As a final cap to their semester in the 6th Grade Chorus, we've recorded two songs for a virtual concert, here at West Chorus Online. Enjoy The Beatles' Yesterday and the African-American spiritual Sinner Man. Expect that all 6th graders will receive information about our Cedar Point trip soon, as well as be invited to the Taylor HIgh School Choir concert on Friday 1/31 at West.
For soloists (you know who you are) and all Cardinal Singers. See below!
January 17, 2019 • Solo and Ensemble Festival • Final Details
Dear Chorus Parents,
Congratulations to your children! They have been working hard on their solo literature, and their performance date is almost at hand. Here are last minute details, schedules, and directions you need.
All singers should have their songs completely memorized when they come to work with their accompanist.
DRESS FOR THE EVENT:
Please dress “up” for the event. Cardinals, wear your chorus uniform. Solo, wear your uniform or something dressy. If you’re in both, you may remain in your dressy clothes or change, it’s up to you. I suggest clothes that would be appropriate for attending a wedding: shirt and tie, slacks, dress shoes and socks, blouse and slacks or skirt, or a dress. Keep your hair out of your face so you can be seen when you sing. Remember, looking good helps you feel good too!
Each participant warms up for 15 minutes, then sings and receives comments for 15 minutes. When you are done, you may leave, see the back for how to find your rating. All students will receive a certificate, and if you achieve a rating of ‘I’ or ‘II’, you will receive a medal (MR. MARTIN WILL PAY). A cafeteria will be open for you to purchase food and drinks while you are waiting before or after your performance.
Drinks, snacks, donuts, and pizza (at lunch time) are available for purchase at the site. If you will need to eat lunch, plan to bring about $5 per meal.
There is a school bus going to and from Monroe Middle School, bringing the Cardinal Singers. Parents are welcome to ride, if they’ve filed a chaperone background check form with the school board. The bus will leave West at 11:30am, and leave Monroe 4pm, arriving back at West at about 4:45. Mr. Martin will ride the bus both ways, and parents are invited to also come. Students need to be picked up promptly at 4:45 at West.
The directions to the Monroe Middle School in Monroe are included with this letter. They begin at West Middle School. Allow 40 minutes for travel, and plan to arrive at least 30 minutes before your performance time. Mr. Martin will be there from 7:30-4pm. If you don’t see him right away, it’s because he’s warming up a singer or watching them perform. Follow your schedule and he’ll catch up with you!
IF YOU’RE DRIVING SEPARATELY ARRIVE NO LATER THAN 30 MINUTES BEFORE YOUR WARM UP TIME!
1st Hour: Students need to complete 4 pages in their theory packet (in their folder), lessons III 5-8.
2nd, 3rd, 5th Hours: students need to complete 2 pages in their theory packet: 7th graders do pages 17-18, 8th graders do pages 45-46.
6th Hour: Students need to complete 2 pages in their theory packet: pages 45-46.
ALL completed theory packets should be placed in the mailboxes by my office window.
If students finish early: practice!
THIS LETTER WAS SENT HOME WITH STUDENTS on December 12, 2019
IMPORTANT: ALL TIMES for the evening of 12/17 are moved back one hour because of the Basketball game that night.
NEW ARRIVAL TIME: 6:15pm (or as soon as you can for players and cheer team)
NEW PERFORMANCE TIME: 7pm
NEW ENDING TIME: 8pm
Dear Chorus Parents and Students,
We have some important dates coming soon, here’s the information you need to know!
THE UNIFORM (for the day and evening concerts)
MONDAY, DECEMBER 16:
TUESDAY, DECEMBER 17 (school day):
TUESDAY, DECEMBER 17 (evening):
TODAY. RIGHT NOW.
Drop off students at loading dock by 6:15. Parents and audience members then drive around the building to the main auditorium entrance parking lot.
