Sunday, September 23, 2018

Choir Weekly Updates 9/23

Choir:

- Please bring in your money for the shirts.  Note the updated prices: Reg/Ladies T=$12, long sleeve=$15

- Please bring in Concert Dress/Necklace money by the end of the week!  Also need your blouse/skirt sizes.

- Make up any missed sectionals this week, you can double up if need be (we will be working on Kyrie and Credo movements in sectionals this week)

-  Cookout is less then 2 weeks away (Friday October 5), email me now if you and your family will be going out of town (otherwise I expect you to be there)

-  Sight Reading Factory will begin this week, more details coming early this week and in a separate email

-  Have you set up a routine practice schedule outside of rehearsal that works for you?  This is an important way to be staying on top of the music/parts.  If you need help with this, talk to a section leader.

See you Monday!

- Mr Raymond 

Jazz Updates 9/23

Vocal Jazz Ensemble:

Just a reminder, there is an important meeting Monday night for those students and families  interested in going to Australia.  Even if you are still undecided as to whether you are going to go or not, you can attend this meeting for details and information.  

On Friday there will be an in school field trip “rehearsal” with news coverage reporting on th Australia trip, some of you may or may not be interviewed.

This week you should begin ramping up solos and working to try to get more and more off music.  If you still have parts that you haven’t learned—you should set a personal goal to get that done by the end of the week.

Have you gotten together with your section to practice yet??

Looking forward to a strong week of rehearsals...the following week we will add rhythm section on Tuesday nights!

See you Monday!
-Mr Raymond 

Friday, September 14, 2018

Choir Friday Announcements

Choir Friday Announcements:

-  Continue studying the Mass in G -- listen to recordings over the weekend.  Next week (midweek) we will sing through the entire work 

-  Bottle and Can Drive Saturday 9-2pm, taking place at the IGO front parking lot!  Contact a section leader if you need a ride!  Stop by even if you can only make it for an hour or two.

-  Design a choir shirt: www.customink.com  Email your designs to Mr. Raymond!  We will vote on the design next week and start the ordering process!

-  (new students) Concert Dress letters will be going home Monday (and emailed home), you will need to bring in money and indicate your desired size for Dress and Blouse

-  (Optional) Music apparel order forms are available and money is due 9/30

-  Senior Pictures for Pin/Buttons will be taken next Tuesday 9/18 at 5:40pm at the Ahern Football Track

-  Sight Reading Factory assignment 1 due date will be pushed back a week

-  Update your calendars for the annual FMA cookout/national anthem--Friday evening October 5


Have a great weekend!  See you in rehearsals on Monday!

-Mr. Raymond

Tuesday, September 11, 2018

Choir Midweek Announcements

Concert Choir:

Strong rehearsing this morning, keep working and practicing to get your parts learned!  See you in sectionals!

A few quick announcements:

- Sectionals are under way this week, please email me if you can't make your sectional and plan to come to the makeup

-  Bottle and Can Drive Saturday, taking place at the IGO front parking lot!  Signup sheet is in the choir room

-  Finish Dropbox Assignment//Turn in your syllabus sign off

-  Design a choir shirt: www.customink.com  Email your designs to Mr. Raymond!

-  (Optional) Music apparel order forms are available in the choir room and also attached to an email that was sent out, money due 9/30

-  Update your calendars for the annual FMA cookout/national anthem--Friday evening October 12

-  Consider joining Lab Jazz Choir!

-  Senior Pictures for Pin/Buttons will be taken next Tuesday 9/18 at 5:40pm at the Ahern Football Track

Have a great week!

-Mr. Raymond

Friday, September 7, 2018

Choir Friday Updates 9/7

Concert Choir, 

Thank you for your focus and energy this week!  We're off to a strong start, and I hope you are as excited as I am for the potential of this year's ensemble.  

Some announcements:

-  Please get logged in to Dropbox and access the "opening week assignment" and email it back to me (let me know via email if you are having trouble accessing Dropbox)

-  Listen to the Schubert Mass in G all the way through this weekend--write down a fact about the music or Schubert

- Get a Black Binder if you have not done so--transfer your choir music into it

-  Review syllabus/calendar dates and sign off on the last page and hand it in to me on Monday

-  Sectionals begin Monday 2:15-3:00pm: Sop-Monday, Alto-Tuesday, Tenor-Wednesday, Bass-Thursday, Makeup-Friday
ALWAYS email if you are going to miss a sectional even if you are absent from school

-  Please consider joining Lab Jazz Choir--it's fun!  Email me if you are interested and we can talk about it!

