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.

 

MEMBER REQUIREMENTS

River City Strings Fiddle Club members must…

…regularly practice their orchestra lesson assignments at home (at least 20 minutes per session, 3 sessions per week, every week.) in addition to regularly practicing and preparing their fiddle club repertoire.  This music is difficult to prepare in addition to our regular curriculum and assignments, and practicing is an absolute MUST!

…attend and actively contribute to ALL fiddle club rehearsals & performances.

♫ …be in excellent academic standing in all classes as well as our orchestra (actively contribute to rehearsals, bring materials, attend all lessons & concerts, display excellent practice habits and behavior, ect.).

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

 

MATERIALS NEEDED

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:

♫ Instrument, bow, case, & rosin:  store rental, own, or school rental.

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

♫ Folder & Music:  to be handed out in class.  Please keep your music organized and in set list order (once it is determined).

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

♫ Folding music stand:  EACH student will need to supply and bring their own music stand for ALL performances.

♫ Cello chair:  cellists will need to supply their own stool/chair for SOME performances.

♫ Water bottle: Students should bring their own resealable water bottle (some of our performances will be outdoors in warm weather, and also something to drink in our rehearsals to go with the snacks is nice!)

♫ Snack:  bring one large, shareable snack to our first rehearsal (non-perishable packaged snacks, if possible please – crackers, popcorn, pretzels, cookies, fruit snacks, ect., something that would be enough for at least 20 students if possible).  We will share an after school snack at each of our rehearsals and save some to go with our pizza dinner nights.  🙂

 

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 our school year season and on most Wednesdays from 2:00-3:00 during our summer season.  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!

 

ABSENCE POLICY

Rehearsals and performances are important, and without all of our fiddlers, we cannot be 100%!  We have a very short and accelerated season and 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 ALL rehearsals.  In smaller performing groups like our fiddle club, it is especially important that everyone is present as players rely on hearing each other’s parts within the ensemble.  If those parts are missing/not covered due to an absence, the players who are present (and you) are not able to hear and practice how all parts fit together.

Any absences should be very rare and must be communicated ahead of time (a maximum of one absence per season, usually only due to illness).  Please contact Ms. McDonald at least 24 hours in advance if you will be absent from any rehearsal or performance.  This includes absences or needing to leave early due to other activities, personal or school related.

 

ADVISOR CONTACT INFORMATION

Ms. Jessica McDonald ~ Longfellow/LDI ~ River City Strings Fiddle Club director ~ jmcdonal@lacrossesd.org

 

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RIVER CITY STRINGS FIDDLE CLUB SCHEDULE – 2019-2020 School Year Season

 

Printable registration form, info, & schedule here:

19 – 20 RCS Fiddle Club Handbook (.pdf file)

 

Monday, November 4, 2019
3:00-4:00 pm Rehearsal #1 at Longfellow/LDI room #110

Monday, November 11, 2019 **REGISTRATION, SHIRT FORM/FEE, SHAREABLE SNACK DUE TODAY!!**
3:00-4:00 pm Rehearsal #2 at Longfellow/LDI room #110

Monday, November 18, 2019
3:00-4:00 pm Rehearsal #3 at Longfellow/LDI room #110

Monday, November 25, 2019
3:00-4:00 pm Rehearsal #4 at Longfellow/LDI room #110

Monday, December 2, 2019
3:00-4:00 pm Rehearsal #5 at Longfellow/LDI room #110

Monday, December 9, 2019 **Last rehearsal before Rotary Lights performance day!**
3:00-4:00 pm Rehearsal #6 at Longfellow/LDI room #110

Wednesday, December 11, 2019 ~ PERFORMANCE AT ROTARY LIGHTS FESTIVAL
3:00-7:15 pm Rehearse at Longfellow room #110, pizza dinner, travel via bus, set up, tune, etc.
7:00-7:30 pm Performance at Rotary Lights Festival heated tent (near the bandshell)
7:30 pm Families pick up students from performance site
Address: Rotary Lights Festival, Riverside Park, 100 State Street, La Crosse
Materials: Music stand, instrument, RCS shirt, music ready in set list order, Santa hat (optional)

Monday, December 16, 23, & 30
***No rehearsals on these dates. Have a great winter break!***

Monday, January 6, 2020
3:00-4:00 pm Rehearsal #7 at Longfellow/LDI room #110

Monday, January 13, 2020 **Last rehearsal before folk dance performance day!**
3:00-4:00 pm Rehearsal #8 at Longfellow/LDI room #110

 

Wednesday, January 15, 2019 ~ PERFORMANCE AT VILLA ST. JOSEPH ASSISTED LIVING *Revised date!*

3:00-6:00 pm Rehearsal at Longfellow room #110, pizza dinner, travel via bus, set up, tune, etc.
6:00-6:30 pm Performance at Villa St. Joseph Assisted Living Center
6:45 pm Families pick up students from performance site or at Longfellow at 7:15 pm
Address: Villa St. Joseph, W2658 State Highway 33 Trunk, La Crosse
Materials: Music stand, instrument, RCS shirt, music ready in set list order

 

Saturday, January 18, 2019 ~ PERFORMANCE AT COMMUNITY FOLK DANCE
6:30 pm Families drop off students at Concordia Ballroom-use La Crosse Street entrance please
6:30-7:00 pm Students unpack to the left of the stage (on last table near wall), tune and set up
7:00-8:00 pm Performance at Community Folk Dance on the Concordia Ballroom stage
8:00 pm Families pick up students from performance site (or stay for remainder of dance)
Address: Concordia Ballroom, 1129 La Crosse Street, La Crosse
Materials: Music stand, instrument, RCS shirt, music ready in set list order

 

Please remember that a maximum of 1 absence is allowed during our season.   Please contact Ms. McDonald in advance if you will be absent or need to leave early for any reason:  jmcdonal@lacrossesd.org

 

LINKS

General Links:

 

Our fiddlers in the news:

 

Can’t get enough tunes?  Recommended fiddling books available through our local music stores:

 

Fiddling Resources:

 

Cool Fiddlers to Check Out: