LWYS 2020-21 Season

UPDATE: WE WILL BE MEETING IN PERSON!!!!! Late Registration will be accepted until September 22nd

Dear LWYS,

We are able to meet in person starting this Saturday!!! When you registered, the registration form stated that we would meet back in person when it was possible. Well now it is possible!

If you are not comfortable with in-person rehearsals, please email me ASAP. If there is a need I would love to Zoom the rehearsals at the same time 🙂

Our extra-large rehearsal room allows for 30 seated students when spaced 6 feet apart. Our remaining spots will be filled on a first come first serve basis.

Here are the precautions/procedures:
All musicians and parents during drop off must be masked following social distancing rules.
Drop off is at the outside band/orchestra room door.
Only students will be allowed in the building
Everyone will have to use hand sanitizer upon arrival
You must complete the online COVID checklist before your child arrives. They will not be let in if you have not completed this. A link will be sent out later this week
A COVID waiver will be emailed out and posted on the website later this week. This must be turned in before or at your child's first rehearsal.
Chairs and music stands will be disinfected in between each orchestra.
A "stick of truth" has measured all chair/desk distances for all L-W classrooms. We will using this set-up, and will be sitting 6 feet apart, masked, with one stand for each child. NO ONE CAN MOVE A CHAIR OR STAND.
Our schedule will go back to our traditional schedule now that we can meet in-person. If we have to go remote again, the remote schedule will resume for our ZOOM rehearsals.

Remote Zoom Schedule: Beginning 9:00-9:45; Cadet 9:45-10:30; Concert 10:30-11:15; Chamber 11:15-11:45

In-Person Schedule: Beginning 8:30-9:10; Cadet 9:15-10:25; Concert 10:30-11:45; Chamber 11:45-12:15

Tuition - As stated on the registration form, the maximum increase due to payment of rental fees for in person rehearsing will be $50 for September-January, bringing us back to the original tuition rate. This will be collected at a later date - after the space has been actually used. Please be respectful of this, as I do not want to charge this if things change quickly again.

If you did not sign-up because our rehearsals were only online, registration will remain open. Of course there is a chance of us having to go remote again. No refunds will be given for going remote, but instruction will continue over Zoom. Again, more details and all needed forms will be emailed out later this week.

Mrs. Freeland

Original Registration Information:

This is a time to become the best we can be: Perfect our skills, technique, and individual playing ability. Think of how wonderful it will be when we can meet again in person, as stronger players and musicians than we were before. Let’s use this time to become our best!

Below is a summary of our program. Please check out our website www.lwyouthstrings.com for more in depth information!

Lincoln-Way Youth Strings is a youth orchestra program comprised of four ensembles:
The Beginning, Cadet, Concert, and Chamber Orchestras.

The program has been in the area for over 20 years, and will be run digitally with Zoom and Google until we
can meet all guidelines to rehearse safely in person.

Lincoln-Way Youth Strings Program Information

• Orchestras:
Beginning Orchestra: Open to all students with 0-6 months experience.

Cadet Orchestra: Completed the Beginning Program, has completed at least 1 year of experience, or
studies privately and has completed or is close to completing Suzuki Book 1/equivalent level.

Concert Orchestra: Completed the Cadet Program, has 3+ years experience, or studies privately and has
completed or is close to completing Suzuki Book 2/equivalent level.

Chamber Orchestra: By audition. Auditions will take place Saturday, September 19th

• Beginners start Saturday 9/19 with a special intro classes – times will be emailed

• Cadet/Concert/Chamber starts on Saturday 9/26

• Saturday Rehearsal Times: (May change slightly once enrollment numbers are finalized)

Remote Zoom Schedule: Beginning 9:00-9:45; Cadet 9:45-10:30; Concert 10:30-11:15; Chamber 11:15-11:45

In-Person Schedule/Zoomed Live: Beginning 8:30-9:10; Cadet 9:15-10:25; Concert 10:30-11:45; Chamber 11:45-12:15

• Concerts. All will be Zoom or recorded and posted online until further notice:
Winter Concert 12/12
Strings Extravaganza 2/8
ArtWorks! 3/20 for Beg/Cadet and only if in person
Spring Concert 5/22

• Required Supplies. Instrument rentals/all supplies can be purchased at Quinlan & Fabish www.qandf.com
Instrument - New beginners will need to be sized
Shoulder rest for violins/violas- Recommended brand: Everest
Music Stand
Method Books
Beginner: Essential Elements 2000 Book 1
Cadet: Essential Elements 2000 Book 2 and Winning Rhythms
Concert: Essential Techhique and Winning Rhythms
All orchestral sheet music will be provided!

• Tuition: $125 first semester and $100 second semester
First Semester consists of 15 Saturdays from September 26th to January 30th (Beginner only 9/19)
September 26
October 3, 10, 17, 24, 31
November 7, 14, 21
December 5, 12*
January 9, 16, 23, 30

Second Semester consists of 15 Saturdays from February 6th to May 22nd
February 6, 13, 20, 27
March 6, 13, 20*, 27
April 10, 17, 24
May 1, 8, 15, 22*

At this time payment will only be collected for first semester, and payment rate is based on digital
rehearsals without the program incurring any rental fees/concerts.

A return to our traditional cost ($10 per Saturday) will happen when we are able to return to in person

• Quinlan an Fabish is the music company that is officially associated with LWYS. Representatives from the
music company Quinlan and Fabish will be available to assist you by phone or online with the String Rental
Program, purchasing method books and supplies. While you are under no obligation to obtain an instrument
from this company, you may find it convenient to do so. I will be reaching out to all registered beginners to
communicate the rental process.

• Zoom: A Zoom waiting room is used- so no one can enter the rehearsal unless I let them in. All orchestra
members are required to use their full name so I know you belong to the program. All Zoom codes will be
emailed before the first rehearsal.

Get Zoom: https://zoom.us/signup

• A COVID waiver may have to be completed before returning to in person instruction.

If you have questions, email me at lwyouthstrings@gmail.com

I cannot wait to begin teaching your child this year!

Mrs. Freeland

The Orchestra

The ORCHESTRA is made up of four string instruments, the violin, viola, cello, and string bass. By signing up for Lincoln-Way Youth Strings, you can choose which one you would like to play.

The VIOLIN is the smallest member if the string orchestra. It has the highest sound. It is known for its brilliant tone quality. There are more violins in the orchestra than any other instrument. They are divided into two sections, the first and second violins. Like all stringed instruments, there are different sizes to for different sizes of students.

The VIOLA looks like the violin, but it is slightly larger. The instrument produces a lower sound. The tone quality is rich and mellow, sounding less bright than the violin. The viola is held under the chin like the violin. Good violists are always in demand in small and large performing groups.

The CELLO has a beautiful tone, which gives the orchestra a rich, full sound. It is tuned an octave lower and is much larger than the violin or viola. The cello, along with the string bass produces the bottom sound of the orchestra. The instrument is supported by a long endpin that rests on the floor and the player always sits to play it.

The STRING BASS has a deep, dark sound, which gives the orchestra a solid foundation. It is a versatile instrument, which can be used in a variety of groups, ranging from the symphony to the jazz combo. Many bass players also learn to play the electric bass! The bass is the largest member of the string family and it can be played sitting or standing.
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