-  We will discuss concert attire and choir T-shirt designs next week.

- Bottle and Can Drive: Saturday 9/15, Sign up on the sheet in the choir room!

I'll be making a parent email list and sending out an email next week!

Have a fantastic weekend!

Tuesday, September 4, 2018

Choir Quick First Day Updates

Concert Choir:

I know you received a lot of information in a short amount of time this morning.  
Just a few quick reminders following up from this morning's rehearsal.

- Please log in to Dropbox tonight, follow the instructions that were sent to your email address (download the app).  Let me know by next rehearsal if you have any trouble getting logged in (either send me an email or let me know in person)

- Download the "First Week Assignment" from Dropbox, digitally fill out, and send it to me via email

- Get yourself a black binder for music

- Review the music calendar and syllabus, sign the bottom portion and hand it in to me next rehearsal

-  Sectionals will start next week (Soprano-Monday, Alto-Tuesday, Tenor-Wednesday, Bass-Thursday, Makeup-Friday)

- Start listening to the recordings and part tracks on Dropbox to prepare for upcoming rehearsals!

-  Consider joining Lab Jazz Choir!  Email me, we would love to have you join us!

- You are welcome to come to the choir room before school any day of the week

-  We will discuss concert dress, choir t-shirt designs, and sight singing factory soon

Have a fantastic rest of your first week!  See you at the next rehearsal

-Mr. Raymond

Friday, August 31, 2018

Choir Opening Day Updates

Greetings singers:

I hope you have a fantastic Labor Day weekend with your friends and families.

We are now just a few days away from our first rehearsal together! It’s going to be an exciting year with many awesome music opportunities and experiences ahead!

A few things you can do to prepare for the upcoming school year in choir:

- Get a black binder with folder inserts and/or pockets (along with pencils)
- Get a water bottle
- Read through the attached syllabus
- Look over the events calendar and sectional schedule to start planning ahead
- Look over/listen to the curriculum and start forming playlists on your phone
- Consider joining Lab Jazz Choir! Not too late to join!
- Look over the part assignments to see who’s in your section—perhaps reach out via social media and say hi! You can reach out to your section leaders anytime!

On the first day of school, you are welcome to stop by the choir room before your advisory. You’ll get a folder with music. We will go over a few syllabus and calendar items and then get singing!

Enjoy your weekend and I’ll see you soon! If you have any questions feel free to reach out and I will get right back to you.

Mr. Raymond
Choral Director
Foxboro High School

Tuesday, August 7, 2018

Choir 2018-2019 Summer Updates

Concert Choir 2018-2019 Singers:

I hope you are all having a wonderful summer!  I am excited to announce that the tentative curriculum and part assignments for the upcoming school year are finished.  The information was emailed to your school email accounts as well as uploaded to Dropbox.  You can also find a curriculum list on the tab at the top of this website.

To best prepare for the school year, I recommend you seek out a variety of recordings of the curriculum in order to familiarize yourself with the music.  This is especially true for our Fall Masterwork: Franz Schubert's "Mass in G".  We will be singing this multi-movement masterwork with a guest choir (North Attleboro High School) and our own FHS String Orchestra with guests!  It is also recommend that you take some time to do some singing (if possible), even if it is just light warmups and exercises!

For those of you who were in the ensemble last year and are connected to Dropbox, you can find sheet music and part tracks and recordings of the music.  I will be regularly updating over the next week.  (For those new to the ensemble, I will help you get connected to Dropbox on the first day of school!)  

Section leaders, I will be contacting you soon regarding our upcoming Summer Meeting Event.

More information will be coming your way as we get closer to the start of the year.  For now, I hope you have a fantastic rest of the summer, and I look forward to meeting you all on our first rehearsal in September!

