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Drive One 4UR School 5-12-12

posted May 9, 2012, 9:52 AM by Matthew Briere   [ updated May 9, 2012, 10:00 AM ]

Dear Orchestra Families,
This Saturday is our Drive One fundraiser event.  The money raised by this event allows the music program to exist as it does during these financial times.  Please take the time to test drive a vehicle and encourage your friends and family to do so too.  Sign up to drive or volunteer to help using the links below.  There is also a flier if you would like to promote the event.  Thank you in advance for participating and making this successful.  See you there!
Mr. Briere 
REMINDER:  Please be sure your student has returned their sign-up sheet to their music teacher

Drive One UR School fundraiser is this Saturday, May 12th from 9:00am to 5:00pm at Harvest Elementary.

We need 300 drivers and there are still many slots to fill !  Please ask family, friends, neighbors to support the Saline Area Schools Music Programs. WE NEED YOUR HELP!!!  All of the information pertaining to this event can be found in the documents below and by clicking on the hotlinks you may sign-up directly via Google Docs.   300 drivers = $6,000.00 for Saline music students.

•  Driver Signup: http://goo.gl/qHQQp
•   Parent & Student Volunteer Signup:  http://goo.gl/kyZ7Z
•   Bake Sale Signup:  http://goo.gl/W66K4

This is how Drive One 4UR School works:

• Briarwood Ford will donate cars for the test drives
• Ford Motor Company will donate $20 for each person who drives a car
• Each test-drive takes about 10 minutes on a predetermined route
• There will be absolutely *NO* sales pitch
• Drivers must be licensed and at least 18 years of age
• One driver per household (per address)
• Each student who signs up 10+ drivers will receive a free Saline Music tee shirt!
• Parents: you can help earn up to $6,000 for your music students!

If you have any questions, please email SalineMusicParents@gmail.com


Thank you,
Saline Music Parents

Sunday 3/18/12, Free Concert at SMS

posted Mar 17, 2012, 5:21 PM by Matthew Briere

Hey SHS Orchestra students and families, this Sunday (3/18/12) there will be a free concert at Saline Middle School.  Due to the tornado on Thursday, the Dexter Community Orchestra will be performing at SMS at 4pm.  The concert is free but half of all the donations received will be donated to the Dexter tornado relief effort.  This is a great opportunity to see an orchestra made up of adults who come together out of their shared love of music-making in a large orchestral setting.  More importantly, we will be joined by two fabulous soloists, Paul and Linda Rosenthal.  The Rosenthals have traveled all the way from Alaska to perform in the Ann Arbor area this week, including a small performance in second hour last week.  Lastly, this is a free concert that will be perfect for getting that pesky concert requirement done before the trimester even starts.  I hope some of you can make it, you might even notice a familiar face in the second violin section (wink).

Musically Yours,
Mr. Briere


Program Info
Ravel: Mother Goose Suite
Spohr: Concertante in B minor for Two Violins and Orchestra, Op. 88
Rimsky-Korsakov: Scheherazade

Paul and Linda Rosenthal, violins
Anthony Elliott, conductor

Free admission, donations accepted, 50% will be contributed to tornado relief.

Conferences 1-19-12

posted Jan 17, 2012, 4:51 AM by Matthew Briere

Orchestra Families,
The high school has Trimester 2 Conferences this Thursday evening. Unfortunately, I will not be available to meet with you at conferences due to a scheduling conflict. I will be attending a workshop at the Michigan Music Conference in Grand Rapids and I will be unable to make it back for conferences. I am always available to discuss grades, instruments, student behavior, and student performance in class, either through email at brierem@saline.k12.mi.us or by phone at (734) 429-8000 ext. 2296.

Symphony Seating 1-9-12

posted Jan 8, 2012, 3:26 PM by Matthew Briere

Happy New Year!

The current seating assignments are attached below(as of 1-9-12).

Playing Test #1, Trimester 2

posted Dec 15, 2011, 5:24 AM by Matthew Briere

Please be prepared to play the following excerpts in class Tuesday 12/21 and Wednesday 12/22.
Violins/Violas:Vivaldi, Rehearsal Letter D to the downbeat of F
Cello/Bass: Vivaldi, 4 ms. before D to the downbeat of E

Seating Results 11-27-11

posted Nov 27, 2011, 10:54 AM by Matthew Briere

I hope everyone is having a pleasant Thanksgiving break.  The seating results from the last playing test are posted in the documents section.

Playing Test #3

posted Nov 15, 2011, 5:14 AM by Matthew Briere

As announced in class, our third and final playing test for Trimester 1 will be Thursday 11/17 and Friday 11/18 during class.  Be prepared to perform the following excerpts:
Violin 1
Don Quixote: H-I
Violin 2
Don Quixote: 4 before C-D
Don Quixote: C-D
Don Quixote:C-D
Don Quixote: H-I

Playing Test #2 10-7-2011

posted Oct 3, 2011, 5:31 AM by Matthew Briere   [ updated Oct 3, 2011, 5:50 AM ]

Students should be prepared to perform the following excerpts during class on Friday, October 7th:
  • Violin 1: Incantations 51-77
  • Violin 2: Incantations 94-111 and 117-124
  • Viola: Incantations 94-111 and 117-124
  • Cello: Incantations 44-62
  • Bass: Incantations 50-64

Any students seeking extra help should see Mr. Briere before or after school and/or schedule an appointment for a different time.

Extra Credit Available

posted Oct 3, 2011, 4:23 AM by Matthew Briere   [ updated Oct 3, 2011, 4:35 AM ]

Now available on the orchestra office window, extra credit forms for the 2011-2012 school year.
Students may earn extra credit through a variety of activities which include:
  • taking private lessons on your class instrument
  • participating in the car wash
  • attending a concert and writing a review in addition to the required concert review
  • participating in various MSBOA sanctioned events
  • performing with a community performance group
  • performing a solo in class
  • making a class presentation
The details for each are included on the form, make sure they are turned in before the end of the trimester.  The form is also available in the Orchestra Department Files section of this website.

First playing test of the 2011-12 school year.

posted Sep 8, 2011, 9:19 AM by Matthew Briere

Students should be prepared to perform the excerpts listed below, in class Friday, September 16th.  This playing test will allow me to assess everyone individually and determine seating for the Halloween concert.
Violins: Incantations m. 3-12 (violin 1 part for everyone)
Violas: Incantations m. 20-27
Cellos: Incantations m. 20-27
Basses: Arundel m. 88-end
Happy Practicing!
Mr. Briere

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