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U Music Spring 2015 Newsletter
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FALL 2015 NEWSLETTER
UPCOMING EVENTS
Fall Annual Concerts
Get excited for our annual fall concerts! This semester, they will be held on January 10th & 17th at San Jose State University at 3:30 pm. Don't forget to buy your tickets now for $15 each at the U Music office with a special "buy 2 get 1 free" deal. Our percussion students worked hard all semester to put on a great show, so don't miss out!  
Spring 2016 Registration
The registration deadline for the Spring 2016 semester is January 16th for both U Music Place students and Percussion Group students. Please make sure to register on time to secure your spot in the program.
Auditions
We will be holding group advancement auditions on January 22. Auditions are open to any students who wish to move to a higher group. Remember that while advancement is important, remaining in a group for multiple semesters is an excellent way to improve and solidify your ensemble skills. Good luck to everyone who is auditioning!
Free Trial Classes
We will be holding our Young Child demo class on January 24 for 4-6 year old students. Please RVSP with the U Music office. 
Free Family Time Class
The Family Time program for 2-4 year old students will continue to be free this semester. We welcome everyone to join us in the fun. This class focuses on music comprehension, rhythm, and music movement. 
Chamber Music Annual Concert
Our chamber groups will be performing on April 3, 2016 in the annual chamber music concert. Our talented young musicians always put on a great show, so be sure to save this date in your calendar! 
ABRSM Exams
Our theory students have been working hard all semester and will be taking their exam in March 2016. Sign ups for the practical ABRSM Exams have also begun. Sign up by January 5th, 2016. Exams will be in May. Talk to your private lesson teacher for details on which level is most appropriate for you/your child. Good luck to all!
Piano Recital 
Our private piano students will be holding their annual recital on April 24, 2016. Come find out what our piano students have been working on all year!
Day of Percussion
The 2016 Day of Percussion is coming up on April 22 to 24. The event will be held at SJSU and feature various master classes and performances. Come check it out!
FALL 2015 EVENTS
Taiwan Village Concert
On October 18, we held a special fundraising concert at San Jose State University, where students got to show off the Chinese drumming techniques that they learned during summer camp in Taiwan. Galen arranged a new piece, “The Story of a Taiwan Village,” especially for this concert. We invited Marimba One guest artist Matthew Coley to play alongside our CPE group students for the concert. “Taiwan Village” was a colorful, dazzling show that impressed all the audience members.

 
Matthew Coley Marimba Workshop
On the day of the Taiwan Village concert, Matthew Coley held a marimba workshop for our CPE students. Five students got to perform their solo pieces for Matthew and receive feedback on their technique. His advice was much appreciated.
Marimba One Workshop
Ron and Brian came all the way down from Arcata on December 6th to teach us about marimbas. Those that attended the workshop learned a lot about how marimbas are made, which ones sound the best, and how to purchase the most appropriate marimba for our students.
Annual Holiday Concert
Our holiday concert this year was a benefit concert for Parents Helping Parents on December 20 at San Jose State University. Our students performed alongside SJSU percussion students in classic pieces such as "The 12 Days of Christmas" and "Away in the Manger." The SJSU Chorale joined us for "Hallelujah Chorus," and Latin percussionist Willie Garza performed conga solos for "Carol of the Cowbell." The incredible variety of performances and special guests ensured that every audience member left the concert hall in high spirits for the holidays.  
New teacher: Chelsea Mohr
This semester, we are welcoming Chelsea Mohr to our teaching staff! Chelsea teaches the Family Time program, and will also be the new teacher’s assistant for YC1 and several percussion classes.
CAPMT Ensemble Competition
Congratulations to chamber group members Bowen Hu, Evander Limqueco, Kyle Yuen, and George Cai for being selected as winners for the California Association of Professional Music Teachers Honors Competition Ensemble Audition. This was their first time competing and they achieved full points. They will be performing on January 30th in San Jose. 
Junior Bach Festival
All of our chamber groups will be auditioning for the Junior Bach competition on January 23-24, 2016. The groups have been working really hard, so we are confident that they will do well. Come out to support them if you can!
Honor Bands
Our students take all or almost all the percussion positions in our state's honor bands each year. This year, a fair number of our students have also made honor band. Congratulations to Aaron Lee, Robert Yang, Nicolas Lam, Annabel Su, and Emma Chang for making the North California State Honor Band. Congratulations also to William Ju, Andy Hsu, Iris Wu, Jennifer Grannen, Serena Wang, and Lauren Sheu for making the Santa Clara County Honor Band.
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