Tuesday, December 15, 2015

Performances This Week

Wednesday: 6:00-7:00pm, Singing Holiday Music At the FCA Holiday Party
- Everyone is welcome! Please Come Out and Give Back to the FCA who videotapes our concerts!!
- I will have a packet of easy Christmas music for you to sing
- Casual Dress, No Sweatpants, Look Presentable
- Lindsay and Hannah--You can be a few minutes late to Jazz Band Rehearsal (Mr. Massey knows)
- Treats and drinks will be there for when you are finished!

Thursday: Morning Assembly Concert
- Make sure you come to school in concert dress!!!
- We will perform Vivaldi Gloria, Pentatonix, and probably Salvation Is Created
- After the performance, make sure you are not late to the rest of your classes

Thursday Evening: Caroling On The Common : 6:00pm
- 6:00pm On The Common, Immediately Followed by Nursing Home Singing
- Dress Warm, Make sure you are respectful and polite while representing the music program
- You will get a packet of music, help lead the community in singing!!


(Don't Forget Sectionals: Tuesday 12/15: Sopranos, Thursday 12/17 Alto, Tues 12/22 Bass/Tenor)
You will not be able to make up this sectional after the holiday break.

Senior District/All-State Prep: Wednesday after school
Sectional Makeup: Friday after school

Sunday, December 13, 2015

Weekly Updates and MICCA Preview!

Singers:

This upcoming week is a busy one for many of you.  We have a few more performances, and we begin working on our set for MICCA 2016.  I have several updates for you, followed by video samples of our songs for MICCA that we will begin working on this week.  I will be uploading a "MICCA Mixtape" of audio recordings and part tracks will be uploaded early this week as well.  It will be very important for everyone to be working on their parts throughout the holiday break.

Weekly Rehearsal Schedule
Sectionals:
Tuesday 12/15: Soprano
Thursday 12/17: Alto
Tuesday: 12/22: Bass/Tenor

Mixed Vocal Jazz Tuesday 12/15: 6:30-8:00pm

Performances
Wednesday 12/16: 6:00pm (arrive 5:45pm), FCA Holiday Party -- Leaders and Seniors only! (Carols)
Thursday: 12/17: Morning "Assembly" Concert (Pentatonix and Vivaldi Gloria)
Thursday: 12/17: Caroling On The Common (Caroling, Open To Anyone, Not Graded)

MICCA 2016
I am excited to announce our performance set for MICCA 2016.  Any of these selections are subject to change by me, nothing is set in stone.  As of now, these are the songs we will learn with the aim of performing them at the highest level possible.  I have uploaded some sample videos (these are just one example of each song -- please seek out as many as you can find, there are good and bad ones to be found)  I will be creating a "MICCA Mixtape" on dropbox of what I feel our some of the best recordings available of each.  As mentioned before we will go with two choirs (a full mixed Concert Choir, and an all-girls Treble Choir)

MIXED CHOIR:
Christus Factus Est: Felice Anerio (Late Renaissance, Sacred Early Music, Acapella)
If Love Should Count You Worthy: James Mulholland (Contemporary Poetic Setting)
Zion's Walls: Aaron Copland (American Revivalist Song)

WOMEN'S CHOIR:
Spring: Eleanor Daley (Female Composer, Poetic Setting, Acapella)
Nuit D'Etoiles: Claude Debussy (French Composer, "Starry Night")
Sail Away: Malcolm Dalglish (Contemporary Upbeat Folk Setting)

Christus Factus Est, Felice Anerio

If Love Should Count You Worthy: James Mulholland

Zion's Walls: Aaron Copland

Spring: Eleanor Daley

Nuit D'Etoiles: Claude Debussy

Sail Away: Malcolm Dalglish

Monday, December 7, 2015

Concert Week Updates

Concert Week!!

First off, Congratulations to all the FHS/Ahern Band, Orchestra, and Choir students grade 7-9 who were accepted into the Junior District Festival on Saturday!  Six singers were accepted!

I hope everyone is getting excited for this Thursday's Winter Concert!  This concert will feature Concert Choir, Orchestra, and Concert Band.  Please rest your voices as much as you can.

