Here's this week's newsletter. Key points and new information are in bold type.
A link to each post will be sent through the choir Twitter and Facebook accounts, to whatever parent emails are listed in PowerSchool, and to the students through Google Classroom.
The beginning section will always be about curricular choir and the following information will pertain to the extracurricular activities, so you only need to read what applies to your student. The most updated and comprehensive calendar is always on bataviamusic.org.
- Our first concert of the year is coming up on October 19. Make sure your student is here! Please also check the dress code.
- Several classes have starting MusicTheory.net assignments. These online assignments are not timed, allowing students to move at their own pace. Choir students have very wide range of prior knowledge, so by using an online trainer we are able to get support for the kids who need it while providing a review opportunity for students who are more experienced in music theory. MusicTheory.net assignments are accepted late without penalty. Also, students can always try multiple times to get a better score!
- A key point about MTN assignments came up during the P/T conferences this week. It's important to think of the MTN assignments as a Pre-test. If a student receives a bad score on on of those assignments, it doesn't mean that we've covered it and they still don't understand; it lets me know that this is an area that needs my attention. Most of the material assessed by MTN has been covered in previous choir classes in middle school and elsewhere. MTN gives me an opportunity to see where a gap in students' training exists. Once an area of difficulty is identified, we can work on it one-on-one or as a class, depending on how many students are struggling with that concept. Once we find the trouble spot, students can do the drill again )as many times as it takes) to improve the grade.
- Assignments: Our first assignment was simply to read the syllabus and show it to parents. In case that didn't happen, here is the syllabus!
- Difficulty level progress in SightReadingFactory.com (Updated 9/8): I've just graded the first set of SRF assignments. The average level for all 140 students is 2.17! Very few students are at level 1 (though, I'm happy they are if it is the appropriate challenge for them!), and many students are regularly working at level 4 or even 5. SRF has 6 possible levels, so there's plenty of room to grow, even for our most advanced singers. Here are some breakdowns: The average for 9th graders started at 1.14, Varsity at 1.83, Treble at 2.66, and Chamber at 4.10.
Keep track of your student’s classroom progress through guardian email summaries. (More info here). You can choose the frequency of the emails—daily or weekly—and you can unsubscribe or remove yourself from Classroom at any time.
Guardian email summaries include:
- Missing work—Work that’s late at the time the email was sent
- Upcoming work—Work that’s due today and tomorrow (for daily emails) or work that’s due in the upcoming week (for weekly emails)
- Class activity—Announcements, assignments, and questions recently posted by teachers
Tri-M Music Honor Society
If your son or daughter is a Junior or Senior and is interested in joining the Tri-M Music Honor Society at Batavia HS, please have them look at this webpage and fill out the application. Applications should be turned in to Mr. Owen by Friday, October 21st.
- ILMEA Auditions were this week, and we're proud to announce that BHS will have representatives in the All-District Chorus! Congrats to Justin Knautz, Nathan Knautz, Robbie Mansfield, Marcelo Nylund, Matt Skirmont, Natalie Sweeney, and Ryan Taylor!
- ILMEA's District 9 is a hugely competitive district, including schools from St.Charles, Naperville, Wheaton, Plainfield, Glen Ellyn, etc. On Tuesday night, there were over 2500 auditions in Choir, Band, Orchestra, and Jazz.
- Successful auditioners will take part in the fabulous ILMEA District 9 Chorus on 11/19. This is a tremendous event, with amazing musicians from some of the strongest music programs in the state.
- This year's clinician is Dr. Andrew Last from Luther College. While I have not met Dr. Last, Luther is one of the very top choir colleges in the country. Students from BHS have worked with him, and the reviews have been GLOWING!
Getting rusty on the show choir songs we learned in August? Come to the choir room after school on Tuesdays to practice!
All BHS choir after-school rehearsals, events, and performances will be posted and updated on the Batavia High School Music Department website, found at: www.bataviamusic.org. This is the best resource for staying updated on concerts, rehearsals, and other events for the music program.
2016-2017 Choir Events and Performances
(Attendance at performances/events are REQUIRED for all BHS choir students unless otherwise specified):
Wednesday, October 19 Fall Choir Concert
Tuesday, November 29 Kaleidoscope Concert Dress Rehearsal – During school day
Wednesday, November 30 Music Department Kaleidoscope Concert
Thursday, Dec 8 Festival of Carols Dress Rehearsal (TBA)
Fri-Sat. Dec 9-10 Festival of Carols (Chamber & Treble)
Tuesday, February 21 BHS Music Festival- Concert 1 (Chorale)
Wednesday, February 22 BHS Music Festival- Concert 2 (Treble & Varsity)
Thursday, February 23 BHS Music Festival- Concert 3 (Chamber)
Wednesday, May 10 Spring Choir Concert
2016-2017 Other Important Dates:
Tuesday, October 4 ILMEA Auditions (Chamber strongly encouraged to audition)
Tuesday, February 28 Showtime! (BFAC performance for show choirs and Chromatics)
March 28-April 2 Choir tour to Disneyworld
Tuesday, May 2 BHS Senior Music Honors Night
All Choirs: Black dress pants or skirt, black dress shirt, black socks and dress shoes, which each student must provide. Some performances will include robes, which BHS will provide.