West Jordan Symphony

The West Jordan Symphony is an all-volunteer organization of musicians from around the Salt Lake Valley dedicated to the performance of great music. We rehearse regularly on Saturdays 9-11:30 AM at West Jordan City Hall (8000 S Redwood Rd, West Jordan, UT 84088), 1st floor Community Room.

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Feb
9
11:30 AM11:30

Solo and Ensemble Auditions

If you’d like to perform as a solo or small ensemble (duet, trio, quartet, small chamber group) today’s the day to audition! After our normal rehearsal 9-11:30, Music Director Denisse will listen to interested groups perform an excerpt (ideally the piece your group is performing at the concert on March 24). Notifications will be sent later about groups chosen to perform.

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Nov
3
11:30 AM11:30

Handel's Messiah Vocal Auditions

The symphony is holding open auditions for vocal soloists for our 25th annual "sing-along" performance of Handel's Messiah (the performance will be held on Sunday evening, 7 PM, December 16, 2018, at the Viridian Event Center in West Jordan)!

Soloists should prepare an aria he or she would like to perform from the following list. Selected soloists will perform with the West Jordan Symphony; multiple soloists will be selected as to give several qualified performers a chance to sing with the orchestra.

*Pieces to be performed this year are:*

1. Sinfony (symphony-only)

2. Comfort ye my people (Tenor)

3. Ev'ry valley shall be exalted (Tenor)

4. The Glory of the Lord (Chorus)

5. Thus saith the Lord, the Lord of Hosts (Bass)

6. But who may abide the day of His coming (Alto)

7. And He Shall Purify (Chorus)

8. Behold, a virgin shall conceive (Alto)

9. O thou that tellest good tidings to Zion (Alto/Chorus)

12. For unto us a Child is born (Chorus)

13. Pastoral Symphony (symphony-only)

14 a,b. There were shepherds abiding in the field (Soprano)

15. And lo the angel of the Lord came upon them (Soprano)

16. And suddenly there was an angel (Soprano)

17. Glory to God (Chorus)

19. Then shall the eyes of the blind be open'd (Alto)

20. He shall feed His flock like a shepherd (Duet Alto/Soprano)

22. Behold the Lamb of God (Chorus)

23. He was Despised (Alto)

24. Surely, He hath borne our griefs and carried our sorrows (Chorus)

26. All We Like Sheep (Chorus)

38. How beautiful are the feet of Him (Duet Alto/Chorus)

42. He That Dwelleth in Heaven (Tenor)

43. Thou Shalt Break Them (Tenor)

44. Hallelujah (Chorus)

45. I know that my Redeemer liveth (Soprano)

47. Behold, I tell you a Mystery (Bass)

48. The Trumpet Shall Sound (Bass)

53. Worthy is the Lamb that was slain (Chorus)

Auditions will be held at West Jordan City Hall (8000 S Redwood Road) in the 1st Floor Community Room, Saturday, November 3rd at 11:30 AM.

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Nov
11
11:30 AM11:30

Messiah Soloist Auditions

Vocal soloist try-outs for the Messiah start right after rehearsal.

The symphony is holding open auditions for vocal soloists for our upcoming 24th annual sing-along performance of Handel's Messiah on Sunday evening, December 17, 2017!

Soloists should prepare an aria he or she would like to perform from the following list. Selected soloists will perform with the West Jordan Symphony; multiple soloists will be selected as to give several qualified performers a chance to sing with the orchestra.

Pieces to be performed this year are:
1. Sinfony (symphony-only)
2. Comfort ye my people (Tenor)
3. Ev'ry valley shall be exalted (Tenor)
4. The Glory of the Lord (Chorus)
5. Thus saith the Lord, the Lord of Hosts (Bass)
6. But who may abide the day of His coming (Alto)
8. Behold, a virgin shall conceive (Alto)
9. O thou that tellest good tidings to Zion (Alto/Chorus)
12. For unto us a Child is born (Chorus)
13. Pastoral Symphony (symphony-only)
14 a,b. There were shepherds abiding in the field (Soprano)
15. And lo the angel of the Lord came upon them (Soprano)
16. And suddenly there was an angel (Soprano)
17. Glory to God (Chorus)
19. Then shall the eyes of the blind be open'd (Alto)
20. He shall feed His flock like a shepherd (Duet Alto/Soprano)
22. Behold the Lamb of God (Chorus)
24. Surely, He hath borne our griefs and carried our sorrows (Chorus)
38. How beautiful are the feet of Him (Duet Alto/Chorus)
44. Hallelujah (Chorus)
45. I know that my Redeemer liveth (Soprano)
53. Worthy is the Lamb that was slain (Chorus)

Auditions will be held at the West Jordan Community Arts Center (1970 W 7800 S, West Jordan UT) on Saturday, November 11th at 11:30 AM.

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Feb
25
11:00 AM11:00

Solo and Ensemble - Small Group Auditions

Our annual Solo and Ensemble Concert is on Friday, March 24th! Auditions for small group pieces (e.g. solos, duos, trios, quartets, etc.) will be held Saturday, February 25th at 11 AM (right after rehearsal), at the West Jordan Community Arts Center.