-Mr. Raymond

Wednesday, August 1, 2018

Vocal Jazz Curriculum 2018-2019

Jazz Singers:

The tentative curriculum for 2018-2019 Vocal Jazz Ensemble and Lab Jazz Choir is finished!  You can find a copy of this curriculum on the Tab at the top of the website and on Dropbox.  A copy of the curriculum was also emailed to all VJE members earlier today (school emails).

Recordings for VJE and Lab Jazz Choir have been uploaded to Dropbox.  Digital sheet music and Part Tracks are in the process of being uploaded.  Keep checking back for updates!

Please begin regularly listening to the recordings as you prepare for the upcoming school year.

I am looking for a few more members for Lab Jazz Choir!  
Anyone interested please email me at: raymondb@foxborough.k12.ma.us
(or contact guidance directly and add "Vocal Jazz Workshop")
Anyone from any grade is welcome to join regardless of experience
(must be a member of Concert Choir, Band, or Orchestra to enroll)

Additional curriculum for Concert Choir, Treble Choir, Chamber Choir will be posted soon.

Have a wonderful rest of your summer, and let me know if you have any questions as you begin to prepare for the upcoming school year!

-Mr. Raymond

FMA Bottle and Can Drive

Save the Date for our largest fundraiser of the year, the FMA Bottle and Can Drive. This year it will take place Saturday, Sept. 15th with a Rain Date of Sept. 22nd. More information about this event will be coming. Enjoy the rest of your summer!

Tuesday, July 24, 2018

Highlights from 2017-2018!

Foxboro Choir Students:

I hope you are having a wonderful summer!  Planning is underway for the upcoming school year!  Check back here as well as your email and on Dropbox often for updates.

As mentioned before, it is highly beneficial if you do some vocal exercises over the course of the summer as well as start checking out recordings of the Schubert Mass in G, our upcoming masterwork that we will be studying in the Fall for Voices and Strings!

In the meantime, please enjoy this slideshow: Highlights from 2017-2018!

Friday, June 22, 2018

2018-2019 Foxboro High School Music Calendar

For your early planning purposes, the tentative 2018-2019 Foxboro High School Music Calendar is now up.  You can access this calendar by clicking the tab on the top of the website.

The events, times, locations, and dates of this calendar are all subject to change.

Please stay tuned to this website for all Vocal Music Department related news and updates throughout the summer.  You are welcome to share any information posted here.

-Mr. Raymond

Thank You and Have A Wonderful Summer!

Vocal Music Students:

Thank you for a wonderful, memorable school year!  I wish each of you a summer break filled with joy, relaxation, fun, and enjoyable moments with friends and family.

I would also like to take this moment to commend each of you for your musical passion, work, and dedication throughout this past year.  The 2017-2018 vocal music year saw many incredible moments, especially the many memorable performances throughout the year!  Each of you have grown in all different ways over the course of this year.

I also would like to personally thank each of you for making Foxboro High School such an exceptional place to make music.  You are a community of inspiring young people who are thoughtful, creative, encouraging, and passionate. It is a tremendous honor for me to work with each of you, and I cherish the opportunity to help guide you in your musical journeys.

Have an outstanding summer, keep up your music work, and I look forward to seeing you in September! (and section leaders in August!)  Also, best of luck to all of the members of the Class of 2018 as you begin the next chapter of your journeys!

All the best to you and your families,

-Mr. Raymond

Wednesday, June 13, 2018

Choir Section Leaders 2018-2019

I am pleased to announce the Choir Section Leaders for the upcoming 2018-2019 school year!

Please note: there will be weekly section leader meetings for all leaders of Choir/Band/Orchestra on Friday mornings starting at 6:45am sharp, beginning in the Fall.

Choir Section Leaders
2018-2019

Soprano
Julia Perez
Anya Doherty
Amelia Stowell
Meaghan Christie
Giana Wigmore

Alto
Emily Kaeser
Shannon Harding
Anna Powers
Jillian Lavita
Maddie Flynn
Audrey Pollack
Alex Ledin

Tenor
Jake Parkman

Bass
James Kaeser

Vocal Jazz Rosters 2018-2019

I am pleased to announce the current rosters for 2018-2019 Lab Jazz Choir and Vocal Jazz Ensemble.

Please note that these rosters can potentially change based on any adds or drops. 

