Concerts to Review List Available

The list of concerts acceptable for review is now online here.  The list is a part of the “Concert Review Agreement.”

The list includes 60 concerts, in chronological order.  Last spring’s list included over 80 concerts.  The disparity appears to be due to the fact that ASU at this point has posted online concerts only up to about the end of February.

As I update the list with more ASU concerts, I’ll plan to post a notice so you’ll know if there are more events available that interest you.


Josephine and Aimee, Regional Violinists

Congratulations to Josephine and Aimee for making it into the Southwest Regional Honor Orchestra!  Our Southwest Region Orchestra is always top-notch, practically as good as the All State Orchestra.

I highly recommend the concert of both the choir and the orchestra.  Both are scheduled for Saturday, February 20, 2016.  Please see the earlier blog for more information.

Nasrynn, Chris, and PJ Regional Singers!

Congratulations to Nasrynn, Chris, and PJ for making it into the Southwest Regional Honor Choir!  In addition, congratulations to Chris for scoring number 3 out of all Tenors auditioning and (drumroll, please) Nasrynn for scoring first place out of all sopranos auditioning!  What an accomplishment!

The Regional Honor Festival of Performance is February 19 and 20, with the performance, open to the public, on Saturday, February 20, usually around 4pm.  This year, the festival takes place at McClintock High School, just down the street from TPA, so plan to attend the concert.  Admission is charged.

Art changes people

Mrs. Wilkison found this quote from composer, conductor, pianist, and educator Leonard Bernstein:

The point is, art never stopped a war and never got anybody a job. That was never its function. Art cannot change events. But it can change people. It can affect people so that they are changed… because people are changed by art – enriched, ennobled, encouraged – they then act in a way that may affect the course of events… by the way they vote, they behave, the way they think.

This capacity of art cannot necessarily be quantified or measured.  Nonetheless it is real.  Maybe that’s why art has been a part of the human experience for as long as we’ve called ourselves “human.”

Cantamus Uniform Information

Cantamus boys are expected to purchase a black, long sleeve, broadcloth shirt (NOT with button-down collar available here), black dress shoes, and black dress socks.  In addition, boys are to purchase the necktie, available only from the Performing Arts Assistant.  Contact Dr. Wolfe for more information.

Cantamus girls are expected to purchase their own black performance gown, buckle, and belt, available only from Formal Fashions at (800) 528-7909.  Allow six weeks for delivery.  Customer no. 140169 (Tempe Prep).

All Cantamus singers are expected to have the red Cantamus t-shirt, purchased from the Performing Arts Department Assistant.  Contact Dr. Wolfe for more information.

Dress Hemming Instructions:

  • The dress hem must be hand sewn, and do not cut off any of the dress length.
  • While wearing black performance shoes, along with the velveteen belt and diamond buckle, tie both belts in the back of the dress.
  • Measure the hem so the dress is LESS THAN an inch off the floor. NO SHOES can be visible to the audience while standing, and the dress may not touch the floor.

Club registration form is here.   It is best completed by a parent.

Welcome, Spring Music Students!

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