Thursday, October 31, 2013

Halloween Eyes © Larry E. Myers



 Elegant in burnt orange afterglow,
Sparkling darkness opens the show.
Strangers arriving from all around;
Some even, from the bad side of town.

They come afoot and driven by car;
Toddlers in strollers, they can’t walk far.
Mothers shouting orders to stay in sight,
Transgressors will rightly rue this night.

Flickering lights and untied laces;
Stomping feet going through their paces.
Scampering legs are willing accomplices,
To smiling eyes and hideous faces.

Through the gauntlet of terror they swarm;
Decked to play in pillaging uniform.
Tree and flower tremble and waiver;
Bumped and trampled in their fervor.

Garish masks obscure excited grins.
Shrieks of joy emanate from within.
Ghostly spirits from the bowels of earth,
Hang from limbs, grinning in ghoulish mirth.

Silken chains embracing all who stray,
Beckons the widow to her frightened prey.
Garnished by howling cries of certain demise;
Steaming cauldrons await their fleshy prize.

Engraved heads from the garden of Hades,
Impotent charms to appease candied fantasies,
Festooned arches bedecked in orange and black,
Ornate ornaments to win the neighborhood plaque;

Hostiles charitably looting town;
Sacks of booty slowing them down.
With bulging bags filled with plunder,
The advancing hordes scatter asunder.

Like tocks from a clock they continue to arrive,
Will the morrow find villagers still alive?
Spades of woe befall each who rashly ignore,
Ominous omens glued to shop window and door.

Pass me by, to my neighbor grace his stage;
Assuage with him your gluttonous rage.
Rapacious hands swaying in ritual dance;
Exuberance untethered in blitzing advance.

Eyeing my castle the motley mobs charge in,
Guarded but by growlin’ dog an’ smilin’ pumpkin;
Upon my stoop they brazenly climb,
My breath on hold, I hear the chime;

My time I fear is near at hand,
My blood or treasure they demand;
Hunkered down and hidden from sight,
No mercy presented for my plight;

With sweaty palms and pounding heart,
Please Lord I pray, make them depart;
For a shot of Scotch I silently scream,
Cuz I forgot the candy on Halloween!

Friday, October 4, 2013

OYO Orchestra Update for the Week of October 7 by Jason Grife

Good afternoon students and parents,

Below is your weekly update. This information is also available on our website. Please be sure to read carefully!

OYO Sectionals on Monday, October 7 from 6:15-7:30PM
The OYO will have sectionals this coming Monday during your regular rehearsal time. PLEASE MEET IN PETREE RECITAL HALL before going to your sectional to help set up and receive last minute instructions. After sectionals, rehearsal will take place in PETREE RECITAL HALL!!!
  • Violin I - Petree Recital Hall with Mr. Sam Formicola
  • Violin II -B204 with Mrs. Debbie McDonald
  • Viola - Ensemble Room 1 with Mrs. Donna Cain
  • Cello - B201 with Ms. Tess Remy-Schumacher
  • Bass - Ensemble Room 3 with Mr. Larry Moore
  • Flute - B204 with Ms. Parthena Owen
  • Clarinet - FA310 with Mr. Bradford Behn
  • Oboe - A335 with Mrs. Lisa Harvey-Reed
  • Bassoon - A333 with Ms. Anna Resnick
  • Horn - B303 with Ms. Kate Pritchet
  • Trumpet - B307 with Mr. Michael Anderson
  • Low Brass - lkjsdlkfj with Mr. Irv Wagner
  • Percussion - Percussion Studio with Mr. Mitch Hebert
OYP - a note from Mr. Markes:
OYP will rehearse the following in this order next Monday:
Procession of the Sardar: 51 to End
Hungarian Dance: B to E
Finale to 5th Symphony: begin work from beginning

Student Advisory Board Application Deadline EXTENDED to October 15
The Student Advisory Board meets four times during the season to talk about their experiences in the Oklahoma Youth  Orchestras, meet with Board Members of the Oklahoma Youth Orchestras, provide ideas to recruit new students, help plan social events for students and families, and provide crucial feedback to help our organization continue to grow.  Members of the Student Advisory Board need to maintain a 3.0 cumulative GPA and provide a statement as to why they wish to participate.

Annual Meeting - Monday, October 14
The 2013 Annual Meeting will take place at 6PM on Monday, October 14 at the Wanda L. Bass School of Music in the Petree Recital Hall. All parents are welcome and encouraged to attend. This meeting give a State of the Organization Address, Election of Board Members and a presentation by the Executive Director about the future of our organization. This is a great opportunity to come meet members of the Board of Directors and the Executive Director as well as find out more ways you can be involved in the organization!

Have a great weekend and see you all on Monday!

Mr. Grife

Jason Edward Grife  |  Executive Director  |  O 405.232.1199  |