Friday, April 21, 2017

Week of April 24

The home stretch! Here we go!!

What's next?

Here's the master schedule

You will work on a solo song which will be assigned to you and you will perform in about 3 weeks. We'll talk about this unit more on Monday in both classes.

We'll also resume classes in theory/piano/musicianship. Our musicianship unit will be Music History. Your exam will cover all topics from the year in musicianship (IPA, Messiah, History, Vocab), theory (key sigs, rel minors, enharmonics, whole/half steps, note ID, sight singing numbers) and piano (hand position, vocab).

This week:
Monday - Wednesday: Phoenix will rehearse for Changing of the Chairs, Lerner will get some extra piano lessons and Loewe will brush up on theory. For all 3 days.
Thursday/Friday: Changing of the Chairs/Prom Checkout/Etc

After that:
Juniors/Sophomores - a college prep unit involving research + gathering audition materials. We'll tailor assignments to what you're planning to do in college.
Take me to the info sheet for this project!
Take me to the form where I submit my college info! (Due Wednesday!)
Also piano

Seniors - a college prep unit preparing you for placement exams: piano, theory, sight singing, etc.

Class projects begin MONDAY! You will bring us 3 song selections and we'll chose the one we think will be best for you. See the RC3 page for your specific info & grading rubric for Class Projects.
Take me to the RC3 page

We'll also resume classes in piano/theory/musicianship. In musicianship we'll talk about some 20th century musical history & have some lessons on countsinging!

Juniors - a college prep unit involving research & gathering audition materials.
Take me to the info sheet for this project!
Take me to the form where I submit my college info! (Due Wednesday!)
Also 1 lesson/week in theory and musicianship; 2 piano lessons/week.

Seniors - You've designed your own unit (final proposals, if changing, are due Monday!) and we'll see what happens with it! Also 1 lesson/week in theory and musicianship; 2 piano lessons/week.

Monday, April 17, 2017

Week of April 17

Concert week!!

Dress rehearsal Monday until 6:30 (7:00 for RC3)
Concert black on Monday (All Staters don't forget t-shirts!!) Please arrive at dress rehearsal in your concert black.

Tuesday 5th: report to the VOCAL ROOM. And on Tuesday, we will give you time to change clothes in 5th, you do NOT need to be in concert black by 3:40 on Tuesday.

Please wear shirts on Tuesday to publicize our concert! And keep them on until 5th so we can get a picture!!

After Tuesday's concert, all music is due back on Wednesday.

RC3 & RC4 we'll start working on class projects - start thinking about repertoire!

Juniors in RC4 & Chamber - college prep time! In our next unit, you will prepare 2 pieces that you can use for college auditions. If you're auditioning in Musical Theater, you'll need one pre-1965, on contemporary. One of those should be uptempo, one ballad. If you're auditioning in classical voice, you need an English song and a song in a foreign language (French/German/Spanish).

If you're NOT planning to audition for college in performing arts, you will still complete the 2 song assignment but without the strict requirements. Your pieces should be geared towards senior soiree/senior recitals/etc.

Go team go!!

Sunday, April 9, 2017

Week of April 10

"This shall be our reply to violence: To make music more intensely, more devotedly, more beautifully than ever before" ~ Leonard Bernstein

Welcome back!! I hope you had a wonderful spring break!! Now just six more weeks until summer break...

Some reminders:
~LAST CALL FOR SHIRTS!! If you haven't, I will still accept t-shirt money Monday. If you can, please bring it to me first thing in the morning.
~ Our final senior recital is Thursday (4/13) at 6:30pm in the Black Box. This is the last opportunity to get your Sr Recital credit - take care of it this week if you haven't already!!
~ Concert is NEXT WEEK!! Do you have tickets yet?
~ Dress rehearsal is next Monday (4/17) until 6:30. YES, we DO want you to wear your concert attire. Please wear what you are planning to wear on Tuesday night on Monday.
~ Repertoire list
~ Run Order
~ Please communicate with me (preferably via email) if you'll be absent during rehearsals this week!!
~ Chichester soloists: costume parade Friday afternoon? Let's touch base this week.

This week:
Minors please come to 5th Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday of this week. On Tuesday we only request men + RC trebles. VC & Chamber women (minors) are not called on Tuesday.

Rehearsal plan for the week:
Here's my list of repertoire to rehearse this week in the order that we'll rehearse it. As we get through things, we'll move on to the next thing on the list, reviewing as necessary. Anything we don't get through by Friday is likely to be cut from next week's concert. I HIGHLY suggest that you review and study on your own before and after rehearsals so that once we work through pieces, we don't have to re-work them. Also? Bring your best focus, energy and attention to rehearsal so that we can work quickly and enjoyably!

