Longy's Sistema Side-by-Side Program, 2019/20 Season Information

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Make sure you’re receiving the latest information about Sistema Side-by-Side rehearsals and performances.

Side-by-Side Program Schedules

String Orchestra – 9AM-12PM*
Symphony Orchestra – 9AM-1PM
Boost Program – Chamber Music or Theory/Composition Classes 1:30PM-2:30PM

*String orchestra students in the Boost Program will have additional programming from 12PM-1PM.

Important Dates

Concerts Seminario 3

Gala Performance at Sanders Theater
6:30PM, March 16
Final Performance at First Church Cambridge
6:30PM, April 4

Rehearsal Dates for Seminario 3 (Extended)

February 22 & 29
March 7, 14, & 28
April 4

Concert Seminario 2

Performance at First Church Cambridge
6:30PM, February 8

Rehearsal Dates for Seminario 2

January 11, 18, & 25
February 1

Concert Seminario 1

Performance at First Church Cambridge
6:30PM, November 16

Rehearsal Dates for Seminario 1

October 19 & 26
November 2 & 9

Side-by-Side Ensembles

String Orchestra is open to students in all grades who read string orchestra music with basic proficiency (grade 1 music level). Students in this group have usually played for at least two years. Only students who play violin, viola, cello, bass may enroll in this group.

Symphony Orchestra is the Longy Side-By-Side program’s premiere ensemble. This group performs full orchestral pieces (grade 4 music level and up). Students in this group have usually played at least 4 years. Entrance into this ensemble is by invitation of the music directors and may require a placement audition.

Boost Program is the newest innovative offering through the Side-by-Side program. Students enrolled in the String Orchestra or Symphony Orchestra may also enroll in Boost to receive additional instruction in chamber music, small group lessons, music theory, composition, improvisation, or leadership, as appropriate for the student’s playing level. Participation is not mandatory, but strongly encouraged to help bring your young musician’s music-making to the next level. The Boost Program is also open to pianists from partnership sites who would like participate in high-level chamber ensembles.

New Enrolling Musicians

All new musicians will be required to submit a placement video with their online registration. Please consult with your site director if you need assistance. The video should be uploaded to google drive, dropbox, a private YouTube channel, or other method that enables the student to share their video via private URL, or uploaded directly. The total length should not exceed 5 minutes. Please upload a single video including the following:

  • The student should state their name and announce each selection before playing
  • A scale representative of the student’s skill (multiple octaves preferred)
  • A solo piece or excerpt that is representative of the student’s current skill. (an exercise, section of an ensemble piece, or other solo are all acceptable)
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