Setting the Intonation for the Spring Concert
Story By: Sia Cho and Kate Lee Editor: Teddy Cho Web Designer: Andrew Song
Ms. Kim, the strings director of SIS, slowly lifts up her baton in the silence. As soon as she motions, music explodes across the grand auditorium. On one side, the winds play a combination of various melodies as the strings join in to create a harmonious symphony. The colorful sounds mix and resonate, forming musical phrases that captivate the audience’s ears. From alluring, adagio pieces to rhythmical, allegro pieces, the Coda orchestra has been putting in tremendous effort on mastering various pieces for the past few months. Fortunately, on May 12, the chance to come watch the Coda Orchestra—along with other musical groups such as the Opus band, strings, and choir—will be open to all of those who are interested.
Every B-day, from 1:45 p.m to 3:00 p.m, students assemble in the band room or the auditorium with their instruments to get seated and prepared for a grueling yet productive practice. For this semester, Coda orchestra has been focusing on three pieces: Carnival of the Animals, Artemis Rising, and Orpheus in the Underworld. For each piece, dynamics, intonation, articulation, and balance are of significant importance; in order to achieve the right level for each song, acute playing, strong attention, and most importantly, keen hearing for other parts of the orchestra are necessary. Additionally, with three separate movements being involved in the Carnival of the Animals, and each one being as equally challenging as the other, every last bit of effort is required from the students. Although practices could be tiring, there were definitely improvements shown after every class of hard work and energy put into these three difficult pieces.
“I feel our Coda Orchestra has made huge progress over the couple of months we rehearsed,” said Julia Kim, Director of the Strings Department. “Compared to how we started in January, we are playing with much more confidence, accuracy, and musicality.”
On the day of the Spring Concert, all of the student and conductors’ effort will be presented live on stage. Besides various performances being enacted in the concert, there will also be the chance to truly appreciate and empathize with the great music played by talented student musicians. This year, like all previous years, the endless dedication and the earnest endeavor of the members of the orchestra will be depicted in each note that is played. For all of those planning to come—prepare to be awed.