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To practice For next week (April 23)

Brahms 6
Great Gate, starting at measure 47
Hut, from the top

Concert Start time decided

Our June 2 concert will begin at 3pm.

Note From the Conductor

Ladies and gentlemen of the orchestra,

Thank you for a job well done. It was a challenging concert and you more than rose to the occasion. Especially the strings. The Vivaldi required some special music making and our performance was very pleasing. Yvonne was very happy. And thank you to the quintet. Your chamber music work is making a difference in your playing together in the orchestra.

Here is the music for our next concert. Every one of the tunes was suggested by an orchestra member.

If you have comments regarding the concert start time, send them to a Board member. They'd enjoy hearing from you.

Again, great show on Sunday! Thank you and take care.


New Dues Cycle for Spring Term

Member dues are again $30, students exempted. Please feel free to invent you own sliding scale. While we hope everyone will contribute what they can, we don’t want to place membership out of reach for anyone. Optional donations (anything over $30) are now tax deductible and eligible for an Oregon Cultural Trust tax credit. Regular dues pay for our conductor’s fee, and any additional donations support our music library and equipment purchases and honoraria for guest artists.

I accept cash or checks made out to “ESCO” at any rehearsal. Look for me in the cello section. Or you can pay online: use the password Bizet 122 to get into the members only section of our website and select Dues option. Follow the directions to pay securely with a credit card.

Thank you!
B. J. Novitski, Treasurer

Note from the Treasurer

Our performance was very well received. Your friends and family donated a total of $233 at the door. Please thank them. Also, our pizza party fundraiser brought in $480.01. Thank you, participants, and special thanks to Papa’s Pizza.

B.J. Novitski, Treasurer

Next rehearsal: April 2

ESCO’s first Crossword!

Bass player Jack Niedermann has made a crossword puzzle just for us! The theme is our upcoming concert, so some of the clues relate to our repertoire. Download it here. Have fun!

From the Board President (Eleanor Montagna in the clarinet section)

Here is your end of 2018 multi-tasking challenge: as you polish your bowing or tonguing, your mind is free to think of someone to invite to our concert. Extra credit if the person can hear, double credit if the person is under 25! Our next concert will be an evening performance, but we are seriously considering an afternoon performance for our winter concert. Let your Board know how you feel about that!

Board members include:

Linda Ague, flute
Amey Herman, violin
Doug Heydon, string bass
Richard Long, conductor
Eleanor Montagna, clarinet
B. J. Novitski, cello
Dan Powell, bassoon
Alex Zunterstein,violin

Principal Players

Designated by Conductor Richard Long:

Alex Zunterstein, Concertmaster
Amey Herman, Assistant Concertmaster
Judy Spearin, Principal Second Violin
Rena Segebartt, Principal Viola
BJ Novitski, Principal Cello
Doug Heydon, Principal String Bass
Karen Fielder, Principal Flute
Barry Jarvis, Principal Oboe
Eleanor Montagna, Principal Clarinet
Patricia Moore, Principal Bassoon
Amos Heifner, Principal French Horn
Barry Barreau, Principal Trumpet
Don Dixon, Principal Trombone
Dawn Jeffries, Principal Percussion

Principal Player job description:

* Assign seating within the section, being sure to rotate players around so they can hear what the orchestra sounds like from different positions and so they can get to know each other better.

* Manage sheet music, keep extra copies, make more if needed, and generally make sure everyone has what they need.

* Maintain communications within the section and recognize any problems in the making

* Allocate solos

* Act as “den mother”: welcome new members, set up a sectional phone tree, plan sectional rehearsals.

Announce your next gig on our website!

Five Keys To Success
1. Arrive no later than 650 p.m., set up your area and warm-up.
2. Have a pencil and use it.
3. Respect the rehearsal process by refraining from talking.
4. Clean up your area when we are done. We are guests.
5. Practice. Be prepared.

Inclement Weather  If the Springfield Public Schools are closed due to bad weather, we will not rehearse. When in doubt, check back here.

Missed Rehearsals:  If you are going to miss a rehearsal, please let Richard know ASAP.  Thank you.