Conductors' Notes

 

March 16, 2017

To Philharmonia Orchestral winds Musicians:

Please prepare the following sections for rehearsal on 3/19.
Cesarini - Movement 1, mm 1-43. Make sure your rhythms are accurate!
Saint-Saens - mm 1-36, 203-end
 
Folk Song Mvt 1
Folk Song Mvt 2
Folk Song Mvt 3
Bacchanale
 
See you Sunday,

Ms. Gardner

February 7, 2017

To Philharmonia Orchestral winds Musicians:

Seating audition excerpts are as follows.  All recordings should be submitted to me by email at maryfgardner@gmail.com no later than February 17th.


Flute:

Holsinger, mm 50-57

Maslanka, mm 35-61, mm 113-114 (opt. solo), mm 121-123

Rimsky-Korsakov, mm 100-125

 

Oboe:

Holsinger, mm 49-57

Maslanka, mm 46-61, mm 121-123

Rimsky-Korsakov, mm 108-125

 

Clarinet:

Holsinger, mm 16-23, mm 48-57

Maslanka, mm 46-61, mm 117-123

Rimsky-Korsakov, mm 78-92, mm 100-125

 

Bass Clarinet:

Holsinger, mm 48-57

Maslanka, mm 93-105, mm 121-123

Rimsky-Korsakov, mm78-92

 

Bassoon:

Holsinger, mm 39-42, mm 48-57

Maslanka, mm 93-105, mm 121-123

Rimsky-Korsakov, mm 78-92

 

Sax:

Holsinger, mm 48-57

Maslanka,mm 103-112, mm 121-123

Rimsky-Korsakov, mm 108-125

 

Trumpet:

Holsinger, mm 41-57

Maslanka, mm 46-61, mm 117-123

Rimsky-Korsakov, mm 40-49 (tpt 1 only), 108-125

 

French Horn:

Holsinger, mm 8-12 (horn 1 only), mm 39-57

Maslanka, mm 46-61, mm 119-123

Rimsky-Korsakov, mm 108-125

 

Trombone/Baritone:

Holsinger, mm 41-57

Maslanka, mm 46-61, mm 121-123

Rimsky-Korsakov, mm 96-125


Tuba

Holsinger, mm 39-57

Maslanka, mm 82-105, mm 121-123

Rimsky-Korsakov, mm 108-125

 

See you Sunday,

Ms. Gardner

January 26, 2017

To Philharmonia Orchestral winds Musicians:

Please prepare the following sections for rehearsal: 
 
Rimsky-Korsakov - mm 38-108
Holsinger -  mm 1 - 64
Maslanka - mm 50-112
 
Remember to do your active listening in addition to your practice!

See you Sunday,
Ms. Gardner

January 26, 2017

To Philharmonia Strings Musicians:

Seating Auditions for the March Concert
The following are the excerpts that you should prepare for your seating audition:
Violin 1
Fledermaus – 71-­‐116
Incantations – 90-­‐143
Incantations -­‐ 1-­‐20
Violin 2
Fledermaus – 71-­‐116
Troika –Pick up to 49-­‐55
Incantations – Pick up to 89-­‐143
Viola
Fledermaus –71-­‐116
Troika–Pick up to 45-­‐55
Incantations – Pick up to 89-­‐143
Cello
Fledermaus 1-­‐16 and 33-­‐71
Troika – Pick up to 45-­‐55
Incantations – Pick up to 89-­‐117
Bass
Fledermaus – 1-­‐50
Incantations – Pick up to 89-­‐117
Happy Practicing!!
You can do an audio recording (easiest is to use Voice memos on iphone) or video recording. Email your files to info.fcsso@gmail.com by Friday February  3rd.             

December 15, 2016

To Philharmonia Orchestral winds Musicians:

Please listen to all three pieces and have the following sections prepared for rehearsal.  Make sure you have a pencil!
 
Holsinger - mm 1-30
Rimsky-Korsakov - 1-78
Maslanka - 1-35
 
See you Sunday,
Ms. Gardner

December 11, 2016

To Philharmonia Strings Musicians:

Please listen to the pieces before the next rehearsal.

 
Fledermaus - This is a youth orchestra playing exactly the same arrangement as ours.  I don't care for their musical interpretation of the piece (no tempo changes, little dynamic variation), but they are excellent technically.  
 
