Cantamus Trip – 1st post

Here is the information so far about the proposed Cantamus Trip, pending Board approval:

  • Proposed dates: April 29 late evening through May 1 morning or afternoon
  • Advanced vocal workshop in a Disney recording studio
  • Includes a day in the two parks
  • Approximate cost is $200 due February 1
  • The red Cantamus shirt will be required, $10 for those who do not already own one
  • To qualify to go on the trip, students must be members in good standing of Cantamus third and fourth quarters

Thanks to Mrs. Moffitt, Mrs. Ashton, and Mrs. Wolfe for their work in planning the trip.

Music Materials Are Due!

All music materials — sheet music, folders, and CDs — are due this week! Check with your directors if you are not certain what to do.

10th and 11th grade music classes — your sheet music, folders, and CDs are due no later than Friday, 12:30 p.m.  Unreturned CDs are assessed to your account at $10 per CD;  octavos at $2 per item; and an additional charge for a folder not returned.

Extracurricular groups (Junior High Choir, JV Strings, Varsity Strings, TPA Winds, and Cantamus) — your sheet music, as specified by your director, is due on Thursday, 12:30 p.m.

Late fee — if you return your materials after the deadline, whether you are in 10th – 11th grade or an extracurricular group, the fee for the material will be removed from your account and a late fee will replace it.

Get that music in!  Time is running out!  Don’t forget!

Congratulations!

Congratulations to every member of 10th Grade Choir, 11th Grade Choir, Varsity Strings, and Cantamus for an outstanding Mega Concert on Wednesday, December 1. You represented your school so well and created some beautiful music for an audience of approximately 400.

Excerpt from Mr. Hallman’s email to the faculty after the Wednesday evening concert:

For those who may have missed the performances last night, you missed an evening that serves as a great reminder of the magnificent work you all do.  I remain in awe of the great performances of our “extracurricular” music groups, but perhaps am more impressed that EVERY student is brought to a level of proficient performance–EVERY student.  And together you do this across the board.  While most schools and districts have cut such programs, our fine arts programs remain an integral part of what we do and do well….  THANK YOU for … this inspiration.

Cantamus rehearsals

  • No regular rehearsal on Thursday morning (December 9).
  • We will resume our regular rehearsals in the spring semester on Tuesday, January 4. We will concentrate on preparing for the chamber recital and the solo and ensemble festival and regional auditions.
  • Chamber recital is at TPA Zelman on Thursday, January 20, 7pm. All participants in solo and ensemble festival and regional auditions can expect to perform in the Chamber Recital.
  • Solo and Ensemble Festival and Regional Auditions take place on Friday and Saturday, January 28 and 29 at Mountain Ridge High School.
  • I hope we’ll also be able to start our music for Fiddler on the Roof at our first spring semester rehearsal!  Members of Cantamus will be the chorus in our production, which is scheduled to go up on Wednesday and Thursday, April 6 and 7, 7pm at Ed Options auditorium.  Dress rehearsals are Saturday, April 2, 1-4 pm and Monday and Tuesday, April 4 and 5, 6:30 – 9:30 p.m.

Please mark these dates in your calendar now!

There will be no regular rehearsal on Thursday morning.  We will resume our regular rehearsals in the spring semester on Tuesday, January 4.  We will concentrate on preparing for the chamber recital and the solo and ensemble festival and regional auditions.  Chamber recital is at TPA Zelman on Thursday, January 20, 7pm. All participants in solo and ensemble festival and regional auditions can expect to perform in the Chamber Recital.
Solo and Ensemble Festival and Regional Auditions take place on Friday and Saturday, January 28 and 29 at Mountain Ridge High School.
I hope we’ll also be able to start our music for Fiddler on the Roof at our first spring semester rehearsal.  Members of Cantamus will be the chorus in our production, which is scheduled to go up on Wednesday and Thursday, April 6 and 7, 7pm at Ed Options auditorium.  Dress rehearsals are Saturday, April 2, 1-4 pm and Monday and Tuesday, April 4 and 5, 6:30 – 9:30 p.m.
Please mark these dates in your calendar now.

Concert Events

Here are the last-minute events leading up to our great concert on December 1, Wednesday.

Monday, November 29

  • 8am – Piano in Room 302 is moved to Ed Options
  • 12:25pm – Cantamus Camerata rehearses in Room 302
  • 2:45pm – Risers moved to Ed Options and set up.  Thanks to Mrs. Hartzler for the use of her truck.  If you can help, please meet at the faculty house garage!
  • 6:30pm – Tech rehearsal for ALL students at Ed Options auditorium
  • Note: extra credit invitation slips are due this day

Tuesday, November 30

  • 7am – Cantamus final rehearsal in Zelman Center

Wednesday, December 1

  • 6pm – Cast call for ALL students at Ed Options auditorium
  • 7pm – Concert begins.  There will be an intermission and refreshments may be provided at that time.  Roll will be taken at the beginning and at the ending of the concert.
  • 9pm (approximately) – risers are taken down, loaded in Mrs. Hartzler’s truck, and returned to TPA.  If you can help with this, please meet on stage following the rehearsal.

Thursday, December 2

  • 8am (approximately) – Piano is returned to Room 302 at TPA.

Random Act of Handel

Hundreds joined in singing “Hallelujah” at a Philadelphia Macy’s, accompanied by the “world’s largest pipe organ.”  Apparently, The Opera Company of Philadelphia was instrumental in hosting this event.

To hear this remarkable Random Act of Culture….