Those wishing to audition a concerto requiring the full West Jordan Symphony must have their piece pre-approved by the music director (wjsymphony@gmail.com) no later than February 11th. Approval is also contingent on having parts provided and on-hand for the other instruments so the symphony can begin rehearsing.
 

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Feb
11
11:00 AM11:00

Solo and Ensemble - Concerto Approval Deadline

Our annual Solo and Ensemble Concert is on Friday, March 24th! Auditions for small group pieces (e.g. solos, duos, trios, quartets, etc.) will be held Saturday, February 25th at 11 AM (right after rehearsal), at the West Jordan Community Arts Center.

Those wishing to audition a concerto requiring the full West Jordan Symphony must have their piece pre-approved by the music director (wjsymphony@gmail.com) no later than February 11th. Approval is also contingent on having parts provided and on-hand for the other instruments so the symphony can begin rehearsing.
 

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Nov
5
11:00 AM11:00

Handel's Messiah Auditions

Vocal soloist try-outs for the Messiah start right after rehearsal.

Come audition with a Messiah aria. Selected soloists will perform with the West Jordan Symphony. Multiple soloists will be selected as to give several qualified performers a chance to sing with the orchestra. Performance will be the evening of December 18, location: Salt Lake Valley TBA.

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Feb
6
11:00 AM11:00

Solo and Ensemble Auditions

  • West Jordan Community Arts Center (map)
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Community members are encouraged to audition for a slot in the upcoming solo and ensemble performance sponsored by the West Jordan Symphony. This concert is all about the small ensemble works (solos, duets, trios, etc.). Also, up to two chamber groups will be selected, too. (If you are auditioning as a concerto that requires the full symphony, you'll be required to provide the music.)

This concert is slated for the evening of March 19th.

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Jan
23
9:00 AM09:00

Regular Rehearsal (and Violin Seating Auditions)

  • 1970 W 7800 South West Jordan, UT, 84088 United States (map)
  • Google Calendar ICS

 

From Director Shane Mickelsen:

I’d like to hear you on the 23rd. We’ll break into sectionals for 30 minutes or so and I’ll hear you at that time. :)

I love getting to know you all better. I’d like to hear you prepare the following passages. I will listen to you privately, things will go great. 

I hope to accomplish three things:

    1) Get to know you better.

    2) Situate the 1sts and 2nds and hear about whether or not you prefer a chair system or a rotation system. (If we did rotation, then we would rotate everyone except principals/concertmaster).

    3) Select a Concertmaster. Let me know about the traits you’ve appreciated in a good concertmaster, and whether or not you’d like to be considered for that position.

Please prepare the following:

Die Hebrides - Mendelssohn:

Measures 57 - 69

Begin measure 57 on a down bow. 1st violins observe the hooked bowing markings in measure 60 by separating the E and F# but playing both on an up bow. I’m looking for you to observe all written crescendos and decrescendos. 

In measure 62 please observe the "sF” by increasing both bow speed and vibrato as you approach the F#. 

1st violins, I suggest that on the second beat of 62, you plant 1st finger on the B natural, begin to slide 1st finger upward; as you approach the F# land your 3rd finger on the string like an airplane and let 3rd finger continue the slide up to F#. This will free your first finger to then return to the C# and D natural from the end of 62 going into 63. I have attached a fingering digram just in case it helps. As far as bowings are concerned, I prefer the way that I indicated in the 8-bar attachment: Start down bow, and observe the slurs - ignore the music’s bow markings in this section.

2nd violins, in measure 62 your instructions are similar to those of the 1sts, but you will remain on the A string for measure 62 and the first 2 beats of 63.

In bar 64, observe the piano dynamic marking.

Bar 67, observe the dolce marking mezzo-piano. This needs to sound sweet, curious, and innocent. 

Play bar 68 at mezzo-forte.

Play 69 at mezzo-piano diminuendoing into the pianissimo.

One Bar Before Rehearsal B until Rehearsal C

What I’m looking for is energy and a non legato style. I want to see a violinist who moves the music and is unafraid to move with it. Let those first few measures determine the articulation style for the rest of the segment: bow each 16th, and make the quarter notes sound marcato (space on both sides.) I’m looking for agility, intonation, style, and your ability to put your audience at ease.

Measures 144 - 164 (7th measure of D until E)

Bar 149 - Feel the first Bb of the measure as the resolution of the previous two measure (in relation to the remainder of 149 it should feel like an eighth rest as if it were played by another instrument and YOUR melody begins on the & of 1.)

Play each note short, but add staccato emphasis (bow stops, grit) to beat 2: 8th 16th 16th where the staccato dots are written out. Keep the piano dynamic marking.  (sempre is Italian for "always" so when you see sempre pp it just means keep playing it at pianissimo.”)

in 153 you again play on beat 1. Play it as a resolution of the previous beat (played by woodwinds) but think of it as separate from the rest of 153; play it, but in relation to the remainder of 153, it must feel like a rest. On the down beat, all you are doing is adding color to the woodwinds resolution.

Same instructions apply to the staccato notes.

Play the triple pizz. stops as you wish.

Observe crescendos. :)

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