Darby Orchestra eNewsletter #3– February 20, 2013

Here is an update on orchestra activities and events, as we move through a busy adjudicated events season.

Congratulations Solo/ Ensemble participants!

19 Darby Orchestra students, comprising 8 soloists and 7 ensembles, performed on Saturday, Feb. 16 at the OMEA District 15 Solo/Ensemble Event held at Westerville North HS. All Darby Orchestra events earned Superior (I) or Excellent (II) ratings. Included in this number are 10 freshman orchestra members who competed at the high school level for the first time. Great job to all participants—you represented our program well!

Darby Symphony performs at OMEA State Orchestra Event this Saturday, Feb. 23

Symphony members will perform at the OMEA State Orchestra Adjudicated Event this Saturday, Feb. 23, at Granville High School. The Symphony will once again perform in Class A, the highest classification based on the difficulty level of the required selections performed on our program. The ensemble will perform a program of three selections for a panel of three judges, and then sight-read an additional piece for a fourth judge. Each judge will assign a rating to our performance, and the total will determine our overall rating. Our assigned performance time is 2:20 pm; our bus transportation is scheduled to depart Darby at 12:00 noon, and we should arrive back at Darby after the event at approximately 4:30 pm. Symphony members will receive a detailed itinerary and event schedule in class. The event is open to the public, so you are welcome to attend our performance! Please bear in mind that since this is an adjudicated event, the start time is a strict one and the doors will be closed once our performance begins. Also please remember that recordings of any kind, including audio, video, photography, cell phone, etc. are strictly prohibited in all warmup and performance areas; violations of this rule are grounds for possible disqualification under OMEA regulations. We hope you can join us!

Darby Concert Orchestra slated to perform at Central Ohio String Invitational on Saturday, March 16

For the second year in a row, our Concert Orchestra will perform at the Central Ohio String Invitational (COSI) adjudicated event, to be held Saturday, March 16 at Memorial Middle School right here in Hilliard. The group will perform three selections for a panel of judges, then take part in a clinic conducted by a fourth judge. Our overall rating will be determined by the total of the ratings assigned by the three stage judges. More details on the schedule and report times will follow as we get closer to the event. Concert Orchestra members are reminded that this is a required event for all Concert Orchestra members; they should keep the day open until we receive our exact schedule from the event organizers.

Orlando, here we come!

Thank you to those of you who were able to attend our informational meeting last Monday, Feb. 11. If you weren’t able to join us, don’t worry— all of the meeting information, plus additional updates, will follow in a separate eNewsletter sent to Florida trip families. Stay tuned!

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John Riegel
Director of Orchestras
Hilliard Darby H.S.