We are well into Orchestra Juries and I am so happy to see the improvement the students have made over the past year. One of my central goals for the class is for everyone to improve from where they started. I would love for each student, after they leave LCHS, to be able to enjoy playing music with others.
Please come this Tuesday, May 21st at 7pm to our annual Orchestra Awards Ceremony in the auditorium. We honor our Seniors and wish them well! Even if you are not a Senior, please come as we recount the past year, and look forward to the next! There are also class awards given and also some special awards. Hanna Park is making a video highlighting our year. It will be an hour of fun and memories. Parents too! See you there!
Thank you to the amazing soloists, all musicians, and parents for a really great Concerto Concert last week! I heard many complimentary comments about the playing, but the one I heard the most was how much the orchestra has improved! I think that’s really great! Because I’m with you every day, I didn’t realize the progress, but what a compliment to all of the musicians! Practicing every day, with focus, really makes a difference. Bravo!
Good luck on the next two weeks of AP exams. We are rooting for you and know that you all will do a great job!
Congratulations to the performers in Mamma Mia! It was great!
No time to slow down though, as this week on Thursday, May 2nd at 7pm in the LCHS Auditorium is our annual Concerto Concert. I encourage you to come and hear the wonderful soloists and full orchestra in a beautiful musical trip around the world. You will be amazed and proud of these students! Stay afterward for a delicious reception prepared by our amazing parent volunteers! I look forward to seeing you there!
Last Thursday was Open House, and I want to give a super big thank you to Ellie L., Sonia B., Ian B., and Sydney W. for coming and playing quartets. It was such a nice way to showcase what we do!
The Orchestra celebrated Spring last Friday with a Spring breakfast. We took a bit of time off from preparing for the Concerto Concert and had a yummy breakfast with an egg hunt. Lots of fun!
The school musical, Mamma Mia!, begins this week and we are looking forward to seeing it! The music sounds great, and even though there are no violins, violas, cellos, or string basses in it, we still can’t wait to see and hear it! See you there!
Congratulations to Sonia B., Ellie L., Alexis S., Lisa T., Trinity C., Jared C., and Jasmine G. on a beautiful string quartet concert yesterday. Congratulations and thank you to their wonderful coach, Emily Gregg, for guiding and teaching them! This is such a wonderful way to experience some of the most beautiful music ever written.
Any string player in the orchestra can be a part of this chamber music program and I want to encourage everyone to sign up next year!
Have a great week!
On NPR this week, I heard about a world-wide tour that Yo-Yo Ma is undertaking. In each city he is playing a concert of all six Bach Solo Cello Suites. Recently, he played in Mexico. In between the fourth and fifth suite, he spoke to the audience and dedicated the performance of the fifth suite to the “disappeared” people in Mexico.
An audience member, who was a musician, spoke about how meaningful this was to him and everyone. He said that, as a musician, he tries to play his best, but Yo-Yo Ma’s dedication brought the performance to another very deep level.
As musicians, we strive to become better and better at our instrument. We all have the ability to do well, we also have the ability to make meaningful connections through our music. Have a wonderful week.
Congratulations, Orchestra, on a wonderful weekend in San Diego! At every juncture of the weekend you performed and behaved like ladies and gentlemen, and I am incredibly proud of you!
A million trillion thanks to Yvonne Lim, chaperone extraordinaire!
All I can say is thank you to students, parents, and my colleagues. You all are the best!
Friday was a great day! I am super proud of all of the instrumental music students; from playing great to being poised hosts and hostesses for the guest schools, they were amazing! Thank you to the parents who donated food and manned the snack bar!
This week the orchestra will be working as two groups. The students going to the festival in San Diego will continue to play the festival pieces and the others will start working on Concerto Concert music. Next week we will be all together again.
Summer music camps are a great way to continue learning music, getting better on your instrument, and have fun and make life-long memories! Please email me if you have any questions.
I hope everyone has a terrific week!
I find that one of the most fascinating things about being a music teacher is to watch the progression from, “What the heck is this? It makes no sense, I’ll never be able to play this!” to “Yeah, I really like this piece a lot! Let’s do it again!”
Come and hear our Festival Concert, Wednesday, March 13th at 7pm in the school auditorium and experience your students performing great music with excellence and joy. You will have a wonderful evening, and your children will be so proud that you came to listen to them!
This is the time of year that we get down to “brass tacks,” as the saying goes. Coming off amazing performances at the Dinner Show, we are “wood shedding” our music to be performed at the Festival Concert on March 13th and at our all-day Festival on March 15th. I warned the students that I was going to be “picky,” and they are being wonderfully cooperative. This bodes very well for more great performances at these upcoming concerts.
For those orchestra students going to San Diego, we will be performing the same festival pieces that we will have played the prior week. Our schedule has yet to be finalized, but I can tell you that we will leave, by charter bus, after school on Thursday, March 21st. We will stop on the way at the Irvine Spectrum where the students can get dinner, then continue on to San Diego, arriving at approximately 9pm. Friday, there will be two performances and we will cap off the day with a dinner cruise around San Diego. Saturday is a day for fun at Sea World with a dinner and awards celebration in the evening, returning home the next day, Sunday. If you have specific questions, please email me.
I hope all of you have a great week, full of accomplishments!