Support The RI Philharmonic Orchestra & Music School AND Big Brothers Big Sisters of the Ocean State!

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The RI Philharmonic Orchestra & Music School has partnered with Big Brothers Big Sisters of the Ocean State to gather donations of clothing, shoes, books, etc. BBBSOS sells the donated goods to the Savers stores. These sales help BBBSOS with their mentor program. Our portion, from the donation bin in the RI Philharmonic parking lot, will help us to support the services we provide. So, as Fall approaches and you clean out your closets, would you please consider dropping off those items in the bin on campus? Both Big Brothers Big Sisters of the Ocean State and the Rhode Island Philharmonic Orchestra & Music School will benefit from your donation!

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RI Philharmonic Music School Chamber Quartet Performs at the RI State House

Hi, my name is Elizabeth and I’m a student at the RI Philharmonic Music School where I play the violin in the Symphony Orchestra. After attending a week long chamber music camp at the School, I was asked to play in a quartet with three other Music School students: Lucy, Isaiah and Emeline. Our goal was to provide an hour and a half of continuous background music for the 2017 National Governors Association Summer Meeting on Friday, July 14th.

The meeting was held at the Rhode Island State House. In attendance were more than 30 governors, leaders from Canada and Mexico, and special guests Vice President Mike Pence and the Prime Minister of Canada, Justin Trudeau! I was very excited, a little nervous and honored that they would be listening to us. I was hoping to catch a glimpse of the Vice President and the Prime Minister!

Prior to our performance, we had to prepare music and rehearse. After much hard work and practice, we came together at the State House. There was a helicopter circling above with cameras, roads around the Statehouse were closed off. It was strange to walk around the grounds with hardly anyone in sight.

Once we were inside the building we set up, I enjoyed looking at the elaborate decoration. The acoustics were great and it was really fun to play in such a big space! We played a variety of music of early music (Rameau and Lully), baroque (Handel, Corelli and Bach), classical (Haydn and Mozart), and romantic (Schubert), among others. The selections were really beautiful to play and the audience was really enthusiastic. Some Governors even came up to us clapping and wanted to talk with us. 

We all played very well and had a great time. I knew this was a once in a lifetime experience. I still cannot believe I was really there!

Thank you RI Philharmonic Music School for this wonderful opportunity!

The RI Philharmonic Youth Summer Wind Ensemble Performs with the East Bay Summer Youth Wind Ensemble at the Seekonk Public Library Meadows

In June, the Rhode Island Philharmonic Youth Summer Wind Ensemble (RIPYSWE) performed its first concert at the Seekonk Public Library Meadows. Students from the Music School bonded with students from the East Bay Summer Youth Wind Ensemble (EBSWE). The conductors, Mr. David Marshall of Somerset High School and the EBSWE Music Director, and Dr. Robert Franzblau, Director of Bands at Rhode Island College, led all 125 students in a rousing and energetic performance. While rain cut the concert short, we still enjoyed a wonderful evening of music making. We hope that this will be the first of many joint RIPYSWE & EBSWE performances.

The Rhode Island Philharmonic Youth Wind Ensemble is an audition-based youth ensemble that rehearses from September through May on Wednesday evenings. This is perfect for our collaboration with East Bay Summer Wind Ensemble which rehearses from May through August. We encourage our students to play year round and participate in both groups.

We would like to thank Mr. David Marshall for his support, taking care of the percussion instruments and making this concert a reality. We are thrilled that guest conductor Dr. Rob Franzblau was able to work with our students, standing in for RIPYSWE Director, Dr. David Neves.

Thank you to everyone who participated and all those who came out to hear an amazing concert!

For more information on East Bay Summer Youth Wind Ensemble or the Rhode Island Philharmonic Youth Ensembles, please contact Chelsea Anderson, Youth Ensembles Manager, at canderson@Riphil.org .

It’s Time for Auditions at The RI Philharmonic Music School!

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Youth Orchestras:

The Rhode Island Philharmonic YOUTH ORCHESTRAS (RIPYO) will hold auditions by appointment on August 24, 25 and September 6 for the Symphony Orchestra, Repertory Orchestra, String Orchestra, Intermediate String Ensemble and String Ensemble. For an audition application or more information, please visit musicschool.riphil.org or contact Youth Ensembles Manager Chelsea Anderson at 401-248-7038 or canderson@riphil.org.