I know you're excited to audition for Silent Night today - please be prepared to do it on Monday. I have a family emergency and will be back then. Here's the plan:
1st Hour - Remember the Rebus word puzzles we did before? Here are some more. Good luck, how many can you solve?
Hours 2-6 - Finish the "Music Vocabulary Crossword" then do the word search. They are the same vocabulary we've studied through the year.
AFTER/EXTRA/PLEASE DO THIS TOO:
Ask your teacher to go to your home practice page, and sing along with your concert music. Impress them with your excellent sound, posture, and attitude. Class or section leaders, take the class through a warm up! Show our guest what we do every day.
Thank you for behaving your best, I'm sorry I'm not there with you.
1st Hour Home Practice Page
2nd Hour Home Practice Page
3rd and 5th Hour Home Practice Page
6th Hour Home Practice Page
In order to raise money for YOUR Cedar Point trip, we are starting a fundraiser today. If you choose to participate, 40% of your sales will be your profit. Here are the details. Visit the Fall Fundraiser page for a PDF copy of your brochure. You may take online orders at the Century Resources website, using the class code 19718
Here are the details from the brochure you received today:
Start date: 11/8/2019
Order forms and $ due on: 12/2/2019
Delivery date: the week of 12/16-20/2019 (last week before holiday break)
Collect money WHEN YOU TAKE THE ORDER
Checks made out to WEST MIDDLE SCHOOL, put student name in MEMO.
Student profit: 40% of your sales
Credit card orders are accepted - use the customer's smartphone to scan the QR code in the brochure, and they can pay online with their card. DO NOT write down credit card info.
Any funds raise over what you use for Cedar Point this year will be kept in the Choir account to be used for music, equipment, or fees.
For the next 4 weeks, the Men in Black and Cadet Choir will be learning 5 vocabulary terms a week, each taken directly from our Choir Festival rubric. Each Friday, they will be quizzed on the 5 terms for that week.
Week 1: Quiz Friday, 10/11
Tone - The way a syllable of a word is sung in terms of shape and placement.
Resonance – Amplification of a voice caused by sympathetic vibration in a singer’s body.Vitality – Joyous and energetic force that distinguishes the living from the nonliving.
Focus – A concentrated and unified quality.
Blend – A mixture or combination of voices.
Week 2: Quiz Friday, 10/18
Intonation – Accuracy of pitch in performing music.
Chord – Two or more musical notes played or sung simultaneously.
Rhythm – A particular pattern of beats in a piece of music
Energy – A lively or powerful effort.
Tempo – The speed at which a musical composition is performed.
Week 3: Quiz Friday, 10/25
Diction – The clarity with which one pronounces words when speaking or singing.
Attack – The decisive or energetic way in which a singer begins a note being sung.
Release – The way in which a singer ends a note being sung.
Breath Management – The act of controlling the muscles used to inhale and exhale.
Enunciation – To precisely articulate words.
Week 4: Quiz Friday, 11/1
Diphthongs – Two adjacent vowel sounds.
Phrasing – Performing a musical passage with a clear beginning, middle, and end.Dynamics – Variation in volume.
Deportment – The manner in which a person behaves.
Literature - A written musical work.
Great job! The Choirs performed along with the West Band at the Taylor Rotary's Family Fun Day on Thursday, and it was a great start to the year! In just 18 school days - 2 of them half days - we prepared a concert of music to entertain a big crowd of family and friends. The generous Taylor Rotary club provided the food and activities, and the weather was perfect. Shout out to all the soloists who performed, as well as the awesome West Band. Now you can relive and share the show! Enjoy!
Taylor Rotary Family Fun Day, September 26, 2018
Cardinal Singers: The Star Spangled Banner, For Good
6th Grade Chorus: Good Night, Side By Side
Men in Black: Hey There Delilah, Barbara Ann
Cadet Choir: We Will Sing The World Whole Again, Stand By Me
West Middle School Chorus
The official page for members of the West Middle School Chorus in Taylor, MI.
Robert J. West Middle School Chorus