Christmas in July

Ordering new music for the school year was like Christmas in July.

I am so so excited to really dive into this music with my students this year. Our library has been lacking in some upper level (grade 3-5) pieces, so this year I was able to help fill that hole in our library. I sat down with a glass of a good tasting liquid and a light snack and camped out on my couch. I spent time listening to so many pieces, reflected upon and reviewed lists from sight reading sessions at the state music education association’s sight reading sessions and the ASTA national conference sight reading sessions, then came up with the pieces below.

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Let’s say, this is one happy camper of an orchestra director, and a bunch of kids are super excited after hearing their fall concert rep. I played recordings of their fall concert music the first week of school, and multiple students came to say how excited they were because the enjoyed listening so much. Each orchestra has a cinematic-ish piece, a classical piece, and a different genre piece

Concert Orchestra (lower level High School): Fingal’s Rock, Pioneer Sky, (3rd. piece possibly Bavarian Rhapsody)

Symphony Orchestra (upper HS, Strings only this trimester): Allegro Moderato-from Saint Saƫns Sympony 3, Loonacy, Jazzed Up and High Strung.

Do you have a harpist in your orchestra? I’m working with one, soon to be two. What pieces have you programmed?

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