Monday, December 26, 2016

Part Track Updates

Singers:

I hope each of you had a wonderful weekend and are enjoying your holiday break.

Just wanted to give you the heads up, Part Tracks for Three Madrigals, Ave Verum, and Muie Rendera are now uploaded to Dropbox via the Part Tracks folder under Concert Choir.  Reference recordings for all Spring Curriculum can be found there as well.  I highly encourage you to be actively listening to these tracks throughout the week!

Also as I mentioned before the break.  Stile Antico--one the greatest early music choirs in the world--is coming to Boston on February 24.   For information including how to purchase tickets, visit their website at: http://www.stileantico.co.uk/concerts

If you can afford the ticket price and are able to get up to Boston, I would definitely encourage you to go! You can also check out some of their many fantastic albums on their website!  This would be a great way to learn about singing Early/Renaissance Era Choral Music and hear it sung at the highest level by some of the finest choral singers on the planet.

Have a wonderful week, keep an eye out for further updates regarding part tracks and more,

Mr. Raymond

Thursday, December 22, 2016

Caroling On The Common Tonight!

Caroling On The Common
This is a Foxboro Community Tradition! (not a required/graded event)
Thursday December 22nd at 6:00pm on the Common
This is a fun town event where we gather to sing classic holiday favorites!
Come help lead the community members/children in singing!
Sponsored by the Foxboro Jaycees!  

Hope to See you There!!!
-Mr. Raymond

Monday, December 19, 2016

Assembly Concert Tuesday

Singers:

Please come to school in your concert attire!
You will not have time to change before the concert!

We will warm-up together in the Choir Room first block and then we will proceed down to the Auditorium for a walk-through of the performance.

BE READY to sing by memory Acapella: 
Esto Les Digo 
Break Forth
Colder Weather
Hallelujah, Amen
Homage To Leonin (will happen at one of the performances)

Energy, Expression, Breath Support!  
Let's Rock Our Final Performance of 2016!!!

-Mr. Raymond

Sunday, December 18, 2016

Weekly Updates December 19-23

Choir Weekly Updates: Final Week Of December!

AFTER SCHOOL SCHEDULE THIS WEEK:
Monday: Tenor and Bass
Tuesday: Soprano and Alto
Wednesday: Senior District Practice
Thursday: Senior District Practice/Makeup Sectional

TUESDAY: ASSEMBLY PERFORMANCES
The Day's Schedule Will Go Period 1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6
The Assembly Performances Will Take Place During Second Block (per. 2)
There Will Be Two Separate Performances (8:25-9:20, 9:30-10:25)

Our Program Will Be 3-4 Songs From The Following:
Break Forth O Beauteous Heavenly Light
Esto Les Digo
Colder Weather
Hallelujah, Amen
Homage To Leonin -- this will be sung, we will take the outside isles this time

THURSDAY: Caroling On The Common
This is a Foxboro Community Tradition! (not a required/graded event)
Thursday December 22nd at 6:00pm on the Common (Rain = Library)
This is a fun town event where we gather to sing classic holiday favorites!
Come help lead the community members/children in singing!
Sponsored by the Foxboro Jaycees!  

Spring Repertoire Part Assignments
All part assignments for the Spring curriculum have been emailed
Recordings are now up on Dropbox
Part Tracks will be posted soon
Please let me know if you have any questions!
Goal: Learn All Part/Harmonies and Rhythms By End Of January 

Have a FANTASTIC final School Week of 2016!!
-Mr. Raymond

Thursday, December 15, 2016

Concert Tonight!

2016 Winter Concert Tonight!

CALL TIME: 6:00pm, Concert Black Dress, Striped Ties, Necklaces

PERFORMANCE ORDER:
Break Forth O Beauteous Heavenly Light
Northern Lights
Hallelujah, Amen
Colder Weather
Betelehemu

REMINDERS:
Big Visual Energy, Expressive Engaged Faces At ALL Times
Full Breath, Sing Out Confidently
Focused Air Energy, Aim Your Resonance
Stand Tall With Pride
Listen To Your Section Members and Balance
"DANCE" during Betelehemu, STOMP on the unified rhythm, SHOW the joyful spirit
HAVE FUN!!!

Can't wait to take part in this performance experience with you!

-Mr. Raymond

Monday, December 12, 2016

Concert Week Updates!

