Cantamus Ensembles Auditions

Here are the four small ensembles we are forming in Cantamus:

  1. Camerata – this group of eight outstanding vocalists, specializing in older, madrigal-type music has already formed.  Students who would like to be a part of the group please contact Dr. Wolfe
  2. Cantamus Jazz – up to 15 singers perform vocal jazz, including Gershwin’s “Embraceable You.”  Audition only.  Click here for audition music.
  3. Men in Black – up to 12 singers, performing “Rodrigo Martinez” and “Bring Him Home.”  Audition only.  Click here for audition music.
  4. Women of Cantamus – up to 15 singers, performing “Weep O Mine Eyes” (Wilbye) and “Boogie Woogie Bugle Boy.”  Audition only.  Click here for audition music.

Audition procedure

  1. Learn the audition music on your own, without help from the director.  You may use whatever resources you wish on your own – a friend who plays the piano, your own instrument such as a recorder, or whatever.  You won’t find the audition music on the Internet or anywhere else, since it was written especially for these auditions.
  2. Perform the audition music:
    1. Sing a cappella the four pitch/scale accuracy songs, singing the correct solfège syllables
    2. Sing the audition song with the words while the auditioner plays the other parts written
      1. Cantamus Jazz sing your voice part (S, A, T, or B)
      2. Men in Black sing the baritone part
      3. Women of Cantamus sing the middle part

Auditions are scheduled for Thursday, November 3, 7-8am, Zelman Center.  If for some reason you are unable to be at the audition, you will need to make arrangements to audition with Dr. Wolfe during that day.  Contact him with any questions or exceptions.

Concert Venue for 10th – 11th Grade Concert!

The Fine Arts Department announces the performance venue for the December 1 concert of the 10th and 11th Grade Choirs: Epiphany Lutheran Church.  The acoustics are glorious and the choirs are expected to sound the best ever!

Here is further information as a reminder….

  • Tech/Dress Rehearsal at Epiphany Lutheran Church: Wednesday, November 30, 3-5pm
  • Cast Call for the performance at Epiphany Lutheran Church: Thursday, December 1, 6:00 p.m.
  • Concert begins: Thursday, December 1, 7:00 p.m.

Note: The rehearsal requires an early release for 10th and 11th grade students.

The concert is required for all 10th and 11th grade students and counts as a test.  It also is the culmination of their work together for the semester thus far.  Attendance at the rehearsal in the performance hall the day before also is required.

Our own Zelman Center is not big enough for 120 singers and an audience of at least 250.  That is why we must go off campus.  Thank you to Epiphany Lutheran Church for making its sanctuary available to us!

Note: The concert requires a complement of parent and faculty helpers to assist with managing the students during the concert.  Further, I expect the parent organization will want to provide some refreshments after the concert.

Cantamus Ties Are in — Mostly!

Eleven of the new silver ties are here for the boys. The others will be here next month.
Bring a $16.50 check made payable to Catherine Hayden, and take it to Mrs. Wolfe in her office (by the locker courtyard.) She has the ties in her office. She is on campus Tuesday and Thursday before school, and during lunch Tu, Wed, Thurs.

Her office hours are:

Tuesday  7:30 – 11:00
Wed.     11:30 – 1:00
Thurs      7:30 – 11:00

Another concert for review

Students looking for a concert to review will want to consider this free one on Sunday afternoon, October 23:

  Fine_Arts_Recital-Oct2011-Poster-_letter_size.pdf (236.6 KiB)

Program includes music of Paganini, Brahms, Vivaldi, Chopin, Barber, and Rachmaninoff.  Media include guitar, voice, violin, and piano.  (Contrary to the flier’s representation, I saw no show tunes or popular music on the printed program.)   Enjoy!

Cantamus Sings at Homecoming Game Friday

Cantamus will be bringing the National Anthem at the beginning of the Homecoming Game on Friday, October 7.  Students are to be at the announcer’s booth at Valley Christian High School no later than 6:45.  Directions and map are on the TPA online calendar.  The trip from TPA is at least 25 minutes without traffic.  At that time on Friday evening, allow extra time for congestion.  Students wear their Cantamus T-shirts — blue if you have one, otherwise red.