Darby Orchestras eNews, August 27, 2017

Welcome Back, Everyone! Another Darby Orchestra season is underway with a successful first week back, and I’m excited to be back with your students! Our Darby Orchestra program continues to grow, with over 130 musicians in 4 orchestras! In this email you will find some information regarding the orchestra year and upcoming events and activities. Parents, I have attached two items for your review (they are available on your student’s Canvas page as well, under the “Handbook and Forms” module). The first is the 

, which explains the program philosophy, procedures, grading, and calendar dates. Your orchestra member has reviewed this in class and should review it with you as well. The  
is the second item, which we ask parents to go over with their orchestra member and then complete the online form. Completion of this contract indicates that students and parents have reviewed the handbook and calendar, and understand and agree to the policies and procedures in the handbook, and agree to be present as required on performance and rehearsal dates. There is also a space on the form to indicate any anticipated conflicts with orchestra performance events. Students are to have this form completed by Friday, September 1. Be aware that not every date listed on the calendar applies to every orchestra. Please contact me if you have any questions.

Our  annual Darby Orchestras Picnic, organized by our Chamber officers, is upon us! This year’s picnic is slated for Thursday, August 31 from 6 to 8 pm at Hilliard Municipal Park. More updates and details will follow in the next few days. Parents, we welcome your help for this event as a chaperone, grill-master, server, or other help! Please contact me if you are able and willing to help out. I appreciate your support of your student and the orchestra program, and I look forward to another great year!

Sincerely,

John Riegel

Director of Orchestras

Hilliard Darby H.S.

john_riegel@hboe.org

Darby Orchestras eNews, August 29, 2016

Welcome Back! We have had a very successful first week-plus, and I am very excited to be back and starting a new school year at Darby. 2016-17 marks the largest membership in the Darby Orchestra program to date, with 120 musicians in 3 orchestras! In this email you will find some information regarding the orchestra year and upcoming events and activities.

Parents, I have attached two items for your review. The first is the

, which explains the program philosophy, procedures, grading, and calendar dates. Your orchestra member will review this in class and should review it with you as well. The second item is the  
, which we ask parents to go over with their orchestra member and complete this online form. Completion of this contract indicates that students and parents have reviewed the handbook and calendar, and understand and agree to the policies and procedures in the handbook, and to be present as required on performance and rehearsal dates. There is also a space on the form to indicate any anticipated conflicts with orchestra performance events. Students were to have this form completed by Friday, August 26. Be aware that not every date listed on the calendar applies to every orchestra. Please contact me if you have any questions.

Time is coming near for the annual Darby Orchestras Picnic, organized by our officers! This year’s picnic is slated for Thursday, Sept. 1 from 6 to 8 pm at Hilliard Municipal Park. More updates and details will follow in the next few days. Parents, we welcome your help for this event as a chaperone, grill-master, server, or other help! Please contact me if you are able and willing to help out. I appreciate your support of your student and the orchestra program, and I look forward to another great year!

Sincerely,

John Riegel

Director of Orchestras

Hilliard Darby H.S.

john_riegel@hboe.org

2017 Orlando Information!

Thank you to everyone who was able to join us at our Florida trip meeting on May 10. Based on the response at that meeting and online, I am optimistic we will have a very successful trip with our Band and Orchestra students!

Attached here are several items from that meeting for your information. If you were unable to join us, the details can be found in the links below. There are five documents:

Parents and students are asked to read these items carefully, particularly the meeting summary and the payment and registration information. Students who are certain they intend to go on the trip are encouraged to complete the registration process as soon as possible. Parents, if you have an interest in joining us as a chaperone, please email Mr. Riegel or Mr. Kozman as soon as possible to notify us of your interest.

As always, feel free to contact Mr. Riegel if you have any questions!

Darby Orchestra eNews, May 4, 2016

Time has flown by! It seems as though just a short while ago we were in the middle of holiday concerts and contest preparation, and here it is almost the end of another hugely successful year! I can’t begin to tell all of you how proud I am of our orchestra members here at Darby and all that you have accomplished. What follows is some important information for the end of this school year and also a “sneak preview” regarding Spring Break 2017. Please read on!

Spring Concert:

The Darby Orchestras will give their final performance of the season on Tuesday, May 24 in the Darby Performing Arts Center. This will be a “joint” performance with the Heritage Middle School Orchestras. The middle school portion of the concert will begin at 7:00pm; the high school portion will start at approximately 7:30, with Concert Orchestra taking the stage first, followed by Symphony Orchestra and concluding with Chamber Orchestra. More details will be given to the students in class regarding report times and other schedule details. The May 16 date that was also reserved on the calendar will not be used; the high school will perform on the 24th as mentioned above.

