Table of Contents:
, Reading Rehearsals
, Participation in School Music
, Concert Dress
, Scholarships and Payment Plans
, Donation to Scholarship Fund
, Student Vouchers to the Juneau Symphony
, University Credit
, Volunteer Help
The Juneau Student Symphony was founded in the 1980's by
school strings teacher Fred Mayer.
Julia Bastuscheck, with the help of the University of Alaska
Southeast and Linda Rosenthal, expanded the program and passed
it on to Patrick Murphy who handed the baton to Rick Trostel,
who has since passed it to Tyree Pini.
The ensemble is a full community orchestra made up of musicians
of all ages.
Auditions - Contact Tyree Pini (500-8239) for an appointment.
All musicians must audition in order to join the JSS. Those already
admitted, and planning to continue to play with the JSS for this coming
season, need not audition again.
Auditions are an opportunity for the director to know the
players of the orchestra individually.
While placement is at the discretion of the director,
the audition is also the student's opportunity to try out the
music that has been selected for the year.
During the fifteen minute audition the student will:
1. tune to a reference pitch
2. play a two to three minute piece of his/her choosing;
3. play excerpts from the JSS literature. Excerpts are available as printable pdf files:
, French horn
Are you willing to work on the music to make it more beautiful?
If you can answer that question correctly, you may play with us.
Don't let the audition be a barrier to your participation.
The process is meant to be as relaxed and painless as possible.
Auditions are by appointment on a continuing basis but they close
one week before the first rehearsal of any concert cycle. Please
contact Tyree Pini, the conductor, at 500-8239.
There is an audition fee of $20 which serves as the
administrative fee if the student joins the orchestra.
Scholarships are generously available. Please print out an audition excerpts page from the list above and a registration form, fill it out, and bring them to your audition. To Table of Contents
Reading rehearsals provide
two opportunities for a student musician. First they allow a
perspective musian to try out the orchestra to see what a rehearsal is
like. Secondly, it provides another opportunity for any musician to
play with a group. For many, playing with a group is much more fun than
practicing alone. Everybody in the reading rehearsal will be
sight reading easier orchestral litterature and experiencing what a
Juneau Student Symphony rehearsal is like. There will be a number
of oportunities for students to try out the orchestra. Check out
our schedule for reading rehearsal times and locations. To Table of Contents
Participation in School Music
In recognition and respect of
the support of the Juneau schools regarding music, the JSS expects that
all school-aged musicians will participate in their school's music
program as a requirement for participation in JSS. Exceptions are
conceivable but will only be allowed with the written permission of JSS
and the student's school music department. To Table of Contents
Most rehearsals will be on Monday evenings at from 6-8 PM. The week before the concerts, expect at least one extra rehearsal. Pops concert rehearsals will be every week-night from 6-9
for two weeks prior to our performances. Please visit the schedule page for specific times and locations of rehearsals.
In addition to full orchestra rehearsals, Sectional rehearsals will
be scheduled for Sunday afternoons. This will be an opportunity
for musicians to work on technical issues specific to the instrument
with small groups of like instruments. Please consult the schedule page for specific times and locations.
Our orchestra is a precious musical instrument that requires
everybody's commitment to be on time.
Rehearsals must begin promptly.
Please arrive early enough to set up your stand and music, assemble and warm up your instrument,
and organize your music in rehearsal order.
Each rehearsal will include at least one short break about half way
through the session. We will organize a
rotating snack schedule to provide sustenance during the break. To Table of Contents
As part of your commitment to the music and the other musicians,
every musician should be at every rehearsal. Our lives are busy,
however, and conflicts do occur. If you cannot make a rehearsal, please
inform the director (Tyree) in writing, either by email
or by handwritten note, and in person either on the phone (500-8239) or
at a rehearsal. This will help to plan rehearsals around absences. Make
sure that the other members of your section have all of the music they
may need in your absence. Ideally, you should provide a substitute: ask
a friend to sit in for you.
If you know that you will be missing more than two rehearsals
in the rehearsal cycle, please contact the director for approval.
An unexcused absence or three absences of any kind during a rehearsal
cycle for a concert is grounds for expulsion from the orchestra at the
discretion of the director.
Tuition will not be refunded. The orchestra provides a commitment to
each musician that is just as strong as the collective commitment of
each individual. To Table of Contents
In your commitment to make the music more beautiful, you will need
to spend some time between every rehearsal practicing the technical
problems of the music: fingering, bowing, tonguing, phrasing, dynamics,
rhythms. A commitment to practice a little every day is much better
than skipping days then making it up. The conductor will help by
giving specific practicing suggestions at each rehearsal. This is an
incredible group endeavor that requires each individual's efforts
toward perfection. To Table of Contents
Refer to the Season Schedule page.
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Black shoes. Black pants or skirt.
Solid, brightly colored shirt or blouse - no graphics.
Please make an effort to look as good as you sound. To Table of Contents
Administrative Fee: $20 due once a year at the audition or at the first rehearsal.
Concert Fee: $80 due at the first rehearsal of each concert series.
There is a fee of $20 to audition which is due at the time
of the audition.
This fee serves as the administrative fee if the
student enrolls in one of the Student Symphonies.
