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1 presents the 2013 J. L a iten Weed HONORS ORCHESTRA Aviva Segall conducting 7:00 p.m. Saturday, February 9, 2013 Yankton Middle School Theater Yankton, SD

2 Open to all interested students, majors or non-majors SDSU-Civic Symphony For information about the Symphony, please contact Dr. John Brawand, director, at or SDSU Music Department at or visit 2 3

3 Music at the university of south Dakota About the J. Laiten Weed Honors Orchestra UndergradUate education Bachelor of Music in Music Education Bachelor of Musical Arts Bachelor of Music in Performance Talent-based Scholarships up to $4,000 annually graduate education Master of Music in Music Education Master of Music in Performance Master of Music in Music History Rawlins Fellowships for Piano or Strings and Graduate Assistantships 1/3 reduced in-state tuition/$6,314 stipend Performance opportunities Over 100 Concerts Annually Symphonic Band Marching Band Jazz Bands Symphony Orchestra Chamber Orchestra Chamber Singers Concert Choir Concert Band contact: dr. tim farrell chair department of music Twenty-two of the high-school string students who achieved the top scores in auditions for South Dakota All-State Orchestra compose each year's J. Laiten Weed Honors Orchestra. They begin preparing Honors Orchestra music individually in December and arrive on the Thursday evening before the Saturday concert to audition for solo assignments and placement within the group. An intense two days of rehearsals follow, culminating in a performance that invariably proves to be polished, refined and exhilarating. Conductors for the group have been top music educators from South Dakota and around the country, including the late Dr. Weed. J. Laiten Weed was one of the first professional string teachers in South Dakota. Director of the Yankton College Conservatory of Music, he was a charter member of the South Dakota String Teachers' Association. An Honors Orchestra to showcase the state's top string students and to provide them with a unique musical learning experience was a goal that Laiten shared with other string teachers for several years. In 1986, SDSTA president Raymond Sidoti secured initial funding for a state Honors Orchestra from the American String Teachers' Association and the SD Arts Council. The next February, during one of Laiten Weed's several terms as president of SDSTA, the Honors Orchestra became a reality. When his wife, Lucy, died in 1986, Laiten established a string scholarship fund in her name. The fund soon evolved into the Lucy Palermo Weed String Competition. The generous bequest received following Laiten Weed's death in 1989 enabled the competition to provide financial sponsorship of the Honors Orchestra. Hence the orchestra is dedicated to the legacy and the memory of J. Laiten Weed gentleman, consummate teacher and professional musician. Through his vision and provision for the future, SDSTA has both the Lucy Palermo Weed String Competition and the J. Laiten Weed Honors Orchestra to promote and reward excellence in string music. 4 5

4 About the Conductor Aviva Segall The season marks Aviva Segall s fourteenth year as Music Director and Principal Conductor for the Omaha Area Youth Orchestras. Ms. Segall is active as a guest conductor, adjudicator and clinician, recently working with the Omaha Symphony, Wichita Symphony Naftzger Competition, Iowa Youth Philharmonic, Central Illinois Youth Symphony, Siouxland Youth Symphony Orchestra, Indiana State School Music Association, and public schools in Omaha, Lincoln, Council Bluffs, and Yankton, SD. She has served two terms on the Board of Directors for the American Symphony Orchestra League Youth Orchestra Division. Ms. Segall recently served on panels for the National Endowment for the Arts. Ms. Segall served as Conducting Apprentice with the Oregon Symphony Orchestra and was concurrently on the conducting staff of the Portland Youth Philharmonic. She has also served as conductor of the Connoisseurs Orchestra at Young Musicians and Artists summer camp, Music Director of the Pasadena Orchestra da Camera and Music Director of the Wellesley College Chamber Orchestra. Ms. Segall earned her Bachelor of Arts degree from Wellesley College and subsequently attended the University of Southern California School of Music. She received her Master of Music degree in Orchestral Conducting from Northwestern University, where she studied with Victor Yampolsky. She was awarded a Thomas J. Watson Fellowship to study rehearsal techniques with European orchestras and conductors, and was a scholarship conductor at the Aspen Music Festival. Ms. Segall s principal conducting mentors include Victor Yampolsky, Daniel Lewis, Murry Sidlin, and James De Priest. 6 7

5 July 29-Aug. 2, Honors Orchestra Personnel 8 9 Bass Cello Viola 2nd Violin 1st Violin (Alphabetically within sections) Maria Formiller....Sioux Falls Lincoln Hannah Gerdes....Sioux Falls O Gorman Maya Lehmann....Rapid City Stevens Avery Lux...Rapid City Central Emily Schrag.... Mitchell Christian Krey Warshaw....Rapid City Central Christopher Bierstedt.... Sioux Falls Christian Ellie Bleeker... Mitchell Christian Jamuna Buchanan....Rapid City Stevens William Schilling...Rapid City Stevens Charlett Thelin...Rapid City Central Maya Van Nuys....Rapid City Stevens Cullen Knowles.... Rapid City Central Keegan Paugh...Rapid City Stevens Madeleine Price.... Rapid City Central Meagan Teply Aberdeen Central Jessica Bachman... Rapid City Central Ryan Doerr... Sioux Falls Lincoln Karl Henry... Sioux Falls Lincoln Amanda Reeves.... Rapid City Central Josh Vortherms... Sioux Falls Roosevelt Kristen Wheaton.... Sioux Falls Roosevelt 2013 Honors Orchestra Teachers School Music Teachers: Karen Anderson, Mario Chiarello, Bill Evans, Bruce Knowles, Eric Kooima, Kathy Liesinger, Kate Mathews, Duane Niles Private Teachers: Ramiro Alvarez, Elizabeth Benusis, John Casey, Steve Gram, Kathryn Hufnagle, Doosook Kim, Carol Knowles, Elizabeth Knowles, Karren Melik-Stepanov, Curtis Peacock, Maria Peters, Yuko Saito, Charlene Savot, Amanda Swartz, James Weaver

