Important Information for Parents and Students

Update Information for Parents and Students

Please check your email for important updates to the current NSYWE Schedule.

If you need a drive to rehearsals, please email me.

If you have room in your car for another musician and their instrument, Please let me know.

 

 

 

 

 

                                                            

 

NSYWE April 8, 9 & 10 & Rehearsal Notes

Rehearsal Notes

Hello Everyone, I am looking forward to seeing everyone on Friday night.

If you are unable to attend all or part of the weekend, please let me know ASAP (nsywe@eastlink.ca). (Thanks to everyone who has already e-mailed…)

Important Information

  • Please do a self check for any COVID symptoms or do a rapid test before coming to rehearsal.
    • If you are a close contact or have symptoms, do not come to rehearsal.
  • Masks are required at all times in the building.
  • Playing masks and bell covers are required while playing.
  • All other Covid protocols are still in place for NSYWE.
  • Do not bring a music stand. Dartmouth Music Centre has plenty!
  • There are two classrooms for your cases and other items. Do not bring unnecessary items into the rehearsal room.
  • Our set-up can remain all weekend and large instruments can be left overnight at the Dartmouth Music Centre.
  • No cell phones are permitted in the rehearsal room.
  • A lunch room will be available.

April 8, 9 & 10 – NSYWE Rehearsal Weekend

Dartmouth Music Centre (DMC)
Halifax Regional Arts (Music East)
35 Major Street, Dartmouth
(click for Google Maps link)

Friday
6:00 pm                                 Set up committee
6:30 pm                                 Musicians arrive
7:00 – 10:00 pm                Rehearsal with breaks

Saturday
10:00 am – 12:00 pm     Instrument clinics #1
(percussion, oboes, French horns, trumpets, saxophones)

12:30 pm –  2:30 pm        Instrumental clinics #2
(trombones/low brass, flutes, bassoons, clarinets)

12:30 pm – 2:30 pm        NSYWE Committee AGM

2:30 pm – 5:30 pm          Rehearsal with breaks

(If you have any questions about the clinic timing, please e-mail me. Musicians in the first clinics can leave and return or stay at the DMC.)

Sunday
10:00 am – 12:00 pm     Rehearsal with breaks
12:00 pm – 1:00 pm        Lunch
1:00 pm –  2:30 pm          Rehearsal with breaks
2:30 pm –  3:00 pm         Clean-up committee

 NSYWE Music

  • Florentiner March is on our website. Log in to access the music.
  • Prayer for Ukraine will be handed out at rehearsal.

May 6, 7 & 8 – NSYWE Rehearsal and Concert Weekend
Change of Location:
Acadia Festival Theatre, Wolfville (click for Google Maps link)

Friday Evening, Saturday & Sunday

Concert: 2:00 pm, Sunday, May 8, 2022 with our guests, the Stadacona Band of the Royal Canadian Navy. Freewill donation at the door.

Note: Acadia University requires everyone to wear a mask everywhere on campus, including inside the Festival Theatre Building.

If you have any questions do not hesitate to e-mail me.

Thank you,
Hope

NSYWE Change of Location for the May Weekend

Thank you, everyone, for giving your time to rehearse during March Break.  We had a great start on the music for the May concert.  Read below for new information.

NSYWE Dates and Locations

April 8. 9 & 10   Dartmouth Music Centre, Halifax Regional Arts (Music East), 35 Major Street, Dartmouth, NS

Friday Evening, Saturday & Sunday

(A complete schedule will be e-mailed soon)

 

May 6, 7 & 8      Acadia Festival Theatre, Wolfville, NS

Friday Evening, Saturday & Sunday

 Concert 2:00 pm, Sunday, May 8, 2022

 

NSYWE MUSIC

Two new pieces were given out at the March Break rehearsal: Florentiner and Prayer for UkraineFlorentiner is on the NSYWE website; Prayer for Ukraine should be available soon.

Updated Parts Assignments have been posted to the website. You know you have the current parts assignment if you see “March 20, 2022 NSYWE Part
Assignments” in the top left corner of the first page.

Rehearsal notes will be e-mailed this week.

 

NSYWE Photos from the March Break rehearsals

Photos from our March rehearsal sessions are now on the NSYWE website. You need to log in to see the images but you can link them to your social media or send a link to someone else; they do not need to have an account/be logged in to follow your links.

