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I’m looking forward to a great second half of the season.  There have been some changes to the repertoire. Rachmaninoff Symphonic Dances has been replaced with Tchaikovsky Symphony No 5. The Youth Overture by Ichmouritov has been replaced by A Dream of Dawn by Kevin Lau. Updates have been made to the repertoire videos on the blog.

See you in January!

Hi All.  Thank you for a great rehearsal on Sunday.  The following is the rep for Sundog.  Strings, we will do this without switching seating as the stage will be too crowded.  It’s hard to estimate how much time we will have on stage due to the time it takes to set up, but repertoire will be selected from:

How To Train Your Dragon

English Folk Song Suite

Barber of Seville Overture

March and Trepak from Nutcracker

Danse Macabre (you know, because that’s Christmasy :p)

Thank you for a great first rehearsal everyone!  In rehearsal last night I made reference to the use of drones for intonation practice (drones of the long sustained type, not those remote mini helicopters with a GoPro on it…..although that would be pretty cool.

This is where I got my drones.  They are a lifeblood of my practice and my students’.

You can also find drones for free on YouTube.  Last night we used a B natural drone, for example:

Hello SYO members.  I am really excited for our new season of SYO to begin!!  We will be an orchestra of over 70 people this year.  If this is your first year in SYO, myself and the returning players are looking forward to welcoming you.  You’ll get all of your music at the first rehearsal, but I wanted to share with you the repertoire plans for the season.  Each year I hold a programming meeting that is open to all SYO players.  I take suggestions for repertoire as well as suggestions about our youth orchestra program in general.  Players expressed an interest in performing more often.  And that is exactly what will happen this season.  As you’ll see below, we will perform almost once a month.  There is overlap in repertoire with some of the concerts.  We work so hard on this music that it seems a shame to only perform it once!  The amount of music overall represents a slight increase in the amount in past seasons, but I’ve aimed to find a balance between the challenge (and excitement) of preparing more repertoire, while also not biting of more than can be chewed.

The list has many pieces that were suggested by SYO players, contains some of the crown jewels of the orchestral repertoire, and also a few pieces that you might not know but I think you will grow to love.

During the season I look forward to every Sunday evening that we get to make music together.  In the time before our first rehearsal I encourage you to listen to the repertoire that we will rehearse and perform.  There are many great recording available of these pieces.  I’ve shared some on this blog.  Click on the tab marked SYO 2017-2018 Repertoire Videos/Recordings to find these.  Have a great rest of the summer and see you in rehearsal!

Oct 1- Rosthern Concert

Danse Macabre- Saint Saens 

How To Train Your Dragon- Powell 

Choir rep TBA

Hungarian March from The Damnation of Faust- Berlioz

English Folk Song Suite- Vaughn Williams


Nov 12- Concert in Quance Theatre

Danse Macabre- Saint Saens

How To Train Your Dragon- Powell

Barber of Seville Overture- Rossini 

Les Preludes- Liszt 

English Folk Song Suite- Vaughn Williams


Dec 17- Winter Concert

Nutcracker Suite- Tchaikovsky

Les Preludes- Liszt 

Sleigh Ride- Anderson

Christmas Festival- Anderson


Jan 13- Chamber Orchestra

Concerto for Marimba and Strings- Sejourne 

Symphony No 1- Beethoven 

Concerto Grosso, Op. 6 No. 1- Handel


Feb 4- Concert in Quance for Open House guests

O Canada

How To Train Your Dragon- Powell

Pomp and Circumstance March No. 1- Elgar 

Les Preludes- Liszt

highlights from Symphonic Dances- Rachmaninoff


Mar 10 or 11- SYO Anniversary Concert

Pilgrimage- Godwin Friesen 

Youth Overture – Airat Ichmouratov

highlights from Symphonic Dances- Rachmaninoff

Les Preludes- Liszt

Barber of Seville Overture- Rossini 

Elgar- Pomp and Circumstance March No. 1


Mar 24- Combined Concert with SSO

Youth Overture – Airat Ichmouratov


Ap 22- Spring Concert

Tzigane- Ravel

Pomp and Circumstance March No. 1- Elgar- with SSTR

Symphonic Dances- Rachmaninoff

There is a cut in the Vieuxtemps concerto.

We’ll play from the beginning until the double bar before the Adagio.  From there we cut to the Allegro con fuoco

There is a video I talked about in string sectionals on the weekend that I would like everyone to watch.  I will reference it repeatedly in the coming weeks.  It also happens to be very fun to watch!

This is for the conducting class.  Here is a correction for the Valse phrase analysis I talked about on Sunday.

Starting at bar 321, 8 bar phrase (4+)

Bar 329, isolate 4 bar phrase

Bar 333, 8 bar phrase (4+4)

Bar 341, 10 bar phrase

Bar 351, isolated 4 bar phrase


These videos are for the conducting classes which start on Oct 16th

Swan Lake Mvt 1

Swan Lake Mvt 2 Valse

Swan Lake Mvt 7 Danse Napolitaine

Saint Saens- Danse Macabre

Beethoven Egmont Overture with Christian Thielemann conducting Vienna Phil

Mahler Symphony No 5 Adagietto

Stravinsky- Rite of Spring

Handel “Ombra mai fu” from Xerses

Elgar Enigma Variations

Verdi Amrch from Aida

Tchaikovsky Symphony No 6 1st mvt

Beethoven Symphony No 5

Beethoven Symphony No 1- 1st mvt


Strauss Also Sprach Zarathrustra

Hello SYO Players!

Thank you for a great first month of rehearsals.  I think we sound great for so early in the season and I hope you’re having as much fun as I am.  Please click on the tab above for the repertoire we will play at Rosthern.

Welcome SYO players!

We’ve had a great first two rehearsals, thank you!  Click on the tabs at the top to get info on what we’ll be working on in the coming week’s rehearsal as well as YouTube videos feature professional performances of the repertoire we will perform this season.