[youtube]http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=wp_RHnQ-jgU[/youtube]

Extra Credit for Music Classes

Students in music classes this semester can earn extra credit by inviting at least two families to the December 1 concert.  Use the invitation here:

For credit, submit to your music teacher the bottom part of the form, affirming that you’ve invited your two households.  Due date: November 29 in music class.  Note: students must distribute their invitations by November 24 to get extra credit.

Regional Auditions and Solo and Ensemble Participants

To see the list of the students who signed up for Regional Auditions and Solo and Ensemble Festival, click here:

  Solo_and_Ensemble_Festival_Regional_Auditions_Participants.pdf (257.8 KiB)

Students listed as “Ensemble Singers” may be assigned to more or fewer groups, as needed to produce a great performance.   We will settle the personnel in each of the ensembles over the next few weeks.  We’ll also establish the repertoire for each group.

Thanks for a great sign-up, with hardly any arm-twisting from your directors!

Regional Audition and Solo and Ensemble Registration

Wednesday is the due date for you to turn in your registration form to your director.  If you want to participate in Regional Auditions, or if you want to play or sing for Solo and Ensemble Festival, download this form, complete it, and turn it in to your director by Wednesday, 4:00 p.m.  Note: parents need to sign this! Note: the form is no longer available because the deadline has passed.

  • Vocalists: Cantamus, directed by Dr. Wolfe
  • Strings: Varsity Strings, directed by Mrs. Wilkison
  • Winds: TPA Winds, directed by Ms. Hanson

Regional Auditions / Solo & Ensemble Festival

Registration Form

Student Name______________________________________ High School Grade _____________

Phone: __________________ Alternate phone:______________________________ E-mail: ____________________________________

Participation fee ($10 each student)

Participation fee ($10 each student) $ 10_

Regional auditions ($15 each audition): Choir _____ Orchestra ______ Band_______ $_____

(If auditioning for more than one, please indicate your preference in the event that youthat you get into more than one.)

A student auditions for Regional:

  • A student auditions for Regional Band Winds or and percussion by performing designated three major scales, chosen from any key. Woodwind and brass performers must play chromatic scales. Scales are to be memorized. The rhythms in which the scales are to be performed, the tempo, the articulation, and the range are indicated in the AMEA Regional Handbook. Sight reading also is a required portion of the audition.
  • Orchestra Strings by performing (1) 3 memorized scales and arpeggios chosen by a judge from any major and melodic minor key, (2) selected etudes (which are available from Mrs. Wilkison), and (3) 2 or 3 short sight-reading sections (there is no solo requirement). Scales and arpeggios are to be memorized. The rhythms in which the scales are to be performed, the tempo, the articulation, and the range are indicated in the AMEA Regional Handbook.
  • A student auditions for Regional Choir by performing (1) sight reading three single lines of music (5 8 measures each), (2) sight reading one block and contrapuntal exercise of 25 16 measures long, and (3) a 2 minute solo (memorization is recommended byut not required; memorization is required for All-State Auditions) with a piano accompanist and an original copy of the solo music (not a photo copy) provided to the adjudicator. The choir director must approve the solo. Students are responsible for providing their own accompanist.
    • Mrs. Rebecca Joslin is available to accompany for $30 per solo piece.

Check here [ ] if you would like Mrs. Joslin to accompany (includes two practice sessions). $_____

Solo & Ensemble Festival ($10 each solo, $5 each ensemble):

  • Students perform a solo or ensemble piece (7 minutes maximum) for a judge and receive adjudication remarks and a medal, based upon the judge’s rating of their performance. Students are responsible for providing their own accompanist and must provide an original copy (not a photo copy) of music to the adjudicator.

Instrumental Solo (instrument) _________________________ Accompanist _________________ $_____

Vocal Solo (soprano, alto, tenor, or bass)__________________ Accompanist _________________ $_____

    • Mrs. Rebecca Joslin is available to accompany for $30 per solo piece.

Check here [ ] if you would like Mrs. Joslin to accompany (includes two practice sessions). $_____

Description of ensemble/ ensemble name (string duo, vocal girls quartet, etc.): _________________ $_____

Number of performers: ____________ Accompanist Name:_______________________________

Description of ensemble/ ensemble name (string duo, vocal girls quartet, etc.): _________________ $_____

Number of performers: ____________ Accompanist Name:_______________________________

Description of ensemble/ ensemble name (string duo, vocal girls quartet, etc.): _________________ $_____

Number of performers: ____________ Accompanist Name:_______________________________

Deadlines and schedule:

· November 10, 2010, Wednesday: Please complete and return registration form below and fee to student’s director, checks payable to TPA, Memo: “AMEA Music Festival”

· January 20, 2011, Thursday: Chamber Recital at TPA—TPA students perform solos and small ensembles for the public in preparation for the AMEA regional auditions.

· January 28, 2011, Saturday: Regional Auditions & Solo and Ensemble Festival, Mountain Ridge HS, 22800 N. 67th Ave., Glendale, AZ 85310 (bus will be provided)

· February 18-19, Fri. & Sat: Regional Festival of Performance, McClintock HS, 1830 E. Del Rio Dr., Tempe, AZ, 85282

My child has my permission to participate in the Solo & Ensemble Festival / Regional Auditions in January 2011 and Iand I agree to pay the fees.

TOTAL FEES $_____

[ ] Attached is my check

[ ] Add this amount to my student’s account

Parent Name (please print) ________________________________________

Parent Signature_______________________________________ Date ___________________