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

Getting Ready for Berks Summer Strings 2016

We will have the following format, 2 groups: beginner (Micheli) and advanced (Stradivari).

Each group will have sectional instruction (violins, violas, cellos and basses).

Dates are the following: (Summer of 2016)

Monday(s), June 20,  June 27, July 11, July 18, July 25, August 1 and the Concert on August 8th.

Micheli Strings (1st and 2nd year students)
630 – 655        Micheli Strings Master Classes – with section instructor(s)
                        Violins – Band Room
                        Violas – LGI A
                        Cellos – LGI B
                        Basses – Music Room                       
700 – 725        Micheli Strings rehearse literature in band room
725                  Micheli Strings Dismissed
Stradivari Strings (3rd or 4th or more years students)
730 – 800        Stradivari StringsMaster Classes – with section instructor(s)
                        Violins – Band Room
                        Violas – LGI A
                        Cellos – LGI B
                        Basses – Music Room       
800 – 830        Stradivari String Orchestra rehearse literature in band room
830                  Stradivari Strings Dismissed

Concert Info and Details

Berks Summer Strings Concert

Monday, August 3rd, 7PM @ Governor Mifflin Intermediate School Amphitheatre

6:45P Call (Show up time)   Meet in large ensemble room to tune

7:00P Seating on Amphitheatre   Sit in sections. Stradivari strings sit in front 3 rows. Micheli Strings sit closely behind.

7:05 Introductions and thank yous

7:07 Begin Playing


Micheli Orchestra & Stradivari

D Major Scale (#64 from EE2000 Strings)

Rockin’ Strings – John Higgins

Aunt Rhodie’s Appetite – Joseph Compello

Stradivari Orchestra

Clog Dance – Eliot Del Borgo

Contredanse en Rondo – W.A. Mozart arr. Sandra Dackow

All About that Bass – Meghan Trainor arr. V. Lopez

FESTIVAL ORCHESTRA ~ Micheli Orchestra & Stradivari

Finale – Cripple Creek – Edmund Siennicki

7:43P Approximate finish time

7:45P Help bring in one music stand and one chair.

(Go out and celebrate and lead your home school orchestra)

Dress is Summer Casual

Bring Clothes Pins if you have some. (We use them to keep the music from blowing away)

Your parents and family may bring lawn chairs if they like.


~ What if we go on vacation?

> Please do. Come when you can, don’t when you can’t.

~ We have to miss the concert, should we still come?

> Absolutely. Wish you could make it, but we understand.

~ My friend would like to come, is it too late?

> Have them register and come when they can.

~ Do the parents have to stay for the hour?

> No, but it may be a great learning experience for the parents to watch. They are ALL open rehearsals.  🙂