Reminders:
- Please make sure your concert attire is clean and ready for Thursday
- Call time Thursday: 6:00pm
- All music memorized
- We will be on risers in front of the stage
- Invite your friends and family!!

Weekly Rehearsal Schedule: 
Tuesday morning: Salvation run-through with band
Wednesday morning: Full rehearsal in the auditorium with accompanists
Thursday morning: Vivaldi run-through with orchestra

Sectional Tuesday: Altos and Tenors (any makeups = Tues, Wed, or Thursday)

Mixed Vocal Jazz Tuesday night, regular time, 6:30-8:00pm

Tour Check #2 Due by Friday

Vocal Assessment 1 Makeups Due by Friday



Saturday, December 5, 2015

Holiday Party Reminder

Hi everyone,
Just a reminder for the Concert Choir that the Holiday Party will be tonight at 6pm at my house. Freshman are asked to bring drinks, sophomores and juniors bring entrees, and seniors bring desserts. Also, if you want to participate in the Yankee Swap, please don't forget to bring a present! If you have any questions, feel free to contact me! Hope to see everyone tonight!

-Colleen

Monday, November 30, 2015

Weekly Updates 11/30-12/4

Weekly Updates: 11/30-12/4

MIXED VOCAL JAZZ REHEARSAL: Moved to Thursday Night 12/3: 6:30pm-8:00pm

RECITAL NIGHT: 12/1, Band Room, 7:00pm

WEEKLY SECTIONALS (2:00-3:00pm):
Tuesday 12/1: Bass
Thursday 12/3: Soprano
Tuesday 12/8: Alto & Tenor

*Winter Concert* December 10th!  
- Make sure you are practicing hard to get your music memorized and sung at a high level!
- Ensure your concert attire is clean and not wrinkled - check this week!

Program Order: 
1)Ubi Caritas
2)Five Hebrew Love Songs
3)Christmas To Me
4)Winter Wonderland/Don't Worry Be Happy
5)Vivaldi Gloria Movement 1 (with orchestra)
6)Salvation Is Created (later in the concert with band scattered around the room)

ALLSTATE/SENIOR DISTRICT PRACTICES: For Accepted Members/Auditioners 
Starting Wednesday 12/9

Additional News:
Tour Check #2, Due 12/11 ($200)
Senior: Baby+Senior Picture to Colleen by December 23
Holiday Party @ Colleen's TBA
Singing Holiday Music @ Ahern TBA

Tuesday, November 24, 2015

Pep Rally Tomorrow

Choir students:

Please wear your choir T-shirts tomorrow!!!  We will be singing the national anthem as a full group at the pep rally singing the arrangement from the Cookout/Football game.  We will practice right at 7:30am sharp, first period in the lecture hall.  Please don't be late!!

Thanks,

Mr. Raymond

Monday, November 23, 2015

Singing at Ahern today after school

Singers:

Please go to the Ahern middle school today to join in with the middle school singers in singing holiday music for the upcoming tree lighting ceremony.  This is an opportunity to sing, hang out, and talk to many of the middle school singers.  This collaboration is part of our unified effort to encourage students to keep singing in choir next year!!  This rehearsal will last around an hour or so.  Please come over!  I'll be there as well, hope to see you there.

Also side note, cut-off scores for districts are now posted and can be viewed at the website: www.semmea.org

Hope to see you this afternoon at the Ahern after school!

-Mr. Raymond

Sunday, November 22, 2015

Senior District Results

Congratulations to the following students for being accepted into the 2015-2016 Senior District Honors Choir:

Carly Rayburg - All State Recommendation
Colleen Macdonald - All State Recommendation
Ryan McCormack - All State Recommendation
Faith Perry
Jessica Hoyt
Lindsey Cullen
Mical Henriquez

Additional congratulations go out to the 23 students from Orchestra, Band, and Jazz Band who were also accepted into the Senior District Music festival!  We had total of 30 acceptances!

Whether you were accepted or not, everyone should be proud of the work you put in preparing for your auditions.  You represented Foxborough in a highly professional way, and hopefully this can be a positive learning experience for you going forward.