If you have any questions or concerns do not hesitate to e-mail me.

Thank you,

Hope

 

Important, NEW Information for the March Rehearsal

If you are unable to attend all or part of the rehearsal please let me know as soon as possible. Thank you to those students/parents who already let me know.

NSYWE Covid Protocols

All NSYWE COVID protocols will continue for the March Rehearsals.

Please do a self-check for symptoms before each rehearsal. If you have any symptoms or are a close contact, please do not come to rehearsal.

What do I need to bring for rehearsal this week?

  1. Playing masks and bell covers are required. Extra masks, hand sanitizer and puppy pads will be provided by NSYWE.
  2. Please bring your own music stand and music.
  3. Small snacks for breaks will be provided by NSYWE.
  4. Bring inside shoes if you are on the stage area to avoid salt and snow from damaging the stage.
  5. Bring a lunch or go out to a near by restaurant.
  6. Wear your green NSYWE T-shirt for Thursday’s (March 17, St. Patrick’s Day) rehearsal. New members will be given their shirts on Wednesday.

NSYWE Spring Schedule

March 16, 17 & 18 – St. Andrews United Church, Halifax

Because this week’s rehearsals are on weekdays, parking will not be free on all streets.  Give yourself time to find a parking location. Bring change for the meters or use the Hot Spot app.

Wednesday, March 16th 

9:00 am – 9:30 am     Arrive and Set up

9:30 am – 1:30 pm     Rehearsal with Breaks

1:30 pm – 2:30 pm     LUNCH (on your own)
Bring a lunch or go to a nearby restaurant

2:30 pm – 5:00 pm     Rehearsal with Breaks

5:00 pm   Clean up stage area

Thursday, March 17th  St. Patrick’s Day!

Wear your green NSYWE T-shirt. New members will be given one on Wednesday.

9:00 am – 9:30 am          Arrive and Warm up

9:30 am – 12:00 noon   Rehearsal with Breaks

12:00 noon – 1:00 pm   LUNCH (on your own)

1:00 pm – 5:00 pm        Rehearsal with Breaks

5:00 PM                             Clean up stage area

Friday, March 18th

9:00 am – 9:30 am          Arrive and Warm up

9:30 am – 12:00 noon    Rehearsal with Breaks

12:00 noon – 1:00 pm    LUNCH (on your own)

1:00 pm – 3:00 pm          Rehearsal

3:00 pm                                Clean up all chairs, stands and put away percussion.                                                           (Everyone please stay a few minutes to help.)

April 8, 9 & 10 – Cole Harbour High School or the Dartmouth Music Centre                                              (TBD)

May 6, 7 & 8 – St. Andrews United Church, Halifax

Concert – Sunday, May 8, 2022 with the Stadacona Band

NSYWE Music and part assignments

We will not perform Serenade.

If you have any questions or concerns please do not hesitate to contact me (text 902-497-3297 or e-mail).

Thank you,

Hope

Important information for the March Rehearsals

If you are unable to attend all or part of the rehearsal please let me know as soon as possible. Thank you to those students/parents who already let me know.

NSYWE Spring Schedule

March 16, 17 & 18 – St. Andrews United Church, Halifax

Because it a weekday, parking will not be free on all streets. Give yourself time to find a parking location.

Wednesday, March 16th

  • 9:00 am – 9:30 am, Arrive and Set up
  • 9:30 am – 1:30 pm, Rehearsal with Breaks
  • 1:30 pm – 2:30 pm, LUNCH (on your own) Bring a lunch or go to a near by restaurant
  • 2:30 pm – 5:00 pm, Rehearsal with Breaks
  • 5:00 pm Clean up and Home

Thursday, March 17th – HAPPY ST. PATRICK’S DAY!

  • 9:00 am – 9:30 am, Arrive and Warm up
  • 9:30 am – 12:00 noon, Rehearsal with Breaks
  • 12:00 noon – 1:00 pm, LUNCH (on your own)
  • 1:00 pm – 5:00 pm, Rehearsal with Breaks

Friday, March 18th

  • 9:00 am – 9:30 am, Arrive and Warm up
  • 9:30 am – 12:00 noon, Rehearsal with Breaks
  • 12:00 noon – 1:00 pm LUNCH (on your own)
  • 1:00 pm – 3:00 pm, Rehearsal and Clean up

April 8, 9 & 10 – Either Cole Harbour High School or the Dartmouth Music Centre

May 6, 7 & 8 – St. Andrews United Church, Halifax; the concert, with the Stadacona Band, will be on Sunday, May 8, 2022.

