Intermediate String Orchestra News

October 19, 2017

What a great start we’ve had to our year! I am very proud of all the hard work, both in rehearsal, and at home practicing. Our November concert is very important. It is the Duke University String School’s 50th anniversary! Dorothy Kitchen will be in attendance, and as a special treat we will be... read more »

August 10, 2017

Hello, ISO Leadership Applicants! Here is your chance to stand out as a young musician by sitting at the front of the ensemble and helping lead the orchestra. Applicants will be judged by their steady tempo, solid intonation, rhythm, and musicality. There are two Leadership Audition selections, one... read more »

May 4, 2017

Greetings, ISO! It has been a great year! I've enjoyed spending these past two semesters getting to know everyone in the ISO and rehearsing and performing music together. We are so close to our final concert, but we are not ready to perform yet. I need everyone to stay focused on learning those... read more »

March 8, 2017

"Happy, not satisfied". That is what my orchestra conductor said after every performance. It was a great concert, and now we must raise “the bar” even higher. Our next performance needs to be even tighter- better tempo, better bowing, better intonation, and more eye contact. I am very proud of the... read more »

January 28, 2017

What is more important: Rhythm or Notes? The answer is always rhythm! This week I encourage you to use a metronome with every aspect of your playing. Start by turning on your metronome to 60 BPM. Count along with it, subdividing 1 & 2 & 3 & 4 &. Play 2 octave scales with the... read more »

December 17, 2016

Happy Holidays! It feels good to finally get a break from school and work! I believe it is important to take breaks, but remember this holiday season, practicing is fun! What better time to try your hand at composition. Maybe you start learning new techniques like "ricochet" or "flying spicatto".... read more »

October 13, 2016

Have you ever noticed how easy it is to learn 90% of the music? But, what about the last 10%? More specifically, I am talking about correct bowing, phrasing, dynamics, and tempo changes. I am also talking about those several measures that get out-of-tune. And, those tricky rhythms you haven’t quite... read more »