Please print out a registration form and fill it out with your tuition and fees payment. Checks should be made out to the "Juneau Student Symphony".
Concert Fees will be refunded in full up to the first rehearsal of the
concert cycle. Administrative and Audition Fees are not
refundable. No refunds will be given after the first rehearsal. Late payments will be assessed a 20% late fee. To Table of Contents
Scholarships and Payment Plans
Money should not be an obstacle to anyone's participation. Fees are based on what is deemed to be reasonable in
terms of the value received.
If a student can't afford tuition,
then we ask that s/he pay what s/he can,
though we always ask that s/he pay something.
If paying in installments makes tuition easier to pay,
we will be happy to set up a payment plan.
Please contact conductor Tyree Pini by email
or phone (500-8239) if you would like to arrange a scholarship or
payment plan. Scholarships and/or payment plans must be worked
out before the due date. Any student who has not paid tuition nor
worked out a scholarship or payment plan by the due date will be
expected to pay full tuition plus 20% for late fees. To Table of Contents
Donations to the Scholarship Fund
In order to afford our generous scholarship policy, we raise money
from many sources including a direct request from our musicians and
their families. If you are able, please consider a donation to
help support our generous scholarship policy. Any amount will be
greatly appreciated. You may make your donation when you register and is included in the list of payments on the registration form. To Table of Contents
Student Vouchers to the Juneau Symphony
We want members of the Juneau Student Symphonies to
listen to great music performed by fine orchestras.
Recordings provide a great opportunity to do that,
however there is nothing to compare with a live performance.
Academic year members of the JSS
will receive a voucher for a ticket to each of the
Juneau Symphony full orchestra
(not Showcase) Sunday matinee concerts during the regular season.
To redeem your voucher, simply arrive at the Sunday concert before
all of the seats have been sold. Arriving at 2:30 for a 3:00
concert is usually plenty early. The volunteers at the "will
call" table will be able to help you. If you want an opportunity
to see the Saturday night concert for "free", you can often do that by
volunteering to help before and after the concert. Please arrange
this with the Symphony administrator, Sara Radke Brown, a week or so in
advance (586-4676 or email). To Table of Contents
JSS is working on an agreement with the University of
Alaska Southeast to offer one university credit for participation in a
rehearsal cycle and concert. We hope to work this out this year. Details are still pending. To Table of Contents
Printed orchestra music should be treated with great respect.
It is so much more than the paper that it is printed on.
It is expensive, it takes a lot of time to organize into
folders, each part is necessary for the whole piece to be
performed and, most importantly, the music is a work of art.
Please mark your parts as much as needed but use only
erasable pencil. Have a pencil and YOUR OWN music at every
rehearsal and the concert.
Don't rely on anybody else to bring your music for you.
After our concert, please return your folder immediately to me
so that it can be collated and reshelved.
Please understand how important it is to keep our valuable
music organized and how time
consuming it is to file the music from a single late folder.
JSS music is chosen from student repertoire and easier professional
works including concertos with soloists selected from the Juneau
Symphony's Youth Concerto Competition. To Table of Contents
In order to realize the goals of this season, we will require some
support from ALL families in our orchestral community beyond
rehearsals, practice and performances. Here are some ways families may
be able to help:
1. Concert Receptions.
setup and cleanup
seek donations (from JS) for punch supplies
obtain serving supplies (punch bowl, ladles, cups, napkins, table cloths)
Organize orchestra to bring in baked goods
2. Concert setup and strike
Transport percussion equipment
Setup audience chairs
Setup orchestra chairs and stage
3. Music Library
This job mostly happens in August and April
Keep track of who has what folder
File music at the end of the season
4. Rehearsal Setup and Strike
rehearsal space setup and strike - chairs and percussion
5. Grant Grubber
Identify goals with conductor
Identify funding sources
Assist in writing grants
6. Rehearsal Snack Organizer
Develop and update a snack provider list for rehearsals
Remind snack providers of their date.
Setup and cleanup
7. Rehearsal Attendance
Attendance followup (Why weren’t you there?)
8. Musician Recruiting
Develop recruiting materials (poster, cards, phone tree)
Initiate and maintain contacts with school music teachers
Assist in scheduling school visits
Help orchestra recruit among its own friends, family and coworkers
Schedule radio interviews for each concert of the entire season
KTOO (Jeff Brown)
KINY (Sharon Gaiptman)
KRNN (Mike Price)
Get the word out on arts calendars: KTOO, JAHC, Capital Copy
Research new advertisement media such as FaceBook, Twitter, paid radio advertisement,...
Collect and record tuition payments
Create and update contact list (phone and email)
11. Concert Recorder
12. Donations/Program Table
Setup and strike donations table
Count and organize donations
Pass out programs
Thank you to the many who have already contributed and who will
contribute to the Juneau Student Symphony beyond your music. To Table of Contents
Conductor, Tyree Pini: 500-8239 or email.
Juneau Symphony executive director, Sara Radke Brown: 586-4676 or email.
Donation to Scholarship Fund
Participation in School Music
Scholarships and Payment Plans
Vouchers for Juneau Symphony Concerts
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