One of the fun things about our orchestra program is that we have nicknames for virtually everything. Sometimes new people and visitors have a hard time deciphering what we’re talking about – so to make it easier for them – here is a glossary of our Mo terms.
Mo – any time you see Mo or MO – it stands for Memorial Orchestra. This is the ‘root’ of our glossary. It comes from one of the lost ancient languages.
BigMo – our pet name for our combined orchestras which meet on Monday nights. We have two of these: BigMo5 and BigMo7
LittleMo – our normal daytime groups – there is the Sinfonia, three Philharmonias and the String Methods Class
MiniMo – our chamber music groups. Each year – every student is placed in a small ensemble and learns chamber music for our first semester final
PreMo – pronounced primo – is the time between set up and BigMo. We often walk over to Robeks or Baskin Robbins for a snack
MoJo – at other times – we walk over to Starbuck’s and get a coffee drink to keep our energy up
AprèsMo – many times after BigMo – we are worn out but hungry. A group of us will pick an area restaurant, invade it and stuff ourselves
M.O.O. – pronounced moo – just like the bovine utterance. This refers to Memorial Orchestra Olympics – the night we get together to do team building games
M.O.O. II - pronounced moo two (or too). This is our second semester version of M.O.O. – and we invite special guests to join us
ProMo – this is the name we have given our parents group: Parent Reinforcement Organization for the Memorial Orchestra
S.O.M.O. – for Sprit of the Memorial Orchestra. This is an award given by Mr. Shiu at the end of most years to someone who exemplifies the best of our students
And a FAQ:
What is the difference between SBISD and UIL Solo and Ensemble Contests?
The SBISD contest is local - and is the same contest you have participated in while you were in middle school. The UIL contest is regional - and you can advance to State Solo and Ensemble by making a First Division on a Class I (the most difficult) solo that is performed by memory.