Area All-State Symphony Orchestra

AREA ALL-STATE SYMPHONY ORCHESTRA 2017

October 5, 2017

Dear Area All-State Symphony Orchestra Member,

 

Congratulations on being accepted into this year’s Area All-State Symphony Orchestra. Based on your excellent NYSSMA score and recommendation from your teacher, you have been chosen to participate in what will be a musically memorable experience. Tong Chen, who is conductor of the Yonkers Philharmonic Orchestra and a professor of music at the Queens College Aaron Copland School of Music, will conduct this year’s Area All-State Symphony Orchestra.

2017 Symphony Orchestra Program

Strauss: Overture to Die Fledermaus

Beethoven: Symphony No. 5 (4th movement-Finale)

Bernstein/Peress: Overture to West Side Story

 

Please prepare well for the rehearsals and concert. Find and listen to recordings. Your job as orchestral musicians is to learn the notes before rehearsals, so rehearsal time can be spent learning and putting together the music. No one should be sight-reading music at the first rehearsal!

 

WHAT YOU NEED TO BRING:

Music Stand (w/ name clearly marked on all parts)

All music and a pencil

Required mutes, extra strings, extra reeds

Dinner (for 11/1, and 11/15), and lunch (11/16).

If you are doubling (flute-piccolo, etc.) remember BOTH instruments

Percussionists must provide small percussion instruments such as snare drum,

crash cymbals, and triangle as well as their own sticks and mallets, etc.

 

CONCERT DRESS:

Men: Black Jacket, pants, white shirt and long tie

Women: Black top and long black shirt or slacks

 

The times and dates are:

Wednesday Nov. 1 Rehearsal 4:00 pm- 9:00 pm White Plains HS

Wednesday Nov. 15 Rehearsal 4:00 pm- 9:00 pm White Plains HS

Thursday Nov. 16 Rehearsal 9:00 am- 3:00 pm SUNY Purchase

Thursday Nov. 16 Concert 8:00 pm (Arrive 7 pm) SUNY Purchase

 

You are each integral parts of the whole and are needed at all times. Please note that no one is permitted to leave rehearsals early. Early leave takers, latecomers as well as students who fail to show up to a rehearsal will be expelled from the Festival…. no exceptions. Students cannot drive themselves to the rehearsals or the concert. The school district or the student’s parents must provide transportation. WCSMA will not assume responsibility for students who do not adhere to this rule.

 

AUDITIONS: There will be an audition for the position of concertmaster and seating among those violin students who received a NYSSMA score of Level 6 All-State 100. There will also be similar auditions in any of the other string sections in which there are multiple numbers of students who received a score of Level 6 All-State100. These auditions will take place at the first rehearsal on November 1. A list of the students to audition is provided on the back of this letter.

Due to the limited availability of some parts, we have been given permission to use copies. Some of the originals that were given out are in pretty rough shape. Please handle carefully. When possible, we will try to provide one original per stand. Please mark and use the original for the concert. All music has been numbered and will be collected at the end of the concert, including the copies.  A charge of $10.00 per page will be charged for failure to hand in your assigned music (copy or original).

Once again congratulations and good luck to you all! We look forward to meeting you on November 1.

 

William Eckfeld & Zachary May

Symphony Orchestra Chairpersons

 

SEATING AUDITIONS FOR AREA ALL-STATE SYMPHONY ORCHESTRA

(THESE WILL TAKE PLACE AT THE BEGINNING OF THE FIRST REHEARSAL ON NOVEMBER 1)

VIOLIN

BEETHOVEN: SYMPHONY NO. 5 (FINALE): BEGINNING UP TO 6 AFTER B (MEASURE 436)

STRAUSS FELDERMAUS OVERTURE: 1 MEASURE BEFORE REHEARSAL NUMBER 4 (MEASURE 50) TO 7 AFTER REHEARSAL NUMBER 8 (MEASURE 110)

VIOLA

BEETHOVEN: SYMPHONY NO. 5 (FINALE): FROM REHEARSAL LETTER D TO TEMPO 1 (MEASURE 526)

STRAUSS FELDERMAUS OVERTURE 2 MEASURES BEFROE REHEARSAL NUMBER 10 (MEASURE 124) TO 3 AFTER REHEARSAL NUMBER 13 (MEASURE 165)

 

CELLO

BEETHOVEN: SYMPHONY NO. 5 (FINALE): FROM REHEARSAL LETTER A TO B

BEETHOVEN: SYMPHONY NO. 5 (FINALE): FROM REHEARSAL LETTER D TO TEMPO 1 (MEASURE 526)

STRAUSS FELDERMAUS OVERTURE 4 MEASURES BEFORE REHEARSAL NUMBER 10 (MEASURE 122) TO REHEARSAL NUMBER 14 (MEASURE 181)

 

BASS

BEETHOVEN: SYMPHONY NO. 5 (FINALE): FROM BEGINNING OF THE LAST MOVEMENT (MEASURE 374) TO FIRST NOTE OF LETTER B.

STRAUSS FELDERMAUS OVERTURE FROM REHEARSAL NUMBER 20 (MEASURE 252) TO REHEARSAL NUMBER 21 (MEASURE 272)

STRAUSS FELDERMAUS OVERTURE FROM REHEARSAL NUMBER 26 (MEASURE 351) TO REHEARSAL NUMBER 28 (MEASURE 381)

 

 

 

SEATING AUDITIONS FOR AREA ALL-STATE STRING ORCHESTRA

(THESE WILL TAKE PLACE AT THE BEGINNING OF THE FIRST REHEARSAL ON NOVEMBER 1)

VIOLIN

ELGAR (SOLO VIOLIN 1 PART): FROM 4 MEASURES BEFORE REHEARSAL NUMBER 18 TO REHEARSAL NUMBER 21.

ELGAR (SOLO VIOLIN 1 PART): FROM REHEARSAL NUMBER 27 TO REHEARSAL NUMBER 28.

 

VIOLA

ELGAR (SOLO VIOLA PART): FROM 4 MEASURES BEFORE REHEARSAL NUMBER 19 TO REHEARSAL NUMBER 21 (FIRST NOTE)

ELGAR (SOLO VIOLA PART): FROM REHEARSAL NUMBER 27 TO REHEARSAL NUMBER 28.

 

CELLO

ELGAR (SOLO CELLO PART): FROM REHEARSAL NUMBER 17 TO REHEARSAL NUMBER 21 (FIRST NOTE)

ELGAR (SOLO CELLO PART): FROM REHEARSAL NUMBER 27 TO 1 BEFORE REHEARSAL NUMBER 31

 

BASS

ELGAR: FROM 1 MEASURE BEFORE REHEARSAL NUMBER 12 TO REHEARSAL NUMBER 15 (FIRST NOTE)

ELGAR: FROM REHEARSAL NUMBER 17 TO REHEARSAL NUMBER 20 (FIRST NOTE)

 

 

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