Fledermaus - This is a professional orchestra playing the original version of the piece.  Listen/watch for the musicality, bow style, and tempo changes.
 
Incantations
 
See you Sunday,
Mrs. Mac

November 7, 2016

To Concert orchestra Musicians:

I hope you all enjoyed your weekend! This is just a reminder that ALL MUSIC for this concert should be part of your practice everyday. 
 
We have very few rehearsals before the concert and that time must be spent on ensemble and refinement - not on any kind of note correction. ("Practice is for learning your part..." Your parts must be learned by now.)
 
Remember to keep doing your listening homework every other day with your part in front of you! 
 
Thanks for all your hard work. You are sounding fabulous. 
See you Sunday,
Russell 

October 31, 2016

To Concert orchestra Musicians:

Today was a very productive rehearsal, thank you. I know we got into nitty gritty and it didn't move as fast but it was all positive and necessary work. Well done!

Here is your homework:
ELGAR
Revise variations 8 & 9
Var. 8 = use a metronome and practice counting in 6!
Var. 9 = practice dead-bows; practice the end from ff to pp

DVORÁK
Rehearsal 6 to rehearsal 10

PRACTICE JOURNAL(from Monday October 31-Sunday November 6)
- write what you practiced, and how you practiced it (eg. slowly with a metronome for rhythm, or long notes for intonation etc.)
- write what you listened to and what you noticed (eg. About other parts, about how the orchestra plays a certain section, etc.)

Please type it and print it out.

THANKS and have a great week.
Russell

October 27, 2016

To Concert orchestra Musicians:

I hope you found your sectionals productive. You all seemed to be doing great work when I dropped in.

Your homework for this week is as follows:
ELGAR
Variation 5 (practice with a metronome on triplets)
Variation 8 (practice with a metronome on triplets again so you get the feel for the slow 6 beats)

DVORÁK
Rehearsal #6 until Rehearsal #9
  
Remember to listen at least once a day with your part in front of you. It's only 20 mins - and can replace an instrument practice session with this focused listening!

Have a great week.
Russell 

October 24, 2016

To PRelude Musicians:

Seating auditions will take place on November 13th.

Violin 1:
Haydn m. 23-36, 51-56, 97-102
Tchaikovsky m. 33-44
Postcards from Russia m. 23-40
 
Violin 2:
Haydn m. 38-52, 73-79
Tchaikovsky m. 35-44
Postcards from Russia 15-39
 
Violas
Haydn m. 9-15, 38-53, 73-79
Tchaikovsky m. 19-24, 35-43
Postcards from Russia M. 23-39
 
Cello:
Tchaikovsky m. 35-44
 
Keep practicing,
Ms. Jimenez

October 21, 2016

To Philharmonia Orchestral WIndsMusicians:

Seating audition excerpts are as follows.  All recordings should be submitted to me by email at maryfgardner@gmail.com no later than November 4th. 

Flute:
Clark, mm 89-105
Broege, mm 17-23, and optional 42-45 for solo
del Borgo - mm 124-141 and 188-204
Oboe:
Clark, mm 89-105
Broege, mm 17-23, and optional 42-45 for solo
del Borgo - mm 180-204
Clarinet:
Clark, mm 84-105
Broege, mm 17-23,
del Borgo - mm 180-207
Bass Clarinet:
Clark, mm 95-105
Broege, mm 33-42
del Borgo - mm 180-191
Bassoon:
Clark, mm 85-105
Broege, mm 33-42
del Borgo - mm 96-125
Sax:
Clark, mm 85-105
Broege, mm 16-24
del Borgo - mm 67-87
Trumpet:
Clark, mm 95-105
Broege, mm 26-45
del Borgo, mm 87-106
French Horn:
Clark, mm 30-37
Broege, mm 26-45
del Borgo, mm 96-106
Trombone/Euphonium:
Clark, mm 66-73 and 99-105
Broege, mm 14-23
del Borgo - mm 96-125
 
Ms. Gardner 

October 14, 2016

To concert Orchestra Musicians:

For the INTAKE Concert we will cut the DVORAK from the 7th measure of #5 to the downbeat of #11. This cut is only for the INTAKE Concert, we will play the DVORAK in its entirety at the November Concert so please make the markings on your music carefully.

