Tuesday, June 20, 2017

Vocal Music Calendar 2017-2018

Here is our tentative Vocal Music Calendar for Foxboro High School 2017-2018:

FOXBORO VOCAL MUSIC CALENDAR 2017-2018
All dates, times, and performances are subject to change
This calendar will be updated routinely to reflect any changes that arise

Note: these are only the major department performance and event dates, as well as every event involving students from the vocal music ensembles. For additional instrumental and orchestral dates including Stringfest and Bandorama, check the music department website--there you will find a master calendar of ALL music department performances and events

August 25: Choir Summer Session
September TBA: Bottle and Can Drive Fundraiser
October TBA: Fall Cookout With 8th Grade Musicians/National Anthem Football
October 26: Voices and Strings Concert: Concert Choir
November 9: Fall Jazz Concert: Jazz Choirs
November 18: SE Senior District Auditions            
November TBA: FMA Recital Night: Singers
December 2: SE Junior District Auditions
December 14: Winter Concert: Concert Choir
December 21: JC’s Caroling on the Common: Singers
January 5-6: SE Senior District Festival
January 8: Choir Step-Up Night: 6:30pm, 8th Grade/Concert Choir
January 20: All-State Auditions
January 25: Winterfest Concert (involves Band and Orchestra)
February 10: Berklee High School Jazz Festival: Vocal Jazz
March 1-3: All-State Music Festival
March 8: Choralpalooza 2018: 6:30pm: Concert Choir plus Ahern
March 9-11: Junior District Music Festival
March 22: Spring Concert: Concert Choir
March 23-24: MICCA Festival: Choir Ensembles
April 25-29: Festivals of Music Tour: Concert Choir and Vocal Jazz
May 9: Spring Jazz Fest: Jazz Choirs
May 5-6: POPS 2018: Choir/Vocal Jazz: FHS GYM (7:00pm 5/5, 1:00pm 5/6)
May 24: Chamber Spring Concert: Chamber Choir, Treble Choir
May 25: FMA Pot Luck Supper: 6:30pm

Sunday, June 18, 2017

Finals Week Updates!

Hello Singers,

Best of luck on all of your finals this week! 
A few important updates:


1)  Choir Final Assessment Due Monday!
Email it raymondb@foxborough.k12.ma.us or at foxborochoir@gmail.com
All recordings must have the following:
 - 1 Major Scale of your choice
- 1 Chromatic Scale (recommend all ladies start on G, boys on E)
- 1 Song with recording either: My Heart Is Offered, Sicut Cervus, or I Know A Young Maiden


1) It is still not too late to join Jazz Camp or SIMC for Summer 2017 

Jazz Camp open to all singers (June 19-23)

SIMC music camp HS counselors (June 26-July 14) 
Come and sing...whatever week or weeks you are available

3)  Create for yourself a "choir summer goals" sheet or journal
The summer offers a great time to practice your singing and listen to recordings without the intense commitments that you have during the school year.  I encourage you to set tangible goals that you can work on over the summer, so you can come in for September more advanced then you were in June.  This is especially important for new section leaders!  If you want your section to improve...you must improve!!

4)  I am THRILLED to announce that our Voices and Strings Masterwork for Fall 2017 will be Gabriel Faure's Requiem.  I will have many more details to come in the next couple of weeks!  To get you started, please check out the sample video on Youtube (complete with digital sheet music!!)
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=TtJeTMRzn8A
Have a great final week!
-Mr. Raymond

Sunday, June 11, 2017

June 12-16: Weekly Updates!

Singers, as we approach our final full week of the school year, I have some important updates for you:

1) Have you decided upon your summer music plans yet?  If you are available...have you registered yet?

Please Register!!
Jazz Camp open to all singers (June 19-23)

SIMC music camp HS counselors (June 26-July 14) 
Come and sing...whatever week or weeks you are available

2)  Choir Final Assessment Due in 1 week!  Due Date: Monday June 19th
Email it here or at foxborochoir@gmail.com
All recordings must have the following:
 - 1 Major Scale of your choice
- 1 Chromatic Scale (recommend all ladies start on G, boys on E)
- 1 Song with recording either: My Heart Is Offered, Sicut Cervus, or I Know A Young Maiden

3)  Voice Recitals Tuesday and Friday!
Jessica Hoyt Voice Recital Tuesday, Carly Rayburg Voice Recital on Friday (with guests from Choir!)
Come support your colleagues!!!