Thursday, November 19, 2015

Acapella Singing

When you sing Acapella, it is so important that you sing confidently and feel the rhythmic pulse inside.

Here are some Pentatonix performances from the Sing Off to give you an idea.  I highly recommend watching all their performances (and performances from other great groups on that show as well: Afro Blue, Committed, Home Free, etc)

Dog Days Are Over

ET (their 1st performance on the show)

Love Lockdown

Some Top Sing-Off Performances


Tuesday, November 17, 2015

Five Hebrew Love Songs Video

Concert Choir Students,

Please watch this video of Eric Whitacre conducting a professional choir singing the Five Hebrew Love Songs

This is how the whole piece is supposed to sound when it is performed live.

Some Key Items Of Note:
- Listen to the pronunciation of the "K" syllable onsets in Kalla Kala -- that's what we need!
- Listen to the balance of the ladies on the first movement, beautiful
- Listen to the swells of the dynamics throughout -- this ebb and flow is crucial
- Listen to the tone colors created in Movement 4 Eyze Sheleg.. all parts flow in together

The soloist on Movement 4 Eyze Sheleg takes the solo a bit fast for my taste, whichever soprano sings that solo should take her time)

FIVE HEBREW LOVE SONGS
Eric Whitacre conducting Rezonans

Monday, November 16, 2015

Weekly update

Students:

Sectionals Tuesday 11/17 from 2-3 for altos
Sectionals Thursday 11/19 from 2-3 for tenors
Student run sectional Wednesday 11/18 district sectionals 
District Practice Friday after school 11/20
Districts auditions Saturday 11/21 be at FHS by 7:45
Student recital on Dec. 1 at 7 pm in the band room
Next tour check due by December 11 ($200) 

Tuesday, November 10, 2015

Weekly Updates: Jazz Concert Week!

An Evening of American Jazz: Thursday 7:00pm
Featuring Foxborough Jazz Choirs and Jazz Bands
Guest Artist: Kurt Bacher

Students:
Please be there by 6:15pm sharp
Jazz concert dress, guys wearing striped ties
Treble Jazz: Autumn Leaves, Had To Be You, Someone To Watch, Green Dolphin St
Mixed: World on a string, whisper not, Can't Make you love Me, Takin it to the streets

Rehearsals:
Tuesday 11/10
Soprano sectionals
Both Jazz Choirs Rehearse: 5:30-6:30/6:30-8:00

Thursday: Right after school, both jazz choirs to the auditorium

Friday: Senior district practice

(Next week, Tuesday sectional: bass , Thursday sectional: tenor (wed district practice))

Monday, November 2, 2015

Rehearsals and Updates: November 2-13

Rehearsal/Sectional Schedule: November 2-13

Tuesday Nov 3: Sectional 2-3pm: BASS Lecture Hall
Tuesday Nov 3: Vocal Jazz Rehearsals: (TREBLE 5:30-6:30, MIXED 6:30-8:00pm) with Rhythm

Wednesday Nov 4: Senior District Practice 2-3pm Orchestra Room
Thursday Nov 5: Sectional 2-3pm: ALTO & TENORS Lecture Hall
Friday Nov 6: Vocal Jazz Sectional: 2-3pm: SOPRANO & ALTO (others welcome)

Tuesday Nov 10: Sectional 2-3pm: SOPRANO Lecture Hall
Tuesday Nov 10: Vocal Jazz Rehearsals: (TREBLE 5:30-6:30, MIXED 6:30-8:00pm) with Rhythm

Wednesday No 11: NO SCHOOL
Thursday Nov 12: NO SECTIONALS: FALL JAZZ CONCERT NIGHT!!
Friday Nov 13: Senior District Practice 2-3pm Orchestra Room

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 VOCAL JAZZ SOLOS WILL BE CHOSEN THIS WEEK:
Auditions: Treble Wednesday During Class /// Mixed Thursday During Class

Autumn Leaves: (1)Written Solo (2) Scat Solo (could be the same person or different)
It Had To Be You: (1)Optional Scat Solo/Kurt
Green Dolphin Street: (1) Melody Solo (2) Scat Solo--Breakdown--Melody Out

