Category Archives: Assignments

Spring Festival ’18 Repertoire List

Wondering what pieces you’re responsible for the Spring Festival this year?  Well, wonder no longer.  Please note that members of the Ensemble and Circle of 5ths should also bring a black 1/2-inch binder and music stand with them to rehearsals and the concert!

Ensemble
Vivaldi Four Seasons: Spring, 1st Movement

Circle of 5ths
Bach Double
Old Joe Clarke
Everything from G Majors

Viola Choir
Way Down Upon the Swanee River
Lully Gavotte (duet)
Musette (duet)
Etude (duet)

G Majors
Humoresque
Boccherini Minuet
Hunter’s Chorus
Gossec Gavotte
Old Joe Clarke
Minuet 2
Perpetual Motion

A Majors
Allegro
Song of the Wind
Lightly Row
Old Brass Wagon Variations
Chicken on a Fencepost Variations

Vivaldi Four Seasons Auditions

Every spring, we look forward to our Spring Festival group performance, which always highlights our students’ work both as individuals and in their group classes throughout the school year.  This year, one of the supplemental pieces we will be preparing for the Spring Festival on April 21 is “Spring” (Concerto No. 1 in E Major, Op. 8, RV 269, “La primavera”) from Vivaldi’s Four Seasons.

Like all concertos, the four concertos that make up Vivaldi’s Four Seasons were composed for a solo instrument – in this case violin – and orchestra.  The arrangement we are using allows for us to play this piece with a group of 1st violins, a group of 2nd violins, a group of violas, and a cello.  However, certain parts still require a soloist.  Would you be interested in auditioning for a solo?

Well, if you’re a Book 4+ student, we invite you to audition for the two solos in the 2nd violin part.  And if you’re a Book 5+ student, you’re invited to audition for the four solos in the 1st violin part (you may also audition for the two solos from the 2nd violin part).  The audition winners will only be assigned one of the solos for the performance, so six different students will have the opportunity to play solos.  However, in order to be considered your audition submission must contain both solo excerpts if you are auditioning for 2nd violin, and all four solo excerpts if you are auditioning for 1st violin.  Audition winners must also be able to regularly attend Ensemble rehearsals from 8:00-8:50 on Tuesday evenings throughout the semester.

In order to help you prepare, we are providing marked parts, as well as time stamps for a recording for you to listen to.

Violin 1, pg. 1, Violin 1, pg. 2, Violin 1, pg. 3.

Violin 2, pg. 1, Violin 2, pg. 2.

Violin 1 solo #1 / Violin 2 solo #1 (m. 13-27) @ 0:29
Violin 1 solo #2 (m. 47-55) @ 1:42
Violin 1 solo #3 / Violin 2 solo #2 (m. 59-65) @ 2:08
Violin 1 solo #4 (m. 71-75) @ 2:33

Performances will be judged on the following criteria:

  • Intonation
  • Tone
  • Adherence to the marked bowings and fingerings
  • Technique (posture, bow hold, shifting, vibrato as appropriate, etc.)
  • Musicality (dynamics, phrasing, musical sensitivity)

Please submit your video recording of your audition to bradleytkay@gmail.com no later than 9:00 p.m on Saturday, February 24.  This gives you one month to prepare!  Please ask your teacher if you have any questions.  Happy practicing!

Spring Festival – Finalized Repertoire List

Hello Everyone!  As you know, our Spring Festival Group Concert is coming up on April 23.  Here is the finalized repertoire list that we will be focusing on in group classes until then, and that you can be practicing at home, as well!

ENSEMBLE
Tango
Canzonetta
Kesh Jig
Springtime
VIOLIN
Bach Double
Bohm Perpetual Motion
Seitz 2 III
Bach Bourree
Lully Gavotte
Two Grenediers
Minuet 3
Etude
Perpetual Motion
Go Tell Rhody
Lightly Row
Twinkles
PRETWINKLE
Sing Twinkle
POP Goes
Twinkle A
Twinkle E
VIOLA
The Swan
Gavotte in G minor
Chorus from Judas Maccabeus
May Song
Long Long Ago
ALL
A La Paul Rolland Dance

