Music

Molly Choir January 2019

Posted in Church, Molly, Music on March 3rd, 2019 by c-had – Be the first to comment

Molly sang with her choir in January.

Molly’s first symphony orchestra concert

Posted in Molly, Music, School on March 2nd, 2019 by c-had – 1 Comment

In addition to her Concert Orchestra, Molly joined the Symphony Orchestra at school. This group includes 6th-8th graders, and combines strings with winds, brass, and percussion. They meet at 6:50am before school every Tuesday and Thursday, so these are some dedicated kids. And it was a joint concert with Leah's elementary school orchestra.



Orchestra warm up

Symphony Orchestra

Symphony Orchestra

Here are our two orchestral musicians after their concert together.

Orchestral musicians

Leah’s first orchestra concert

Posted in Leah, Music, School on March 1st, 2019 by c-had – 1 Comment

Leah had her first orchestra concert in January. The 3rd grade orchestra at her school did a great job, especially Leah on her cello. And it was a joint concert with Molly's middle school, so we got to see both of them in the same night (I’ll post about Molly tomorrow).

In addition to the video, I got a couple of pictures. Leah was not nervous at all before her first orchestra concert.

Not nervous

Not sure where this expression came from as they prepared to play.

Sweet angel

The 3rd grade at Leah’s school only has 3 classes, but almost all of the kids chose to join the orchestra. So it’s a big group.

3rd grade orchestra

Pizzicato

Bowing

Great job

Leah Choir December 2018

Posted in Church, Leah, Music on February 24th, 2019 by c-had – Be the first to comment

Leah sang with her choir again in December.

Leah Choir November 2018

Posted in Church, Leah, Music on February 18th, 2019 by c-had – Be the first to comment

Leah sang with her choir again in November.

First middle school orchestra concert

Posted in Molly, Music, School on February 17th, 2019 by c-had – Be the first to comment

Back in November, Molly had her first middle school orchestra concert. It’s a whole new level of professionalism, complete with uniforms. They were great!



Middle school orchestra

Middle school orchestra concert

Middle school orchestra concert

Molly Choir November 2018

Posted in Church, Molly, Music on February 16th, 2019 by c-had – Be the first to comment

Now that Molly is in middle school, she’s moved up to the youth choir at church.

Eye of the Storm

Posted in Church, Molly, Music on February 14th, 2019 by c-had – Be the first to comment

Molly and I got to perform a song together for the first time in October. We first performed this on the Fall Youth Retreat, then did it a second time at Children's Worship at church a week later (which is what you see here in the video). Make sure to watch the whole thing so you don't miss Molly's solo.

Youth Orchestra September 2018

Posted in Molly, Music on February 10th, 2019 by c-had – Be the first to comment

Molly has joined the Youth Orchestra at church. Here she is in her first performance with them from back in September.

National Philharmonic Prep Summer String Institute

Posted in Extracurriculars, Molly, Music on September 3rd, 2018 by c-had – Be the first to comment

Molly was selected to attend the Prep Summer String Institute put on by the National Philharmonic this year. This is a week long summer camp put on by folks from the National Philharmonic (who play at the Strathmore in Bethesda where we saw Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban earlier this year). They only take really advanced students, so Molly was excited to be selected.

This camp was serious. They mailed Molly music a month in advance so she could practice it ahead of time. Then camp itself was an intense week of music. She rehearsed pieces with the full orchestra, had sessions on technique, worked on movement exercises (e.g. bounce a tennis ball to the beat of a song), and broke into chamber ensembles to work on more pieces. She even got to have private 1-on-1 lessons with the principal violist of the National Philharmonic. Combined with having to wake up early to fight traffic driving down toward Washington, the days were exhausting but so much fun.

They put on a concert at the end of the week. First each of the chamber ensemble's performed.

Chamber Ensemble

Chamber Ensemble

Here’s Molly playing with her chamber ensemble.

After all the ensembles played, the full orchestra came together.

Orchestra

Molly was one of only 2 violas in the orchestra (the other was the daughter of the institute director). They were really glad to have Molly, as the previous year they had no violas. I guess most kids that start early enough to be at this level choose violin or cello.

Orchestra

And finally, here’s the full orchestra playing together. It’s amazing that they can sound so good after just a week long camp.

Molly had no friends at the camp, but she did have one friendly face for the week. Margaret (Molly’s regular private instructor, National Philharmonic player, and the children’s minister at our church) was on staff as well. Molly didn’t work with her during the week, but Molly wouldn’t have been at this camp if it wasn’t for Margaret. Thanks Margaret!

Thanks Margaret

Molly may not have started with friends, but she certainly made several. In fact, after the concert we couldn’t understand what was taking her so long to come out. Turns out she was busy collecting email addresses from girls she had made friends with so she could keep in touch.

Thanks to Aunt EA and Uncle Scott for their hospitality as well. Jen, Molly, and Leah spent one night with them as they live fairly close to the camp. That saved one commute each way, and meant Molly got to sleep a little later one day.

Molly hopes to do this again next year, and we may also try to catch a National Philharmonic show to see some of her teachers in action. It was a really great experience. Thanks to the National Philharmonic for offering this great program!