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

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

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.

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


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


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


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

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

-  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!


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