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Thanks for the submissions so far. I am now accepting until December 1. One thing to keep in mind is to try not to have each section completely isolated from each other rhythmically for long stretches. This is the hardest thing technically for high school students to do.

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As I have checked these works, I think Austenite's Serenade should be selected, unless it's too difficult for the orchestra. ;) Some of the works should not have been sent, they are not yet even on ba

We read through all pieces this week and the voting was very close but the winner and the piece we will perform is Timmy's Epitaph. I think my students enjoyed its beautiful simplicity and could relat

Hi All, I haven't posted here in quite some time but am now a high school string orchestra teacher. I teach at a high school that I would say has an intermediate level orchestra for this age group an

OK. I'll send it to your e-mail. By the way, I also completed a second shorter one (and am working on a 3rd). If you want I can send it too.

EDIT: I changed my mind and posted it. Here it is:


I hope it suits your needs. I have also already finished 2 others and can also submit them.

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Still a month left! Let's see some more entries!

I composed a 4th Bagatelle (inspired by your call for more entries). But I wonder whether your call was specifically made for those who have not yet made any entries? Otherwise, I may post it.

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As I have checked these works, I think Austenite's Serenade should be selected, unless it's too difficult for the orchestra. ;)

Thanks for the support! Let's hope the musicians think likewise :toothygrin: - although I'd be more than content if they selected a single movement of it to be performed.

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Yes, I do apologize for not getting to this sooner. I have it narrowed in my own head but want to give my students a chance to be in on it and we are in the midst of a very performance heavy concert season that the students have been preparing for and haven't had time to focus on this with them how I want to. There are a few of you who I have had to ask for some additions to your entry and want to see if the changes can be made. For these reasons, I may not have a chance to give you a decision until after next week. The performance will not be until May 6 so we do have some time.

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Ok,  I have given this some thought and what I would like to do is this:

I am choosing 4 finalists. These 4 will have the opportunity to make any edits that they wish by Jan 1. By then, I need finalized parts and scores. On Jan 3, when students return to school, we will sight read each composers piece and choose the winner as a group. The finalists are:

Ian - Sonatina

Austentine - String Serenade (Valse mvt)

Sam Wu - I am allowing him to submit a shortened version or piece since I enjoyed his quite long piece.

Timmy - Epitaph

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