Information for Symphony Musicians

Holiday Cheer and Transformations Rehearsal Schedule

HOLIDAY CHEER

November

29 Tu 7:00-9:30

December

6 Tu 7:00-9:30

8 Th 7:00-10:00

9 Fr 7:00-10:00

10 Sa 11:00-12:30 Soundcheck; 8:00 Concert

11 Su 3:00 Concert

 

TRANSFORMATIONS

January

12 Th 7:00-9:30 (string sectional)

17 Tu 7:00-9:30

19 Th 7:00-9:30

22 Su 3:00-6:00 

24 Tu 7:00-9:30

26 Th 7:00-10:00

27 Fr 7:00-10:00

28 Sa 11:00-12:30 Soundcheck; 8:00 Concert

29 Su 3:00 Concert

 

General
A Note About Preparation
Beyond technical practice, our single best preparation activity is active listening (the more we internalize the music, the more productive rehearsals will be).  Ideally, try to listen to every piece at least twice (including once with the score), and then continue listening to both our concert repertoire and other works by each composer. Scores are available below!
Hearing Protection
We strongly urge players who sit near louder instruments to bring earplugs (even the cheap foam variety are effective) you can employ in high decibel moments.
Pre-Sequence Sessions
The PRDC is coordinating a new series of pre-rehearsal sequence ‘study sessions’ with Christopher to preview the upcoming repertoire and talk through each work’s ‘roadmap’.
Performance and Tempo Information
PERFORMANCE NOTES
 
Sibelius
Notable items are sextuplets for upper strings and pitch/balance for WW choir chords.
Psathas
Not technical except for percussion but requires strong situational awareness and comfort with some of the alternate techniques (mainly strings=slowly bending pitch from one note to the next). 
Beginning-in 4 (marked tempo of 155 is accurate)
B-in 2 (same quarter note pulse, etc.)
C-in 4
M-in 2
V-in 4 to end

Omnifenix String Instructions

All regular divisi-outside/inside then…
Violin 1a-stands 1,3 (divisi outside/inside)
Violin 1b-stands 2,4 (divisi outside/inside)
Violin 2a-stands 1,3 (divisi outside/inside)
Violin 2b-stands 2,4 (divisi outside/inside)
Viola 1-stands 1,3 (divisi outside/inside)
Viola 2-stand 2 (divisi outside/inside)
Cello 1-stands 1,3,5 (divisi outside/inside)
Cello 2-stands 2,4 (divisi outside/inside)
Rimsky-Korsakov
Our centerpiece for the opening concert.
Major Solos for:
Violin, Cello
Flute, Oboe, Clarinet, Bassoon
2nd Clarinet (after F in 1st movement and like)
Important soli passages include:
Mvt. 1
-Viola/Cello arpeggiations (pitch is especially critical)
-REH D (and like)=anyone with triplets/usually WW’s + vlns)
Mvt. 2
-Double bass quartet near beginning (pitch)
Mvt. 3
-1st vln after REH B
-Fl/CL duet after M/32nds
Mvt. 4
Clarity of Articulation:
-Hrn/Tr at REH C
-Fl.Vln 9th of REH E
-Bsn at REH F
-Tromb/Cl/Bsn/Str before M
-Hr/Tr at REH Q
-Vln 1 at H and V
-Fl double tonguing 13th of REH V
-Allegro non troppo e maestoso to end=EVERYONE=pitch and balance 
Parts and Scores
All parts are bowed except the Scheherezade (to be updated shortly).
Please note that some of the Psathas files contain other music beyond Omnifenix (Gershwin and Sibelius).

Concert 1 Stories 

Player Relations and Development Committee

You may reach them by emailing:
JSPlayerRelations@gmail.com
Or by filling out the form on this page.

PRDC Committee Members:
Amy Lujan, Chair and At-Large Member
Lindsay Clark, Upper Strings Representative
Wilson Valentine, Lower Strings Representative
Colton Welch, Woodwind Representative
Ken Truitt, Brass Representative
VACANT, Percussion Representative
Sharon Seim, At-Large Member

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January 4,  2023 – 5:45-7:15 pm 

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An online archive of orchestral scores and parts in the Public Domain free to download

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NY Phil Digital Archives
An archive of everything the NY Phil has played in their entire history.  It has scores marked by Bernstein, Walter, Barenboim, Mehta, etc.
 
Most importantly, it has parts to every piece they’ve ever played, marked by the musicians, specifically, string players and their bowings.  A terrific resource for the development of our musicians.

 

NY Phil Digital Archives
An archive of everything the NY Phil has played in their entire history.  It has scores marked by Bernstein, Walter, Barenboim, Mehta, etc.
Most importantly, it has parts to every piece they’ve ever played, marked by the musicians, specifically, string players and their bowings.  A terrific resource for the development of our musicians.

 

Associated Chamber Music Players

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Alexander Technique
Are you interested in following up on our Alexander Technique workshop? Visit below or contact local instructor Therese Thibodeau at 907-586-4148 or alexandertechniquejuneau@gmail.com

More Information

Brass playing behind you? Percussion booming in your ear? You might be interested in purchasing
musician grade ear plugs to protect your hearing. Etymōtic sells high fidelity, musician grade earplugs for
$20 a pair (the ER-20SX). They reduce sound by 20 decibels across all frequencies while allowing to you
to still hear the richness of musical harmonies.

For more information, visit the Etymōtic web page.

The Player Relations and Development Committee has been authorized by the JS Board to approve a limited amount of funding to promote player development activities.  Individuals or groups may apply for this funding using the application form available on the JS website.

Download PDF form | PRDC Funding Request

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