August, 2009 CHORAL NOTES!!! Welcome back everyone! We hope that you had a great summer! We look forward to providing your children with a wide variety of musical experiences and opportunities for personal and musical growth during the upcoming year! We extend a special invitation to all Grade 9 Parents and to Parents new to our program to attend the first meeting of the Music Parent’s Association in September. This will be a great opportunity for you to meet other parents and gain more insight into the program your child will be involved in. We extend a thank-you to the parents who have agreed to take on executive positions with the association. Without the support of these parents we would be unable to continue to provide the many outstanding musical opportunities available to Campbell music students. CHORAL NEWS FIRST REHEARSALS and VOCAL JAZZ AUDITIONS! ATTENTION ALL GRADE 10-12 STUDENTS WHO ARE INTERESTED IN SINGING......... FIRST REHEARSAL OF SENIOR VOICES! (NOON CHOIR 10/20/30) The first information meeting for all students interested in participating in the Senior Voices will be held on Tuesday, Sept. 8th, at 12:00 pm in the Campbell Auditorium. Senior Voices is available to all students in grades 10 -12, so bring a friend if you are already registered! ATTENTION ALL GRADE 9 STUDENTS WHO ARE INTERESTED IN SINGING......... INFORMATION MEETING (GRADE 9 CHOIR) The first information meeting for all students interested in participating in the Junior Voices (Grade 9 Choir) will be held on Thursday, Sept. 10th, at 12:00 pm in Room 128 (the choral room). Junior Voices is available to all students in Grade 9. No experience is necessary VOCAL JAZZ AUDITIONS - THURSDAY, SEPTEMBER 3 - 3:30 - 5:30PM Campbell offers three vocal jazz ensembles - Jazz Express, Centre Stage, and The Classics. If you would like to be a member of a vocal jazz ensemble, please sign up for an audition time on the door of Room 125 (Vocal Jazz Studio). Please see Mr. and Mrs. Baird for further details. * PLEASE NOTE THAT YOU MUST BE A MEMBER OF A VOCAL OR INSTRUMENTAL CONCERT GROUP IN ORDER TO AUDITION FOR A VOCAL JAZZ ENSEMBLE. PLEASE CHECK THE ATTACHED REHEARSAL SCHEDULE FOR ALL ENSEMBLE REHEARSAL TIMES! (Rehearsals begin the week of September 7-11, 2009) CHOIR RETREATS AND WORKSHOPS! Choral retreats and workshops are essential elements of the choral program. An important part of being a choir member is being a team player. The choral retreats provide each choir with the opportunity to work together as a team as they have an intense weekend of choral rehearsals, vocal technique sessions and other sessions that enhance the team building process. We have worked very hard to ensure that these experiences will not be expensive! TUESDAY, OCTOBER 13 8AM – 5:30PM SENIOR VOICES DAY RETREAT! WEDNESDAY, OCTOBER 14 8AM – 5:30PM JUNIOR VOICES DAY RETREAT! THURSDAY, OCTOBER 22 – SATURDAY, OCTOBER 24 CHAMBER CHOIR RETREAT! The retreats will be held at Dallas Valley Retreat and Conference Centre. Specific information about the retreat will be distributed at the beginning of September. The camp is an ideal spot for a choral retreat, and it will be an excellent experience for all involved. Choir members are expected to have made arrangements in their schedules in order to accommodate this event. It is absolutely crucial that all members of the choir attend this retreat, as it requires a complete group effort in order to be successful. WORKSHOPS, CLINICS AND INVITATIONAL CONCERTS! The Campbell vocalists will have the opportunity to work with a variety of nationally recognized clinicians during the upcoming year as well as host a number of guest choirs. These facilitators and choirs will be brought to our school for week day or weekend workshops, and regular rehearsals. CHORAL MUSIC TOURS (Meeting regarding these Following CAMPA AGM) Because the choral music program at Campbell is performance based, the choral tours at Campbell are an integral part of the program, and provide a necessary extended performance opportunity. The Campbell Choral Department is committed to carefully planning tours that offer excellent educational value while making every effort to keep costs as low as possible. The music tours are always a wonderful experience for all involved. Our students represented themselves extremely well as goodwill ambassadors for Campbell, Regina and Saskatchewan. SENIOR CHORAL TOUR TO OTTAWA AND MONTREAL! Thursday, April 15- Tuesday, April 20 2010 Who: Senior Voices (Grade 10, 11 and 12 Choir) and Chamber Choir The Campbell Senior Choral Ensembles have been invited to travel to Ottawa and Montreal in April 2010 to participate in a number of outstanding performance and cultural opportunities. All members of the Chamber Choir and Senior Voices are expected to be part of “the team” on this excursion. This will be a valuable and rewarding experience for all involved! When: Thursday, April 15 - Tuesday, April 20. SENIOR CHORAL TOUR TO OTTAWA AND MONTREAL! (Cont) Thursday, April 15- Tuesday, April 20 2010 Highlights: Performance at The Parliament Buildings – Ottawa Tour of the Parliament Buildings and the Supreme Court - Ottawa Performance for the Governor General of Canada at Rideau Hall in Ottawa Performance at the National Arts Centre as invited guest performers - Ottawa Performance at Ottawa Kiwanis Choral Festival as invited guest performers – Ottawa Visit to the National Art Gallery - Ottawa Tour of the world-renowned Museum of Civilization – Hull, Quebec Train from Ottawa to Montreal on Via Rail Performance at the world-renowned Notre Dame Cathedral – Montreal Performance and Clinics at McGill University – Montreal Guided Tour of Old Montreal Transportation: We are planning to travel by air to Ottawa and return by air from Montreal. We will be traveling by train from Ottawa to Montreal. While in the cities of Ottawa and Montreal we will be using Kerr Coach Bus Lines. Detailed Information: Information about this tour will be sent home with all students registered in Noon Hour Choir 10 20 or 30. NEXT DEPOSIT: Due September 30 (Newly registered members can still sign