Nuts and bolts including rehearsal schedule
Music 3621 Cornell Symphony Orchestra
Music 3621 Cornell Symphony Orchestra [revised August 26, 2017]
Either 0 credits, S-U, or 1 credit, letter grade, each semester. Prerequisite: successful audition.
Chris Younghoon Kim firstname.lastname@example.org
332 Lincoln Hall, Ithaca, NY 14853 Tel: 607-255-8614 Office hours: by appointment
Assistant conductor/Guest composer: Barry Sharp email@example.com
Orchestra TA : Daniel Hawkins firstname.lastname@example.org
Orchestra Librarian: Emma Billmeyer email@example.com
Regular rehearsals are held in B20 of Lincoln Hall and Bailey Hall. Please consult the google calendar on the CSO website for latest location and schedule.
Mondays 4:45 - 6:25 PM (Monday rehearsals will be extended by 20 minutes during concert week)
Wednesdays 4:45 - 6:45 PM
Saturday (9/30) 2:30 - 4:30 PM in Bailey Hall
Saturday (11/11) 10:30 - 1:00 PM in Bailey Hall
Be able to make musical decisions as an independent, integrated ensemble.
Openness to ideas/interpretations from another perspective.
A safe environment in which everyone is respected and can express their own opinion.
A community of learners who give each other constructive feedback /criticism towards a common goal of the orchestra.
Identify and devise solutions to a musical problem.
Compare all the possibilities of interpretation to a musical passage.
Critique one’s own performance as well as their peer’s through verbal reflection and performance.
Course Description and Rationale
The goal of this music performance course is to provide the opportunity for you as an orchestral performer to come together with other like-minded musicians in an ensemble setting to rehearse and perform the highest quality literature from the symphonic orchestra repertoire. In this course we will focus on overall concepts of self and ensemble expression, engagement, participation, and performance. We will also address musical concepts of ensemble and individual balance, blend, intonation, phrasing, dynamics, articulation, tone, rhythmic precision, color, and ensemble clarity. We are going to listen to ourselves, to each other and to the composer’s voice.
Since the Symphony Orchestra is a performance-oriented course, it is expected that each member will attend ALL rehearsals and performances. For any musical ensemble to be successful, every member must demonstrate a high level of commitment to the group. Lateness and absence are detrimental not only to the actual music-making but more importantly, to the morale of the entire orchestra. Therefore, grades are based on attendance, and musical preparation. Frequent tardiness will affect one's grade and membership in the orchestra. It is the student's responsibility to request excuses, and document absences/lateness in writing. Each unexcused absence above two (2) will result in your grade being lowered by a letter. Four (4) unexcused absences will cause dismissal with an F. Two tardies will count as one unexcused absence. No absences will be allowed during concert week.
If you miss a rehearsal for any reason, you can makeup for the absence with a musical writing assignments such as program notes for our concerts. You can also sign up to help with setup crew for our regular rehearsals, dress rehearsals and performances.
Seating is made on a concert-by-concert basis. There will be rotating section leaders. In fact, it will not be unusual for a section leader to sit in the last chair for one piece. After all, a good section leader must experience what it is like to play from the last stand as well as the first stand.
Women: All black - Black skirts/dresses or black (dress) pants, black blouse, dark hose, elegant black shoes.
Men: All black - Black (dress) pants, jacket, white shirt, black bow tie, black socks and black shoes. No sneakers or jeans please.
Website and listserv
The orchestra website will have all current info about upcoming rehearsal schedules and concert schedules.
Also each Sunday evening upcoming week’s schedule will be emailed out on the firstname.lastname@example.org listserv.
