Updated 3/20/2020 at 3:30 P.M.
Dear ESYO Friends and Family -
"The new normal"
These phrases are entering our vernacular with "unprecedented" speed! Although much is new, we still have music. Whether we are players, or listeners; composers or conductors, music brings a peace and joy that can't be found anywhere else.
And that's why, at ESYO, we are working diligently to keep 600 young musicians as engaged as possible...virtually. How does that work? Well, our conductors have some pretty amazing ideas! Tuesday nights normally find our Music Director and the Symphony Orchestra hard at work at Brown school, rehearsing from 7:00 - 10:00 pm. What happened last Tuesday night? At 7:00 pm, one hundred and one Symphony members, including Music Director Carlos and Orchestra Manager Andrea, met through an online platform and held their first virtual get together. The idea was new to everyone, and yet every single member attended. Commitment? You bet. And there were loads of ideas on how to work together while apart, practice tips, and more.
Other conductors are using techniques familiar to their students and giving listening exercises, practice exercises, ideas for collaboration, and general support. They are making use of outstanding virtual platforms that will keep our kids focused, and yes, engaged.
Are there silver linings to this crazy situation? YES! Where there's a challenge, there's growth!
- We are challenged to learn - but not in a classroom
- We are challenged to practice - but not with a stand partner
- We are challenged to listen - but not to a conductor on a podium
- We are challenged to engage - but not face to face
- We are challenged to stay motivated in an environment where we might feel isolated and alone, but we know that we are not.
We hope you will join us in our endeavors to continue to move forward in a brand new environment. Maybe you cannot teach virtually, or aid in a students' practice, or help them listen more effectively, but you can wish us well, and follow our updates! You can let us know what YOU are doing to "stay on track" during this challenging time! It is not familiar, but we are committed.
Now. The spring. We are indeed postponing our spring concerts and events, but wait until you see what's next! We look forward to a big celebration bash when the time is right, and rest assured you will be at the top of the invite list! Our creative hats are on, and we are planning already. Got any ideas? Throw them our way! We'll put them in the mix and see what comes out on top.
Stay healthy - stay safe - stay committed - stay motivated. We'll do the same. All our very best
- The ESYO Team