ASU Herberger Institute announced its production of Hansel and Gretel, an opera by 19th century composer Engelbert Humperdinck (not the pop singer!). Performances are March 3-5, 7pm and March 6, 2pm. Admission is charged. Performed in English. “The perfect introduction to opera for children of all ages.” This performance is acceptable for concert review for 7th and 8th grade students. Click on the link above for more information.
Yes, this is an old picture of Cantamus. It’s finally time to make a new one. It will go in the Yearbook. If you are in Cantamus presently, or were in Cantamus fall semester of this year, please come and have your picture taken in your uniform Thursday, February 24, 3:00 p.m. at the Zelman Center.
I need 6 people to help put up risers in Zelman at 3:00 p.m. and then take them back down and put them away at 3:30 after the pictures. With enough people, the job takes about 5 minutes each way. If you can help, please let me know.
Thursday we’ll rehearse more Fiddler. You just sounded wonderful this morning! You’ll make such a difference in the quality of the production!
We’ll begin rehearsals of all of Cantamus this week. Congratulations to everyone who participated in Regional Auditions and Solo and Ensemble Festival!
We now prepare for the Great Hearts Honor Choir Festival. Plan to come to each rehearsal between now and the festival on Saturday, February 12. I’ll have your scores for you at rehearsal.
Here’s information about the festival:
We will all meet at TPA at 6:00 a.m. Saturday morning to ride the bus to the festival and auditions. The bus will return to TPA at 3:45 p.m.
We would like 2 or 3 parents to come along to chaperone and help the kids get to their various locations to perform or sight read. If you can chaperone, please let Dr. Wolfe know.
The Cantamus ensembles begin performing at 8:00 a.m. so singers should be DRESSED in the Cantamus uniforms and ready to perform before boarding the bus.
Everyone, please bring:
- Change of clothes
- Music folder
- $3 cash for beverage and snack (Dr. Wolfe will provide the pizza for lunch)
- If you are performing a solo, bring the original, published music (not a photocopy) for the judge, with the measures numbered in pencil
- Games, cards, Frisbee, homework
Plan to hang out with friends, get homework done, punctuated by the excitement of performance!
Location: Mountain Ridge High School, 22800 N. 67th Ave., Glendale, AZ 85310
Regional_SE_Participants_audition_schedule.pdf (481.8 KiB)
Required to get on the bus going or coming:
Permission_Slip_Regionals.pdf (85.2 KiB)
We’re in the home stretch before Solo and Ensemble Festival! Here’s the rehearsal schedule:
- Monday: none
- Tuesday, 7am: all four groups (Men in Black, Women of Cantamus, Cantamus Camerata, Cantamus Jazz)
- Tuesday, 12:25-12:40: Men in Black, Women of Cantamus
- Wednesday, 12:25-12:40: Camerata, Jazz
- Thursday, 7am: All four groups rehearse
- Thursday, 12:25-12:40: TBA
- Friday, 12:25-12:40: TBA
All rehearsals are in Room 301, Zelman.
Registration for the Advanced Vocal Workshop at Disneyland is due February 1, 3:00 p.m. in Dr. Wolfe’s mailbox in the Faculty House. You must submit a signed hard copy (not email) because we need your signature, your parent’s signature, your insurance information, and your check.
If you are unable to submit a check on time, you must make arrangements with the front office and inform Dr. Wolfe.
Students who do not submit their registration by February 1 are not guaranteed a position in the workshop or on the bus.
To qualify to go on the trip, students must be members in good standing of Cantamus.
Last night I presented the proposed trip to the TPA Board — and they approved it unanimously!
It is scheduled for April 29 – May 1. We leave the TPA parking lot the evening of April 29, sleep on the bus and then have a big breakfast at Dennys in Anaheim. Then we spend free time in Disneyland and California Adventure, going to our recording session on the grounds around noon. After our session in the studio with a professional director, we return to the park for more free time and fun, leaving the park around midnight and heading home on the bus, arriving Sunday morning.
To participate in the trip, students must be members in good standing of Cantamus for quarters 3 and 4. The fee, which will be around $200, will be due on February 1. A discount will be available to those who helped with the luau fund raiser in October.
Parents: 8 adults already have volunteered to serve as chaperons for the trip.
More information later!
We are getting ready for the Chamber Recital, Solo and Ensemble Festival, and Regional Auditions!
Sight reading practice (for vocalists) will be at the following times in either the Zelman Center (301) or in Room 302. Check both places.
Sight Reading Practice (for vocalists) with Mrs. Joslin
Come to as many of these as you can
Tuesday, 1/18, 3:15pm – 3:30pm
Wednesday, 1/19, 3:15pm – 3:30pm
Friday, 1/21, 3:15pm – 3:30pm
Monday, 1/24, 3:15pm – 3:30pm
Tuesday, 1/25, 3:15pm – 3:30pm
Wednesday, 1/26, 3:15pm – 3:30pm
Mrs. Joslin’s availability to rehearse with soloists is below. If you want her to accompany your solo, get in touch with her and arrange for a time to meet and rehearse. Allow up to a total of about 20 minutes for rehearsal; you may not need it all. If you plan for two, short rehearsals, you’ll probably find it more productive.
Solo rehearsals with Mrs. Joslin
Tuesday, 1/18, 3:30pm – 4:30pm
Wednesday, 1/19, 3:30pm – 4:00pm
Thursday, 1/20, instead of after school this day I would prefer to meet with students at 5:30 or 6 before the recital if needed
Friday, 1/21, 3:30pm – 4:30pm
Monday, 1/24, 3:30pm – 4:30pm
Tuesday, 1/25, 3:30pm – 4:30pm
Wednesday, 1/26, 3:30pm – 4:00pm
If none of these times are possible for you, contact Mrs. Joslin by email and arrange other times with her.
Note: if no one has arranged to rehearse with Mrs. Joslin and she doesn’t see anyone around, she’ll leave!
Dr. Wolfe also is available to work with if you arrange it ahead of time. High school lunch is a good time to get in some rehearsal.
Arranging your accompanist and rehearsal times is your responsibility.
Some 7th grade students have encountered difficulty obtaining the text Introducing the Recorder and Music Theory. The publisher informed me that they have another 10 copies left in stock. While the least expensive way to obtain the book is through Amazon, the copies will have to come from the publisher, which will delay delivery several weeks. The fastest way to obtain the book is through the publisher, Kendall Hunt.
At their Saturday, January 8 concert, members of the Phoenix Symphony honored the vicitms of the Tucson tragedy by playing Edward Elgar’s (1857-1934) “Nimrod,” the beautiful, sad, and noble ninth movement of his Enigma Variations. It was a fitting way to honor those with whom are our thoughts and prayers.