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)