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Friday, September 12, 2014

Solo Festival Nominees

Congratulations to EVERYONE for completing your first solo performance requirement of the year. We know that singing an art song in a foreign language was a challenge and a novelty for some of you so know that we are proud of you for simply accomplishing the task. In addition, many of you showed a tremendous improvement from your solo performances last year!!

We wish many, many of you could participate in our solo festival but alas, we have limited time with our judges so here is the list of those who are nominated this year.

For those of you who are new the festival, here are some details:

  • The Solo Festival is an opportunity for our students to receive feedback from professional singers on your All State solo. The idea is that this will help you to further prepare for your All State audition in November as well as give you some general feedback on how you present yourself in auditions. 
  • You will not receive a score at Solo Festival, only comments. 
  • The only thing you will sing at the Festival will be your All State solo. 
  • The judges will provide commentary on every aspect of your performance (including attire, slate and general demeanor) so plan accordingly!
  • There will be a 1st, 2nd and 3rd place winner in each category, selected by our judges. All winners will be expected to learn the extended solo, beyond the 90 second cut that you'll sing for your All State audition. All winners will perform the full solo in front of their individual classes and 5th period. The 1st place winners will also get to sing on the fall concert. 
  • Both of our judges are professional singers and voice teachers who are familiar with high school voices (but are not affiliated with Pebblebrook). 
  • Our 11th/12th grade judge is Penelope Bitzas, Associate Professor of Music at Boston University. Her bio can be found here
  • Our 9th/10th grade judge is Alexis Lundy, an Atlanta-Based soprano and two-time winner of the Metropolitan National Council District Auditions. Her bio can be found here

If you are on the list of nominees, be sure to sign up for a time slot ASAP to secure your spot in the festival!

9th/10th Sign Up

11th/12th Sign Up

Sunday, September 7, 2014

Week of Sept. 8

This week we'll be hearing your All State solos in class all week. Please consult the schedule if you need a reminder about which day you'll sing. We've also reminded you about attire on the schedule list: please make sure that you're dressed appropriately on your performance day.

Everyone's EQ is the same: what are three things I need to be aware of when presenting my all state solo in front of my classmates? Your three things can have to do with performance etiquette, the notes/rhythms of your song, your song interpretation or any combination of those three things.

For those who would like to get ahead of the curve, the next thing that we'll be doing in all classes is studying your All State Terms. Your quizzes on these terms will be after Fall Break but we'll begin reviewing them in RC3 & RC4 this week.

I will give you multiple-choice quizzes on these terms, similar to the test you'll take at All State. Like at All State, the definitions will mostly be very close to each other (sometimes only 1 word will be different): Be forewarned!!!

9th & 10th Grade Terms

11th & 12th Grade Terms

Tuesday, September 2, 2014

Week of Sept. 2

I hope you all had a restful and enjoyable 3-day weekend!

This week we will continue to work on All State Solos in all classes to prepare for your performances next week.

RC & CC: Many of you have asked to change your all state voice part. I've posted a list on the vocal room wall for you to check to make sure you're signed up for the voice part you intend. Please double-check at some point during class this week, make any necessary changes and initial by your name.

VC: We're checking your voice part in class this week. If you are absent for a day, please make sure that you check with Dr. Woolf to make sure you're signed up for the correct voice part.

All classes' EQ is the same: What is your all state song about? How do you communicate that even though you're singing in Italian?

As you prepare for your performances next week, please consult the GMEA All State Solo rubric which can be found here. This is the rubric we will use to assign your performance grade. Remember that in order to receive a perfect score your performance must be truly exceptional, above and beyond simply singing accurate notes, rhythms and words.

The strongest performances (approximately 12 - 15 from each class) will be invited to participate in our solo festival on Sept. 27. Everyone should save the date for solo festival since it's been on our calendar since the summer. We will post the participants of the solo festival on this blog by Sept. 12 so that families have plenty of time to prepare. Winners of the solo festival will receive a small prize as well as the opportunity to sing your solo on the fall concert.

Friday, August 29, 2014

National Anthem Winners

Congratulations to our winners of the 2014 National Anthem singoff!

Rayven Bailey

Charity Boyd & Gabriella Wells

Kelsie Dow

Tassy Kirbas

Kirby Burgess/Abby Menear/Daniel Fobes/Commodore Primous

Branisha Wilson

Wednesday, August 27, 2014

Disney Info

Parents and Students,

If you missed our meeting on Friday or have not gotten a packet of info on the Disney trip, the entire packet can be found here. Please read everything carefully. You may turn in a $50 deposit to hold your spot on the trip on Wednesday morning, September 3 at 7:45am in the conference room outside Mr. T's office.

Please note that once you turn in the $50 deposit we begin to make arrangements for you to travel (we pay for your hotel room, park tickets and bus seats). Therefore you will be held responsible for the remaining $450 even if you must withdraw from the trip. For more information on our cancellation policy, please see the Field Trip Cancellation Policy, which is the last page of the attached packet.

We're looking forward to a great trip :)

Tuesday, August 26, 2014

Friday Quizzes

Both VC & RC will have a quiz on Friday over the English translation for your All State solo. I will provide the Italian words and request that you write the English translation underneath. The quiz will be  worth 20 points.

Chamber Retreat Schedule & Info


Here is our schedule for the weekend as well as a list of things you need to bring with you. We'll go through this in class tomorrow but feel free to print this list for family members.

Looking forward to a fun retreat weekend!

P.S. Don't forget to sign up for Fun Friday if you have repertoire to try out!