NSYWE Music and parts assignments

Most of the music and part assignments are up on the NSYWE website.

You must login to see your parts!

Zoë has sorted the percussion parts and I will send the percussionists a separate email soon

If you have any questions or your part is missing, please let me know. New players have been added.

We will be able to adjust parts in March.

Serenade is not available on the website yet.

NSYWE COVID Protocols

All NSYWE COVID protocols will continue for the March Rehearsals.

Please do a self-check for symptoms before each rehearsal. If you have any symptoms or are a close contact please do not come to rehearsal.

Proof of vaccination is not required.

Playing masks and bell covers are still required for ensembles during Phase 1 of reopening.

Because of the transmissibility of the Omicron variant, it is recommended that we upgrade to a K95, KN95 or KF95 playing mask if possible. I will have that quality of mask available for your use.

If you have any questions or concerns, please e-mail me.

NSYWE Music and Important Information for March

NSYWE Spring Schedule

(A full detailed schedule will be sent closer to the dates.)

March 16, 17 & 18 – St. Andrews United Church, Halifax

Wednesday, March 16th             9:00 am – 5:00 pm

Thursday, March 17th                 9:00 am – 5:00 pm

Friday, March 18th                       9:00 am – 3:00 pm

If you can not attend all or part of the rehearsals, please e-mail or text-message me.

April 8, 9 & 10 – Location to be determined

May 6, 7 & 8 – St. Andrews United Church, Halifax

Concert – Sunday, May 8, 2022

NSYWE Music and part assignments

  • Most of the music and part assignments are up on the NSYWE website.
  • You must login to see your parts!
  • Zoë will be sorting out the percussion parts and I will send the percussionist a separate email soon
  • If you have any questions or your part is missing please let me know. New players have been added.
  • We will be able to adjust parts in March.
  • “Stillness” will be posted as soon as it arrives.

NSYWE Covid Protocals

All NSYWE Covid protocols will continue for March.

  • Please do a self-check for symptoms before each rehearsal. If you have any symptoms or are a close contact, please do not come to rehearsal.
  • Proof of vaccination is required. I will contact you individually if I do not have your proof of vaccination.
  • Playing masks and bell covers are still required for ensembles during Phase 1 of re-opening.

Because of the transmissablity of the Omicron variant, it is recommended that we upgrade to a K95, KN95 or KF95 playing mask if possible. Please email me if you have any questions.

NSYWE Fees

  • NSYWE ½ season payment is $150.
  • I will contact you individually if you have not paid your fees for spring.
  • NSYWE will never turn away an individual for financial reasons.

NSYWE January 16th update

(includes the April revised dates)

Hello Everyone,

We have been working hard to find alternate dates and locations.

Below is our updated spring schedule. These dates will depend upon Nova Scotia Public Health restrictions and gathering limits.

March 16, 17 & 18 – St. Andrews United Church, Halifax; (morning and afternoons)

April 8, 9 and 10 – Location to be determined; (Friday evening, Saturday afternoon and Sunday?)

May 6, 7 & 8 – St. Andrews United Church, Halifax; concert – Sunday, May 8, 2022

I know the first dates are during the public schools’ March Break. I understand some of you will not be able to attend. Please let me know if you can’t attend when we get closer to the dates.

We are contacting the Stadacona Band to see if they will still be available for the May concert date.

The NSYWE Committee is here for you as school resumes in person or online. Reach out to me with any questions you may have or you just want to chat. I will schedule a Zoom lesson or chat with me or one of the committee members.

NSYWE MUSIC

Dr. Hopkins is still working on the music selections and part assignments.  I hope to add new music after next week.

If you have any questions please feel free to contact me: nsywe@eastlink.ca.

Thank you,

Hope

NSYWE Update for January and February dates

Hello Everyone,

I am sad to say we will not be able to hold or January 28-30 and the February 4-6 concert weekend.

Dr. Hopkins and I are still working on finding dates to reschedule the rehearsals and the concert with the Stadacona Band.

