Another Recital for Review

Nate’s mother emailed me the following concert, which seems to qualify for review.  It is at ASU:

Mesa Community College

Music Department


Student Solo and Duo

Piano Concert

Saturday, February 1, 2014 • 4:00 p.m.

ASU 5th Floor Recital Hall

Regional Choir Audition Results!

Congratulations to all seven of our wonderful singers who auditioned for Regional Choir on Saturday.  While Freshman Miriam did not place in the choir, she certainly is to be commended for putting herself on the line and singing a beautiful audition!

All of our other singers who auditioned on Saturday made it into this elite honor choir!  Wow!  With only 25 positions in each of the sections and hundreds of students auditioning, making it into the choir truly is an honor.

The results are as follows (last names not included):

  • Nasrynn, soprano (18th place in section)
  • Tiffanie, soprano (25th place in section)
  • Christopher, tenor (1st place in section!)
  • Anthony, tenor (15th place in section)
  • TJ, bass (15th place in section)
  • Andrew, bass (18th place in section)

The ticketed performance is open to the public.  It is February 15 at 4:00 p.m. at McClintock High School.

Since we are in the Southwest Region, our students were competing with terrific singers from the following high schools, some of which are real musical powerhouses:

  1. Ajo School
  2. Antelope UHS
  3. Apollo HS
  4. Arizona Lutheran Academy
  5. Basha HS
  6. BASIS Chandler
  7. BASIS Mesa
  8. Buckeye UHS
  9. Cactus HS
  10. Carl Hayden HS
  11. Chandler HS
  12. Chandler Preparatory Academy
  13. Copper Canyon HS
  14. Deer Valley HS
  15. Dobson HS
  16. Estrella Foothills HS
  17. Franklin HS
  18. Greenway HS
  19. Hamilton HS
  20. Imagine Preparatory
  21. Ironwood HS
  22. Maryvale HS
  23. McClintock HS
  24. Mountain Ridge HS
  25. North Pointe Preparatory
  26. Northwest Christian School
  27. Parker HS
  28. Perry HS
  29. Phoenix Day School for Deaf
  30. Rhodes JH
  31. Salome HS
  32. Scottsdale Christian Academy
  33. Scottsdale Preparatory Academy
  34. Sequoia School for the Deaf and Hard of Hearing
  35. Sierra Linda HS
  36. Tempe Preparatory Academy
  37. Thunderbird HS
  38. Tonopah Valley HS
  39. Tri-City Christian Academy
  40. Valley Lutheran HS
  41. Westview HS
  42. Youngker HS

Cantamus Spring Repertoire!

In consultation with the Cantamus student council, I chose the repertoire for our spring semester, culminating in the concert on April 22.  Here it is:

  • You Are the Music, Dan Forrest
  • Riu, Riu, Chiu, Anonymous
  • Alleluia, Randall Thompson
  • The Impossible Dream, Darion and Leigh
  • Why Do Fools Fall in Love?, Lymon and Levy
  • Embraceable You, George Gershwin
  • For the Beauty of the Earth, John Rutter
  • I Been in the Storm, Spiritual; Arr. Vicki Tucker Courtney
  • Danny Boy, Ireland; Arr. Brad Printz
  • Alleluia, Edward Wolfe

The last piece on the list is a possible addition to the concert.

We can begin rehearsing all of these pieces immediately, with the exception of “You Are the Music,” which is on order.

Tuesday (right after the long weekend) at our regular rehearsal we plan to check out your music to you.  I also plan to have updated information on the Disney trip April 25-27.  So be there and be on time!

Sanderson Stuns in True West

TPA is fortunate to have a working, serious actor teaching drama to its 6th, 11th, and 12th grade students.  Last night I was privileged to see Mr. Sanderson, who comes to us from the Chicago theater scene,  in his Arizona acting debut as Austin in True West.

The play is American playwright Sam Shepard‘s intense, Tony award-winning story of two estranged brother’s rivalry and conflict when the wayward one suddenly reappears after years of isolation in the desert.  The production I saw last night was set in Hollywood, with allusions to Palm Springs and the Arizona desert.

The play explores the question, “Is the true, old American west and its conflict between the outlaw and the lawman really dead?  Or does it survive, deeply embedded in the American soul?”  Echoing the story of Cain and Abel, the play gradually reaches a mighty, surprising climax.

Parent’s advisory: the script includes rough language and drinking and this production featured some pretty convincing theatrical violence. 

Members of the TPA community who love the theater, or who simply want to experience live theater at its thought-provoking, disturbing best are urged to see Mr. Sanderson and his fellow actors.

Produced by Class 6 Theatre the show runs until January 19 at the Mesa Arts Center’s intimate Farnsworth Studio Theatre.    Tickets were still available at press time.

Free Student Tickets!

Arizona ProArte Orchestra is offering free student tickets to their concert on January 19.  This concert is acceptable for a concert review.

The orchestra is using our Zelman Center for two rehearsals, and so is offering free tickets for 10 of our students.  Email me to let me know that you want them (don’t claim them if you think you might not use them).  I’ll let you know how to obtain them.

In addition, a few more tickets are available. Call to reserve these tickets: 480-350-2TCA (2822).

Here is information about the concert:

Sunday, January 19, “Across the Pond,” Tempe Center for the Arts.  Click here for more information.

Sight Reading Practice Starts Tomorrow!

If you are planning to audition for the regional choir, come to the sight-reading coaching sessions.  They will begin tomorrow at lunch time, 12:15 in Room 406.  I plan to continue the coaching sessions every day at that time and place, Monday through Friday, until the auditions themselves on Saturday, January 25.

You can download your own practice materials here.  Go to the link and then click on “Sight Reading.”

See you tomorrow!

Welcome New Music Students!

If you are in 7th or 8th grade, welcome to a new semester of TPA music classes.  Be sure to click on the tab above to see the Music Class Downloads page.  The following items are up to date:

I expect to update the following soon:

  • A list of concerts suitable for review

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