6 Music by Michael Kimber CONCERTINO for viola and string orchestra (or piano) A 12-minute, 3-movement solo work with cadenza, suitable for students at the level of Suzuki Viola School Vol. 5 Commissioned by Canadian violist Geneviève Overy and premiered in 2011 by student soloists with the orchestra of the Polyvalente Sainte-Thérèse, Montréal For information about this and over 40 other string solo, ensemble, and pedagogical works by violist Michael Kimber, please visit or J. Laiten Weed Honors Orchestra 2013 Program Aviva Segall, conducting Divertimento No. 3, K Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart I. Allegro ( ) II. Andante III. Presto Michael Kimber is a 2010 recipient of the Psalm & Fugue, Op. 40A...Alan Hovhaness ( ) Serenade in E Major, Op Antonin Dvořák I. Moderato ( ) II. Tempo di Valse III. Vivace IV. Larghetto V. Allegro vivace 10 11

7 About the Music Divertimento No. 3, K Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart Mozart wrote this Divertimento in Salzburg, in January, Although this work was scored for string quartet, it is frequently performed by string orchestras. It was composed for Mozart s second journey to Italy. The title implies that it was composed as background music. The three movements follow a traditional fast-slow-fast arrangement. The slow movement is a particularly gorgeous example of Mozart s ability to be both simple and sublime. Psalm & Fugue, Op. 40A...Alan Hovhaness Alan Hovhaness was an American composer of Armenian decent. His work was influenced both by Asian music, especially Indian music, and by music of the Renaissance. The Psalm and Fugue, written in 1940, clearly demonstrates this fascination with early music. The Psalm is a simple, chant-like melody and the Fugue is based on a melodically uncomplicated theme. Hovhaness s music was in clear contrast to much of the complicated, intellectualized music being written at the same time. He summed up his musical philosophy in the following statement: I propose to create a heroic, monumental style of composition simple enough to inspire all people, completely free from fads, artificial mannerisms and false sophistications, direct, forceful, sincere, always original but never unnatural. Music must be freed from decadence and stagnation. There has been too much emphasis on small things while the great truths have been overlooked. The Continued on p

8 About the Music (continued) Chamber Orchestra superficial must be dispensed with. Music must become virile to express big things. It is not my purpose to supply a few pseudo-intellectual musicians and critics with more food for brilliant argumentation, but rather to inspire all mankind with new heroism and spiritual nobility. This may appear to be sentimental and impossible to some, but it must be remembered that Palestrina, Handel and Beethoven would not consider it either sentimental or impossible. In fact, the worthiest creative art has been motivated consciously or unconsciously by the desire for the regeneration of mankind. at Northwestern College Scholarships available Open to students from all majors Several performances each year Opportunities to perform in numerous other ensembles Excellent facilities for performance and rehearsal Outstanding faculty Integration of faith and learning Serenade in E Major, Op Antonin Dvořák The cheerful tone of the Serenade in E major reflects Dvořák s situation at the time of its composition. In the summer of 1874, Dvořák and his new wife were expecting their first child. In addition, he applied for and obtained a prestigious government grant. The panel of judges included Johannes Brahms. Recognizing Dvořák s genuine and original gifts, the jury recommended that Dvořák receive the highest stipend available under this program. The announcement of this grant stimulated an outburst of creativity. This Serenade was completed in just eleven days. The Moderato is a heart-warming, lyrical movement. This is followed by a wistful movement entitled Tempo di valse. The final Allegro vivace movement is energetic until it returns to the opening measures of the piece. It then resumes its quick pace, ebullient to the end. Program Notes by Aviva Segall 14 15

9 When you speak to our advertisers and we do hope you will please tell them you saw their ad in our program, and thank them for their support of the J. Laiten Weed Honors Orchestra. Advertising revenues provide a major portion of the funding for the Honors Orchestra, and many of our advertisers have supported us consistently for many years. If you or your business would like to advertise in next-year s program, please visit Special Thanks to... Yankton Public Schools for rehearsal and concert facilities. Yankton College for help with publicity and meals. Kim Evander for overseeing the whole project. CLAIRE GIVENS VIOLINS, INC. Established 1977 Dealers, Makers & Restorers of Fine Violins, Violas, Cellos & Bows 1004 Marquette avenue Suite 205 MinneapoliS, Mn

10 We award performance scholarships in art, music and theatre. create. PERFORM. INSPIRE. Campus Visit and Audition Days March 1 April 26 Learn more: (605) » usiouxfalls.edu 18 19

11 Youth Orchestra Philharmonia Sinfonia Prelude Strings Sunday March 17, :00 PM Our Savior s Lutheran Church Sunday May 5, :30 PM Washington High School To audition, contact Abby Bogenrief at (605) ext. 14 or at