Longfellow
Middle School
1900 Denton Street | La Crosse, Wisconsin 54601 | 608-789-7670 | Fax: 608-789-7975

RIVER CITY STRINGS FIDDLE CLUB

Fiddle music is traditionally taught by rote (by ear, without reading music). Students in River City Strings explore this style of learning and grow as musicians through playing alternative styles that include Celtic, Old-time, French Canadian, Swing, and more. We may also take time to explore other folk instruments and possibly have guest musician(s) visit! For some of our rehearsals and performances, we will be combining groups with the Logan Middle School fiddle club.

 

REQUIREMENTS

River City Strings Fiddle Club members must…

♫ …be in excellent academic standing in our orchestra (attend all lessons, concerts, ect.).

…make strides towards improving their musicianship through individual practice at home.

…be in good academic standing and maintain passing grades in all other classes.

…attend and contribute to all rehearsals & performances and bring all materials when necessary.

…turn in all borrowed instruments & supplies immediately at the conclusion of our season.

…adhere to policies in the Student Code of Conduct and Co-Curricular Activities Code.

 

MATERIALS

Most materials are available at our local music retailers (Leithold Music ~ Old Towne Strings ~ SSE Music).  Each store features easy online or telephone ordering and free delivery to our school.  Please make sure that you have the following supplies and remember to bring all of needed materials when necessary:

♫ Orchestra instrument & rosin:  store rental, school rental, or own.

♫ Instrument support:  shoulder rest/contoured sponge (violin/viola) or endpin rest/rock stop (cello/bass).

♫ Folder & Music:  to be handed out in class.

♫ Performance attire:  black shirt (any plain black shirt, orchestra shirt, or fiddle club shirt).  Fiddle club shirts are usually ordered in November and arrive in time for our first performance in December.

♫ Folding music stand:  students need to supply and bring their own music stand for each performance.

♫ Cello chair:  cellists may need to supply their own stool/chair for some performances.

♫ Snack:  one large, shareable snack (non-perishable, please – snack crackers, popcorn, pretzels, pack of cookies, ect.).  We share an after school snack at each of our rehearsals.  🙂

 

REHEARSALS & PERFORMANCES:

Please see our complete schedule below for this season’s rehearsal and performance information.  Our fiddle club will rehearse in the Longfellow/LDI orchestra room (room #110) on most Mondays from 3:00-4:00 pm during the school year and on most Wednesdays from 2:00-3:00 during the summer.  We typically perform 2-3 ‘gigs’ per season, at events such as the Cameron Park Farmer’s Market, community folk dances, nursing homes, Rotary Lights festival, and more!

 

STUDENT ABSENCES:

Rehearsals and performances are important, and without all of our fiddlers, we cannot be 100%! We only get about one hour of rehearsal time together each week (compared to 5-10 hours per week for most school sports), so it is very important that students attend.  In general, only 1-2 absences per season are allowed.  Excessive absences may be grounds for probation or dismissal from this season.  Please contact Ms. McDonald in advance if you will be absent from any rehearsal or performance.

 

ADVISOR CONTACT INFORMATION:

Ms. Jessica McDonald ~ 608-789-3528 ~ jmcdonal@lacrossesd.org

 

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RIVER CITY STRINGS FIDDLE CLUB SCHEDULE – SUMMER 2018

 

*1-2 absences are allowed per season.  Excessive absences or absences taken without prior notice may be grounds for probation or dismissal from the rest of this season.  Please contact Ms. McDonald in advance if you will be absent from any rehearsal or performance.

 

 

♫ Wednesday, June 13, 2018 – Rehearsal 1

     Rehearsal at Longfellow room #110 from 2:00-3:00

 

♫ Wednesday, June 20, 2018 – Rehearsal 2

    Rehearsal in Longfellow room #110 from 2:00-3:00 pm

 

♫ Wednesday, June 27, 2018 – Rehearsal 3

     Rehearsal in Longfellow room #110 from 2:00-3:00 pm

 

♫ Wednesday, July 2, 2018 – NO REHEARSAL

     No rehearsal this week due to the Independence Day holiday.

 

♫ Wednesday, July 11, 2018 – Rehearsal 4 

     Rehearsal in Longfellow room #110 from 2:00-3:00 pm

 

♫ Wednesday, July 18, 2018 – Rehearsal 5

Rehearsal in Longfellow room #110 from 2:00-3:00 pm

 

♫ Wednesday, July 26, 2018 – Rehearsal 6

     Rehearsal in Longfellow room #110 from 2:00-3:00 pm

 

♫ TBA July, 2018 Performance TBA
      ???  Families drop off students at performance site
      ???  Students unpack, tune, and set up
      ???  Performance
      ???  Families pick up students from performance site
      Address:  ???
      Materials needed:  music stand, cello chair, instrument, folder with music in order, wear RCS shirt

 

♫ TBA July, 2018 Performance TBA
      ???  Families drop off students at performance site
      ???  Students unpack, tune, and set up
      ???  Performance
      ???  Families pick up students from performance site
      Address:  ???
      Materials needed:  music stand, cello chair, instrument, folder with music in order, wear RCS shirt

 

LINKS

General Links:

Can’t get enough tunes?  Recommended fiddling books:

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