This class is for any music educator who wants to explore writing for strings. No string background or experience is required. Students will explore each of the instruments in the string ensemble, playing techniques, strengths and weaknesses, and the role each one plays in traditional scoring. The process of orchestration and arranging will be explored in developing an arrangement, and there will be plenty of tips and tricks for adding creativity to your arrangements.
 

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Producer and composer Vincent A. Leonard Jr. has had works premiered nationally and internationally. He is published by Arrangers Publishing Company, Educational Programs Network, and National Music Works. He co-authored Recording in the Digital World, Finale: An Easy Guide to Music Notation, Sibelius: A Comprehensive Guide to Music Notation and Musical iPad. In 1996, he and fellow producer and engineer Jack Klotz Jr. formed Invinceable Entertainment and 3 IPS Studio, and have released two CDs, Magic Up Our Sleeve and On the Brink of Tomorrow. Compositional credits include the feature film Running On Empty Dreams, theme and episode music for the Captain Courteous radio series, and numerous theater piece, and industrials. Leonard has provided orchestrations for world premier productions of Redwall for Opera Delaware, Elliot and the Magic Bed, Isabelle and the Pretty-Ugly Spell and The Little Princess for Upper Darby Summer Stage.
 
Also widely known as a copyist and arranger, he has worked on projects with Peter Nero, the Philly Pops Orchestra, Doc Severinsen, the London Symphony Orchestra, Chuck Mangione and Leslie Burrs, and in musicals by Duke Ellington, Alan Menken, Kurt Weill and Mitch Leigh. Leonard is a member of NARAS and ASCAP, and is active as a clinician and music software beta-tester for Apple computers.
 

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