Fall Concert Date Change

The date of the Fall Concert for all 10th and 11th grade students is changed to Thursday, December 5.  Here is a brief explanation for the change.

Last May when the directors set the calendar dates, we selected December 5 for the concert.  Then, during the summer, the interscholastic association set a number of athletic events for that evening.  Because we wish to encourage our students to participate in extracurricular activities, we changed the date of the concert for the following evening.  Unfortunately, December 6 conflicts with Speech and Debate’s Winter Trophy, the most important event of the fall semester.  So our solution was not fully satisfactory.

This month, after the beginning of school, our athletic director was able to negotiate a change in the date for our athletic events, so we were able to move the concert back to December 5.

Our philosophy at TPA is to make it possible for students to participate in performing arts, in athletics, in speech and debate, and any other extracurricular activities that they desire.  We are a small enough school that the department heads can work together to avoid many of the conflicts that would simply remain in larger organizations.  Of course, conflicts still arise and students then must make choices.  Our desire, though, is to provide every opportunity we can for our students’ growth and experiences.

If you have questions or concerns about the change in date, please let me know by clicking on the “Contact” button above.

Cantamus Auditions Finished!

Congratulations to every one of the 41 singers who auditioned for and made it into Cantamus 2013-2014.

If you are part of the ensemble, you’ll want to look at the web site just for Cantamus.  Click on the Cantamus tab above.  “Cantamus Downloads” is password protected.  (The password is in the email I sent you.)  Find there three recordings of Randall Thompson’s “Alleluia,” scheduled for us to perform on November 2.

The registration form to complete your membership in Cantamus is here. Complete it and bring it Tuesday to rehearsal.

Dates to note:

  • Saturday, August 31: Wow!  That’s tomorrow!  RSVP by this afternoon to the Cantamus get-acquainted and welcome back party at the Stough home!  See attachment.   See attachment on the Cantamus Downloads site.
  • Saturday, September 28: Cantamus performs “The Star-Spangled Banner” at football game, TPA Knights vs. Valley Christian
  • Saturday, November 2: Cantamus and Sinfonia perform at our annual fund-raising event. This year it is entitled, “100 Years of Song.”
  • Tuesday, April 22, 2014: Cantamus and Sinfonia Spring Concert
  • April 25-27, 2014: Cantamus Spring Trip to Disney Vocal Workshop

New Voice Teacher in Town

If you are interested in receiving individual instruction for your voice, you may want to contact Cassandra Cárdenas, mezzo soprano.  She contacted me about her new studio, looking for committed students.  Her impressive credentials include the San Francisco Conservatory of Music, ASU, and Arizona Opera Chorus.