up!!!!) JUNIOR CHORAL TOUR TO LETHBRIDGE, ALBERTA! Thursday, May 6 - Saturday, May 8, 2010 Who: Junior Voices (Grade 9 Choir) and Jazz Express This performance tour will give our junior students the opportunity to perform in many venues including concerts in schools and community centres in Lethbridge. Students will be receiving specific information about this tour in the fall. INTERNATIONAL TOUR OPPORTUNITIES/INVITATIONS FOR CAMPBELL CHORAL MUSIC! The Campbell Choral Department has received two major international invitations during the past year. WORLD EXPO 2010 IN SHANGHAI CHINA! The Campbell Chamber Choir has been presented with the unique opportunity to sing in China in association with the 2010 World Expo in July 2010. Shanghai is hosting the 2010 World Expo and the preparations are ambitious and spectacular. International expositions are one of the world's largest and most thrilling events. They inspire the entire world to come together to celebrate their shared dreams for a better future. The 2010 Expo Canada Day Choral festival will feature individual performances in Beijing (Forbidden City Concert Hall) as well as our individual and combined festival performances in Shanghai in connection with Canadian festivities. The Expo honors each of the countries represented there with celebrations for their national day. The choral festival will celebrate Canada Day eve and Canada Day with spectacular concerts and the gala combined performance. After careful consideration, we felt it was appropriate to present this opportunity to our Chamber Choir families as there has been interest expressed in pursuing this additional opportunity further. Therefore we will be holding a WORLD EXPO INFORMATION MEETING in September! Parents will be notified of the meeting date by the end of August. PHIL MATTSON VOCAL JAZZ FESTIVAL – CARNEGIE HALL, NEW YORK! The Campbell Senior Vocal Jazz Ensembles have received an invitation to participate in a very special performance opportunity to be held at the world-famous Carnegie Hall in New York City. The event will take place April 6 - 10, 2010 featuring top vocal jazz ensembles from across North America under the direction of the world acclaimed composer/educator, Mr. Phil Mattson. As our upcoming school year tour plans have already been made for this year, we look forward to pursuing this opportunity in future years, and we are very honored to have received the invitation. MUSIC UNIFORMS SENIOR UNIFORM: The following uniform will be worn by the Chamber Choir and Senior Voices: Men: Black dress pants, a black Oxford shirt (button down shirt), a black senior music tie, suit vest, black socks, and black dress shoes. ABSOLUTELY NO CASUAL PANTS OR RUNNING SHOES!! To be purchased from the Campbell Music Parents Association: Black Campbell Music Tie - $15.00 To be rented from the Campbell Music Parents Association: Suit Vest - $20.00 Men’s Total Cost paid to CAMPA: $35.00 PLEASE NOTE: After their first year in the music program, male students will only pay the cost of renting the suit vests. Women: Long Black Dress with short sleeves, Black Nylons, scarf, with black low-heeled closed toe dress shoes. The dress is a short - sleeved long black formal dress with a flattering waist and scoop neck- line using a material that is extremely comfortable and non-crushable. To be purchased from the Campbell Music Parents Association: Dress Package which includes: fabric, notions, lining, (everything required) plus specific detailed instructions about the making of the dress. Women’s Total Cost: $50.00 plus seamstress cost if needed. PLEASE NOTE: We have worked very hard to ensure that we could get the most reasonable price possible. Students will keep the dress. Female students will not have to pay a uniform rental fee after the initial dress package purchase. CAMPA is looking for parent volunteers to help sew the dresses for those students who are unable to find someone to sew it for them. If you are able to help, please indicate that on the attached registration form. The purchase of the Uniform Package is non-refundable. Therefore if a student is removed from the music program there will be no refund for the uniform. However, students can sell their dresses to other students upon graduation. JUNIOR UNIFORM The following uniform will be used by the Grade 9 Choir. Men and Women Short Sleeved Black T-Shirt with the Campbell Music Logo embroidered on the front. Black Dress Pants (NO CASUAL PANTS OR RUNNING SHOES) Black Socks Black Dress Shoes The cost/shirt will be $18.00 payable to CAMPA. Please see attached registration form for payment. These uniforms will be used at our first concerts on October 27. Dress Packages and T-Shirts will not be issued until payment has been received. Uniform Measuring and Vest/Scarf Distribution will be held on September 16,17 and 18 at noon. Senior Voices and Chamber Choir members should attend on the days that they are not required to be at rehearsal. MUSIC PARENT ASSOCIATION NEWS MUSIC ASSOCIATION MEETINGS! EVERYONE IS WELCOME AND ENCOURAGED TO ATTEND MUSIC ASSOCIATION MEETINGS! Meetings are generally held on the 2nd Tuesday of the Month at 7:00 pm at Campbell Collegiate. The first Music Association meeting is on September 15th and the AGM will be held on September 29 th at 7:00 pm at Campbell Collegiate in the West Staff Room. REGISTRATION FORM/VOLUNTEER FORM To aid in the collection of information for our database we have included a registration form in this mailout. Please fill out both sides of the form. Please submit this form along with the payment of the amount owed on your family TRP statement to the Campbell Music Office by Wednesday, September 30. We appreciate your attention to this. Please make cheques payable to the CAMPA c/o Campbell Music Dept., 102 Massey Road, Regina, SK. S4S 4M9 E-MAIL CONTACT In order to make our communication with parents even more efficient, we ask that you please give us your email address on the attached registration form. This will make communication with our families much easier and far more effective than relying on notices given to the students.