It’s so great that we are getting to see more and more students! I find myself becoming happier with each day as I am able to see students that have been only virtual for the whole school year. We are learning and playing music together and it is a good thing!
Over the weekend, the SCSBOA All Southern California High School Honor groups streamed their performances. There are three freshman Orchestra members, Rachel C., Victoria P. violins; and Lucy K., cello, who participated in the Symphonic Orchestra performance of the Enigma Variations by Edward Elgar. Listen to their performance below. Bravo and Congratulations, girls!
It was like old times, almost, to be back at school last week and see colleagues and students! Hearing the first notes of music being played together was wonderful! As the next weeks go by, I’m sure we will get into a meaningful daily rhythm for everyone. Have a great week!
Bravo to the music students for a wonderful Festival Radio Broadcast Concert last night! It’s amazing to think that all the students have created beautiful music without seeing or playing their instruments together.
Special shout outs go to Sydney W. for her great composition, A Promise of Tomorrow and to Henry T. for his arrangement of Bud on the Ledge and his editing of the performances.
Let’s hope that our world will continue to safely open and that we will be able to play music together as soon as possible!
So much happening right now! LCHS is opening up to in-person teaching on April 13th, and that means that Orchestra is back to in-person playing with a few modifications, such as one student to a music stand, distanced at 6 feet apart, and masked. I am looking forward to seeing as many students as possible! On Google Classroom, there is an Orchestra schedule so that you can see what days your student would be at school and also what they would be doing on their remote learning days.
Next Saturday is the broadcast of our Spring Festival Concert. So much care has gone into these performances, and I know you will be as proud of the students as I am when you listen to what they have made!
As remote learning continues, the Orchestra keeps on keeping on! For example, this semester we have discussed and practiced several important string (wind) playing techniques that are related to the pieces we are learning. These techniques are: tone production, long bows (breaths), intonation practice with a drone, and playing loud and soft vibrato.
This week, we will begin to learn about spiccato, that is, bowing off the string. We will need this technique to record the arranged piece from Henry Thuss, Dumbledore’s Army.
Thank you for your support! I look forward to the time when we can all be together again.
No pandemic is going to keep the Orchestra away from its annual Winter Retreat! This past week, we convened the 2021 Virtual Winter Retreat with sectionals, rehearsals, and group activities but without snow or s’mores. Not the same, but still fun!
Orchestra sweatshirts are here, so students should contact Kartik Aron or Andrew Chi for pick-up, if you have not already done so.
Thank you, students, who show up every day. You inspire me!
It’s been wonderful to get back to class and see the students again! We are working on musical techniques that will help everyone improve on their instruments. We continue to explore interesting aspects of musical history and performance. Thank you for all that you do as parents to support your children and their love of music!