Sunday, January 22, 2017

Week of Jan. 23

"Many American composers since Gershwin have turned jazz to far subtler and more complex uses than he did. For many of them jazz entered their blood stream, became part of the air they breathed, so that it came out in their music in new, transformed ways, not sounding like jazz at all but unmistakably American... This has been one of the strongest conditioning forces of the American musical language." ~ Leonard Bernstein (1959)

This week!
VC 1 weekly schedule
In IPA lessons we'll add a few more vowels ([I], [o]) and the consonants [ʃ], [tʃ], [g], [ʒ] & [dʒ]. Also there may or may not be another pop quiz coming your way (over diphthongs and the schwa!)
In rehearsals we'll review Chichester I measure 32 - 43 & 44 - 57.

Chamber weekly schedule
*AUDITIONS FOR THE SOLO QUARTET IN CHICHESTER I WILL BE NEXT WEEK!*
In rehearsals: Chichester I 14 - 31; God Is Seen vs 3, Whitacre 4
*Soiree hearings on Monday (Wednesday for ComPAny members!)
Juniors will begin a unit on college preparations & jury prep.

RC3 weekly schedule
*AUDITIONS FOR THE SOLO QUARTET IN CHICHESTER I WILL BE NEXT WEEK!*
In rehearsals: Chichester 44 - 57 (review), 14 - 31, begin Shenandoah
In groups: vocal anatomy intro!
**On whatever day you have me for groups, if you have colored pencils please bring them to class!**

RC4 weekly schedule
*AUDITIONS FOR THE SOLO QUARTET IN CHICHESTER I WILL BE NEXT WEEK!*
In rehearsals: Chichester 44 - 57 (review), 14 - 31, begin Shenandoah
*Soiree hearings on Monday
Juniors will begin a unit on college preparations & jury prep.

VC4 Weekly schedule
In IPA lessons we'll add a few more vowels ([I], [o]) and the consonants [ʃ], [tʃ], [g], [ʒ] & [dʒ].
Also there may or may not be another pop quiz coming your way (over diphthongs and the schwa!)
In rehearsals we'll review Chichester I measure 32 - 43 & 44 - 57.

Monday, January 16, 2017

Week of Jan. 17

"To achieve great things two things are needed: a plan and not quite enough time." ~ Leonard Bernstein

This sounds like the story of our lives, no?

Well we press on with planning and rehearsing this week, knowing that it will all come together in the end...

**WEDNESDAY'S ALL STATE REHEARSAL**
Change of plan due to Open House. Instead of beginning in 5th period, we'll rehearse all 4 choirs from 4:20 - 5:30.

This week!
VC 1 weekly schedule
In my groups we'll continue IPA for the 5 Latin vowels and add diphthongs and a couple of others.
Accomplished this week: Chichester I 58 - 85 (with text); Chichester I 44-57 (in 5th)

Chamber weekly schedule
Accomplished this week: God Is Seen (vs 1 & 2 w/ text), Chichester I: 44 - 85 (text), Whitacre 5 (text)

RC3 weekly schedule
Accomplished this week: Chichester I: 44 - 85 (w/ text)

RC4 weekly schedule
Accomplished this week: Chichester I: 58 - 85 (w/ text)

VC4 Weekly schedule
In my groups we'll continue IPA for the 5 Latin vowels and add diphthongs and a couple of others.
Accomplished this week: Chichester I 58 - 85 (with text); Chichester I 44-57 (in 5th)



Wednesday, January 4, 2017

Week of Jan. 5 & Jan. 9

"It's not easy to listen to a piece and really know and feel what's going on in it all the time. It might be easy to take, or pleasant to hear for many people; it may evoke fanciful images in the mind, or bath them in a sensuous glow, or stimulate, or soothe, or whatever. But none of that is listening." ~ Leonard Bernstein 1966

We're going to hear a lot from this composer over the next few months. Let's hear what he had to say about music too, eh? I'll keep posting quotes from & facts about Bernstein about his philosophies on music on the blog throughout the semester so that you can become better acquainted with him as you also become acquainted with his music.

A little preview of this semester...




This week & next we'll start to dive into Chichester Psalms, the feature of our spring concert. The spring concert will include several pieces from movies, music and broadway, as well as a few other favorites by American composers. *Mark your calendars for April 18*

Other important reminders for this semester...

