Monday, August 21, 2017

Curriculum and August Updates!

Two weeks away from our first rehearsals of the year!

The Choir Summer Session will take place this Friday, August 25 at 6:30pm.  This is an informal and entirely optional get-together for anyone in choir (section leaders are strongly encouraged to attend).  We will discuss the school year, put folders together, listen to some of the music, and then watch the marching band preview show!  Bring some goodies and drinks if you'd like!

The 2017-2018 Choir and Vocal Jazz Curriculums are now complete!  They have been posted on the website tabs, as well as emailed out.  Part assignments for Fall 2017 were also emailed out today.  If you did not receive a part assignment and/or curriculum document, please email me at: raymondb@foxborough.k12.ma.us and I will email it out to you.

Recordings and Part Tracks are being continuously updated on Dropbox throughout the week for both Choir and Jazz.  If you are not currently connected to Dropbox and would like to be connected before the start of the school year, please email me at the above link, and I will get you connected!  It's a really good idea to start listening to the recordings before the first rehearsal...this will really help you start the year prepared!

As always, if you have any questions, or need access to Dropbox files or part assignments, please email me: raymondb@foxborough.k12.ma.us

See you soon!
-Mr. Raymond

Tuesday, August 8, 2017

Highlights from 2016-2017!

Summer Updates and Jazz Curriculum!

Students, I hope you are all having a wonderful summer!

-  There will be a lot of updates coming this week and next.  The Concert Choir curriculum is almost complete, and will be posted hopefully by the end of the week.  When the curriculum gets posted, I will have recordings and eventually part tracks on Dropbox!

-  Three different recordings of the Faure Requiem are now posted on Dropbox as well as a digital version of the choral score that you will get on the first day of school.  Part tracks will be coming this week!

-  Choir summer meetup will be on the afternoon of Friday, August 25th--all are welcome, I would like all section leaders there if possible!

-  The Vocal Jazz curriculum for 2017-2018 is complete for now.  I've posted it below and on the above website tab.  It is subject to change, but this should give you a general idea of the overall curriculum.  Recordings are now on Dropbox.  Part tracks will be coming soon.  

-  First evening rehearsal for Vocal Jazz Ensemble is on the first day of school 
(Tuesday Sept 5, 6:30-8:00pm)

VOCAL JAZZ CURRICULUM 2017-2018

VOCAL JAZZ ENSEMBLE
FALL
Beautiful Friendship, arr. Falker
Shiny Stockings, arr. Rutherford
Rainy Days and Mondays, arr. Marsh
Centerpiece, arr. Marsh

WINTER
Lace Skull, arr. Marsh
Radio Song, arr. Marsh
When Sunny Gets Blue, arr. Rutherford

SPRING
I Can't Believe You're In Love With Me (w/Jazz Band)
Feelin' Good, arr. Marsh
Breathe Again, arr. Marsh
Nakamarra
Big Brown Eyes

LAB JAZZ CHOIR
FALL
Travlin' Light
It Had To Be You
Little Hummingbird
Bring On The Wonder
WINTER/SPRING
Boppin On Maine Street
If I Should Lose You
Chasing The Sun

Wednesday, July 19, 2017

July Summer Updates!

Happy Summer!

I hope you are all well!  Thank you to those of you who helped out with SIMC...you rock!  Just wanted to pass along a couple quick updates.  

First, keep an eye out on Dropbox over the next week.  There will be several updates including curriculums for Choir, Vocal Jazz and Lab Jazz!  There are new charts for VJE posted now (Radio Song and Rainy Days and Mondays). Also, you will find Recordings and Part Tracks.  Over the summer, casual listening of the recordings and part tracks can help you be more prepared for the start of the year.

Second, our masterwork for the Fall is the Faure Requiem!  This is an incredible masterwork for choir, soloists, and orchestra!  You will love this experience.  We will once again be pairing with KPHS.  You can find a digital score and recording on Dropbox now! Part tracks to come in the next couple days.

The full performance calendar for 2017-2018 can be found on the website:  www.foxborochoir.blogspot.com

Finally, check your emails for updates regarding the Choir summer social event hosted by your Section Leaders (event was posted on Instagram)!

Have a wonderful summer...take some time to practice...and take some time to have fun and relax!  Can't wait to see you all again real soon!

Mr. Raymond

Thursday, July 6, 2017

Summer Updates!

Singers,

I hope you are having a wonderful, restful summer so far!

Remember to plan out a routine practice and listening schedule for yourself.  This will help you be very prepared coming into the fall.

Keep an eye on the Choir Dropbox over the next few weeks for updates--especially recordings.  I will post here as well when the curriculum for 2017-2018 is finished.  You can start by checking out Faure Requiem for Voices and Strings.

Our summer meet up will be August 25 (anyone can attend!).  More details to follow!

Have a fantastic summer, and if you're free next week...stop by SIMC and sing as a counselor!