Any student from Choir/Orchestra/Band may join Lab Jazz Choir in the Fall by simply contacting Mr. Raymond and Guidance to register.  You do not need to audition to be in that ensemble.

Vocal Jazz Ensemble will have evening rehearsals every Tuesday beginning the first day of school.

VOCAL JAZZ ENSEMBLE
2018-2019

Soprano
Anya Doherty
Grace Groves
Amelia Stowell

Alto 1
Emily Kaeser
Tessa Udden
Brielle Smith
Giana Wigmore

Alto 2
Alex Ledin
Kyla Gibson
Maddie Flynn (alto 2/tenor)
Audrey Pollack (alto 2/tenor)

Tenor
Cole Hovey
Jake Parkman

Bass
James Kaeser
Dermott Conlon
Danny Isaza

LAB JAZZ CHOIR
2018-2019

Soprano
Julia Perez
Meaghan Christie
Sarah Gaulin

Alto 1
Bianca Johnson-Perrone
Quinn Sweeney
Tiffany Gomes

Alto 2
Megan Groves
Kathleen Keaney
Autumn Wagner
Layla Newcomb

Bass
Tim Urban
Josh Freeman
Aidan Martin


Thursday, June 7, 2018

Choir and Vocal Jazz Finals

CONCERT CHOIR FINAL:

Concert Choir members are to record and email a final with the following requirements below:

- 1 Vocal Exercise of your choice through at least 5 keys (example: way-oh-way-oh-way-oh-way-oh-way "do-mi-re-fa-mi-sol-fa-re-do")

- 2 Major Scales of your choice, one octave on solfeggio

- Your part on "I Know A Young Maiden".  Please sing along with the track that has your part removed.  (Example: Sopranos - Maiden ATB, Altos - Maiden STB, etc)
All tracks are attached to this email, and can also be found on Dropbox

Your Final Recorded Assessment Is Due By The End Of The Day Monday June 18.
Recorded Finals emailed after Monday June 18 will be late and marked down.

LAB JAZZ CHOIR AND VOCAL JAZZ ENSEMBLE FINAL:

For your final assessment, please select one jazz standard of your choice to perform for the class.  You will perform this piece during the "Final Exam" Jazz Choir period.  Please note, if you have a health final to take during the Final Exam period, you will need to perform your jazz standard on our last regular class period.

Some examples of Jazz Standards to choose:
All of Me
Like Someone In Love
Autumn Leaves
My Foolish Heart
I Thought About You
There Will Never Be Another You
Misty
Here's That Rainy Day
My One and Only Love

I will accompany you on piano.  I will want you to explain to me how you want to perform the piece (ex. one time through with a piano intro etc).  You will also need to count off your tune so you will need to decide what tempo you want to take and what style. 

Before you perform, please share with the class an example of one or two reference recordings, and talk a little about the tune (share details--who wrote it, what year, what style is it, etc)


Best of luck in all of your finals!
-Mr. Raymond

Tuesday, June 5, 2018

Dropbox Updates

Choir and Jazz Singers:

I will be doing some updating of Dropbox over the couple weeks.  In order to make room for Summer and Fall 2018 recordings, all recordings of this year's music for each ensemble will be coming down sometime next week.  If you would like to keep recordings of any of the songs from this year, please download a copy of them this week as they will be coming down next week. 

To make it more convenient, I have moved all recordings into folders "Recordings 2017-2018" for each ensemble.

I will begin folders for current and summer music currently being read
(there is already a folder for Vocal Jazz Ensemble music "Summer 2018 Recordings")

Coming soon to Dropbox: 
- Recordings of the Fall Voice's and Strings Masterwork: Schubert Mass in G
- Recordings of the current Concert Choir repertoire being worked on
- Summer Vocal Exercises and Solo Arias to work on
- Information regarding voice lessons
- Additional information for next year including tentative calendar of events

Information for both the Concert Choir and Jazz Choir finals will be coming very soon

-Mr. Raymond

Friday, June 1, 2018

Friday Vocal Jazz Announcements

A couple of Vocal Jazz items:

-  Next Monday night there is a meeting for all prospective students/families interested in the Summer 2019 Australia Trip (for prospective Vocal Jazz Ensemble members)

-  Next Tuesday will be the second reading/practice session from 6-7:30pm in the Orchestra room

-  If you hear from a guidance counselor of any scheduling conflicts with your schedule related to Jazz Choir, please let me know about it.  We are almost always (99%) able to make it work to have Jazz in your schedule.

