Summer Sight-Reading

Join the Orchard Lake Philharmonic for summer sight-reading under the baton of Norman A Logan. Bring your spouse, your children, your friends, your students, your teachers, and the classmate you haven't seen in a few years. Not to sit and listen, but to play with us -- the more, the merrier. All sessions are FREE.

Fantastique and a Prince

Thursday, September 2, 2021 from 7:30 pm – 9:30 pm


Berlioz – Symphony Fantastique
Borodin – Overture to Prince Igor
Borodin – Polovtsian Dances No. 8 and No. 17

**Please, bring your own music stand.**

At St. James Catholic Church, 46325 W 10 Mile Rd, Novi, MI.

All the music is available at IMSLP.org. Choose the first clean selection of music for orchestra. For winds, bring the part you want to play. If you want, bring a second part as well. We are not taking reservations for any position, just opening up the sessions to any and all who want to participate. For more information and instructions on downloading the music, contact us.

COVID-19 – per Church policy, if you are fully vaccinated, you do not have to wear a mask. If not fully vaccinated, the Church requests masks are worn. We will give extra space between chairs when possible.

FAQ:

How do I use IMSLP.org?

On the main page, enter the composer and the name of the piece into the search box and press enter, examine the search results and select the correct entry.

Scroll down to where you see the first “Full Score”. There are three tabs at the top of this section. Select “Parts”. The page will move down and be expanded to show the list of parts available for this piece of music. Select your part and it will download onto your screen in Adobe Acrobat.

Please print your part. If your printer can print on both sides, make sure the “Flip” is on the long side of the page. Some instrumental parts are all listed in one line. Select the line, and then select the pages you want to print off or review.

There are lots of scores. Which one do I choose?

Always select the first full score to get the parts for these sight-reading sessions.

Do I have to pay to use IMSLP.org?

No, but as with many free sites, donations are always welcome.

Where is St. James Catholic Church?

St. James is on the South side of Ten Mile Road, between Taft and Beck Roads. If you are taking I-696, you can get off at either Novi Road or Beck Road. Go south about two miles, turn onto Ten Mile (right if used Novi Rd, left if used Beck Road). There are a few churches on Ten Mile, but St. James is the largest and the sign is fully visible from the road. Use the east entrance to get to the main parking lot.

If you are coming from I-275, there is no exit at Ten Mile. Get off at Eight Mile, go west to Novi Road. Turn right onto Novi Road and go north to Ten Mile. Turn left onto Ten Mile. After a mile and a half, you will see St. James Catholic Church.

Where do I go when I get to St. James?

There are two sets of doors from the main parking lot. For our sight-reading sessions, use the multiple doors to the left. Go into the lobby area, and go to the right. The Parish Hall is just at the beginning of the hallway down to the main Chapel.

Who can attend these sight-reading sessions?

Anyone who wants to can join us. All we ask is that you bring your instrument, music stand and the music for the session.

What about the different parts for the winds. Who plays what part?

Bring the part you would like to play and one additional part just in case someone else has the same thought. Choose between yourselves who plays what part. Switch around during the piece, or whatever works out. We’re here to play and have fun.

Should we all play the solos?

This really will depend on the piece and how many other people are playing in the orchestra. Use your own judgment. Again, you can switch between parts, or play together.

Is there any cost to play in these sight-reading sessions?

No. It’s free.

Why are you doing these sessions? What’s the catch?

No catch. We just thought it would be fun to play during the summer something that didn’t lead to a performance and to play great music. We have such a good time during our season; we wanted to get together during the summer to see our orchestra friends.

Can we play with the orchestra in the fall?

Until the West Bloomfield Public Schools' Superintendent opens the schools to the public, we are not able to secure rehearsal space. As soon as that happens, we'll let everyone know where rehearsals will be. As long as there is room in the section, you are welcome to join the orchestra. Rehearsals are on Thursday evenings from 7:30 to 9:30 and should start September 17th, 2021.