The Band Program (4th-8th Grade) and
5th-8th Grade Choir Program at
Sign up for Choir and Band with Donna Wozcnika in the school office.
All 5th Graders are in the HippoGriffaPhoenix Choir. No need to sign up.
Multiple rehearsals, attend as many as you can...if you have sports, go to sports, etc...
Concert Band (4th and 5th Grade)
Come to at least one or more of the following:
Monday 3:30-4:15 PM
Tuesday 7:45--8:15 AM
Tuesday 3:30-4:15 PM
Symphonic Band (6th-8th Grade plus some 4th and 5th Graders who
practice a lot and attend multiple rehearsals...)
Come to at least TWO of the following...
Monday 7:30-8:15 AM
Wednesday Flex (during School) 2-2:45 PM
Thursday 3:30-4:15 PM
Wind Ensemble (6th-8th Grade by audition only. Advanced High School Music)
Come to both of the following:
Wednesday 7:30-8:15 AM
Thursday 7:30-8:15 AM
5th Grade HippoGriffaPhoenix Choir!
If you are in 5th grade, you are in this choir. It's during class.
You don't sign up. You sing in two concerts and a musical!
Varsity Mixed Flex Choir (6th-8th Grade, guys and girls)
Come to at least TWO of the following
(All during school):
Monday Flex 2-2:45 PM
Tuesday Flex 2:45-3:30 PM
Thursday Flex 2:45-3:30 PM
Chamber Choir (7th and 8th Grade, audition only).
Come to at least TWO Varsity Mixed Choir Rehearsals plus:
One Lunch Rehearsal! Day to be announced!
Calling all 5th Graders!
THE HIPPOGRIFFAPHOENIX CHOIR!
This choir consists of all 5th graders from Mr. Maskell's Hippogriff class and Mrs. Nadeau's Phoenix class is mandatory and part of school. Rehearsals are during school, during class. Students perform in the Winter Concert with the Lower School, a Musical directed by our drama teacher, Mrs. Andrea Dotoli, and the Spring Concert with The Middle School Choir and 4th-8th Grade Bands.
THE BAND PROGRAM
Concert Band, Symphonic Band, and Wind Ensemble
Pianists and String Players Welcome!
Our band program teaches students to assemble, play, and maintain their chosen instrument, and learn to perform a variety of music from different composers and genres. Students will further enhance their proficiency in sight reading music, instrumental technique, and collaborating in a group setting. Concerts will be in the Winter and Spring. There will be a field trip January 8th to Palatine High School followed by Music Student Fellowship (Pizza and Lasertag).
Concert Band is made up of 4th and 5th graders, and any older students who love band so much they just want to come to everything. Students select one of several instruments including clarinet, flute, saxophone, oboe, trumpet, trombone, euphonium, French horn, tuba, and Percussion.
Rehearsals are located in the Middle School Music Room.
There are three Concert Band rehearsals. Students are encouraged to come to all three, but only one rehearsal is mandatory. This allows students to participate not only in band, but other extra curricular activities as well (sports, etc...). Students may switch which rehearsals they attend if their extracurricular schedule changes. Students who attend more rehearsals are more likely to be moved up to Symphonic Band sooner.
Mondays 3:30-4:15 PM
Tuesdays 7:45-8:25 AM
Tuesdays 3:30-4:15 PM
Symphonic Band consists of 6th-8th Graders, and any younger students who have moved up. This band plays music from movies (Pirates of the Caribbean, Mission Impossible, etc) as well as an in-depth music curriculum and an intro to classical music and jazz.
There are three Symphonic Band Rehearsals. Students may attend all three but only one rehearsal is mandatory. Students who attend more rehearsals are more likely to move up to Wind Ensemble sooner.
Wednesdays (During School) 2-2:45 PM
Thursdays: 3:30-4:15 PM
Wind Ensemble is our advanced band. The music is very challenging and students are expected to practice several times a week and take private lessons if possible.
Wednesdays 7:30-8:15 AM
Thursdays 7:30-8:15 AM
Students interested in Wind Ensemble sign up for Symphonic Band and will be moved from there.
The Fee for Band is $500 a year.
MIDDLE SCHOOL CHOIRS
Varsity Mixed Choir and Chamber Choir
Varsity Mixed Choir consists of boys and girls from 6th, 7th, and 8th Grade. Students perform at our Annual Madrigal Quest in December, and our Spring Concert in April. Some years we attend contests and festivals. Last year, our choir performed at Carnegie Hall in New York! We will taking a field trip on January 8th to Palatine High School followed by music student fellowship (Pizza and Lasertag).
Choir meets during school (flex period) three times a week. Students must attend at least two of the three rehearsals. This allows students to take other flex classes to suit their interests. Two weeks before concerts and contests, students must attend all three rehearsals with permission of their other flex teachers. Students learn a broad repertoire of music including classical, vocal jazz, music theatre, and folk music adaptations.
Varsity Mixed Choir
Mondays 2-2:45 PM
Tuesdays 2:45-3:30 PM
Thursdays 2:45-3:30 PM
This is our advanced choir which consists of 7th and 8th graders. Students are expected to practice and learn independently. Members of Chamber Choir attend at least two of the Varsity Mixed Choir rehearsals, plus a lunch rehearsal (day to be announced.) All students in Chamber Choir are also in Varsity Mixed Choir.
Choir Tuition is $250 for the year.
5th-8th Grade Music Class
Our comprehensive 5th-8th Grade General Music Program instructs every student in Sight-Reading, Music Theory, Music History, and Music Technology. Students learn how to play multiple instruments and how to record music, edit tracks, and make videos, podcasts, and more. Our new Studio Q recording center allows independent as well as collaborative study.
SUPPLIES AND APPS FOR CHOIR AND BAND!
Varsity Mixed Choir students need the app "What's My Note." It is for the phone or tablet. Students can scan music and play their part so they may practice at home. It is available at the app store or google play. http://whatsmynoteapp.com/
Each instrument requires different supplies. Click the "more" tab on the home page and click supplies.
Concert Band: Students usually rent instruments from http://the-music-room.net/
Do not buy an instrument from ebay or amazon. They look nice but they are not.
This year, we are supplying Concert Band Students with Essential Elements Book 1 for their instrument.
Symphonic Band students need to own Essential Elements Book 2, Essential Elements Film Favorites, and Essential Elements Broadway Favorites.
Wind Ensemble Students need all the books from Symphonic Band, plus Essential Elements for Band Book 3.
"To play a wrong note is insignificant; to play without passion is inexcusable"