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Auditions- Wednesday, September 16 (3:00-5:00) and Thursday, September 24 (3:00-5:00)

SCHEDULE (all rehearsals are on Wednesdays at Bigelow MS)
October 7 (3:45-5:00)  First rehearsal
October 14
October 21
October 28
November 4
November 11  NO REHEARSAL (Veterans' Day)
November 18
November 25  NO REHEARSAL (early release day)
December 2
December 9
December 16
December 23  NO REHEARSAL
January 4
January 13
January 20
January 27
February 3  NO REHEARSAL (early release day)
February 10
February 24
March 2
March 9 NO REHEARSAL (Bigelow Musical rehearsal week)
March 16
March 23
March 30 TOUR DAY-no afternoon rehearsal
April 6  rehearsal at Bigelow
April 10 CONCERT with the New Philharmonia Orchestra, 3 PM
April 13 rehearsal at Bigelow
April 14 CONCERT, NSHS  (this is a Thursday)
April 27 Final recital and party

FOR THE 2015-2016 SCHOOL YEAR...
The All-City Orchestra is an after-school ensemble for kids who would like to play in an orchestra outside their own school boundaries.  It is for kids in grades 5-8 who either attend the Newton Public Schools or who are home-schooled Newton residents.  Private school students are not eligible, even those who are Newton residents.  Students must already be dedicated participants in their own school group.  The orchestra rehearses from 3:45 to 5:00 PM on Wednesday afternoons at Bigelow Middle School, starting in mid-October.

The All-City Orchestra is for kids who play violin, viola, cello, and bass.  Students who play a woodwind, brass, or percussion instrument are urged to audition for the All-City Band. The All-City Orchestra does not use student pianists.

There is a $150 participation fee for students selected to the All-City
music ensembles.

Please call Mrs. Horwitz at 617-969-7298 to schedule an audition.  Please prepare a short solo of your choice. Kids should be ready to play scales in G, D, A, C, F, and B flat. All students should play
their scales in eighth note patterns with the metronome set at 100 (two notes per click)

Register at the Fine Arts Department website:

At your audition, you will be asked to sing pitches that are played on the piano, to test your ability to hear different notes.  You may also be asked to clap written rhythms, and to play unfamiliar music.  Members of the All-City Orchestra are expected to pass the Bigelow Middle School notereading test (name 12 notes of the treble clef from middle C to high G, scrambled, in under 20 seconds; or, 9 notes of the bass clef, from low G to top-line A in under 20 seconds.)

Members of the All-City Orchestra are required to take private lessons after school, and must agree to prepare their orchestra music to the best of their ability.

I would like to have all my students learn two contrasting movements of a Baroque sonata, as soon as they are ready to do so.  That is standard audition fare in the music world, and having those contrasting movements under the fingers at all times will insure that a musician is always ready to audition for something, perform somewhere, or try out a new instrument. I suggest choosing from among the many sonatas by Marcello, Vivaldi, Corelli, and Handel.

The All-City Orchestra emphasizes ear training, following the baton,
ensemble playing, intonation, rhythm, and music history.  We will sing our parts as well as play them. We will have several recitals that students can sign up to play.  We will perform with the Newton North High School Orchestra, and will also present concerts with the New Philharmonia Orchestra and the All-City Band.

Thank you for your interest in the All-City Orchestra!

Concert Dress for the ACO is;
GIRLS- white blouse, black skirt, black shoes
BOYS- long-sleeved white dress shirt, black pants, black shoes, black socks, and black bow tie (we will provide the ties)  No sneakers, T shirts, polo shirts, shorts, or sandals will be allowed.  Please plan now for the first time your child needs concert dress.

If a child is absent and can't attend rehearsal, please notify Mr. Livingston via email.  Otherwise, we will expect to see every child every week.

All members of the All-City Orchestra are expected to:
-take private lessons on their instrument
-play in their own school's ensemble
-attend all rehearsals and concerts (except for illness; then, notify Mr.
-prepare the music to the very best of their ability

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