HH Elementary Strings

Welcome Back!

September 7, 2016 by hh | 0 comments

String Schedule for 2016-2017:

Monday: Blair Mill

Tuesday:  Pennypack

Wednesday: Simmons – 5th Grade

Thursday: Simmons – 4th Grade

Friday: Hallowell and Crooked Billet


Beginners Meeting for Parents and Students – TUESDAY SEPT. 13, 2016 @ 7pm AT SIMMONS

Demonstrations of all the string Instruments will take place in each school this week.

May 3, 2016
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Today’s string players forget they are telling a story, says cellist Raphael Wallfisch

Pauline Harding investigates why singers and instrumentalists can benefit hugely from listening to and working with each other

February 23, 2016

Raphael Wallfisch London 20 March 2013

Raphael Wallfisch
London 20 March 2013

The following is an extract from The Strad’s feature on strings and the voice, published in the March 2016 issue – download on desktop computer or through The Strad App.

‘The biggest problem with today’s playing is that people want to sound smooth and nice; everything is ironed out flat,’ says cellist Raphael Wallfisch. ‘Because instrumentalists make sounds without words, we often forget about telling a story. We get so bogged down with technical aspects of playing that we forget to give that big, open, direct message, which a singer does much more naturally.

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March 25, 2016
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2016 HH Strings Bootcamp

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When: August 22-26 2016, 9am – 12pm

Where: Simmons Elementary

Activities:

  • Music Theory
  • String Sectionals
  • Elementary Ensemble
  • Advanced Ensemble

Cost: $150

Included in this camp is a “PLAY-IN” once every week for all string students who can attend. A PLAY-IN is one hour of playing and having fun with new and familiar music. We will all play together. PLAY-INs WILL BEGIN July 6 and continue every Wednesday, 4-5 PM for the next 6 weeks until the beginning of Boot Camp on August 22.

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An epic solution for saving school music programs

March 25, 2016 by hh | 0 comments

3d Printed Violins – reprinted article from UPWORTHY

http://www.upworthy.com/an-epic-solution-for-saving-our-quickly-disappearing-school-music-programs?c=ufb1

Imagine a high school bus stop around 7:30 a.m.

You’d see maybe eight teenagers: three holding sports duffle bags; one reading a library book; another holding a large art portfolio. The last three might be holding instrument cases shaped like guitars, violins, and trombones.

But what if those instruments disappeared? Unfortunately, that’s the reality for many K-12 students across the country.

These days, most American K-12 schools are focusing heavily on science, technology, engineering, and mathematics (STEM) programs, but performing arts programs are getting left behind. When extracurricular budgets are tight, music programs are often the first to go.

As it turns out, STEM programs could actually save music programs.

That’s Kaitlyn Hova’s great idea.

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Cavani

February 21, 2016
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Cavani Quartet – coming soon!

CAVANI STRING QUARTET ~ BIOGRAPHY. Described by the Washington Post as “completely engrossing, powerful and elegant” , the Cavani String Quartet’s performances embody a natural empathy and passion, which continue to electrify and inspire audiences across the country. Winner of the prestigious Naumburg Award and Musical America Magazine Young Artist of the Year, they were appointed Quartet in Residence at The Cleveland Institute of Music in 1988. The Cavani Quartet most recently earned this accolade: ” a true musical tour-de-force. astonishingly beautiful and technically superb , chamber music at it’s best.”

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March 26, 2015
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HH Elementary Strings Bootcamp!

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When: August 17-21 2015, 9am – 12pm

Where: Simmons Elementary

Activities:

  • Music Theory
  • String Sectionals
  • Elementary Ensemble
  • Advanced Ensemble

Cost: $150

Included in this camp is a “PLAY-IN” once every week for all string students who can attend. A PLAY-IN is one hour of playing and having fun with new and familiar music. We will all play together. PLAY-INs WILL BEGIN July 8 and continue every Wednesday, 4-5 PM for the next 6 weeks until the beginning of Boot Camp on August 17.

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February 6, 2015
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Hilary Hahn’s Favorite Things to Watch in an Orchestra Concert

from Hilary Hahn’s Favorites List.  Read more about her here

Hilary HahnI went to my first concert when I was five years old. Since then, I’ve spent many hours observing various orchestras and getting to know orchestral musicians, and some visual characteristics catch my attention over and over again. Most of the time, I notice these when I’m watching as an audience member – when I’m onstage, I’m much more absorbed in the music itself, picking up on different types of cues.If you’re relatively new to classical orchestra concerts, check out this list: it might give you some new ideas of fun things to look for the next time around.

Bowstrokes in the violin and viola sections:
All of these performers move together, thanks to carefully notated bow-direction markings in the music. The bowstrokes are choreographed for consistency of tone and articulation, but of course visual unity is taken into account. This is noticeable especially in fast music, and especially when a note is attacked in unison, making for an army of spear-like sticks cutting the air together.

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