We knew our plan to have woodwinds and brass rejoin our strings was an ambitious experiment. I think we all realize it has not worked out. So we move on.
The strings will continue rehearsing. We hope to be able to put some of the Halloween pieces on the website in time for Halloween. Our Christmas concerts will also be for string orchestra, plus flutes, keyboard, and percussion - the lineup of our very successful Fiddles to Fiesta concert in August. We are asking the string players who decided not to play the Halloween concert to rejoin us for Christmas. Lush string sound requires a larger number of players than we have been seeing for the last month.
So why are we including flutes in our string orchestra? Flutes play in the same key signature and, largely, range as violins do, so having a flute double a violin part is not difficult, and generally creates a pleasing sound combination. Also, aerosol generation of a flute is less than other woodwinds and brass (
Aerosol generation from different wind instruments - PubMed (nih.gov);
Study of Aerosol in performing arts (nafme.org);
For brass and woodwinds - we still love you! That’s why we tried to get you back into your rehearsal chairs so early. A couple of sections and small groups are getting together to play to keep up their enjoyment (and their embouchures!). This is a great idea. Let us know what you’re doing and how it’s going, so we can share with the larger group. There will be some time in the future when we can again be a full community orchestra, including all who want to play. We hope that will be soon, but we’ll just have to see. The Board will adjust our policies in accordance with developments in science-based recommendations on bell covers, masking, ventilation, and social distancing.
Thank you for all the hard work you have put in, both recently and over the years, to make Whidbey Island Orchestra a success. Our mission continues to be two-fold - to perform together for the love of music, and to “spread the joy of music to Whidbey Island audiences”.
Cynthia Morrow and the Board of the Whidbey Island Orchestra
Halloween Concert at WICA - Conducted by Gabriela Garza
Christmas Concert at Trinity Lutheran - Conducted by Cynthia Morrow
Valentine's Day concert at WICA - Conducted by Cynthia Morrow
March Concert at WICA - Conducted by Gabriela Garza
Mothers' Day Concert at Trinity Lutheran - Conducted by Cynthia Morrow