Senior Singing Strings Newsletter – May 14, 2014

Senior Singing Strings Newsletter – May 14, 2014

 

May 21:           Usual rehearsal (some people have Stonepark Spring concert – please come and then leave at break)

May 22:           Hall of Fame gig, Delta Prince Edward Hotel (convention centre) call time is 6:30pm, playing 7:00 – 8:00pm

May 28:           Usual rehearsal – Survivor night!

May 31:           Farm Centre Yard Sale – donations needed for our table(s) and musicians needed to busk!

June 4:             4:30pm – early start to usual rehearsal so we can run Skye Boat Song & Orpheus with the Juniors & Intermediates

June 7:            PEI Symphony Serenade to Spring, Georgian Room, Rodd Charlottetown Hotel – 5:00pm call for sound check, playing 6:00 – 8:00pm approximately (pizza will be provided between sound check and performance)

June 11:           Usual rehearsal – please come if you aren’t stressed about exams!

June 18:          6:30pm date TBC – Final Concert for Singing Strings Orchestras, Park Royal United Church

June 21:          Performance at the PEI Small Halls Festival, Watermark Theatre, Rustico, PE – ***time to be confirmed

June 25:           No rehearsal

June 27:           5:00pm Rehearsal at Park Royal church – TBC

June 28:          3:00pm Indian River Festival Youth Legacy concert – very important!!** We will be recording this concert for an application to the Summa Cum Laude International Youth Music Festival in Vienna! Tickets are available online through the IRF website.

July 26:            Performance at 50th Anniversary celebration – Graeme & Kay Linkletter – Georgian Room, Rodd Charlottetown Hotel – 5:00pm call, playing in-between 5:30pm and 8:00pm

Music:

June 21:                       Program TBC but this will be a smaller (gig-size) ensemble

June 28:                       Program as follows:

Vanishing Pointe – Meyer

Scherzo – Dvorak III

Gypsy Baron Waltzes – Strauss, arr. Isaac

Egyptian March – Strauss, arr. NWC

Pirates of the Caribbean – Badelt, arr. Ricketts

Harry Potter – Williams, arr. Patrick

Ghosts of Brandenburg – Meyer

Skye Boat Song – Trad. Scottish, arr. O’Reilly

Orpheus – Offenbach, arr. Dackow

** Please check that you have all this music!

 

 

A Big Congratulations to parents and students on our success at the Queens County Music Festival! I was pleased that we were able to perform our music very well that night, especially considering everything that we have been through with weather cancellations and crazy scheduling and myself being away the week before festival as well. Many thanks to all of you!!

I know that a lot of people are telling me that they are not receiving emails; please check all your inboxes to ensure that my emails are getting through to you all! I also post newsletters on Facebook and on the website so you can read them there as well.

Fundscrip campaign is still ongoing. You can either order online, email a form (downloadable from http://www.fundscrip.com) to singingstringspei@gmail.com or bring the form to our next rehearsal.

We are currently in the process of setting up further fundraising efforts – we have a yard sale table booked on May 31 (see dates listed above) and need donations as well as buskers for that event. I have also been in touch with Music on Deck with Northumberland Ferries to perhaps perform on the ferry during some summer weekends. I have also been in contact with the Charlottetown Harbour Authority with the possibility of performing as cruise ships arrive.

If you know of any other possible fundraising events that we could get involved with – please let me know! We have possible ideas of volunteering at the Cavendish Beach Music Festival (the weekend of July 4-6), and at the Big Red Music Festival. There are also lots of opportunities for the students to set up and busk and we will be getting music to them within the next few weeks for this opportunity.

My tentative plan for the summer would include rehearsals every 2 weeks, either on a weekday or a weekend, depending on what happens to be easiest scheduled. I know everyone has plans for vacations and summer camps and such, but I would love to see each student at least once per month at a rehearsal. I have connections with the musicians of the Charlottetown Festival and would like to bring them in for some sectionals, so we might book one day every 2 weeks for a whole afternoon of playing and rehearsing and team building. I have ordered the music from the UK but it is in backorder and so we might be a little delayed getting that music to our musicians. I would like to do some playing auditions in August, just to figure out where musicians might be best suited to be playing, to ensure that we have all the parts adequately covered.

There have been questions about camp – we will not be returning to Camp Triumph this year, and Camp Seggie is pretty booked up during the summer. So we might look at doing a day camp, or something different in coordination with the rehearsals mentioned above, and potentially have a campout at my house (out by Dunstaffnage) to have a night of fun. I will keep you posted!

Many thanks for your dedication and support of your music student! I appreciate everything that all of you do. J

Like always, please let me know if you have any questions or concerns.