World On A String: (1) Melody Solo (2) Optional Scat Solo/Kurt
Whisper Not: (1) Melody Solo (2) Scat Solo
I Can't Make You Love Me: (1) Melody Solo (2) Riffing Solo (could be same person or diff.)
Takin It To The Streets: (1) Melody Solo (Improv: Guitar Solo 1st, Kurt 2nd, Trombone Solo 3rd)

Tuesday, October 27, 2015

Weekly Rehearsal Schedule

Jazz Choir Rehearsal: Tuesday 10/27 BOTH groups, Treble 5:30-6:30, Mixed 6:30-8:00

CHOIR SECTIONALS: 
Tuesday 10/27: Alto&Tenor 
Thursday 10/29: Soprano


MIXED VOCAL JAZZ SECTIONAL: 
Friday 10/30 Bass and Tenor

Senior District Practice: Wednesday 10/21 and 10/28 (and on into November)

UPCOMING CONCERT: November 12th Fall Jazz Concert: Both Jazz Choirs/Both Jazz Bands!

Wednesday, October 21, 2015

Updates and Concert Thursday!

Students and Families:

Our first concert has finally arrived!  I hope you are all excited for our first formal performance of the school year.  Make sure your concert attire is in pristine condition and clean and that all ladies have located their concert necklaces.

THURSDAY:
All singers should meet in the band room by 6:00pm to warmup.  We will get ourselves lined up just before the concert begins.  Please get plenty of sleep tonight and drink water to keep your voice healthy.  The program order is: Gloria, Ave Maria, MLK, Little David (then Magnum second to last in the orchestra set).  Everyone will be needed to help changeover the stage from chorus to orchestra after we finish the choir portion of the program.
Finally, remember, expressions, expressions, expressions!!  Every song is an opportunity to portray a different character on stage.  Always try to convey some level of emotion in every song you sing and stay engaged in that expression from the start to the end.  I look forward to making some wonderful music together.

Other rehearsal related announcements:
(all sectionals will either be in the orchestra room or lecture hall)
CHOIR SECTIONALS next week -- Tuesday 10/27: Alto&Tenor, Thursday 10/29: Soprano
MIXED VOCAL JAZZ SECTIONAL: Friday 10/30 Bass and Tenor

Senior District Practice: Wednesday 10/21 and 10/28 (and on into November)

Vocal Jazz Rehearsal Both Treble and Mixed: Tuesday night 5:30-6:30 (Treble), 6:30-8:00 (Mixed)

UPCOMING CONCERT: November 12th Fall Jazz Concert: Both Jazz Choirs/Both Jazz Bands!


Thursday, October 15, 2015

Friday: Cookout and National Anthem

Students:

Meeting at Ahern Middle School (by gym entrance)

Cookout at 5:15pm, followed by Choir rehearsal 6:00pm, Full group run through of the National Anthem with everyone at 6:15pm, and then we will walk out together and sing the anthem at the game!

Wear your new Choir Music Shirts - layer appropriately for the weather.

Part Tracks for the Star Spangled Banner are up, please practice with them!!

This is our first chance to meet and greet and get to know the 8th grade music students!  You will have a chance to interact with them both at the cookout, during the rehearsal, and during the game.  Make the most of this opportunity -- don't be shy, introduce yourself and get to know them!  After we are done singing the anthem, try to sit with them (or convince some 8th graders) to come sit with you so that you can continue to hang out and have fun.  This experience will hopefully be a memorable one for these students and get them excited about other music opportunities to come later this year!

Wednesday, October 14, 2015

Weekly news and notes

Students:

Some reminders and updates.  We are starting to get into one of the busiest stretches of the fall. Please take care of your voices by getting plenty of rest, drinking lots of water, and avoiding yelling/overusing your voice.  This is especially important with concerts and auditions right around the corner!

Establish an effective practice routine that works for you and stick with it.  It's essential that you are practicing often and using the part tracks especially with more and more challenging music coming.  Consider adding breathing exercises and stretches into your routines.

This Friday is the cookout and national anthem.  We will have the cookout at 5:15, then choir rehearsal at 6, and do a full run through at approx 6:15 at the gym at Ahern middle.  It's very important that we are social and outgoing.  Wear your new shirts!