LISTEN to all the songs we are playing:

America the Beautiful
Cinnamon Girl (Neil Young)
While my guitar gently weeps (The Beatles)
Eleanor Rigby (The Beatles)
Danza No. 4 (Tobar)

Russell

October 12, 2016

To concert Orchestra Musicians:

Please listen to the following pieces before Thursday's rehearsal.

October 7, 2016

To Principal Orchestra Musicians:

Don't forget-- BARTOK CONCERTO FOR ORCHESTRA!!! We begin this exciting year-long project at our next rehearsal. Download your parts here: http://imslp.org/wiki/Concerto_for_Orchestra,_Sz.116_(Bart%C3%B3k,_B%C3%A9la).
 
Be ready to rehearse the first movement at the next rehearsal. This is an extremely difficult, but incredibly exciting work-- in order for it to succeed we must start in earnest NOW. Work well, and I look forward to seeing you next week!
 
Jonathan

October 7, 2016

To Phil Winds Musicians:

Please prepare the following sections for Thursday, 10/14:
 
Clark - 47- end
Broege - 33 - end
DelBorgo - 40 - 96
 
Keep working with a metronome and tuner, and watch your articulations!
 
Thank you!! 
Ms. Gardner 

September 27, 2016

To Concert orchestra Musicians:

We are making great progress but I feel that the level of preparation is not as high as it needs to be.

We have the added repertoire of the Fusion Concert and the Dvorák is really not at performance standard yet.

We only have 3 rehearsals before the Fusion Concert where we will be performing the Dvorák, so everyone needs to step up their game and come really thoroughly prepared!

Please ensure that the opening of the Dvorák to rehearsal #3 and #10 to the end is really well practiced. Nothing new for the Elgar, just revise the opening, Variations IV & IX.

And make sure you keep doing your listening!!!

Thank you for all your work and I'll see you soon!
Russell
 

September 20, 2016

To Phil Wind Musicians:

Nice work last rehearsal! Please prepare the following sections for this week's rehearsal:
 
Procession of the Nobles - beginning to 37
Songs of the Whaleman - beginning to 39
Dance of the Harlequins - beginning to 66
Headless Horseman - 20 - 32 with a TUNER
 
Don't forget your music stand and pencil!
Ms. Gardner
 

September 20, 2016

To concert orchestra musicians:

We made great progress on Sunday. Please make sure you revise the opening and Var. IV of the Elgar and #12 to the end of the Dvorák.

Also, please prepare Var. IX ("Nimrod") of the Elgar, and #11 to the end of the Dvorák.

Keep doing your listening!
See you Sunday.
Russell

September 15, 2016

To Phil Wind musicians:

Please prepare the following sections for next rehearsal:

Songs of the Whaleman - beginning to 39
Dance of the Harlequins - beginning to 46
 
Please listen to the recording of each piece.  Download it to your phone/computer and listen MANY TIMES! Make an NYS playlist and put it on repeat!
 
Remember to work with a tuner and metronome, and don't forget your music stand and pencil!

September 15, 2016

To Concert ORchestra musicians:

What a great first rehearsal we had! I was so impressed with everyone's reading and responsiveness. We should have a fantastic year together.

Here is your homework for Sunday:
1) listen to both pieces with your parts in front of you at least 3 times each. (This is called ACTIVE listening. It is much more focused than just playing the music in the background.)

2) ELGAR
Focus on variation IV.

Please also make sure you can fluently play the opening movement that we worked on last week.

3) Dvorák
Rehearsal #12 to the end.

Please also revise the opening theme we worked on.

Have fun learning the music. And I look forward to seeing you all on Sunday. 
Russell

September 9, 2016

To Concert ORchestra musicians:

Please listen to the selections below before Sunday's rehearsal.
 
 
Theme, Variations IV, V, VIII, IX
Theme = beginning - 1:33 
Var. IV (11) = 6:04 - 6:35
Var. V (15) = 6:40 - 8:34
Var. VIII (30) = 11:04 - 12:46
Var. IX (33) = 12:48 - 16:40 
 
 
I look forward to seeing you all on Sunday!
Russell

September 9, 2016

To Phil Strings musicians:

 
Congratulations on making it into Philharmonia orchestra!  I am looking forward to a fun and challenging year of music making with you!
 
