Information Packets and Rehearsal Expectations

Dear Youth Ensemble Students and Parents,

Thank you you for a great first week of rehearsals! Each student in attendance received a stapled packet at their first rehearsal. Please note that the date of our Winter Concert is Saturday, December 10th (instead of December 11th). Here are links to important information for each Youth Ensemble:

EVERYONE:  Volunteer Sign Up & T-Shirt Order Form Please return these forms to your director or the CMSa2 office by Monday, October 3rd!

Introductory Strings Ensemble (YEI): YEI Schedule and Important Dates

Advanced Strings Ensemble (YEA): YEA Schedule and Important Dates

Winds and Brass Ensembles (YEW): YEW Schedule and Important Dates

Percussion Ensemble (YEP): YEP Schedule and Important Dates


Important Reminder about Rehearsal Expectations!  Warm-up and tuning time is very important for each student, so please plan your travel time ahead to ensure your child arrives 10 – 15 minutes prior to the rehearsal start time.  Our directors will begin rehearsals promptly, meaning students should be in their seats, with instruments unpacked and ready to go at this time.  If you know your child will be absent, please email me in advance at cmsa2programs@gmail.com

Please read our STUDENT HANDBOOK which can also be found on the website, www.cmsa2.org.


If you still have not registered for your ensemble, please REGISTER HERE or call the office at 734-213-2000 during the office hours with any questions!

 Fall Office Hours
Tuesday: 3:00 PM – 7:00 PM
Wednesday: 9:00 AM – 1:00 PM
Saturday: 10:00 AM – 2:00 PM

YE Fall 2016 Rehearsal Schedule

Dear Youth Ensemble Families,

Welcome to the Fall Term and congratulations to students who auditioned this week! We are looking forward to the first YE rehearsals on Monday Sept 19th!

If you have not yet registered for your ensemble, please REGISTER HERE


Youth Ensemble Fall 2016 Rehearsal Schedule

StringsMondays at Clague Middle School (2616 Nixon Rd.)

Introductory Strings: Mondays 5:30 – 7:15 pm
Advanced Strings: Mondays 6:30 – 8:30 pm

Winds/Brass (YEW): Mondays at CMSa2 (1289 Jewett Ave.) 6:30 – 8:30 pm

Beginning October 31, Winds and Brass ensembles move to Clague for Symphony Rehearsals

Strings, Winds and Brass Rehearsal Dates:

  • Monday, September 19
  • Monday, September 26
  • Monday, October 3
  • Monday, October 10
  • Monday, October 17
  • Monday, October 24
  • Monday, October 31*
  • Monday, November 7*
  • Monday, November 14*
  • Monday, November 21*
  • Monday, December 5*

*Symphony rehearsal

Percussion (YEP): Thursdays at Clague Middle School (2616 Nixon Rd.) 6:30 ­- 8:30 pm

Percussion Rehearsal Dates:

  • Thursday, September 22
  • Thursday, September 29
  • Thursday, October 6
  • Thursday, October 13
  • Thursday, October 20
  • Thursday, October 27
  • After October 27th, Percussion Rehearsals Move to Mondays at Clague
  • Monday, October 31*
  • Monday, November 7*
  • Monday, November 14*
  • Monday, November 21*
  • Monday, December 5*

*Symphony rehearsal

 

Fall 2016 1st YE Rehearsal Sept. 19th/22nd | Auditions 9/14 & 9/15

Dear Youth Ensemble Families,

We are very much looking forward to the 2016-17 Season of Youth Ensembles!!  We’d like to welcome all of you who are both returning and new!

First Rehearsal:

Monday, September 19th:

  • 6:30-8:30: Advanced Strings (@ Clague MS), Wind and Brass Ensembles (@ CMSa2)
  • 5:30-7:15: Introductory Strings (@ Clague MS)

Thursday, September 22nd:

  • 6:30-8:30: Percussion Ensemble (@ ClagueMS)

A full-year schedule will be posted shortly before the first rehearsal as well as distributed at the first rehearsal.

REGISTRATION DEADLINE: September 26th |  REGISTER HERE


Fall Auditions

Auditions are for new students, Introductory String Ensemble students who would like to audition for Advanced String Ensemble, or any current student who would like to audition for Chamber Music or Jazz Combos.

Audition Dates: September 14th and 15th, 5:00-9:00pm

Please use this AUDITION INQUIRY form and share it with your friends!!

NO Rehearsal Today | Hit and Run Witness??

Saturday’s concert was fabulous!  Bravo to everyone for a wonderful performance!

This is a reminder that ALL Youth Ensembles do NOT have rehearsal today!  

And YEW and YEP have a Chamber Concert tomorrow, May 17th, 8:00 at CMSa2’s main location at 1289 Jewett. 7:00 call time.

AUDITIONS: Remind your friends that we have auditions NEXT week and send them THIS LINK so they can sign-up!  You do not have to re-audition unless you would like to audition for another ensemble.

PRE-REGISTRATION: Sign-up for next year’s Youth Ensembles (full-year registration) by June 6th and you will be waived the $35 registration fee.  REGISTER HERE. You also have the option to pay only a non-refundable $50 deposit, but the balance of $350 will be due in September (or can be put on a payment plan).

We look forward to seeing everyone again in the Fall.