Voices and Strings concert a week from Thursday! Make sure you have your concert attire ready.

Tenor sectional Tuesday (anyone needing to make up a sectional should come too).  Sops and altos will come the following week when we will start MICCA and winter concert music.

Please turn in your money for districts ASAP if you have not done so already!

Please submit your vocal assessments to foxborochoir@gmail.com. 

If you would like to submit a recording of yourself singing the senior district piece I would be happy to evaluate that as well.  I will make a sight singing practice sheet and put it on Dropbox very soon.

Lastly choir leadership team meeting (all leaders) Tuesday morning 6:45am.

See you in rehearsals! --Mr Raymond


Monday, October 5, 2015

Weekly Announcements

Students:

As we enter into a busy week, here are a few announcements to keep in mind!

WEEKLY REHEARSALS 
Tuesday 2:00-3:00pm Soprano Sectional
Tuesday 6:30-8:00pm Vocal Jazz
Wednesday 2:00-3:00pm District Audition Practice

IMPORTANT DATES
-  October 16th Cookout and National Anthem with the middle school!
-  October 22nd Voices and Strings Concert!

-  Please turn in your money for the Choir T-Shirts as soon as possible
-  Please turn in your Senior District med form and audition money if you signed up to audition
-  Your first choir assessment is due by next Monday October 12
-  Freshman -- Concert attire is in!  Please try them on this week to ensure they fit.
-  The final leadership list will be announced Tuesday and posted

*Please focus on practicing the following this week*
Concert Choir:
Ave Maria--Middle Section from Measure 23-37
O Magnum--Any sections that are giving you trouble (or beginning to p.4)

Treble Jazz:
Green Dolphin Street and the ending of "It Had To Be You"

Mixed VJE:
Whisper Not "Soli Section" and I Can't Make You Love Me "Intro" and "Soli Section"

See you all in rehearsals!  Have a great week!
Mr. Raymond

Thursday, October 1, 2015

Leadership Tomorrow!

Reminder:

Leadership meeting tomorrow: 6:45am sharp (please...if you plan on coming do not be late!)

This is required of anyone interested in an E-Board position!  After this Friday, I will be selecting the final list of section leaders and E-Board members.  Looking forward to seeing you all tomorrow at the meeting.

Also a general reminder:  please bring in your $13 for your Choir T-Shirt!

Thanks!  See you tomorrow!
-Mr. Raymond

Wednesday, September 30, 2015

T-Shirt Reminder!

Students:

Please bring in your $13 for your T-Shirt by tomorrow (or Friday at the very latest).  We want to order the shirts this week so we have them in time for the football game.

You can give your money to me, Colleen, or Katie.  Thank You!!  -Mr. Raymond

Friday, September 25, 2015

Friday: Two Quick Items

In addition to the announcements listed in the previous posts I have two quick items:

Seniors: Please see Colleen at some point today for your pin!

Mixed Vocal Jazz Students interested in the solo on I Can't Make You Love Me please visit the following link:Solo Practice Tracks

Check out that link, scroll down to the Soundcloud box and locate Kerry's solo audition tracks for "I Can't Make You Love Me"  There's one for the lyric solo and one for scat soloing/riffing.  Please use these tracks for practicing!

Have a great weekend everyone!  Enjoy Homecoming!
Good luck to the band and football team tonight!

-Mr. Raymond


Thursday, September 24, 2015

Leadership meeting tomorrow

Leaders:


- Meeting tomorrow morning at 6:45am sharp in the auditorium 

- Please have a written assessment of 5 areas of weakness in terms of Qualities of Outstanding leaders that we brainstormed.

- In addition, Please think about the "Corporate" qualities listed on page 9 & 10 in terms of what these characteristics might mean for you personally.


- How is your encouraging going? why not encourage someone right now!

Wednesday, September 23, 2015

Mixed VJE Reference Videos

Mixed Vocal Jazz: Here are a couple videos for you to keep in mind as a reference!

