Here we are two days away from kicking off the 2021 New Horizons of Summit and Stark Counties Zoom and Live Schedule. I could not be more EXCITED !! Jaime and I have been busy over the Holidays working hard to learn how to best use new techniques and equipment. Our goal as always is to offer all of you our very best musical experiences. We plan to use the remainder of the month of January to experiment, share , and implement some of what we have discovered and learned .
I’m sure that you have noticed that our January Zoom and Live Schedule is similar to that which we followed in the Fall. We will announce and post our Winter Schedule and all new features at our ANNUAL BUSINESS MEETING on January 25th. We will meet at 7:00 using Zoom and will pack lots of news and information into 40 minutes. You will Join us using Jim’s Personal Link # which is 820 030 2594 and passcode which is Fenmo.
Even though a vaccine will be available to us soon we are increasing our virtual menu by growing our performance capabilities. Those of you who have been enjoying our Live schedule notice that for the next three weeks there are fewer Live options offered. This is for three reasons. 1). My responsibilities here at home have increased. 2). I need to use more time during this three week period to complete the change over and performance options that we want to introduce starting in February. 3). We are working hard to develop a sustainable Budget that provides you with a program that is enjoyable and musical rewarding. Hang in there with us! I’m sure you will enjoy growing with Jaime and I into a long term future of musical fulfillment.
My closing remarks are as always ones of respect and admiration. Your response and generosity throughout 2020 has been OVERWELMING. Your support has been an inspiration. I believe that each of you do in fact understand that MUSIC is the language of the human soul. I feel that I am accomplishing my purpose. Thank you!!
Hello everyone! The first week of our August schedule introduced some changes and although we had a few bumps, I was very happy with our overall improvement. Remember that we are trying very hard to move forward and center on topics that will improve everyone’s MUSICIANSHIP. Jaime and I appreciate your trust and will continue to center in on topics that will help us all grow!
These are the titles that we will be working on this week. Please make sure you bring these to all Zoom and Live Rehearsals, Sectionals, and Supervised Practice Sessions this week.
All Three “Bach and Before” Chorales from the website “Star Tracks”
The Star Spangled Banner
“Raiders March” HL# 4005107
“Smoke on the Water” HL# 4002623
“Swan Lake, Op. 20” HL# 491291
Jaime and I are looking forward to a GREAT week!
View important dates in planning calendar.
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
Hello New Horizons! I hope this message finds you well. This is a test run for future communications. I will post more information regarding “what to practice”. Please stay tuned! Jaime
WALSH UNIVERSITY BIRK CENTER FOR THE ARTS March 5th.
5:00 – String Orientation Class
6:00 – String Ensemble in Art Studio; Recorder/Strings Ensemble hall lobby
6:30 – Wind/Perc. Ensemble in Band Room
Bolich Middle School March 9th.
5:00 – String Orientation; Wind Lessons (Tuba & Baritone).
6:00 – String Ensemble in Band Room; Winds/Perc. Ensemble in Cafeteria
6:45 – Announcements and Refreshments in Cafeteria
7:00 – Return to Ensemble rehearsals
7:50 Reset rooms; Recorder/Strings Link up rehearsal (in Cafe).
MARCH 12TH Walsh University Birk Arts Center ( Same schedule as the 5th).
Bolich Middle School,Monday , February 24, 2020
5:00 – 6:00 STRING ORIENTATION in the Band Room
6:00 – 6:45 ENSEMBLE REHEARSALS; Band in Cafeteria, Strings in Band Room
6:45 – 7:00 REFRESHMENTS AND ANNOUNCEMENTS in Cafeteria (See Hot News).
7:00 – 7:45 Please return promptly to Ensemble Rehearsals.
