Intermediate String Orchestra News

March 7, 2018

It has been my pleasure to work with the students and parents of the ISO orchestra! I am excited for our final concert of the year. It will feature an original composition my Matthew Erickson, a lovely work called Adoration by Borowski, and The Entertainer by Scott Joplin. This will be the most... read more »

February 1, 2018

Hello ISO!  I'm posting all ISO music in case you need an additional copy. We have sectionals this week (March 10th), and let's meet in Bone Hall before breaking out into sections. Everyone should have their music binder and a pencil. Keep practicing hard and I will see you this weekend!  -Mr.... read more »

January 2, 2018

Happy New Year!!! 2018 is going to be a great year for ISO. This Saturday (January 8th) is our first rehearsal of the spring semester. Please review all ISO music before Saturday to maximize our rehearsal time. We music teachers, and conductors, will be practicing hard too. The DUSS faculty will ... read more »

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 »