Talk to you again soon,
- Mr. Raymond

Tuesday, June 20, 2017

Vocal Music Calendar 2017-2018

Here is our tentative Vocal Music Calendar for Foxboro High School 2017-2018:

FOXBORO VOCAL MUSIC CALENDAR 2017-2018
All dates, times, and performances are subject to change
This calendar will be updated routinely to reflect any changes that arise

Note: these are only the major department performance and event dates, as well as every event involving students from the vocal music ensembles. For additional instrumental and orchestral dates including Stringfest and Bandorama, check the music department website--there you will find a master calendar of ALL music department performances and events

August 25: Choir Summer Session
September TBA: Bottle and Can Drive Fundraiser
October TBA: Fall Cookout With 8th Grade Musicians/National Anthem Football
October 26: Voices and Strings Concert: Concert Choir
November 9: Fall Jazz Concert: Jazz Choirs
November 18: SE Senior District Auditions            
November TBA: FMA Recital Night: Singers
December 2: SE Junior District Auditions
December 14: Winter Concert: Concert Choir
December 21: JC’s Caroling on the Common: Singers
January 5-6: SE Senior District Festival
January 8: Choir Step-Up Night: 6:30pm, 8th Grade/Concert Choir
January 20: All-State Auditions
January 25: Winterfest Concert (involves Band and Orchestra)
February 10: Berklee High School Jazz Festival: Vocal Jazz
March 1-3: All-State Music Festival
March 8: Choralpalooza 2018: 6:30pm: Concert Choir plus Ahern
March 9-11: Junior District Music Festival
March 22: Spring Concert: Concert Choir
March 23-24: MICCA Festival: Choir Ensembles
April 25-29: Festivals of Music Tour: Concert Choir and Vocal Jazz
May 9: Spring Jazz Fest: Jazz Choirs
May 5-6: POPS 2018: Choir/Vocal Jazz: FHS GYM (7:00pm 5/5, 1:00pm 5/6)
May 24: Chamber Spring Concert: Chamber Choir, Treble Choir
May 25: FMA Pot Luck Supper: 6:30pm

Sunday, June 18, 2017

Finals Week Updates!

Hello Singers,

Best of luck on all of your finals this week! 
A few important updates:


1)  Choir Final Assessment Due Monday!
Email it raymondb@foxborough.k12.ma.us or at foxborochoir@gmail.com
All recordings must have the following:
 - 1 Major Scale of your choice
- 1 Chromatic Scale (recommend all ladies start on G, boys on E)
- 1 Song with recording either: My Heart Is Offered, Sicut Cervus, or I Know A Young Maiden


1) It is still not too late to join Jazz Camp or SIMC for Summer 2017 

Jazz Camp open to all singers (June 19-23)

SIMC music camp HS counselors (June 26-July 14) 
Come and sing...whatever week or weeks you are available

3)  Create for yourself a "choir summer goals" sheet or journal
The summer offers a great time to practice your singing and listen to recordings without the intense commitments that you have during the school year.  I encourage you to set tangible goals that you can work on over the summer, so you can come in for September more advanced then you were in June.  This is especially important for new section leaders!  If you want your section to improve...you must improve!!

4)  I am THRILLED to announce that our Voices and Strings Masterwork for Fall 2017 will be Gabriel Faure's Requiem.  I will have many more details to come in the next couple of weeks!  To get you started, please check out the sample video on Youtube (complete with digital sheet music!!)
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=TtJeTMRzn8A
Have a great final week!
-Mr. Raymond

Sunday, June 11, 2017

June 12-16: Weekly Updates!

Singers, as we approach our final full week of the school year, I have some important updates for you:

1) Have you decided upon your summer music plans yet?  If you are available...have you registered yet?

Please Register!!
Jazz Camp open to all singers (June 19-23)

SIMC music camp HS counselors (June 26-July 14) 
Come and sing...whatever week or weeks you are available

2)  Choir Final Assessment Due in 1 week!  Due Date: Monday June 19th
Email it here or at foxborochoir@gmail.com
All recordings must have the following:
 - 1 Major Scale of your choice
- 1 Chromatic Scale (recommend all ladies start on G, boys on E)
- 1 Song with recording either: My Heart Is Offered, Sicut Cervus, or I Know A Young Maiden

3)  Voice Recitals Tuesday and Friday!
Jessica Hoyt Voice Recital Tuesday, Carly Rayburg Voice Recital on Friday (with guests from Choir!)
Come support your colleagues!!!

4)  Final Vocal Jazz Session: Tuesday 5:00-6:30pm
Good Luck To Everyone Auditioning This Week

5)  Create for yourself a "choir summer goals" sheet or journal
The summer offers a great time to practice your singing and listen to recordings without the intense commitments that you have during the school year.  I encourage you to set tangible goals that you can work on over the summer, so you can come in for September more advanced then you were in June.  This is especially important for new section leaders!  If you want your section to improve...you must improve!!

See you in rehearsals!  Let's make our final week count!

