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Programs: Hyattsville Symphony

ABOUT THE OTTLEY MUSIC SCHOOL SYMPHONY

The Ottley Music School Symphony orchestra is comprised of
  • community professional musicians,
  • community avocational adults (who play for the joy of playing symphonic music, with a few who used to play well in high school or college and wanted to get back into playing),
  • community college age musicians,
  • intermediate and advanced music students and teachers of Ottley Music School,
  • intermediate and advanced music students of other teachers, children, teens and adults who can play symphonic music.
The organization began as the Ottley Music School Ensemble with mostly strings in 2001 and became the University Park Symphony Orchestra after expanding to include woodwinds and brasses, and November 2006-2011, the orchestra was called the Hyattsville Symphony. The now back to Ottley Musi School Symphony is open to musicians from the entire Washington/Baltimore and Northern Virginia, of all ages, races and creeds.The OMSS is conducted by Nevilla E. Ottley, who has been working in this area for several decades. She has conducted
  • The Nevilla Ottley Singers (1981-1998)
  • The World Bank and IMF Choral Society and Orchestra (1984-1987)
  • The Takoma Park Symphony (1987-1995)
  • Montgomery Community Orchestra (2000-2002)
  • The Hyattsville Symphony (through its development) 2001-present with a hiatus from 2011-2016 

  • OTTLEY HAS GUEST CONDUCTED
  • The Paul Hill Chorale, the late Paul Hill, conductor
  • The Arlington Metropolitan Chorale, Barry Hemphill, conductor
  • The Cleveland Singers, Robert Page, conductor
  • The Kennedy Center Messiah Sing-Along in 1995
  • Various operas with chorus, characters, sets, and orchestras
  • The MetroSingers, Myron Ottley, conductor
  • OTTLEY CONDUCTS Metropolitan Seventh-day Adventist Church Choir and Community Chorus
  • Annual Messiah performances with chorus and orchestra since 1981.

The Ottley Music School Symphony (OMSS) plays traditional works of all eras, including those of Black composers, and sacred arrangements for church.  Membership dues are $70 per semester (14 weeks) or part of a semester, which helps to purchase some of the music. The dues can be paid after the audition for a discount to $65, or it can be paid in two payments, $45 at audition (once you have received your results and filled out the registration form), and the other $25 on October 7th.  HS has formerky been sponsored by the NARAS (Grammys), the Prince George's Arts Council, and is still sponsored by the Ottley Music School (OMS) which provides teachers to work as coaches and technical assistants with students and avocational musicians. 

The OMSS was featured with singers of OMS on Christmas morning with Andrea Roane of W*USA, Channel 9, doing Handel's "Hallelujah Chorus." It was also part of a genealogical documentary in the UK, "So You Think You're Royal" in May 2007, and went on a Trinidad performance tour summer of 2007.  December of 2007 HS released its first DVD with excerpts from Mendelssohn's Elijah and Handel's Messiah.

The OMSS is always open both returning and to new members in all areas except bassoon. Students are especially welcomed, and must bring proof that they are studying with a professional teacher.  Avocational adult musicians and semi-professionals are very welcomed.  Everyone, please call 301-454-0991 to schedule an audition. For audition, musicians present two different styles of music, of at least two tempi. You will be asked to sight-read a short excerpt. The audition is usually 10-12 minutes. You may play a cappella, or bring your own accompanist and piano music, or an accompanist may be available when you arrive.

The OMSS is always open both returning and to new members in all areas except bassoon. Students are especially welcomed, and must bring proof that they are studying with a professional teacher.  Avocational adult musicians and semi-professionals are very welcomed.  Everyone, please call 301-454-0991 to schedule an audition. For audition, musicians present two different styles of music, of at least two tempi. You will be asked to sight-read a short excerpt. The audition is usually 10-12 minutes. You may play a cappella, or bring your own accompanist and piano music, or an accompanist may be available when you arrive.
This year's auditions are scheduled for

·             Monday, Sept 12, 7:30-9:00 pm

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REHEARSALS BEGIN the following week,· Mondays, 7:30-9:00

Concerts are held once per 14-week term and also the occasional "gig" and run-outs. UNFORM for performances. 
  • LADIES and GIRLS:  3/4 length or Longsleeved red blouse, black long skirts (for church concerts) or long dress slacks for other, black dress shoes.
  • GENTS and BOYS:   Black suit (jacket and pants), white shirt (preferably long sleeved), red bowtie, black shoes and socks.
  • JEWELRY is worn except for church engagements, only wedding or engagement and class rings are to be worn then.  

CURRENT WORKS
  • Grieg Piano Concerto,
  • *Coleridge Taylor "Danse Negre" Op. 75,
  • Bach's BWV 1065 for 4 harpsichords and strings,
  • a symphony by classical era *Chevalier de Saint Georges,
  • *Sowande "African Suite for Harp and Strings",
  • Saint-Saens "Organ" Symphony, No. 3, last movement for and June concert. * = Black composer.

THE HYATTSVILLE SYMPHONY REPERTOIRE
  • Music of Bach-concerti
  • Music of Mozart-operas, symphonies, concerti
  • Music of Haydn-symphonies and concerto
  • Music of Tchaikovsky
  • Music of Schubert
  • Music of Saint Saens-Symphony 3 and concerti
  • Black Composers-Coleridge Taylor, Dawson, Chevalier de Saint Georges, Sowande, Kay, George Walker, Mark Fax, W.G. Still
  • Favorites by Borowski, Mascagni, Tartini, Handel, Massanet
  • Rodgers and Hammerstein, Scenes from Sound of Music

OPERAS AND ORATORIOS PERFORMED & PLANNED
  • Amahl and the Night Visitors (Menotti), (2004 and 2006)
  • Impresario (Mozart) (2005)
  • A Christmas Miracle (Mark Fax, black composer) scenes from (2005, 2006)
  • Messiah by Handel (2006, 2007, 2009)
  • Treemonisha -the finale, Slow Drag (Scott Joplin, black composer) (2004)
  • Elijah (Mendelssohn) scenes from in ( 2004 and 2007)

For more information or to join, contact the Ottley Music School
Telephone: 301-454-0991
Facsimile: 301-454-0298
Mobiles: 301-467-1021 or 301-367-7406
E-mail: 
nevillaottley@ottleymusic.org

 

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