The sounds of OPYO's orchestras are warming up these chilly evenings, and your children, who are playing at higher and higher levels, inspire all three OPYO conductors. Please come early to pick them up, go into the rehearsal, and hear the beautiful results your children are creating. And thank you so much for bringing them to us.
Listening to the rehearsals and watching and working with your young musicians reminds me constantly that ensemble participation challenges and enriches the lives of young people beyond measure. Becoming proficient on a musical instrument and learning to play in an orchestra equips them with skills they'll use throughout their lives, especially: listening to others and being responsible both individually and as team players. OPYO brings students together from a wide variety of backgrounds, schools, ages, and skills to learn, play, and grow together. At rehearsals, your children make new friends, develop their musicianship, play and grow together, and have lots of fun while doing it. The conductors, too!
We all know that today's young people have so many important activities and time choices to make, and I congratulate you on choosing OPYO as a priority! As life's tempo picks up approaching the Holidays (and OPYO's December 14 Holiday Concert is barely a month away) I want to share some ideas about getting more done in less practice time. If they follow my suggestions, they'll have more time to study, pick up their rooms, and ask how they can help around the house! All this can be done in 10-15 minutes a day - tops! And once those tough spots have become easy, it'll take even less.
As much as possible:
Following these suggestions will help your young musicians get lots done in ever shorter time...and feel really good about their OPYO participation.
Thank you again for sharing your family with ours. I look forward to being in touch in the weeks ahead leading up to the December Concert, In the meantime, be well, and if you have any questions, suggestions or concerns, please don't hesitate to being in touch.
Warmly - David