Festival Favorites: Sinfonia in D Major

A vigorous and robust style should prevail through the Sinfonia, with even the contrasting lyrical sections steady and energetic. Care should be taken to realize the wonderful long crescendo, a novel and very exciting device for compositions of this period. All separate quarter notes should be plated at the frog and off the string. The first violin, ‘cello and bass parts require some shifting, while second violin and viola parts can be played entirely in the first position.

It is a grade 3 on the UIL PML and class C on the Florida MPA list. It is on the PML as a grade 2 string quintet.

About Sinfonia in D Major

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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 named a Lowell Mason Fellow by MENC: The National Association for Music Education.

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