Scheduling for the next school year happens each 2nd semester midst an extremely busy time in our Orchestra rehearsal/concert calendar. I believe it is in our best interest that we focus on the job at hand and then wait to make adjustments, as needed, to next year’s schedule closer to the end of the school year. Requiring students to perform an audition early in February is also not a fair representation of a student’s ability since much more progress will be made in the final months.
That said, I need to communicate with the guidance department early in the 2nd semester in order to begin filling orchestra rosters for the following year. I will send a tentative list to guidance based on what I project your placement will be next year. The criteria I look at for tentative placement is as follows:
♫ History of consistent/appropriate rehearsal etiquette (i.e. having all materials, rehearsing properly, etc.)
♫ History of perfect concert attendance (obvious exceptions for valid excuses)
♫ Cumulative ― “A” average to this point (1st, 2nd, and 3rd 9 weeks combined)
♫ Potential for stepping up to a harder level vs. benefits of staying another year in the current level and increasing your position in the section/serving as a section leader
♫ Instrumentation needs: Balanced sections is a must!
♫ changes in ability levels of each ensemble – the bar raises each year!
If you agree with your placement already sent to guidance, then there is no further audition required; See you next year!
However, if you feel like you have been overlooked and would like the opportunity to audition to a higher class, please let me know and I will give you the required music specific for that upcoming school year. Auditions will be recorded. It is the students’ responsibility to schedule an audition time with Mr. Pagal.
♫ The audition for this Orchestra will consist of the Junior Region Orchestra Audition material from the most recent school year. (Scales and both etudes)
NOTICE! For those entering RVHS from middle school or outside the district AND for those currently enrolled:
♫ Please know that the three orchestra classes are based on ability and balanced instrumentation.
♫ Your year in school or age does not determine what class you are in. Do not assume that moving from 9th to 10th, 10th to 11th, etc. warrants any confirmation of your moving to the next higher level in orchestra. You must prove your basic skills and show that you are prepared for the next level; not only musically but also showing the proper ensemble and team skills; rehearsal etiquette/participation.
Also, conflicts in the schedule are very likely. If you know of a scheduling conflict that prohibits you from moving or staying where I have placed you, please let me know about it and I can, perhaps, help facilitate and alternate solution with you, your parents, and guidance.