Festival Favorites: March of the Meistersingers

This is an easy arrangement, which, through close scoring, makes the young string orchestra sound especially full. It is a grade 2 on the UIL PML, class D on the Florida MPA list, and NYSSMA Manual level 2.

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About March of the Meistersingers

This arrangement is playable by all instruments in the first position. Any extended fingerings are noted in the parts. The bowings should be adhered to for maximum stylistic impact. The cello part between letters A and B should be divided according the abilities of the players in the section. A Violin III part is included, which is essentially a treble clef viola part; on those occasions where the viola part uses the C string, these notes are cued in the cello part. A piano part is included but is recommended for rehearsal purposes only.

About Sandra Dackow

Sandra Dackow holds three degrees from the Eastman School of Music and currently serves as Music Director of the Hershey Symphony Orchestra in Pennsylvania. An Aspen Conducting fellow, she was awarded the Silver medal in the 2001 Vakhtang Jordania/New Millennium Conducting Competition in Ukraine. Dr. Dackow has published over 90 works for student orchestras. She has appeared as a guest conductor, clinician and adjudicator throughout the US and abroad. Sandra Dackow was President of the Conductor’ Guild, an international organization serving conductors in 32 countries. She has been a member of the conducting faculty at Interlochen Arts Camp and, as well as director of the Slippery Rock University and Brandeis University Orchestras. Dr. Dackow teaches at William Paterson University and has been involved in graduate string and orchestra education at a variety of institutions. She has been named a Lowell Mason Fellow by MENC: The National Association for Music Education.

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