LYO Newsletter

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Conductor’s Note 

Welcome to our first Educator’s Newsletter! This monthly publication will keep you apprised of your students’ progress and all things LYO.  Thank you so much for your support of your students and LYO. We couldn’t provide this musical experience for our youth without you! 

Rehearsals this year started on Sunday, September 18. All of our groups are off to a roaring start, jumping right in with challenging repertoire. Each and every one of our ensembles is getting a chance to experience the gems of the standard repertoire. Our Serenade and Saxophone groups are tackling the works of Mozart. Concert Orchestra has started the year off hot with some Holst. Symphony is delving into the Russian repertoire with the second symphony of Borodin. This year, we are welcoming Jason Sparks and Don Gottlieb to our conducting team as leaders of the saxophone ensemble and flute ensemble, respectively. We are looking forward to a great season and continuing to create curators for classical music.

All of us at the LYO would like to wish all of our marching band students and colleagues good luck as they approach finals this season! Please know that you are always welcome at our rehearsals and our concerts and that we are always happy to work with you regarding your students, your ensembles,and the community we can create together.  

Sincerely,

Deanna Tham, Music Director
and our entire Artistic Staff 

 
 

Progress report:
These are the things we are working on this month!

 

Horizons Brass Ensemble: 

We have read through several works and are now ready to start work preparing an arrangement of Rossini’s Overture to William Tell and Circus Day-­‐King. We are working on being prepared for each rehearsal with notes and rhythms, as well as articulation.

 Horizons Flute Ensemble:

The Kokopelli flutes and The Cantabile Voices flute choirs have been very busy. We have been working on correct hand positions, "The secret of correct vocal support" and improved tone quality.  Last week we worked on following a conductor for dynamic changes and tempo changes.  Scales and rhythmic cohesion will be emphasized at all sessions.

Horizons Saxophone Ensemble:

The LYO Saxophone Horizons ensemble is exploring the use of the saxophone in the orchestral repertoire written for it as well as arrangements of traditionally string-instrumented pieces. This is an expansion of the usual fare of saxophone literature and­ exposes the students to music that is generally regulated to the orchestral circles. In addition to the exploration of this music we will also be working with members of the LYO Orchestras to better understand their approaches to style, phrasing, bowing, vibrato, and articulation. While still retaining the unique and expressive sound the saxophone is able to produce, it will also give the players another useful tool to utilize in their practice, rehearsing, and ultimate performance of a myriad of styles the saxophone is compelled to perform in.

Horizons Percussion Ensemble:

We have 12 new and 12 returning members and are hard at work preparing for our upcoming December concert. Our students are also hard at work preparing for all-­‐state auditions. Youth Orchestra percussionists always do well in this event. Good luck to all preparing for marching band state finals! 

Serenade Orchestra:

We are working on an arrangement of Mozart's Eine Kleine Nachtmusik, and the students have been practicing playing in the style of Mozart.  We've been focusing on producing a light, expressive sound, and the students have been working on perfecting the spiccato bow stroke.  They are having fun with it and doing an excellent job!

Concert Orchestra:

We have started rehearsing the Mars movement of the Planets by Gustav Holst and Rossini’s Overture to the Barber of Seville. We are working on developing inner pulse and creating a beautiful tone.  

Repertory Orchestra:

Our rehearsals have focused on note-­‐learning, goal setting (how to break down a big goal into smaller manageable bits), and SOUND PRODUCTION. In particular, the use of the bow and of air flow and embouchure to produce a great well-­‐supported sound. String players are working on using the lower half of the bow and FROG to make intense, vibrant, alive sound that people are excited to hear. While playing there, we are using the word “hang.” The arm weight hangs from the bow while the arm and shoulder relax.  

Symphony Orchestra:

This month we are working on achieving balance within our sections and our consorts. Strings are working on achieving sound from the back of the section to support principal leadership. Woodwinds are working on balance of chords and timbres within a consort with varied instruments. Brass is working on leadership from the back of the orchestra as well as the hierarchy of the orchestral brass section.  

 

Recognition

 

Horizons Brass Ensemble: 

Congratulations to Kokopelli and Cantabile Voices Flute Choirs for their hard work!

Horizons Saxophone Ensemble: 

Recognition goes to quartet players, Sarah, Tripp, Nick, and Beth for their hard work playing different instruments than they are used to playing with a positive attitude. Special recognition goes to Nick, who has transitioned from Bari to Bass with astonishing acumen! 

Horizons Percussion Ensemble:

Congratulations to Collin Barth and Langdon Caldwell of YPAS for being selected to the percussion program at the Govenor’s Schools for the Arts this past summer! 

Serenade Orchestra:

Great job to principals: Michelle Ee, Penelope Damron, Chase, Winemiller, Emily Trimm, and Sam Dobelstein, for their leadership, practice, preparation, and setting a good example for the rest of the orchestra! 

Concert Orchestra:

For the first time in fifteen years, we have five very talented bassists: Scarlett, Arsonlove, Mathew, Kenneth, and Sebastian. They play with accurate intonation and continue to develop their inner pulse. They are eager for any challenge and their rich tone has already been a great asset to our repertoire! 

Repertory Orchestra:

The French horns!!! Our horns, Maria Williams, Chloe Sharpe, Hailey Enlow, and Zach Gephard have been playing beautifully and leading by example in the brass section. 

Symphony Orchestra:

Congratulations to the Symphony trumpets, Nicholas Recktenwald, Angel Gross, Jay Hall, Sebastian Petzinger, and Charles Noderer for their preparation for each rehearsal, work towards a good section sound, and great back-­‐of-­‐the-­‐orchestra leadership.