I Can't Make You Love Me: Valencia High School (This is the school that commissioned the chart)


Takin' it to the streets: Fryeburg High School (The director of the group is the arranger of the chart)


Week 4: News and Notes

Students:

-  Please be practicing from the Part Tracks on Dropbox!  This is very important.

-  Senior District Signup Sheet will be posted by Friday.  If you are interested in auditioning for Senior Districts, please fill out a med form and submit your $15 Audition Fee.  Group practice sessions will begin Wednesday October 7th.  Only 6 students per voice part may audition.  An "audition" may take place to determine who will ultimately get to audition.  Freshman female singers are encouraged to audition for Junior Districts.  I highly recommend that you study the audition song with a private teacher AND seek out individual help from me IN ADDITION TO coming to the Wednesday practice sessions.

-  E-Board and Official Leaders list coming next week--make sure to attend the Leadership meeting 6:45am Friday 9/25

-  Strings and Voices concert is only one month away: October 22nd.  Concert Program at the moment: Gloria In Excelsis Deo, Ave Maria, MLK, Little David Play On Your Harp, O Magnum Mysterium (w/strings at some point in the concert)

-  Next Tuesday: September 29, ALTO Sectional

-  Treble Jazz Choir: First Evening Rehearsal (with rhythm section): Tuesday October 13th 5:30-6:30

-  Mixed Jazz Choir: Evening Rehearsals Sept 29, Oct 6, Oct 13 (w/rhythm section)

-  October 16th: FMA Cookout!

-  We will vote on T-Shirts soon.  Once we pick a T-Shirt, I will begin collecting money so we can get the shirts ordered.  Everyone should wear their shirt to the FMA Cookout

-  Follow the twitter page: @foxborochoir

Have a great rest of the week!  See you in rehearsals!!
-Mr. Raymond

Friday, September 18, 2015

Weekend Updates Sept 19-20

Students and Families:

Great progress this week everyone -- keep up the good work!

-  Ladies who were fitted for dresses, please bring your check in for $76 made out to the Town of Foxborough Music by Monday at the latest.  That way we can get concert attire ordered next week.

-  This Saturday is the Bottle & Can Drive!  Town Hall Parking Lot 9:00am-2:00pm.  Food is included!  This is a major fundraiser and a wonderful opportunity to make friends and connect with a variety of music students from FHS.

-  If you are interested in helping design a Choir T-Shirt please speak with Colleen, Katie, or Hannah as they will be creating designs and we will begin ordering shirts very soon.  We will wear these shirts at the cookout in October!

-  Part tracks for all ensembles are being uploaded to Dropbox - please practice with them!

-  Sectionals will start next Tuesday...Baritone/Tenor (including Lady Tenors): 2:00-3:00pm. 


- Acapella Club Meeting Next Wednesday, see Carly Rayburg for details

- E-Board and Official Leaders List coming soon (within the next two weeks)

- Follow the twitter page if you have not done so already @foxborochoir

Have a wonderful weekend!  See you all on Monday :-)

-Mr. Raymond

Wednesday, September 16, 2015

Weekly Update

Students:

Great progress so far this week!

-  Leaders: Friday, 6:40am Leadership meeting in the band room

-  Ladies who were fitted for dresses, please bring your check in for $76 made out to the Town of Foxborough Music by next Monday at the latest.  That way we can get concert attire ordered next week.

-  This Saturday is the Bottle & Can Drive!  Town Hall Parking Lot 9:00am-2:00pm.  Food is included!  This is a major fundraiser and a wonderful opportunity to make friends and connect with a variety of music students from FHS.

-  Part tracks for all ensembles should be uploaded by the end of this week or the start of next week at the very latest, keep an eye out for those.

-  If you are not registered with Dropbox yet, please do so as soon as you can

-  Sectionals will start next Tuesday...Baritone/Tenor (including Lady Tenors): 2:00-3:00pm.  You will receive a full sectional schedule tomorrow

-  Honors section expectations sheet will be coming tomorrow--this should help explain Honors vs CP credit in chorus.  These expectations are explained on the "Concert Choir" page on this website all the way down at the bottom.

-  "Chamber Choir" students will have a couple extra songs to learn -- I will have music for you very soon.  We will have an after school rehearsal periodically, a schedule will follow.

