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The Orchestra Rocks NYC

“Go BIG or Go HOME”

Jessica Meyer

Student Participation: Basic Recorder, Basic Recorder +
Recorder Notes Needed:
Basic Recorder: A
Basic Recorder +: A, B, C

The sheet music below represents the call and response section of the piece, which is 18 measures long. Note that there are two basic recorder parts with small variations in the pitches.

The percussion section will rock out for the first eight measures alone. The percussion section will then play the rhythms in measures 9–10 in unison to signal to the students that they should get ready with their recorders. Students will then play along with the percussion section for measures 11–18.

After measure 18, students will rock out with the percussion section for another eight measures or so using their own variations of rhythms 1–4 according to their comfort level, either using a single pitch, or using A4, B4, or C5. However, students are also encouraged to “Go BIG” and step outside of their comfort zones by trying a rhythm or sequence that they previously thought was too hard for them.

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Composer Bio

Jessica Meyer

Jessica Meyer (b. 1974) is a versatile composer and violist whose passionate musicianship radiates accessibility and emotional clarity. Meyer’s compositions viscerally explore the wide palette of emotionally expressive colors and rhythms that have inspired her over the years as a violist ...

Jessica Meyer (b. 1974) is a versatile composer and violist whose passionate musicianship radiates accessibility and emotional clarity. Meyer’s compositions viscerally explore the wide palette of emotionally expressive colors and rhythms that have inspired her over the years as a violist performing everything from rock to Bach. Her first composer-performer portrait album debuted at number one on the Billboard traditional classical chart, and her works have been commissioned and performed by many established ensembles, including A Far Cry, the American Brass Quintet, Roomful of Teeth, and the St. Lawrence String Quartet. A passionate educator, Meyer is committed to awakening the creative capacities in students of all ages and has conducted hundreds of workshops for Carnegie Hall, The Chamber Music Society of Lincoln Center, Caramoor, the Little Orchestra Society, and the Orchestra of St. Luke’s.

Jessica Meyer

Photography by Tatiana Daubeck

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