Sunday, September 24, 2017

Sunday Announcements

Singers, great progress last week, let's keep it up this week!
I wonder if we can have perfect sectional attendance all week!
Congratulations to Faith on singing the Star Spangled Banner at the Pep Rally last Friday

- THIS WEEK: Focusing on Faure Requiem Movements 2 and 3
- Morning Rehearsal with Orchestra on Thursday

Sectionals: Monday-Sop, Tues-Alto, Wed-Bass, Thurs-Tenor, Fri-Makeup

- Let me know your size and whether you want Regular T, Ladies Cut T, or Long Sleeve
($13 for Reg/Ladies T, $16 for Long Sleeve)

- Turn in your Choir Shirt Money: Cash or Check Made Out to "Town of Foxboro Music"

Concert Dress Order Will Be Placed This Week!

Coming soon....
October 19: Rehearsal at King Philip (bus leaving at 5:30pm, return around 8:30pm)
October 26: Voices and Strings Concert

Have a great Sunday...Go Pats!

- Mr. Raymond

Tuesday, September 19, 2017

Choir Shirts 2017-2018!


I need you to please email me back asap with your desired size and shirt type.  Once you've done that, you can start turning in your money either cash or Check made out to "Town of Foxboro Music".  Note: You don't have to wait to pay me before submitting your sizes, email me right away and let me know your desired size and type!

T-Shirts Both Standard and Ladies Cut will be $13
Long Sleeve will be $16

Pick Your Desired Type: (samples below)
Standard Cut T-Shirt
Ladies Cut T-Shirt (comes in tighter at the top)
Long Sleeve

Pick Your Desired Size (Size Charts were emailed to you!)
- Standard Cut: Youth XS-XL, Adult S-XL 
- Ladies Cut: XS-XL
- Long Sleeve: Youth XS-XL, Adult S-XL 
(sizes beyond XL available for additional money)

Thanks!  Let me know if you have any questions.  

-Mr. Raymond

Friday, September 15, 2017

Friday Announcements

Great focus and energy this week!  Strong overall sectional attendance!  
Let's keep it up into next week! 

Friday night Football/Marching Band
Tonight is the premier of the Marching Band Show at the Home Football Game, come out and support your fellow musicians in the music department!

Saturday Bottle and Can Drive
Bottle and Can Drive--IGO parking lot, 9-2pm!  Come on out and help out! Even if you can't stay the whole time...every little bit helps!

Choir Dress/Attire Orders
Please turn in your check and blouse & skirt sizes to me!
Check made out to "Town of Foxboro Music"
Would like to place this order next week!

Complete Dropbox Assignments/Turn in Contracts
After next week, the grade for them will go down, please submit these if you have not done so already, they are now way past due

Coming up next week....
Sectionals: Monday-Sop, Tues-Alto, Wed-Bass, Thurs-Tenor, Fri-Makeup
Choir T-Shirts: We will vote on a design on Monday and start the order process
Requiem: We will do a full run-through Monday, and then work on Kyrie and Agnus Dei movements both in rehearsals and sectionals this week--focus on these movements (1 and 5)

Have a wonderful weekend!

- Mr. Raymond

Monday, September 11, 2017

Choir Dress Order Pricing Update

Regarding the Choir Outfit Order:

I recalculated the numbers tonight, and my early estimate was a little bit higher than current price.  Please disregard any previous amounts listed in the parent letter.

For all new female choir members who are ordering the choir outfit, 
The NEW updated cost for entire outfit (blouse/dress/necklace) is $69
Unless you are ordering plus sizes of either the blouse or floor-length skirt

Please add $5 to the order for a plus size blouse OR skirt, (or $10 if ordering plus sizes for both)
($74 total if adding a plus size blouse or skirt....$79 for both plus sizes)

Please make a check out to "Town of Foxboro Music", include your sizes for BOTH blouse and Skirt

If money is an issue please email me and let me know and we can discuss further,
I think you can see from the pictures--the outfit looks very professional on stage!  

Note: if any returning members need any new individual items or replacement necklace let me know.  Individual prices are $30 for new blouse, $33 for new skirt, $11 for new necklace. (prices include shipping)


Brian Raymond
Choral Director

Friday, September 8, 2017

Great First Week! Annoucements

Hi Singers!  I hope you have all had a wonderful first week of school!  

