TEMPO Affirmation:

TEMPO: The Eastern Maine Pops Orchestra is open to musicians of all ages and is comprised of strings, woodwinds, brass, and percussion for the full orchestral experience. TEMPO serves the cultural life of mid-coast, central, and Downeast Maine. Rehearsals are centrally located at The Grand Theater in Ellsworth. Bringing generations together with music, TEMPO provides quality entertainment and education to both the musicians and audience.

TEMPO Repertoire:

Musicians will test their skill, knowledge, and ability against a varying array of challenging and exciting music.

TEMPO Rehearsals:

Rehearsals are on stage at The Grand Theater in Ellsworth, Saturday mornings 8:45-11:00. For planning purposes, please inform the TEMPO conductors of planned absences. We welcome parental help to ensure that rehearsals and concerts run efficiently. TEMPO rehearsals and concerts are under the direction of Mr. Ethan Edmondson - Music Educator at Searsport HS and MS and co-Director of the Bar Harbor Town Band and Mrs. Rebecca Edmondson - Music Educator at the Conners Emerson School in Bar Harbor.

TEMPO Musician Participation Fee:

Your application and check, made payable to TEMPO, is due by the first rehearsal of each season or mailed to: 9 Echo Pines Road, Mount Desert, ME 04660. The TEMPO participation fee is $30 per season (a season is generally 8-10 weeks). We offer family discounts: two musicians -$50, family of 3 - $75. The participation fee helps to to cover production expenses.

The steering committee of TEMPO is currently increasing public awareness of the interest in orchestral music and creating ways to serve both performer and audience. The TEMPO students will be technically challenged by learning orchestral music of various genres, such as classical, multicultural, and popular show pieces. According to the American String Teachers Association, “Orchestral music is considered one of Western culture's greatest treasures.”

TEMPO will continue to collaborate with and strengthen the ties with music advocates for student learning and draw upon local and professional resources. A network has already been forged between the conductor of TEMPO and private music instructors, school music educators, parents and students.

An orchestra provides a unique dimension to a child's life with creative, emotional, and social opportunities that cannot be fulfilled by any other type of music instruction. TEMPO will set the stage for lifelong learning and prepare the child for life application.

For a TEMPO musician information, rehearsal and performance dates, times and locations, and to learn how you can become involved with TEMPO, please contact Mrs. Edmondson:  redmondson@barhbr.com  or 207-244-7193

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