Happy Concert Week!  Busy Week Ahead!

Make sure you have your concert attire clean and ready for Thursday's Performance!
Please make sure you are getting plenty of rest and taking care of your voices.

THIS WEEK AFTER SCHOOL:
Monday: Tenor and Bass
Tuesday: Alto and Soprano
Wednesday: FCA Holiday Party Choir Practice
Thursday: Sectional Makeup
Friday: Senior District Festival Practice

"I still NEED VOLUNTEERS for the "Holiday Party Choir" for the Foxboro Cable Access annual holiday party, Wednesday (6-7pm), short after school rehearsal on Wednesday sing easy holiday songs and choir pieces!

Performance Days!
Ahern 5th Grade Concert: December 13 @ 6:30pm
FCA Holiday Party Caroling Choir: December 14 6:00-7:00pm
Assembly Performances: December 20
Caroling On The Common: December 22

Friday, December 9, 2016

Friday Updates

Singers:

First, thank you to those of you who came out last night to hear and support the 8th grade singers and Ms. Shetler! It was greatly appreciated by all!

Second thank you to those who came early to help with risers today--much appreciated!

Lots of positive takeaways from this morning's rehearsal!  It is a tough space to sing in acoustically but you guys are working hard and you're on track.  Keep working hard on those tricky harmony sections in Colder Weather and Northern Lights overall focused air and expressive energy.  It would be best if we could do it by memory!  This will take weekend practice and work.  I'm in the process of uploading today's video of colder weather to YouTube to share with you all.

NEXT WEEK AFTER SCHOOL:
Monday: Tenor and Bass
Tuesday: Alto and Soprano
Wednesday: FCA Holiday Party Choir
Thursday: Sectional Makeup
Friday: Senior District Festival Practice

"Holiday Party Choir" for the Foxboro Cable Access annual holiday party, 
Wednesday (6-7pm), short after school rehearsal- sing easy holiday songs and choir pieces!

LOOKING AHEAD...
Winter Concert: December 15 (next Week)
Ahern 5th Grade Concert: December 13 @ 6:30pm
FCA Holiday Party Caroling Choir: December 14 6:00-7:00pm
Assembly Performances: December 20
Caroling On The Common: December 22

MICCA/Spring Curriculum (starts next Friday)
(Start listening and searching YouTube for recordings)
Three Madrigals - Emma Lou Diemer
Ave Verum Corpus - William Byrd
Nothin Gonna Stumble My Feet - Gilpin
Ballade To The Moon - Daniel Elder
Fresh and Fearless - Daniel Elder
O My Luves Like A Red, Red Rose - David Dickau
*Womens*
Mainacht - Brahms
There Will Come Soft Rains - Memley
Autumn - Daley

Thursday, December 8, 2016

Ahern 8th Grade Concert Tonight! 6:30pm

Some Midweek Updates:

Ahern 8th Grade Concert Tonight 6:30pm!  Please go out and show your support!

One Week To Go Until The FHS Winter Concert!!

- Soprano Sectional Today (Thursday) After School
- Tour Check #2 Is Due
- Concert Choir Rehearsal In The Auditorium On Friday
- Senior Baby Pictures into Julia By Friday

Next Week I need volunteers to form a "Holiday Party Choir" for the Foxboro Cable Access annual holiday party!  This is a wonderful way to give back and show our appreciation for video recording all of our concerts and being so supportive of our program!  It will only be an hour (6-7pm), and we will sing easy holiday songs and choir pieces.  Please try to come and sing along if you can make it Wednesday December 14, 6-7pm!

LOOKING AHEAD...
Winter Concert: December 15 (1 more Week)
Ahern 5th Grade Concert: December 13 @ 6:30pm
FCA Holiday Party Caroling Choir: December 14 6:00-7:00pm
Assembly Performances: December 20
Caroling On The Common: December 22

Choir Step-up Night: Monday January 9

Sunday, December 4, 2016

Weekly Updates December 5-9

After School Schedule This Week 
(note Bass and Tenors have been switched)
MONDAY DEC 5: TENORS (In Choir Office -Music Wing)
TUESDAY DEC 6: ALTO (In Room 122)
WEDNESDAY DEC 7: BASS (In Choir Office -Music Wing)
THURSDAY DEC 8: SOPRANO (In Room 122)
FRIDAY: MAKEUP

- Tour Check #2 Is Due
- Ahern Grade 8 Choir Concert Thursday -- Please Attend If You Are Available
- Jazz Choir Tuesday Evening 6:30-8:00pm
- Concert Choir Rehearsal In The Auditorium On Friday
- Senior Baby Pictures into Julia ASAP

CONGRATULATIONS TO Amelia, Anya, Maddie, and Taegan for being accepted into the Junior District Choir!  Congratulations as well to the FHS instrumentalists and Ahern singers and instrumentalists that were also selected!

