My 5th grade cello student asked me to play an open mic at an exhibit on the Japanese American Internment presented collaboratively by Chicago JACL, the Midwest Buddhist Temple, and JANM, the Japanese American National Museum in Los Angeles. So I made this arrangement of Sakura, or “Cherry Blossoms” for him. Here’s a youtube recording of the arrangement. The score and parts can be downloaded here, along with Japanese, English and Romaji versions of the lyrics.
I made an arrangement for my middle school string orchestra of one of my favorite folk songs of all time, Oh Shenandoah. It’s from around the time of the American Civil War, and the lyrics are beautiful. I recorded a demo of the recording for cello quartet in case the students wanted to hear it. The photo is from Lake Onalaska, about 5 hours north of Chicago in Wisconsin.
Download the sheet music here.