Monday, August 21, 2017

Curriculum and August Updates!

Two weeks away from our first rehearsals of the year!

The Choir Summer Session will take place this Friday, August 25 at 6:30pm.  This is an informal and entirely optional get-together for anyone in choir (section leaders are strongly encouraged to attend).  We will discuss the school year, put folders together, listen to some of the music, and then watch the marching band preview show!  Bring some goodies and drinks if you'd like!

The 2017-2018 Choir and Vocal Jazz Curriculums are now complete!  They have been posted on the website tabs, as well as emailed out.  Part assignments for Fall 2017 were also emailed out today.  If you did not receive a part assignment and/or curriculum document, please email me at: raymondb@foxborough.k12.ma.us and I will email it out to you.

Recordings and Part Tracks are being continuously updated on Dropbox throughout the week for both Choir and Jazz.  If you are not currently connected to Dropbox and would like to be connected before the start of the school year, please email me at the above link, and I will get you connected!  It's a really good idea to start listening to the recordings before the first rehearsal...this will really help you start the year prepared!

As always, if you have any questions, or need access to Dropbox files or part assignments, please email me: raymondb@foxborough.k12.ma.us

See you soon!
-Mr. Raymond

Tuesday, August 8, 2017

Highlights from 2016-2017!

Summer Updates and Jazz Curriculum!

Students, I hope you are all having a wonderful summer!

-  There will be a lot of updates coming this week and next.  The Concert Choir curriculum is almost complete, and will be posted hopefully by the end of the week.  When the curriculum gets posted, I will have recordings and eventually part tracks on Dropbox!

-  Three different recordings of the Faure Requiem are now posted on Dropbox as well as a digital version of the choral score that you will get on the first day of school.  Part tracks will be coming this week!

-  Choir summer meetup will be on the afternoon of Friday, August 25th--all are welcome, I would like all section leaders there if possible!

-  The Vocal Jazz curriculum for 2017-2018 is complete for now.  I've posted it below and on the above website tab.  It is subject to change, but this should give you a general idea of the overall curriculum.  Recordings are now on Dropbox.  Part tracks will be coming soon.  

-  First evening rehearsal for Vocal Jazz Ensemble is on the first day of school 
(Tuesday Sept 5, 6:30-8:00pm)

VOCAL JAZZ CURRICULUM 2017-2018

VOCAL JAZZ ENSEMBLE
FALL
Beautiful Friendship, arr. Falker
Shiny Stockings, arr. Rutherford
Rainy Days and Mondays, arr. Marsh
Centerpiece, arr. Marsh

WINTER
Lace Skull, arr. Marsh
Radio Song, arr. Marsh
When Sunny Gets Blue, arr. Rutherford

SPRING
I Can't Believe You're In Love With Me (w/Jazz Band)
Feelin' Good, arr. Marsh
Breathe Again, arr. Marsh
Nakamarra
Big Brown Eyes

LAB JAZZ CHOIR
FALL
Travlin' Light
It Had To Be You
Little Hummingbird
Bring On The Wonder
WINTER/SPRING
Boppin On Maine Street
If I Should Lose You
Chasing The Sun

Wednesday, July 19, 2017

July Summer Updates!

Happy Summer!

I hope you are all well!  Thank you to those of you who helped out with SIMC...you rock!  Just wanted to pass along a couple quick updates.  

First, keep an eye out on Dropbox over the next week.  There will be several updates including curriculums for Choir, Vocal Jazz and Lab Jazz!  There are new charts for VJE posted now (Radio Song and Rainy Days and Mondays). Also, you will find Recordings and Part Tracks.  Over the summer, casual listening of the recordings and part tracks can help you be more prepared for the start of the year.

Second, our masterwork for the Fall is the Faure Requiem!  This is an incredible masterwork for choir, soloists, and orchestra!  You will love this experience.  We will once again be pairing with KPHS.  You can find a digital score and recording on Dropbox now! Part tracks to come in the next couple days.

The full performance calendar for 2017-2018 can be found on the website:  www.foxborochoir.blogspot.com

Finally, check your emails for updates regarding the Choir summer social event hosted by your Section Leaders (event was posted on Instagram)!

Have a wonderful summer...take some time to practice...and take some time to have fun and relax!  Can't wait to see you all again real soon!

Mr. Raymond

Thursday, July 6, 2017

Summer Updates!

Singers,

I hope you are having a wonderful, restful summer so far!

Remember to plan out a routine practice and listening schedule for yourself.  This will help you be very prepared coming into the fall.

Keep an eye on the Choir Dropbox over the next few weeks for updates--especially recordings.  I will post here as well when the curriculum for 2017-2018 is finished.  You can start by checking out Faure Requiem for Voices and Strings.

Our summer meet up will be August 25 (anyone can attend!).  More details to follow!

Have a fantastic summer, and if you're free next week...stop by SIMC and sing as a counselor!

Talk to you again soon,
- Mr. Raymond

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