Rehearsal Plan for Sunday, May 19

Hi all,

Thank you for your work with Mr. McCurdy and with Amir on Sunday. I enjoyed listening to the last 30 minutes of rehearsal. Below is our plan for this Sunday.

Rehearsal Plan for Sunday, May 19

  • 4:00pm-5:30pm:
    • Castro: Portland Beauty (with tour guests)
    • Moncayo: Huapango (with tour guests)
  • 5:30pm-5:45pm: Break
  • 5:45pm-6:15pm: Music for an Imaginary Cartoon
  • 6:15pm-7:00pm: Capriccio Espagnol

Happy practicing,

Dr. G.

Margaux Hicks with MYS Concert Orchestra | May 12, 2024 | Photo by Kyra Hanson

Video for “Music for an Imaginary Cartoon”

Made by local middle school students at Portland Art Museum’s “Center for an Untold Tomorrow.” This is a private video and should not be shared outside of MYS Symphony Orchestra membership. Thanks!

Rehearsal Plan for Sunday, May 12

Hi everybody,

Great work last Sunday (5/5). Please see below.

Rehearsal Plan for Sunday, May 12

  • 4:00pm-5:30pm:
    • Moncayo: Huapango (tutti, including tour guests)
    • Rimsky-Korsakov (tour guests dismissed)
  • 5:30pm-5:45pm: Break
  • 5:45pm-6:15pm: more Rimsky-Korsakov
  • 6:15pm-7:00pm: Freedom Overture (Amir conducting)

Happy practicing,

Dr. G.

MYS Hillsboro Camerata at an Outreach Concert | May, 2024 | Photo by Mark Woodward

Rehearsal Plan for Sunday, May 5

Hi everybody,

We’re done with sectionals for the season. I look forward to working with the full orchestra this Sunday. Please note that this Sunday is our annual open house. It’s a great chance to invite friends to come check out what MYS has to offer. Send them this registration/information link.

Rehearsal Plan for Sunday, May 5

  • 4:00pm-5:30pm: Tutti, including tour guests:
    • Moncayo: Huapango
    • Gipps: Oboe Concerto (no soloist)
  • 5:30pm-5:45pm: Break
  • 5:45pm-7:00pm: Capriccio Espagnol

Happy practicing,

Dr. G.

From MYS Symphony Orchestra’s “Rooted” | March 3, 2024 | Photo by Richard Kolbell

[MYSfits] Audio Reference for BodyVox Performances

Hi all,

Because we’re working with dancers, it’s crucially important that we stick to the tempi of the recordings they have been using for their choreography and rehearsals. Below are those tracks.

Note: the 2nd movement of Apocryphal Dances will be an instrumental feature (no dancers).

UPDATED PLAYLIST LINKED HERE

Contents:

  • Bunch: Apocryphal Dances
  • Quesada: El Niño de Isabel

Best,

Dr. G.

Rehearsal Plan for Sunday, April 28

Hi all,

Our final set of sectionals is this coming Sunday (4/28). Woodwind sections will work with coaches. Strings will be with me. Percussion and brass will be dismissed at the break.

Rehearsal Plan for Sunday, April 28

  • 4:00pm-5:30pm: Tutti, including tour guests:
    • Castro: Portland Beauty
    • Moncayo: Huapango
  • 4:00pm-5:30pm: Percussion with Kevin
  • 5:30pm-5:45pm: Break – brass and percussion dismissed
  • 5:45pm-7:00pm: Sectionals
    • Woodwinds with coaches: Rimsky-Korsakov
    • RGR with strings only: Music for an Imaginary Cartoon

Happy practicing,

Dr. G.

From MYS Symphony Orchestra’s “Rooted” | March 3, 2024 | Photo by Richard Kolbell

Rehearsal Plan for Sunday, April 21

Hi all,

More sectionals this coming Sunday, this time for brass!

Last week (4/14) we spoke about rehearsal punctuality (arrive by 3:45pm!), and planning ahead when it comes to conflicts/absences. Please make sure to have our weeknight rehearsals on your calendars! (June 13, 14 and 15). These rehearsals are required, just like our regular Sunday rehearsals. You must communicate in advance if you have conflicts. Please and thank you.

Also, please remember that the main point of my sending rehearsal plans in advance is that you practice in advance.

Rehearsal Plan for Sunday, April 21

  • 4:00pm-5:30pm: Tutti (except percussion), including tour guests
    • Castro: Portland Beauty
    • Oboe Concerto (no soloist)
  • 4:00pm-5:30pm: Percussion with Kevin
  • 5:30pm-5:45pm: Break
  • 5:45pm-7:00pm: Sectionals
    • Brass w/ coaches: Rimsky-Korsakov, Moncayo if there’s time
    • RGR with everyone else: Rimsky-Korsakov

Happy practicing,

Dr. G.

From MYS Symphony Orchestra’s “Rooted” | March 3, 2024 | Photo by Richard Kolbell

Rehearsal Plan for Sunday, April 14

Hi everybody,

Below is our rehearsal plan for Sunday, April 14. Please note that this is the first of three straight Sundays with sectionals.

Rehearsal Plan for Sunday, April 14

  • 4:00pm-5:30pm: Tutti (except percussion)
    • Huapango
    • Oboe Concerto (no soloist)
  • 4:00pm-5:30pm: Percussion with Kevin
  • 5:30pm-5:45pm: Break
  • 5:45pm-7:00pm: Sectionals
    • Strings w/ coaches: Rimsky-Korsakov
    • RGR with everyone else: Rimsky-Korsakov

Please listen to recordings of all the repertoire (and especially the Oboe Concerto, since we’ll read it this Sunday). You can find audio/video on the right column on this webpage (or scrolling all the way down if you’re on a mobile device).

Happy practicing!

Dr. G.

From MYS Symphony Orchestra’s “Rooted” | March 3, 2024 | Photo by Richard Kolbell

Spring 2024 Part Assignments

Hi everybody,

I enjoyed spending most of my day yesterday listening to your auditions and working on creating part assignments for our June 16 concert.

Please click the button below to access the part assignments. Please let me know if you spot any errors or have any questions.

A few notes:

  • Some of these assignments were made with our summer tour in mind. A few woodwind players will be doubling other parts (like horn, trumpet, trombone). We will provide transposed parts whenever necessary.
  • In the winds and brass, if you see something like this: “1(alt),” that means this person is the “alternate player” for the part. They will learn and rehearse the part, but will not perform it in the concert, unless the primary player is absent.
  • Please note the program order, included in the part assignments document and also linked here. Write your name and the program order on each piece of music. For example, on my part for Capriccio Espagnol I would write: “Raúl – 4/6” (since it’s the 4th piece in the program out of 6).
  • Percussion is as of Thursday night. More soon!

Happy practicing and see you Sunday!

Dr. G.

Cellos! – “Rooted” on March 3, 2024 at the Newmark Theatre. Photo by Richard Kolbell.

Rehearsal Plan for Sunday, April 7

Hi all, I hope you had a wonderful spring break. I look forward to seeing you all this Sunday. Below is my rehearsal plan for 4/7.

Rehearsal Plan for Sunday, April 7

  • 4:00pm-4:45pm: Portland Beauty (with tour guests)
  • 4:45pm-5:30pm: Huapango (with tour guests)
  • 5:30pm-5:45pm: Break
  • 5:45pm-6:30pm: Music for an Imaginary Cartoon (YCP piece)
  • 6:30pm-7:00pm: Avsker’s Freedom Overture (YCP piece)

Happy practicing!

Dr. G.

From MYS Symphony Orchestra’s “Rooted” | March 3, 2024 | Photo by Richard Kolbell