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