-Mr. Raymond

Monday, June 5, 2017

Weekly Updates June 5-9

- No sectionals this week--use this time to practice and prep for your recorded final

- Nows the time to schedule and register for your summer music plans! Register now!
Jazz Camp open to all singers (June 19-23)
SIMC music camp HS counselors

- Vocal Jazz Session, Tuesday June 6, 5:00-6:30pm

Voice Recital This Tuesday at 7:30pm (note the new time)

1) I have only received 3 Section Leader letters of intent.  If you want to be a section leader for 2017-2018, I am now asking that you submit your letter of intent by the end of the week (by Friday June 9) 
Remember, you must be a section leader in order to apply for an "E-Board position" in the fall

2) For your final assessment, I have uploaded tracks on Dropbox.  Please do the following:
- Record 1 Major Scale of your choosing
- Record 1 Chromatic Scale, starting on G (Basses start on C)
After the scales, record yourself singing either:
"My Heart Is Offered", "I Know A Young Maiden" or "Sicut Cervus"
Using the tracks from Dropbox

Monday, May 29, 2017

Weekly Updates May 29-June 2

Choir Updates May 29-June 2

As the year draws to a close, there are some important updates that I wish to draw your attention to:

- Nows the time to schedule and register for your summer music plans! Register now!
Jazz Camp open to all singers (June 19-23)
SIMC music camp HS counselors

- Vocal Jazz Info and Reading Session
Tuesday May 30, 6:30-8:00pm

- Final Exam will consist of a recorded vocal assessment that will be emailed to me, details will be revealed this week

- We will have one final week of sectionals next week June 5-9 in preparation for the recorded voice assessments that will count as your final exam. Sopranos (June 6), Tenor/Bass (June 7), Altos (June 8)

- Honors Vocal Jazz Ensemble Auditions for the upcoming year will take place June 12-14. Signup sheets will be posted this week (auditions will last about 20min, you can signup for a time slot for any of those days)

- Section leader letters of intent should be submitted at your earliest convienance if you are interested in applying to be a section leader for the upcoming school year

Let's finish the year strong and keep working to improve our vocal confidence, reading, sight singing, vowels, and technique!!

-Mr. Raymond

Wednesday, May 24, 2017

Concert Updates!

Tomorrow is the final concert of 2016-2017!
Chamber Choir and Women's Choir
(6pm Call Time, 6:30 Warmup)

Chamber Choir Rehearsal 
After School 2-2:45pm

Seniors: Please turn in any music that you have not turned in yet!  Ladies, please consider donating any concert attire that you do not plan on using again

Friday Banquet: 6:30pm Bring a Dish!
For ALL music students AND families!

See you tomorrow! Get some sleep tonight!
-Mr. Raymond

Monday, May 22, 2017

Choir Updates 5/22-5/26

Weekly Updates: May 22-26

Monday: Last official day for Seniors
Feel free to bring in any breakfast items!

Chamber Choir:
Rehearsals Tuesday and Thursday, 2-3pm

Vocal Jazz:
Recording Session Tuesday 6-8pm

Thursday Concert: 
Chamber Choir and Women's Choir
(6pm Call Time)

Friday Banquet:
For ALL music students AND families!

Sunday, May 14, 2017

Weekly Choir Updates May 15-19

Weekly Choir Updates May 15-19

May 25: Concert Program Order: 
Chamber: Farewell Dear Love, As Torrents In Summer, I Know A Young Maiden
Women:Mainacht, There Will Come Soft Rains, Autumn

Tuesday: Chamber Choir Rehearsal 2-3pm
Thursday: Chamber Choir Rehearsal 2-3pm

MONDAY May 23: VOCAL JAZZ ENSEMBLE RECORDING SESSION, 

Upcoming Events:
Vocal Jazz Recording Session: May 23
Chamber Concert Thursday May 25 (Chamber and Women's Choir)
FMA Music Banquet: Friday May 26

Saturday, May 6, 2017

Vocal Music Weekly Schedule

Concert Choir: We Will Focus This Week On Women's Choir and Chamber Choir Music For The Upcoming Chamber Concert: May 25
May 25 Program order: 
Chamber: Farewell Dear Love, As Torrents In Summer, I Know A Young Maiden
Women: Mainacht, There Will Come Soft Rains, Autumn

Vocal Jazz/Jazz Choir: Workshop after school Wednesday: 2-4pm, followed by a cookout at Caroline Wheatley's house

JAZZ CONCERT WEDNESDAY: 7:00pm START, Jazz Choir and Vocal Jazz Ensemble both perform along with Jazz Ensemble, Lab Jazz Band, Ahern Jazz Band, and Guest Artist Jeff Galindo!

Upcoming Schedule :
Tuesday: Chamber Choir Rehearsal 2-3pm, (In The Auditorium)

Jazz Choir Treble Rehearses With Rhythm: 5:30-6:30
Vocal Jazz Rehearses With Rhythm: 6:30-8:00

Wednesday: Jazz Workshop after school for Jazz Choir/VJE 2-4pm, followed by cookout and concert

Thursday: Chamber Choir Rehearsal 2-3pm (student-led, work in your sections)

MONDAY: May 15: VOCAL JAZZ ENSEMBLE RECORDING SESSION, 5:30-8:00!

