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Next Week (Nov. 13) we’ll rehearse:

Bernstein transitions
Everything else
Please note modifications to metronome goals and Mike Ponichtera’s extensive programs notes

Concert Start Time

After discussion, the ESCO Board has decided to leave the start time at 7:00 p.m. for the December concert. Other start times, including afternoon times, will be considered for the March and June concerts.

Chamber Music on December 2 Concert?

Anyone wishing to play chamber music on our December concert is welcome. See Richard ASAP.

Dues are . . . Due!

Thank you to the many members who have already paid their dues! But over 20 of you have not yet paid for this term. It’s time to step up and help cover the orchestra’s expenses. Dues are $30, students exempted. Feel free to use a sliding scale. Proceeds go to honoraria for Richard and guest artists and to operational expenses. Optional donations (anything over the $30) are tax-deductible. Any donations will support our music library and occasional instrument expenses. We can accept cash or checks made out to ESCO or you can pay securely online. If you’re unsure if you’ve paid yet, just ask me. Thank you!

BJ Novitski, cello

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

December 20 with the SHS Orchestra

Sign-up to play with the Springfield High School Orchestra on their Holiday Concert, Thursday, December 20, starting at 7:00 p.m. Details to follow.

Pizza Party!

On December 4th (the first Tuesday after our concert) Papa’s Pizza Parlor (Coburg Road location) will host a fundraiser for our orchestra. They will donate 50% of their income from food sold on that day to anyone with a customized flyer in hand. If you need more copies, download the pdf here and print as many copies as you like. Please hand them out to anyone you know who might be interested in helping us out.

Bring your family and friends! We’ll all be helping the orchestra while celebrating our last concert of 2018.

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
TBA, 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.