Welcome to Orchestra!

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Welcome to Orchestra at Nansemond River HS and John Yeates Middle School. Read here to find information about upcoming activities and events as well as other useful information such as listening links, practice information, lessons, and more. Orchestra Notes will be posted monthly and are especially helpful for students and parents in keeping up with your yearly activities.

Our teaching philosophy is based on the idea that all students, regardless of their age, grade in school, or previous skill level share a joy for music and will be able to develop an  insight into their own playing and as learners. It is our role as teachers to share their joy and provide knowledge to allow the students to fulfill their own desire to be successful and to continue to grow, beyond the classroom, in an individual or group setting.

If you have any questions, please contact us through school phone or email.  We look forward to working with all of you this year!

Edward Woodis, Orchestra Director NRHS

Linda Hurwitz, Orchestra Director JYMS

Suffolk Public Schools

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NRHS Winter Orchestra Concert

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JYMS Winter Orchestra Concert at NRHS

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JYMS Strings at Norfolk International Airport 12.14.16

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PRIVATE INSTRUCTION

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Lessons have many benefits. If you are considering starting private lessons -at any level- here are some places and teachers to try: 

Angelico Violins 312-8961

DnD Music 484-6233  

The Music Staff  483-4900

Recommended  private teachers:

Deborah Ramos-Smiley, DnD Music

Liz Vonderheide,  374-7209

Karey Sitzler  642-2339

Rebecca Weddle,  613-1897   violin/viola

Peter Greydanus 639-2491 cello

Weekly lessons are a great way to advance your skill. You will also improve your technique and learn some new music! 🙂

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Books for Orchestra

*Grade 6, Beginning “Essential Elements 2000, book 1”

*Grade 7, Intermediate “Essential Elements 2000, book 2”

*Grade 8-12:  Advanced  “Essential Technique 2000, book 3”

These are the recommended local music stores where you may rent or purchase quality instruments, music and supplies for your child:

Angelico Violins, DnD music, or Music and Arts

Also Potters Violins (online in Bethesda, MD) Shar Music, and Southwest Music

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How to Join Strings:

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If you are parent of a rising 6th student in Suffolk Public Schools (current 5th grader) and your child is planning to attend John Yeates Middle School, please email the teacher or school guidance counselor regarding sign-up procedures for Orchestra class.
If you are a parent of a rising 7th or 8th grade student in Suffolk Public Schools and your child is planning to enroll in Orchestra, previous experience is required. Please contact the Guidance Office.

If you are a rising 9th -12th grade student in Suffolk Public Schools and your plan to attend Nansemond River HS and enroll in Orchestra, a minimum of 2 years experience is required. Please contact Mr. Woodis or the Guidance Department at NRHS to enroll.

“Music is enough for a lifetime, but a lifetime is not enough for music” – Sergei Rachmaninoff

 

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