Sunday, September 23, 2018

Choir Weekly Updates 9/23


- Please bring in your money for the shirts.  Note the updated prices: Reg/Ladies T=$12, long sleeve=$15

- Please bring in Concert Dress/Necklace money by the end of the week!  Also need your blouse/skirt sizes.

- Make up any missed sectionals this week, you can double up if need be (we will be working on Kyrie and Credo movements in sectionals this week)

-  Cookout is less then 2 weeks away (Friday October 5), email me now if you and your family will be going out of town (otherwise I expect you to be there)

-  Sight Reading Factory will begin this week, more details coming early this week and in a separate email

-  Have you set up a routine practice schedule outside of rehearsal that works for you?  This is an important way to be staying on top of the music/parts.  If you need help with this, talk to a section leader.

See you Monday!

- Mr Raymond 

Jazz Updates 9/23

Vocal Jazz Ensemble:

Just a reminder, there is an important meeting Monday night for those students and families  interested in going to Australia.  Even if you are still undecided as to whether you are going to go or not, you can attend this meeting for details and information.  

On Friday there will be an in school field trip “rehearsal” with news coverage reporting on th Australia trip, some of you may or may not be interviewed.

This week you should begin ramping up solos and working to try to get more and more off music.  If you still have parts that you haven’t learned—you should set a personal goal to get that done by the end of the week.

Have you gotten together with your section to practice yet??

Looking forward to a strong week of rehearsals...the following week we will add rhythm section on Tuesday nights!

See you Monday!
-Mr Raymond 

Friday, September 14, 2018

Choir Friday Announcements

Choir Friday Announcements:

-  Continue studying the Mass in G -- listen to recordings over the weekend.  Next week (midweek) we will sing through the entire work 

-  Bottle and Can Drive Saturday 9-2pm, taking place at the IGO front parking lot!  Contact a section leader if you need a ride!  Stop by even if you can only make it for an hour or two.

-  Design a choir shirt:  Email your designs to Mr. Raymond!  We will vote on the design next week and start the ordering process!

-  (new students) Concert Dress letters will be going home Monday (and emailed home), you will need to bring in money and indicate your desired size for Dress and Blouse

-  (Optional) Music apparel order forms are available and money is due 9/30

-  Senior Pictures for Pin/Buttons will be taken next Tuesday 9/18 at 5:40pm at the Ahern Football Track

-  Sight Reading Factory assignment 1 due date will be pushed back a week

-  Update your calendars for the annual FMA cookout/national anthem--Friday evening October 5

Have a great weekend!  See you in rehearsals on Monday!

-Mr. Raymond

Tuesday, September 11, 2018

Choir Midweek Announcements

Concert Choir:

Strong rehearsing this morning, keep working and practicing to get your parts learned!  See you in sectionals!

A few quick announcements:

- Sectionals are under way this week, please email me if you can't make your sectional and plan to come to the makeup

-  Bottle and Can Drive Saturday, taking place at the IGO front parking lot!  Signup sheet is in the choir room

-  Finish Dropbox Assignment//Turn in your syllabus sign off

-  Design a choir shirt:  Email your designs to Mr. Raymond!

-  (Optional) Music apparel order forms are available in the choir room and also attached to an email that was sent out, money due 9/30

-  Update your calendars for the annual FMA cookout/national anthem--Friday evening October 12

-  Consider joining Lab Jazz Choir!

-  Senior Pictures for Pin/Buttons will be taken next Tuesday 9/18 at 5:40pm at the Ahern Football Track

Have a great week!

-Mr. Raymond

Friday, September 7, 2018

Choir Friday Updates 9/7

Concert Choir, 

Thank you for your focus and energy this week!  We're off to a strong start, and I hope you are as excited as I am for the potential of this year's ensemble.  

Some announcements:

-  Please get logged in to Dropbox and access the "opening week assignment" and email it back to me (let me know via email if you are having trouble accessing Dropbox)

-  Listen to the Schubert Mass in G all the way through this weekend--write down a fact about the music or Schubert

- Get a Black Binder if you have not done so--transfer your choir music into it

-  Review syllabus/calendar dates and sign off on the last page and hand it in to me on Monday

-  Sectionals begin Monday 2:15-3:00pm: Sop-Monday, Alto-Tuesday, Tenor-Wednesday, Bass-Thursday, Makeup-Friday
ALWAYS email if you are going to miss a sectional even if you are absent from school

-  Please consider joining Lab Jazz Choir--it's fun!  Email me if you are interested and we can talk about it!

-  We will discuss concert attire and choir T-shirt designs next week.

- Bottle and Can Drive: Saturday 9/15, Sign up on the sheet in the choir room!

I'll be making a parent email list and sending out an email next week!

Have a fantastic weekend!

Tuesday, September 4, 2018

Choir Quick First Day Updates

Concert Choir:

I know you received a lot of information in a short amount of time this morning.  
Just a few quick reminders following up from this morning's rehearsal.

- Please log in to Dropbox tonight, follow the instructions that were sent to your email address (download the app).  Let me know by next rehearsal if you have any trouble getting logged in (either send me an email or let me know in person)

- Download the "First Week Assignment" from Dropbox, digitally fill out, and send it to me via email

- Get yourself a black binder for music

- Review the music calendar and syllabus, sign the bottom portion and hand it in to me next rehearsal

-  Sectionals will start next week (Soprano-Monday, Alto-Tuesday, Tenor-Wednesday, Bass-Thursday, Makeup-Friday)

- Start listening to the recordings and part tracks on Dropbox to prepare for upcoming rehearsals!

-  Consider joining Lab Jazz Choir!  Email me, we would love to have you join us!

- You are welcome to come to the choir room before school any day of the week

-  We will discuss concert dress, choir t-shirt designs, and sight singing factory soon

Have a fantastic rest of your first week!  See you at the next rehearsal

-Mr. Raymond

Friday, August 31, 2018

Choir Opening Day Updates

Greetings singers:

I hope you have a fantastic Labor Day weekend with your friends and families.

We are now just a few days away from our first rehearsal together! It’s going to be an exciting year with many awesome music opportunities and experiences ahead!

A few things you can do to prepare for the upcoming school year in choir:

- Get a black binder with folder inserts and/or pockets (along with pencils)
- Get a water bottle
- Read through the attached syllabus
- Look over the events calendar and sectional schedule to start planning ahead
- Look over/listen to the curriculum and start forming playlists on your phone
- Consider joining Lab Jazz Choir! Not too late to join!
- Look over the part assignments to see who’s in your section—perhaps reach out via social media and say hi! You can reach out to your section leaders anytime!

On the first day of school, you are welcome to stop by the choir room before your advisory. You’ll get a folder with music. We will go over a few syllabus and calendar items and then get singing!

Enjoy your weekend and I’ll see you soon! If you have any questions feel free to reach out and I will get right back to you.

Mr. Raymond
Choral Director
Foxboro High School