Friday, August 26, 2016

Week of Aug. 29

Thought for the week:

"Come then: Let us to the task, to the battle, to the toil -- each to our part, each to our station, there is not a week, nor a day, nor an hour to lose." ~ Winston Churchill, 1940

*ALL STATE FEES ARE DUE FRIDAY. $20 (cash or check to PAPA). Please turn in to Dr. Woolf.

We're plowing on towards the fall concert this week - here we go!!!

VC 1st period
You'll begin piano & theory groups this week and start getting into your regular rotation. Huzzah!
What group am I in again?
Monday: Both groups w/ DW, refresh scales, begin intro to Sightsinging.
Tuesday: Anna goes to piano, then theory. Olaf starts with theory, then goes to piano.
Wednesday: again with DW, more sightsinging!
Thursday: Piano and theory again!!
Friday: QUIZ over your major, minor and chromatic scales

Monday: Rehearsals on Men's/Women's Rep. Then SLO pre-test.
Tuesday: PHX w/ DW - continue working on sacred harp pieces for Highlands. If time we'll get started on the Chinese piece for the fall concert. Lerner & Loewe will have theory & piano.
Wednesday: 10:00 - 10:45: Tutti rehearsal on To See the Sky & Cells Planets; 10:45 - 11:30: Silvy
Thursday: Lerner & Loewe continue rehearsal on Sky & Cells; PHX piano & theory
Friday: 10:00 - 10:45: Tutti rehearsal on Sky & Cells; 10:45 - 11:30: Men's/Women's pieces.

Monday: GROUPS and GROUPS. My groups are going to have a refresher on SS in minor.
Tuesday: GROUPS then men's/women's rehearsal
Wednesday: GROUPS and GROUPS. More refreshers on minor SS.
Thursday: GROUPS then tutti rehearsal.
Friday: TBD

Monday: Tutti rehearsal w/ DW (Warrior, Still I Rise)
Tuesday: GROUPS
Wednesday: Rehearsal w/ DW (Still I Rise, Famine Song)
Thursday: GROUPS
Friday: TBD

VC 4th Period
You'll begin piano & theory groups this week and start getting into your regular rotation. Huzzah!
What group am I in again?
Monday: Elsa goes to piano, then theory. Sven goes to theory, then piano.
Tuesday: Both groups with DW, refresh scales & intro to sight singing!
Wednesday: Groups again. Elsa goes to piano, then theory, Sven goes to theory, then piano.
Thursday: again with DW, more sight singing!
Friday: TBD

5th Period
We'll begin working on Famine Song this week!
Thursday we'll have P.A. on display in the theater and learn more about SHOWCASE.

National Anthem Winners

Congrats to all who auditioned!! This year we'll be calling on the following singers first, and might ask some of the other finalists to step in if none of these singers are available on a given date. 

Rayven Bailey & Tassy Kirbas
Jared Campbell
Roan Denton
Victoria Pardon
Cayla Primous
Julia Schick

Nazahaya Cornett
Melody Little
Taijah Miles
Alex Pryor
Christian Ruiz
Sky Schumacher

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!

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.

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.

Sunday, August 14, 2016

Week of Aug. 15

First concert week of the school year - here we go!!!

Concert run order (subject to change)

A few reminders:

  • On concert days we stay at school for the entire afternoon and evening to rehearse for the concert. PAPA provides supper for both carnivores and vegetarians - if you have more severe dietary restrictions, we suggest you provide your own food. Microwaves are available for those who wish to provide their own food. 
  • On concert day you must be present at school no later than 11:30. In addition to rehearsals in the theater during the school day, dress rehearsal begins at 3:40 and is mandatory for all students who are performing in the evening concert. 
  • Students must be DRESSED in CONCERT ATTIRE by 3:40. This is a part of students' concert etiquette grade.

For other concerts this year, we will wear robes but for this first concert of the year we like to keep it a bit more casual. That said, this is still a performance and we expect our performers to dress in a way that best reflects their performance and the professionalism of our department. 

General Expectations

For men: 
  • Dress pants. NO JEANS.
  • Dress shoes. NO TENNIS SHOES or flip flops. 
  • Socks
  • Belt
  • Collared shirt (tucked in)
For women: 
  • Dress pants or dress or skirt/top combo. NO DENIM (including jeans, jean jackets, white jeans, black jeans, etc). 
  • Dress shoes. No heels higher than 2 inches. Sandals are ok but no tennis shoes or flip flops. 
  • Skirt or dress MUST COVER KNEES or be worn with opaque tights or leggings. 
  • Shoulders covered (wear a cardigan sweater if your dress/top is sleeveless). 
  • Hair out of face.
  • Tasteful makeup and jewelry. 
Within the above specifications, each class has a thematic color for their dress to help unify their performance on stage:

Vocal Concentration - colorful attire. Avoid black if possible, all other colors ok. 
Chamber Chorus - concert black with a splash of blue
Rep Choruses - concert black with a splash of either red or gold. 

Any questions? Email Doc Woolf at 

Tuesday, August 9, 2016

Workshop Concert Auditions

Sophomores, Juniors and Seniors who participated in summer study are welcome to audition to perform a solo or small ensemble piece on the workshop concert. At this time, freshmen are NOT invited to audition for Workshop Concert. In order to have an audition scheduled, you must submit this form by 8pm Friday August 12. Auditions will be held from 4:30 - 6:30 on Monday, August 15. We will make every effort to schedule auditions in the order in which applications are received.

Show me the audition schedule