Welcome to the HEB Elementary Honor Orchestra home page! The HEB Elementary Honor Orchestra is designed to provide a weekly orchestra experience for Suzuki students in the HEB school district who were chosen through an audition process. Through their training and hard work at rehearsals the students will learn: correct rehearsal procedures; to read music more easily; both to work as a team and to be a leader; to polish pieces for performances; and to present polished performances. The Honor Orchestra has performed at the National Suzuki Association Leadership Training Meeting; Majestic Theater; Texas Music Educators Convention; and at the Meyerson Symphony Center.
The conductor of the Elementary Honor Orchestra is Vincent Pugh. Mr. Pugh is the Suzuki teacher at Bellaire Elementary and has conducted orchestras and honor orchestras in Kansas City, San Antonio, Austin and Arlington. Mr. Pugh really enjoys conducting youth orchestras and thinks one of the most exciting things in the world is to listen to young people perform with energy.
Please check this page weekly for practice spots and announcements. You will find recordings of our pieces in the document. Please learn them by listening to and practicing with them. Don't forget to sign-up for the EHO smartmusic class (through Bellaire Elementary) for assignments and a chance to send recordings to Mr. Pugh.
It was fun to bring some famous musicians, like Les Paul and Johnny Cash to help play Cindy. We will have a great performance with the choir soon. Please remember - no practice on the 14th - Mr. Pugh will be in San Antonio at the Texas Music Educators convention. Also remember that on the 21st we will begin our fundraiser and will have a meeting with all parents at 6:30, right after rehearsal. Be sure that you have the updated calendar of events and performances, there is one in the download section if yours is lost. For our next concert we will perform, Cindy, Eclipsys, El
Thanks for working on individual parts in your sectionals. Working together in small groups will make us sound even better! Start learning Cindy, it is the piece we will be playing in concert with the honor choir on March 21st. We will have final try-outs for the solos in El Toro before that date, so keep practicing!
January 11th - January 17th
Take some time this week to practice in a different way. Please don't always beging at the top of the page and try to play to the bottom (daschund), try playing spots (dalmatian), or add a measure (mother duck and her ducklings) or count and then play and repeat (parrot). Auditions for the solos in El Toro will be on the 17th - violins please play up an octave from what is written. 2nd violins and violas will be busy having sectionals with Mrs. Truex in the big practice room - so have your notes well practiced.
January 4th - January 10th
Thanks to those that practiced over the break! Everyone now needs to focus on polishing the notes in each piece as there will be sectionals coming up and solo auditions for El Toro in 2 weeks. Be sure to practice the entertainer on the warm-up sheet, the 2nd half of Going, Going, gone - 33- end and Eclipsys from the beginning to 45 - finding the sand dollars.
December 14th-January 3rd
Have a great break! Rest and relax but don't forget to practice. Please spend some practice time on Going, Going, gone and eclipsys. Also review any spots in Chant, Chorale, and Dance or El Toro that give you difficulty. See you January 3rd!
Good rehearsal. Many of you did well on your orchestra skills quiz. I was glad that we made it all the way through Chant, Chorale and Dance. Now practice on any parts that you are having difficulty with and continue to work on Going, going, gone with the dotted quarter notes - we found 13 measures with them in rehearsal.
November 29th - December 6th
Time to focus your practice on sections that are challenging to play in the orchestra pieces. Look for measures you don't play correctly the first time and practice them until they are easy. Also work on Chant, Chorale and Dance - 52-63 and 74-88 and Going, Going, Gone - 32-49. Every day should include some practice time with your orchestra music!
Wow! What a great potluck - plenty of food for everyone! It was our biggest spread of food so far!!!! Thanks for everything you brought and for playing a nice mini-concert beforehand. Next week enjoy the vacation with your family. At our next rehearsal on the 29th we will be working on Going, Going, Gone, so practice 1-32 and the Dance section of Chant Chorale and Dance, so practice 52-73. Have a great vacation - but don't forget to practice!
November 9th - November 15th
November 15th is our Pot-luck dinner after rehearsal! We will begin at 5:30 with our normal rehearsal and then perform 3 appetizer pieces for your parents - Chorale, El Toro, and Chant. Please practice 19-34 in chant so your notes are ready for performance. Don't forget to bring your food and family on the 15th! Should be tasty!
November 2nd - November 8th
Thanks for our "short" rehearsal. Please remember that playing orchestra music is different than playing solos and sometimes we have to really be careful about how much bow we use. Please work on all of Salsa Verde, Line two of clapping music, all of El Toro, and review 37-51 of Chant, Chorale and Dance and add 52-74.
October 26- November 1st
Good rehearsal on an early cool evening. We are starting to master the Chant section of Chant, Chorale and Dance. For next week be sure to have the rhythm of the 1st two lines of clapping music marked. Learn the notes and rhythm to the chorale section of Chant, Chorale and Dance : 37-51; El Toro, 31-55 and the coda 65-end. If you are a 1st violin or a cello and are interested in the solos begin practicing 55 and 56; and La Rejouissance 1-24. After the warm-up we will start with La Rejouissance next week!
Great work on the clapping music. Soon we will all be experts at counting 8th notes. Please practice Chant, Chorale and Dance 19-35, El Toro 27-45, and La Rejouissance 1-16. Also the first line of the Clapping Music should have the counting written in and you should be ready to clap the entire first line - A and B parts.
Thanks for learning about minimalism this week. Be sure to be to count and clap the first measure of clapping music. Also practice El Toro 1-44, Chant Chorale and Dance 1-18 and La Regouissance 1-16.
Lots of energy shown in our 2nd rehearsal! Be sure to take time to practice this week. Focus on chorale and 1st line of Salsa Verde from the warm-up, 1-16 La Rejouissance (Allegro style), 1-44 of El Toro and 1-18 Chant, Chorale and Dance
Thanks for a good first rehearsal! Everyone listened nicely while the goals and rules for the year were explained. Please practice the Warm-up - eminor scale with a tale, chorale and salsa verde and el toro 1-16 and La Rejouissance 1-16.
Our first rehearsal is Thursday, September 27th at 5:30 in the Century room at Central Jr. High. The rehearsal will begin with an information meeting for all parents and students and following a short rehearsal for the students where they will get their folders and music to begin the year with. We will be finished by 6:30. This should be a great year with lots of exciting activities and concerts! See you Thursday! Everyone is invited to stay after rehearsal for our Suzuki Booster Club meeting which will feature students in book 2 and higher. Don't forget to wear your khaki pants and Suzuki shirt for this performance. See you Thursday!