Intermediate String Orchestra News

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 »

September 13, 2016

What a great start to the year! I am very excited to be conducting the ISO and feel our first rehearsal went smoothly, thanks to our assistant Macduff Henry and many supportive parents. I have several notes from the rehearsal I’d like to share. Violins: I didn’t mention it, but we need to make sure... read more »

August 11, 2016

Dear Intermediate String Orchestra Students, The following are excerpts for the upcoming leadership auditions for violins, violas, cellos, and bass students for the ISO.  Leaders should be at all rehearsals and set a good example to the other orchestra members with their preparation, posture, and... read more »

April 28, 2016

 Hi Everyone, This semester’s winding down and it will be our last weekend of DUSS before our summer break. On Saturday, April 30th, we’ll have our rehearsal, as usual, at Bone Hall. No early sectionals…. Arrive with enough time to tune and be in your seats, ready to start at 8:45 AM. On Sunday,... read more »