Next Week I will need volunteers to form a "Holiday Party Choir" for the Foxboro Cable Access annual holiday party!  This is a wonderful way to give back and show our appreciation for video recording all of our concerts and being so supportive of our program!  It will only be an hour (6-7pm), and we will sing easy holiday songs and choir pieces.  Please try to come and sing along if you can make it Wednesday December 14, 6-7pm!

LOOKING AHEAD...
Winter Concert: December 15 (2 weeks from Thursday)
Ahern 5th Grade Concert: December 13 @ 6:30pm
FCA Holiday Party Caroling Choir: December 14 6:00-7:00pm
Assembly Performances: December 20
Caroling On The Common: December 22

Choir Step-up Night: Monday January 9

Friday, December 2, 2016

Junior District Auditions Saturday

A HUGE good luck tomorrow to all of the Foxboro Musicians Auditioning for Junior Districts!

Ms. Shetler and I are both very proud of you

Quick reminder: Bus is rolling at 12:30 from the Ahern school, don't be late!
Dress Professionally: Dress Pants/Dresses, brighter colors, avoid scarves and overly distracting jewelry, wear comfortable shoes/flats.

The most important thing: don't be nervous and don't apologize if you make a mistake!
You have all prepared and worked, and you have no reason to be nervous!  If you make a mistake, keep moving no matter what.  Take your time and take a couple deep breaths before you start. 

Remember the audition starts the minute you walk into the room so you want to carry yourself with confidence.  

The first thing that goes when you are nervous or hyped up is your breath support.  So if you stay relaxed, and use your air effectively without taking extra breaths or breathing in the middle of words/phrases, and you focus on making music and singing with the recording with a carefree, pleasant expression, I think each of you should do very well!

Very proud of you all, and look forward to seeing you do your best tomorrow!

-Mr. Raymond

Thursday, December 1, 2016

Important Midweek Updates!

MIDWEEK UPDATES...

Junior District Auditions: December 3rd (audition time 2:30pm)
Departure Time 12:30 from Ahern
Professional Attire: Dresses/Dress Pants, lighter color tones with comfortable dress shoes/flats, avoid scarves and excess jewelry, hair tied back/out of your face

Next Week's After School Schedule Has Changed--Please Take Note!
MONDAY DEC 5: BASS (In Choir Office)
TUESDAY DEC 6: ALTO (In Room 122)
WEDNESDAY DEC 7: TENOR (In Choir Office)
THURSDAY DEC 8: SOPRANO (In Room 122)
FRIDAY: MAKEUP

Tour Check #2 Is NOW Due

Senior Baby Pictures into Julia

RULES FOR AHERN CHOIR VISITORS
Anyone that is going to Ahern to assist Ms. Shetler and provide leadership must:
- Email Ms. Shetler before every visit
- Sign in with the office and get a visitor badge
- Remember that you are NOT A MEMBER of the ensemble, you are a MENTOR and a ROLE MODEL
- You MUST be positive and encouraging of EVERYONE at ALL TIMES
- If Ms. Shetler asks you to do anything, you need to listen, and assist her

LOOKING AHEAD...
Winter Concert: December 15 (2 weeks from Thursday)
Ahern 8th Grade Concert: December 8 @ 6:30pm
Ahern 5th Grade Concert: December 13 @ 6:30pm
FCA Holiday Party Caroling Choir: December 14
Assembly Performances: December 20
Caroling On The Common: December 22
Choir Step-up Night: Monday January 9

Sunday, November 27, 2016

Important Weekly Updates!

WEEKLY NEWS AND UPDATES:

Now is the time to start really ramping up your preparations and practice time in anticipation of our upcoming Winter Concert!  

