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All Choirs in Concert this Tuesday!

Come hear the Tigard Choir Program in concert this Tuesday at 7 pm in the Deb Fennell Auditorium. Call times for choirs is 6:00 pm. Advanced Women’s and Choralation call is 6:15. Concert Choir call time is 6:30 pm. Places will be called at 6:50 pm for a firm 7 pm start! Bring a dollar or two for cookies and water before the concert or at intermission. Bring a pen or pencil to fill out your contact information on the volunteer form!

Reserved seating is not available at this concert, but will resume at the Holiday Concert on December 10

You will hear Women’s Choir, Advanced Women’s Choir, MAN Choir, Choralation and Concert Choir. Don’t miss it! The concert is free.

Clinicians and Retreats coming to Concert Choir/Choralation

On Friday, October 16th, during Concert Choir rehearsal, we will be working with voice teacher and Alexander Technician, Cynthia McGladrey. Please schedule your Red Cross Blood Draws for that day so as not to conflict with this RICH learning experience! This will be a transformational workshop!

Concert Choir Retreat will be held at THS on Wednesday, October 21st from 6:00 – 9:00 pm and Thursday, October 22nd from 9:00 am – 4:00 pm. There will be NO COST for participants. Our Headline Clinician will be Mr. John Baker, formerly from Rex Putnam HS. We will focus on team building, sightsinging and ensemble skills. DON’T MISS IT!

Choralation will have a working/community building Retreat on Friday, October 23rd from 9 am – 4 pm  There will be NO COST for participants. We will focus on team building, repertoire fine tuning for the Fall Concert and sightread music for the Holiday Concert.  More details will be forthcoming. DON’T MISS IT!

All Choir Music Theory/Ear Training Assignments


Attention All Choir Students!  We are going deeper in learning essential and fundamental skills. This is going to have a HUGE positive impact on the choir program and on YOU personally! If you do not have access to a home computer or smart phone, please see Mr. Hawthorne for an alternate assignment. The following assignment is also under STUDY TOOLS!

A. MUSIC THEORY HOMEWORK PAGES, Part 1: When you can demonstrate “Exceeding the Standard (A)” for these two exercises by completing 10 minutes with at least 50 correct answers, click on the “i” icon to submit your progress report. By the due date, if you have not achieved “Exceeding the Standard”, submit your best score. Print out the Code Verification Page and turn it in to Mr. Hawthorne. Music Standard 2: Reading and Notating Music. Value: 20% of Grade. Due Date: October 30th by the end of the day. 

  1. Note Identification (Treble Clef Only)
  2. Note Identifications Both
  1. Key Signatures:

Additional Assessments for CONCERT CHOIR and CHORALATION Students only!

B. MUSIC THEORY HOMEWORK PAGES, Part 2: When you can demonstrate “Exceeding the Standard (A)” for these two exercises by completing 10 minutes with at least 50 correct answers, click on the “i” icon to submit your progress report. By the due date, if you have not achieved “Exceeding the Standard”, submit your best score. Print out the Code Verification Page and turn it into Mr. Hawthorne. Music Standard 2: Reading and Notating Music. Due Date: December 4th by the end of the day. Value: 20% of Grade.

  1. Interval Recognition:
  2. Ear Training:

The Value of the Individual

The greatness of a choir is not found in the group as a whole! Greatness is found in each individual’s investment in the process of deep learning. When individual members express value and take responsibility for their learning magical things begin to happen. There is no magic, however, that can replace knowing music fundamentals: Instant recognition of note names, key signatures, rhythmic patterns, and chromatic solfege are central to success. Don’t be a follower. BE A LEADER! Commit to using to establish your fundamental skills. DO IT!!!!

What a great rehearsal!

This morning, Choralation walked into the choir room to discover mics in place for “It don’t mean a thing”. The student’s energy exploded and we had a remarkable rehearsal. It makes me pause for a moment to reflect on why it was so great. Expectations were high, students were engaged, thoughtful, self-reflective, receptive to new ideas and challenges and eager to go to the next level. Icing on the cake was singing in the main office and the tunnel! Happy day! Sky’s the limit!

Honoring a great director!

Sir David Willcocks, retired conductor of the famed King’s College Choir and London Bach Choir passed away today. He was 95. An important conductor and choral arranger, Sir David was kind, approachable and generous of spirit. He will be missed. I had the privilege of singing under his baton at the Green Lake Music Festival in Ripon, Wisconsin when he was in his 70s. As a conductor Sir David was witty, humble and unrelenting in his demand for perfection.

Going slow to go fast!

What does it mean to consume the page? How do we look at a piece of music and see everything that we need to do? Things like: notes, rhythms, dynamics, and articulations? This is the architecture of the music. Without it, it is hard to get to the nuances of vowels, blend and balance. And it slows rehearsal way down! So that we can have fast, lively rehearsals, we need to do what a mentor of mine, Stafford Boyd, says: “sometimes you have to go slow to go fast”.

So that is what we are going to do. We are going to slow down and spend time looking at the fundamentals of music architecture. The goal will be to become fluent in the following areas:

Note Names; Key Signatures; Interval Recognition (visual and aural); Time Signatures; and Understanding Rhythmic Units within Time Signatures

Understanding PITCH is about understanding notes in relation to each other in the context of a key signature. A series of notes will be a collection of pitches that go up, down or stay the same. The trick is to hear the pitches in the context of a scale. If you can find DO and SO you are going to do great. TI and RE are neighbors to DO. LA and FA are neighbors to SO.

Go to the STUDY LINKS and click on! Go to exercises and click on Key signatures. The name of the key is DO. See how you can begin to visually recognize key signatures.

What’s Next? What’s Possible? – Opening Day!

My good colleague, Dr. Geoffrey Boers from the University of Washington asks these questions of his singers. I do too!

I can’t wait to meet everybody on Wednesday and Thursday! How exciting to open this new chapter! The Leadership Team has been so helpful! The room looks great. I can’t wait to hear each choir sing. Music will be ready! Each choir will sing on Opening Day! And play ice breaker games! And meet new friends!

Can you imagine the joy of hearing your choir singing? It is going to be fantastic!

So what is next? And what is possible? Come Wednesday and Thursday and find out!