Junior Jam Final Class Performance

Last Thursday was the last Junior class for the semester. In Junior Jam the students (8yrs old) spent 12 weeks learning to play recorder, Jumbie Jam steel drums, and 3 string Loog Guitars. The final class was a mini presentation for the parents. They learned separate parts for each instrument and we recorded each part (live) to create this track! On the last track they couldn't contain themselves and got very giggly! Check it out on our Soundcloud!

https://soundcloud.com/w-o-smith/junior-jam-kookaburra

 

 

Weekly Update 4/17

HERE'S WHAT'S UP THIS WEEK:

Wednesday, 4/19: W.O. Smith Faculty Orchestra Concert (see below for more info), 7pm

Thursday, 4/20: Musical Beginnings ends


WOSFO PRESENTS: LEGENDS

The W.O. Smith Faculty Orchestra takes on the role of storyteller for its spring concert! WOSFO will share tales of heroes, myths, and gods with interpretations of Beethoven's Egmont Overture, Wagner's Siegfried Idyll, and Mussorgsky's Night on Bald Mountain, as well as a special performance of Michael Daugherty's Dead Elvis (Lydia Nance, bassoon).

This concert is free and open to the public, and a reception will follow this performance.

www.wosmith.org/wosfo


CAMP APPLICATIONS

Don't forget your camp applications!  All forms and payments are due by May 1st.  There are spots still available for Resident Camp and Camp Backbeat, however there are only a few left for Day Camp!

Need more information about our camps?  Click here.

Weekly Update 3/27

Here's what's up this week:

Monday, 3/27: W.O. SMITH IS OPEN

Tuesday, 3/28: MusicPlay #4 begins


CAMP APPLICATIONS ARE AVAILABLE

Applications for Resident Camp, Camp BackBeat, and Day Camp are now available at the front desk.  All applications should be returned with payment to ensure a reservation in the camp(s) of the student's interest.  Camp applications are all due on April 15, and balances are due May 1.

For more information about each individual camp, please visit our camp programs page.

Weekly Update 3/6

Here's what's up this week:

Tuesday, March 7: Last MusicPlay #3 class; Pedrosaxo concert, 7:30pm

Pedrosaxo - 3/7 @7:30

Pedrosaxo - 3/7 @7:30

Pedrosaxo has revolutionized the saxophone. He has synthesized his many interests – imitation, acting, video gaming, and composition – into a breathtaking and truly unique artistic statement.  Quite simply, he has obliterated all previous technical and artistic boundaries, and has achieved it in ways that are fascinatingly beautiful, haunting, appealing, and awe-inspiring.  He appeared as a finalist on Spain’s nationally-televised “Spain’s Got Talent!” and has performed throughout the United States, Europe, and Asia.  Pedrosaxo is on the music faculty at Middle Tennessee State University and his self-titled debut album was co-produced with 3x Grammy-winning saxophonist Jeff Coffin (of Dave Matthews Band and Bela Fleck & the Flecktones) and released on Jeff’s Ear Up Records.


Looking ahead...

Tuesday, March 14: Student Recital

Sign ups are available this week at the front desk.  Please direct any questions to a staff member.

Thursday, March 16 and Saturday, March 18: W.O. SMITH OPEN

MNPS will be closed on these days, however W.O. Smith will hold lessons and classes as usual.

Monday, March 20-Saturday, March 25: SPRING BREAK, W.O. SMITH CLOSED

Thinking Ahead: Summer Camp

Any currently enrolled students between the ages of 8 - 18 are welcome to apply for an appropriate summer camp experience offered by WOSmith. Camp Applications are provided at the front desk the week following Spring Break (March 27). Applications are accepted on a first come, first served basis. Instrumental students must complete the semester with a grade of an A or B on a spring performance evaluation to qualify for any camps. Campers who are admitted are expected to participate for the FULL duration of each camp.  Specific camp details are included with the applications, and are also available online on our camp page. Camp fees are due at the time of application.

Información en español sobre los campamentos está disponible aquí.


RESIDENT MUSIC CAMP - Sunday,  June 11 - Friday June 16. Ages 12 - 18. Open to students who have completed at least one semester with satisfactory grades. Cost: $25.00. This is a sleepover camp, held at Hillmont Retreat Center in White Bluff, TN. 

CAMP BACKBEAT - Monday, June 26 - Saturday, July 1. Ages 12 - 18.  Open to students who have had at least one year of lessons on their instrument. This is a rock and roll day camp held at W.O. Smith. Cost: $10.00; includes lunch. 

DAY CAMP - Monday, July 10 - Friday, July 14. Ages 8 - 11.  Open to students who have completed the school year in good standing. This camp is held at W.O. Smith. Cost: $10.00; includes lunch and a snack.

Shure-ly They're Inspired! Shure Microphone Rep Visit

From left: Jeff Lusk (W.O. Smith volunteer), Ryan Smith, and J'uan

From left: Jeff Lusk (W.O. Smith volunteer), Ryan Smith, and J'uan

On Tuesday, February 21, Ryan Smith, Regional Manager of Artist Relations for Shure, stopped by to talk with our Audio Production Class. He spoke about everything from how he started his career with Shure and where it has taken him so far to how wireless microphones work and what is coming next! We were very grateful to have him here inspiring our class to dig deeper. Thank you to Ryan and to Shure for your continued support!

Weekly Update 2/27

Here's what's up this week:

Wednesday, March 1: MARCH NEWSLETTER E-MAILED

Be sure to read your monthly W.O. SMITH NOTEWORTHY newsletter for all important events and other happenings at W.O. Smith!  We do use an email service to send the newsletter, so check your spam and promotions folders for the latest issue (the subject line will always include NOTEWORTHY in it).  If you don't receive an email from us, let us know to add you to the mailing list.  Some printed copies will be available at the front desk.


Looking ahead...

Tuesday, March 7, 7:30pm: Pedrosaxo

Pedrosaxo has revolutionized the saxophone. He has synthesized his many interests – imitation, acting, video gaming, and composition – into a breathtaking and truly unique artistic statement. Quite simply, he has obliterated all previous technical and artistic boundaries, and has achieved it in ways that are fascinatingly beautiful, haunting, appealing, and awe-inspiring. He appeared as a finalist on Spain’s nationally-televised “Spain’s Got Talent!” and has performed throughout the United States, Europe, and Asia. Pedrosaxo is on the music faculty at Middle Tennessee State University and his self-titled debut album was co-produced with 3x Grammy-winning saxophonist Jeff Coffin (of Dave Matthews Band and Bela Fleck & the Flecktones) and released on Jeff’s Ear Up Records.


...and looking back

February was a busy month for concerts and recitals at W.O. Smith!

USAF Shades of Blue Jazz Ensemble
  • Members of StringSmiths teamed up with the W.O. Smith Faculty Orchestra for a performance at the Side by Side Recital
  • The United States Air Force Shades of Blue Jazz Ensemble visited W.O. Smith for a swingin' show
  • Rod McGaha continued his yearlong residency at W.O. Smith (and he has another performance coming up in late March)