AFTER SCHOOL SCHEDULE:
Wednesday: Sectionals: Tenor & Bass (Middle School Select Choir for any ladies available)
Thursday: Sectional Makeup
Friday: Junior District Practice

Tuesday Evening Vocal Jazz Rehearsal: 6:30-8:00pm

Tour Check #2 Is Due Thursday

RECITAL: Thursday December 1, 7:00pm

Junior District Auditions: December 3rd (audition time 2:30pm)
Departure Time 12:30 from Ahern
Professional Attire: Dresses/Dress Pants, lighter color tones with comfortable dress shoes/flats, avoid scarves and excess jewelry, hair tied back/out of your face:

Senior Baby Pictures into Julia

LOOKING AHEAD...
Winter Concert: December 15 (2 weeks from Thursday)
Ahern 8th Grade Concert: December 8 @ 6:30pm
Ahern 5th Grade Concert: December 13 @ 6:30pm
Choir Step-up Night: Monday January 9

Sunday, November 20, 2016

Thanksgiving Week Updates

THANKSGIVING WEEK UPDATES

- Vocal Jazz Ensemble Rehearsal Tuesday Evening 6:30-8:00

- No Regular Sectional This Week: Makeup Sectionals After School Tuesday

- Freshmen: PLEASE Consider auditioning for Junior Districts!  This would be an excellent opportunity for you to audition for a festival, and to be around/inspire the younger auditioners who are likely nervous (some of whom are auditioning for the first time).  This is your chance to start becoming a role model.  This is also a chance for you to try to be a part of an honors music festival this year where you would get to learn new music and work with a guest conductor!

- Pep Rally Wednesday: The Concert Choir will sing the National Anthem
Please wear your Choir Shirts!

Congratulations to the following singers who have been accepted to the Senior District Choir:

Ryan McCormack - All-State Recommendation
Jake Parkman - All-State Recommendation
Carly Rayburg
Jessica Hoyt
Emily Kaeser

I am very proud of everyone who auditioned.  I felt everyone was prepared, and whether you made it or not, I hope this was a learning experience for all involved.  There were positive aspects to everyone's audition, as well as things to work on going forward. Congratulations to those who were accepted.

See you in rehearsals!
-Mr. Raymond


Tuesday, November 15, 2016

Senior Districts Auditions Update

Students Auditioning for Senior Districts:

The auditions are this Saturday, November 19th at King Philip HS
The bus will leave FHS at 12:20pm for our 1:45pm audition time

Dress professionally: 
Men wear Ties/Dress Pants, Dark Shoes and Socks
Women wear Dresses/Dress Pants, consider lighter color tones with comfortable dress shoes/flats, avoid scarves and overly-distracting jewelry

Remember to be in "audition mode" as soon as you walk into the room.  The confident demeanor should start the second you walk in the room.  NEVER apologize for anything either before, during, or after your audition!!  Believe in yourself and your abilities.  If you make a mistake DONT STOP--keep going and avoid making faces or apologizing.  

Before you start, take deep breaths and mentally and physically focus yourself.  Take your time on the first breath, and work on staying relaxed--don't allow nerves to cause you to wander your eyes around or fidget with your hands.  Just enjoy the music, sing with a light-hearted expression, and trust your preparation. 

Before you sight sing, take your time, don't let adrenaline cause you to start before your ready.  Take time to establish the key in your head (sing up to Sol and down to Sol).  Look for any tricky skips or rhythms before you start.  Count off the melody in your head slowly and once you begin, don't stop!

Proud of you all!  I'll be there with you through the audition process.  Let me know if you have any questions or are unclear about anything,

Mr. Raymond

Monday, November 14, 2016

Week 10: Districts Audition Week

Week 10: Senior Districts Audition Week

After School Schedule This Week: (all room 122)
MONDAY: Senior District Practice (w/Ms. Shetler)
TUESDAY: Soprano/Alto Sectional
WEDNESDAY: Student-led District Practice 
THURSDAY: Tenor/Bass Sectional
FRIDAY: FINAL District Practice

SENIOR DISTRICTS AUDITIONS SATURDAY
Meetup Time Will Be Announced Very Soon (approx noon)
We Will Travel By Bus To King Philip
Dress Appropriately -- Men Wear Ties

Next Week: We Will Sing The National Anthem at the Pep Rally Nov 23rd
Wear Your Choir Shirts

New Jazz Curriculum Starting This Week
Jazz Choir:
Billies Bounce
Someday My Prince Will Coming
When You Say Nothing At All

Vocal Jazz Ensemble:
In Your Eyes
Tight
You Don't Know What Love Is
Holocene
Back In The High Life Again

Freshmen: Start During In Your Junior Districts Forms
Group Audition Practices @Ahern Every Thursday

Looking Ahead...
- Saturday December 3, Junior Districts Auditions (for Freshmen)
- Thursday December 15, Winter Concert

Thursday, November 10, 2016

Fall Jazz Tonight!