Any other items, please feel free to let me know and/or share your announcements before chorus!

Thank you,
-Mr. Raymond

Tuesday, September 15, 2015

Mixed Vocal Jazz Rehearsal Tonight

Reminder: First evening rehearsal for the Mixed Vocal Jazz Ensemble is tonight 6:30pm-8:00pm.

Also, part tracks are being uploaded today and all week -- please use them to practice with!

See you at the rehearsal tonight!  -Mr. Raymond

Friday, September 11, 2015

Friday News and Notes

Vocal Students:

Thank you for your hard work this week!  You are all very talented singers, and I feel we are off to a great start.  I am confident that we are going to reach our goals and make some amazing music this year.  That being said, in order for us to continue progressing, it is important that everyone start getting into a quality practicing routine.  This will help cut down on rehearsal time spent going over notes and rhythms.  If you need assistance in forming a quality practice routine or you would ever like help on any of the music, please let me know and I would be glad to help you!

ANNOUNCEMENTS:

-  Mixed Vocal Jazz Ensemble evening rehearsals will begin Tuesday 6:30-8:00pm.  These are required rehearsals.

-  Concert Choir sectionals will be on Tuesday's after school from 2:10pm(sharp)-3:00pm.  Each section will meet approximately once a month.  This is a graded component.  If you cannot make your sectional, you must see me to schedule a time to work together.  We will start these September 22nd.  I will give you a full schedule in rehearsal.

-  Any female student who is new to chorus needs to be fitted for and purchase the concert dress/blouse.  This concert dress/blouse will be used all four years of high school (so you will only need to buy it once).  Next week the choral leaders will begin the process of getting sizes for anyone who needs the dress.  The price of the dress is: $26, the price of the blouse is: $25, the price of the faux pearl necklace is $10, and shipping per dress is $15.  The total price per student will be $76.  Parents will need to make a check for $76 out to the "Town of Foxborough Music".  Once again, this is a one time fee, and your concert dress/blouse/necklace will be used throughout your high school career.

-  *SENIORS* FMA Pictures will be taken Tuesday September 15th @ Ahern Field 5:30pm (Vocal Jazz members make sure you make it back over to the rehearsal by 6:30pm)

-  Bottle & Can Drive: Saturday September 19th @ Town Hall Parking Lot: 9:00am-2:00pm.  Food is included.  This is a major fundraiser and a wonderful opportunity to make friends and connect with a variety of music students from FHS.

-  FMA Cookout is October 16th (more information to come)

-  Also, we will start Music T-Shirt and Sweatshirt orders soon as well as Jazz shirts!  I will be coordinating with the leaders to discuss this.

As always, if you have any other announcements please see me and I will upload them.
Have a great weekend!

-Mr. Raymond

Wednesday, September 9, 2015

Foxboro Vocal Jazz Rosters 2015-2016

FOXBOROUGH VOCAL JAZZ ROSTERS 2015-2016

Congratulations to all who all auditioned!  Looking forward to an exciting year of vocal jazz! Guidance will be notified and schedules will be adjusted to accommodate these rosters.  Voice parts are subject to change from song to song.  After school rehearsals for the Mixed VJE will start next week.

MIXED VOCAL JAZZ ENSEMBLE

Soprano
Colleen MacDonald
Lindsey Cullen
Hannah Kalcic
Caleigh Servaes
Claire Foley (Sop/Alto 1)

Alto
Mical Henriquez (Alto 1)
Jessica Hoyt (Alto 1)
Molly Crocker (Alto 2)
Katie Todd (Alto 2/Tenor)
Caitlin Driscoll (Alto 2/Tenor)

Tenor
Ryan McCormack

Bass
Ben Howell
Tom Watson
Jack Lovely


TREBLE JAZZ CHOIR

Soprano
Colleen MacDonald (1)
Olivia Hovey (1)
Kendall Milender (1)
 Jessica Hoyt (2)
Sophia Isaza (2)

Alto
Mical Henriquez (1)
Victoria Reed-Fitton (1)
Shannon Harding (1)
Rose Morrison (2)
Faith Perry (2)

Tuesday, September 8, 2015

Week 2 Updates

Students:

- The final day of vocal auditions is tomorrow (Wednesday).  These auditions will take place during class and directly after school.  Final ensemble rosters will be posted on here tomorrow night and guidance will be notified so schedules can be adjusted.  Anyone in "Treble Jazz Choir" will be in the "Jazz Workshop" section and anyone in the Mixed Vocal Jazz Ensemble will be in the "Honors Jazz Choir" section.

