Tuesday, April 28, 2009

First Annual Double Bass Symposium

Here are a few photos from the First Annual PSU Double Bass Symposium on April 19th, 2009. Sallie Lupis, Sue Stubbs of the Missouri State University Music department, and master bass restorer Aidan Mullarney of Kansas City Strings were on hand to work with local area bassists.

We hope this becomes a continuing event to help grow double bass instruction in the four state area!

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Monday, April 20, 2009

Oratorio Rehearsals - Final Four!

Final two weeks of Oratorio orchestra rehearsals (Tuesday/Thursday outline. This does NOT include the FRIDAY & SATURDAY dress rehearsal outline which will be forthcoming).

Kelce Auditorium for all of these:

Tuesday, 4/21
5:00 Tutti, except for euphonium
5:25 Horn 3-4 done
Movements w/Soloists, remainder of rehearsal

Thursday, 4/23
5:00 Tutti movements (Carly, please note: we need to have the piano included in the set-up)
5:25 Euphonium done
Movements w/Soloists, remainder of rehearsal

Tuesday, 4/28
5:00 Strings only
Review of a few tricky movements for strings
All the rest of the time: recits and arias w/soloists

Thursday, 4/30
5:00 Truly Tutti!! (necessary to have piano included in the set-up)
May or may not be a few soloists in the mix...primarily an instrumental focus

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Thursday, April 09, 2009

Double Bass Symposium at PSU!

Double bass students of all levels, double bass enthusiasts, and music teachers are all invited to the first ever Double Bass Day at Pittsburg State University on Sunday, April 19, from 1-5pm. in PSU's Kelce Auditorium.

Join us for an afternoon of masterclasses by Sue Stubbs and a seminar by master bass restorer Aidan Mullarney. Ms. Stubbs will join us from Missouri State University to conduct masterclasses for students of any level. Mr. Mullarney of Kansas City Strings will be teaching us about the mechanics and maintenance of the bass.

This is a wonderful opportunity for students to prepare a piece, perform it, and have immediate feedback from an excellent bassist. Students of all levels are encouraged to play.

In addition to the masterclass, this is a great chance to learn about how to take care of your bass, as well as to gain insights into how the instrument is constructed. Also not to be missed is the experience of seeing and trying out fine basses that Mr. Mullarney will bring.

Please contact Sallie Lupis, adjunct bass teacher at Pittsburg State University, at her hotmail account "sallieeliza" with any questions, and to sign up to play for Ms. Stubbs.

We are looking forward to hearing from you!

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Kansas City Symphony is performing in Ft. Scott

FORT SCOTT Fine Arts Center Grand Opening - Almost Sold Out!

Saturday, April 18, 2009 at 7:30 pm

Steven Jarvi, conductor

The Kansas City Symphony will perform during the grand opening of the Danny and Willa Ellis Family Fine Arts Center on the campus of Fort Scott Community College, Ft. Scott, Kan. The concert is scheduled for 7:30 p.m. with tours and a dedication ceremony prior to the event. The center will house the Gordon Parks Museum/Center for Culture and Diversity, the 600-seat Kathy Ellis Academic Hall and classrooms and office space for the FSCC art, music, theatre and speech programs.

Tickets are available at the FSCC Gordon Parks Center, 2108 S. Horton St., and at the Fort Scott Area Chamber of Commerce, 231 E. Wall St. Tickets can also be purchased by calling the college at (620) 223-2700.

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Monday, April 06, 2009

Rehearsal schedule - April 7 & 9, 2009

Tuesday ā€“ enrolled string students please meet in McCray 211 for course evaluations (begin at 5, end within 20 minutes)

April 7

TUESDAY: WW/Brass/Timp only

21 (m. 93 on)
22 (D to end)
Ov (opening, C, G to end)
Euphonium done

Horns 3-4 done

1 (opening, to A, C to end)

20 (m. 12 on)
35 (at F)
Trps/Timp done

Trbs done

37 (mm 7-24)
Trombones done

28 (Adagio)
Flute 1 done

If/as time remains:


April 9 ā€“

Enrolled Wind & Percussion students - please meet in McCray 211 for course evaluations (begin at 5, end within 20 minutes)

THURSDAY: Strings only

We will begin with some aria/recit contexts (with singers).

Later part of rehearsal, Iā€™d like to touch the following passages:

30 (tuning issues)
14 (Letter E through m.161, tuning issues)
1 (at A)
11 (at Allegro)
20 (at Allegro)

1st chair players: if you have other passages that you would prefer to see on the Agenda, please let me know by Wednesday. Thanks! SH

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Wednesday, April 01, 2009

4-2-09 Oratorio Rehearsal


Larger Movements

14 (Euphonium optional, can catch this on the next round)



Horn 3-4 done; Trombones done

Smaller Movements




Trumpet & Timpani done


Flute 2 done


Flute 1 done



Horn 1 done


Clarinets done


Bassoon, if there, done



11 strings only

Overture strings only

If time remains: begin Recits

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