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Group Class Dates – (This is for any first or second year student who currently does NOT participate in group at Ambleside or HCYO. HCYO and Ambleside students are invited, but not required to be there.)

February 5 & 19
March 5 & 26

11 a.m. Fredericksburg United Methodist Church.
(1800 N. Llano)

Large group class is intended to further your child’s ability to play as an individual and with a group. The kids have fun seeing others playing and participating in such a large group activity. Please help make it special by attending every class.

Spring Semester Individual Recital –Saturday April 30 at 3 p.m. at St. Barnabas Episcopal Church in Fredericksburg. (601 West Creek Street ) There will be two hours of recital that day. Younger students will be the first hour. More advanced students will play on the second hour. Attendance is MANDATORY.

Spring Semester Group Recital – Saturday May 14 at 3 p.m. at the Evangelical Free Church in Fredericksburg. (107 E. Lower Crabapple Road) Attendance is MANDATORY.

Parents as Partners – Thanks to all who are participating. I hope you have been watching the videos. I have found them very interesting and motivational!

Practice Charts – Please use your practice charts. ALL STUDENTS NEED TO USE THE PRACTICE CHART AND BRING THEM TO EVERY LESSON. I made the whole semester’s practice charts at the beginning of the January and they are expected to be brought all lessons. Also, start bringing your books and get a notebook (if you haven’t already) to keep your practice chart and book in!

TMEA Convention Coming Up - I will need to reschedule some of you in order to travel to the Texas Music Educators Association Convention in San Antonio February 11th and 12th. I will contact you regarding rescheduling some time that week if you have a Friday or Saturday lesson.

Fredericksburg Community Orchestra – Fredericksburg Community Orchestra is well on its way to being a tax exempt organization. It will house group classes and ensembles for next year. This will make it easier for us to have appropriately leveled group classes for all involved in this area.

Meetings for the orchestra will be, February 4 and 18. Educational session will be at 6:30 p.m. Rehearsal will be at 7 p.m.


PostHeaderIcon Britt Violin Studio News - January 2011

Happy New Year! I hope you had a restful holiday that allowed you to visit with your loved ones. I am looking forward to a productive new year.

String Classes Resume on Monday, January 3
Classes will resume on Monday, January 3, 2010 (regardless of your school schedule).

Fredericksburg Music Club will be hosting a wonderful quartet of musicians from the Houston Symphony orchestra Saturday, January 29, 2010. Please mark your calendars to attend this performance. It is a rare opportunity for students in Fredericksburg to see such high quality string performances.

Suzuki Parent Seminar

If your child is just beginning or still in Suzuki Book 1, please plan on attending one of these meetings. Please let me know which meeting you will be able to attend. The following dates and times are available:

Thursday, January 6 at 10 a.m.
Friday, January 7 at 10 a.m.
Friday, January 7 at 11 a.m.
Saturday, January 8 at 8 a.m.
Saturday, January 8 at 1 p.m.
Saturday, January 8 at 2 p.m.
Saturday, January 8 at 3 p.m.

Let me know your preference ASAP. I will host this at my home (603 Bell St. in Fredericksburg), so the space will be limited to 5 parents per class. (This seminar is for parents only, not students.) I am offering several options so that everyone can make it to one. The training will be short and informative.

January Group Classes

January 8, 2010 & January 22, 2010 at First United Methodist Church in Fredericksburg.

11:00 a.m. to noon (Sarah S., Ellie M., Erin F., John F., Asher S., Jorja S., Juan & Jose C., Katherine P., Ashley D., Brook E., Austin F., Sydney S., William F., Jenna R., Dylan S., Addison B.)

* Others who are already in HCYO or at Ambleside are invited also, but I understand you already have an ensemble to participate in each week.

I realize that it is a hard to travel for these classes, but group is very important and meets only twice per month. Ensemble is one of the MOST important parts of string playing.

Fredericksburg Community Orchestras

The Fredericksburg Community Orchestra String Ensemble will meet January 7 & 21 at 6:30 p.m. until 8 p.m. at the Gillespie County Historical Society Social Hall. During the first 30 minutes, we will have an instructional session. During the 7 p.m. to 8 p.m. hour, we will rehearse string orchestra repertoire. Participants will be asked to contribute $25 for music and other supplies. Students in Book 2 and above are welcome.

We are looking for a few board members to serve on the Fredericksburg Community Orchestras. If you have previous board or organizational experience and are interested, please contact me regarding the opportunity to start a new organization that supports string education and performances in Fredericksburg and the surrounding communities.

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