-  Mixed Vocal Jazz Ensemble will have after school rehearsals beginning next week.  Rehearsals will be on Tuesday evenings -- time will be announced very soon

-  I have uploaded mp3 clips to the FHS Choir Dropbox.  These clips are for the October, November, and December concerts for Concert Choir and both Jazz Choirs.  You will be receiving a lot of music over the next week or so which will include all fall concert music.

-  Once again if you have not connected to Dropbox and subscribed to this website yet, please do so.

-  I am aiming to start uploading part tracks by next week.

-  We will begin having after school sectionals very soon -- we will discuss this in class.  I am currently looking at Friday's right after school until 2:40.  Those that cannot attend the sectional will need to schedule a time to meet with me to work 1 on 1.

-  New singers will need to fitted for and purchase a choir dress.  I will be coordinating with upperclassman leaders and will be scheduling a time soon to get you fitted.

See you in rehearsal!

-Mr. Raymond

Tuesday, September 1, 2015

First Day Updates

Students:

It was a pleasure meeting all of you today!  It's going to be a great year, we have a lot of music to dive in to over the next couple of weeks, first we just have to get some logistical items out of the way.

Once again, make sure you subscribe to the blog by entering your email address to the right.  This is a class requirement for Concert Choir and both Jazz Choirs.

I have begun sending out Dropbox invites.  When you see yours in your email, log in to Dropbox and "accept" the invite, this will allow me to confirm that you are in the shared dropbox group.  On Dropbox please ONLY view or download the files, do not move or delete any files or folders.  If you did not receive an invite, I either do not have your email address, or I did not type your email address in correctly, please notify me.  This is also a class requirement for all choirs.

The mp3 file of the Jazz Choir audition song (Autumn Leaves) is in the dropbox folders for both jazz choirs.  Treble Jazz Choir members will audition during class Thursday and Mixed Jazz members will audition next Tuesday.

Finally, after discussing the matter with some of the leaders, I have decided to stay with the choir dresses that you used last year.  Any girls who are freshman or new to chorus will need to order a dress.  I will be coordinating with the student leaders to help those new students get dresses.

Also, feel free to follow the FHS Choir Twitter: @foxborochoir

Great to meet you all, can't wait to get singing!
--Mr. Raymond

Monday, August 31, 2015

Welcome Students

Foxborough High School Vocal Music Students and Parents:

Welcome to the new website of the FHS Vocal Music Program!  This website will serve to keep you updated and informed on all matters related to the vocal music ensembles, festivals, auditions, etc.  Please subscribe to this website by entering in your email address to the left.  By subscribing you will receive an email whenever a new post goes up.  Your email address will never be shared or published online at any time.  If you ever have any questions related to a post, feel free to ask your question below or see me in school.

For your social media purposes:

New FHS Vocal Department Twitter:  @foxborochoir
FHS Vocal Dept. Email Address: foxborochoir@gmail.com

Dropbox: Please make sure I have your email address so I can share the Dropbox with you

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All concert choir and vocal jazz students are required to be subscribed to this website and connected to the Dropbox account.  Following the FHS Vocal twitter account is optional/encouraged

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Over the next few days stayed tuned for updates.  All vocal jazz students will be auditioning and placed in either the Mixed Vocal Jazz Ensemble or Treble Jazz Choir.  This may require some schedule changing potentially.  I will work directly with any student who's schedule is impacted.  This audition ensures the correct placement of singers in the appropriate ensemble.

Please clear out dates of performances/auditions/festivals.  The calendar is posted on this website.

Keep an eye out on the dropbox account as I will be posting mp3 files and part tracks soon.

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Looking forward to a fantastic school year!  More updates to come...

--Mr. Raymond