WordPress, our website development tool, recently went through a major upgrade and we have noticed a substantial increase in bogus international attempts to register on the site or to access its data. There have been about 1,000 such attempts in the past week alone, all stopped by our suite of security software.
Usually, intruders want to access financial information – credit cards and such, which are not kept on this website – or to access the server and use it to send spam e-mail. Our server stats show no indication that this has happened.
To err on the side of caution, all new NSYWE website registration requests will be denied. The final two rehearsal and concert weekends are fast approaching so it is unlikely that we will take on any new members now.
We may implement a more robust registration process, probably over the summer.
All of our Winter 2019 repertoire and parts assignments are now online! Log in, click on “For Members”, and then click on “Music 2018-19.” Download your parts and start practising. Enjoy!
We look forward to seeing all of you, January 4-6, at Acadia University in Wolfville.
The Sharpe Dance Movements music posted earlier in December was borrowed and annotated, because we were waiting for our original parts to arrive from the United Kingdom. Our original pieces have arrived and the clean, unmarked parts are now posted online.
Some of the parts had a title page and some did not. So, based on the page numbering, it may look like some pages are missing in some parts; they’re not. The versions posted are complete.
Music for Mozart’s Don Giovanni, to be played by our woodwind chorus, is now posted. Dr. Hopkins will assign parts shortly.
La Peri, to be played by the brass choir, is now online; parts to be assigned.
We’re getting ready for NSYWE’s winter season.
Dr. Hopkins is choosing the Winter 2019 music; you will receive an e-mail when the new music is posted on this website.
As well, we are getting ready for the 2019-2020 season auditions. We will start accepting auditions soon after our February concert. This way, you will know much sooner if you have been accepted into the ensemble.
There’s been a change in the saxophone section – Keigan Allen is now on baritone sax; Sam Johnston has moved to the alto.
The website is getting a slight makeover, too. The posts section – this section – has been edited; a lot of early posts that were no longer current have been removed. Most of the unused forums have been removed; we’ll decide on the remaining two – carpooling and general news – over the summer. Some of the tour-specific content has been removed, too.
NSYWE clarinetist Lucas March will perform with the Nova Scotia Youth Orchestra on Nov. 24 and 25, in Lunenburg and Halifax, respectively.
Lucas, who hails from New Glasgow, was the featured soloist in NSYWE’s fall concerts this year, and is the most recent NS Talent Trust scholarship recipient.
“I wish to thank every supporter of young musicians like me because it encourages me to continue to strive and expand my craft. Being a musician can be extremely expensive. If it weren’t for the generous support of family, friends, community partners, and organizations like the Nova Scotia Talent Trust, I wouldn’t be able to do what I do.
“I hope to inspire other music students in my community and in the province.”
On the program:
Beethoven: Egmont Overture
Mendelssohn: Piano Concerto No. 1
Béla Bartók: Violin Duos
Bedřich Smetana: Vltava (Die Moldau)
Johann Strauss: On the Beautiful Blue Danube
When and where:
Saturday, November 24, 2018, 7:00 pm
St. John’s Anglican Church, Lunenburg
Sunday, November 25, 2018, 7:00 pm
St. Andrew’s United Church, Halifax