Solo and Ensemble Festival Deadline

Members of Cantamus are invited to participated in AMEA’s Solo and Ensemble Festival.

The deadline to register is very early this year, November 1, so if you want to participate, please let me know immediately.  AMEA (Arizona Music Educators Association) tends to be quite inflexible about deadlines!

Tell me you want to participate by replying to the email I sent you this week.  I will be finishing registration by about 3:00 p.m. on Saturday.

The cost is $20 per solo, payable to TPA.  Duets also are possible at $20 for each duet.  No student may enter for more than one solo and no more than 3 ensembles.

Participants in the Solo and Ensemble Festival who achieve a rank of Excellent and Superior will receive a medal at the TPA Awards Assembly.

Please find further details in the email I sent you earlier this week.

Concert for Review: Thomas Menefee

TPA 2014 graduate Thomas Menefee performs with the Symphony of the Southwest on Saturday, November 8, 7:30 p.m.  Those of us who know Thomas remember his astonishing, virtuosic bass playing.  He now makes his debut as a soloist with the Mesa -based orchestra.  Information is here.

This concert qualifies for review by TPA music students. 

Concert for Review: Marlynn Rey in Cantilena

Our own Mrs. Rey, who directs Bel Canto Junior High Choir, is performing in a choral concert presented by Cantilena.  It is an all a cappella concert:

  • Sunday, November 9, 2014, 4:00 p.m.
  • Dayspring United Methodist Church, 1365 East Elliott Road, Tempe
  • Admission: Free

This concert qualifies for concert review for music classes.

Did the Anthem Proud!

Congratulations to Cantamus on a beautiful performance Thursday night.  I heard only positive comments about the performance of the 30 singers who presented our National Anthem at the game Thursday!  Just think how good you’ll sound at the November 22 event, when everyone is there!

Cantamus did the Anthem proud!

Cantamus to Knights vs. ASU Prep

Cantamus is performing the National Anthem at the very beginning of the football game.

Attire: red Cantamus T-Shirt and blue jeans.

Arrive and go to the field by about 6:30 p.m. so we can get our standing positions and run through the anthem once or twice.  The Anthem will be sung at 6:55. Kickoff is at 7:00.

Travel time from TPA likely is about 30 minutes with traffic. Leave early.

This is Knights vs. ASU Prep Academy @ Arizona Lutheran Academy (ALA). It is about 30 minutes from TPA with traffic.

Location Details

Arizona Lutheran Academy
6036 S 27th Avenue
Phoenix AZ

From TPA:
1) Take Southern west to 27th Avenue, or
2) Take US-60 west to I-10 west to 19th Avenue & then 19th Avenue south to Southern and Southern west to 27th Avenue.

ALA is located on the southwest corner of Southern and 27th Avenue.

Cantamus: Rev It up!

Off we go!

Tomorrow is the first rehearsal after Fall Break, 7am.  No part check tomorrow.

Performance: Thursday, October 23, 6:30 p.m., Star Spangled Banner, TPA Knights football vs. ASU Prep Academy at:

Arizona Lutheran Academy
6036 S 27th Avenue
Phoenix AZ US

Provide your own transportation and perform in your red Cantamus T-Shirt

Planning brunch: Saturday, October 25, 9-11 a.m., for all parents of Cantamus singers. Singers are welcome to come with their parents. RSVP to Dr. Wolfe’s email

Performing Arts Fundraising Dinner Concert: Saturday, November 22. This is the one concert of the semester and provides a discount on the Disney trip in the spring for all singers who participate.

See you tomorrow!



Performing Arts Fundraiser News

Our annual Performing Arts fundraising event typically raises thousands of dollars to support the Extracurricular Performing Arts program at TPA, including providing a discount to participating Cantamus students for the Disney trip in the spring.

Every parent can expect to help!

The first planning  meeting this fall is scheduled Saturday, October 25, 9-11 am at the home of Dr. and Mrs. Wolfe.  All Cantamus parents are invited to attend.  RSVP by email to Dr. Wolfe.

For more information, please see the email I sent to each Cantamus member and parents.

Clay Sanderson in Two Productions

Our own drama teacher, Mr. Clay Sanderson, is performing in two outstanding valley productions this semester.

King John, one of Shakespeare’s lesser-known plays, is running until October 25 in the Mesa Arts Center.  Get tickets here.  Mr. Sanderson plays King Philip of France.  I saw the dress rehearsal and the production is outstanding.  The Southwest Shakespeare production includes lots of swashbuckling action, suspense, and intrigue.

At the other end of the spectrum, plan to see the Phoenix Theatre production of Mary Poppins.  The family-oriented musical runs from November 19 to December 28 in the Mainstage Theater at the Phoenix Theatre.  Mr. Sanderson plays Mr. Banks.  Get information here.

Isn’t it great having a working actor on our faculty, teaching drama to our students!

Mainstage Theatre