February Group Repertoire

A Majors
Eek! Song
Train Song
Monkey Song
Twinkle Theme & Variations
Lightly Row – Perpetual Motion

G Majors
Minuet 2
Gossec Gavotte
Chorus from J.M.
Two Grenadiers
Witches’ Dance
Boccherini Minuet

Viola Choir
Twinkle Theme & Variations
Lightly Row – Perpetual Motion
Minuet 2
Waltz
Telemann GM for 2 Vla
The Swan

Circle of 5ths
Bach Bourree
Seitz 5:III
Bach Double

Performance Ensemble
Kesh Jig
Tango
Canzonetta

Any participants in the Performance Ensemble are encouraged to join in the performance at Marie de Villa on Saturday, February 25 at 2:30 p.m.

Nursery Rhymes & Suzuki Song Words

Chicken on a Fence Post
Chicken on a fence post, can’t dance Josey.
Chicken on a fence post, can’t dance Josey.
Chicken on a fence post, can’t dance Josey.
Hello Susan Brown-i-o.

Teddy Bear, Teddy Bear
Teddy Bear, teddy bear turn around.
Teddy Bear, teddy bear touch the ground.
Teddy Bear, teddy bear show your shoe.
Teddy Bear, teddy bear that will do.

Teddy Bear, teddy bear to upstairs.
Teddy Bear, teddy bear say your prayers.
Teddy Bear, teddy bear turn off the light.
Teddy Bear, teddy bear say good night.

Lightly Row
Lightly row, lightly row, over dancing waves we go.
Lightly rowing, lightly rowing, singing as we row our boat.
Let the wind and water be, mingle with our melody.
Lightly Rowing, lightly rowing, singing as we row our boat.

Rocky Mountain High
Rocky Mountain, rocky mountain, rocky mountain high.
When you’re on that rocky mountain, hang your head and cry.
Do, do, do, do, do remember me. Do, do, do, do, do remember me.

Stormy ocean, stormy ocean, stormy ocean blue.
When you’re on that stormy ocean sing it loud and true.
Do, do, do, do, do remember me. Do, do, do, do, do remember me.

Sunny valley, sunny valley, sunny valley low.
When you’re in that sunny valley sing it soft and slow.
Do, do, do, do, do remember me. Do, do, do, do, do remember me.

May Song
Spring will soon come parching in, Hear the happy Chorus.
Lark and wren and thrush they all sing.
Robin, bluebird’s songs they all ring.
Spring will soon come marching in, Hear the Happy Chorus.

To Market, To Market
To market, to market to buy a fat pig.
Home again, home again jiggety jig.
To market, to market to buy a fat hog.
Home again, home again jiggety jog.

Go Tell Aunt Rhody
Go tell Aunt Rhody, tell her quickly now.
Go tell Aunt Rhody, old gray goose is dead.
Goslings are crying, crying sadly now.
Gosling are crying, crying now.
Go tell Aunt Rhody, tell her quickly now.
Go tell Aunt Rhody, old gray goose is dead.

Spring ’16 Group Class Assignments

It was great to see all of you in group class last night!  If you weren’t able to join us, we hope to see you in upcoming weeks.

This semester, we are going to be working on repertoire that we will play on the Spring Festival. For us to do the work that we need to do as a group, we need each of you to be doing your individual work on these pieces at home every week!  Here’s the repertoire list:

Pre-Twinkle
Twinkle Variations w/ Stops
Wintertime in Russia
A-Tune

Book 1
Twinkle Theme & Variations
Lightly Row
O Come, Little Children
May Song
Allegro
Long, Long Ago
Etude
Gossec Gavotte

Book 2
Chorus from Judas Maccabaeus
Bourrée
Minuet in G

Book 3
Gavotte in G Minor

Book 4
Vivaldi A Minor, 1st Mov. (violin)
Telemann, 2nd & 4th Mov. (viola)

Book 6
La Folia

Supplemental
Boil ‘Em Cabbage Down
Orange Blossom Special

Also, last night Kirby and I mentioned a talk by Itzhak Perlman in which he talks about some principles of practicing.  We wanted each student to watch this video before group class next week, and be prepared to share their thoughts about it.  Efficient practicing at home and in group will be key to a great Spring Festival this semester!  Here’s the video:

See you in group next week!