Wednesday, June 13, 2018

Choir Section Leaders 2018-2019

I am pleased to announce the Choir Section Leaders for the upcoming 2018-2019 school year!

Please note: there will be weekly section leader meetings for all leaders of Choir/Band/Orchestra on Friday mornings starting at 6:45am sharp, beginning in the Fall.

Choir Section Leaders

Julia Perez
Anya Doherty
Amelia Stowell
Meaghan Christie
Giana Wigmore

Emily Kaeser
Shannon Harding
Anna Powers
Jillian Lavita
Maddie Flynn
Audrey Pollack
Alex Ledin

Jake Parkman

James Kaeser

Vocal Jazz Rosters 2018-2019

I am pleased to announce the current rosters for 2018-2019 Lab Jazz Choir and Vocal Jazz Ensemble.

Please note that these rosters can potentially change based on any adds or drops. 

Any student from Choir/Orchestra/Band may join Lab Jazz Choir in the Fall by simply contacting Mr. Raymond and Guidance to register.  You do not need to audition to be in that ensemble.

Vocal Jazz Ensemble will have evening rehearsals every Tuesday beginning the first day of school.


Anya Doherty
Grace Groves
Amelia Stowell

Alto 1
Emily Kaeser
Tessa Udden
Brielle Smith
Giana Wigmore

Alto 2
Alex Ledin
Kyla Gibson
Maddie Flynn (alto 2/tenor)
Audrey Pollack (alto 2/tenor)

Cole Hovey
Jake Parkman

James Kaeser
Dermott Conlon
Danny Isaza


Julia Perez
Meaghan Christie
Sarah Gaulin

Alto 1
Bianca Johnson-Perrone
Quinn Sweeney
Tiffany Gomes

Alto 2
Megan Groves
Kathleen Keaney
Autumn Wagner
Layla Newcomb

Tim Urban
Josh Freeman
Aidan Martin

Thursday, June 7, 2018

Choir and Vocal Jazz Finals


Concert Choir members are to record and email a final with the following requirements below:

- 1 Vocal Exercise of your choice through at least 5 keys (example: way-oh-way-oh-way-oh-way-oh-way "do-mi-re-fa-mi-sol-fa-re-do")

- 2 Major Scales of your choice, one octave on solfeggio

- Your part on "I Know A Young Maiden".  Please sing along with the track that has your part removed.  (Example: Sopranos - Maiden ATB, Altos - Maiden STB, etc)
All tracks are attached to this email, and can also be found on Dropbox

Your Final Recorded Assessment Is Due By The End Of The Day Monday June 18.
Recorded Finals emailed after Monday June 18 will be late and marked down.


For your final assessment, please select one jazz standard of your choice to perform for the class.  You will perform this piece during the "Final Exam" Jazz Choir period.  Please note, if you have a health final to take during the Final Exam period, you will need to perform your jazz standard on our last regular class period.

Some examples of Jazz Standards to choose:
All of Me
Like Someone In Love
Autumn Leaves
My Foolish Heart
I Thought About You
There Will Never Be Another You
Here's That Rainy Day
My One and Only Love

I will accompany you on piano.  I will want you to explain to me how you want to perform the piece (ex. one time through with a piano intro etc).  You will also need to count off your tune so you will need to decide what tempo you want to take and what style. 

Before you perform, please share with the class an example of one or two reference recordings, and talk a little about the tune (share details--who wrote it, what year, what style is it, etc)

Best of luck in all of your finals!
-Mr. Raymond

Tuesday, June 5, 2018

Dropbox Updates

Choir and Jazz Singers:

I will be doing some updating of Dropbox over the couple weeks.  In order to make room for Summer and Fall 2018 recordings, all recordings of this year's music for each ensemble will be coming down sometime next week.  If you would like to keep recordings of any of the songs from this year, please download a copy of them this week as they will be coming down next week. 