-  Make sure you are actively practicing using the tracks on Dropbox.  

-  Auditions begin next week!  Don't be nervous, be prepared and do your best!  I am looking forward to hearing each of you sing.

-  Once the final roster for Vocal Jazz Ensemble is announced, I would like to aim to get together for one rehearsal on the afternoon of Thursday June 14

-  Make sure to register for Jazz Camp if you are available!!  This is an excellent opportunity!!

Have a great weekend, and let me know if I can be of any help, or if you have any questions as we get closer to the audition days!

Monday, May 28, 2018

Jazz Updates!

Vocal Jazz Auditioners:

We are now about 10 days away from the first audition day.  By this point you should have the music as well as access to Dropbox where all the recordings can be found.  You should be practicing regularly.  

The first of two jazz practice and reading sessions is Tuesday, 6-7:30pm.  (Orchestra Room)
I am expecting all current VJE singers (non-senior) to be there.  
The second practice/reading session will be the following Tuesday (June 5), 6-7:30pm

While these practice/reading sessions are not required for anyone auditioning, they are highly recommended.  We will go over all the audition materials, and read a few VJE charts.  All are welcome to attend, including any friends or peers you have that may be considering being in jazz choir next year.

Please Note: for your audition, nothing has to be memorized.  While it may likely be easier for you to be expressive by singing without music or using it only as a reference, I will not give preferential treatment to those who memorize over those who have music in their audition. 

Also, it is required that all auditioning members register through guidance for either section of Jazz Choir, as well as either Choir, Orchestra, or Band.  When the auditions are over, I will work with guidance to enroll all students in the correct ensemble section (Vocal Jazz Ensemble or Lab Jazz Choir)

Finally, I wish all of you the best of luck in your preparations.  Please note that competition is higher this year, and unfortunately not everyone will be accepted into the Vocal Jazz Ensemble this upcoming year--some will be placed into Lab Jazz Choir.  Placement in the ensemble will come down solely to your level of preparation and quality of your audition in terms of singing the melody and harmony parts accurately and expressively, as well as singing a quality rendition of the "My Romance" ballad.  

If you have any questions, email me!  Hope to see you Tuesday evening, 6-7:30pm for the Jazz Practice/Reading Session!

Sunday, May 20, 2018

Choir Updates May 21-25

Choir Updates May 21-25:

Monday - Seniors Last Day
Bring in breakfast items as we celebrate Seniors last day

VJE - Recording Session Monday 4:30-6pm

Tuesday - Chamber Choir 2-2:45pm

Thursday - Chamber Concert for Treble Choir and Chamber Choir  —
call time 6:15pm, concert at 7:00pm

Friday - Annual Foxboro Music Banquet for all music students!

- Mr. Raymond

Monday, May 14, 2018

Upcoming Ahern Concerts!

Below you will find the list of upcoming Ahern Concerts!  Please try to attend one or more of these!  When you go, you are invited to stop by early for warmups to say hello and offer encouragement!
Think of the incredible impact you could have on these young singers by simply attending, supporting, and encouraging them!  You will one day be singing with many of these singers!

(All Concerts begin at 6:30pm at Ahern)

Tuesday, May 15th (tomorrow) - 8th grade choir, band, orchestra, jazz band

Thursday, May 17th - 7th grade chorus, Ahern Singers, band, orchestra

Wednesday, May 30th - 5th grade band, chorus, orchestra

Thursday, May 31st - 6th grade band, chorus, orchestra

Monday, May 7, 2018

Jazz Week Updates!

CONGRATULATIONS to ALL the Foxboro Students who performed at POPS last weekend!!

Spring Jazz Fest Week Updates

Tuesday morning before school -- Need as many of you from Lab Jazz/VJE as possible to help set up the stage for full Jazz Choir/Jazz Ensemble set up including audio and shells

Tuesday evening dress rehearsal
5:00-5:30 -- RHYTHM SECTION on stage
5:30-6:30 -- LAB JAZZ CHOIR w/rhythm on stage
6:30-8:00 -- VJE w/rhythm on stage

Wednesday after school
2:00-4:00pm -- Jazz Workshop with Doug Olsen
4:00-6:00pm -- Dinner for all performers (details coming soon)
6:30pm  -- Warmup in Orchestra Room (LJC/VJE)
7:00pm -- Concert

After the concert we need to clear the stage of all performance and audio equipment!

