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Aug 21 Rehearsal start time 7:30!


Welcome back to Winchester’s 2017-18 Season!

Tonight’s schedule

7:30 – 8:45 Full orchestra for the Carmen Suite
8:45 – 9 Break
9-10 – Opera Orchestra for numbers not included in the suite

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2) Please register for the class
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We have hard copies of Carmen for your use, provided by Bay Shore Lyric Opera. The parts for the Mozart Concertante are coming on line as they get prepared.

May 1st Rehearsal Notes

Schedule Reminder

Rehearsals: May 8 7:30pm @ West Valley College Rehearsal Hall

Performance: Friday, May 12 7:30pm @ St. Joseph’s in San José

Dress rehearsal: Thursday, May 11 7:00pm @ St. Joseph’s in San José



8th notes need to be “constant” at the beginning of the movement

At Rehearsal 11, woodwinds can play out (particularly bassoons).

One bar before Rehearsal 16, more articulation from horns needed



More definitive pitches at Rehearsal 33

Violas take the lead 3 bars before Rehearsal 34

Don’t drag on the duples at Rehearsal 26

Violins, more aggressive two bars before Rehearsal 28

The 3rd bar of Rehearsal 29 is a 4/4 bar–watch closely!

Rehearsal 32 will be slower than “Tempo animato”

Play organ cues at Rehearsal 37



Rehearsal 90-91, brass ‘hit-fade’

Strings, big accent every change in tremolo at Rehearsal 88

“Punchier” at Rehearsal 88, horns

C# is so important three bars after Rehearsal 92

Watch the tuning in the bass line six bars after Rehearsal 92

Two bars after 93 will be in three–then per macrobeat thereafter




Piu Mosso after rehearsal D is in 2

More “bite” on beat 2 starting at Rehearsal F



Last bar, Lou will subdivide on ritardando



No swell in the last bar

Brass, enter ‘piano’

Note: Lou’s tempo is closer to 70 BPM



Slight diminuendo into two bars before Rehearsal E

Tempo primo (last 8 bars), be right in the new tempo immediately



More dynamic contrast 3 bars before Rehearsal C

Last bar, Lou will signal choir to close to “mm” then cuts Orchestra off



Lou will start on beat 3 in bar 1

Hit-fade on accent in bar 6

Don’t anticipate the downbeat two bars before Rehearsal B

Watch articulations 8 bars before Rehearsal H through the end of Rehearsal  H

Watch accents 2 bars after Rehearsal J

A little more sound at the beginning of the movement

Apr 24 Rehearsal Notes


Mvt 1:

Don’t lose the 8th note pulse in the 9/8 bars.

Rehearsal 9 should be ‘piano’.

‘Attaca’ into movement 2.  


Mvt 2:

Flutes, play out at Rehearsal 12.

Keep it ‘piano’ at Rehearsal 13.


Mvt 3:

Celli, take out the slur at Rehearsal 30

Follow the shape of the line at 26, but keep the underlying pulse

Brass, be more precise at 27

Rehearsal 28 should be a ‘big arrival point’.

Flutes, be fortissimo at 32


Mvt 8:

Watch the key change at Rehearsal 87

Brass, ‘hit-fade’ at Rehearsal 90


Mvt 6:

At 67, violins bring out the inner voices

Clarinets, “just a murmur” at 66


Mvt 7:

In the 3rd bar after 76, add a breath at the end of the bar

Violins, no vibrato at 78



Mvt 3:

At the brass entrance, change the dynamic to ‘MF’

Violins, “float” to the end (last 8 bars)

Violas, please devote some extra practice time to the section at Rehearsal B

Violins, bring out the bottom octave 3 bars after Rehearsal C


Mvt 5:

6 bars after Rehearsal C, 1st violins double the violas

“Gentle syncopation” 5 bars before E

The ‘FF’ at G stays through to the fermata

The bar before the Largo won’t be conducted

Rehearsal Notes

Fauré & Duruflé Apr 3 Rehearsal


Movement 2:

At 13, need to move the tempo more

Piano is “relative”–sing out at 13 when your part demands it

Rehearsal 16 should be a “wall of sound”

At Rehearsal 16, bring out moving 8th notes; crescendo over the barline when you have a tie

Lift before the big 3rd beat pickup into Rehearsal 17–should be a “retake of energy”

In general, repeated notes need to have increasing energy

Horns, be MP at Rehearsal 18


Movement 3:

Rehearsal 19, more clarity between pitches is needed

Rallentando two bars before Rehearsal 26

At Rehearsal 26, 2nd violins need to take the lead

At 27, brass don’t tripletize your duples

Watch the accidentals throughout!