Upcoming Events:
Spring Jazz Fest: Wednesday May 10, 7:00pm

Vocal Jazz Ensemble Recording Session: Monday May 15, 5:30-8:00pm

8th Grade Concert: Tuesday May 16, 6:30pm Ahern
Chamber Concert (Chamber/Women's Choir): Thursday May 25
FMA Music Banquet: Friday May 26

Tuesday, May 2, 2017

POPS Details

TENTATIVE POPS DETAILS:

Friday: POPS Decorating, After School (until approximately 9:00pm)
Come for as much as you can and be a part of the decorating and preparation

For Food, Choir Is To Bring: Fruit, Snack Veggies, Cheeses, Snacks

Saturday: CALL TIME VOCAL JAZZ: 5:30pm, CONCERT CHOIR: 6:00pm
Sunday: Call Time: VOCAL JAZZ 11:45am, CONCERT CHOIR: 12:00

TENTATIVE SET LISTS
Concert Choir BOTH DAYS:
Bright Morning Stars
O My Love
Muie Rendera
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Ballade To The Moon
Les Mis Medley
America The Beautiful

Vocal Jazz Saturday:
Signed, Sealed, Delivered
Holocene
Tight
On A Clear Day (w/Jazz Band)
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But Beautiful
Higher Ground

Vocal Jazz Sunday:
Tight
Holocene
In Your Eyes
On A Clear Day (w/Jazz Band)
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But Beautiful
Basically Blues

Sunday, April 30, 2017

Weekly Updates: POPS Week!

This upcoming week is a busy one!  Our POPS concert performances take place next weekend on a Saturday and Sunday!  On Friday evening, we need all the help we can get decorating for the event so please come and help!

Weekly schedule:
Tuesday: Chamber Choir 2-3pm
Wednesday: Tenor/Bass Sectional 2-3
Thursday: Sop/Alto Sectional 2-3

Evening Schedule:
Tuesday Evening: Treble Jazz 5:30-6:30, VJE 6:30-8
Wednesday Evening: Vocal Jazz with Jazz Band 6:30-7:15
Friday Evening: POPS Decorating Starting Right After School

Upcoming Events:
POPS: Saturday and Sunday May 6-7
Spring Jazz Concert: Wednesday May 10
Spring Chamber Concert: Thursday May 25
Banquet: Friday May 26

Sunday, April 23, 2017

Weekly Updates: Tour Week

Concert Choir:

I hope you have all had a wonderful, restful vacation!

Chamber Choir Rehearsal Tuesday 2:00-3:00pm
No other sectionals this week

Tour members: mandatory meeting Monday morning 6:50am in the band room!
(Check your email for additional updates)

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

Full sectional and chamber choir rehearsal schedule coming this week.

Upcoming Events:
Tour - April 26-30
Spring Jazz Concert - May 10
POPS 2017 - May 6-7
Spring Chamber Concert (Women's and Chamber Choir) - May 25
Spring FMA Pot Luck Banquet - May 26
Choir Recording Session - June TBA

Sunday, April 2, 2017

Weekly Updates April 2

This week, we begin preparing for the final performances of the year.  Attendance is very important!  On Monday we will look at new music.  Recordings are now on Dropbox.  Please listen to them tonight if you have a chance!  There will be a few new part assignments which you will get in the morning. 

The pieces are:
Let My Love Be Heard - Jake Runestad
Afternoon On A Hill - Eric William Barnum
Medley from Les Miserables - arr. Ed Lojeski (for POPS!)
America The Beautiful - arr. Carmen Dragon (with Band and Orchestra for POPS!)

This weeks sectionals:
Tuesday: Soprano
Wednesday: Tenor/Bass
Thursday: Alto

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

Next week Chamber Choir rehearsals will begin after school (Tuesday April 11).  
You will receive music and recordings this week!

TOUR MEMBERS: Please check your email tonight for important tour details including the itinerary!!!  PLEASE share this information with your parents, and forward them the email.

Upcoming Events:
Tour - April 26-30
Spring Jazz Concert - May 10
POPS 2017 - May 6-7
Spring Chamber Concert (Women's and Chamber Choir) - May 25
Spring FMA Pot Luck Banquet - May 26
Choir Recording Session - June TBA

Thursday, March 30, 2017

Important MICCA Update

- On Saturday We Will Meet At 9:45AM by the GYM DOORS out Front (canopy)
- Bus LEAVES at 10:00AM. 
- Get To FHS Early As There Will Likely Be LOTS Of People And Traffic
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MICCA CHOIR FESTIVAL: THIS SATURDAY (4/1) at Norwood High School
Our performance times are:
Concert Choir - 1:20pm
Women's Choir - 3:40pm
(Awards Ceremony - 5:20pm)
We will return to FHS between 6:00-6:30pm

There is a one-time festival admission fee for parents/family/friends 
($10, $5 student/senior citizen) to all MICCA performance sites which is valid for the entire weekend (Friday-Saturday) at all sites.

