Crane Symphony Orchestra

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Welcome

I’m thrilled we’ll be working together for the next semester.  I want to be as helpful to you as I can be so that we reach our fullest potential together. Our best tool to reach that goal is to communicate.  Feel free to contact me at anytime with questions, comments or concerns @ folliapj@potsdam.edu

Syllabus

Please see the syllabus which addresses attendance, grading, orchestra placement and dress code policies.

Expectations

1.     Preparation

Rehearsal isn’t for learning your part, it’s for learning how your part fits within the greater whole.

  • Listen: The best way for you to develop your musicianship is to immerse your ears in the music of the masters and master musicians.
    • Find the best recordings, with the best orchestras and best conductors of the repertoire we’re preparing and listen to them frequently.  Do this at least once before our first rehearsal.
      • You may find it helpful to play your part along with a recording.  (This can be particularly rewarding with friends)
    • I will upload rehearsal recordings, which will be our best tool to accurately and objectively hear how we are progressing.
  • Prepare: Know your part and know the piece.  Anything less is unprofessional.
  • Sectionals: I will rely on section leaders to lead sectionals if they, or I feel that extra work is needed in order to meet standards.
  • Bring a pencil: If you miss it, mark it.

2.     Attendance

There are no excused absences, and tardiness is not acceptable.  Please see the syllabus for the specifics regarding these policies.

3.     Be professional

All communication (written, verbal and non-verbal) should be respectful, grammatically correct and concise.  Consider your attire.  Hold yourself and your colleagues to the highest standards of musicianship.

4.     Take risks

You’re here because of the outstanding musician you are – be that musician, and inspire others by your example.

Repertoire:

See the semester’s repertoire, concert and rehearsal dates listed here.