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The following is what we will work on in Rosthern:

Star Wars (all movements but only performing 1st,3rd,4th and 5th)

Peer Gynt Suite No 1 (2nd mvt strings only, 4th mvt)

Mothership (we will rehearse but not perform)

Pieces with choir that will be distributed at Rosthern

Hi Everyone

Thank you for a great first rehearsal.  If that’s how the beginning of the season sounds I can’t wait to hear what we’ll have ready for our concerts.  Please be sure to check the tab above for all of the material that we will work on at our next rehearsal.  Also, here’s that video with Leonard Bernstein that was brought up at rehearsal:

Hello SYO Players

Welcome to the 2015-2016 season.  This blog is updated weekly during the year.  You can see YouTube videos of all of our repertoire (see tab above) and also get information about music, including specific sections, that we will work on in the coming week (see the other tab above).  Please try to check in weekly to see what we will work on in the coming week.  I update the blog every Tuesday.  I’m looking forward to a great season!

Just a reminder that we will have a meeting after rehearsal to discuss player ideas for repertoire for next season.  I hope to see you there.  This will also be the Gala dress rehearsal.  Have a look at the rehearsal plan (see tab above) for the repertoire

For those in conducting class, please analyze the chords in the horns at letter G in the Tchaikovsky (first 9 bars of G only). The score is available here:

Hello All

Thanks for a great first rehearsal last week. I forgot to mention that each week on Tuesday I will post a list of what we will work on the following week. Look for that in the next rehearsal tab above.

There is also an interesting video I would like to share with you. It’s from a TED Talk by KAthryn Schulz. Most of us will do anything to avoid being wrong. But what if we’re wrong about that? “Wrongologist” Kathryn Schulz makes a compelling case for not just admitting but embracing our fallibility. There are many applications to this idea as musicians. I hope you enjoy!

Hello SYO Players! I’ve posted YouTube videos of all of our repertoire for the 2014-2015 season in the tab above. There you can hear great recordings by the world’s great orchestras of the music we will perform this season.

Below is a video of me yapping about the rep. It’s going to be an exciting year. I hope you’re having a good summer and I’ll see all of you very soon!

Here is the article I said I would post about faking.  This plays into what we’ve spoken about “picking your battles”.  This is a very insightful article from the magazine that has long been held as one of the most important publications on string playing.

At rehearsal last week we had a visit from my friends and colleagues at Sistema Saskatoon.  I know that many of you are interested in the important work they are doing in the community.  To find out more I encourage you to visit their website:

The SYO is looking for ways to partner with Sistema, particularly with student mentors. The Sistema team will be back to talk to the SYO again. They’d be happy to answer any questions that you have. Sistema is a global movement that is now taking foot in our city. I look forward to see what amazing things Sistema Saskatoon will do in our community.

Thank you everyone for being so welcoming to our guests at the open house.  Here’s a link to the YouTube video I was talking about….A very unfortunate performance of our national anthem!