Tuesday, October 17, 2017

Seeking Parent Volunteers!

Concert Choir Families:

Greetings, 
Next week on Thursday is our first concert: Voices and Strings!  As I believe you know, we will be hosting the King Philip HS Choir as well as having our own Choir and Orchestra students for dinner prior to the concert.  We need donations of "snacks" to go along with their pizza- so baked goods, individual chips, fruits... those kinds of things.  Those can be dropped off before 5PM on Thursday 10/26.  If you bake anything can you please list any particular ingredients that could be allergy related (nuts etc)

We also would love a couple of volunteers to help: 1. pick-up and order the pizza and 2. to help with serving to the students!  If you can come a bit early to the concert and help, please email me back and let me know!  It would be greatly appreciated.  Thank you for any time you can offer!

Just a reminder of the upcoming dates and schedule:
This Thursday October 19: Choir rehearsal at KPHS, bus leaves 5:30 and returns a little after 8:00pm

This Friday October 20: FMA Sponsored Cookout and combined national anthem with FHS & 8th Grade Football Game, 5:00pm at Ahern,
(Parent volunteers welcome for the cookout, Let me know and I can put you in contact with FMA Representatives!)

Next Thursday: October 26
Voices and Strings Concert: 
Students Rehearse 3-5pm, Combined Dinner FHS Choir & Orchestra & KPHS Choir 5-6pm, Warmup 6:30, Concert 7:00

Any questions, please let me know!

Sunday, October 15, 2017

Weekly News and Notes

Sectionals: Sop-Mon, Alto-Tues, Bass-Wed, Tenor-Thurs, Makeup-Friday

This Week
Thursday (10/19), all FHS singers and orchestra members will travel by bus to King Philip HS for an evening combined rehearsal.  Bus will leave at 5:30pm from FHS and return around 8:00pm (possibly slightly after).  If any of you have a sports game that night and are planning to go after, you must be driven by a parent.  Students can carpool together provided a parent is driving, and permission is given for each student riding via email.

Friday (10/20), Annual FMA Cookout for all FHS and 8th Grade Musicians and Singers.  Please wear your new choir shirts (arriving next Wednesday).  Meeting at Ahern at 5:00, there will be a cookout, followed by combined national anthem at the football game!

Next Week
Thursday (10/26) Voices and Strings Concert!
Rehearsal that afternoon for all performers, 3-5pm
Dinner, 5-6pm for all performers
6:30 Warmup, 7:00 Concert

Choir Performance Attire
Choir dresses/blouses that were ordered should arrive on Monday.  Ties for the men were already distributed--these should be worn with a black suit, plain white dress shirt, and black dress shoes with dark socks.  Once I distribute the ladies' concert attire, please try on the concert attire to make sure it fits comfortably.  Sometimes the floor length dresses need to be hemmed.  If something doesn't fit, we can send it back for a better size, but we may need to wait until after the first concert.

Vocal Health!
The next three weeks contain a lot of singing!  Just like athletes, we must take care of our bodies to ensure we can perform at a high level!  This means making healthy decisions, balancing your time effectively, and getting proper sleep.  

Sight Singing Factory
A full email with registration details will be coming on Monday

Lets have a fantastic productive final full week before our first concert!
-Mr. Raymond

Choir Officers 2017-2018

Congratulations to the following singers on your appointments as Choir Officers for 2017-2018:

President: Kelli McCarthy and Faith Perry
Vice-President: Emily Kaeser and Sophia Prinos
Secretary: Julia Metivier and Jake Parkman
Librarian: Shannon Harding

Thursday, October 12, 2017

Choir Midweek Updates!

Upcoming Dates
Next Thursday (10/19), all FHS singers and orchestra members will travel by bus to King Philip HS for an evening combined rehearsal.  Bus will leave at 5:30pm from FHS and return around 8:00pm (possibly slightly after).  If any of you have a sports game that night and are planning to go after, you must be driven by a parent.  Students can carpool together provided a parent is driving, and permission is given for each student riding via email.

Friday (10/20), Annual FMA Cookout for all FHS and 8th Grade Musicians and Singers.  Please wear your new choir shirts (arriving next Wednesday).  Meeting at Ahern at 5:00, there will be a cookout, followed by combined national anthem at the football game!

