Perfect Weather for Concert!

(We are also planning for a beautiful sunset too.)

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See you tomorrow at 630PM.


Concert Info for Aug 8th, 2017

Berks Summer Strings 2017 Concert (info)

         6:30PM ALL Strings Players come and set up and tune up.

         7:00PM @ Governor Mifflin Amphitheater

Micheli & Stradivari  Orchestra

First Finger Rock – Brian Balmages – Conducted by Mrs. Hoffmann

Tumbleweed Blues – George Frueh – Conducted by Mr. Breaux


Stradivari Orchestra

Pirates of the Caribbean – arr. Lavender – Conducted by Mrs. Dowd

Presto – Robert Sheldon –

Berks Summer Chamber Orchestra

Cliffs of Moher – Susan Day – Conducted by Ms. Moyer

“The Festival Orchestra” the FINALE

The Russian Music Box – Soon Hee Newbold – Conducted by Mr. Holgate

Other stuff ….

~ The concert will last about 40 minutes.

~ Parents are welcome to bring lawn chairs for the amphitheatre.

~ Following the concert, any help getting chairs and stands back is appreciated.

~ If you would like to help with set up, Mr. Holgate will begin around 5:30P.

First Day!

Some quick points.  🙂

  • 113 Young String Musician Registered!
  • BEGINNERS (Micheli) session is from 630 – 730
  • ADVANCED (Stradivari)  session is from 730 – 830
  • Chamber Orchestra will be selected tonight and next Tuesday (830-9P)
  • Parents are welcome to stay or leave, younger siblings are invited to explore our playgrounds.
  • We are excited about are music selections this season! Fun stuff!

A Shareable Flyer!

I have had a fellow educator and a couple students who asked me for a “printable flyer” for Berks Summer Strings.  Click  HERE for a Google Doc that I think will work. It is the same one I will hand out to my own students here at Governor Mifflin.

(Let me know if it does work.)

Summer is Almost Here!

Berks Summer String Institute 2017 ~ Dates and Schedule

#1      Tuesday, June 20th          6:30 – 8:30PM

(Sectional instructors will help with group placement)

#2      Tuesday, June 27th         6:30 – 8:30PM (8:30 – 9P Chamber Orchestra)

No Rehearsals on July 4th  (Go celebrate with family and friends!)

#3      Tuesday, July 11th           6:30 – 8:30PM (8:30 – 9P Chamber Orchestra)

#4      Tuesday, July 18th          6:30 – 8:30PM (8:30 – 9P Chamber Orchestra)

#5      Tuesday, July 25th          6:30 – 8:30PM (8:30 – 9P Chamber Orchestra)

#6      Tuesday, August 1st       6:30 – 8:30PM (8:30 – 9P Chamber Orchestra)

#7      Tuesday, August 8th      Berks Summer Strings Concert

  • 7:00PM @ GMIS Amphitheater
  • Call, tuning and Seating   6:30PM
  • Concert dress is nice summer wear.

Ready for Tonight.

As you face the Governor Mifflin Intermediate School and the (new) Mifflin Park Elementary School is on your right, enter the doors just past the gymnasium on the far right side of the building. Those doors will lead you into our Music Suite in GMIS.

We will start with sectionals, tuning, handing out music, getting to know you and review some basics before we go over the Large Rehearsal Room. Our literature for 2016 is …

Micheli Orchestra (Beginning Strings)

Chins and Pins – Richard Meyer

Gaelic Castle* – Soon Hee Newbold

Stradivari Orchestra (Advanced Strings)

Petite Tango –  Casimer Kriechbaum

Dragonhunter – Richard Meyer

Bach Country Fiddles – Bach, J.S. arr. by Meyer, Richard

Shut Up and Dance – Walk the Moon, arr. Michael Story

“The Festival Orchestra” the FINALE

Gaelic Castle* – Soon Hee Newbold

See you soon!

~Mr. Holgate13466379_10154281700691639_8883655271944504960_n

Session time questions.

Just help with especially our first timers,

BEGINNERS (Micheli) session is from 630 – 730

ADVANCED (Stradivari)  session is from 730 – 830

If your child needs to switch between them, it is NO problem.  🙂 See you soon.

~ Mr. Holgate