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

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,
-Mr. Raymond

Monday, January 2, 2017

Weekly Updates 1/3-1/6

Happy New Year Singers!

I hope you are all well and looking forward to making music together again tomorrow.  I apologize for the delay on some of the part tracks, the remaining part tracks will be posted this week.  A few important updates for this week:

After School Schedule 1/3-1/6
TUESDAY: Soprano & Alto Sectional
WEDNESDAY: Bass & Tenor Sectional
THURSDAY: Makeup Sectional

Senior Districts Students
Friday and Saturday this week, please consult the district email/host letter for info
Make sure you are prepared, have listened to recordings, and have measure numbers marked in your music

Next Monday 1/9, Please Be In The Choir Room By 6:00pm
Section Leaders, Please Consult Your Email Regarding Invites

Any additional updates/news items will be covered in rehearsal.

Have a wonderful Monday!
-Mr. Raymond