Remote Rehearsals

The Napa Valley Youth Symphony season will continue, with significant adjustment. The Red Gala is cancelled, BottleRock is moved to October and everything else is TBD, but there is no reason to stop developing musically during this unintended sabbatical. We will be replacing our upcoming rehearsals with a series of online workshops on audition skills, which are foundational for every instrumentalist. I and your coaches will be presenting to you over Zoom on the following topics:
 

  • March 22: Audition excerpts - Coaches will lead you through each of this year's audition excerpts with some pointers about how to approach them.
  • March 29: Preparing for scales and sight-reading - Coaches will take you through practice routines to develop some of these fundamentals on your instrument
  • April 5: Solo masterclass - You and your colleagues will play your solos for each other for feedback and encouragement.
  • April 12: Mock Auditions - Go through the entire audition process from scale to sight-reading and get feedback (This is Easter, so you may have plans, but most musicians find it very helpful to go through the entire process with an audience so participate if you can!)

Here is a link to all zoom sessions.

I think that we can really make the most of this time. Whether you are returning to the same ensemble next year, going off to college and auditioning for your college orchestra, or looking to move up, these workshops will help build skills that every musician needs. If you have anxiety or questions about what is part of the audition, check out my Audition Workshop Video or the NVYS skill requirements.

For each of the above dates, you'll be assigned a time slot (3/29 schedule is listed below) which will allow our coaches to work with you in groups of 8 or fewer and give more personalized time. In between Sundays we'll have you log your practice time to see which section is making the most of your time.

What next?

  • Check the schedule below for your meeting time for this Sunday. Put a reminder in your calendar for this and the following Sundays (through April 12)
  • Download Zoom to be able to dial in
  • Download (and print if you can) the NVYS audition excerpt for your instrument
  • Watch your email for the link to our Sunday meeting
  • This Sunday get your instrument set up and click on the link about 10 minutes before your scheduled time



4:00 PM

 

Austin

Juliana

Jed

Cas

Sabrina

Audrey

Joey

Alanna

Karle

Jean-Luc

Jianne

Seth

Alexander

Abigail

Eli

Heriberto

Rachel

Sean

Theo

Ida

Gwen

Ryan

Gabbie

Lily

Ike

 

Aaron

 

5:00PM

Liam

Mia

Lena

Carlo

Mario

Sophie

Thomas G.

Maddy S.

Atticus

Michael

Katie

Luisa

Kyle

Thomas R.

Elliot

Ian

Sam

Aiden

Alitza

 

Evangeline

Calvin

Sienna

 

Uma

Julia

Jasperina

 

Madeline C.

Sadie

Collin 

 



6:00PM

 

Ben

Finnegan

Jacob

Antonio

Daniel

Lachlan

Luke

Elena

Everley

Jasmin

Hunter

Alexis

Spencer

Ella

Miles

Sherane

Olivia

Sophia

 

Isabella

 

Jessica

 

We would LOVE full participation, but if you're unable to participate please fill out an absence request just like a normal rehearsal.


Stay healthy! I'm really looking forward to seeing you all (virtually)!