Chichester III
Chichester I
Harry Potter

Chichester III
Chichester II
Chichester I
Stomp Your Foot
The Game/Sigh no More

Chichester III
Chichester II
Chichester I
Zion's Walls
Come Spirit

Chichester III
Chichester II
Chichester I
Father William
Chichester III
Chichester I
Sweet Charity

Saturday, March 25, 2017

Week of March 27

"This will be our reply to violence: to make music more intensely, more beautifully, more devotedly than ever before" ~ Leonard Bernstein

Spring concert is a-comin' and we're making GREAT strides towards being ready. Still have a long way to go so rehearsals during the first part of this week are super important. All hands on deck - we need all personnel in all classes so that we can finalize all of the details before we break. If you're going to miss a rehearsal, please communicate with me so that I know about it ahead of time!!

Documents to review for spring concert:
**THERE WILL BE A DRESS REHEARSAL ON MONDAY 4/17 UNTIL 6:30pm!! Plan accordingly!!**

Repertoire list (including soloists & what's memorized!)

Working run order

Names for T-shirt
*make sure your name is included, starred (seniors), spelled correctly, etc. Pls EMAIL corrections to DW by WEDNESDAY!!

Tentative rehearsal plan for this week:

VC 1: Monday: a little writing assignment (graded!) to follow up on your viewing of Amadeus. Then in rehearsals this week Double Trouble & Chichester!

Monday: Whitacre
Tuesday: Copland, Chichester II
Wednesday: Battle of Jericho. Then (if time) First Midnight & Flintstones for each other.
Thursday: The Game (men), Sigh no More Ladies (some women)
Friday: Recital prep, quiz for Loewe, other rep as necessary.

Monday: Come Spirit
Tuesday: Zion's Walls, Tundra, Seize the Day
Wednesday: As needed rehearsals
Thursday: Stay tuned
Friday: Stay tuned

Monday: Father William
Tuesday: Ellington
Wednesday: Chichester as needed
Thursday: stay tuned
Friday: stay tuned

Monday: Chichester III
Tuesday: Sweet Charity
Wednesday: Sweet Charity
Thursday: stay tuned
Friday: stay tuned

Minors are welcome to attend rehearsals (but not required) on Monday/Tuesday/Wednesday of this week for extra rehearsals on Chichester.
Monday: Chichester
Tuesday: Chichester (w/ soloists)
Wednesday: Chichester straight run
Thursday: Tradition
Friday: TBD

But wait... Where is DW going to be at the end of this week?

Click here to find out more about the ASO trip to D.C. to perform at the Kennedy Center!

Sunday, March 19, 2017

Week of March 20


This week we'll wrap up juries and continue with concert preparations.

Reminders (same as last week):
How is my jury being graded?

What day is my jury again?
**Don't forget that audition attire is requested for ALL juries!!**

Looking ahead:
For the spring concert, everyone will need concert black attire. 
Ladies: Black PANTS, black flat shoes, dressy black top that goes to the elbow. Jazz pants and leotards are ok. 
Men: black slacks, black collared shirt (VC men may wear a black polo), black dress shoes and socks. 

Spring Concert Rep List (subject to change!)

***We need to finalize all soloists for Chichester THIS WEEK. If there is a solo in Chichester that you are interested in and have not sung it for me yet, you should EMAIL ME IMMEDIATELY.***
(Tundra & Father William solos will happen this week - see below!!)

Rehearsal schedules (also subject to change) for this week:

VC1: Chichester I & III, Double Trouble
VC4: Chichester I & III, Rhythm of Life

Chamber (slight change from last week to accommodate Dance Festival absences) 
Monday: Chichester & Whitacre
Tuesday: Juries/Recital Prep/Individual work on Whitacre & Chichester
Wednesday: First Midnight & Flintstones. Since we're on a limited timeframe, we need all First Midnight personnel for this rehearsal! If you're not able to attend this rehearsal, we may re-assign your lines!
Thursday: Loewe piano/theory & Lerner/Phoenix lesson on Considering Matthew Shepherd
Friday: Recital preps

Monday: Juries/Come Spirit Come Charm
Tuesday: Juries/Chichester
Wednesday: Tundra/Seize the Day --> solo auditions for Tundra!
Thursday: Come Spirit (staging?)
Friday: Tundra/Seize the Day

Monday: (VC4 juries)/Chichester
Tuesday: (jrs) Juries
Wednesday: Tundra & Father William --> solo auditions for Tundra!
Thursday: TBD (review Tundra & Father William?)
Friday: Ellington (staging?)

5th Period
Monday: Chichester III w/ quartet callbacks
Tuesday: Tradition
Wednesday: Let the River & Tradition
Thursday: Chichester II & Tundra
Friday: TBD