What should students know before entering the program?
- It takes extreme dedication to play in the orchestra. All of the students take private lessons and practice many hours each day. In addition, students get together on their own time for sectionals and additional practices in addition to the regular orchestra rehearsals. This is a band for students with a burning desire to play jazz at the highest level, and the dedication to do what it takes to get there.
- Parent participation is essential, both emotionally and financially. Logistical issues with transportation need to be worked out, and conflicts with other school commitments need to be addressed. Students may have to make difficult decisions in this regard as orchestra members are not allowed to miss more than 2 performances without being reassigned.
- The orchestra travels to festivals out of state regularly. There are additional logistics and costs to consider for these opportunities that are the responsibility of each student/family.
- There is at least one major fundraiser each year and parent participation is required.
The payoff is a world class music education, more opportunities for highly competitive festivals and many more college scholarship opportunities. The hard work is well worth it for our musicians.
Why Study American Music?
Why is it that students today can’t name any American composers? If you ask kids “Who is Bessie Smith?” they often don’t know or wonder if that’s the woman who sewed our first flag. The American Music Program is focused on changing that. We have a treasure of American composers of jazz, but few kids know them. These great composers come from a generation that has already died, or soon will. We have a responsibility to keep this music alive – to teach a new generation about this music.
What are the goals of the American Music Program?
The American Music Program is a 501(c)(3) non-profit registered as the Pacific Crest Sinfonietta. Our tax ID# is 20-0459975. Students in the program can expect a first-rate music education. They will receive the highest level of training from many sources and have the opportunity to meet and learn from masters in the music world. Students will learn – and live – the importance of humility, cultural diversity, community responsibility and ethics. Students will receive an individually designed 10-point program plan for college, and will be well positioned to receive college scholarships.
When are rehearsals?
Rehearsals are currently held on Monday, Wednesday and Friday from 4:30 to 6:30 PM at a variety of locations while the group looks for a permanent practice location.