January 28 & 29, 2017 Honor Orchestra

Pacific Lutheran University
Department of Music
PLU Honor Orchestra for Strings

Following the success of another annual event here at PLU, the Northwest Honor Band, we have created a similar opportunity just for string players with the PLU Honor Orchestra for Strings. It is a two-day festival held annually over a weekend in January, offering individual high school string players from throughout the region the opportunity to perform excellent literature for string orchestra with a nationally recognized guest conductor. Please recommend your outstanding student musicians for participation. Each nominating organization is guaranteed participation in the Honor Orchestra for Strings if the nomination form is received by the DEADLINE: November 1, 2016.

Fee: There will be a $95.00 NON-REFUNDABLE fee for each student musician participating in the Honor Orchestra for Strings. This fee includes dinner on Saturday and lunch on Sunday. This fee is due January 6, 2017.

GUEST CONDUCTOR

Richard Meyer

Richard Meyer

Born in 1957, Richard Meyer is a full-time teacher in the public schools and has taught string students at the elementary, middle school, and high school levels for over 30 years. Currently, he directs the orchestras at Oak Avenue Intermediate School in Temple City and is in charge of the city’s elementary string program.

He was the music director of the Pasadena Youth Symphony Orchestra for 16 years, conducting them in performances in New York, Washington D.C., Vienna, Australia, and Canada. He is a much sought-after clinician throughout the United States, and has been a featured clinician at the A.S.T.A. National Conference, and String Teachers’ Workshops at Ohio State University and Birch Bay, Washington. He has also guest-conducted All-State Orchestras in several states.

Richard is a nationally recognized, best-selling composer with over 130 compositions and arrangements in print, and is the string editor for Alfred Music. He is the co-author of several string method books, including the popular String Explorer series, and, most recently “Sight-Read It for Strings.” He and his wife, Rose, live in Arcadia, California and have three daughters.

Audition Requirements:

Seating will be determined by audition on January 28 just before the first rehearsal. The audition material will be chosen from the repertoire for the orchestra.

PERFORMANCE

PLU Honor Orchestra for Strings

JANUARY 29, 2017 at 5pm

Lagerquist Concert Hall
Mary Baker Russell Music Center

Featuring: 

PLU Honor Orchestra for Strings and the Regency String Quartet

Free Admission / No Tickets

This concert will be for the family and guests of the participants. Seating is first come, first served.

NOMINATION

How to Get Involved:

Acceptance in the PLU Honor Orchestra for Strings:

Nomination by a high school or youth symphony director, evidenced by the nomination form. Click here to make nominations: Director’s Nomination Form

Seating will be determined by audition on January 28 just before the first rehearsal. The audition material will be chosen from the repertoire for the orchestra.

Important Dates:

  • November 1, 2016 – DEADLINE: High school directors’ nomination deadline
  • December 1, 2016: Notification of acceptance will be sent to the nominees and their directors.
  • January 6, 2017: Registration and non-refundable fees are due.
  • January 28, 2017: An audition will determine the principal players in each section and seating placement.

General PLU Honor Orchestra for Strings

PARTICIPANT INFORMATION

Important Dates:

November 1, 2016: High school directors’ nomination deadline

December 16, 2016: Notification of acceptance will be sent to the nominees and their directors.

January 6, 2017: Registration and non-refundable fees are due.

January 28, 2017: Seating will be determined by audition just before the first rehearsal. The audition material will be chosen from the repertoire for the orchestra.

Participant fees: $95 (non-refundable)

Concert CD: $20

Confirmation and Acceptance: Please complete the registration form above, print it, and mail it with your remittance to PLU by January 6. NOTE: To achieve appropriate instrumentation, it is extremely important to notify PLU if a student is not able to attend.

For further information contact:

Dr. Jeffrey Bell-Hanson, Director of Orchestras
Department of Music; Pacific Lutheran University
(253) 535-7617 e-mail: bellhajl@plu.edu or music@plu.edu

Additional Information about Music at PLU:

Department of Music
Music participation and study is open to all students at PLU, regardless of major.
https://www.plu.edu/music

STRING STUDIES
String majors and non-majors alike have access to a rich culture of opportunities.

PLU ORCHESTRAS
The Orchestras at PLU have long been an important centerpiece of a stunningly rich musical calendar.

2017-2018 SCHOLARSHIP AUDITIONS
TBD
Pacific Lutheran University
Music Department
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