Jazz Choir, Vocal Jazz Ensemble, and Jazz Combo

Important Updates For Today

After School WorkshopPlease go right to the Auditorium at the end of the school day
The following ensembles will work with Marcus: Vocal Jazz Ensemble, Jazz Ensemble, Jazz Combo
We will start and stop the tunes and sections that Marcus plays on
Following the three ensembles, we will all meet on stage for a brief discussion session with Marcus
Following the Clinic, all jazz students are invited to a special dinner at Caroline Wheatley's house

Song/Soloist Order:Jazz Choir:I Remember You (Emily solo, Dom Improv solo),
Phase Dance (Taegan solos, Mario Improv over CODA)


Vocal Jazz Ensemble:"Set 1" Signed Sealed Delivered (Caleigh melody solo, Molly Improv solo),
Aint No Sunshine (Ryan Melody, Mario solo, Marcus Printup At End)
"Set 2"
Here Comes The Sun (Carly/Molly melody solo, Marcus Printup improv solo),
Basically Blues (RJ Bass solo out front 2X), Dom solo second after melody (up to the regular solo section), Marcus Printup Last (2x) -- Backgrounds every other time!)
(I've Decided to Forgo Scat Solos on Basically Blues for this particular Concert -- we'll add them for future performances)


Combo Set:Speak No Evil: Melody, Caroline, Dom, Marcus, Mitch-2 A's, Melody AAB, Abrupt Ending
One By One: Dom, Caroline, Mario, Marcus, Full Head Out, Hold Concert AbMaj7#11 Last Chord


SINGER REMINDERS (6 Points):1) Physical and Breath Energy!2) Attack Harmonies With Confidence3) Don't Over-Sing, Listen Listen Listen!4) Maintain Your Focus From Beginning To End5) Exaggerate Lyrics, Be Clear With Your Words6) Perform Visually!  Be Expressive! Have Fun!

After the Concert we will take Group Pictures!  Then I will need helping clearing the stage.

See you later today,
Mr. Raymond

Wednesday, November 9, 2016

Mid-Week Updates

Students:

Turn in your districts forms (Senior and Junior Districts!)
Tour Check #1 Is Now Past Due

DISTRICTS PRACTICE:
Districts Wednesday After School
(Select Choir Ahern Wednesday: 2:30-3:20, please go if you can!)

JAZZ NIGHT THURSDAY (7:00pm): featuring jazz superstar Marcus Printup!!!
Jazz Students: There will be a workshop/clinic with our guest artist in the auditorium at the end of the school day--make sure you get right down as soon as you can
After The Clinic: there will be a dinner provided at Caroline Wheatley's house for all jazz students involved in the concert, this will be a chance to meet and speak with our guest artist!
Wear Your Jazz Shirts to School Thursday

PLEASE attend this concert!! It should be an incredible night of music!

Looking ahead...
- Saturday November 19, Senior Districts Auditions
- Saturday December 3, Junior Districts Auditions (for Freshmen)
- Thursday December 15, Winter Concert

Sunday, November 6, 2016

Week 9: Jazz Fest Week!

Students:

Turn in your districts forms (Senior and Junior Districts!)

SECTIONAL SCHEDULE 
Districts Monday & Wednesday

LSDO Workshop Day Tuesday
All Choir Members Please Be In The Ahern Auditorium by 12:45 
We will go from 1:00-2:30pm
Plan to carpool or be dropped off, parking will be very limited (no parking in the first two rows near the gym entrace--these will be for voters only
Thank you SO MUCH for volunteering your time to help improve music education!!!