Thanks!

 

Natalie

Senior Singing Strings Newsletter February 2014

Senior Singing Strings Newsletter – February/March 2014

First of all, let me start with GIGANTIC thanks to all our students and parents for the great job and patience that you shared with me for the February 1st performance at the Music PEI gala. I have had so many comments on this performance and a lot of people really surprised at what we could do! This got us incredible exposure and I am very curious to see where it might take us… I have always been interested in getting our students different musical experiences so they can see what life as a professional musician is like (though truthfully, life as professional musician doesn’t include many performances with a heavy metal band!) and I am thrilled when things go as well as they did. Saturday night required a great amount of patience on both students and parents’ parts and I really appreciate that; I know how tired I was to perform at 11pm and I’m sure you all felt the same! The band loved every moment of the experience and are curious to pursue another opportunity, perhaps near the end of the year, so I will keep you posted. Next time we bring earplugs…

And I am thrilled that we are through with exams once more so we can hopefully have everyone at rehearsals every week. I have ambitious plans for music festival so I need you all practicing at home and coming to rehearsal every Wednesday, weather permitting. Here is the tentative plan for the next month or so:

February 5:         Enchanted run through, Dvorak III, Ghosts of Brandenburg, Vanishing Pointe

February 12:       Ghosts of Brandenburg, Dvorak III, Vanishing Pointe, Mendelssohn String Symphony X

February 19:       Sectional rehearsals on Dvorak III for the first hour, then Dvorak III full orchestra

February 26:       Vanishing Pointe, Dvorak III, Mendelssohn

March 5:              Mendelssohn, Brevis Lux, Dvorak III

March 12:            Vanishing Pointe, Ghosts of Brandenburg, Dvorak III, Skyfall

March 19:            NO REHEARSAL due to MARCH BREAK!! Enjoy!!

March 26:            Vanishing Pointe, Ghosts of Brandenburg, Dvorak III, Skyfall

Future Dates to note:

May 5-9:                              Music Festival days for strings (Margo Jewell is adjudicator)

April 30 – May 2:               Atlantic Music Festival in Halifax (possibility of a Singing Strings performance here but we will keep you posted!)

Please remember that our Fundscrip fundraising is still ongoing – if you are interested in making an order, please send Natalie an email and I will email you the order form. Cheques can be made to Singing Strings and we will deliver your cards to you as soon as possible. There is always the option of ordering online and having the cards mailed directly to you for the price of a stamp ($0.73) – this would mean you most likely will get the gift cards sooner as the processing is a bit quicker.

Any questions, please don’t hesitate to ask! Many thanks again, Natalie

Senior Singing Strings newsletter – November 20, 2013

Senior Singing Strings newsletter – November 20, 2013

The Christmas season is upon us and we are starting to get busy! There are a few

concerts and gigs coming up soon, so please mark these dates in your calendar and let

us know if you have any conflicts:

Friday, November 29: call 6pm, playing 6:30-8:30pm – Loyalist Inn, Summerside –

Engineers PEI AGM and banquet

Friday, December 6: Geneva House, Charlottetown

Saturday, December 7: Concert with the Summerside Community Choir, 7:30pm, Park

Royal United Church, Charlottetown

Sunday, December 15: Concert with the Summerside Community Choir, 7:30pm, Trinity

United Church, Summerside

There may also be a few additions to this concert schedule yet; Jen is looking into a

performance at the new Prince Edward home and Natalie is looking into a possible

group performance at Andrews of Stratford. We will not be performing at Confederation

Court Mall this year, so we are hoping to use Andrews as our last performance before

the Christmas break.

Of course we still have rehearsals on the following Wednesdays:

November 20

November 27

December 4

December 11

December 18.

We are working on Christmas gig music as well as the following pieces (make sure you

have all of these!)

Down in Yon Forest

Troika

Stille, Stille, Stille

Journey of the Magi

Two selections with the Summerside Community choir:

O Holy Night

Peace, Peace

Rehearsals will start again after the Christmas break on January 8th.

 

Senior Singing Strings UK Trip:

The UK trip is on hold for right now until spring/summer 2015; we just don’t have enough

time to adequately fundraise and plan. At the moment we are still continuing to fundraise

with FundScrip, and I would like to place another order on December 4th, so if you are

interested in ordering, please fill out an order form online and return it to me with your

cheque.

We may decide to have another trip, to a different location or at a different time. We

could travel in March break or early summer 2015, we could travel to New York,

Norway, Vancouver, or wherever. I am starting to look at possible string festivals or

competitions around the world in 2015 to see where we might be able to take advantage

of possibilities.

