Sunday, January 8, 2012

Spring 2012 Plans

I wanted to tell you what is in store for the next six months of school.  There is a lot that I want to accomplish.  In no particular order:

1. iAlchemy. Theory students performing with the Waterbury Symphony.  This is a huge deal.  The piece, iAlchemy, is done and we will receive it soon.  We will perform as full members of the orchestra.  We will rehearse with orchestra, visit the composer at WCSU and do lots of other activities.  

2. Recording session.  We have contracted for a recording session this spring (probably end of April).   We will professionally record all the groups and many of our soloists.  Most of you have not been in a recording session and I think its important that we experience that.

3. Spring Trip.  We will be heading for our yearly adjudication trip again this year which will include a day at Lake Compounce.  I hope to keep costs to $20.  I also hope to get Superior ratings for both groups.  The trip is scheduled for May 18.

4. Recruitment drive.  I hope to double our band numbers and hit 50 in choir.  We can do it!  I also think many of you should double up with music theory, band, guitar, or hip-hop methods.  Getting a larger group helps everyone!  I would LOVE to have two choirs (beginning and advanced, or freshman and upperclass).  Growing a great music department starts with the band and choir.  Start talking to your friends.

5. Talent Show.  The choir will do a condensed version of Guys and Dolls at the Spring Talent show.  This will be a A LOT of work but I’m excited to make it happen.  The talent show will also be a fundraiser for our trip.  Everyone should block off May 4 for the show.  Who should play Nathan Detroit?

6. Videos, archives, song creations.  We have started making music videos in the theory class and I hope to expand this to choir shortly.  Student use of our recording studio needs to expand.  I would love to do a lipdub (google it...).

7. All-State and Regional Festivals.  Alex and Christian will attend the 2 day Southern regional festival next weekend and will work hard to audition for All-State in February.  We will do everything we can to support them.

8.  Mentor Visits. We have a scheduled visit from Dr. Isaacs and the WCSU choir in May, we will have about 8-10 visits from Waterbury Symphony musicians to prepare for iAlchemy, and I hope to have several visits from other musicians either live or via Skype.

9.  Honor Groups. We are thinking of creating a 5-12 grade district choir and 5-12 grade district band.  This is just an idea at this point.  We will have some after school activity to allow student more time to sing or play their instrument.