Both Jazz Choirs: Rehearsal Tuesday Night (6:00: Jazz Choir, 6:40: Vocal Jazz Ensemble)

JAZZ NIGHT THURSDAY (7:00pm): featuring jazz superstar Marcus Printup!!!
Jazz Students: There will be a workshop/clinic with our guest artist in the auditorium at the end of the school day--make sure you get right down as soon as you can
After The Clinic: there will be a dinner provided at Caroline Wheatley's house for all jazz students involved in the concert, this will be a chance to meet and speak with our guest artist!

PLEASE attend this concert!! It should be an incredible night of music!

- Tour Check #1 Is Now Due- Make sure you have all the Winter Pieces, and create a playlist with recordings from Dropbox

Looking ahead...
- Saturday November 19, Senior Districts Auditions
- Saturday December 3, Junior Districts Auditions (for Freshmen)
- Thursday December 15, Winter Concert

Thursday, November 3, 2016

Thursday Updates

THURSDAY UPDATES

- Turn in your Senior Districts form and money ASAP -- Very Important!!!
- Junior District Forms will be given out in rehearsal tomorrow, please turn them in as soon as you can!
- SECTIONAL SCHEDULE -- 

Alto Sectional Today, Makeup Sectional Friday (for Sopranos/Altos)
Next Week: Districts Monday & Wednesday, Bass and Tenor Thursday
Cookout!  Meeting Friday at 4:30pm at Ahern, Cookout starts at 4:45, then national anthem rehearsal after that, and then we sing altogether at the game 6:30pm
Wear Your Choir Shirts (and/or Athletic Jersey)
LSDO Professional Day Next Tuesday
Please Meet At the Ahern Auditorium by 12:45 
Plan to carpool or be dropped off, parking will be very limited
We will go from 1:00-2:30pm

- Tour Check #1 Is Now Due
- Make sure you have all the Winter Pieces, and create a playlist with recordings from Dropbox

- One Week Until The Fall Jazz Fest Concert! 
Thursday November 10, 7:00pm, mark your calendars!

Looking ahead...
- Tuesday November 8, LSDO Professional Day 12:45-2:30, Ahern Auditorium
- Thursday November 10, Fall Jazz Concert, 7:00pm (featuring Marcus Printup)
- Saturday November 19, Senior Districts Auditions
- Saturday December 3, Junior Districts Auditions (for Freshmen)
- Thursday December 15, Winter Concert

Monday, October 31, 2016

Week 8 News and Notes

Singers, 

WEEK 8 NEWS AND NOTES

- Turn in your Districts form and money ASAP -- Very Important!!!

- SECTIONAL SCHEDULE -- 
Monday-Districts, Tuesday-Soprano, Wednesday-Districts, Thursday-Alto

- Friday--Cookout!  Meeting at 4:30pm at Ahern, Cookout starts at 4:45, then national anthem rehearsal after that, and then we sing altogether at the game 6:30pm (more details to come)

- Tour Check #1 Due This Week!

- Make sure you have all the Winter Pieces, and create a playlist with recordings from Dropbox

- 10 Days Until The Fall Jazz Fest Concert! Thursday November 10, 7:00pm 
mark your calendars!

Looking ahead...
- Tuesday November 8, LSDO Workshop, Choir goes to Ahern in the afternoon (details soon)
- Thursday November 10, Fall Jazz Concert, 7:00pm (featuring Marcus Printup)
- Saturday November 19, Senior Districts Auditions
- Thursday December 15, Winter Concert

Friday, October 28, 2016

Announcements!

Singers:

Congratulations to all of you on a memorable performance last night!  I am very proud of every one of you, including the level of professionalism you demonstrated in working with the singers from King Philip.

We are now moving into our Winter Curriculum along with our Curriculum for MICCA.  Please start to listen to the reference recordings on Dropbox as often as possible.

ANNOUNCEMENTS:

- Next Friday--Cookout!  Meeting at 4:00pm at Ahern, Cookout starts at 4:45, then national anthem rehearsal after that, and then we sing altogether at the game 6:30pm (more details to come)

- NEW SECTIONAL SCHEDULE -- posted on a tab on the top of the website, mark your dates!

- Turn in your Districts form and money on Monday -- Very Important!!!

- Tour Check #1 Due Next Week!  Now's the time to decide if you are going this year or not

- Come out to the Army Band and Choir Concert SUNDAY at 2:00pm, consider coming in to volunteer your time to assist, students are meeting at 10:30am (you won't be needed the whole time)

- Fall Jazz Fest is less than 2 weeks away: Thursday November 10 -- mark your calendars!


