Monday, May 17, 2010
Congratulations on another set of successful recitals! We've got our last two recitals this Saturday (May 22) at 11am and 2pm at St. Timothy's Episcopal Church. We're looking forward to seeing all the performances!
We're coming to the end of our semester. The last day of the spring semester is Saturday, June 5th and the summer semester will begin Monday, June 7th. Those of you who have lessons on Fridays through Mondays, you are scheduled for a lesson on Memorial Day weekend unless you already made other plans with your teacher. Because of the large number of make up lessons we all have to give before the end of the semester, we really cannot accomodate any more changes in lesson schedule over the next couple of weeks, so please aim to make your own plans accordingly.
The practice challenge is coming to an end next Saturday, May 29th. Be sure you've reported all your practice days to your teacher since we cannot count any unreported days. Be sure to get lots of practice in this week too so you have as many days as possible. We'll be tallying up the winners as well as comparing studio numbers to find out which teacher's "team" won. We'll have that information for you soon.
Have a good week!
Tuesday, May 11, 2010
Congratulations to everyone for your hard work on the festival this past weekend! Thanks for sharing Mother's Day with us!
This Saturday, May 15 we have another set of recitals at St. Timothy's Episcopal Church:
11am - piano recital in the chapel
2pm - violin recital in the sanctuary
Students performing in these recitals should plan to arrive AT LEAST 15 minutes before their assigned recital to tune and warm up. Advanced students in particular need to warm up before playing so they can play their best. Students should plan to dress nicely, (Sunday clothes - no sneakers, jeans, etc.) but in clothes that can performed in comfortably.
Everyone else is welcome to come and support our students. They've worked hard this semester! Then join us for goodies afterwards.
Saturday, May 1, 2010
Congratulations to those of you who performed in the recitals today. Fantastic job!
Next week we have our spring festival. Here's a reminder of the schedule:
Saturday, May 8 Dress rehearsal (Required)
2pm Suzuki rehearsal
3pm Fiddle rehearsal
Viola students, be sure to be at the Suzuki rehearsal to rehearse the Bach Gavotte with us!
Sunday, May 9 - 2pm concert. (Should be about an hour)
For the Suzuki rehearsal we will start with the pretwinklers for the first 5 or so minutes and then work our way from the twinkles up to the Bach Gavotte. That way, as the pieces get more advanced, the younger students do not have to stay for the entire rehearsal.
Here is the Festival performance order:
- La Cumparsita (Tango)
- Bill Cheatem
- Mason's Apron
- Finnish Polka
Pretwinklers: Chicken's on a Fencepost (i.e. Peanut Butter Sandwich)
Violists: Judas Maccabaeus and Minuet 3 (please check these pieces with Maggie as I may have the it wrong!)
- Bach Gavotte in G minor
- The Two Grenadiers
- The Happy Farmer
- Minuet 2
- May Song
- Go, Tell Aunt Rhody
- Lightly Row
- Twinkle Theme and Variations
We will announce the order as we go. Please be sure to be practicing your festival pieces this week! We want to play really in tune and really together so it's a really enjoyable concert for our audience. Thanks and see you all soon!