Area All-State String Orchestra

October 1, 2016

Dear Area All-State String Orchestra Member,

 

Congratulations on being accepted into this year’s Area All-State String 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. Joanne May, Professor of Music and Director of the Philharmonic Orchestra at Elmhurst College in Elmhurst, Illinois, will conduct this year’s String Orchestra.

 

2016 String Orchestra Program

Ralph Vaughn Williams: Five Variants of Dives and Lazarus

William Grant Still: Tamborito from Danzas de Panama

Ernest Bloch: Prelude from Concerto Grosso

 

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 and extra strings

Dinner (for 10/26, and 11/9), and lunch (11/10).

 

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 Oct. 26 Rehearsal 4:00 pm- 9:00 pm White Plains HS

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

Thursday Nov. 10 Rehearsal 9:00 am- 3:00 pm SUNY Purchase

Thursday Nov. 10 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 October 26.

 

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 October 26.

 

William Eckfeld & Elyse Gellert

String Orchestra Chairpersons

 

 

SEATING AUDITIONS FOR AREA ALL-STATE SYMPHONY ORCHESTRA

(THESE WILL TAKE PLACE AT THE BEGINNING OF THE FIRST REHEARSAL ON OCTOBER 21)

 

VIOLIN

BERLIOZ: CORSAIR OVERTURE (FROM 11 TO 12) TCHAIKOWSKY SYMPHONY #5 FINALE (FROM I TO 8 AFTER L)

VIOLA

TCHAIKOWSKY SYMPHONY #5 FINALE (FROM I TO L AND FROM Z TO MEASURE 197)

 

CELLO

BERLIOZ: CORSAIR OVERTURE (FROM 11 TO 12 & 14 TO 15) TCHAIKOWSKY SYMPHONY #5 FINALE (FROM MEASURE 58 TO 120)

 

BASS

BERLIOZ: CORSAIR OVERTURE (FROM 14 TO 17) TCHAIKOWSKY SYMPHONY #5 FINALE (FROM 66-98, 296- 324, & 433-444)

 

SEATING AUDITIONS FOR AREA ALL-STATE STRING ORCHESTRA

(THESE WILL TAKE PLACE AT THE BEGINNING OF THE FIRST REHEARSAL ON OCTOBER 21)

VIOLIN

VAUGHN WILLIAMS: FIVE VARIANTS (FROM K-M) BLOCH: CONCERTO GROSSO (FROM BEGINNING TO #2)

 

VIOLA

VAUGHN WILLIAMS: FIVE VARIANTS (VARIANT IV 279-316) BLOCH: CONCERTO GROSSO (FROM BEGINNING TO #2)

 

CELLO

VAUGHN WILLIAMS: FIVE VARIANTS (VARIANT IV 296-326) BLOCH: CONCERTO GROSSO (FROM #2 TO #4) STILL: TAMBORITO (FROM #2-#6)

 

BASS

VAUGHN WILLIAMS: FIVE VARIANTS (VARIANT IV 297-326) BLOCH: CONCERTO GROSSO (FROM BEGINNING TO #4) STILL: TAMBORITO (FROM #9-END)

 

 

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