Hello WCS Students & Families!
As we lean fully into the second half of the Fall ’20 Semester, it’s a time to both look back on what’s been wonderful so far this school year, and to look ahead at what great opportunities are on the horizon!
Halloween Group Performance & Party
Thank you to everyone who came out and joined us for this year’s annual Halloween Group Performance & Party! We were fortunate to completely dodge the rain and had the encouragement of the light and warmth of a campfire to keep us company. It was wonderful to hear how much better Fiocco Allegro, and so many other pieces, sounded after a semester’s group classes, even with cold fingers! And I’m so thankful that students who had consistently been attending group throughout the semester were able to punctuate this semester’s classes with a memorable evening.
So, group classes for the Fall ’20 Semester are now concluded, and groups will be on hiatus until resuming in the Spring ’20 Semester. Our original plan, when heading into the school year, was to find another location to hold groups outside from March – May. However, with churches, community centers, and the like increasingly reopening to the public, we’re certainly going to be exploring the possibility of returning to groups indoors, whether at the Episcopal Church of the Good Shepherd once again, or somewhere else. We’ll keep you posted!
December Zoom “Home Concert
“With groups now concluded, it’s time now more than ever to focus on our solo repertoire, for things like All-Suburban and All-State orchestra auditions, as well as our December Zoom “Home Concert.” Since the October solo recital date conflicted with other activities for so many students, and because generally everyone seems to have enjoyed having the opportunity to perform in May, June, July, and again in October, we’re going to add another solo performance opportunity to the calendar on Sunday, December 13.
In all likelihood, we’ll hold performances at 1:00 and 3:00 p.m. once again, although that isn’t set in stone yet at this point. And since it’s so close to the holidays, it’ll be a great time to share some holiday music and merriment in addition to the normal classical repertoire! Details will be forthcoming as the date draws nearer.
Missouri Federation of Music Clubs “Virtuoso Club”
This past week, I registered our program once again for the Missouri Federation of Music Clubs through which many of you have participated in the “Spring Festival” judging, and quite a few have competed in the Summer Camp Scholarship Competition and Music Major Scholarship Competition (congratulations once again to last year’s Camp Scholarship Competition winners, and well-wishes to our Music Major Scholarship winner from 2019, Wesley, who now studies at the UMKC Conservatory!).
These events serve as very concrete goals for students to work towards, and give students the opportunity to grow and stretch themselves by participating in something challenging that still fits the West County Strings mantra of being warm and nurturing, with every event judged by fellow music educators. The “bulletin” for 2020-2024 just arrived yesterday, which will allow us to see what repertoire each of us could work on preparing for our appropriate “class” (level) for next spring’s events!
I think that about covers it for today. KIrby and I look forward to seeing you all in your next lesson, and to continuing to learn, grow, and develop with you all as this school year marches on!