Have a wonderful weekend!  Enjoy yourselves, and start listening to the Winter Curriculum music--and ladies especially start listening to the Women's Pieces!

Very Proud Of You,
Mr. Raymond

Thursday, October 27, 2016

Schedule For This Afternoon

Concert Choir Singers:

Here is the schedule for this afternoon's rehearsal.  Please read it through, and be ready to help/assist accordingly:

3:00 KP arrives, we'll bring them to the auditorium, (they'll set their stuff down in the chairs)
3:15, Combined Choir full warmup on the risers
3:30, Combined Rehearsal on Magnificat Begins
4:45, Finish Magnificat Rehearsal, set the stage with Risers and Shells to the front
5:00, KP Singers Rehearse on risers
5:30-6:30, Dinner Break, time to Eat and Change (KP Singers will move their belongings to the Band Room, FHS Singers store your stuff in Room 122)
6:30, Choir Meeting and Warmup in the Band Room
7:00 Concert Begins (we will begin the Concert with FHS Choir on Risers--not walking out, we will take a quick photo at the start and then get started)

See you after school!  Come right down to the Auditorium to help if you are available!  You won't need to change into concert attire until the dinner break.

Thanks,
Mr. Raymond

Tuesday, October 25, 2016

Concert Updates and Cookout Date

Singers:

The Fall Cookout Has Been Reschedule To Friday November 4 
(Time TBA--Likely Early Afternoon Around 4:00pm with game either 6 or 7pm)

Two more days until the Voices and Strings Fall Concert!!!

NOW IS THE TIME TO....
- Check and make sure your concert attire is clean and ready, and that you have black dress shoes!
- Get your Magnificat music in order in a black binder
-GET SLEEP and take care of yourself, drink water, rest, and stay healthy
- Bring in $5.00 if you are getting pizza/salad Thursday evening

THURSDAY:
- Dress Rehearsal: 3:15-5:30
- Dinner Break: 5:30-6:30
- Concert Warmup: 6:30
- Concert Begins: 7:00 (Order Will Be FHS Choir, KP Choirs, intermission, Orchestra, Vivaldi)
- (Wear Your Choir Shirt To School)

Sectional Makeup Tuesday After School
District Practice Wednesday After School

We will start our Winter Curriculum and MICCA selections for Concert Choir Friday!

See you in rehearsals...and remember...take care of yourselves and your voices!
Mr. Raymond

Monday, October 24, 2016

Concert Week Updates!

Singers:

WEEK 7 UPDATES:

After School This Week:
Monday: District Practice (Student Run)
Tuesday: Sectional Makeup (Anyone who missed a sectional)
Wednesday: District Practice
Thursday: Concert 

THURSDAY: CONCERT DAY
(Wear Your Choir Shirt To School)

Be Here From 3:15-5:30 For Afternoon Dress Rehearsal before the Concert.
Either Pack A Dinner *or* 
Pizza and Salad Will Be Available for purchase...if you want some please bring $5.00

PLEASERemember to take care of yourselves and your voices! Get a lot of sleep this week and next week.  Conserve your voices, drink water, and rest.  In rehearsal, make sure you are mentally preparing yourself for performance by using a lot of air and breath support and singing out confidently with exceptional vowel shapes and proper balanced positioning.

See You In Rehearsals!  Invite People To The Concert!
Let Me Know If You Need Guest Passes

-Mr. Raymond

Friday, October 21, 2016

Halloween Party!

Concert Choir Students:

I want to send you out a reminder about the Halloween Party coming up tomorrow from 6-9pm.

Our social chair, Kelli McCarthy has coordinated a fun social event (Halloween Party) for this Saturday, from 6-9pm at the South Foxboro Community Center located on the corner of South St. and North Grove St.

This party is not school sponsored or affiliated, and attendance (while encouraged) is entirely optional and voluntary.  The event is a fun, social gathering, and is taking place in a public space.  While I trust that you are all mature enough to make good choices, you are responsible for your actions for this event which includes being respectful of the Community Center Hall.

Even though this is not a school affiliated event, you are expected to abide by all school rules.  Kelli's parents have graciously offered to supervise the event, which will include games, snacks, pizza, and more.  

This is a costume party, so feel free to dress up, however no masks!

