NextGEN's premiere ensemble directed by Dr. Brian Norcross and Assistant Conductor Frank Caravella, Allegretto demands the utmost musicianship and professionalism of students in a chamber orchestra setting. Students in this ensemble receive guidance and instruction to perform standard and newly composed orchestral music. Acceptance into Allegretto is open to students in grades eight through twelve by audition.
To audition for Allegretto, students must perform a solo or etude of their choosing (which should be comparable to a county audition piece or District audition level solo), perform a provided orchestral excerpt, and sight read.
Specific Ensemble Details and Expectations:
Membership is open to high school age and advanced eighth grade students. Both ensembles perform three major concerts each season with six rehearsals to prepare each performance. Allegretto is the most highly select ensemble in NextGEN, performing professional level repertoire and is generally 35 to 40 musicians.
Technical abilities and expectations include:
* Rhythm - Students should be expert on dotted and syncopated rhythms
* Meters - Students should be expert on simple and compound meters and mixed meters.
* Key signatures - Students should be proficient in all major and minor keys.
* Strings: able to perform in all positions. Cellos should be familiar and competent in tenor clef.
* Woodwinds: able to perform in all major and minor keys, with full range on their instrument.
Clarinets should have access to an “A” clarinet. Bassoons should be familiar and competent
with tenor clef.
* Brass should be able to perform in all major and minor keys, with full range on their instrument
and be familiar and competent with transposition.