To be included on the Orchestra listserv please contact Chris Kim email@example.com
Cornell Symphony Orchestra Fall 2017 Rehearsal schedule (as of August 26, 2017)
This schedule is subject to change please confirm actual schedule via listserv email on Sunday evenings
Concert Period #1
Day Reh # Time Repertoire Location guest artist
Mon 8/28 1 4:45 - 6:25 Tchaikovsky/Ellington B20 Lincoln Hall
Wed 8/30 2 4:45 - 6:45 Stephenson/Ellington B20 Lincoln Hall
Mon 9/4 Labor Day No rehearsal
Wed 9/6 3 4:45 - 6:45 sectional on Tchaikovsky/Ellington B20 Lincoln Hall sectional coaches
Mon 9/11 4 4:45 - 6:25 sectional on Ellington B20 Lincoln Hall sectional coaches
Wed 9/13 5 4:45 - 6:45 Tchaikovsky/Ellington B20 Lincoln Hall
Mon 9/18 6 4:45 - 6:25 Stephenson/Ellington B20 Lincoln Hall w/Alex Shuhan
Wed 9/20 7 4:45 - 6:45 sectional on Tchaikovsky/Ellington B20 Lincoln Hall guest conductor
Mon 9/25 8 4:45 - 6:45 Stephenson/Tchaikovsky B20 Lincoln Hall w/Alex Shuhan
Wed 9/27 9 4:45 - 6:45 Tchaikovsky/Ellington Bailey Hall
Sat 9/30 Dress Reh 2:00 - 4:30 Tchaikovsky/Stephenson/Ellington Bailey Hall w/Alex Shuhan
Sun 9/30 Performance 7:00 pm Tchaikovsky/Stephenson/Ellington Bailey Hall w/Alex Shuhan
Concert Period #2
Mon 10/2 1 4:45 - 6:25 Tchaikovsky/Sharp B20 Lincoln Hall
Wed 10/4 2 4:45 - 6:45 sectional on Tchaikovsky/Sharp B20 Lincoln Hall sectional coaches
Mon 10/9 Fall break No rehearsal
Wed 10/11 3 4L45 - 6:45 Schumann/Ellington B20 Lincoln Hall w/Miri Yampolsky
Mon 10/16 4 4:45 - 6:25 sectional on Schumann/Ellington B20 Lincoln Hall sectional coaches
Wed 10/18 5 4:45 - 6:45 Schumann/sectional on Tchaikovsky B20 Lincoln Hall w/Miri Yampolsky
Mon 10/23 6 4:45 - 6:25 sectional on Ellington B20 Lincoln Hall sectional coaches
Wed 10/25 7 4:45 - 7:00 Tchaikovsky/Sharp B20 Lincoln Hall
Mon 10/30 8 4:45 - 6:25 Schumann/Ellington B20 Lincoln Hall w/Miri Yampolsky
Wed 11/1 9 4:45 - 6:45 Tchaikovsky/Sharp B20 Lincoln Hall
Sun 11/5 Special  4:00 - 6:00 Tchaikovsky/Ellington Bailey Hall TBC
Mon 11/6 11 4:45 - 6:45 Ellington/Sharp B20 Lincoln Hall
Wed 11/8 12 4:45 - 6:45 Schumann/Tchaikovsky Bailey Hall w/Miri Yampolsky
Sat 11/11 Dress Reh. 10:30 - 1:00 Sharp/Schumann/Tchaikovsky/Ellington Bailey Hall w/Miri Yampolsky
Sat 11/11 Performance 7:00 pm Sharp/Schumann/Tchaikovsky/Ellington Bailey Hall w/Miri Yampolsky
Mon 11/13 reading session 4:45 - 6:25 Rachman/Sharp B20 Lincoln Hall w/composer
Wed 11/15 reading session 4:45 - 7:00 Rachman/Sharp B20 Lincoln Hall w/composer
Mon 11/20 No rehearsal
Wed 11/22 Thanksgiving No rehearsal
Concert Period #3
Mon 11/27 1 5:00 - 6:30 Vivaldi Gloria Sage Chapel w/ Chorale & Spinelli
Wed 11/29 2 4:45 - 6:45 Vivaldi Gloria B20 Lincoln Hall soloists & Spinelli
Fri 12/1 Dress reh 5:45 - 6:30 Vivaldi Gloria Sage Chapel w/ Chorale & Spinelli
Fri 12/1 Performance 8 pm Vivaldi Gloria Sage Chapel w/ Chorale & Spinelli