IMPORTANT NEWS FROM JIM!

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JUNE ZOOM CLASS SCHEDULE: NO WIND,PERCUSSION OR STRING CLASS FOR THE FIRST WEEK JUNE 1 – 5. We need some time off to up grade Zoom and relax! I might even get a hair cut!?! BOARD OF DIRECTOR’S ZOOM MEETING, 2:00, June 8th. Jim and Jamie’s class schedule will remain the same starting in the second week of June except for Jim’s Tuesday evening classes which will be 5:00 Baritones; 6:00 Bass Clarinets and Tuba; 7:00 Percussion. Other changes for Strings and Winds will be posted during the first week of June.

INTRODUCING “THE PLAY ALONG CORNER”. We will be adding a New Feature to our internet learning called the “PLAY ALONG CORNER”. We have been working on music tracks which will allow you to play written parts along with four part chorales. Your will receive parts for all four voices and will be able to select and learn to play any and all four of these parts as if you are a member of a quartet. We suggest that you start by counting out loud while clapping the bass line so that you learn how all three upper voices are constructed on the foundation of the bass line. More complete instructions will be distributed with other information on Monday evening June 1st and Thursday evening June 4th. (Please see below!).

PLAY ALONG MUSIC DISTRIBUTION: We are taking this opportunity to introduce you to a new friend and host for our New Horizons Program. The Board of Directors and Congregation of the “First Evangelical Church” located at 369 E. Woodsdale Ave. Akron, Ohio, have invited us to use their Church as HOME BASE! As you know returning to schools and university facilities is at this point unlikely. We are fortunate to have another friend in the community that is willing to host our activities. We are taking advantage of this opportunity by starting next week with “Baby Steps” back towards large group ensembles. We have organized two evenings, Monday June 1st and Thursday June 4th, from 5:30 until 7:00 during which you may drive into the church parking lot and be directed to a drive by music pick up stand. Simply follow the directions of the parking lot staff who will form you into a line that will pull up to a table. Connie Stinnett will hand you the Play Along Music and Instruction Sheet through your window. She will be wearing her mask and we ask you to do the same. If you would like a short tour of the building please pull into a parking space and Carrie Cunningham will be your escort through the facility. We again ask that you follow the correct best practice safe mask and hand washing protocols suggested by our State and Federal authorities. Please allow me to take a minute to thank Carrie, Connie , and Marilyn Katzmark for their help in making this introduction to our newest host possible.

You will also receive registration information for “Live Private Lessons” and “Small Group”interests. These opportunities will be provided based on interest of our membership at both the Church and at Jim Stahl’s Cavalier Studio. Coaching and teaching personnel will be assigned based on the interest response of the membership. We would like to add these opportunities to our schedules late summer and into the Fall. Please know that we will always do our best to improve our Zoom quality as we move forward towards our New Horizons “New Normal”. These in person live opportunities are not replacing our Zoom schedule put are expanding our offerings! Stay Safe! Jim