Intermezzo string orchestra
Jeremy Bleich, Conductor
ABOUT THE ORCHESTRA
Intermezzo students typically collaborate each season with dancers and instrumental soloists, are exposed to unusual instruments like baroque bows, celtic harp, or orchestral piano, and take a concert-tour to Santa Fe area schools. Each year in March, Intermezzo also travels to Albuquerque to join 650 other students in the Albuquerque Middle School Orchestra Festival. Other recent adventures include an impromptu concert for the Santa Fe Board of Education and waltz lessons in conjunction with preparing Loreta Fin's Aeolian Waltz.
Intermezzo serves the needs of young string players who have some previous orchestral experience, who are refining and building upon their fundamental skills, and who can fluidly sight-read music of a level below that of their current playing level. Students are introduced to more advanced orchestral techniques including: leading one’s own section, leading the orchestra; following one’s own section leader, following the concertmaster; following more subtle and refined cues from a conductor; playing without a conductor; supporting and accompanying solo performers; and learning more refined bow-distribution, dynamics, and tone colors. The minimum equivalent level in the Suzuki curriculum is "Hunters' Chorus" from Book 2.
Target Age Group: Advanced/late elementary school and early middle school students.
ABOUT THE CONDUCTOR
Jeremy Bleich is a conductor, composer and multi-instrumentalist who incorporates a wide palette of sound and culture into the process of creating music. He has toured extensively playing bass and electronics with critically acclaimed trio “birth”, playing across Europe and the U.S. He resides in Santa Fe, New Mexico, where he is involved with presenting new music on his Grasshopper Music record label, teaching Orchestra at Los Alamos Public Schools and developing Arts Integration residences for the Santa Fe Opera. He holds a degree in music composition from Cleveland State University. He has presented music in Europe, Asia, and throughout the states. Jeremy is excited to join the SFYSA team.