  • Jan 20All State Chorus 2nd Auditions at Kell HS. Consult the All State Page for your specific audition time. 
  • Feb. 10: Senior Soiree. This semester you must, again, attend two CCCEPA performances. Unlike last semester, however, 1 must be a SENIOR RECITAL. Senior Soiree is the first opportunity you have to knock this requirement out of the way so I would encourage you to take care of it early!!

  • Feb 23 - 25: All State Chorus in Athens, GA. Trip details to come after second audition. 
  • March 2: LGPE at Lassiter High School AFTER SCHOOL. We will bus you to Lassiter after school and parents may come pick you up from Lassiter between 5:30 - 7:00pm. If you need to, you can ride the bus home and be picked up at Pebblebrook at 8:30. 
  • March 13 - 24: Juries. Stay tuned for specific details!
  • March 24 - 31: Senior recitals. Specific days & times TBD. Stay tuned. This will be the *last* opportunity you have to get that senior recital credit!
  • April 18: Spring Concert!
Schedule for this week & next:

VC1 
Thursday & Friday of this week we'll do an intro to Chichester Psalms. Regular schedule begins next week! All Staters --> don't forget to bring your All State music to class! Check offs begin this week!!
Jan 4 & 5: Accomplished Chichester I, mm. 109 - 115.
During 5th periods, we worked on Chichester I, mm. 32 - 43, 58 - 85. 

Chamber 
All Staters --> don't forget to bring your All State music to class! 

Jan 4 & 5: Accomplished Chichester I, mm. 66 - 85, 109 - 115.
Jan 11 - 13: Accomplished Chichester I, mm. 32- 43, 58 - 85, 109, 115. Added some text. Copy IPA into scores. 

RC3
In my groups we'll be reviewing IPA & starting Hebrew diction
All Staters --> don't forget to bring your All State music to class! Check offs begin this week!!

Jan 4 & 5: Accomplished Chichester I, mm. 66 - 71, 75 - 85, 109 - 115.
Jan 11 - 13: Accomplished Chichester I, mm. 58 - 85, 109, 115. Added some text. Copy IPA into scores over the weekend!!

RC4
All Staters --> don't forget to bring your All State music to class! Check offs begin this week!!
Jan 11 - 13: Accomplished Chichester I, mm. 58 - 85, 109, 115. Added some text. Copy IPA into scores over the weekend!

VC4
Thursday & Friday of this week we'll do an intro to Chichester Psalms. Regular schedule begins next week! All Staters --> don't forget to bring your All State music to class! Check offs begin this week!!
Jan 4 & 5: Accomplished Chichester I, mm. 109 - 115.
During 5th periods, we worked on Chichester I, mm. 32 - 43, 58 - 85. 

Friday, September 23, 2016

Pics from PHX retreat

It took a minute but I finally pulled the pictures from the PHX retreat off my camera! Better late than never...?

Enjoy!














Mr. T worked SO HARD to get this shot!








































Sunday, August 21, 2016

Week of Aug. 22

Thought for the week courtesy of PHS Principal Emerita, Zinta Perkins:

"Working hard for something you don't love is called stress. Working hard for something you love is called passion."

This week we're going to start piano & theory lessons in RC & Chamber.

For the groups list for RC & CC click here

For the CC weekly schedule click here.
In my groups this week CC will have an intro to women composers and start prepping the fall concert! (it's 4 weeks away...)

For the RC3 weekly schedule click here.
In my groups this week RC3 will refresh the National Anthem and the Chromatic scale.

For the RC4 weekly schedule click here.
In my groups this week RC4 will have an intro to women composers and start prepping for the fall concert!

VC
We will have your groups and schedule posted next week!! This week we'll determine your groups and start our units on the National Anthem and the Chromatic scale.
FRIDAY there will be a quiz on the National Anthem info that you learn in class this week.

Everyone
In addition to groups, all state prep and concert prep, we have the National Anthem singoff this week!!
If you'd like to audition for the the Singoff click here to sign up.
VC: DON'T SIGN UP YET!!! Please wait to sign up until after we see you in class so we can introduce this to you.

Note the days for the Singoff:
Chamber: Wednesday in class.
RC3: Thursday in class AFTER piano/theory/musicianship groups.
RC4: Thursday in class DURING piano/theory groups.
VC - don't worry, we'll tell you everything you need to know about this starting Monday.

National Anthem Singoff & vote for the vocal department will be during 5th period on Thursday. Friday in 5th we will have a P.A. on display wherein we'll talk about the upcoming auditions for SHOWCASE.