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Groups & Ensembles

Beginning Orchestra, Edwardsville String Ensemble, and Edwardsville Youth Orchestra, are the reading orchestras of the Saturday Morning Group Classes for the SIUE Suzuki String Program. Students of any ages or programs may join. Edwardsville Youth Orchestra is by audition only.

Our Advanced Ensembles, Cello Ensemble, Viola Camerata, and Tour Group, are by audition only and open only to private students of our program teachers.

Other non performing groups for our younger students include Music and Movement, Technique Groups arranged by age and book level, and beginning reading classes, such as flashcards and "I Can Read Music" based on Joanne Martin's reading series.

Tour Group and Viola Camerata Members: Important Dates for 2017-2018

Saturday, September 9—St. Mary’s Fall Festival Suzuki Program Play-In
Who: All students in the Suzuki Program; we need Tour Group members as leaders and to play our more
advanced pieces!
When: Saturday 9/10 (first day of Saturday Class!) from 1:30-2:30 PM
Where: Main Stage, 1802 Madison, Edwardsville IL 62025
Wear: SIUE or Tour Group T-Shirt, jeans. Casual but nice.
What Music: Spring Festival 2017 review list

Saturday, September 16thPARENT MEETING
Who: All Tour Group and Viola Camerata Parents
When: Saturday, 9/16, 10 AM-11:00 AM, during Saturday Class time
Where: Founder’s Hall (room TBA)
Topics to cover: Fundraising, TOUR, Pictures, Uniforms, plus anything you want more information on, or
opportunities you may have for Tour Group! Please make sure to attend, and show our students how
much we value and support their dedication and hard work!

Saturday, September 23rd—Tour Group/VCAM Performance at Edwardsville Art Fair
Who: All Tour Group and VCAM members
When: Saturday 9/23 from 2-3PM
Where: Edwardsville Art Fair, 101 S. Buchanan St, Edwardsville IL 62025.
Wear: SIUE or Tour Group/VCAM T-Shirt, jeans. Casual but nice.
Repertoire List: Finsk Tango, Mamma Mia, Humoresque, Witches’ Dance, Bach Double, Seitz 2nd
Concerto 3rd Mvt., Bach Gavotte (Book 5), Shetland Isles, Heins Country Dance, Fiocco Allegro, Twinkles.

Monday, October 9th (Columbus Day)—Illinois Music Educators Association (IMEA) All-District
Orchestra Auditions
Who: High and Middle School students who are auditioning for IMEA. See your school orchestra teacher
for details.

Saturday, October 28th—Tour Group and Viola Camerata Pictures (also CONCERTO COMPETITION DAY)
Who: All Tour Group and Viola Camerata members
When: Saturday, 10/28, 10 AM (Saturday Class time) Don’t be late or you may miss group picture!
Where: Founders Hall
Wear: Tour Group/VCAM uniforms

Saturday, November 18th —IMEA All-District Festival at SIU-Carbondale.
Who: High and Middle School students were accepted into IMEA. See your school orchestra teacher for

Sunday, December 3rd—SIUE Suzuki Ensembles Concert
Who: All Tour Group and VCAM Students!
When: Sunday, 12/3, 2 PM (call at 1 PM)
Where: Dunham Hall Theater
Wear: Tour Group/VCAM uniforms

Saturday, January 27th—Graduation and Honors Recital
Who: Anyone graduating or performing an Honors Performance (talk to your teacher)
When: Saturday, January 27th, 1:30 PM
Where: Abbott Auditorium, SIUE

Sunday, April 22nd—SIUE Suzuki Spring Festival Concert
Who: All Tour Group and Viola Camerata Students!
When: Sunday, 4/22, 2 PM (Call at 1 PM)
Where: Meridian Ballroom, Memorial Union Center, SIUE
Wear: Tour Group uniforms

Tour Group and Viola Camerata Attendance Policy

Rehearsal Attendance: NEW INFORMATION
It may seem like there are a lot of rules on this page, but they are there to promote clarity of expectations, fairness, and especially, to support us in reaching our musical goals. Although we do spend time in rehearsals learning notes, that is not the reason we rehearse together. We rehearse together to present a musically, emotionally, and technically unified, refined and expressive performance. It is impossible to practice for this alone. Although there are many good, and worthy reasons to miss rehearsal, a player is either there, or not. When it comes to striving for a meaningful, expressive performance, all that matters is whether you were there, engaged and practicing with the team. This is why all absences count toward the Playing Check requirement, regardless of the circumstances. We also recognize that real life for our multi-tasking players means that, regrettably but understandably, almost everyone is going to miss an occasional rehearsal. By using Playing Checks, we can balance and respect the needs of responsible young adults with our commitment to the music, the ensemble, and our audience.
—Allison and Erika 

Tour Group & Viola Camerata Attendance Policy 2017-2018
• Players are expected to attend all rehearsals and concerts during a year.
• Each player is asked to complete a commitment form listing all planned absences at the beginning of the Fall and Spring semesters each year. Download the commitment form here.
• If a player must miss a rehearsal that was not accounted for on his/her commitment form, s/he should email Allison ( if s/he is in Tour Group and Erika ( if s/he is in Viola Camerata preferably before the rehearsal, or if that is not possible, as soon as possible afterward. Please DO NOT text message or call.
• Lateness: Saturday Rehearsals are considered to begin at 10:00 AM. Three “lates” will be regarded as one absence.
• If a player has missed more than 20% of the rehearsals for a semester (equivalent to 2 rehearsals in the Fall and 3 rehearsals in the Spring), s/he is required to have a Playing Check with the Director of their ensemble (TG or VCAM), regardless of the reasons for the absences. The Directors will notify players who are required to have a Playing Check. Playing Checks may be conducted in person or via video, and may require the player to perform by memory if that is an expectation at that point in the semester. These factors will be decided by the Director. The Director will determine whether each player is adequately prepared to play the concert.
• Signing in at rehearsals and concerts: It is the player’s responsibility to sign in personally at every rehearsal and concert. Do not ask another to do it for you, or attempt to sign in retroactively. At the start of each rehearsal, the Director will collect the sign-in sheets and record any late arrivers. If you do not sign in, and you are not recorded as late by the Director, you are marked absent for that rehearsal.
• Illness: This is up to each player’s discretion, but as a guide: if a player is well enough to be up and about during the day and is not contagious s/he should usually attend rehearsal.
• Acquiring vital information from missed rehearsals: Players will take notes in their music as to what was rehearsed, as well as additions and changes in dates and times of rehearsals. It is each player’s responsibility to obtain these notes from a colleague, write them into his/her music, and learn the new material prior to the start of the next rehearsal.

Rehearsal attendance for Tour Group and Viola Camerata is REQUIRED. It is an honor to be part of these prestigious groups, and we expect our members to take it seriously and make it a priority. In the event of an unavoidable conflict, please notify Allison (for Tour Group) or Erika (for Viola Camerata). Put our concerts on your calendar NOW so that you can plan ahead and make sure you will be available. In addition, we will often use email to communicate with our members and their families, so please let us know your preferred email address. 

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