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Hi! I am a 8th grade viola player!

Hi! I am a 8th grade viola player! I am looking for a piece that I can practice and play at the end of the year in front of my teacher so that I can move up in my orchestra class. Please help me find a piece that's not too hard but can show that I am capable of playing at a 10th grade level. I would prefer that it be something modern or from a movie, but if you think it is a good piece please comment the name. I need all the help I can get. Please nothing too hard or too easy. Thanks!


                                   
                               

Saxophone Investments

Hello! I've been playing Tenor Saxophone for 5 years now and I am curious about a good investment. I currently have an Allora Intermediate Series Tenor and I would like to have a more permanent investment saxophone.
Another topic I would like to know more about is a good Soprano Saxophone investment since if you don't buy a good one, repairs can get quite expensive! 

SATB turning to SSA

I joined a non-audition choir recently that only has about 8 members. I just found out that the Bass (the only male) is leaving in a few months. We have some events coming up andneed help find some SSA arrangements. 

Just a little bit of background. Our S1s are S1s because they can only sing the melody and not because they can sing high. I often re-arrange music because of this. So anything where the melody is in a mezzo range is fine, I can give the high harmonies to the S2s.

Please help with recommendations! Thank you!

Airy/thin bari tone on a new bari sax

So today, I just got my brand new bari :,). It was totally amazing but I found that the tone quality on the upper octave G to B sounded like they totally had an air leak. The sound just dipped in sound, and an audible leaky sound was coming though. I know there isn't really an issue with the rest of the bari but the notes sound so weak and undesirable. Any ways to fix this?

P.S: The octave mechanics seems to be fine, since the first octave closes shut when the other is activated and vice versa.

EDIT: When the air rushes out of the octave openings, it hits against the pads, making an airy, thin sound. I think this effect is similar to what happens when you whistle, but bring a finger close to the opening of your lips, making a weakened, airy sound. What do I do?

Help With Identifying Age of Violin?

Hey all!

I play viola, but today I purchased a violin off of a mutual friend because I also wan't to start learning violin as well.

The person I purchased it off of said she played it in high school, and it shows. It has numerous scratches, but it has a really nice tone.

Anyways, the label inside of it looks something like this:

Karl Knilling
Handmade in Germany
No. 52615
8F

Any help would be very appreciated!