7:50 – 8:15 STRINGS/RECORDERS Ensemble Rehearsal in Cafeteria
Bolich Middle School,Wednesday, February 26, 2020
5:00 – 6:00 String Orientation in the Band Room; Beginner Winds in Cafeteria
6:00 7:30 Novice Classes; Strings in Band Room; Winds in Cafeteria
Walsh University Birk Center for the Arts,Thursday , February 27, 2020
5:00 – 6:00 String Orientation in the Art Studio
6:00 – 7:30 String Ensemble in the Arts Studio
6:00 – 6:30 Recorder/String Rehearsal in Gym Hallway
6:30 – 8:00 Band Rehearsal in Band Room
ALL MEMBERS ARE PLANNING NOW TO ATTEND OUR FEBRUARY 17TH RECITAL AT THE AKRON SUMMIT COUNTY LIBRARY AUDITORIUM AT 6:30. BRING FRIENDS AND FAMILY IN SUPPORT OF THE EXCELLENT WORK THAT HAS BEEN TAKING PLACE IN PREPARATION FOR THIS MUSICAL EVENT BY MEMBERS OF ALL OUR ENSEMBLES. LAST WEEK’S SCHEDULE ON ALL THREE REHEARSAL NIGHTS WILL BE FOLLOWED THROUGH THE RECITAL ON THE 17TH. WE HAVE SCHEDULED THIS RECITAL ON A REHEARSAL NIGHT SO AS TO ELIMINATE ALL EXCUSES FOR NOT ATTENDING. THE NEXT TWO WEEKS ARE OPEN HOUSES AT BOTH REHEARSAL SITES! WE HAVE BEEN CONTACTED BY SOME GREAT PROSPECTS SO PLEASE KEEP UP THE GOOD WORK OF PASSING ON OUR MUSICAL OPPORTUNITY TO YOUR FRIENDS AND FAMILY! LASTLY BAND MEMBERS PLEASE PLAN ON COMING EARLY NEXT MONDAY AND THURSDAY THE 10TH AND THE 13TH AS WE WILL BE PASSING OUT “HONG KONG” THE LAST SELECTION FOR OUR APRIL CONCERT. I’M EXCITED!!!!!!! Jim
ALL 2/17 RECITAL PLAYERS! Please pick up rehearsal and performance schedules from Jim in the cafeteria tonight before 5:30. These schedules include info for 1/27, 2/3, 2/10 and 2/17. THANKS!
5:00 – Small Group Rehearsals cafeteria (see schedule for other rooms). String Orientation Band Room.
6:00 – Band in Cafeteria; String Ensemble in Band Room; Small Groups see schedule.
6:45 – Refreshment Break in Cafeteria.
7:00 – 7:45 – return to rehearsals
7:45 – Please help re-set ALL ROOMS! Thanks. Please make sure you pick up OPEN HOUSE INFORMATION TONIGHT! Invite a FRIEND TO JOIN US, HELP US GROW!!!
Monday, January 13th – Small Group Concert Music Selection Night. Bolich Cafeteria 5:00 String Orientation 5:00 – Ensemble rehearsals 5:30 – 6:30 Refreshments, 6:45 Ensemble rehearsals.
Wednesday, January 15th, Bolich Middle School 5:00 -String Orientation; 6:00 – Novice Classes
Thursday, January 16th, Walsh University Birk Center for the Arts; 5:00 -String Orientation; 6:00- String Ensemble; 6:30 – Band Rehearsal.
Monday, January 6, 2020 Bolich Middle School, Cuyahoga Falls, Ohio
5:30 – ANNUAL BUSINESS MEETING, Bolich Cafeteria. Please pick up new music in room 17 before meeting.
6:30 – Refreshments in Caeteria
6:45-7:45 – Ensemble Rehearsals; Band in Cafeteria, Strings in Band Room
Wednesday, January 8, 2020
5:00 – String orientation Class
6:00 – Novice Winds Cafeteria; Novice Strings Band Room
Thursday, January 9, 2020; Walsh University Birk Center for the Arts (IMPORTANT NOTE) The University is offering a new WORLD MUSIC DRUMMING CLASS that is schedules from 5:00 – 6:30 in the Band Room on Thursday evenings. Therefore, we must move our Band rehearsal back on half hour from 6:00 to 6:30. Thanks for your cooperation in this matter!
5:00 – String Orientation Class, Art Studio
6:00- 7:30 -String Ensemble Rehearsal, Art Studio
6:30 – 8:00 – Band rehearsal in Band Room