Archive for October, 2011

Chamber Orchestra Evening Rehearsal

Tuesday, October 25th, 2011

Attention all 1A Chamber Orchestra members.

This is a friendly reminder that our first evening rehearsal will take place next Wednesday November 2nd from 7:00pm – 8:45pm.

Next Week

Friday, October 21st, 2011

Hi Everyone,

This message contains information for musicians from both ensembles.

Spotify – I’ve talked about this program many times in class, and it’s what I have been using to play various recordings throughout the year. Spotify gives you access to virtually any song that has been recorded. Think of it as the itunes library, except you can listen to entire songs instead of short previews. Download the free program for your desktop/laptop here.


Lessons – I will be having lessons during all 3 lunches on Monday October 24th. Remember to eat your lunch before coming to see me, and you need to show your lesson pass to a teacher or monitor in order to leave the cafeteria.


Chamber Orchestra – Listen to my favorite recording of the Vaughn Williams Fantasia on Spotify here. You need to have the program on your computer in order to listen to the track. You can also listen to an excellent recording made by the Philadelphia Orchestra below:

Listen to a recording of the 3rd movement of the Simple Symphony through Spotify by clicking here. You can also watch a very good performance of the 3rd and 4th movement below.


String Orchestra

Arabian Dreams can be heard here.

Individual practice parts can be printed by following the links below:

Violin 1

Violin 2



Enjoy the weekend, and practice what we talked about in class!


Friday, October 14th, 2011

Hi Everyone,

There will lessons during all 3 lunches on Tuesday October 18th. I will be distributing lesson passes during classes on Monday and Tuesday, and you will need to use these in order to leave the cafeterias after eating your lunch. You must eat your lunch in the cafeteria first. Have a great weekend and practice your music!

Chamber Orchestra Assignment

Monday, October 10th, 2011

Greetings 1A Chamber Orchestra members,

Read background information on Benjamin Britten here for Thursday’s class.

Happy reading!


And have a look at this video recommended by Emily T.

Britten Simple Symphony 1st movement


Composer/Celebrity look alikes?

Monday, October 10th, 2011

Hey Everyone,

Does Dmitri Shostakovich bear any resemblance to Harry Potter?


Dmitri Shostakovich                                Daniel Radcliffe as Harry Potter


For other interesting celebrity/composer lookalikes, click here.








Back to School Night 2011

Tuesday, October 4th, 2011

Parent Information:

2011-2012 Orchestra Proficiency and Orchestra Responsibilities.

Winter Concerts: December 12, 13 and 14

Spring Concerts:May 17, 22 and 23