Presentation on theme: "The Montgomery High School Vocal Family"— Presentation transcript:
1 The Montgomery High School Vocal Family Jeffrey Woodworth – artistic directorDoug Radziewicz – assistant director(vice versa at UMS)Concert Choir, MHS Chorale, Chamber ChoirChoraliers, Men’s Ensemble, Vocal Jazz
2 Where We Are NowOver the past 7 years, we’ve grown from a fledgling program of two choirs with one teacher to:3 Curricular Choirs with Progressive Advancement3 Co-Curricular Choirs + Student A Cappella2 Teachers for all choirs 7-12 grade1 Vocal Family with a close student community
3 What We’ve Been Up To Thus Far… Concert ChoirIndividual Voice Placements for parts. The voice is constantly changing til late 20’s. Once a year is a minimum to checkBeginning Octavo Reading (BINDERS!!!)Beginning Rhythm/SolfeggioLiterature starts this Friday
4 What We’ve Been Up To Thus Far… MHS ChoraleDivisi Voice Parts (SSAA, SMC)SGO’s (Singing/Writing)Winter Concert LiteratureFirst Assessment is forthcoming
5 What We’ve Been Up To Thus Far… Chamber ChoirDivisi Voice Parts (SSAATTBB, SMCTB)Carols for DecemberWinter Concert LiteratureFirst Assessment is forthcoming
6 What We’ve Been Up To Thus Far… Choraliers (all-girl) / Men’s EnsembleSecond week of rehearsalStill open to additional singers!!Choraliers – T: 5:00 – 6:30Men’s Ensemble – T: 6:30 – 8:00Both groups non-auditioned clubs
7 What We’ve Been Up To Thus Far… Vocal JazzAuditions in two weeks12 singers (3 per part)Does not cut into PM time, lunch rehearsals regularly
8 Online ResourcesFor All Ensembles:(District Page)DepartmentsMusic DepartmentMHS Vocal EnsemblesChoose the respective ensemble
9 Online ResourcesEnsemble PagesPractice Tracks (.mp3) for independent workForms (Handbook) and HandoutsLinks to Surveys or Additional Supplements (including this ppt)Decimated Paper Consumption
11 We are here to nourish your child’s well-being; in four critical ways: Vocal Program CoreWe are here to nourish your child’s well-being; in four critical ways:Nourish healthy vocal technique.Nourish their knowledge of visual/aural skill.Nourish abstract thought and affect.Nourish their need for community.
12 Healthy Vocal Technique Bel canto singing – head voice dominantResonant singing / rounded singingVoice parts are based on where the head voice liesChest Voice is used sparinglySinger’s breath is usedPower is established using the Singer’s Formant (the “ring”)Ensemble style of blend and balance
13 Healthy Vocal Technique Body-mapping and singing alignmentIncreased accessibility of registers and changes in registers (passagio)Tuning and Blending according to the musicBreath/Voice connection (onset)ProjectionBel canto INCREASES skill set but does not take away from other vocal stylesmany, many more…
14 Aural/Visual SkillEar Training – the ear/brain connection and ability to accurately reproduce sound through the internal ear (audiation)Reading Skill – increased fluency of what is theoretically written (pitch & rhythm) and the structure of the repertoireSight-reading – ability to, as accurately as possibly, perform a line of music with limited assistance “at first sight”
15 Abstract Thought / Affect A broader perspective of the “infinite variety” of vocal music (varying styles, genres, periods, cultures, languages) and the growing canon of choral musicConnection to the music’s message and semantic value.Ability to critique and analyze music using discipline-specific terminology (walk the walk, talk the talk)Engage in discussion
16 Community!Support group within a row, a section, an ensemble and as a program (including Council)Healthy socialization as a part of the art formSafe environment where ideas are valued and consideredEquality in terms of respectEquality in terms of expectationRapport left to right, and front to backGrowth of involvement (beyond the bell)Many close bonds and friendships were borne here
17 Team-Teaching Incentives Teaching vocal music is multi-tasking (piano, conducting, modeling)Simple Vigilance (four eyes are better than two, four ears are better than two)Accompaniment = conducting freedomSectionals – small group (voice part, gender, small quartets, individual) provide more detailed examination and better time managementCohesiveness in sending school (UMS)Individual Assessment to track and foster goals/growth
18 Additional Opportunities Region Choir (auditioned in December) – brings together students from: Somerset, Hunterdon, Mercer, Middlesex & Monmouth Counties. Rehearses in January, concert within a month of rehearsalsAll-State (auditioned in April) – students from all across the state. Concerts are the following yearStudents have gained entry into these, All-Eastern, All-National Choirs consistently.
19 Additional Opportunities Choraliers, Men’s Ensemble, Vocal JazzSpring Musical – each year a high-calibre performing opportunity. Previous shows: All Shook Up, Wizard of Oz, Sound of Music, AidaCoffeehouses – Student-run, student-performances. Takes place in the foyer in the evening. Fundraises for the program.Trips – Previous destinations: Quebec, Spain, Italy, Germany, Austria, Czech Republic. Next year is our turn!!
20 Program Advancement Options Chamber Choir (mixed), Chorale (all-treble)Both groups are auditioned and therefor balanced in terms of voice partsPlacements are done each February/MarchEvery 9, 10, 11 grade Concert Choir member does placement (many don’t know they are “ready” or “qualified” for this opportunity)Allows for growthRegardless we consider the music commitment as long term, not transient
21 What Can Parents Do??ADVOCATE (that doesn’t mean you have to sing with them!)If you can, support their interest in private instruction (ensembles never teach enough individual technique)Music is a well-respected institution in Montgomery TownshipDo you have a young son who sings?!?!Art is a graduation requirement but…
22 Colleges Look for…The “Well-Lopsided Student” – students who show a commitment (similar to sports) and focusCommon Application Supplements – even if not majoring in music, there are scholarships and benefits to gifted non-music majorsAP’s, SAT’s, ACT’s aren’t all there is. The interview is prevalent and social skills are important; they want their potential students to fit into the institution’s fabric
23 MHS Choir/Orchestra Parents Organization NEW initiative spearheaded by myself and Debbie MeolaProvide opportunity to support the program outside the classroomCreate opportunities to build financial support for trips and other eventsPlease sign up!Especially if you have accounting experience/interest!
24 Contact: firstname.lastname@example.org MHS extension: 6126This powerpoint and additional information are posted on the MHS Vocal Ensembles web
25 "Men go abroad to wonder at the heights of mountains, at the long courses of the rivers, at the vast compass of the ocean, at the motion of the stars, and they pass by themselves without wondering."- St. Augustine