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Junior String Ensemble

 Lisa Sailer, Conductor

Junior String Ensemble provides an introduction to ensemble playing to young string players. The repertoire is chosen and arranged to suit the abilities of the individual students to promote inclusion and the understanding of the importance of all members of an ensemble. Weekly rehearsals focus on the basics of rhythm, intonation, left hand facility, and dynamics in a stimulating social context.


 

Rehearsals

Saturdays, 12:00 – 1:00 pm

Performances

TBD

Audition Requirements

Auditions June 15, 2019

Violin:
One Octave Scale (G Major, D Major, A Major) Optional Two Octave Scale (G Major)
One piece from the beginning repertoire – Suzuki Book 1 or Equivalent
Viola:
One Octave Scale (C Major, G Major, D Major) Optional Two Octave Scale (C Major)
One piece from the beginning repertoire – Suzuki Book 1 or Equivalent
Cello:
One Octave Scale (C Major, G Major, D Major) Optional Two Octave Scale (C Major)
One piece from the beginning repertoire – Suzuki Book 1 or Equivalent
Bass:
Inquire about specific requirements

Complete THIS FORM to schedule an audition.

Contact: Michael DePasquale, Director of In-House Programs, mdespasquale@cmcb.org 617-482-7494  x23


 

Goals and Expectations

1) ensemble playing: listening to others, both within and across sections; adjusting pitches and learning to tune to the ensemble; beginnings of dynamics as an ensemble; starting to develop strong sense of individual rhythm within the group; learning to voice and balance within and across the ensemble; learning to follow conductor’s beat patterns.

2) individual techniques: working on aspects of intonation, rhythm, bowing, and good posture according to individual ability; applying concepts from private lessons into rehearsals

3) practicing: practicing JSE music on a regular basis during the week; working to retain key concepts and instructions from rehearsal to rehearsal; taking music to private lessons

Evaluations

There are no evaluations for JSE, though students are expected to be able to play their parts individually for the group regularly with the support of their peers.

Responsibilities

  • Arrive on time: Everyone in the ensemble has a task to help get the rehearsal started promptly. To be early is to be on time – to be on time is to be late!
  • Arrive prepared: It is crucial to the success of the ensemble that everyone practices their parts individually, outside of Saturday rehearsals. Bring your music and a pencil to each rehearsal- don’t assume your stand partner will bring the music!
  • Ask Questions! If there is anything that you don’t understand about the music we’re playing, its better to ask right away, either before, during or after the rehearsal. Asking questions is a necessary part of the learning process!

 

Conductor: Lisa Sailer

Lisa Sailer is a violist and certified Alexander Technique teacher originally from Washington, D.C.  She holds a Bachelor of Music in violin performance from SUNY Purchase and a Master of Music in viola performance from The Boston Conservatory.  Lisa recently completed a three-year training course at Boston Conservatory at Berklee to become a certified Alexander Technique instructor. Because of her Alexander training, her music teaching emphasizes healthy playing, body awareness, and injury prevention. Lisa teaches music at several after-school and weekend programs around Boston and has been a guest lecturer and teaching assistant at Apple Hill Center for Chamber Music.