Also, quick reminder, Call Time Tonight For Singers is 6:00pm!

SPREAD the word about 9:45AM Gym Doors Meeting Time Saturday!

Wednesday, March 29, 2017

MICCA/Spring Concert Week Updates!

MICCA/SPRING CONCERT WEEK UPDATES
Take Care Of Your Voices and Get Plenty of Sleep!!!

SPRING CONCERT TOMORROW: CALL TIME 6:00PM (concert starts at 7:00pm)
- You may store dress clothes/dress shoes in the choir room closet during the day

AHERN CHOIRS PERFORM ON FRIDAY (MICCA) @ Norwood High School
Grade 7 Choir @3:20pm
Grade 8 Choir @5:00pm
Please Come Up and Support The Middle School Choirs!

MICCA SATURDAY @ Norwood High School
Bus leaves FHS at 10:00AM
Concert Choir Performs @1:20
Womens Choir Performs @3:40
Awards Ceremony @5:20
Returning to FHS Promptly Following Awards

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- Tour Itinerary Has Been Emailed, Please Review And Read The Emailed Documents

- FMA SCHOLARSHIP AUDITIONS:
CALLING ALL FRESHMEN, SOPHOMORES, AND JUNIORS!!!
FMA Scholarship Auditions for 2017 Registration is OPEN!
Online Registrations closes this Friday, March 31st at midnight!
The auditions will be held on Monday April 24th from 3 - 6 pm
Prepare a solo piece and perform it in a short audition that will be scored.
Top scoring auditions will be rewarded with scholarships to be presented at POPS.

- Registration for the Summer Jazz Improv Camp and SIMC Is Now Open!
More details to come next week

Friday, March 24, 2017

Important Updates! Friday March 24

Strong rehearsing this morning!  Thank you for your continued focus and dedication toward improving and advancing the music every day closer and closer to perfection.
Take care of your voices, drink lots of water, and get enough sleep

On Monday, I need help from leaders setting up the stage for rehearsal. 
We will rehearse in the auditorium on Monday.

Regular After School Rehearsals Next Week: 
Women's Choir: Tuesday & Thursday, Bass/Tenor: Friday

Please address your "Goals" over the weekend, and research the music (if you haven't already) to gain even more background about the piece/composer/text, also listen to the reference videos

Next week (and beyond), can we REALLY make a huge effort to try to be seated ready to start at 7:25am.  Showing up early and being ready to perform and work hard is the first step of every serious, professional ensemble.  Thank you to those of you who already do this on a daily basis

THURSDAY MARCH 30: SPRING CONCERT
Call Time: 6:00pm, Concert Starts: 7:00pm

SATURDAY APRIL 1: MICCA @ Norwood HS
Bus Departs FHS @10:00AM
Concert Choir Performs @1:20
Womens Choir Performs @3:40
(Awards Ceremony @5:20)
Return To FHS Approximately @7:00pm

Friday March 31: Ahern Middle School MICCA (Attend If You Can) @ Norwood
7th Grade Choir @ 3:40
8th Grade Choir @ 5:00

Have a wonderful weekend!  
It is a pleasure and honor to be a part of making this music with you,

Mr. Raymond

Friday, March 17, 2017

News and Notes March 17

Happy St. Patrick's Day, Vocal Department News and Notes
Congratulations to the Vocal Jazz Ensemble on three strong performances this week!

--> JUST OVER ONE WEEK NOW UNTIL SPRING CONCERT AND MICCA!
(You Should Now Be Almost (Or Completely) Memorized And Know All Of Your Parts)

Three ESSENTIAL Reminders:
- Take Care Of Your Voices And Overall Health/Get Sleep!!!
- Do Everything You Can To Make It To All Rehearsals and Sectionals On Time
- Continue Listening To The Recordings And Practicing Routinely

After School Schedule Following Two Weeks:
Tuesday March 21: Women's Choir
Wednesday March 22: Tenor/Bass Sectional
Thursday March 23: Women's Choir
Tuesday March 28: Women's Choir
Wednesday March 29: Tenor/Bass Sectional
Thursday March 30: Women's Choir

THURSDAY MARCH 30: SPRING CONCERT
Call Time: 6:00pm, Concert Starts: 7:00pm

SATURDAY APRIL 1: MICCA @ Norwood HS
Bus Departs FHS @10:00AM
Concert Choir Performs @1:20
Womens Choir Performs @3:40
Return To FHS Approximately @6:00pm

Friday March 31: Ahern Middle School MICCA (Attend If You Can) @ Norwood HS
7th Grade Choir @ 3:40
8th Grade Choir @ 5:00


Have A Wonderful, Productive Weekend,
Can't Wait To Perform This Amazing Music Together,

-Mr. Raymond

Sunday, March 12, 2017

Major Rehearsal Changes and Updates

I hope you are all having a wonderful weekend and staying warm!