Seniors – Updated Schedule April 2013

Senior Singing Strings newsletter – April 2013

Here is another instalment (hopefully the last of this term) of the newsletter to keep us all organized!

As said before, we know that you all have incredibly busy schedules, but please keep up with your commitment to orchestra to help us be as successful as we can be as a group! We are in the final stretch now and need everyone at rehearsal whenever they are in the province!

Please keep in touch – if you are unable to make a rehearsal, please let us know via the easiest method possible: 1. Text Natalie, 2. Email Natalie and Jen or 3. Send Natalie a Facebook Message.

Remember that attendance at a dress rehearsal for a concert is mandatory, and if you miss a dress rehearsal for a gig, you won’t be paid for that gig.

Music you should have in your folder:

  • Rutter: Suite for Strings (all 4 movements)
  • Wagner: Overture to ‘Rienzi’
  • Menken: Music from ‘Enchanted’
  • Haydn: Symphony No. 13
  • Holst: Moorside Suite (First 2 movements definitely – 3rd movement will come)
  • Mozart: Divertimento #1 (first movement)

Here is the schedule right now for the next few months: (please note that schedule is subject to change – please bring all your music EVERY week!) Every so often we will also rehearse gig music, so please bring your gig music every week as well.

April 24: 5:00 – 6:00pm: Rehearse festival music (Mozart, Rutter & Enchanted)

6:15 – 7:00pm: Rehearse for IsleAwards (those able to attend gig)

April 27: 6:00pm call (7pm start playing – until 9pm)

IsleAwards, Loyalist Lakeview Resort, Summerside

195 Harbour Drive Summerside, PEIC1N 5R1 ph: 902.436.3333

May 1: 5:00 – 7:00pm: Last rehearsal before music festival! EVERYONE must attend unless you are out of province!

May 8: 7:00pm Music festival performance – Junior Orchestra (please come and support your fellow Singing Stringers!); 7:46pm Music festival performance – Intermediate Orchestra; 8:21pm Music festival performance – Senior Orchestra – Park Royal United Church

Music for festival for Seniors: Mozart Divertimento, Rutter 2nd & 3rd movements, Enchanted (in that order)

May 15: 5:00 – 7:00pm Rehearsal – gig music for the May 30th gig, plus Rutter 4, Pirates, Holst Moorside 3

May 19: Possible performance at Park Royal United Church service – 9:45am call, playing 10:15am

May 22: 5:00 – 7:00pm Rehearsal – gig music for the May 30th gig, plus Rutter 4, Pirates, Holst Moorside 3

May 25: PEI Symphony Orchestra Serenade to Spring Dinner & Auction

5:30pm call to start playing at 6pm (until 8pm)

May 29: 5:00 – 7:00pm Rehearsal – gig music for the May 30th gig, plus Haydn Symphony #13, Rutter 4, Pirates

May 30: 6:30pm Singing Strings gig – Delta Prince Edward Ballroom

June 2: Possible gig at Delta Prince Edward Ballroom – TBC

June 5: Closing concert for the Singing Strings – ParkRoyalChurch

The Isle Awards

The Isle Awards have asked us to play for their even on April 27th in Summerside at the Loyalist Inn, from 6 until approximately 9pm. There will be more details coming later, but for the moment, I need to know which of the Seniors will be able to come that night? I know that night is also Dance umbrella’s final performance, and if you have already committed to that performance, I wouldn’t want you to miss that commitment.

I also would need to know which parents would like to come to the Isle Awards – we are allowed 2 free tickets up to a maximum of 30 so please let me know if you would like to come!

Can all Seniors email Natalie to let her know if they are available to play at the Isle Awards and if parents/family members would like tickets?

Many thanks,
N

Senior Singing Strings – schedule

Senior Singing Strings newsletter – January 2013

Welcome back to the weekly rehearsals at Singing Strings! We have a lot planned for this term, and of course it’s music festival time soon, so this is going to be a busy few months with the Singing Strings, and the Seniors in particular. We had a talk in rehearsals last week about making sure that you come to every weekly rehearsal and plan ahead for scheduling things like study breaks for exams as we all know that those are coming up to. Everyone is important every week, everyone plays an important part, and we miss you if you are not there! As a conductor, and as a mother, I understand (as does Jen) that school marks come first, but as a musician, you also made a commitment to come to our rehearsal every week to help us achieve the goals that we set out at the beginning of the year. Please keep in touch – if you are unable to make a rehearsal, please let us know via the easiest method possible: 1. Text Natalie, 2. Email Natalie and Jen, or 3. Send Natalie a Facebook Message.

