Concert music for practicing is available

10th and 11th grade students may now use the recordings on the Music Class Downloads tab to practice for their public concert, coming up on November 22.  Use the links at the top of the page to find the piece you want to practice.

The following pieces are available:

  • Hallelujah chorus by Handel (recordings of all four parts separately are available for practice)
  • Non Nobis (with recordings of parts)
  • Gaudeamus igitur (with recordings of parts)
  • “Let Beauty Awake” (the girl’s piece, sung professionally by Wallis Giunta)
  • “The Vagabond” (the boy’s piece, sung professionally by Byrn Terfel)

Students need to practice these pieces with score in hand to learn them well for the concert.

European Masters dessert and concert

Each year since 2010 TPA’s Performing Arts Department has held an elegant fundraising event.

This year’s theme is “European Masters” and the program promises to be absolutely beautiful!  Works by Mozart, de Falla, Purcell, Schubert, Vivaldi, and Bach are featured.

The desserts promise to be elegant, too.

Go here to purchase “will call” tickets.

Money raised by the event is used to support Extracurricular Performing Arts at TPA.  Big ticket items for our department include the trip or trips that Cantamus takes; the production of a musical (this year it’s a play and less expensive); and to support our smaller ensembles that aren’t big enough to cover the stipends with participation fees.  Excess funds are carried forward to the next year.

Past spring productions have included Oklahoma!, The Sound of Music, Pirates of Penzance, and My Fair Lady.  This year’s play is Twelve Angry Men.

Get your tickets at tpaperformingarts.org .  This year there’s a possibility we’ll sell out, so get your tickets for “European Masters” soon.

Choral music goes to the heart of our humanity

Notable composer and conductor John Rutter, one of the greats of the twentieth and twenty-first centuries, maintains that choral music is not “one of life’s frills”; rather a school or a church without a choir is like a body without a soul.

Hear his 4 minute rumination on the importance of music here.  Well worth the time!

Rutter’s works include: “For the Beauty of the Earth” (we’ve performed it); Requiem; and “Blow, Blow, Thou Winter Wind” (we’ve performed this one, too).

At Tempe Preparatory Academy we want all of our students to experience singing in a choir–and parents to experience hearing their students creating glorious choral art.