordings of each piece using the titles and composer names if you would like. Finally, you must play all printed dynamics and articulations as well. Good Luck!

Here are the links:

Chamber Orchestra Information Sheet – The front page of the audition packet which is the same for ALL INSTRUMENTS.

Violin Music -

Viola Music – The first excerpt is in treble clef!

Cello Music – I apologize for the clefs being cut off.

Bass Music – Ditto for the clefs being cut off at the beginning of some of the lines.

2B Orchestra on 12/23/2010

Tuesday, December 21st, 2010

Just like the other 2 sections of class, we’ll be having a small party on Thursday. You still need to bring your instruments to class, but list what else you will be bringing to contribute to the party in the comments section.

1A and 2A Orchestra 12/22/2010

Tuesday, December 21st, 2010

Hey Everyone,

I know this is very last-minute, but let’s have a little end of the year party before we break for the holidays. We didn’t discuss this during 1A chamber orchestra, but we did during 2A. In your comments below, please state the class that you are in and what you will be bringing. Also, do not use your full name, but rather your initials and instrument.

Chamber Orchestra Concert and Evening Rehearsal

Friday, December 3rd, 2010


Thanks for the great rehearsal last night. The West Side Story sounds even better now that we have some percussionists to play with! Just as a reminder, the chamber orchestra (1A only) concert will take place on Wednesday December 15th. The call time for the concert will be posted at a later date. Also, our next evening rehearsal will take place on Wednesday December 8th from 7-9pm. Have a good weekend and keep practicing!

Concert Dates:

String Orchestra (2A and 2B) – Monday December 13th, 7:30pm

Chamber Orchestra (1A) – Wednesday December 15th, 7:30pm

String Orchestra Extra Rehearsal (Blocks 2A and 2B Only)

Wednesday, December 1st, 2010

The string orchestra will be having their one and only joint rehearsal on Friday December 10th after school. Rehearsal will start by 2:45 pm and end at 4:15pm. The rehearsal will take place in the auditorium, which will give us a chance to see how all 84 of us fit on the stage! Please plan accordingly and make every effort to attend this rehearsal.

-Dr. Gopal