4)  Final Vocal Jazz Session: Tuesday 5:00-6:30pm
Good Luck To Everyone Auditioning This Week

5)  Create for yourself a "choir summer goals" sheet or journal
The summer offers a great time to practice your singing and listen to recordings without the intense commitments that you have during the school year.  I encourage you to set tangible goals that you can work on over the summer, so you can come in for September more advanced then you were in June.  This is especially important for new section leaders!  If you want your section to improve...you must improve!!

See you in rehearsals!  Let's make our final week count!

-Mr. Raymond

Monday, June 5, 2017

Weekly Updates June 5-9

- No sectionals this week--use this time to practice and prep for your recorded final

- Nows the time to schedule and register for your summer music plans! Register now!
Jazz Camp open to all singers (June 19-23)
SIMC music camp HS counselors

- Vocal Jazz Session, Tuesday June 6, 5:00-6:30pm

Voice Recital This Tuesday at 7:30pm (note the new time)

1) I have only received 3 Section Leader letters of intent.  If you want to be a section leader for 2017-2018, I am now asking that you submit your letter of intent by the end of the week (by Friday June 9) 
Remember, you must be a section leader in order to apply for an "E-Board position" in the fall

2) For your final assessment, I have uploaded tracks on Dropbox.  Please do the following:
- Record 1 Major Scale of your choosing
- Record 1 Chromatic Scale, starting on G (Basses start on C)
After the scales, record yourself singing either:
"My Heart Is Offered", "I Know A Young Maiden" or "Sicut Cervus"
Using the tracks from Dropbox

Monday, May 29, 2017

Weekly Updates May 29-June 2

Choir Updates May 29-June 2

As the year draws to a close, there are some important updates that I wish to draw your attention to:

- Nows the time to schedule and register for your summer music plans! Register now!
Jazz Camp open to all singers (June 19-23)
SIMC music camp HS counselors

- Vocal Jazz Info and Reading Session
Tuesday May 30, 6:30-8:00pm

- Final Exam will consist of a recorded vocal assessment that will be emailed to me, details will be revealed this week

- We will have one final week of sectionals next week June 5-9 in preparation for the recorded voice assessments that will count as your final exam. Sopranos (June 6), Tenor/Bass (June 7), Altos (June 8)

- Honors Vocal Jazz Ensemble Auditions for the upcoming year will take place June 12-14. Signup sheets will be posted this week (auditions will last about 20min, you can signup for a time slot for any of those days)

- Section leader letters of intent should be submitted at your earliest convienance if you are interested in applying to be a section leader for the upcoming school year

Let's finish the year strong and keep working to improve our vocal confidence, reading, sight singing, vowels, and technique!!

-Mr. Raymond

Wednesday, May 24, 2017

Concert Updates!

Tomorrow is the final concert of 2016-2017!
Chamber Choir and Women's Choir
(6pm Call Time, 6:30 Warmup)

Chamber Choir Rehearsal 
After School 2-2:45pm

Seniors: Please turn in any music that you have not turned in yet!  Ladies, please consider donating any concert attire that you do not plan on using again

Friday Banquet: 6:30pm Bring a Dish!
For ALL music students AND families!

See you tomorrow! Get some sleep tonight!
-Mr. Raymond

Monday, May 22, 2017

Choir Updates 5/22-5/26

Weekly Updates: May 22-26

Monday: Last official day for Seniors
Feel free to bring in any breakfast items!

Chamber Choir:
Rehearsals Tuesday and Thursday, 2-3pm

Vocal Jazz:
Recording Session Tuesday 6-8pm

Thursday Concert: 
Chamber Choir and Women's Choir
(6pm Call Time)

Friday Banquet:
For ALL music students AND families!