When I can confirm dates and locations I will let you know. Music has been ordered and I will also let you know when it is available.

If I have to rent a large tent in June to play outside we will give it a try.  I am still hoping we can get together in the spring.

Keep practicing even though it may be hard to keep motivated during online classes and no in-person rehearsals.

PRACTICE TIPS ( Mark Adam, Acadia University, from his Masterclass last year on “How to Practice”… These are only a few of his keys for practicing.)

“How to Practice”

What do I need for my practice session?  What don’t I need? (cell phone?)

    • Organize what you need. (Instrument, pencil, music, stand, chair, metronome, etc.)

How do I organize my practice time?

    • Set a goal.
    • What am I going to accomplish?

Do feel good about what I accomplished in each practice session?

    • Set a new goals for the next practice session.

 

BOOK SUGGESTION from Dr. Wendy McCallan, Professor and Co-Chair, Joint Department of Music Education, Brandon University School of Music

Eat That Frog! 21 Great Ways to Stop Procrastinating and Get More Done in Less Time by Brian Tracy (ISBN-10: 162656941X)

It’s time to stop procrastinating and get more of the important things done! After all, successful people don’t try to do everything. They focus on their most important tasks and get those done. They eat their frogs.

There’s an old saying that if the first thing you do each morning is eat a live frog, you’ll have the satisfaction of knowing you’re done with the worst thing you’ll have to do all day. For Tracy, eating a frog is a metaphor for tackling your most challenging task—but also the one that can have the greatest positive impact on your life.

Eat That Frog! shows you how to organize each day so you can zero in on these critical tasks and accomplish them efficiently and effectively. The core of what is vital to effective time management is: decision, discipline, and determination. And in this fully revised and updated edition, Tracy adds two new chapters. The first explains how you can use technology to remind yourself of what is most important and protect yourself from what is least important. The second offers advice for maintaining focus in our era of constant distractions, electronic and otherwise.

Don’t forget you can always reach out to me with any questions you may have.  Take care and have a great start to 2022.

Thank you,

Hope

NSYWE 2022 Update

Hello Everyone,

I hope everyone is having a restful and safe holiday break.

As COVID and the omicron variant has changed our lives for the holidays, NSYWE will be rescheduling our rehearsals and concert.

 Dr. Hopkins and I have been in discussions about when and where we can meet to reschedule our rehearsals and the concert with the Stadacona Band.

This will depend on the number of participants allowed and other Covid restrictions.  I will keep watching to see if our future dates for 2022 are possible.

The January 7 – 9 rehearsal has been cancelled. 

Dr. Hopkins will be contacting the Stadacona Band for possible future dates for the concert and I will be contacting St. Andrews Church and other locations for rehearsals when restrictions are lifted.

NSYWE MUSIC 

Dr. Hopkins will be adding more pieces soon. And I will let you know when they are ready.

We will do everything we can to make sure we can go forward this winter or maybe this spring if necessary.

I will keep you updated on the latest NSYWE news.

If you have any questions or concerns please do not hesitate to contact me.

Thank you,
Hope

NSYWE Update for 2022 Rehearsals and Concert

I would like to wish everyone a peaceful holiday season and a Happy New Year.

NSYWE MUSIC FOR 2022

One piece of music, Magnolia Star, is up on the NSYWE website for January. The part assignments and the rest of the music will be up as soon as we can. Keep practicing over your holiday break.

NSYWE Photos and Recordings

Don’t forget to view the photos and recordings from the last concert and past NSYWE concerts and rehearsals. They can be found on the members only part of the NSYWE website. The live stream from our last concert is still available to view.. Thank you to Atlantic Live Stream for the wonderful production.

NSYWE DATES for 2022

The NSYWE Committee continues to monitor the COVID-19 situation and I will send an update and schedule after Christmas. St. Andrews Church is large enough to continue to rehearsal with social distancing, masks and bell covers. All rehearsals and a live-stream concert with the Stadacona Band are still being planned.

The current schedule – subject to change as noted above – is as follows:

      • January 7, 8 & 9, St. Andrews United Church
      • January 28, 29 & 30, Cole Harbour High School
      • February 4, 5 & 6, St. Andrews United Church

If you have any questions or concerns please do not hesitate to e-mail me.

Hope Gendron