Spring Rehearsal Reminder!

There will be no rehearsals the next two weeks! 

Rehearsals will resume as follows:

Morningside: January 8th, 2019

Carnegie Hill: January 9th, 2019

Symphony: January 9th, 2019

Concert Orchestra: January 10th, 2019

Have a wonderful holiday and a Happy New Year!

Symphony! From your conductor,

Dear ISO Symphony musicians,

Thank you for great rehearsal on Wednesday!

We have 10 days left until the concert in Symphony Space. The ISO repertoire should be in your daily diet. I suggest you do the following to prepare and achieve excellent performance:

  1. Play your parts from beginning to end WITH METRONOME, counting the bar rests in real time – do not jump to the next entrance! Set your metronomes to: Beethoven – quarter note equals 148 (even though one beat is half note); Russian Dance – quarter note equals 138; Waltz – quarter note equals 176 (even though one beat is dotted half note).
  2. Below are YouTube links I would like you to use and play your parts along with them. You may find other, that you like better. Best is if you try different recordings. This is an excellent way to practice and establish ensemble habits. The more you do it, the better.
  3. Find the parts you are not comfortable with, and practice them slower using metronome.

Wishing you complete success,



Russian Dance:


Carnegie Hill! From your conductor,

Dear Carnegie Hill Orchestra:

I hope you enjoyed the expanded brass section this week – it was indeed nice to have the students from Manhattan School of Music join with us to fill in the missing parts!

I was pleased with the “test” section of the music that I gave you. Everyone passed the Anvil Chorus Test! Please put a bit of final polish on your playing, prepare your clothes: White on top/black on bottom – and I will see you this coming Wednesday at our final rehearsal before the concert.

One note – PLEASE TAPE YOUR PAGES. A few slices of Scotch tape will hold your music together. Sometimes concert halls have drafts of air that will send individual pages flying!


Steve Rochen

Best wishes for a good winter concert!

Carnegie Hill! From Your Conductor,

Carnegie Hill Orchestra: We are now in the countdown for the concert! Please polish anything that you still find difficult to play.

For the entire orchestra – Anvil Chorus – the short quarter notes before rests that have rarely been short enough. We have worked on it in rehearsal – I look for what you will do, individually, with those short notes!

For fun, here is the chili commercial that says “That’s too long!” Watch it 10 seconds, laugh, and then practice those notes.

That’s too long!