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Strings 4: Senior Thesis

Students and Parents, given the circumstances, this is the best we can do. Soloists with guest pianists are to do their best to comply with this schedule. If not, just have the accompanist come when they can, and let me know first.

Rehearsal Schedule


Variations on a Rococo Theme, Op. 33                                                                       Pyotr I. Tchaikovsky

            Theme and Variations 1 through 4

Erica Kremer, cello

Gerald Garrett, piano

Concerto for Cello and Orchestra, Op. 85                                                        Edward Elgar

            I. Adagio—Moderato

Adam Beall, cello

Gerald Garrett, piano



8:15-8:45 String Quartet in D Minor, “Death and the Maiden”            Franz Schubert

Elliott Weeks and Walker Menkus, violin Ariana Blevins, viola and Erica Kremer, cello



8:45 London Trio No. 1          Joseph Haydn

Luke Ablonczy and Josh Hornig, violins and Adam Beall, cello


9:00 Tarantella, Op. 23                       William H. Squire  Joshua Nell, cello


9:10 La Cinquantaine   Jean-Gabriel Marie Salma Mongy, cello


9:20 Concerto in A minor for Violin and Orchestra, Johann S. Bach Christopher Garrison, violin


9:35 Valse Sentamentale, for violin and piano,             Pyotr I. TchaikovskyBethany Yeung, violin


9:50 Concerto for Violin and Orchestra No. 3 in G Major Wolfgang A. Mozart Joshua Hornig, violin


10:10 Concerto for Violin and Orchestra No. 1, Op. 26           Max Bruch Walker Menkus, violin


10:30 Concerto for Viola and Orchestra, William Walton Ariana Blevins, viola


10:50 Sonata for Cello and Piano in G Major   Giovanni B. Sammartini

Finian Butcher, cello Erica Kremer, piano


11:00 Sonata for Viola and Cello Luigi Boccherini Ariana Blevins, viola and Salma Mongy, cello


11:10 Canonic Sonata for Two Cellos  Georg Telemann Hunter Simes and Finian Butcher, cello


11:20 Concerto in B Minor for Four Violins and Orchestra Antonio Vivaldi


3rd Block and 4th Block OPEN—First Come First Serve



Sonata in G minor for Unaccompanied Violin  Johann S. Bach Camille Feaster, violin


Sonata No. 1 by Beethoven, Elysia Andrews and McCormick Emge


3:30 Vocalise Op. 34, No. 14, arranged for Cello and Piano     Sergei Rachmaninoff

Julia Holmes, cello Irina Pevzner, piano


3:45 The Swan for Cello, Piano and Violin obligato Camille Saint-Saens Maeve West, violin, Julia Holmes, cello and Irina Pevzner, piano


4:00 Johnny D’s, Within a Mile of Dublin, The Hag’s Purse and Julia Delaney’s          Liz Carroll & Traditional

Maeve West, violin

John Holenko, guitar


4:15 Concerto for Violin and Orchestra No. 5 in A Major  Wolfgang A. Mozart

Luke Ablonczy, violin

Chris Gawlik, piano


4:30 Symphonie espagnol, Op. 21        Edouard Lalo Elliott Weeks, violin

Matthew Wilkinson, piano








Announcements and Assignments
  • Yesterday: First Half of Solo Memorized and Program Notes Due
  • Senior Thesis Final Exam (with pianist) Thursday (12/14). 1st and 2nd Block
    Senior Thesis candidates must enroll in the following two communication platforms that will allow Dr. Selby to communicate with all students, whether they attend the morning class or not.
    • Google Classroom: lrmbka
    • Remind: @drselby

    The completion of a Senior Thesis is one of the requirements for high school students to earn an SOA Credential. To earn a Senior Thesis as a String Major, students must:
    • Be a Senior, and enroll in the Fall Senior Thesis Semester Class with Dr. Selby; it can be taken either as a class or independent study. All students are responsible for completing all assignments via Google Classroom. Late assignments will be down graded 5% for each day late. CAUTION: Students taking the class as an independent study must be organized, self-motivated goal oriented students; students who struggle with organization or turning assignments in on time should not
    • Be enrolled in the other two major classes, either Chamber 5 or 6 and Symphony. Seniors who have not qualified for Symphony are not eligible to take Senior Thesis.
    • Maintain at least a B average for the year in both string major classes and also the Senior Thesis Class. Students will receive regular performance assignments (such as, perform the first half of your solo by ….) and will be graded on their performance and preparation along the way toward their final performance/exam which will be their jury.
    • Perform a jury as part of the final exam for the Senior Thesis class. To be eligible to perform on the recital and earn a Senior Thesis, students must score a 90 or above on their jury. Students who score lower than 90 on their jury will not perform on the recital and will not receive a Senior Thesis.
    • Submit a final draft of their program notes, with a bio and a head shot THREE weeks before the recital. This is also part of the student's final exam grade for Senior Thesis, and students who do not submit their program notes, bio and photo in time for printing in the Senior Thesis Program will not perform on the recital and will not receive a Senior Thesis.
    • Perform one solo and at least one ensemble piece in the January Senior Thesis Recital. This recital is NOT graded, but it is required for earning a Senior Thesis. All solo and ensemble pieces must be approved by Dr. Selby within the first 10 days of the class.

     What music is appropriate for Senior Thesis?

    • Music MUST be written for the instrument that the student is studying. (Just because the melody is written in treble clef doesn’t mean it was written for violin.) Example: A two-part invention can be played by a violin and cello, but it was for harpsicord; so, it doesn’t meet the qualification for Senior Thesis as a duet for violin and cello.
    • Music must be an appropriate level—at least Grade IV (low HS), but preferably V (average HS) or VI (Upper HS and college). MS music and gig music is not an appropriate level.
    • Most of the free music on the internet will not meet the quality standard of a respected publisher or Senior Thesis.
    Concerto Competition

    Seniors who would like to perform a concerto with the orchestra must successfully perform their concerto piece at the Senior Thesis Recital. The top three solo thesis performances with orchestral accompaniments available will be selected to perform with the orchestra. If one of the top three soloists declines the opportunity, the next soloist in line will be given the opportunity as long as he or she performed their full concerto movement at the Senior Thesis Recital from memory up to concert tempo accurately without slowing down during technical spots. Concertos will be scheduled during March, April or May concerts at the discretion of the director.

    The assignments due for Senior Thesis will be posted in the calendar below. All assignments are to be submitted in Google Classroom; here is the link to the Senior Thesis Assignments 

    Senior Thesis for String Majors