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