Due to the incoming blizzard on Tuesday, I have a few major rehearsal updates this week to announce, please read these updates over carefully.

- Recital Accompaniment Practice Will Run Monday 2:00-3:00pm

- Tuesday's After Women's Choir Will Be Postponed To Friday 2:00-3:00pm
- Women's Choir Will Still Also Meet Thursday 2:00-3:00pm

- Tenor/Bass Sectional Is Being Moved To Wednesday 2:00-3:00pm

AFTER SCHOOL SCHEDULE THIS WEEK
Monday: Recital Accompaniment Practice Room 122: 2:00-3:00pm
Tuesday: NONE (Blizzard)
Wednesday: Tenor/Bass Sectional (Lady Tenors attend if possible)
Thursday: All Women Soprano/Alto: 2:00-3:00pm
Friday: All Women Soprano/Alto: 2:00-3:00pm

VOCAL JAZZ ENSEMBLE PERFORMANCES THIS WEEK:
- There Will Be No Vocal Jazz Rehearsal Tuesday Night (Due To Weather)
- Linden Ponds Vocal Jazz Trip Is Still On For Thursday (Leaving 3:30pm, Return Approx 9:00pm)
- Vocal Jazz Assembly Performances Are On For Friday

PLEASE TAKE TIME THIS WEEK TO WORK ON YOUR MUSIC AND PRACTICE WITH THE PART TRACKS AND RECORDINGS!  TRY TO BE MEMORIZED ON ALL MICCA PIECES BY THE END OF THE WEEK!

UPCOMING EVENTS...
Student Recital: March 15
Linden Ponds (Vocal Jazz Ensemble) : March 16
Assembly Concert (Vocal Jazz Ensemble): March 17
Spring Concert: Thursday March 30th
MICCA: Saturday April 1st

Thursday, March 9, 2017

Midweek Update!

Midweek Updates: March 9

-->Please Use The New Part Tracks For Ballade To The Moon!!<--

- Three Weeks Until The Spring Concert!!
- Linden Ponds Next Week: Vocal Jazz Will Leave at 3:30pm

- Women's Choir Rehearsals: Tuesdays & Thursdays (throughout March)
- Tenor/Bass Sectionals: Mondays

- Continue Getting Your Music Memorized As Soon As You Can!
- Listen To The Recordings and Part Tracks Often!

- Turn In Your Remaining Outstanding Tour Payments

-  If I Am Accompanying You On The Recital, It Is Your Responsibility To Get Me Your Music And Arrange A Rehearsal If You Need It (otherwise I will be sight-reading it)

- Let Me Know If You Have Any Difficulties Scheduling Choir or Jazz Choir for Next Year

UPCOMING EVENTS...
Student Recital: March 15
Linden Ponds (Vocal Jazz Ensemble) : March 16
Assembly Concert (Vocal Jazz Ensemble): March 17
Spring Concert: Thursday March 30th
MICCA: Saturday April 1st

Sunday, March 5, 2017

Weekly Updates 3/6-3/10

Weekly Updates: March 6-10:
Four Weeks To Go Until Spring Concert & MICCA!

Congratulations to Amelia, Anya, Taegan, and Maddie, and all the other Junior District performers!

FULL Women's Choir Rehearsals This Week: 
Tuesday and Thursday 2:10-3:00pm 

AFTER SCHOOL SCHEDULE
Monday: Tenor-Bass Sectional
Tuesday: All Women Rehearsal
Thursday: All Women Rehearsal
(Wednesday Makeup)

VOCAL JAZZ ENSEMBLE REHEARSAL: TUESDAY 6:30-8:00pm

ALL REMAINING TOUR BALANCES ARE NOW DUE!
Itinerary and more tour related details coming soon!

Signup for the Student Recital!  March 15!

Continue Working On Having All Of Your Parts Completely Learned and Memorized!

UPCOMING EVENTS...
All-State: Thurs-Sat March 9-11
Student Recital: March 15
Linden Ponds (Vocal Jazz Ensemble) : March 16
Assembly Concert (Vocal Jazz Ensemble): March 17
Spring Concert: Thursday March 30th
MICCA: Saturday April 1st

Monday, February 27, 2017

Updates and Choralpalooza Thursday

Weekly Updates: February 27-March 3

- VOCAL JAZZ ENSEMBLE TIME CHANGE THIS WEEK
Tuesday 2/28: 4-5:30pm

- SECTIONAL SCHEDULE:
Monday 2/27: Tenor/Bass
Tuesday 2/28: Soprano
Wednesday 3/1: Makeup
Thursday 3/2: Alto

- JUNIOR DISTRICTS: Friday & Saturday March 3-4 
(Check Your Email For Details)

- Tour Checks Are Due!
- Sign Up To Perform On The Morning Recital: MARCH 15

- CHORALPALOOZA THURSDAY 3/2
CALL TIME FOR FHS: 5:00pm

Group Rehearsal: 5:30pm
Concert Starts: 6:30pm

During The Concert...
Grade 9 & 10 Will Be Seated
Grade 11 & 12 Along the Aisles Assisting With Transitions

Performance Set
O My Love's Like A Red Red Rose
Colder Weather
Muie Rendera
Let The River Run (combined piece)

After The Concert
Meet and Chat With Ahern Singers, Make Friends, Pass Along Encouragement!