Call for Witnesses to a Hit and Run:

Unfortunately, there was an incident in the parking lot during Saturday’s performance.  Someone hit the parked car of one of our parents, causing considerable damage to the font, but the culprit did not leave a note or come forward to report the incident.

If you think you saw this incident happen and have any information about it, please contact Kasia directly at kbielakhoops@aa-spa.org.

We and the affected family would truly appreciate any help in resolving this case.

Concert Reminders for TOMORROW!

CONCERT DETAILS

Date & Time:  Saturday, May 14, 2016 @ 3:00 pm

Location:  Forsythe Middle School Auditorium (1655 Newport Road, Ann Arbor)

DRESS REHEARSAL SCHEDULE

Please pay careful attention to your child’s call times and ensure they arrive on time, warmed up and in concert dress.

12 – 12:30 Full Symphony/Advanced Strings

Call at 11:45 pm

12:30 – 12:45 New Horizons Sound Check

Call at 12:15 pm

12:45 – 1 Brass Ensemble

1 – 1:15   Brandenburg Sound Check

Call at 12:45 pm

1:15 – 1:30        Winds Ensemble

1:30 – 1:45        Percussion Ensemble

1:45 – 2 Introductory Strings

Call at 1:30 pm

2 – 2:30       Combined Group

2:30 House Opens

3:00 pm CONCERT

 

TICKETS

At rehearsal last week, your child received 2 ORANGE comp tickets for family members. Any additional family members or friends are $5 and children under 10 are free.  All seats are general admission. 

CONCERT DRESS

All students are required to dress in appropriate concert attire for this performance.  Typically, concert attire consists of a white top & black bottom.  This is no different than the last two concerts.

Girls:  A white blouse or sweater with black slacks or skirts.  Black socks or tights with black shoes. Legs must be covered.  Please NO mini-skirts, leggings or black jeans.

Boys:  A white button down shirt with black slacks, black socks & black shoes.  No ties are necessary.  Please NO black jeans.

VOLUNTEERS

If you signed up to volunteer, please double check the sign-up genius page prior to the concert.


If you have any questions about the dress rehearsal, concert, tickets, concert dress, or volunteer opportunities, please email Paige at cmsa2programs@gmail.com.

I look forward to seeing you all tomorrow!

Paige

For Percussion, Winds & Brass ONLY

This is just a reminder that YE Winds, Brass and Percussion Ensembles will also be performing on May 17th at CMSa2’s Chamber Recital at the Community Music School of Ann Arbor (1289 Jewett Ave).  This is in addition to this Saturday’s concert with the entire Youth Ensembles.

The concert will begin at 8 pm, but we ask that your child arrive at 7:00 pm to warm-up and rehearse with your coach. 

It is a tradition at our recitals to have a potluck reception.  If you are planning on bringing any food or drink to contribute to the spread, please email Kasia directly at kbielakhoops@aa-spa.org.

Thanks!

May 14 Concert Details

The CMSa2 Spring Showcase Concert is just 2 weeks away! Read on for all the necessary details for next weekend:

CONCERT DETAILS

Date & Time:  Saturday, May 14, 2016 @ 3:00 pm

Location:  Forsythe Middle School Auditorium (1655 Newport Road, Ann Arbor)

All Youth Ensembles students are required to be at this concert! If you have any questions or concerns, please email Paige right away at cmsa2programs@gmail.com.  The concert will be about 90 minutes with an After Glow reception post concert.

DRESS REHEARSAL

The dress rehearsal will take place on Saturday prior to the concert.  Each group is scheduled at specific times, so please look carefully at the schedule below for your rehearsal and call time!  Please arrive warmed up and ready to perform!

12 – 12:30            YE Winds, Brass & Percussion +Advanced Strings (Call at 11:45 am)

12:30 – 12:45      New Horizons Sound Check (Call at 12:15 pm)

12:45 – 1              Brass Ensemble

1 – 1:15                 Brandenburg Project Sound Check (Call at 12:45 pm)

1:15 – 1:30           Winds Ensemble

1:30 – 1:45           Percussion Ensemble

1:45 – 2                Introductory Strings (Call at 1:30 pm)

2 – 2:30                Combined Group

2:30                      House Opens

3:00 pm               CONCERT

TICKETS

At rehearsal tonight, your child will receive 2 ORANGE comp tickets for family members.

Any additional family members or friends are $5 and children under 10 are free.  All seats are general admission.

CONCERT DRESS

All students are required to dress in appropriate concert attire for this performance.  Typically, concert attire consists of a white top & black bottom.  This is no different than the last two concerts.  Please see suggestions below:

Girls:  A white blouse or sweater with black slacks or skirts.  Black socks or tights with black shoes. Legs must be covered.  Please NO mini-skirts, leggings or black jeans. 

Boys:  A white button down shirt with black slacks, black socks & black shoes.  No ties are necessary.  Please NO black jeans. 

VOLUNTEERS

If you haven’t already done so, please check the Sign-Up Genius volunteer site HERE to help us throughout the afternoon!   We still need parents to take tickets/collect money, assist with set-up and strike and we always need more food for the reception!

If you have any questions about the dress rehearsal, concert, tickets, concert dress, or volunteer opportunities, please email Paige at cmsa2programs@gmail.com.