Monday, June 18, 2012

Encore Homeschool Fine Arts, in Lawrence, KS, will be offering an opportunity to try out various band and orchestra instruments for those wishing to join our group  We have offered this for the past two years and it has been a success - students get to try any instrument available that day. The goal is to find a good match between the student and instrument and that is what is accomplished on that day.

Mark your calendar for Friday, August 10th - from 10:00am to noon. We will meet at the Morris Baptist Center - 146 Indian Ave. - in Lawrence.  Students and their families can come and meet the directors, try instruments, learn about our groups, and ask questions. 

All groups will begin rehearsing on Friday, September 7th.

An instrument repair person will be available that day for those who already have an instrument and want it evaluated or repaired.  Information regarding places to rent or purchase new or used instruments will be available as well.

The levels of band and orchestra for this year are based on enrollment but we are planning on the following:

Beginning Band - no musical experience required

Beginning Strings
- no musical experience required

Intermediate Band - audition required

Intermediate Strings - audition required

Jazz I - audition AND enrollment in an/advanced group is required.

New this year - Jazz 2 - audition AND enrollment in an intermediate or advanced group is required

Advanced Band - audition required

Percussion Ensemble
- no previous musical experience is required - students must also be enrolled in a band, orchestra, or choir in order to participate in a percussion ensemble.  There will be two levels offered this year.

Elementary Choir - no musical experience or audition required

Jr. High/Sr. High Choir - no musical experience or audition required

Audition info: For those students that wish to be in intermediate/advanced groups or jazz, an audition with the director will be required.(no audition is required for beginning groups) The student prepares a piece of music that demonstrates their ability and plays it for the director.  Auditions will be held the same day as the instrument "try-out" day - starting at 12:30 pm - first come, first heard basis.

Email contact: Martha Bachert

All groups meet on Friday - at the Morris Center, in Lawrence.  See sidebar for information about when groups meet.  The time for Jazz 2 hasn't been determined  yet, but it will most likely after intermediate band.

Fees will remain the same this year with the exception of  Percussion Ensemble being raised to $50.00.

Martha Bachert - Founder and Executive Director
Lawrence, Kansas

Tony Swisher - Band/Orchestra/Jazz Director
John Gaskin - Choir Director
Emily Bachert -  Percussion Ensemble Director