Please see the emailed flyer for further details.  Kelli would like the grades to bring the following items:
FRESHMAN: snacks (chips, fruit, ex.)
SOPHOMORES: desserts (cookies, cupcakes, ex.)
JUNIORS: candy (M&Ms, candy corn, ex.)
SENIORS: drinks (soda, water, ex.)

Have fun, make good decisions, and enjoy yourselves!
Just under a week now until our first concert!

-Mr. Raymond

Tuesday, October 18, 2016

Midweek Updates!

Singers:

A few important Midweek Updates please read carefully:

Sectionals Remaining This Week:
Wednesday-Alto, Thursday-Tenors, Friday-Bass

THIS THURSDAY: REHEARSAL @ KING PHILIP
Bus Leaves at 5:30pm, Return to FHS at 8:00pm
Bring Water/Water Bottle and Music
Dress Respectably
Take The Opportunity To Meet Someone New From KP!

NEXT THURSDAY: CONCERT DAY
All Students Should Be Here From 3:15-5:30 For Afternoon Dress Rehearsal before the Concert.
Either Pack A Dinner *or* 
Pizza and Salad Will Be Available for purchase...if you want some please bring $5.00

PLEASE: Remember to take care of yourselves and your voices! Get a lot of sleep this week and next week.  Conserve your voices, drink water, and rest.  In rehearsal, make sure you are mentally preparing yourself for performance by using a lot of air and breath support and singing out confidently with exceptional vowel shapes and proper balanced positioning.

See You In Rehearsals!  Good Work Today Sops/Altos in Your Sectional!
Let's Keep Working Hard!

-Mr. Raymond

Monday, October 17, 2016

Week 7 News and Notes

SECTIONALS/DISTRICTS: 
MONDAY: District Practice
TUESDAY: Soprano
WEDNESDAY: Alto
THURSDAY: Tenor
FRIDAY: Bass

Tuesday Night Jazz Choir 6:30-8:00pm 
(next week Treble 6:00-6:40 Mixed 6:40-8:00)

Thursday: Rehearsal At King Philip Bus Leaves 5:30 (return 8pm)

Friday: Cookout/Anthem Football Game With 8th Grade @ Ahern


Important Upcoming Dates
(next week) Thursday 10/27: FIRST CONCERT: Voices and Strings for Concert Choir
Thursday 11/10: Fall Jazz Concert: Jazz Choirs, Guest Artist: Marcus Printup
Saturday 11/19: Senior District Auditions

See you in rehearsals!
Mr. Raymond

Wednesday, October 12, 2016

Proud Of You!

Concert Choir:

I want to mention how proud I am of all of you in your first rehearsal combined with the orchestra!  It is really hard to sing on stage with full orchestra, and you held your own.  I know Ms. Tedoldi and I were really pressing you all for more air and more sound, but I want you to know that I was really pleased with how the first rehearsal combined went.

I got really positive feed back from the college students who were there observing, and Ms. Tedoldi said she was very impressed with the quality of the sound you are producing.

I hope you feel optimistic and positive about our rehearsal this morning.  It was promising!  Keep working on your confidence, air, breath support, and projection, and I think this will be a fantastic concert!

I hope to see many of you at Senior District Practice Today!!!!  Anyone that comes to the practice will get their shirt today (provided that they come in)--everyone else will get there's tomorrow in rehearsal.

Thanks Singers!!! YOU ROCK!! I am proud of you,

Mr. Raymond

Tuesday, October 11, 2016

Week 6 News and Notes

Week 6 News and Notes:

SECTIONALS: (no makeup sectionals this week)
TUESDAY: Soprano and Alto
THURSDAY: Tenor and Bass

DISTRICT PRACTICE:
Wednesday After School 2-2:45pm (off to Ahern select choir rehearsal after that)

Tuesday Night Jazz Choir 6:30-8:00pm

Important Upcoming Dates
(next week)Thurs 10/20: Rehearsal at KPHS, Bus Departs FHS at 5:30 (return 8pm)
(next week)Friday 10/21: Cookout/Anthem Football Game With 8th Grade @Ahern
Thursday 10/27: FIRST CONCERT: Voices and Strings for Concert Choir
Thursday 11/10: Fall Jazz Concert: Jazz Choirs, Guest Artist: Marcus Printup
Saturday 11/19: Senior District Auditions

See you in rehearsals!
Mr. Raymond