Remember that attendance at a dress rehearsal for a concert is mandatory, and if you miss a dress rehearsal for a gig, you won’t be paid for that gig.

Music you should have in your folder:

  • Rutter: Suite for Strings (all 4 movements)
  • Wagner: Overture to ‘Rienzi’
  • Menken: Music from ‘Enchanted’
  • Haydn: Symphony No. 13
  • Holst: Moorside Suite (all 3 movements – 3rd movement to come)
  • Mozart: Divertimento #3

Also check your gig music – do you have copies of ‘Pirates of the Caribbean’ and ‘Best of Abba/Mamma Mia’?

Here is the schedule right now for the next few months: (please note that schedule is subject to change – please bring all your music EVERY week!) Generally there will be gig music rehearsed every week, so please bring your gig music every week as well.

January 23: Rehearsing Rutter Suite for Strings (1st and 2nd movements), Moorside Suite, Enchanted, Haydn Symphony No. 13.

January 26: 6:30 – 8pm: Senior gig at the ArtGallery (call time: 6pm)

January 30: Rehearsing Rutter Suite for Strings (1st movement), Haydn Symphony No. 13, Moorside Suite (2nd movement), Mozart Divertimento #3

February 1: 6:30 – 8:30pm: Senior gig at Charlottetown Seaport Event Centre – 1 Weymouth Street, Charlottetown (call time: 6pm)

February 6: Rehearsing Rutter Suite for Strings (1st and 4th movements), Haydn Symphony No. 13, Moorside Suite, Mozart Divertimento.

February 10: Deadline for applications to the Queens County Kiwanis Music Festival

February 13: Rehearsing Rutter Suite for Strings (1st and 4th movements), Haydn Symphony No. 13, Overture to ‘Rienzi’, Enchanted.

February 20: Rehearsing

(February 20 – March 2: Natalie is away at the Kiwanis Music Festival in St. John’s, NL – but rehearsals are still going on!!)

February 27: Rehearsing

March 5: Deadline for applications for Royal Conservatory of Music May theory exams and June practical exams (if applicable)

March 6: Rehearsing

March 13: Rehearsing

March 20: No rehearsal due to March Break

March 27: Rehearsing

April 3: Rehearsing

April 10: Rehearsing

April 17: Rehearsing

April 24: Rehearsing

May 1: Rehearsing

May 6-10th, 2013: Strings week at the Queens County Kiwanis Music Festival (hopefully our performance will be May 8th but we will keep you posted)

  • Senior Music for the festival? Thinking of 1. Haydn Symphony No. 13, 2. Rutter Suite for Strings, 3rd movement, 3. Either Mozart or Moorside Suite 3rd movement.

May 15: Rehearsing

May 22: Rehearsing

May 29: Rehearsing

June 5: Closing concert for Singing Strings

Concert clothes

If any of our male students is in need of some new concert clothes (only gentle used by Adrian):

Black shoes boys size 3 and men’s size 6

Tux shoes size 6 ½

White dress shirt boys 14

White tux shirts 1 size boys medium, 1 boys large

Black dress pants Boys 14

Black Dockers Classic Fit 30/30

Tux Pants 29/36 were adjusted to fit from age 12-17

Contact Natalie or Sue Irvine for more information.

Thanks,
Natalie

Update on Summerside Community Choir concert

Hi all –

A further update on the schedule for this coming Sunday:

5:00-5:45pm rehearsal with the choir at Trinity United Church, 90 Spring Street, Summerside
5:45-6:45pm Singing Strings rehearsal at Trinity
6:45-7:30pm Dinner break
7:30pm Concert

If we could get some parents to make sandwiches, bring cookies, vegetables, drinks, etc then we wouldn’t have to worry about losing everyone as they drive to dinner in that short amount of time. I will ask the students at rehearsal on Wednesday whether everyone could bring something to share, kind of a potluck idea.

Tickets are available for parents and family at the door – $15 adults, $10 students.

Dress is burgundy dresses for ladies (if you have one) with black shoes, and a tux, black socks, white shirt, black shoes for the gentlemen.

Thanks!

Natalie

Senior Singing Strings – Gig Orchestra

Add this date to your calendars, Senior Singing Stringers:

 

October 4/2012 – 5:00pm call to play 5:30 – 7:30 – The Ballroom, Delta Prince Edward, Charlottetown

This gig is to help celebrate 125 years of The Guardian. We will let musicians know closer to the date who will be performing this gig, but for right now reserve the spot in your calendar!

 

Thanks,

Jen & Natalie