- LOOKING AHEAD...
All-State: Thurs-Sat March 9-11
Student Recital: March 15
Linden Ponds (Vocal Jazz Ensemble) : March 16
Assembly Concert (Vocal Jazz Ensemble): March 17
Spring Concert: Thursday March 30th
MICCA: Saturday April 1st

Thursday, February 23, 2017

Vacation Updates!

Happy February Vacation!

I hope all of you are having a restful, enjoyable vacation!  Don't forget to take some time to practice and listen to your music!

Just a quick reminder we are one week away from Choralpalooza!  Call time will be around 5:15pm.  All the details will be coming soon.

Looking Ahead...
Choralpalooza: Thursday March 2nd
Junior Districts: Fri-Sat March 3-4
All-State: Thurs-Sat March 9-11
Spring Concert: Thursday March 30th
MICCA: Saturday April 1st

More updates to come over the weekend.  Have a great rest of your vacation!

-Mr. Raymond

Sunday, February 12, 2017

Weekly Updates 2/13-2/17

Final week before February Vacation:

First, a huge congratulations to the Vocal Jazz Ensemble and Jazz Combo on their outstanding performances at the Berklee Jazz Festival last Saturday!  Also Congratulations to Molly Crocker for receiving an overall Outstanding Musician award and to Ryan McCormack and Mitchell Groves for receiving Judges Choice awards.  I am SO incredibly proud of each and every of you.

Sectionals this week:
Monday: Tenor/Bass
Tuesday: Soprano
Wednesday: Makeup (for any voice part)
Thursday: Alto

There will be Tuesday evening Vocal Jazz this week, 6:30-8:00pm

Looking Ahead...
Choralpalooza: Thursday March 2nd
Junior Districts: Fri-Sat March 3-4
All-State: Thurs-Sat March 9-11
Spring Concert: Thursday March 30th
MICCA: Saturday April 1st

Monday, February 6, 2017

Weekly Updates 2/6-2/11

Vocal Jazz/Combo Evening Rehearsal 
TIME CHANGE:
Tuesday Vocal Jazz: 4-6, Jazz Combo: 6-7

Berklee High School Jazz Festival Saturday Performance Times
Jazz Combo: 11:40am
Vocal Jazz Ensemble: 3:50pm

After School Schedule
Monday: Tenor/Bass
Tuesday: Soprano
Wednesday: Makeup
Thursday: Alto

Tour Check Now Due!

Looking Ahead...
Choralpalooza: Thursday March 2nd
Junior Districts: Fri-Sat March 3-4
All-State: Thurs-Sat March 9-11
Spring Concert: Thursday March 30th
MICCA: Saturday April 1st

Monday, January 30, 2017

Weekly Updates 1/30-2/3

Happy first week of Quarter 3:

Sectionals This Week:
Soprano/Alto Sectional Tuesday
(No Sectionals Wednesday, Thursday, Friday this week)
Going Forward it will be Tenor/Bass: Monday, Soprano: Tuesday, Alto: Thursday

AHERN Performances Wednesday: Vocal Jazz Ensemble
Bus departs 8:30 after First Block
Everyone needs to pitch in to help setup/tear down audio equipment
We will return sometime during Last Block.
We will perform 2 songs for each "20 minute Grade Assembly"
Set list will be chosen from: 
Signed Sealed Delivered, Here Comes The Sun, Tight, In Your Eyes, Basically Blues

Tour Check Due Wednesday
Tour Roommate Request Form Due Wednesday

Looking Ahead...
Vocal Jazz Performance At Ahern: Wednesday February 1
Berklee High School Jazz Festival: Saturday February 11
Choralpalooza: Thursday March 2nd
Junior Districts: Fri-Sat March 3-4
All-State: Thurs-Sat March 9-11
Spring Concert: Thursday March 30th
MICCA: Saturday April 1st

Thursday, January 26, 2017

Clinic Today and Concert Tonight!

Vocal Music Students:

I hope your Midterms went well!

Vocal Jazz Clinic Today: 11:00-12:30pm.  All are welcome to attend/observe!

Winterfest Concert Tonight featuring the FHS Wind Ensemble, Symphonic Band, Chamber Orchestra, and String Orchestra starting at 7:00pm

Check your email for a new sectional schedule for Quarter 3!
Going forward we will have Bass/Tenor on Monday, Sopranos on Tuesday, Altos on Thursday

Consider using your three day weekend for some extra listening and practice time!
You could even make plans to get together with people in your section to sing over some music!

