We had an AMAZING orchestra rehearsal yesterday. The fourth and fifth grade string students gathered in the lesson room with their instruments and music at recess and made Memorial history! This was the first combined orchestra rehearsal at our school since the 1980s.
I was so impressed with how quickly they set up their instruments, then listened for directions on where to stand. I was also thrilled to see all of their smiling faces! Everyone was so excited to hear how the music would sound with ALL of the parts being played together to create harmony.
There are 5 students in our group who have only been playing their instruments for four weeks - and they did an awesome job keeping up with the others who have been playing for one or two years.
We started with a scale (in unison and a round) to warm up, then started to rehearse the Concerto for Triangle. We worked on big stuff - like our rhythms and pitches - then had time to focus on the small details, like bowings and articulations. We even had some volunteers demonstrate as solos!
I was so busy conducting that I almost forgot to take photos or a video! Luckily, we had some time to record two measures from the piece. Listen to that harmony!
After the Concerto for Triangle, we got started on a new song, Carol of the Bells. The repeated part is so much fun to play!
I can't wait until next Thursday's rehearsal :)