I want to commend you on your work and focus...particularly this morning in rehearsal.  This is a very promising ensemble, and I hope you are excited about the potential!  I know Mrs. Oberoi was raving about you this morning.  It's going to be a blast.  Please listen through the Faure Requiem this weekend.

Some quick reminders/announcements:
Please email me if you are having trouble connecting to Dropbox.
In order to access Dropbox, you will receive an email with simple instructions on how to access the files.  NOTE: This email MAY have gone to your "Junk Email" folder or "Spam".  It is addressed from Dropbox.  There will be a simple opening day assignment for you to access Dropbox, locate the survey document titled "Opening Day Assignment", download it, fill it out, and email it back to me via your school email.

Sectionals Begin Next Week
Soprano-Monday, Alto-Tues, Bass-Wed, Tenor-Thurs

Parent/Syllabus Signoffs:
Please turn in your parent syllabus signoff forms

Choir Dress Orders:
Please begin turning in your checks and sizing chart with the correct sizes circled for dress and blouse

Choir T-Shirt Design:
Design a T-Shirt at and send me your design!  We will vote anonymously next week.

Bottle and Can Drive NEXT Saturday (9/16)
Sign up and volunteer! It's fun, and a HUGE fundraiser!

Have a wonderful weekend, and I will see you Monday for rehearsal--7:30 start time :-)

Mr. Raymond
Foxborough High School Vocal Music

Wednesday, September 6, 2017

Sectionals Update!

Singers, I have changed/updated the Sectional Schedule.  (You will get a new copy tomorrow)
There will be no sectionals week
All sectionals will start next week and will follow the rotation:

Monday - Sopranos
Tuesday - Altos
Wednesday - Basses
Thursday - Tenors
Friday - (Makeup/District Prep)

All Sectionals In Choir Room 122 from 2:15-3:00, unless otherwise announced/posted

Reminder: please register for Dropbox, email me your opening day assignments, and turn in your signed parent syllabus form

Thanks! See you in rehearsals!
-Mr. Raymond

Tuesday, September 5, 2017

Quick Choir Update: Opening Day

Hi singers,

I know I did a lot of talking today going over everything for choir.  That's not typical of what rehearsals are like.  Every rehearsal from now on will be spent only making music!

All the information we went over is in the syllabus and on the website.  If you have any questions let me know.

Also let me know if you have any trouble accessing Dropbox.  I want to make sure everyone has access to Dropbox by the end of the week.  You can listen to all the music there!

Finally, get your parent/student signoffs back to me and email me back the Dropbox Assignment, 
If you're new, get your concert attire orders in as soon as you can!
Finally, if you feel up to it--consider designing this year's Choir T-Shirt!

It's going to be a fantastic year!  Listen through the Faure Requiem when you get a chance,

Brian Raymond
Choral Director
Foxboro High School

Monday, September 4, 2017

Jazz Updates: Opening Week

Lab Jazz Choir and Vocal Jazz Ensemble:

Just a few updates before we start our school year together tomorrow! 

- Lab Jazz will have their first rehearsal during the school day tomorrow
- Vocal Jazz Ensemble will have their first rehearsal tomorrow night (Tuesday) 6:30-8:00pm

- Please bring a binder and pencil with you to rehearsal (as well as a water bottle--highly recommended).  
I will provide hard copies of all the music

- All music and part tracks for the Fall Curriculum are on Dropbox.  Using Dropbox, you can listen and download any of these tracks!

This morning, I'm going to register all of your school email addresses with Dropbox (this email sometimes gets sent to Bulk/Spam).   If you are already registered/have access to Dropbox don't worry about it.  If you would prefer, I can use a non-school email address, just email me back and let me know. 

Once you receive this email, it will have simple instructions on how to set up your Dropbox.  Once you have access to the Dropbox, you can then set up the Dropbox app on your phone or ipad or other device.

Vocal Jazz Ensemble -- please make sure you have listened through the recordings before rehearsal tomorrow (hopefully you've already done this and have started looking at your parts!)

Lab Jazz -- try to access the recordings and listen to them through if you get the chance.  If you have trouble with Dropbox, I'll help you out tomorrow.

See you tomorrow!

-Mr. Raymond