Best of Luck on a FANTASTIC Spring Jazz Fest Performance!

Wednesday, May 2, 2018

POPS Week Updates!

POPS Week Updates:

Thursday - Chamber Choir After School

Friday - POPS decorating in the gym, 2-9pm, stop by for any amount of time and help set up for POPS!  Pizza will be ordered--bring money if you would like some.

Choir bring Fruit/Fruit Platters for POPS (Saturday and/or Sunday)

Saturday - Call time for POPS - 6:00pm (5:45pm for Vocal Jazz Soundcheck) 7:00pm Performance
Sunday - Call time for POPS - 12:00 (11:45am for Vocal Jazz Soundcheck) 1:00pm Performance


NEXT WEEK:
- Tuesday 5/8 & Thursday 5/10  After School: Chamber Choir After School
- Tuesday Night Jazz: Lab Jazz Choir 5:30-6:30pm, VJE 6:30-8:00pm

- Wednesday 5/9: SPRING JAZZ CONCERT
(After school clinic/workshop, dinner to follow, concert at 7:00pm)

UPCOMING DATES:
Monday 5/21 - Vocal Jazz Ensemble Recording Session
Thursday 5/24 - Spring Chamber Concert (Treble Choir and Chamber Choir)
Tuesday 5/29 and 6/5 - Vocal Jazz Open Reading Session
Thursday 6/7, Friday 6/8, Monday 6/11 - Vocal Jazz Ensemble Auditions
June 18-22 - Foxboro JAZZ CAMP for Jazz Vocalists
June 25-July 13 - SIMC Music Camp

Sunday, April 22, 2018

Weekly Updates 4/23-4/27

CHAMBER SINGERS
Rehearsal Tuesday after school
(No other sectionals this week)

TOUR UPDATES
Please turn in your Medical Form and Permission slips ON MONDAY if you still owe them.
 
We will have a mandatory tour meeting during Per. 1 on Monday starting promptly at 7:25AM in the Band Room.  All students going on tour must attend.  Bring your itinerary and a pencil with you, as we will have an in depth discussion about our travel. Do Not Be Late, plan ahead and try to arrive a little early! 

Please bring a copy of the itinerary with you to the meeting.
Concert Choir Repertoire for tour: Sanctus in D Minor, If Music Be The Food of Love, Son De La Loma

VOCAL JAZZ UPDATES
Very Important Vocal Jazz Rehearsal Tuesday Night 6:30-8:00pm.
Rhythm Section please arrive at 5:30pm to set up and run through music.

We will discuss and run through ALL music for Tour including Festival and Dinner Dance music.

Be prepared on the following songs:
Beautiful Friendship
Big Brown Eyes
Centerpiece
But Not For Me
Lace Skull
Rollin In The Deep
Oh No Could I Be In Love
Breathe Again
I Can't Believe You're In Love With Me
(Feelin Good will be after Tour -- POPS and Jazz Fest)

Coming Soon...
Tour: April 25-29
POPS: May 5-6 (Setup night Friday, May 4)
Spring Jazz: May 9
Spring Chamber: May 24 (Treble & Chamber Choir)
Banquet: May 25

Thursday, April 12, 2018

Tour Meeting Monday April 23, 7:25am

Tour Students:

Please turn in your Medical Form and Permission Slip by Friday!

We will have a mandatory tour meeting during Per. 1 on Monday 4/23 starting promptly at 7:25AM in the Band Room.  All students going on tour must attend.  Bring your itinerary and a pencil with you, as we will have an in depth discussion about our travel.

In the meantime, make sure you are actively preparing and keep fresh, your music for Tour.  There are less of you singing per part, so every voice is very important!

I emailed you an additional copy of the itinerary, rules, as well as the med form and permission slip.

Looking forward to a fantastic 2018 Washington DC, Foxboro Music Tour!

--Mr. Raymond