Darby Orchestras eNewsletter #3, January 6, 2014

Happy New Year!

I write this as we enjoy an unanticipated extension to Winter Break! I hope all of you are safe and warm, and had a relaxing and restful break with family and friends. Here are items of interest and some reminders as we begin a new semester and a busy adjudication season.

Great job on Celebration Concerts!

Congratulations to everyone on a fantastic set of Celebration Concert performances in December! I am proud of all of you, not only in the way both orchestras performed, but in the way you conducted yourselves both on and off stage. I received tremendous positive feedback from our community (not just parents!), our teaching staff, and our administrators. Keep up the great work! Orchestra parents, kudos to you for your continued help and support of our orchestra program!

Solo/Ensemble Event Saturday, Jan. 18 at Westerville North H.S. (for those signed up)

This is just a reminder for those of you who are signed up to perform a solo and/or ensemble at this year’s OMEA Solo/Ensemble event. (The deadline for sign-ups was Dec. 21, as we went over several times in class.) We should receive a schedule of performance times from the event chair sometime in the next week. Hopefully you have been working on your music over break! J You will also receive more detailed information, directions, etc. once we get back to school. Those performing a solo should have an accompanist lined up to play with you; if you still need one, please email me ASAP!

Upcoming Evening Rehearsals (Symphony)

Symphony members, please check the calendar on the sidebar of the Darby Orchestra website so you are aware of the scheduled rehearsals/ clinic sessions for State (the first one is next Tuesday, Jan. 14 at 7 pm). Please remember these are graded (i.e., required) rehearsals!

General reminders…

•Be sure you have your instrument, folder with music, and class method book with you in class our first day back!

•If you haven’t already done so, be sure to like us on Facebook! You will automatically receive updates each time there is a new posting on the Darby Orchestras website.

•Whether you are preparing a solo or ensemble piece, or simply need a little “review” on scales, shifting, or other techniques we have been working on in the book, make it a habit to practice! Even a few minutes goes a long way towards improving your playing, and makes our orchestras better!