Wednesday, 25 May 2016

Children /Jr. Choir Auditions

More audition opportunities for Grade 4 and 5 students.  Notes went home to interested students.  There is still time, so contact Ms. Rempel ASAP if you have questions about this.

Inviting Grade 4 students to try out for St. James-Assiniboia Divisional Children's Choir for the 2016-2016 season.  AND Inviting Grade 5 students to try out for the St. James-Assiniboia Divisional Jr. Concert Choir.

SJASD Children's Choir (Grade 5) this year is under the direction of Heather Neufeld at Heritage School and SJASD Jr. Concert Choir (Grades 6-8) will be lead by Gabriela Gallo at Bannatyne School.  These choirs are enrichment groups that perform at a high level.  Membership gives students the opportunity to develop excellent choral singing skills and to meet with other talented musicians from throughout the school division.   Singers in this group enjoy rehearsing and performing a wide variety of beautiful music.  In addition to having fun singing together, this choir works very hard.  For this reason, the choir is considered an "elite" performing group, meeting the special musical needs of highly motivated, self-disciplined singers.

Practices: Children's Choir meets weekly on Wednesdays from 4:15-5:45 beginning September, 2016 and ending mid-May, 2017 at Heritage School.  The 'choir kick-off' camp is held at Camp Arnes from Sept. 28- Sept. 30.  Jr. Concert Choir meets at Bannatyne from 4:30-6:00 on a weekly basis also starting in September, 2016 and ending mid-May, 2017.  A three-day choir camp is planned for September 25-28 at Camp Arnes.  This camp allows the choristers to learn much of the repertoire for the year and gives them a chance to get to know one another and bond as a choir.

- full year commitment to all rehearsals and concerts (Sept - May)
- singing ability (in pitch, energy, memory, facial expression and vocal quality)
- excellent behaviour
- 3 day choir camp - must attend

Children's Choir Auditions.
May 27 - June 2 @ Heritage School, 47 Heritage Blvd. in the music room
Sign up here for your date and time:

Jr. Choir Auditions.
May 25 - May 31 @ Westwood Collegiate, 360 Rouge Rd in the choral room
Sign up here for your date and time:

* please take the application form to the audition (see Ms. Rempel for one)

Audition Procedure:
The purpose of the audition is to ensure the potential chorister has a healthy voice, can sing on pitch and has the ability to sing in parts.  The auditions are held individually at the piano with each child. Parents may remain in the room if the child wishes.   Each audition is about 10 minutes.

The audition includes:
- vocal range warm-ups to determine how high or low you can sing
- prepared selection of O Canada, She's Like the Swallow (see below), or a song of choice, unaccompanied
- singing back a melody echo (you will hear a simple melody a few times and sing it back)
- a canon sung in round with teacher (eg. Row Row Your Boat)
- reading and clapping rhythms



Audition results will be sent to students' home addresses in June.  Each school will receive a complete list of choir members at the beginning of the 2016-2017 school year.  Good luck!

Saturday, 21 May 2016


Congrats to all our students and staff on an excellent production of Annie Kids for our 2016 Celebration of the Arts.  Thank-you to all who came out to support us.

Thursday, 12 May 2016

Song Dedication

Loving this song right now and I'm dedicating it to my students today!   Great discussions today on preparing for the final game with our musical next week.  MUST practice.  We are a team and everyone gets to play.  It's hard.  It's exhausting and at time frustrating, but if we don't quit, we win!  Give it your all.  Go for gold, Stevenson!

Wednesday, 11 May 2016

Divisional Choirs

Information will be going home shortly to Grade 4/5 students interested in auditioning for the Children's Choir and Jr. Concert Choir.

Friday, 6 May 2016

Stage Set-up

We are looking for some parent volunteers who can help us out on Monday afternoon to help set-up the stage for Annie.  If you're available between 1:00-3:00 on Monday, come on down to Stevenson.  Please check in with the office first.  If you have work gloves and comfortable clothes and close-toed shoes, please bring them along.

Monday, 2 May 2016

Music Lives Here

Music Monday 2016 - How Music Lives Here

We Are One - Official Music Monday song

Music Monday 2015

Music Monday 2014