Darby Orchestra eNewsletter #2, February, 2012

Greetings and (belated) Happy New Year! I hope this note finds you all having had a warm and restful break and settled back into routine. It’s hard to believe it is February already! Winter is a busy time for our orchestra program, so here are some updates and reminders, as well as some good news regarding our orchestras.

Solo/Ensemble Event

Congratulations to all who participated in this weekend’s Solo and Ensemble Event, held at Westerville North High School.  Our orchestras were well represented this year with 12 soloists and 6 ensembles from both orchestras, for a total of 19 orchestra students. All the ratings assigned to Darby orchestra events were Superior (I) ratings this year (the highest possible rating). Great job, Solo/ Ensemble participants!

OMEA State Orchestra Adjudicated Event (Symphony only)

 The Symphony will perform at State Orchestra event the weekend of March 2 or 3 (Friday or Saturday). The main site is once again Granville High School, with the overflow site at Reynoldsburg High School. I will be requesting a Saturday performance time as in the past; however, Symphony members are reminded to keep both days open until we receive our final assignment. More information will follow as we get closer to this event. Parents, you are welcome to travel along with us as a chaperone if you wish; please let me know if you are interested in doing this. Once again we are performing in the top classification (Class A, the most difficult); students should be bringing their instruments/music home often (nightly, if possible!) and learning their parts. March sounds like a long way off, but in reality it’s only 3 weeks away!

Just as a reminder, we have two remaining evening rehearsals scheduled: Tuesday, Feb. 21 from 7 to 9 pm and Tuesday, Feb. 28 from 7 to 9 pm. (These dates were included in the handbook at the beginning of the year and are graded events.) Dr. Robert Gillespie, professor of music education at The Ohio State University and frequent conductor and clinician around the country, will be our clinician on the 21st.

Central Ohio String Invitational performance (Concert Orchestra only)—NEW

The Concert Orchestra has been accepted to perform for a panel of adjudicators and a clinician at the Central Ohio String Invitational in Upper Arlington on Saturday, April 14, 2012. This is a new date on our calendar—please make a note of it as it is a graded performance. This will mark the first time our Concert Orchestra has performed in an adjudicated event for a rating. More details regarding performance time, transportation, etc. will be announced as they become available.

Orchestra students recognized!

 Senior Emily Rhoadhouse, principal cellist in Symphony and Orchestra President, was selected as the January Student of the Month from Darby by the Hilliard Rotary Club. Students from each of the three Hilliard High Schools were recognized for their leadership and service at the Rotary weekly luncheon and meeting on January 12.

A record number of Darby musicians were selected this year for the 2011 OMEA South Central Region Orchestra, which was held November 18-20, 2011 at Gahanna Lincoln H.S. Darby students selected were: Maddie Albert, violin; Kerry Callander, viola; Andrea Crickard, flute; Abby Connell, oboe; Andrea Dong, viola; Christine Dong, violin; Emily Rhoadhouse, cello; and Samantha Turner, double bass.

Darby is proud to have two of our musicians selected to perform in the prestigious 2012 OMEA Ohio All-State Ensembles: Kerry Callander, viola, All-State Orchestra; and Kyle Fox, percussion, All-State Band. Stringed instrument players are selected for this honor through the Region Orchestra audition process; wind and percussion players are selected through submitting a recorded audition to the All-State committee. The orchestra will perform as part of the OMEA Professional Development Conference, on Saturday, Feb. 18 at 2:00 PM in the Grand Ballroom at the Columbus Convention Center. The band will perform in the same location Friday, Feb. 17 at 8 pm. Both concerts are free and open to the public.

Calendar of Events

Remember, it’s easy to keep up with current news and events by checking the calendar sidebar on the right side of our homepage.

Please let me know if you have any questions!


Mr. Riegel