“We work hard when we practice together but we have a lot of fun and make new friends. I loved the tree swings at the retreat!”
Amadeus Players is the auditioned entry-level string orchestra with goals to develop mature string sound and skills to perform standard string literature. Students of all ages from a variety of places and backgrounds share the discovery and excitement of orchestral music. Amadeus violin and viola players need to understand third and fourth positions and some second position work. Along with second and third positions, cello and bass players need some experience with fourth position, especially on the A string. Professional section coaches work with the separate instruments during the initial rehearsal weeks in preparation for the seating test during the fifth sectional. The annual fall retreat is a fun time to make friends and get a head start on the fall literature.
“Each year brings new excitement as I watch Amadeus members who love to play and to perform in a group with outstanding players from many schools. We would love to have you join us and add to our rich string sound!”
—Deborah Ward, conductor
Mondays, 6:30 – 8:00 pm, September through April, in North Salem High School orchestra room (map).
Amadeus Players Retreat
October 7-8, 2016
4-H Center, 5390 4-H Road NW, Salem 97304 (map)
This annual retreat begins with Friday supper and ends after Saturday lunch. The musicians may arrive not knowing many others, but leave with bonds of friendship and a sense of unity as a musical ensemble. Three rehearsals provide important progress on the music. Teamwork is also fostered by events and teambuilding icebreakers in the beautiful forest setting.