Here are a few shots from our first exclusively live rehearsal in 403 days, including the first sounds in multiple parts (a staggered D Major Scale -- in the comments) since March 2020.
Again, thank you to all of the Mira Mesa High School musicians who attended today. We appreciate you sharing your time and are thankful to have you with us.
The first live sounds in multiple parts (a staggered scale) since March 2020.
In Case You Missed It -- Student Opportunity
Earlier this year, members of our Mira Mesa High School Orchestras
had the opportunity to participate in a collaborative project courtesy of the California Orchestra Directors Association - CODA.
Musicians from nearly 50 schools participated in the project, working collaboratively with living composers and mentor musicians from the Kaleidoscope Chamber Orchestra.
Here is one sample of work stemming from this project -- Scamper, by Niall Taro Ferguson (b. 1994).
Participating Mira Mesa High School musicians include Annie (Violin), Talisa (Violin), Sofia (Viola), and Sarah (Cello).
Again, kudos to these students for not only their work, but also their willingness to explore new opportunities this year!
Here is hybrid cohort number two (Period 1) on site this morning, playing though a few of our warm ups via Soundtrap.
Students online are also playing at home, as they have equal access to the shared screen information, handouts, and affiliated audio tracks.
Ready to Go
Thanks to a wonderful group of volunteers (including both hybrid and online only students) our orchestra room is ready for students to return on Monday.
As some students return to site, please know that regardless of the educational model chosen by students and families, we are appreciative and thankful for each and everyone one of our musicians. With that in mind, we will continue to adapt to the evolving guidelines in order to offer opportunities to all students.
New Teammates for Spring 2021
Students in our Mira Mesa High School Orchestras are fortunate to have the opportunity to work alongside established string professionals as part of their experience here at
Mira Mesa High School.
Given the format this semester, we are incredibly lucky the have the unique opportunity to add two wonderful musicians to our Spring 2021 team, Rebecca Reale (Violin) and Jean Hatmaker (Cello).
Rebecca Reale is a violinist with the LA Phil. A graduate of Rice University and The Shepherd School of Music and was previously a member of the Houston Symphony and
the New World Symphony.
Jean Hatmaker is a Chicago based cellist. She is the founder of the Kontras Quartet
and inspires others through her work at Elmhurst University and the Oak Park String Academy. She holds both undergraduate and graduate degrees from Indiana University and the Indiana University Jacobs School of Music.
Please join us in welcoming (a bit belatedly) these two wonderful people to our team here at Mira Mesa High School.
Rebecca Reale, Violin
Jean Hatmaker, Cello
Thank you to the students, parents, and families who were able to join us for tonight's
Mira Mesa High School Spring Open House.
For parents and families, here are two quick slides (plus contact information) that cover what our course objectives are and offer three quick thoughts on how you can continue to support your student(s) during this uniquely challenging period.
Parent Advocacy Summit
Parents, the CMEA: California Music Educators Association is hosting a session just for you!
The 'Parent Advocacy Summit', which will be held on February 20th at 8:30 AM, will help empower parents and supporters by providing strategies and best practices that may be used to advocate for equitable, accessible music education opportunities for all students.CMEA: California Music Educators Association wants to support you in your advocacy efforts.
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