Below are recordings of the three pieces we will be playing for the November concert.  Please listen to each piece as many times as possible before Sunday's rehearsal.  The more familiar you are with each piece, the more successful you will be in the first rehearsal.  Try listening the pieces at many different times during the day - while you are eating breakfast/dinner with your family, while you are riding in the car, while you are doing homework, etc....  This is the best thing you can do to prepare (and impress me!) at the first rehearsal.
 
 
I look forward to seeing you all on Sunday!
Mrs. Mac

April 19, 2016

To Phil Strings musicians:

 
Your seating audition this time could be on anything in Egmont.  You should be prepared to play it at next Sunday's, April 24th, rehearsal.
 
Happy Practicing,
Mrs. Mac
 
TO PHIL WINDS MUSICIANS:
 
Your seating audition will cover the items below. I will answer any questions you have at Sunday's rehearsal. I will also have instructions on how to send your recording to me by Wednesday, April 27th.
 
Rienzi
Woodwinds - Pick-up to M through O
Brass - H - J
(no percussion)
 
Cold Mountain
Flutes mm 5-20 (optional), mm 46-70
Part 2 (clarinet & oboe) mm 62- 71
Parts 3 & 4: mm 1-19
Trumpets - mm 54-69
Part 5 - mm 70-78
 
Flourish
Flutes & Oboes - mm 24-36
Clarinets mm 8-24
Bass clarinet & Tenor sax - mm 29-44
Trumpets - mm 28-45
Horns- mm 146-158
Trombone - mm 41-52
Tuba - mm 69-84
Percussion 1 & 2 - mm 85-92
Mallet percussion mm. 168-180
 
All the best,
Ms. Gardner
 
 

April 19, 2016

To Concert orchestra musicians:

We only have 3 rehearsals before the concert. So below are two tips.
 
FOCUSED PRACTICE 
- Schubert requires some slow private practice in the strings (Letter D among others!)
- Strauss requires ensemble flexibility which will only come if you know the piece in your inner ear incredibly well. 
Listen, listen, listen!!! Always with your part in front of you. 
 
PRACTICE JOURNAL
I would like each of you to make a practice journal for me and hand it in this Sunday. 
On a sheet of paper write
- your name and instrument
- make wide columns across the page for each day of the week 
- Each day: 
write how long you practiced each piece (e.g. Schubert 10 mins, Strauss 10 mins)
Write which section of each piece you practiced 
write whether you listened to the piece with your part, and anything you noticed/ observations you made 
- have a parent/guardian sign the bottom at the end of the week  
 
I look forward to receiving these! 
Have a good week. 
See you Sunday. 
Russell 
 
p.s. I thought some of you might be interested in reading one of my blog posts that discusses Schubert Symphony No. 8.
--
Russell Ger
 

April 5, 2016

To Concert orchestra musicians:

Yesterday was productive but also revealing; I'm sure you all agree we have LOTS of work to do to live up to our glowing reputation after last concert. I hope you begin to work very hard before I see you again.  
(I am going to miss you all next week!)

1) Here are links for your listening homework. 
Remember to listen with your part in front of you!
 
(Listen for style and the flexible tempo
 
(Strings, watch their bowing and how this effects the phrasing - your parts are marked very carefully, so make sure you are seeing all the information)
 
2) You all can see from looking at the music which parts require ensemble rehearsing and which require private practice to get all the notes. The first thing you should practice every time you pick up your instrument is the stuff that needs private practice to learn the notes (e.g. violins/violas, 16th notes at Letter D in Schubert.)
 
3) Last Reminder: even if you don't play your instrument everyday - which you should, even just for 10 minutes - you should at least listen to each piece everyday with your music in front of you. 
 
Thanks and have a great couple of weeks. See you all soon. 
--
Russell Ger
 

February 2, 2016

To Concert orchestra musicians:

We are making fantastic progress on both the Sibelius and the Beethoven. 
 
Those of you doing your private practice, your efforts are very obvious to me and I am so proud of you! Thank you for putting in the time. 
 
WHAT TO PRACTICE
We have now covered all of both of the pieces in rehearsal, and so you must be able to play the entirety of them both. Remember, PRACTICE THE BITS YOU DON'T KNOW WELL, not the bits you can play easily. 
 