            RIPYO provides quality orchestral rehearsal and performance experience for talented young musicians from Rhode Island and nearby Connecticut and Massachusetts. The professional conducting staff, led by Music Director, Symphony Conductor and RI Philharmonic Orchestra member Alexey Shabalin, is committed to providing the best educational experience for each student.

All RIPYO ensembles rehearse once weekly at the RI Philharmonic’s Carter Center for Music Education & Performance in East Providence, from September through May, and present three major performances. RIPYO Symphony members also perform side-by-side with RI Philharmonic musicians at a Friday night AMICA Rush Hour concert once each year.

Youth Jazz Ensembles:

The Rhode Island Philharmonic YOUTH JAZZ ENSEMBLES (RIPYJazz) will hold auditions by appointment at your convenience for the RIPYJazz Big Band, Paul Murphy Touring Ensemble and Jazz Combos. For an audition application or more information, please visit musicschool.riphil.org or contact Youth Ensembles Manager Chelsea Anderson at 401-248-7038 or canderson@riphil.org.

            The Jazz and Rock Department offers a complete educational program for students inter­ested in jazz or rock study and performance. Courses are organized so that each student is placed according to their interests and skills and can progress accordingly. The RIPYJazz Big Band, under the direction of Wendy Klein, performs at numerous community events including Monday Night Jazz at Bovi’s, Vernal Arts and Music Festival, and the Blackstone Boulevard Summer Concert Series.

All RIPYJazz ensembles rehearse at the RI Philharmonic’s Carter Center for Music Education & Performance in East Providence, once a week from September through May, and present various performances throughout the season.

Youth Wind Ensembles:

The Rhode Island Philharmonic YOUTH WIND ENSEMBLES (RIPYWE) will hold auditions by appointment on August 30 for the Symphonic Winds and the Wind Ensemble. For an audition application or more information, please visit musicschool.riphil.org or contact Youth Ensembles Manager Chelsea Anderson at 401-248-7038 or canderson@riphil.org. Students interested in auditioning but not available on the dates listed above can still submit an audition application. Auditions will be scheduled at the earliest convenient time.

            Founded in 2002, RIPYWE offers advanced woodwind, brass and percussion students from Rhode Island and nearby Massachusetts and Connecticut an outstanding opportunity to rehearse and perform high quality wind ensemble repertoire. RIPYWE offers these students a challenging and rewarding musical experience. RIPYWE Symphonic Winds, is conducted by Dr. David Neves, and RIPYWE Wind Ensemble is conducted by Music Director John Knasas.

Both RIPYWE ensembles rehearse once weekly at the RI Philharmonic’s Carter Center for Music Education & Performance in East Providence, from September through May, and present two major performances. RIPYWE Symphonic Winds and RIPYWE Wind Ensemble rehearse on Wednesday evenings.

YOUTH CHAMBER ENSEMBLES:

The Rhode Island Philharmonic YOUTH CHAMBER ENSEMBLES will hold auditions by appointment. For more information, please visit musicschool.riphil.org or contact Youth Ensembles Manager Chelsea Anderson at 401-248-7038 or canderson@riphil.org. Students interested in auditioning but not available on the dates listed above should submit an audition application. Auditions will be scheduled at the earliest convenient time.

Chamber Music classes provide a format for intensive study and performance of standard chamber music repertoire for string quartets, woodwind and brass quintets, piano trios and quartets and mixed ensembles. Students should have a minimum of three years playing experience. Ensembles receive weekly one-hour coaching sessions, perform in recitals and participate in master classes. Rehearsals generally begin in October and run through May.