To make it more convenient, I have moved all recordings into folders "Recordings 2017-2018" for each ensemble.

I will begin folders for current and summer music currently being read
(there is already a folder for Vocal Jazz Ensemble music "Summer 2018 Recordings")

Coming soon to Dropbox: 
- Recordings of the Fall Voice's and Strings Masterwork: Schubert Mass in G
- Recordings of the current Concert Choir repertoire being worked on
- Summer Vocal Exercises and Solo Arias to work on
- Information regarding voice lessons
- Additional information for next year including tentative calendar of events

Information for both the Concert Choir and Jazz Choir finals will be coming very soon

-Mr. Raymond

Friday, June 1, 2018

Friday Vocal Jazz Announcements

A couple of Vocal Jazz items:

-  Next Monday night there is a meeting for all prospective students/families interested in the Summer 2019 Australia Trip (for prospective Vocal Jazz Ensemble members)

-  Next Tuesday will be the second reading/practice session from 6-7:30pm in the Orchestra room

-  If you hear from a guidance counselor of any scheduling conflicts with your schedule related to Jazz Choir, please let me know about it.  We are almost always (99%) able to make it work to have Jazz in your schedule.

-  Make sure you are actively practicing using the tracks on Dropbox.  

-  Auditions begin next week!  Don't be nervous, be prepared and do your best!  I am looking forward to hearing each of you sing.

-  Once the final roster for Vocal Jazz Ensemble is announced, I would like to aim to get together for one rehearsal on the afternoon of Thursday June 14

-  Make sure to register for Jazz Camp if you are available!!  This is an excellent opportunity!!

Have a great weekend, and let me know if I can be of any help, or if you have any questions as we get closer to the audition days!

Monday, May 28, 2018

Jazz Updates!

Vocal Jazz Auditioners:

We are now about 10 days away from the first audition day.  By this point you should have the music as well as access to Dropbox where all the recordings can be found.  You should be practicing regularly.  

The first of two jazz practice and reading sessions is Tuesday, 6-7:30pm.  (Orchestra Room)
I am expecting all current VJE singers (non-senior) to be there.  
The second practice/reading session will be the following Tuesday (June 5), 6-7:30pm

While these practice/reading sessions are not required for anyone auditioning, they are highly recommended.  We will go over all the audition materials, and read a few VJE charts.  All are welcome to attend, including any friends or peers you have that may be considering being in jazz choir next year.

Please Note: for your audition, nothing has to be memorized.  While it may likely be easier for you to be expressive by singing without music or using it only as a reference, I will not give preferential treatment to those who memorize over those who have music in their audition. 

Also, it is required that all auditioning members register through guidance for either section of Jazz Choir, as well as either Choir, Orchestra, or Band.  When the auditions are over, I will work with guidance to enroll all students in the correct ensemble section (Vocal Jazz Ensemble or Lab Jazz Choir)

Finally, I wish all of you the best of luck in your preparations.  Please note that competition is higher this year, and unfortunately not everyone will be accepted into the Vocal Jazz Ensemble this upcoming year--some will be placed into Lab Jazz Choir.  Placement in the ensemble will come down solely to your level of preparation and quality of your audition in terms of singing the melody and harmony parts accurately and expressively, as well as singing a quality rendition of the "My Romance" ballad.  

If you have any questions, email me!  Hope to see you Tuesday evening, 6-7:30pm for the Jazz Practice/Reading Session!

Sunday, May 20, 2018

Choir Updates May 21-25

Choir Updates May 21-25:

Monday - Seniors Last Day
Bring in breakfast items as we celebrate Seniors last day

VJE - Recording Session Monday 4:30-6pm

Tuesday - Chamber Choir 2-2:45pm

Thursday - Chamber Concert for Treble Choir and Chamber Choir  —
call time 6:15pm, concert at 7:00pm

Friday - Annual Foxboro Music Banquet for all music students!

- Mr. Raymond