Newsletter (January 2019)

Upcoming Events

Wed, Jan 30Orchestra Picture DayWear your orchestra polo and jeans.
Wed, Feb 20S&E Preview Recital@ 2:30 – 4:00 PM
Sat, Feb 23Solo & Ensemble ContestAll 7/8th Graders and some 6th Graders.
Sat, Mar 9NIMCon Music Festival7/8th Graders. @ TBA
Tue, Mar 12Hildebrand Music Festival6th Grade Field Trip during the School Day.
Tue, Apr 16D95 AltStrings FestPrima Musica only. @ 7 PM
Fri, May 3D95 String FestAll D95 Orchestra Students @ 7 PM, LZHS Field House
Thu, May 16Spring ConcertFeaturing our Composer in Residence, The Viper @ 7 PM
Wed, May 22Awards Banquet@ Concord Banquets

Orchestra Picture Day

On Wednesday, January 30, we will be taking our group Orchestra pictures during school. Be sure to wear your orchestra polo and blue jeans. Prima Musica pictures will also be taken after school during the normal Wednesday rehearsal time.

Preview Recital for Solo & Ensemble Contest

On Wednesday, February 20, students will have an extra opportunity to perform their solo or ensemble in front of a live audience at a Preview Recital prior to the contest performance on the following Saturday. Sign-ups to perform will be available in the orchestra room sometime in February.

Since there are limited performance slots available, a lottery may be used to determine which students perform. We encourage all BOC students to attend the evening even if they are not performing. This is a great opportunity for them to support their peers.

The Preview Recital will be held in the Choir Room after school from 2:30 – 4:00 PM. Students will be able to take the late-late bus home. This event is optional and not required.

Solo & Ensemble Contest

On Saturday, February 23, all 7th and 8th graders along with many 6th graders will be performing at the NIMCon Solo & Ensemble Contest.
Students are performing a solo and/or in a small ensemble. Students may perform a solo if taking private lessons, or perform as part of a small ensemble, typically consisting of 2 to 5 performers. Students perform for a judge and receive scores in a number of categories: Intonation, Tone Production, Phrasing, Note/Pitch Accuracy, Articulation, Dynamics, Balance/Blend, and Stage Presence. Medals, including the coveted perfect score pin, will be awarded to those performers who receive high scores.

Practice, practice, practice! At this point, with just over a month to go, students should be practicing their pieces consistently. If they are in an ensemble they should be getting together outside of school to work on their music together. This can be done after school here in the orchestra room on most days.

Soloists need an accompanist. If you are performing a solo, you will need a piano accompanist to play with you. I have a list of piano players and their contact information posted in the orchestra room that you can use to procure an accompanist. Hopefully, some of these accompanists can come rehearse with you during our regular rehearsal time in a practice room.

Cost. The cost is $8 per event per performer. I will send a current balance of money owed to all students via email. This cost should be reflected in this email.

NIMCon Music Festival

On Saturday, March 9, the Chamber Orchestra (grades 7/8) will be performing for three judges at the annual Northern Illinois Music Conference Music Festival. will be performing three pieces for the judges and following the performance will receive a short clinic with one of the judges.

Hildebrand Music Festival

On Tuesday, March 12, the Intermezzo Orchestra (grade 6) will be performing for a clinician at the Hildebrand Music Festival. Following the performance, the orchestra will receive a full 30 minute clinic with an esteemed music educator.

We will most likely be stopping for lunch at a local restaurant, which may incur a small cost. More information and permission forms will be available in the coming weeks.

D95 AltStrings Fest

Prima Musica will be performing with the MSS Silly Strings and the LZHS Pop Orchestra “Bear Strings” at the D95 AltStrings Fest on Tuesday, April 16. Prima Musica will be performing Jimi Hendrix’s Purple Haze, Cole Porter’s Begin the Beguine, and more.

D95 StringFest

On Friday, May 3, all of the D95 Orchestras (grade 4 – 12) will be performing at the biennial D95 StringFest. It’s a great opportunity to hear the orchestra program as a whole and the progression of students who begin the awesome journey of orchestra in 4th Grade. Witness the hard work of the orchestra students throughout the many years all the way up through 12th Grade.

Spring Concert

The final Spring Concert will be held on Thursday, May 16 @ 7 PM in the LZMSN Cafetorium. At the final concert we will bid a bittersweet adieu to the 8th graders, perform music from a wide range of eras, as well as perform music from our very own Composer in Residence, The Viper!

Awards Banquet

At the end of every year (this year on May 22) students are awarded for their accomplishments at the annual BOC Awards Banquet. The evening begins with a formal dinner, followed by a DJ & dance, and ends in an awards ceremony where all orchestra students (band and choir too) are recognized for their participation in orchestra and select students are awarded for their extraordinary achievements in orchestra.