Thursday (10/26) Voices and Strings Concert!
Rehearsal that afternoon for all performers, 3-5pm
Dinner, 5-6pm for all performers
6:30 Warmup, 7:00 Concert

Choir Performance Attire
Choir dresses/blouses that were ordered should arrive on Monday.  Ties for the men were already distributed--these should be worn with a black suit, plain white dress shirt, and black dress shoes with dark socks.  Once I distribute the ladies' concert attire, please try on the concert attire to make sure it fits comfortably.  Sometimes the floor length dresses need to be hemmed.  If something doesn't fit, we can send it back for a better size, but we may need to wait until after the first concert.

Vocal Health!
The next three weeks contain a lot of singing!  Just like athletes, we must take care of our bodies to ensure we can perform at a high level!  This means making healthy decisions, balancing your time effectively, and getting proper sleep.  

Sight Singing Factory (we will discuss this Friday!)
Our choral program at the middle and high school levels is beginning a new initiative this year aimed at improving music reading for singers at all levels.  We are implementing a very useful online tool called "Sight Singing Factory" that provides an endless supply of melodies for students to sight-read and sing (with customized difficulty levels made into "assignments").  Each student will get a code that they will use to register an email address.  There will be simple "homework" assignments (weekly or bi-weekly) to sing a melody into your phones/ipads/computer that will get recorded and then submitted directly to me (only to be accessed by me).  This will allow me to help singers to improve their reading abilities.  This program has already started at Ahern Middle, and will be starting up for FHS singers at the end of this week.  Students at this point will only be graded on completion of the assignments.

See you in rehearsals!
-Mr. Raymond

Monday, October 9, 2017

Weekly Updates: Happy Columbus Day!

Singers,

Happy Columbus Day!  I hope you are all enjoying your long weekend.

- THIS WEEK:Focusing on Faure Requiem Movements 2 and 6

Sectionals: Tues-Alto, Wed-Bass, Thurs-Tenor,
 Friday's sectional will be for Sops and anyone who needs to makeup a sectional!

SHIRT ORDERS: Turn In Your Money Now!

We will be using Music on the concert you will need a black binder 

Senior District Audition Signup List Is NOW Posted: Audition November 18
$15.00 Audition Fee, If You Get Accepted School Will Pay Your Festival Fee!

NEXT WEEK
October 19: Rehearsal at King Philip (bus leaving at 5:30pm, return around 8:30pm)
October 20: Combined National Anthem With 8th Grade

The Week After...
October 26: Voices and Strings Concert!

Have a great day and a great week!

- Mr. Raymond

Sunday, October 1, 2017

Weekly Updates: October 1

Singers,

Happy October!  More strong progress last week, let's keep it up this week!
This month we have our first performance!

- THIS WEEK:Focusing on Faure Requiem Movements 6 and 7

Sectionals: Monday-Sop, Tues-Alto, Wed-Bass, Thurs-Tenor, Fri-Makeup

SHIRT ORDERS: Turn In Your Money By Wednesday!

Coming soon....
October 19: Rehearsal at King Philip (bus leaving at 5:30pm, return around 8:30pm)
October 20: Combined National Anthem With 8th Grade
October 26: Voices and Strings Concert

Have a great Sunday...Go Pats!

- Mr. Raymond

Sunday, September 24, 2017

Sunday Announcements

Singers, great progress last week, let's keep it up this week!
I wonder if we can have perfect sectional attendance all week!
Congratulations to Faith on singing the Star Spangled Banner at the Pep Rally last Friday

- THIS WEEK: Focusing on Faure Requiem Movements 2 and 3
- Morning Rehearsal with Orchestra on Thursday

Sectionals: Monday-Sop, Tues-Alto, Wed-Bass, Thurs-Tenor, Fri-Makeup

SHIRT ORDERS:
- Let me know your size and whether you want Regular T, Ladies Cut T, or Long Sleeve
($13 for Reg/Ladies T, $16 for Long Sleeve)

- Turn in your Choir Shirt Money: Cash or Check Made Out to "Town of Foxboro Music"

Concert Dress Order Will Be Placed This Week!

Coming soon....
October 19: Rehearsal at King Philip (bus leaving at 5:30pm, return around 8:30pm)
October 26: Voices and Strings Concert

Have a great Sunday...Go Pats!

- Mr. Raymond