Wednesday, March 14, 2018

Snow Day Updates: Jazz Band Concert Tonight 7:30pm


I hope this second snow day finds you and your families happy, warm, and well!

If you have not looked over your music since last rehearsal, you should set aside some time today to practice, or at the very least, listen to recordings/part tracks with your score and do some studying!  We are now one week away from our Spring Concert and MICCA.

Just a reminder, we will have Treble Choir rehearsal after school Thursday and next week on Monday and Wednesday.

Finally, just a quick news item.  Tonight there is a free concert happening at the high school!  Both Jazz Bands will be performing in a special concert tonight (this is a makeup from their MAJE Jazz Festival that got snowed out).  A guest "adjudicator" will be coming out to listen to the bands and give them both clinics right on stage as well as an MAJE medal rating.  This concert is free and open to the public.  Concert Choir singer Julia will be performing in this concert on Bass!  If you are free, please consider coming out tonight to this free concert to hear both Jazz Bands.  Concert starts at 7:30pm, and is ON despite the snow day today.

See you in rehearsals Thursday, please do your best to be on time (unless we have a delay)!

-Mr. Raymond

Sunday, March 11, 2018

Weekly Updates 3/12-3/16


We are now less than two weeks away from: 
Spring Concert (Thursday 3/22) and MICCA (Friday 3/23).  

(Please try to attend all if possible)
Monday (3/12): 2-3pm
Thursday (3/15): 2-3pm
Monday (3/19): 2-3pm
Wednesday (3/21): 2-3pm

Our accompanist will be with us on this Friday Morning's Rehearsal... please try to be at school if at all possible!

Continue regular daily practice over the next two weeks!  This will be especially important with a high chance of a Snow Day Tuesday.  

Junior District students -- meeting AT Ahern on Friday.  Please turn in your med forms and permission slips to me.

I will keep you updated as far as Choralpalooza makeup date.  We are looking at dates in April (both Thursday's have conflicts, so we will be looking at other weekdays).

-Mr. Raymond

Sunday, March 4, 2018

Choir Updates: Choralpalooza Week


Treble Choir:
Monday and Wednesday 2-3pm
Please try to come to both but must attend at least one...this will be a rewarding experience!

This week we have a major concert:
Thursday: Choralpalooza 2018!
Updates including call times and performance will be coming very soon

Tenor/Bass Sectional Tuesday 2pm

Coming soon....
Spring Concert: Thursday March 22
MICCA: Friday March 23

Let me know if you want any individual or small group help on any of the music, I or a section leader would be happy to help!

-Mr. Raymond

Sunday, February 25, 2018

Choir Updates 2/25-3/2


I hope you have all had a fantastic, restful, be enjoyable February vacation!  As we now return back from break, we have very limited rehearsal time until some major performances in March.

ALL Part Tracks and recordings are now on Dropbox—please USE them for daily practice 

Treble Choir Rehearsals
Treble Choir rehearsals 2-3pm starting Monday Feb 26 and all through March.  These are MUST attend rehearsals in order to perform at MICCA with treble choir.

Essential Performance Dates
March 8 - Choralpalooza 
March 22 - Spring Concert 
March 23 - MICCA

See you in rehearsals!
-Mr Raymond

Sunday, February 4, 2018

Choir and Jazz Updates 2/5-2/9

Happy Super Bowl Sunday!  GO PATRIOTS!

Rehearsal tracks from last Friday are now posted on Dropbox.  
I also included "section" tracks along with individual mic tracks and one full ensemble track.
There will NOT be an Ahern Performance this week -- postponed until after February Vacation

JAZZ SCHEDULE (VJE & Rhythm Section)
Tuesday 2/6: 6:30-8:00 (VJE Evening Rehearsal -- Rhythm starting at 6:00pm)
Friday Morning 2/9, 8:00am (Performance for Choir, Band, Orchestra students)
Saturday 2/10: Berklee Jazz Fest (Leaving FHS at 8:00am)