Looking Ahead...
Vocal Jazz Performance At Ahern: Wednesday February 1
Berklee High School Jazz Festival: Saturday February 11
Choralpalooza: Thursday March 2nd
Junior Districts: Fri-Sat March 3-4
All-State: Thurs-Sat March 9-11
Spring Concert: Thursday March 30th
MICCA: Saturday April 1st

Sunday, January 22, 2017

Midterm Week Updates!

Happy Patriots AFC Championship Sunday!
Important Midterm Week Updates:

There is no choir Midterm, however instead please use this time to work together in small groups outside of school and practice your parts!!

Sectionals this week (11:00am-12:00)
Monday: Tenor & Bass
Tuesday: Sop & Alto
Wednesday: Makeup

- Vocal Jazz Tuesday Night 6:30-8:00
- Vocal Jazz Clinic: Thursday 11:00-12:30
- Winterfest Instrumental Concert Thurs 7:00
- Senior District Makeup/Concert Sunday 1/29

Turn in your tour roommate request forms!

Looking Ahead
Wed Feb 1: Vocal Jazz performs at Ahern
Saturday Feb 11: Berklee Jazz Festival


Monday, January 16, 2017

Weekly Updates

Weekly Updates 1/16-1/20

After School Schedule
Tuesday 1/17: Altos
Wednesday 1/18: Makeup
Thursday 1/19: Sopranos
Friday 1/20: Tenor/Bass

Tuesday Night Vocal Jazz 6:30-8:00 (Combo 5:30)

All-State Auditions Saturday 1/21

Looking Ahead...
Vocal Jazz w/Mr. Rosenblatt Thursday 1/26, 11-12:30
Winter Fest Instrumental Concert 1/26, 7:00pm
Vocal Jazz Ahern Performances Wed 2/1
Berklee Jazz Fest Saturday 2/11

Sunday, January 8, 2017

Step-Up Night and Updates

WEEKLY UPDATES: January 9-13

After School Sectionals (Updated):
Monday - Bass/Tenor, Tuesday - Alto, Wednesday - Makeup, Thursday - Soprano
Jazz Choir: Tuesday Night 6:30-8:00pm

STEP-UP NIGHT: MONDAY, 6:00pm
Sopranos - Baked Goods/Sweets
Altos - Snack Items
Tenor/Bass - Water/Juice/Soda

Schedule Is As Follows (Get Your Music In Order):
6:35-6:40, Student Greetings/Introduction/Warmups
6:40-6:45, Sing Since First I Saw Your Face, Break Forth O Beauteous
6:45-6:50, Seniors Speak: Caleigh, Jack, Carly
6:50-6:55, Sing EstoBright Morning Stars
6:55-7:00, Juniors Speak: Kelli, Faith
7:00-7:05, Sing O My Love's Like A Red Red Rose
7:05-7:10, Sophomores Speak: Julia, Emily
7:10-7:15, Jazz Choir Demonstration
7:15-7:20, Sing Colder Weather, Terrified
7:20-7:25, Freshmen Speak: Anya, Maddie
7:25-7:30, Leaders Come Forward For Q&A
Social Time, Drinks/Snacks Socializing

Upcoming Events:
Thursday 1/12, Ahern 7th Grade Choir Concert
Saturday 1/21, All-State Auditions
Saturday 2/11, Berklee High School Jazz Fest

Thursday, January 5, 2017

Senior District Festival Reminders

Senior District Members, Final Reminders/Updates:

- Orchestra members, I have your Concert Dress info directly from the manager.  
(This is for ORCHESTRA ONLY)
Women – floor length skirt or pants/white top
Men – white shirt/black tie/pants/shoes/socks/belt

- For Band and Choir, please consult your Manager letter in your folder for Concert Dress Information for your performance on Saturday.

- We will depart at 8:00am tomorrow and Saturday.  Please go to your rehearsals until 7:50am, at which time we will load the bus and prepare to depart.  We will return approximately 5:30-6:00pm.  On Saturday, please arrive by 7:45am.

- There will NOT be a return bus on Saturday--Parents need to pick you up after the concert, if you are going home with another family, I need a signed note from your parents or an email

- Make SURE you have any medical necessities (as listed on your med form) including inhalers and Epi Pens.  If this was somehow left off of your med form for Districts let me know.  I have a list from the nurse of Epi Pen users.

- Make sure you bring your Music, Equipment, Extra Oil/Strings/Reeds/etc, Pencil, and optional Water Bottle (especially singers remember to bring water)

- Pack a Lunch for Friday and Saturday!  Snacks will be on sale during breaks

- Concert Tickets will be on sale Friday during breaks/lunch and on Saturday before the concert for $10. Any checks should be made out to S.E. District MMEA. 

- Saturday Concert Order is as follows:
1:00 – Jazz Band, Chorus 
3:00 – Percussion Ensemble, Orchestra, Band

Any further questions, please email me,
Thanks!
-Mr. Raymond