This year has been challenging and moving forward into 2021, we remain steadfast that our honor groups will take place, but just in a different fashion. As each month progresses, it has become apparent that we will not be able to do business as usual of being in person to host our student groups. After many conversations with directors, we feel that we can utilize the honor group process to assist with two main concerns; the need to reconnect students to music and each other, and the continuing need for students to have individual goals and rewards.
We are looking to provide an experience at the elementary level that includes all students who wish to participate. In lieu of the normal auditions, students will record a prescribed piece for submission, and we will compile them into a virtual performance that will be released along with the middle school groups for a virtual concert. There will be one Elementary Band and one Elementary String Orchestra for students. We believe this will best meet the needs of the elementary students, with the wide range of elementary situations that are occurring in our schools.
The timeline for this year has been altered to better accommodate all programs. The applications and audition materials for ALL groups are due on February 5, 2021. The release of the performances will occur on May 1st for the elementary and middle school ensembles.
Elementary Music Teachers
ALL elementary students grades 4-6 may participate in this years SCSBOA Elementary Band and Orchestra EVEN IF your district is currently not offering Band or Orchestra for them to participate in. Since so many districts are not offering Band and Orchestra this year we have made an exception in allowing all students to participate. Students will still need to use your name and SCSBOA membership number or that of their private teacher if they have one.