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Covid 19 Reopening Plan: UPDATE June 4, 2021

Update on conditions for reopening:

Resumption of rehearsals:  June 19, Saturday, 10 am, Eureka Woman’s Club, 1531 J Street, Eureka

Rehearsal Calendar:  We are tentatively planning on rehearsing through the summer, instead of taking a summer hiatus.  We plan rehearsals for all Saturdays except July 3 (Independence Day) and September 4 (Labor Day).

We are happy to say that we are able to relax some of the conditions and restrictions as the state reopens fully on June 15.  Mainly, for vaccinated persons, social distancing and masks will not be necessary.  But we must still be cautious because the test positivity rate is ten times as high in Humboldt County as it is in most other areas of the state, and we are still having a very high number of new cases and hospitalizations.

Revised Conditions:

  1. Advance Registration is required.  We will use memberships, as we have in the recent past.  Membership dues will be required, unless a waiver is requested.  Membership dues are not a set amount.  We recommended $100 per year before Covid 19.  Since many players paid for 2020 and received the benefit of only a partial year, and since 2021 will only be a partial year, we are recommending $50 dues for 2021.  Only persons on our membership list will be allowed in the door at rehearsal.
  2. Proof of vaccination is required. Please send it in with your registration if you have not already done so.  Membership for unvaccinated persons will be considered on a case by case basis in advance.  Please contact Don before June 12.
  3. Masks must be worn by all unvaccinated persons whenever possible.
  4. For unvaccinated persons, physical distancing of a minimum of 6 feet for all individuals with masks, and a minimum of 12 feet for wind instrument players. Unvaccinated wind instrument players may be asked to obtain covers for their instruments and to use them.
  5. Sheet music will be available digitally for you to print yourself, or to use electronically. Paper sheet music will be provided only by advance reservation for those without electronic access.  We will resume rehearsals with the music we were working on in March of 2020, so many players will still have that music.  The link for that music is: https://allseasonsorchestra.org/sheet-music-for-spring-2020/
  6. The rehearsal hall may be cold because we may rehearse with doors and windows open, depending on the number of unvaccinated players.
  7. You may be asked if you have any symptoms of illness.
  8. No snacks or drinks will be provided. If you need to eat or drink during a 2 hour rehearsal, bring your own.  That includes water.
  9. Any spectators must file advance notice with Susan or Don, and must either be vaccinated or masked and socially distanced.
  10. We are hopeful that we may be able to relax more of these conditions and restrictions as the vaccination rate goes up.

We will be preparing for two concerts, tentatively scheduled for:

Sunday, September 12, 3 pm. Eureka Woman’s Club

Sunday, September 19, D Street Center in Arcata.

Registration Form

Member Registration Form June 2021

We have a new Musical Director/Conductor

We are happy to announce that we have a new conductor/musical director, Garrick Woods. He will be conducting our rehearsals beginning June 19.

Message from our new conductor, Garrick Woods: To the players of the All Seasons Orchestra,

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Hello!  I am grateful for the opportunity to perform music again and that I can make music with you!  The camaraderie and unity of an orchestra is one of the things I have missed most during Covid restrictions.  I believe that you get out of music what you put into it and I intend to put my whole heart into what we create.  I hope you will do the same!   When we meet for the first time in a few weeks, here are some things to expect:

I believe in mistakes!  “Strong and wrong” is the motto.  Accuracy, control, refinement, those are all processes.  Intention is irreplaceable.  It also makes it way easier to identify areas for improvement.  Performance is not the time to begin putting your heart into it, that needs to be practiced as well!  On a related note, my priorities for musical expression are: first rhythm, second expression/tone quality, third intonation/correct notes.  They are all one thing, but if you must neglect some element, don’t let it be going for it!  We are not the LA Phil; you don’t get fired for missing notes!

Dynamics and silence are the soul of the orchestra.  Get comfortable playing VERY soft.  Get comfortable playing VERY full, Get comfortable waiting long enough in rests and pauses.  In every story we tell, we want to have the confidence that audiences are hanging on our words.  Silence and breath are a powerful part of that.  Watch how your favorite musicians use space and never apologize for it.

Practice makes flexible.  I’m no kinesiologist, but one exercise session per week does not really make a significant contribution to your overall health in nearly the same way that several sessions do.  Continued individual practice and improvement on the technique and repertoire of your instrument prepares you for anything that may come up in music you read or play elsewhere.  Everything a composer asks of you IS attainable, but may require curiosity and problem-solving.  Keep that practice process active!

I am very excited for what we will build together!  Garrick

ASO Virtual Orchestra Project 

In December 2020, we released our first virtual concert, Sandpaper Ballet by Leroy Anderson.  Musicians from three orchestras, All Seasons Orchestra (USA), Eureka Symphony, and All Seasons Orchestra (York, UK) came together virtually to create this virtual performance for your enjoyment.

ASO Virtual Orchestra Project #2:  In Celebration of Spring — Waltz of the Flowers

Our second virtual performance is complete and we hope you enjoy it:

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We moved !!

All Seasons Orchestra is happy to announce it has found a new home venue and has moved to the Eureka Woman’s Club January 2020.  We will always be grateful to the City of Arcata, Division of Parks and Recreation for giving us our start and supporting us for over 30 years.  Follow us as we grow and improve and share our love of music with the members of the Eureka Woman’s Club whose motto is:  “Working toward the betterment of our community through cultural, educational, and social programs.”

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Eureka Woman’s Club, 1531 J Street, Eureka CA

ASO serves musicians of the Redwood Coast of all ages and abilities by providing a friendly and supportive atmosphere in which to practice, learn and improve.  We also promote public enjoyment of music through free performance.  As of January 1, 2020, All Seasons Orchestra holds its rehearsals at the Eureka Woman’s Club most Saturdays from 10 am to 12 pm at 1531 J Street, Eureka.  We do not require auditions.  Musicians in all sections are invited to come and join the orchestra.

Donations

All Seasons Orchestra gratefully accepts donations.  We use your donations to purchase new music, to purchase and maintain percussion instruments, for expenses like truck rental and riser rental, and to pay our conductor and concert master small stipends.  All Seasons Orchestra is a nonprofit corporation under IRS 501 (c) 3.     You may make your tax deductible check out to All Seasons Orchestra.   Please mail your check to Don Bicknell, P O Box 688, Hydesville, CA 95547, or leave it in the donation box at any concert.

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