Orlando Tour with Band and Orchestra, March 2017:  

2017 will mark another travel year for the Darby Band and Orchestra programs as we make plans to travel to Orlando, Florida during Spring Break 2017. Orchestra members, please take a moment to fill out the online survey in the email sent to your school email account to give us an idea of your intentions to travel with the orchestra and band. Parents and students, there will be an informational meeting regarding the trip during the spring Marching Band meeting next Tuesday, May 10. The Marching Band portion of the meeting will begin at 7:00pm, and the Florida trip portion will start at approximately 8:00pm. Details regarding registration for the trip (both students and parent chaperones), itinerary and estimated cost per student or chaperone, and timelines and procedures for payment will be covered at this meeting. If you are unable to make it to the meeting, please let me know and I will forward information to you. We are very excited at the possibility of another great tour in Orlando and hope you can join us!

Thank you so much for your continued support of our Darby Orchestras. I look forward to seeing you at our performances and end of year activities! Students, please remember to fill out the survey!

Excerpt #5 videos for practice

Violin excerpt #5, at regular speed and then at 50% for careful practice.

Viola excerpt #5, at regular speed and then at 50% for careful practice.

Cello excerpt #5, at regular speed and then at 50% for careful practice.

Bass excerpt #5, at regular speed and then at 50% for careful practice.

Darby Orchestra eNews, December 2, 2015: Celebration Concert Updated information

Hello Darby Orchestra members and families,

Here is a quick update on plans for the upcoming Celebration Concerts; this is a copy of the eBlast that was sent out from Darby High School Tuesday, Nov. 24, with a few additional details. Read on…

In the eBlast dated November 6, it was announced that the Darby Celebration Concert would be held this year in downtown Columbus, at the Capitol Theatre at the Riffe Center. Since that time, a number of logistical concerns have come to our attention that significantly complicate staging the event as intended at the new site. It has therefore become the better option to return the concert to its original site, the Darby Performing Arts Center (PAC), but with several changes from past years to attempt to address the space, crowding, and safety issues that led to the search for an alternate venue in the first place.

The performance nights will still occur as previously announced, on Monday Dec. 14 and Tuesday Dec. 15, but at the Darby High School PAC. Also, these will be two different concerts, each with its own roster of performing groups.

The Monday Dec. 14 concert will feature performances by:
Concert Choir
Chorale
Jazz Ensemble
Concert and Symphonic Bands
Concert Orchestra
Symphony Orchestra

Concert and Symphony Orchestras will have a dress rehearsal on Monday 12/14 beginning 7th period. Orchestra students should be prepared to stay as long as needed to complete this rehearsal. More details on dress rehearsal will be given to orchestra members in class.

The Tuesday concert will feature performances by:
Symphonic Choir
Women’s Chorale
Big Band
Wind Ensemble
Chamber Orchestra

Chamber Orchestra will have a dress rehearsal on Monday 12/14 beginning 7th period. Orchestra students should be prepared to stay as long as needed to complete this rehearsal. More details on dress rehearsal will be given to orchestra members in class.

We hope this arrangement will afford each group a chance to shine, while lessening the overall number of students at each event. This will also lessen the overall time commitment for students by reducing most students’ performance schedule to one night instead of two. Start time will be 7:00pm for both concerts. Each concert will be free and open to the public.

We regret any inconvenience the changes of venue may have caused, and appreciate your flexibility and support as we continue to work to make each performance experience the best it can be, for your children and for our community. We look forward to sharing our upcoming performances with you!

Darby Orchestra eNewsletter, February 19, 2015

I hope everyone is staying warm and safe today (think of all the extra practice time you have today, orchestra members!!). Here are a few updates on goings-on in the Darby Orchestra world:

Florida Trip Meeting: We will hold a parent meeting on Monday, February 23rd at 7pm in the Darby band and orchestra room regarding the trip. Will will discuss the itinerary, behavior expectations, what to bring, meals, chaperones, and medical information. We will also explain how to pick up your child in Florida at the end of the trip if they are not returning with us on the bus. We look forward to you joining us that evening!

Symphony performance at OMEA State Orchestra: Darby Symphony will travel to Reynoldsburg HS (Livingston Ave. Campus) on Saturday, Feb. 28 to perform and be evaluated at the OMEA State Orchestra Adjudicated Event. Our performance time has been set for 3:55 pm, meaning we will depart from Darby approximately 2 pm and return to school about 5:45. Students will receive a detailed itinerary, including exact departure and arrival times on that day to and from school, in class. The event is open to the public, so please feel free to come hear the group and support them! If you do attend, please bear in mind that due to the nature of this event, recording devices of any kind (still or video photography, audio recordings, etc.) are strictly prohibited at the event as per OMEA rules. Thanks for your cooperation and understanding!

Concert Orchestra performance at Hilliard Orchestra Festival (formerly known as COSI): As mentioned in the previous eNewsletter, Darby Concert Orchestra will perform at the Hilliard Orchestra Festival, an adjudicated festival held at Memorial Middle School on Saturday, March 14. I will update everyone as we get closer to the performance day  regarding exact report times and performance schedule.

