Archive for the ‘string orchestra’ Category

End of the Year Orchestra Party

Monday, 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

Friday, 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

Tuesday, 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. 


After School Rehearsal Reminder – 2B and 3A only

Friday, 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

Sunday, 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!

String Orchestra Scales

Thursday, 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

Maharaja Parts and Video

Thursday, March 29th, 2012

Hey Everyone,

Below is a link to print out extra copies of Maharaja. You can also listen to a recording of our newest piece here.

Maharaja Practice Parts

I’m also attaching a link along with the video about the amazing violinist from Harvard who only has one hand! What an inspiration!

Harvard Gazette

Enjoy your spring break!

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Friday, March 23rd, 2012

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String Orchestra Recordings and Practice Parts

Saturday, February 11th, 2012

Below are links to print extra practice parts of Durango Tango and Novo Cetvorno.

Durango Tango – Recording can be heard here.

1st violin

2nd violin




Novo Cetvorno – Recording can be heard here

1st violin

2nd violin




Here is a video of a traditional Bulgarian dance. Can you hear the 7/8 meter?

Orchestra next week

Friday, January 27th, 2012

Hi Everyone,

Congratulations to most of you for finishing your midterm/playing tests! I’m sure it has been a stressful week for many of you, so hopefully you can look forward to relaxing a little bit this weekend. I have a few reminders for the upcoming week.

- You are all expected to bring instruments to your first class next week!

- Let’s not forget about Durango Tango (string orchestra) and the rest of the Holberg (Chamber orchestra). Get a head start on practicing this weekend.

- ¬†Quartets are meeting every thursday. You are expected to attend every week (even if it’s after another club).


I have a video that Kristen H shared with me. I think it’s pretty cool. Check it out and enjoy the weekend!