Movement 4:  

practice hard for next time!


Movement 8:

At 82, keep triplets moving forward

Between 83-84, follow Michael better on the accelerando

In general, when accompanying, “crescendi come later and diminuendi come sooner”


Movement 6:

At 71, watch the b-naturals!

Violas, sing out at 71

Horn solo, play out at 72


Movement 7:

Needs to “lilt” a little more

8/8 is conducting in 4

7/8 is conducted 3+2+2

9/8 is 4 pattern 3+2+2+2

10/8  3+3+2+2

7/8 two before 76 is conducted 2+3+2



Movement 1:

In bar 1, don’t diminuendo all the way to nothing–stay piano

In bar 6, the crescendo should start on the 4th beat–not before

Stay forte in bar 9.  

Crescendo to the downbeat of bar 19


Movement 3:

D-flat is “so important” at Rehearsal A

Rehearsal Schedule Reminder – 4/10

7:30 Sectionals
   Woodwinds and brass with me in MU14
    Violins and violas with Bill (1st choice – small theater behind MU14, 2nd choice – classroom across from that theater in the middle of the hall; depends on availability)
    Cellos and Bass with Paul across the hall from MU14
9:00 BREAK – To be determined

Rehearsal Schedule

Dear Winchester Orchestra,
Looking forward to digging in to these two beautiful works tonight. I have tried my best to come up with a rehearsal plan that makes sure people are not sitting around too long with movements that they’re not playing – it’s a rather difficult task because there are many combinations within the orchestra for different movements of the 2 requiems. Anyway, here’s the plan:
Durufle mvmts 1-4; 8
Faure 6, 1, 3
9:00 Break (trumpets and trombones released)
Durufle 6-7
Faure 4
Durufle 9
Faure 5 & 7

Rehearsal Notes and Updates

The members website has been updated with notes for the previous rehearsals and listening links. Please update your roster info, if you haven’t already done that. We can use more strings for the next set, especially in the lower range, invite your friends to play with us. Thanks, Dawn

Rehearsal Notes 3/13


Movement 4:

“Major” ritardando at Rehearsal 90

Only accent what is accented

Big crescendo into Rehearsal 74

No caesura at Rehearsal 75

Don’t rush!

Violins, stay forte at Rehearsal 78

Lighter at Rehearsal 81

4 bars after Rehearsal 85, “big crescendo”

“In tempo” at 8 bars before Rehearsal 90

Need to “clear” for the downbeat at Rehearsal 75

Violins and violas, don’t be afraid of the downbeat at Rehearsal 79


Movement 3:

Warmer, less “edge”

Rehearsal 68 should be more tender

Trombones with mute at Rehearsal 68


Movement 1:

Warmer at Rehearsal 5

Lighter at Rehearsal 11

Huge creacendo to downbeat of Rehearsal 29

Horns, take charge at Rehearsal 34

Brass, don’t lag behind at Rehearsal 34



Movement II:

Conducted in 6

Feel it in 2 at bar 29, but don’t rush (still conducted in 6)

Warmer at bar 39

Winds, “smoother” at bar 42

Subito PP at bar 58

Rehearsal Notes 1/30

Remember Rehearsal is at West Valley College at 7:00p


‘Pianos’ can be much softer

Cut back on volume even more when the soloist is playing

Let the descending 16th notes make a natural diminuendo at bar 23

Make a full lift before bar 160



Mvt 3:

Don’t rush at Rehearsal N.

Make the ends of phrases prettier.  

1st Violins, don’t rush the 16th notes at bar 73

6 bars before Rehearsal H, those with 8th notes can be lighter

Bassoons and clarinets, we need a true ‘FF’ at bar 143

‘Molto pesante’ at Rehearsal O


Mvt 4:

Brass, don’t overplay at Rehearsal C

Subito piano at bar 504

Chords need to be crisp at bar 504

Not too abrasive at bar 526

More “powerful” on the downbeat at bar 538

At bar 472, a forte is fine–don’t need to push a ‘FF’

At Rehearsal R, longer phrases are needed

Don’t drag at Rehearsal D

Needs to be a “dialogue” at Rehearsal E


Mvt 1:

Ensemble needs to be better at Rehearsal A

More melody needed at Rehearsal L

Keep the tempo steady at bar 515

The crescendo 4 bars from the end only goes up to ‘PP’

Don’t lose energy 5 bars after Rehearsal Z

‘Molto piu tranquillo’ can still be more tranquil

More 2nd violins and violas at bar 392

Brass can be “warmer” at Rehearsal U

At bar 301, more bassoon, trombones, and horns needed

Must be together on the downbeat of bar 38