PRACTICE BY LISTENING
LISTEN, LISTEN, LISTEN. Sit with your part and listen to each piece every day. Every day, at least once. (As a test, try closing your eyes and playing as much of the piece as you can remember.) It is also fun to play along with recordings so you understand how your part fits into the whole. 
 
Keep up all of your hard work and I look forward to seeing you Sunday. 
Russell 
 

January 12, 2016

To Concert orchestra musicians:

Great work Concert Orchestra! I hope you are enjoying rehearsals as much as I am! Your continued progress is really exciting. 
 
SIBELIUS
TO REVISE:
Letter F (4 bars before F) - H
Letter O (4 bars before O) - End
 
TO PREPARE:
Letter I - M 
 
BEETHOVEN
TO REVISE:
Opening - m. 122
Letter E - m. 397
m. 423 - End
 
TO PREPARE:
m. m. 122 - B
 
 
PRACTICE TIPS:
1) Always use a metronome!!!
2) Start slowly and increase tempo. (Stay slow until you get it right three times in a row!) 
3) Listen, listen, listen. Take your music and read along with a recording at least three times a week. 
 
See you next Wednesday. Have a good week. 
Russell (the guy with the beard and the baton)
 

December 2, 2015

To Concert orchestra musicians:

I am so excited to see you all this Sunday to begin work on our next program. 
 
You performed so fantastically at the concert - I could feel so many of you giving so much energy. It was really amazing. 
 
Before Sunday, I want you to please watch these two videos of our next repertoire. Part of your homework EVERY week is to watch these videos. Every week! You need to know the music in your MIND, not just your fingers. 
 
(Anyone who watches them more than twice before Sunday will be in my very good books and may receive some kind of reward - though that reward might just be my pride and a high five. But it could also be chocolate. Who knows?!)
 
Beethoven: Symphony No. 5, 1st movement
 
Sibelius: Finlandia
 
Happy listening - and see you in a few days. 
RUSSELL
 

October 29, 2015

To Prelude orchestra musicians:

Please prepare the following measures for your seating audition.

Vi. 1     Hornpipe                    Pick up to M. 23 - 35, M. 40 - end
            Hansel and Gretel      Middle of m 7 - 19, 61 - 64
 
            Holtz March                M. 4 - 12, m. 106 - 137
 
Vi. 2     Hornpipe       .             M. 15 - 20, pick up to 30 - 39
            Hansel and Gretel       M. 12    - 19, 94 - end
            Holtz March                 M. 55 - 71
 
Va.       Hansel and Gretel       M. 17 - 22, 94 - end
            Holtz March                 M. 40 - 71
 
Cello    Hansel and Gretel       M. 64 - 72 
            Holtz March                 M. 40 - 55, 106 - 137
MRS. JIMENEZ
 
TO PHILHARMONIA STRINGS MUSICIANS:
 
Download requirements for your seating auditions.
Happy practicing! MRS. MAC
 
TO CONCERT ORCHESTRA MUSICIANS:
 
Here is your homework for the next rehearsal (Nov 8):
TO REVISE
Dvorak: Letter E - F; Letter H - m. 218
Liszt: Opening - m. 84
 
TO PREPARE:
Dvorak: m. 218 - 239
Liszt: m. 84 - m . 118
 
Please remember
1) I will be asking who practiced at least 3 times each week. 
2) Please go on youtube and listen to recordings! Refer to a previous conductor's for the links.
 
RUSSELL
 

October 8, 2015

To Concert orchestra musicians:

-Insert measure numbers into the Dvorak

-Listen to this recording of the Dvorak

TO REVISE: 

Liszt mm. 264 - 274; Letter L accelerando; Letter O rhythm in accompaniment
Dvorak Opening to C; F-G; O to end
 
TO PREPARE:
Dvorak Letter D-E; M-N
Liszt Opening to m. 62
 
Please prepare the above for the upcoming rehearsal on October 14th.
Russell

September 29, 2015

To Concert orchestra musicians:

TO REVISE: 

Liszt mm. 178 - 234; and mm. 274 - 306
Dvorak Letter O to the end; and Letter B - C
 
TO PREPARE:
Dvorak Opening to Letter B; and Letter F - G
Liszt mm. 234 - 274; mm. 306 - 344; and mm. 421 - End
 
Please prepare the above for the upcoming rehearsal on October 4th.
Russell