AUDITION RECAP

Youth Orchestras:

DATES:                    August 24, 25 and September 6
LOCATION:            Carter Center for Music Education & Performance, East Providence
FOR AUDITION DETAILS:      musicschool.riphil.org, canderson@riphil.org,
or (401) 248-7038
 

Youth Jazz Ensembles

DATES:                    Dates available by appointment
LOCATION:            Carter Center for Music Education & Performance, East Providence
FOR AUDITION DETAILS:      musicschool.riphil.org, canderson@riphil.org,
or (401) 248-7038

Youth Wind Ensembles

DATES:                    August 30
LOCATION:            Carter Center for Music Education & Performance, East Providence
FOR AUDITION DETAILS:      musicschool.riphil.org, canderson@riphil.org,
or (401) 248-7038

Youth Chamber Ensembles

DATES:                    Dates available by appointment
LOCATION:            Carter Center for Music Education & Performance, East Providence
FOR AUDITION DETAILS:      musicschool.riphil.org, canderson@riphil.org,
or (401) 248-7038

 ABOUT THE RHODE ISLAND PHILHARMONIC MUSIC SCHOOL

The Rhode Island Philharmonic Music School encourages lifelong engagement with music through comprehensive music education and community partnership programs taught by orchestra members and other outstanding faculty. We prioritize artistry and education equally. Quality, access, diversity and collaboration are core values.

The Philharmonic Music School serves students of all ages and ability levels, and provides instruction in all kinds of music, from jazz and rock to classical and folk, through private lessons, chamber music classes, and large and small ensembles. More than 70 dedicated teachers comprise the faculty, many with degrees from some of the finest music schools in the world. The majority of Philharmonic Music School programs take place at the state-of-the-art Carter Center in East Providence. Completed in 2008, the Carter Center is the largest dedicated community music school facility in New England. We also offer lessons in a welcoming, well-equipped environment at our East Greenwich branch.

Sharing Memories from a Trip of a Lifetime!

Chelsea Anderson, RI Philharmonic Youth Ensembles Manager, had a day to remember when she took the RI Philharmonic Youth Symphony Orchestra to perform at Carnegie Hall!

“The saying ‘Time flies’ is more relevant to me when I consider that it has been one month since June 23rd – a Friday to remember for the Rhode Island Philharmonic Youth Symphony Orchestra! At the glorious hour of 6:00am, Christine Eldridge, the Assistant Music School Director, 80 students, 9 chaperones and I packed up two charter buses to head to New York City to perform in the 2017 Viennese Masters Invitational. Only four other orchestras from around the country were invited. After a three-and-a-half-hour bus ride from the Carter Center, we arrived in New York City, settled in for a quick lunch and the students walked to Carnegie Hall for the sound check.

The hall was beautiful – it made me think of a palace with its balconies and seats waiting to be filled with music lovers. Rehearsal went by quickly – students realized in this moment that this was happening. THEY were going to play at Carnegie Hall – something a musician may dream of but never achieve. After exploring the Carnegie Museum and practically buying out the store, we headed to dinner at Dallas BBQ. Never had I seen 80 students be so quiet as they scarfed down their dinner. The Symphony Orchestra returned to Carnegie more energetic than ever. It was time. After costume changes and warming up, students were given some last-minute advice from their beloved conductor Alexey Shabalin. “Do not be afraid to move. Make room for yourself and really feel the music. Let the audience feel something. Most importantly, do not be afraid to make a mistake.”

Christine and I snuck out of the backstage area and into our box seats. My heart raced as the Symphony Orchestra sat down. From the first notes of Mozart’s Don Giovanni Overture, to the playful passing of the melody in Bach’s Fugue in G minor (The Shorter), to the emotional and triumphant performance of Stravinsky’s Berceuse and Finale from the Firebird Suite, this was the concert of a lifetime.

To be honest, I cried – out of pride and because of the sheer force of emotion from the concert. For 9 months these students practiced and worked towards this moment. They had been awake and running around for 16 hours that day. Yet, they left it all on the stage without any hesitation. Those 80 students let that auditorium see and hear what music is to them. Alexey Shabalin pushed our students and squeezed them for everything they had. The whole auditorium practically leapt to their feet to give our students an honest and rousing standing ovation.

After quickly leaving the stage and packing up, we headed home. The students were glowing and beaming with pride. THEY performed at Carnegie Hall as part of the Rhode Island Philharmonic Symphony Orchestra. THEY earned a standing ovation.

With a 24-hour day behind them, students went home exhausted and ready to sleep for a week. Four weeks later, I still hear students use any opportunity they can to tell people that they performed at Carnegie Hall.

I am so proud of our students as is the entire Rhode Island Philharmonic Music School and Orchestra. We made a lifetime of memories on that one long and amazing day. I could not have asked for anything more.”

  • Chelsea Anderson, Youth Ensembles Manager