Play Along Music Distribution Today (June 1) and Thursday (June 4)

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!

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.

Change Zoom Settings to Enhance Your Zoom Music Experience

Zoom was originally intended for speaking, so the default audio settings are optimized for normal speech and designed to filter out background noise and loud sounds. Unfortunately these settings do not work well with music.

Are you noticing the sound cutting in and out while you play your instrument during your online lessons? Does the instrument sound garbled on the other end when you try to play? Are you having trouble hearing dynamic contrast?

You can mitigate these sound issues by following these few steps.
Click here for a Mobile App
Click here for Laptop/Desktop settings



Music Settings For a Mobile App

Open the Zoom app and click on the settings icon.

Click on Meetings

Scroll down to the “Use Original Sound” item.
The default is off, as shown below.
Click on the switch so that it moves to the right and turns green.

This completes the settings configuration.
To return to the main page click on the arrow (<) at the top left side of the page and then click on “Meet and Chat” on the bottom left of the next page.

This last step is required each time you sign in to a Zoom meeting.

After you sign in to the meeting, tap on the screen to display the menu at the bottom of the page.
Click on the “More” option.

Click on “Enable Original Sound”.

That’s it – your music should sound much better.



Music Settings On a Laptop/Desktop

Click on the Settings gear icon at the top right

Click on Audio in the settings page.

Uncheck the “Automatically adjust microphone volume” button.
Then click on the “Advanced” button.

Click on “Show in-meeting option” to Enable Original Sound from microphone.

When you sign in to a meeting “Turn on Original Sound” will appear at the top left side of the page. Click on that link to remove the audio processing to hear music without distortion.

Winds and Percussion ZOOM Meetings Schedule

Jim has posted the following ZOOM meetings schedule for Winds and Percussion.

Monday

4:00-4:40 Oboes
5:00-5:40 Trumpets
6:00-6:40 Flutes
7:00-7:40 Clarinets
Tuesday

3:00-3:40 Percussion
4:00-4:40 Bass Clarinet/Tuba
5:00-5:40 Baritones
Wednesday

4:00-4:40 French Horns
5:00-5:40 Trombones
6:00-6:40 Novice Lesson
7:00-7:40 Saxophones
Thursday

3:00-3:40 Novice Lesson
4:00-4:40 Novice Lesson
5:00-5:40 Novice Lesson
6:00-6:40 Novice Lesson
To view both the Strings and Winds/Percussion ZOOM meeting schedules click on the Calendars Menu option and then Rehearsal + performance calendar.

Strings ZOOM Meeting CORRECTION

Meeting Sign-in link clarification

Since Jaime had already sent a text message to the strings with the sign-in link, Jaime will not be sending another text. Keep Jaime’s texted meeting sign-in link handy because it should be used for all future string ZOOM meetings.

New Horizon Strings ZOOM Meeting Schedule

String ZOOM meetings will start Monday April 20th.

Jaime has posted the following string schedule.
To sign-in to the meeting use the link from Jaime’s previous TEXT.
That link should be used for all future string Zoom meetings.
If you have not downloaded the ZOOM app please do so before the meetings.
Here is a tutorial to help with download and setup.

Monday

[4:00 – 6:00] Strings Orientation

[6:00 – 7:30] String Orchestra Sectionals

Violas [6:00 – 6:25]
1st Violins [6:25 – 6:50]
Cellos and Bass [6:50 – 7:15]
2nd Violins [7:15 – 7:40]
Tuesday

[4:00 – 6:00] String Orientation

Wednesday

[4:00 – 6:00] String Orientation

[6:00 – 7:00] Strings Novice Ensemble

Thursday

[4:00 – 6:00] String Orientation

[6:00 – 7:00] String Orchestra Sectionals

Violas – [6:00 – 6:25]
1st Violins – [6:25 – 6:50]
Cellos and Bass – [6:50 – 7:15]
2nd Violins – [7:15 – 7:40]

Things to do while social distancing

First consider an emergency preparedness kit recommended by the Summit County Health Department. 

Next browse some free (online) virtual concerts:

The Piano Concert – Every Thursday evening at 7:30PM 

Virtual shows from local artists 

Free live classical concerts to stream online 

Websites for online music lessons:

Teaching/learning music online.

Above submitted by Jamie Burke (violin).

String Players: Check This Out!

Recommended by Roy Ernst, founder New Horizons Music

I usually don’t make recommendations, but I want to be sure that you know about this. Using an app called Sit-ins, you can play your part with a professional string quartet.

