Here's a video of the group I saw on Wednesday night. Enjoy!
February 19, 2019
Dear Chorus Parents and Students,
We have some important concerts coming soon, here’s the information you need to know! As always, more information is available at WESTCHORUS.COM
THE UNIFORM (For 2/26, 3/2, 3/14):
MONDAY, FEBRUARY 25:
TUESDAY, FEBRUARY 26:
SATURDAY, MARCH 2:
THURSDAY, MARCH 14:
TODAY. RIGHT NOW!
Here's the letter sent to all Cardinal Singers and the 8th grade Men in Black soloists with information on Saturday's performances. The bus leaves West at 7am, PRACTICE!
February 9, 2018 • 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 memorizedwhen 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. 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, I will get ratings via the MSVMA website. 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 7am, and leave Monroe 10:15, arriving at West at about 11am.Mr. Martin will ride the bus both ways, and parents are invited to also come. Students need to be picked up promptly at 11 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 least30 minutes before your performance time. Mr. Martin return to the event at 2:30-5:30. 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!
SCHEDULE and (ROOM #) FOR SATURDAY, FEBRUARY 9th (Warm up is 15 Minutes earlier!)
8:15am Cardinal Singers Red (Room 1)
8:45am Cardinal Singers Gray (Room 1)
9:15am Madison Bergley (Room 1)
9:45am Elizabeth Garcia (Room 1)
2:15pm Alexis Goins (Room ?)
3:00pm Janiah Washington-Johnson (Room 1)
3:30pm Joseph Siegel (Room 1)
4:00pm Preston Dulz (Room 1)
IF YOU’RE DRIVING SEPARATELY ARRIVE NO LATER THAN 30 MINUTES BEFORE YOUR TIME!
As a farewell to Chorus this year, the first semester 6th Grade choir performed four songs in class for a "virtual concert." This is hosted on this page, and only available at WestChorus.com. Even though the semester is over, choir members can expect:
Here's an updated calendar for the 2019 2nd Semester. Note some dates have changed or been confirmed. Please make sure your home calendar matches ours! The most updated calendar can always be found on our Calendar page.
Download this printable calendar
Blue Lake Fine Arts Camp is a place that hosts 10-day intensive arts sessions for students grades 5-12 every summer. Campers live in cabins with young musicians and artists from our state, country, and around the world. Sessions are led by top teachers who hold daily rehearsals, and results in a final performance for parents on the final day. It's an intensive arts experience in an exceptionally beautiful location. There are scholarships available (Mr. Martin can help you record an audition) and 4 sessions with many majors, including Choir, Band, Dance, Harp, Orchestra, Jazz, Piano, and Theater. For more information and registration or audition information, go to Bluelake.org
Those students who ordered items from our Century Resources fundraiser will get them tomorrow, Wednesday December 19. The items will arrive by 1:30pm, and will be distributed to students during our 6th hour. Those who have large orders (10+ items) should arrange to be picked up from school on Wednesday. If your customers ordered online with credit cards, the items will be delivered directly to your them, and you will receive profit from the sales.
Please deliver your items promptly and be sure to thank your customers for their support. Remind them that if they're not satisfied for any reason, they can get a full refund without returning their item by calling the 800 number on the product package.
All profits will be calculated once the paperwork is received with the delivery, and you'll be able to subtract profit from your Cedar Point trip cost when the paperwork comes home in January.
Congratulations on a successful fundraiser!
On Tuesday, December 11 and Wednesday, December 12th, the West Chorus performed their 2018 Holiday concert. The Tuesday night performance was hosted at the beautiful Wayne County Community College District Heinz C. Prechter Education and Performing Arts Center, and we really appreciated the beautiful stage and professional support staff. The choirs performed music from holiday favorites including Santa Claus is Coming To Town, Have Yourself A Merry Little Christmas, In The Bleak Midwinter, The Hallelujah Chorus, John Lennon's Happy Xmas (War is Over), and songs from The Sound of Music. Congratulations to our singers for an excellent performance!
Parents who wish to purchase a DVD copy of the performance, send $10 cash to Mr. Martin by Wednesday, December 19.
December 5, 2018
Dear Chorus Parents and Students,
We have some important dates coming soon, here’s the information you need to know! As always, more information is available at WESTCHORUS.COM
THE UNIFORM (For 12/11 & 12/12):
FRIDAY, DECEMBER 7:
TUESDAY, DECEMBER 11:
WEDNESDAY, DECEMBER 12:
TODAY. RIGHT NOW.
The complete lesson plan for all classes is in this post. Guest teacher(s) - thank you, and please start by playing this for students:
Men in Black - follow these recordings and sing along, using your music. PLEASE perform your best, and use good posture, good technique, and all the things we need to show in our performance next week. Go in the order of the tracks. If you need to do something again, DO IT AGAIN!
8th graders only:
Once you've completed all the songs, go to the bottom of this blog post for instructions.
Cadet Choir - Use these recordings to warm up and rehearse, and do them in this order. Sing with great posture and tone, don't hold back - our concert is in a week!
Now, watch this performance of "The Gift of Love," from a concert by the Michigan Opera Theater Children's Chorus, with 8th grader Elizabeth Garcia and my daughter, Mia. I recorded it last night. It's a little faster than we are taking it, and they added a little to the end. It's really beautiful. We can sing it this well too!!!
6th Graders - Follow the tracks below in order and sing along with energy and tall space. Show your guest teacher what you'll be doing in just one week.
Once you're done, go to the video at the bottom of this message and follow the instructions there.
Cardinals, Do your best to fill in the gaps of knowledge on the songs we are preparing for the concert, especially Riu Riu Chiu, Bleak Midwinter, and Carol of the Bells. USE YOUR MUSIC. Be a Level II sight reader, and help the people in your part be successful without arguing! Do good work.
Bleak Midwinter: Mezzos practice alone first, then everyone.
Carol of The Bells - READ
For Carol of the Bells - Megan - play Bb on the piano. Sopranos start with "one ready go" on pitch, just like sight reading. Be STRONG, start over if you need to, and Cooperate! For today, section leaders are Soprano: Khloe, Mezzo: Elizabeth, Alto: Jada. Break into sections (without leaving the room) if you need to.
WHEN YOU'RE DONE (ALL CHOIRS):
If there's not enough time, watch this amazing performance of the Hallelujah Chorus!
Robert J. West Middle School Chorus