Concert Choir Updates:
Sectionals (very important to attend!)
Monday - Sopranos
Tuesday - Altos
Wednesday - Tenors & Bass
Thursday - Makeup

Upcoming Performances
Choralpalooza, March 8
Spring Concert, March 22
MICCA, March 23

Sunday, January 28, 2018

Concert Choir Updates 1/29-2/2

Concert Choir Updates 1/29-2/2

Monday - Soprano
Tuesday - Alto
Wednesday - Bass & Tenor
Friday - Makeup

Many singers have not completed their Sight Singing Midterm!  Please complete as soon as possible!  You will receive at least an 85 for simply completing it.  Contact me right away if you are having an issue with completing your sight singing midterm.

Grades will be updated and posted early this week.

March 8: Choralpalooza
March 22: Spring Concert
March 23: MICCA

Friday, January 19, 2018

Vocal Jazz Updates: Midterm Week

Vocal Jazz Ensemble: Midterm Week Updates
- Singers if you don't have a midterm during the Period 4 time block on Monday, please come to VJE rehearsal (including all Seniors--we will rehearse during the Period 4 midterm block Monday 8:30-10:00- please don't skip it)

Tuesday 1/23: 12:00-2:00pm (VJE & Rhythm Section)
Wednesday 1/24: 11:45-1:30pm (VJE & Rhythm Clinic)
Tuesday 1/30: 6:30-8:00 (VJE Evening Rehearsal)
Tuesday 2/6: 6:30-8:00 (VJE Evening Rehearsal)
Saturday 2/10: Berklee Jazz Fest (Leaving FHS at 8:00am)

- Thursday's rehearsal mic tracks are now on Dropbox, listen to them and make notes!  We will discuss next rehearsal! 
If you want a track of your section combined let me know 

Concert Choir Updates: Midterm Week

Concert Choir:

- The Choir Midterm is a Sight-Singing Factory assignment due by next Friday.  It is NOW live and you can complete it any time you like between now and next Friday.

- Course signups for next year have begun at the middle school, now would be an excellent time to reach out and encourage any 8th Grade singers that you know!

- During Mid-Terms week we WILL have a full rehearsal during the Period 1 Mid-Term on Wednesday.

- There will not be any scheduled sectionals during next week's Mid-Terms.  However, your section leaders may plan student-led sectionals.  (After next week, we will be back on schedule)

- If you are free during the afternoons next week, please contact Mrs. Oberoi and look into stopping by a middle school choir rehearsal to help out/encourage/sing along!
Her email is:

Best of luck on your Mid-Terms!

Friday, January 5, 2018

Step-Up Night Monday 6:00pm!

Wear your Choir Shirt!

Sopranos - Baked Goods/Sweets  (nut free please!)
Altos - Snack Items (popcorn, pretzels, etc)  -- small paper plates for those snacks!
Tenor/Bass - Water/Juice -- need cups

Need the following songs ready:
O Sing Ye, My Heart Is Offered, Famine Song, Music Be The Food of Love, Ocean, Nda Wana

Tentative Schedule Is As Follows:
6:30-6:45, Student Greetings/Introduction/Warmups
6:45-6:50, Sing O Sing Ye To The Lord, My Heart Is Offered Still To You
6:50-6:55, Seniors Speak: Kelli, Faith
6:55-7:00, Sing Famine Song
7:00-7:05, Juniors Speak: Emily, Shannon, Julia
7:05-7:10, Sing If Music Be The Food of Love
7:10-7:15, Sophomores Speak: James, Jake, Anya
7:15-7:20, Sing The Ocean, Nda Wana
7:20-7:25, Freshmen Speak: Audrey, Giana, Alex
7:25-7:30, Speakers Come Forward For Q&A
Social Time, Drinks/Snacks Socializing

- Take the time to ENCOURAGE the 8th Graders around you -- find something specific to mention!
- Act professionally, be mature, be helpful, share your music, help those around you
- Communicate/reach out to the parents there as well -- they may/may not have questions for you
- Exchange social media with 8th Graders!  Make friends!  Make them feel VERY welcome