No indoor rehearsals or concerts are currently planned for Fall 2020.
(That is, however, subject to change if circumstances and legal restrictions relating to the current pandemic permit.)
Students and community players will be organized into small ensembles, such as small chamber orchestras, string quartets, wind and brass ensembles, duets and trios, and even solo work. Performance pieces will be chosen by ensemble members in consultation with Mr. Johnston.
Ensembles may use any or all of the following methods to rehearse and perform:
- Outdoors. Musicians meet in a suitable outdoor setting with distancing and masking as appropriate.
- JamKazam. Each musician plays at home and the ensemble connects via audio in real time on JamKazam.
- Asynchronous. A guide/foundation track is prepared. Musicians separately record themselves. A composite performance is assembled from the recordings (audio or video).
Class will meet every Wednesday evening at 7:30 on Zoom.
- 7:30: Check-in meeting on Zoom. All MUS 148/248 students must attend; all ensemble leaders who are not students are strongly encouraged to attend.
- 7:45 – 9:30: Ensembles rehearse. (They may rehearse at any other time, if agreed.) This time may also be used for music theory, ear training, and other topics at the discretion of the instructor.
- 9:30 – 10:00: Wrap-up meeting on Zoom.
We have more than 35 players in 12+ ensembles! Here’s how we organize ourselves to keep everything straight.
Ensemble Leader. Each ensemble will have one designated leader who:
- Plays in the ensemble
- Works with the players, coach, Librarians, and Music Director to select the program. Pieces must be properly licensed.
- Ensures everyone has music; works with the Librarians.
- Gets agreement on what mode the ensemble will work in (outdoors, JamKazam, async, or combination)
- Organizes regular rehearsal times and places
- Checks in to the Wednesday Zoom call to report on how the ensemble is doing
- Responds to Music Director’s questions. Updates MD on rehearsal schedule.
- Works with performance organizers to coordinate performance (recording, livestream, or live)
Ensemble Coach. Each ensemble will be assigned a coach who:
- Is typically an orchestral section leader or principal
- Advises on music selection
- Listens to or attends rehearsals from time to time and gives musical feedback
- Generally does not play in that ensemble (but may play in others)
- Advises the ensemble leader on administrative questions
If you are registered in MUS 148/248 you must:
- Attend Wednesday Zoom 7:30 check-ins
- Attend Wednesday Zoom evening wrap-up at 9:30 (unless excused by Music Director)
- Help Ensemble Leaders choose program
- Work with RMS to ensure music is licensed for distribution, performance, and streaming
- Help Ensemble Leaders and players get parts
And finally, all players should:
- Attend all ensemble rehearsals and performances. Let your ensemble leader know if you can’t make it or will be late joining.
- Practice parts
- Maintain contact with Ensemble Leader
- Monitor email daily
- Monitor For Our Musicians web page
- And most importantly, have fun!