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Online Summer Sessions

GTCYS is excited to announce new series of FREE interactive online sessions with GTCYS conductors, staff, and special guests for this summer!

These sessions cover a wide range of musical topics and are geared towards a variety of ages and instruments. Learn about your instrument, practice tips, music history, conducting, and moreThe schedule will be updated throughout May and June, so please check back often. To register for a session, please complete the short registration form linked below. GTCYS will follow up via email with additional information, resources, and instructions to join the online session.

For resources and descriptions from previous sessions, you can read through the archive here.

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Upcoming Sessions

Bowing Boot Camp 

Monday, June 8, 4:00-5:00pm
Led by Mary Sorlie
Free and open to string players in grades 3-8
Register online by Monday, June 8 at 12pm 

This session is designed for beginning string students and will cover fundamental bow strokes and articulations. Students will learn how and when to use legato, staccato, pizzicato, marcato, spiccato, and more! 

Music Theory and Listening Skills I

Tuesday, June 9, 4:00-5:00pm
Led by Ernesto Estigarribia
Free and open to students of all grades and instruments
Register online by Tuesday, June 9 at 12pm 

Join GTCYS online for a series of three interactive sessions led by Sinfonia East conductor Ernesto Estigarribia. Students of all ages will be introduced to music theory, listening skills, and solfege to boost their musical skills and sight-reading abilities!

Session #1 will cover topics including:

  • Major and minor scales
  • Key signatures
  • Basic rhythmic and melodic dictation
  • Introduction to solfege in treble clef

Scales and Improvisation 

Monday, June 15, 4:00-5:00pm
Led by Mary Sorlie
Free and open to string players in grades 3-8
Register online by Monday, June 15 at 12pm 

Looking for a way to learn your scales AND enjoy them? This session for beginning string students will focus on major and minor scales, but other scales (chromatic, blues, and modal) will also be explored.  Learn how scales are built and new ways to practice them with improvisation and rhythm patterns. 

Music Theory and Listening Skills II

Tuesday, June 16, 4:00-5:00pm
Led by Ernesto Estigarribia
Free and open to students of all grades and instruments
Register online by Tuesday, June 16 at 12pm 

Join GTCYS online for a series of three interactive sessions led by Sinfonia East conductor Ernesto Estigarribia. Students of all ages will be introduced to music theory, listening skills, and solfege to boost their musical skills and sight-reading abilities!

Session #2 will cover topics including:

  • Intervals
  • Intermediate rhythmic and melodic dictation
  • Sight singing
  • Introduction to solfege in bass clef

String Theory 

Monday, June 22, 4:00-5:00pm
Led by Mary Sorlie
Free and open to string players in grades 3-8
Register online by Monday, June 22 at 12pm 

 This session for beginning string players will help make the connection between music theory and your fingerboard. Mary will lead students through key signatures, harmonics, scale patterns and time signatures and help enhance their music fundamentals. 

Music Theory and Listening Skills III

Tuesday, June 23, 4:00-5:00pm
Led by Ernesto Estigarribia
Free and open to students of all grades and instruments
Register online by Tuesday, June 23 at 12pm 

Join GTCYS online for a series of three interactive sessions led by Sinfonia East conductor Ernesto Estigarribia. Students of all ages will be introduced to music theory, listening skills, and solfege to boost their musical skills and sight-reading abilities!

Session #3 will cover topics including:

  • Taking the mystery out of common musical terms
  • Chord structures
  • Solfege in both treble and bass clefs

Fundamentals of Conducting

Thursday, June 25, 4:00-5:30pm
Led by Mark Russell Smith, GTCYS Artistic Director
Free and open to all instruments in grades 9-12
Register online by Thursday, June 25 at 12pm 

Join Maestro Smith for a session that explores the many skills and knowledge that orchestra conductors use every day, including beat patterns, ear training, music history, and more! Learn about preparing a score and orchestral parts for study and performance. GTCYS Sinfonia East conductor Ernesto Estigarribia will co-host and take questions about all aspects of the art of conducting.

Introduction to Baroque Music 

Monday, June 29, 4:00-5:00pm
Led by Mary Sorlie
Free and open to students in all grades and instruments
Register online by Monday, June 29 at 12pm 

This session will provide a broad overview of music of the Baroque period.  Composers, repertoire, and characteristics of Baroque music will be discussed. Learn why music of this time period is now called HIP! 

Music History and Appreciation I – Birth of the Symphony

Tuesday, June 30, 4:00-5:00pm
Led by Ernesto Estigarribia
Free and open to students of all grades and instruments
Register online by Tuesday, June 30 at 12pm 

This series of three interactive sessions led by Sinfonia East conductor Ernesto Estigarribia will lead students through the history of orchestral music and explore great masterpieces that shaped the orchestra as we know it. The first session in this series will cover the beginnings of the symphony starting with Haydn and other Classical Era composers through brief excerpts and discussion.

Music History and Appreciation II – Beethoven the Revolutionary

Tuesday, July 7, 4:00-5:00pm
Led by Ernesto Estigarribia
Free and open to students of all grades and instruments
Register online by Tuesday, July 7 at 12pm 

This series of three interactive sessions led by Sinfonia East conductor Ernesto Estigarribia will lead students through the history of orchestral music and explore great masterpieces that shaped the orchestra as we know it. The second session in this series will explore Beethoven’s revolutionary orchestral works and why they continue to move and inspire us today.

Music History and Appreciation III – Isn’t It Romantic?

Tuesday, July 14, 4:00-5:00pm
Led by Ernesto Estigarribia
Free and open to students of all grades and instruments
Register online by Tuesday, July 14 at 12pm 

This series of three interactive sessions led by Sinfonia East conductor Ernesto Estigarribia will lead students through the history of orchestral music and explore great masterpieces that shaped the orchestra as we know it. The third and final session of this series will cover trends and innovations from the Romantic Era. Great musical works and composers of this period will be explored along with the society and history that shaped them.

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