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We will start in sectionals and then move to full orchestra. We will focus on the first and second movements of Dvorak. In string sectionals, the last 10min will be on the opening of William Tell

We will be in full orchestra the whole time. At 8pm we will have a streaming concert featuring the last movement of Dvorak and William Tell (starting at the Allegro after A until the end). We will rehearse these at the beginning of rehearsal as well as touching on the first movement of Dvorak.

Rehearsal plan for March 20th

We will be in sectionals for all of the rehearsal. Please note that we will not have access to Quance Theatre as there will be a performance going on during our rehearsal time. Please make sure to be quiet in the halls during break so as to not disturb the performance.

We will focus on Letter I until the end of the 4th movement of the Beach. We will also cover the 1st movement of the Dvorak New World. If time permits, there might be a review of material from William Tell and the last movement of the Dvorak

Concert and Repertoire Plans

We will have an online streaming concert on March 27th. The repertoire for this will be the William Tell Overture starting at the Allegro after A until the end and the 4th mvt of Dvorak. Our “end” of the year concert on April 24th will feature the William Tell Overture and the complete Dvorak Symphony. It looks like most of you are willing and able to continue into May so that we can round off our season to make up for the time we lost during the Omicron pause. We would finish with a concert featuring the last mvt of the Beach and the last mvt of Tchaikovsky (note that we are not playing any of the other movements from those pieces).

My New Favorite Piece of Music

This is the piece that I was talking about in rehearsal. I recommend listening to this not on your phone (unless you’re using headphones). If you can play it loudly through speakers, all the better! John Corigliano had this to say about his Symphony No. 3 Circus Maximus:

  • “We are besieged by entertainment. We’re just saturated with information, if you look at a news broadcast you’ve got the crawl on the bottom, you have the newscaster talking and in the right-hand corner you have a picture of something else. So many different activities have to happen at the same time today. And there’s a shorter attention span because we’re multi-tasking like crazy. We’re able to do five different things without doing anything neatly.”

We will start in sectionals, with a focus on the 2nd mat of Dvorak and from the beginning until letter I in the Amy Beach 4th movement.

After that we will be in full orchestra, focusing on the same.

Hi SYO Players

I seem to have gotten the blog back online. I will be updating it regularly again. Please see the “For next rehearsal” tab at the top. I’m looking forward to making music with all of you this Sunday!

Thank you for a fantastic first rehearsal! If you are new to the SYO, welcome to my blog. If you click on the tabs above (or tap on menu if you’re looking at this on mobile) and you’ll see videos of the repertoire we are playing this year and a plan for what is happening at the next rehearsal.

As you”ll see on the “next rehearsal” tab, we will start rehearsing Pax Universalsis this Sunday. Unfortunately, the recording I’d posted on my blog has since been taken down. There is no free recording of this piece available anymore. If you hadn’t previously been able to listen to it, that is ok. I know that we are all going to enjoy working on it and performing it in April.

There is a Youtube video we listened to in string sectionals last week that I will talk about in rehearsal this Sunday as it relates to the Dvorak New World Symphony. Please take 8minutes and watch it:

Check out this link below for info about Squawk’s bass oboe day on October 20th starting at 12pm in Quance Theatre. The link below has all the info you need!

bass oboe day


Thank you for a great first rehearsal! As I’d mentioned, due to an oversight on my part the Dvorak Slavonic Dances are without bar numbers. Could you take the time, please, to write in bar numbers at the beginning of each line? This will only take a few minutes. (NOTE THAT WHEN THERE ARE FIRST AND SECOND ENDINGS, DO NOT INCLUDE THE FIRST ENDING BARS IN YOUR COUNT)

Also, here’s the YouTube video with the “delay” I was talking about in rehearsal. Remember to also click the tab at the top to see what we are working on at the next rehearsal.