Auditions, 1st Rehearsals, & Things – Hello, Senior Symphony!

Good Morning, Senior Symphony!

I am looking forward to seeing you and to hearing your auditions this week. You’ll do great! I know it can be an anxious experience to audition, so just know that I am your friend in all of this, and that I am enjoying hearing you and your progress. If you can, keep track of how your mind and body react to putting yourself through an audition setting—that will be GREAT information to consider, analyze, and to discuss in the future—especially before your next audition, speech, meeting, exam, etc. They are all somewhat related, right?

If you would please bring your own copy of the assigned excerpts to the audition and rehearsals, that would be smartest. I’ll have a copy, but you’ll want your markings.  Also, I will have a metronome, but if you want to use your own, that’s fine too.

We have rehearsal this week, too, which is very exciting! The schedule is below. When you, arrive, just bring all of your unpacked instruments into Youth Arts Hall.  We’ll start by getting to know each other before we rehearse the Copland, Walton, and Brahms.  Also, if there’s time (even if we don’t have assignments) it could be fun to play some Berlioz—you have all been working so hard on it.  We’ll have parts, but again, bring your own Berlioz parts, too.

Next, this is also important. I will be turning around your assignments for the November 6 Founders Concert very quickly, and the music will be uploaded on the Senior Symphony member page for you to download and prepare. I have asked you to learn the Copland, Berlioz, Brahms, and Walton this summer because I will need you all to devote your time now to the November music. It’s 100% awesome and professional-grade. It has many challenging passages for everyone.  Between September 1 and September 13, I will need you to learn and listen to the music almost exclusively. If you do, we’ll have a great experience rehearsing and a fantastic performance. If you do not do that work between Sept. 1 and 13, we may fail in performance.  It’s that important for you to come razor-sharp and prepared. Find  final program on the Senior Symphony member page.

Enormous thanks to the more than 30 members who have written me about taking on a leadership role in the orchestra. The orchestra needs you and everyone to make the experience the very best it can be—this orchestra’s potential is exceptional.

Last, due to construction, the parking situation is “interesting” at MYAC right now. Give yourselves time to get here without rushing around, and know that one of the sidewalks doesn’t exist anymore and that the front door has been moved west a few feet–with sliding doors which are amazing! We still don’t have all our new furniture in the Commons and the downstairs isn’t open yet, but I think you’ll notice some nice new features when you are here. Please remember to bring and wear your masks in the common areas and to follow MYAC’s safety protocols, too. If you are sick, please don’t come and reschedule. Let’s keep the orchestra–and MYSO–happy and healthy throughout the season.

OK that’s it! If you need me just write me a note.  I start hearing everyone tomorrow and go through Sunday, so I may be slow in responding.

Super proud of each of you!



First Rehearsals and Welcome Concerts

  • Thursday, August 26
    • Rehearsal: 4:30-6:00 pm
  • Saturday, August 28
    • Rehearsal: 1:00-2:30 pm
  • Wednesday, September 8
    • Rehearsal: 7:00-8:30 pm
  • Thursday, September 9
    • Report: 6:30 pm
    • Warm-up and Performance for young wind, brass, and percussionists: 7:00-8:00 pm. Any of you band kids want to stay and play the first rehearsal with Wind Ensemble? Let me know!
  • Monday, September 13
    • Report, 5:20 pm
    • Rehearsal: 5:30
    • Performance for Young MYSO string players: 6:45 pm
    • Rehearsal: 7:30-8:45 pm
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