Category Archives: Choir Program

All Joy!

What a joy to be a part of such wonderful music making on Tuesday night at our Fall Choir Concert. A wide range of repertoire performed with so much professionalism, so much heart, so much esprit de corp!

Great to have so many parents in attendance. Nearly $500.00 collected in Pass the Hat! Thank you!

Grateful for the wonderful support the choir received from the administration, with Principal Van Fleet’s opening comments and Assistant Principal Fields kind email to the students today.

Now we move onward with our sights set on a fabulous Holiday Concert! Don’t miss it! December 10th!

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!

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 musictheory.net 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 musictheory.net! 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.

Listening Sessions Coming!

Part of my joy in transitioning to Tigard High School will come in the meeting of all the choir students and choir parents. Very soon I will be hosting small group listening sessions with members of the choir leadership and parents to learn as much as I can about what aspects of the choir program are important to you. What are the things that you have valued in the past, traditions and experiences that you want to see continue and to hear about things that you may want to explore that are new. So I am looking forward to hearing about the core things that you think make the choirs at Tigard great! Exciting times ahead!

Music and Community

Today I am reminded about how much I value being a member of a warm and inviting community. I met members of the Varsity Football team today, including Ryan, Ben, and Spencer and members of the Varsity Cheerleading Squad. Nearer to the end of the year, I met members of Choralation, our new principal Mr. Van Fleet, the front office staff, Mrs. Edwards and Mrs. Mason, along with custodians Gus, Josh, Natividad and Bill. Everyone at Tigard is so friendly and warm. What a great place!

I cannot wait to meet all of the new and continuing members of the 2015-2016 Tigard High School Choirs. We are going to have a wonderful time getting to know each other, building community, learning and growing together and making incredible music!

Take advantage of some of the great musical opportunities out there this summer. Go see Thoroughly Modern Millie at our Deb Fennel Auditorium over the next two weeks! It is AMAZING! Go see Wicked at the Keller if you can summon up the money to do it. Wendy and I, along with other friends and family are going to see Millie again on the 24th of July. Perhaps we will see you there! And enjoy your summer!