Darby Orchestra eNewsletter, February 9, 2015

Greetings! Here are some updates for the Darby Orchestra family as we complete another busy and successful Adjudicated Events season.

Congratulations, Solo Ensemble Participants!

 Both Darby orchestras were well represented at the OMEA District XV Solo/Ensemble Event held at Reynoldsburg High School Summit Campus on Saturday, Jan. 24. 28 orchestra members performed in various combinations that comprised 13 solos and 8 ensembles; all Darby Orchestra events earned Superior or Excellent ratings. This number included 12 freshman members who competed at the high school level for the first time. Great job, orchestra members!

Darby Symphony to perform at OMEA State Orchestra Event February 28

 Symphony members will perform at the OMEA State Orchestra Adjudicated Event scheduled for Saturday, Feb. 28,at Reynoldsburg High School (Livingston Ave. Campus). 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. While the exact performance and travel schedule is yet to be finalized, the information I have at this time indicates we will perform sometime Saturday afternoon, at the Reynoldsburg site. Symphony members will receive a detailed itinerary and event schedule in class as soon as it is available. Please remember to keep this day open until we receive our exact warmup and performance times. 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 making of 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 to perform at Hilliard Orchestra Festival (also known as COSI) on Saturday, March 14

Our Concert Orchestra will perform at the Hilliard Orchestra Festival (formerly known as COSI) adjudicated event, to be held Saturday, March 14 at Memorial Middle School right here in Hilliard. The group will perform three selections for a panel of judges, then participate 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 Concert Orchestra; they should keep the day fully open until we receive our exact schedule from the event organizers.

Orlando, here we come!

With another central Ohio winter in full swing, it’s hard to believe the Darby Band and Orchestra trip to Orlando, Florida is just over a month away! More details will follow in an eNewsletter sent to Florida trip families. Stay tuned!


That’s all for now—stay warm!

John Riegel
Director of Orchestras
Hilliard Darby H.S.