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String Chamber Music Seminar

March 18, 2019 @ 6:15 pm - 8:00 pm

Apply here for the upcoming 2019 season!

What are the details?

  • This seminar will take place on six Monday evenings after our spring concert, from March 18 through April 29 (with a week off on April 1 for spring break).
  • All current string players of the youth orchestra, concert strings, and junior strings will be given priority for enrollment.  The seminar will also be open to students who are not currently registered in HAYO, HACS, or HAJS.  Also, pre-formed ensembles are eligible to sign up as a group.  Any new student or group who is not already a part of Holland Symphony Youth Orchestras will need a recommendation from an orchestra conductor or private teacher.
  • New this year! We will be offering fiddle groups, coached by Mr. Nester.
  • The Monday evening sessions will run from 6:15-8:00 p.m. This time will include a professional coaching, a structured rehearsal time, and a snack/social time.
  • Student groups will be given a few choices of music to work on, and together with their coach, will determine what to perform at the final concert.
  • The cost for this additional seminar will be $100. The fee will also cover all necessary music.

Who should participate?

  • String players (members of HAYO, HACS, and HAJS) of any level who love to play and learn new music.
  • Students who would enjoy and grow from additional music instruction from professional teachers.
  • Students may sign up individually or request to be together as a pre-formed group. Final group assignments will be determined by the coaches and are subject to enrollment.  In other words, we will do our best to accommodate requests but we can’t guarantee anything until we know how many students sign up and what they play.
  • Students who are willing to work together during the rehearsal/practice time, even if an adult isn’t in the room.

Why should you consider this seminar?

  • Chamber music—playing quartets, trios, quintets, etc.—is different from playing in an orchestra. There is no conductor, and each player plays his/her own part, instead of having multiple people play the same parts, as string players do in an orchestra setting.
  • This seminar will provide a setting where students can have professional “lessons” as a quartet/trio/etc.
  • Playing chamber music is a great way for string players to learn how to listen to and play with other people.
  • The challenge of playing an independent part while listening to other parts helps students gain confidence and grow as musicians.
  • Playing in quartets, etc., is a good way to learn how to solve problems, work with other people, and fit different musical parts together.
  • Developing our string players will strengthen our youth orchestra program and school orchestra programs.
  • Playing in small groups is a great way to get to know other students and make friends who share similar interests!

How do I sign up?

  • An application is attached to this letter.
  • The application deadline is February 11, 2019.
  • Fee is due upon acceptance into the program. Groups will notified by March 11, 2019.
  • If you would like scholarship information, please contact Tori Zokoe.

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March 18, 2019
6:15 pm - 8:00 pm