If you’re a violist, for example, you can turn off the viola part and play with the rest of the quartet. Or, you can play along with the pro violist to be sure you have it right.

Right now this is only available for strings, but I hope that they will be adding wind groups. In order to enjoy this, it should sound like the quartet is right in the room with you, so get a good speaker or use good headphones.

The website is www. Sit-ins.com. According to the website, repertoire includes over 100 classical string quartet and duet movements, from beginner to expert.

The app is only available on the iPad.

A subscription costs $56.99/year or $6.99/month. You can try it out with a limited quartet for free.

Please submit any links you would like to share.

FUNTIME AND HOT NEWS BULLETIN 3/14/20; 8:24 pm

LATEST NEW HORIZONS BOARD APPROVED SCHEDULE AND PERFORMANCE PLAN

Hello everyone! I have been in direct contact with the Ohio Public Health Department and have studied the statistical data which they are making available to the general public and to organizations such as ours. Our Board of Directors are all in agreement and in full support of compliance to all the required and suggested policies that the Local, State and Federal Governments have implemented and suggested. I’m sure that all of us agree that limiting contact at this juncture is a wise move understanding that our membership is in fact the number one target of everyone’s preventative action. Local, State and National instructions lists non-participation in large groups, right after continued exaggerated cleanliness, as EVERYONE’S smartest move! For this reason we will not be meeting for ensemble rehearsals until such a time that the “ALL CLEAR” notification is announced to the community. We will begin offering small group classes and sectional rehearsals held at Jim Stahl’s Cavalier Studio before returning to our school host sites. Our up-coming Concert performances will be rescheduled insuring that we have appropriate full ensemble rehearsal time in preparation. Posting these dates and times at this juncture would be complete guess work on my part. Please help by passing this information on to members that you may know that DO NOT USE THE INTERNET!! Carefully keep your instrument clean especially those of you who play wind instruments! Continue to stay in contact with Jaime and I and PRACTICE, PRACTICE, PRACTICE!!

Jim Adkins 330.858.2045 RSMB@neo.rr.com Please call text or e-mail me with comments or quetions!

INSTRUCTIONS REGARDING AKRON SYMPHONY TICKET FOR THE MAY 16TH CONCERT WILL BE ANNOUNCED NEXT WEEK! “ALL THAT JAZZ” WILL NOT PERFORM AT THE HOUSTON PUB THIS MONTH. BAND MEMBERS CONTINUE TO LOOK FOR #2 -#7 posting of S.S. to a S.S. each week! Jim

HOT NEWS March 11, 2020

IN COOPERATION WITH BOTH REQUIRED AND SUGGESTED HEALTH GUIDE LINES POSTED BY THE STATE OF OHIO, WALSH UNIVERSITY , THE CUYAHOGA FALLS SCHOOL SYSTEM AND THE AKRON SYMPHONY ORCHESTRA, NEW HORIZONS OF SUMMIT AND STARK COUNTIES WILL MAKE THE FOLLOWING CHANGES IN ITS CLASS AND REHEARSAL SCHEDULE:

CLASSES AND REHEARSALS AT BOLICH MIDDLE SCHOOL, WILL MEET THIS EVENING (March 11th) AS SCHEDULED. PLEASE WATCH FOR POSTS ON THIS SITE WITH RESPECT TO NEXT WEEK.

THURSDAY EVENING REHEARSALS AND CLASSES AT WALSH UNIVERSITY TOMORROW EVENING (March 12th) HAVE BEEN CANCELLED. THE WALSH CAMPUS WILL REMAIN CLOSED TO THE PUBLIC FOR THE NEAR FUTURE. PLEASE WATCH THIS SITE FOR MORE INFORMATION.

THE AKRON SYMPHONY ORCHESTRA HAS CANCELLED THE LINK UP CONCERT ON MARCH 17TH. THE ORCHESTRA WILL FILM AND BROADCAST THE PERFORMANCE WITHOUT THE STUDENTS IN THE AUDIENCE THAT MORNING. WE HAVE BEEN INVITED TO BE PART OF THAT BROADCAST. IF YOU ARE A MEMBER OF THAT “MERRY BAND OF MODELERS” PLEASE WATCH FOR MORE INFO ON THAT OPPORTUNITY.

WE WILL CONTINUE TO DO OUR BEST TO KEEP YOU ALL UP TO THE MINUTE ON THE CHANGES THAT WILL OCCUR DURING THIS STRESSFUL PERIOD OF TIME. Jim