Beginners’ Orchestra 2019-20

    Sheridan Hill and Clarence Center will meet on Mondays at Sheridan Hill from 2:30-3:30.

    Harris Hill  and Ledgeview will meet on Wednesdays at Harris Hill from 2:30-3:30.

    Beginner’s Orchestra (group class) comprises over 50% of the first year string players’ instruction time. Because I teach by rote in the Suzuki-style, it is essential for the students to be part of this learning environment.  All our pieces will be memorized and repetition is essential for retention.  Lessons only are not an option.  If you need to miss the occasional rehearsal, a note must be sent into the office.


    Beginning in November, all beginning 4th grade string players attend orchestra.


    Students from Clarence Center and Sheridan Hill* will rehearse on Mondays from 2:30-3:30 @Sheridan Hill’s Stage.


    Students from Harris Hill and Ledgeview* will rehearse on Wednesdays from 2:30-3:30 @ the Harris Hill stage.

    Beginner Orchestra dates 2019-20

    Monday Rehearsals: (SH-CC) at Sheridan Hill

    • November 25
    • December 2,9,16
    • January 6,13,27
    • February 3,10,24
    • March 2,9,16,23,30
    • April 6,20,27
    • May 4,11,18, Wednesday the 27th is dress rehearsal at HH
    • June 1 dress rehearsal at CMS, 15 is the final rehearsal+turn in school instruments

    Wednesday Rehearsals: (HH-LV) at Harris Hill

      • November 20
      • December 4,11,18
      • January 15,22,29 (No rehearsal Jan 8)
      • February 5,12,26
      • March 4,18,25 (No rehearsal March 11)
      • April 31,8,22,29
      • May 13,20,27 is a dress rehearsal at HH(no rehearsal May 6)
      • June 1 is a dress rehearsal at CMS, NO rehearsal June 3.  June 10 is final orchestra rehearsal and turn in school instruments

     *This is to accommodate the large numbers.  The orchestra will be joined together for the concert.  Parents wishing to have their child attend a different rehearsal day would have to provide transportation.  Please discuss with me first.


    All students will be picked up and bused to rehearsals and bused home after rehearsal unless you note on the permission slip.  For the occasional pick up, your child must bring ME a note that day (Please don’t give it to their classroom teacher/office/art teacher, etc.)  Parents wishing to pick up their child after rehearsal need to arrive by 3:30 and sign their child out.


    Our ONLY Concert is Monday June 8th @ CMS, 7:00 P.M.


    Mark your calendar!  Any questions, email me at jieda@clarenceschools.org or please give me a ring at school.           

    Mr. Ieda, Elementary Orchestra Director