NMYO holds two Saturday afternoon Enrichment Day Seminars (one in winter and one in spring) in which ensembles work intensively to build skills and develop an appreciation for the various aspects of orchestra membership. These concentrated seminars significantly increase skills and appreciation for the ensemble experience.
During this event, outstanding professional conductors in the Greater Boston area share their experience and expertise with NMYO musicians. Enrichment Days allow time for more in-depth work on concert repertoire. Conductors also work to develop practice and rehearsal skills that teach students to receive maximum benefit from regular rehearsals.
Attendance at NMYO Enrichment Days is required. Please refer to the Attendance Policy Section [Pages 16-17] of this handbook for more details. The dates of Enrichment Days can be found on the official NMYO Calendar [Appendix A].
Each year, NMYO holds a retreat at Castle Hill/Crane Beach in Ipswich for members of Symphony Orchestra and Intermezzo Orchestra; this day includes music, a barbeque lunch, games, and fun at the beach (if permission is given by parents).
During the summer, musicians will receive a packet containing their music for the fall semester, as well as information regarding the retreat: location, date, time and schedule for the day. Musicians should bring their music and a music stand with them to the retreat.
Musicians in both Symphony Orchestra and Intermezzo Orchestras are expected to attend this kick-off into the new concert season, both for the opportunity to rehearse their music for the first time with the entire group, as well as having the chance to socialize with other members of their orchestra.
Parent volunteers are needed for this event. Please call the NMYO office if you are able to help with food preparation, games, or beach supervision. Refer to the NMYO calendar for the date and time for this year’s Castle Hill Retreat Day [Appendix A].
NMYO hosts a picnic during the summer for Prelude String Ensemble and Overture String Ensemble members to meet their conductors and fellow ensemble musicians. The picnic normally takes place the weekend before rehearsals start.
Details for this event are e-mailed with music during the summer.
All NMYO Symphony Orchestra musicians, and a few select members of the Intermezzo Orchestra, participate in the annual Chamber Music Program. The chamber musicians participate in one small chamber music ensemble that rehearses for 75-minutes each week during an eight-week period. Chamber groups are coached by outstanding area music professionals.
The goals of the NMYO Chamber Music Program are to:
NMYO Chamber Musicians perform a concert at the conclusion of the program in March. Top chamber groups are chosen to perform in an Honors Concert. Each chamber group also performs an outreach concert through the NMYO Youth Serving Through Music Program.
The Northeast Massachusetts Youth Orchestras is dedicated to teaching young musicians to serve others through their music. To this end, NMYO Chamber groups perform concerts at senior citizen residences, hospitals, rehabilitation centers, and schools in one or more of the communities that NMYO serves. In addition to the chamber music concerts, NMYO holds at least two additional full-length concerts per year through the Youth Serving Through Music initiative to support community needs.
Youth Serving Through Music is a unique and important part of the NMYO experience. The opportunity for outreach brings awareness of underserved populations and empowers NMYO musicians by teaching them how musical talents might be used to serve others. The goal of the program is to provide a musical experience that will remain with NMYO musicians throughout their lives as performers, audience members, and concerned citizens of their communities.
All NMYO musicians are invited to become mentors for the Lawrence string program, Community Strings, a program under Up With Music, Inc. The groups meet on Tuesday and Friday afternoons and Saturday mornings. Participation can count toward a student’s school commitment for community service. Please e-mail Trudy Larson, NMYO String Director, if you are interested in this opportunity. (firstname.lastname@example.org)