As we are helping host this festival ourselves, we are in need of volunteers to help with conducting this event. Parents, if you are able to help out,

and fill out the requested information. Thank you for your support!

That’s all for now…. be careful in this brutal weather, and  think spring!!

Darby Orchestra eNewsletter, August 21, 2014

Welcome back to what promises to be a busy, exciting, fun year! I hope everyone’s summer was enjoyable and restful. It is a year of continued growth for our orchestra program, as we see the largest enrollment in the Darby Orchestra program’s history! Here is some beginning-of-year information that will be of interest and help to you as we begin the new school year.

Handbook and Return Packet: Students were given the latest edition of the Darby Orchestras Handbook, as well as a return packet with forms for parents and orchestra members to review, complete, and return. Online copies of these documents may be found here. Parents, please take a moment to review the handbook and sign and return the Contract, Website audio/video permission, and Fundraising permission forms. If your student needs to order a method book or is renting a school-owned instrument from Hilliard City Schools, please fill out the relevant forms. These packets are due Friday, August 29. 

Fees: Please follow the instructions in the Handbook for paying  school instrument rental fees (if applicable), method book fee (if applicable), and orchestra uniform rental fees. All fees are due Friday, September 12. 

Please send Uniform and Musical Instrument Rental fees directly to:

Hilliard Music Boosters

Darby Chapter

PO Box 371

Hilliard, OH 43026

You may also pay Booster fees on Charms (click on the link). Your initial login is your student ID number. Further instructions can be found in the orchestra Handbook.

Online forms: Parents,

We ask that this be completed no later than Friday, August 29. Thank you for your help!

Picnic: Plans for the annual Orchestra picnic are in full swing! More information will be given in class and via email. Stay tuned and we hope all orchestra members will join us!

Uniform fitting

All students will be fitted for a formal orchestra uniform; this year’s fitting night is Thursday, Sept. 18 from 5 to 8 PM. Students should stop by the Orchestra/Choir Room any time between 5 and 8 pm to be fitted and issued their uniform and garment bag. (Please note, attendance is expected, orchestra members.)

 

We are off to a great start and I anticipate a great year! Stay tuned to the Darby orchestra website http://www.darbyorchestra.org for further updates. As always, if you have any questions or concerns, please feel free to contact me at john_riegel@hboe.org (email is the best way to reach me!).

 

Blizzard Bag!

Here is the Blizzard Bag assignment for orchestra:

Choose and click on one of the links to the pieces your orchestra is working on. Listen to the piece, and write a 1 to 2 paragraph critique of the performance. Be sure to include references to specific spots in the music (i.e. measure numbers, rehearsal numbers, etc.) and comment on such elements as style, ensemble, tone quality, intonation, and overall effectiveness (or lack thereof) of the performance.  Email your critique to me at John_Riegel@hboe.org within two weeks of the missed day.

SYMPHONY:

CONCERT ORCHESTRA:

First Playing Test of 2013-2014

We will video playing tests in class the week of August 26. Results will be used for initial seating and for dividing the violins into Violin I and Violin II parts (violins may be rotated between sections during the year). Please prepare the excerpts for your instrument listed below.

I. Concert Orchestra

VIOLIN

Prepare the two excerpts on the sheet given to you on Friday in class.

The first 4 lines are from “Jubilant Overture” by Reznicow; 4/4 time, quarter note= 100-120 for this test. If more than one part (divisi), play upper notes.

The second 4 lines are from “Agincourt” by Spata. (Remember we crossed out the bottom line on the sheet.) 7/8 time, 8th note=about 180-210 for this test (this is about the speed we read it in class).

VIOLA

Jubilant Overture, measures 132-145 (4/4, quarter note=100-120)

Agincourt, measures 45-53 (7/8, 8th note= 180-210)

CELLO

Jubilant Overture, measures 37-46, play upper notes (4/4, quarter note=100-120)

Agincourt, measures 69-77 (7/8, 8th note= 180-210)

BASS

Jubilant Overture, measures 104-117 (3/4, quarter note=100-120)

Agincourt, measures  65-75 (7/8, 8th note= 180-210)

 

II. Symphony

VIOLIN

Prepare the two excerpts on the sheet given to you on Friday in class.

The first excerpt is from the Bach, the second is from the 3rd movement of the Holst. Metronome guidelines are given on the sheet. Note the 8va passage in the Holst (you could practice this as written to get the pitches in your ear, but be prepared to perform it up the octave on the test itself).

VIOLA

Bach, measures 86-96 (2/2, half note=80-90)

Holst Intermezzo, rehearsal (2) to (3) (2/4, quarter note= 90)

CELLO

Bach, measures 15-27 (2/2, half note=80-90)

Holst Intermezzo, start “Tempo I” after rehearsal (6), play to 6th measure of “Adagio” (3/4, quarter note= 60-63)

BASS

Bach, measures 15-27 (2/2, half note=80-90)

Holst Intermezzo, rehearsal (2) through first note of (3), play upper note at (3) (2/4, quarter note=90)