Rehearsal Notes & Files

We will proceed cautiously with our 2022-2023 season with stringent safety measures in place, per guidelines issued by the CDC, the State of Vermont, and Bennington College. Until further notice, face masks (and bell covers for wind instruments) and social distancing will be required at rehearsals and concerts, with proof of vaccination and booster required at the door. In addition, the customary mid-rehearsal break will not include refreshments. If circumstances change and the risk level of infection is deemed too great, we will postpone—with a commitment to resume as soon thereafter as safely possible.

Stay tuned (hee-hee) for changes / updates ...  

COVID Notes for Wind and Brass Players

There are several studies about COVID transmission via wind instruments that indicate that some instruments pose higher risks (e.g., trumpets) than others. Risk-reduction measures include (1) rearranging players so the more risky instruments are closer to the outside edges of the group (and if possible, near exhaust systems), while less dangerous instruments (e.g., percussion) go into the middle; (2) wearing face masks designed especially for wind and brass players; and (3) using bell covers.

Even if everyone is vaccinated, the Delta variant may warrant additional caution, with masks on non-winds, and the repositioning of winds per these recommendations. Below is the link to the general-public article, and if you're interested in one of the referenced technical articles, it is attached. 

nontechnical article: https://www.sciencenews.org/article/coronavirus-covid-music-wind-instruments-spread-transmission 

technical article: Journal of Aerosol Science 151 (2021) 105669

Research is ongoing; see https://www.nfhs.org/articles/unprecedented-international-coalition-led-by-performing-arts-organizations-to-commission-covid-19-study/.

 

Bell Covers and Instrument Masks

Bell covers help contain the spread of aerosols during instrument play. Recent studies show bell covers with a multi-layering material and filtration should be used. MERV 13 filters can be cut to fit and easily inserted in the back opening of the bell cover to provide enhanced protection as recommended by the University of Colorado aerosol study. MERV 13 material is readily available at most home improvement stores.

Here are some examples of bell covers:

https://sepapparel.com/bell-cover.html

https://www.amazon.com/s?k=bell+covers+for+instruments&i=mi&crid=3CM8HTTR2VHMT&ref=nb_sb_ss_ts-doa-p_2_10

And here are some examples of instrument masks for wind players:

https://sepapparel.com/instrument-mask.html

https://www.amazon.com/s?k=instrument+mask+for+wind+players&ref=nb_sb_noss_2

2022-2023 Concert and Rehearsal Schedule

FALL CONCERT 
Sunday, November 13, 2022, 4 PM [to be confirmed]
Greenwall Auditorium, VAPA Building, Bennington College, Bennington, VT   

PROGRAM: 
• TBD

REHEARSALS: 

Effective for the 2022-23 season, rehearsals will normally be held on Sunday afternoons from 2:45 to 5:30 PM (to avoid late-night driving for those of our players who live a surprisingly long distance away) in Greenwall Auditorium in the VAPA Building at Bennington College, North Bennington, VT. 

***PLEASE NOTE REHEARSAL TIME CHANGES IN RED***    

9/18

9/25

10/2

10/16

10/23

10/30

11/6

Saturday 11/12 - DRESS REHEARSAL 5:45 - 8:30 pm

Sunday 11/22 - FALL CONCERT
2:00 Sound Check and Warmup   
4:00 Performance   

Concert Dress: All Black 

GALLAGHER TEMPO MARKINGS
 Tempos

GALLAGHER WIND/BRASS EDITS 
 Wind and Brass edits

BOWED STRING PARTS

GALLAGHER

Violin 1

Violin 2

Viola

Cello

Bass

 


BRAHMS Symphony No. 3

Violin 1

Violin 2

Viola

Cello

Bass


LARK

Violin 1

Violin 2 

Viola

Cello

Bass