Fall Assignments, Welcome Concerts, and Student Leadership

Good Afternoon, Senior Symphony Musicians,

Thank you very much for the months of work you have given to preparing solos, excerpts, and concert repertoire.  You have made a very impressive start to the 66th season of the orchestra.

This email contains information about:

  1. Welcome Concerts (a Violin 2 Sectional)
  2. Part Assignments
  3. Student Leadership

As you know, we will be performing for the Wind Ensemble students next Thursday, 9/9, and young String Orchestra members the following Monday, 9/13. A reminder that these short concerts are for the younger students and not intended for our parents. Parents, if you are in the building, you are always welcome to stop…but this time there may not be room. Orchestra, there is no special dress for the concerts. Please look nice, bathe, and please no shorts, tee shirts, or flip flops…let’s look sharp.

I have arranged for Mr. Hauer to give a 2nd Violin Sectional from 5:30-6:30 next Thursday, September 9, before the 7 pm concert.  If you are assigned in the 2nds for Berlioz, please plan to attend since you now have new music to learn—this will really help!

Schedule:

Wednesday, September 8

  • 7:00-8:30 pm (We will also rehearse Berlioz)

Thursday, September 9

  • 6:30 pm Report (5:30 2nds Sectional)
  • 7:00-7:30 pm Performance for young wind, brass, and percussionists

Could any of you band kids stay until 9 pm and play the first rehearsal with Wind Ensemble? (I will sign off on volunteer hours!)

Monday, September 13

  • 5:20 pm Report
  • 5:30 pm Rehearse
  • 6:45 pm Performance for young MYSO string players
  • Break
  • 7:30-8:45 pm Orchestra Rehearsal and Sectionals

Next, I have attached your part assignments and placements through the November 6 Founders Concert. There were many very impressive auditions, and it was so nice to hear you in-person! You will see that there is rotation between sections, within section leadership, and among those who have the responsibility to perform principal and concertmaster positions. It’s been complex to design, but I believe it will serve you and the orchestra very well. I am happy to discuss with you as questions or concerns come up.

Start to prepare your music now, please. You can find music, assignments, and sample recordings on the Senior Symphony Ensemble Member Page at myso.org .  Remember to scroll down a bit to see all that’s there-there’s a bunch!

Access it by logging in with:

  • Username: mysomember
  • Password: myso2122

Deepest thanks to the orchestra members who put themselves forward volunteering and preparing for leadership roles in the orchestra.  After interviewing each of them, these students have agreed to serve the orchestra by organizing, communicating with, and helping to prepare their sections this season. More about all that next week. I am very grateful.

By section in Alphabetical order:

Violins

  • Sofia Castanho-Bollinger
  • Zak Chen
  • Amy Koo
  • Cecilia Koth
  • Bella Lozier
  • Aashay Mardikar
  • Isabella Nichols
  • Richie Nickel
  • Cecelia Santiago
  • Clark Snavely
  • Henry Snavely
  • Jasmine Storck

Viola

  • Vivian Cucu
  • Armarion Julien
  • Kyrsten Sulok
  • Owne Xayboury

Cello

  • Nolan Boerner
  • William Larson
  • Luis McDougall
  • Noor Salameh
  • Lucy Wu

Bass

  • Oscar Thompson

Woodwind

  • Blake Curtis
  • Shreya Girish
  • Anvita Bansal
  • Autumn Lee

Brass

  • Eli Hoffman
  • Alexandra Mueller
  • Emmah Bagin
  • Zoe Flint
  • Josie Sagen

Percussion

  • Daniel Grady

In closing, I feel very honored to have the opportunity to work with each of you, and I have truly enjoyed getting to know you a bit better over the past weeks, too. I recognize that you and your family have given years of support and time to your musical training, and I am very grateful to you, your parents, and to your school and private instructors. I hope you have a wonderful rest of your week and a safe and healthy weekend. Remain wise and keep the Senior Symphony happy and healthy now and throughout the season.

Yours sincerely,

Carter

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