Dear Senior Symphony,
Thank you very much for all you have done so far as we move together into the new season. You are an awesome and wonderful group of impressive and good people.
Yay! The start of each year is something to celebrate, it’s a natural time to feel a sense of joy, anticipation, and accomplishment. Remember that all of you, our orchestra, is a gift we give to both to each other and to the community–all made possible through your talent, preparation, good spirit, energy, and the care you give to each other.
On your behalf I have already received wonderful reaction from those in attendance at last night’s Welcome Concert. Wind Ensemble students were inspired by your leadership and performance, and musicians’ parents shared their great admiration of you as I was leaving last night. Bravi tutti! I look forward to seeing you again on Monday when we have the opportunity to make the String Orchestras feel just as welcome. Please continue reading to the bottom of this note for more important information.
Monday, September 11
- 5:10 – Orchestra Leadership Report (See Below)
- Brief Meeting to kick off the season.
- 5:45 – Full Orchestra Report
- 5:55-6:30 – Full Orchestra Rehearsal
- 6:00 – Tune and Announcements
- 6:05 – Engelbert Humperdinck, Evening Prayer and Dream Pantomime (This recording starts around Reh. 92 in the parts)
- 6:15 – Review of Welcome Concert Material
- 6:40 – String Musicians go escort String Orchestra kids to Youth Arts Hall
- 6:45 – approx. 7:00 Welcome Concert
- 7:30-8:45 – Camille Saint-Saëns, Symphony No.3 in C minor (“Organ”) op.78 (1886)
Please see the attached PDF for part assignments which will also appear on the Members Page. Assignments have been made through the November 11 fall concert “Angels and Cathedrals.” There were many very impressive auditions and it was truly wonderful to hear each of you and to visit briefly with you, too. You will notice that there is a little rotation between sections, within section leadership, and among those who have the responsibility to perform Principal and Concertmaster positions. This is a complex design that has served members 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. If you do not already have it, we will provide printed copies to you on Monday. 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 listed-there’s a bunch!
My deepest thanks to the orchestra members who put themselves forward volunteering and preparing for leadership roles in the orchestra. After interviewing with 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 to each of them.
By section in Alphabetical order:
- Ben Christiaansen
- Christianna Ebel
- Hans Hemann
- Rosy Kojis
- Isabella Krynicka
- Magdalena Masur
- Henry Snavely
- Jay Suthan
- Brae Bigelow
- Sonya Wilhelm
- Rebecca Deboer
- Luke Field
- Ava Larsen
- Maryveth Ochoa
- Gabrielle Peck
- Adela Ramirez
- Benjamin Levin
- Alex Matusiak
- Marisa Lehner
- Zack Muñoz
- Lydia Morency
- Lilly Beane
- Jordan Haney
- Faith Weigand
- Shaurya Bansal
- Erich Haefer
- Meera Rao
- Nico Strichartz
- Isaac Visser
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. I also recognize that you and your family have given years of support, resources, 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 weekend and wish you good health and happiness now and throughout the season.