So much going on right now! First of all, again, I'm so proud to be a part of this organization. Thank you to ALL of our sponsors, supporters, friends and family who help us get this awesome ensemble up & running.
Black Violin is coming! October 21 is the performance. I sincerely hope that we (players, myself, Dr Waters) get a chance to meet and interact with the guys.
Masks & Covid related news! It will be expected that everyone will wear a mask during rehearsal, unless you are actively playing a wind instrument. Please understand that this whole Delta Variant is a big deal, and EVERYONE's safety & health is important. Yes, it would not be a fun thing to get the COVID, and I totally understand the people out there saying "kids aren't as strongly effected by it". Ok, but what about when that kid takes it home and passes it around to the family, unknowingly. That would be awful. Let's all do our part to protect & respect one another by keeping our masks on & up. Thank you!
Cadet Orchestra. MAYBE it's coming? I am working on a program to get some younger string players into our ranks. It would actually be a separate orchestra. String orchestra only. Best if someone would have between 1 and 3 years of playing. Notice how there's no age bracket attached to that. Every one of our students in LAYO is pretty awesome. The string section, though, makes up a huge part of what we do. It should be the responsibility of the director (or co-director... which is me) to encourage/foster/bolster our general sections. Well, I know several younger students who play string instruments, but they don't feel like they're "good enough" to be a part of our larger ensemble. How do we fix this? Cadet orchestra. Hopefully, fingers crossed, I get the go-ahead to start it in January.
Christmas Music! Dr Waters and I have looked at Christmas music extensively. [Do you know how hard it is to seriously look at Christmas music in August?!?] I should have that up in the members section by mid-September. Please remember, I have to scan in and then post every one of the parts. Sometimes, this can be difficult to do! Also, if you're NOT OK with printing out your own part, or with using a digital format (tablet, etc...) you're going to have to let me know. You can just click the "Contact" if that's quick. Some of you know my email. Some of you even know my cell phone! Please, send a message if you need to!
I can't tell you how much I'm looking forward to starting this season with everyone! Please stay safe & healthy. Best of luck to ALL of our students for great school year!
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