Monday, July 17, 2017

Highlight: Monday Schedule

A typical day at ISSI has 6 hours of classes, a lunch hour, and two recitals (one after lunch and one in the evening).

But the first day of ISSI has its own special schedule, to accommodate registration and opening ceremonies.

If you're attending ISSI for the first time (or if you've ever wondered why Monday feels so different than the other days) here's what you need to know about the first day, Monday:

At 8 am, registration opens for Advanced String Camp students.  This includes violins in book 9+, violists in books 5+ and cellists in books 7+.  After they pick up their packets that contain their personalized schedules and information materials, they head straight to a 2-hour orchestra rehearsal from 830-1030 am.

Registration for students not in Advanced String Camp opens at 9 am.  Once they pick up the packets containing their schedules and information materials, they are invited to participate in a welcoming play-in.  Cellists, violists, and violinists all have their own rooms (clearly marked on each students' personalized schedule).  These play-ins goes from about 930 am-1030 am and they are a very casual gathering where students join together to play Suzuki repertoire.  They get to meet some of the faculty they'll be working with during the week, and they get to warm up by playing review pieces.  There is always a lot of energy at the play-ins!

Following the play-ins are the opening ceremonies at 11 am.  These ceremonies are an orientation that go over everything you need to know to make your week a success.  We hear from the ISSI Director, we meet the entire body of ISSI faculty, and we also hear from the principal of the school where ISSI is held.  At the conclusion of the opening ceremonies, we are favored with a performance by the Teacher Workshop orchestra, who has been rehearsing together during the previous week.

Next comes lunch from noon to 1 pm.

After that comes the most important schedule detail of the week: On Monday, and Monday only, your 11 am class happens at 1 pm.  This is because the opening ceremonies were happening during that class period on Monday.  This is printed on your individual schedule, but it's also helpful to know before hand, because the excitement of that first day can be a little overwhelming!

Classes during the 2 pm, 3pm and 4 pm hours run as regularly schedule.
The day finishes with a concert from the guest artist at 515 pm.

So to recap, here's the breakdown of Monday's specialized schedule:

  • 8 am: Advanced String Camp Registration
  • 830-1030 am: Advanced String Camp Orchestra rehearsal
  • 830 am: Registration opens for everyone else
  • 9-10 am: Welcome Play-ins
  • 1030 am: Opening Ceremonies in the Auditorium
  • 12noon: Lunch
  • 1 pm: Attend your 11 am class!
  • 2 pm: Class
  • 3 pm: Class
  • 4 pm: Class
  • 515 pm: Guest Artist concert
  • 615 pm: head home for dinner and a good night's rest

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