CHORAL CORNER: A MESSAGE FROM ERIC KAUFFMAN
2017 - 2018: THE YEAR IN PREVIEW
 
Students and Parents,

Welcome to the Upper Arlington High School Choral Program! We are excited for everything that the vocal music area has in store for this year as we continue the program’s tradition of musical excellence. We look forward to meeting all of the family members at our concerts, booster meetings, and open house on Wednesday, September 6.

Students, our overarching goal in the choral department is to give you the tools to become self- sufficient musicians so that, post-graduation, you have the ability to continue singing successfully in whatever capacity you choose. As such, we will not only be preparing music for concerts, but also learning the foundations of sight-singing, theory, and history to support our performances. Becoming musically literate and wellversed opens so many exciting doors, and we are eager to assist in empowering you in that way!

This handbook has been created to inform you of all of the events in which the choral students will be involved. Our hope is that your questions and concerns will be addressed here. We understand that communication between students, parents, and directors is of the utmost importance if we are to maintain our level of excellence.

Parents, please take the time to read through the handbook and discuss its contents with your student. After you are finished reading, please click on the Charmsoffice.com link, or find the icon on our homepage, and register your family’s information by September 1st.

You can also find a calendar of events for the year, and this calendar should be printed out and signed and turned in with your $35 choral fee no later than Friday, September 1, 2017.

Running an organization with over 300 students is an expensive, but incredibly worthwhile, investment. Again, we are very excited for this year, and we look forward to working with you!

Eric Kauffman and Amy Leacock
   

    

Eric Kauffman
Vocal Music Director
614-487-5240 ext. 2053
Amy Leacock
Assistant Director

614-487-5240 ext. 2053
   
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THIS YEAR'S EVENTS - From ERIC KAUFFMAN, Director

The 2017-2018 school year is sure to be full of great musical growth for our students. Mrs. Leacock and I are greatly looking forward to a very bright and exciting school year. It is our mission to create musical opportunities that will challenge our students to achieve the status of a self-sufficient musician.

Our first concert season will begin later than usual on Friday, November 10, Saturday, November 11, and Sunday afternoon, November 12 with our Fall Follies “Stars & Stripes Forever” production. The Friday and Saturday shows begin at 7:30 pm and the Sunday matinee begins at 2:30 pm. The Stars & Stripes Forever theme was intentionally scheduled during Veterans' Day weekend so that the excitement and enthusiasm of a cast of nearly 300 students can honor and entertain our veterans and current military personnel. Follies will be performed in the style of a true Vaudeville show with music celebrating our American heritage, complete with a script and narrator. And let’s not forget the variety of talented specialty acts, so each night is a completely different show!

Since Fall Follies is so much later in the season and centered around Veterans' Day, we will not have enough turn-around time to get a Winter Choral Concert ready. On the positive side, this gives us plenty of time to adequately prepare for our midterm choral exam without the added stress and pressure of getting a performance ready.
Seasonal favorites can still be heard on Friday, December 1 at the Vocal Ensemble Preview concert, and on Saturday, December 2 at the Choral Caroling Canvass as the singers make their way throughout the neighborhoods of UA spreading joy and good cheer!

If you love musical theater then you won’t want to miss the music, dance, laughs, and the age-old tale of Boy Meets Girl– as no musical puts it on stage better than ANYTHING GOES! A hilarious shipboard romp, wrapped around one of Cole Porter’s most magical scores, ANYTHING GOES is Delightful, Delicious, and De-Lovely. The show is full of famous musical theater hits such as “It’s De-Lovely,” “Friendship,” “I Get A Kick Out Of You,” “All Through The Night,” “Anything Goes,” “You’re The Top” and “Blow, Gabriel, Blow.” Our production will run Thursday February 22, Friday February 23 and Saturday February 24 at 7:30. We will have a Sunday matinee on February 25 at 2:30.

The Poetry Concert will be performed on the evening of Wednesday, March 7 at 7:30pm. The Poetry Concert is dedicated to repertoire that sets great poetic text to music, and this year we hope to continue to expand our boundaries and borders and again include some of the great poetic works from around the world in their language
of origin.

The 16th annual Wonderful DAY of Piano Music will take place the following day (Friday, March 9). These master classes will be given during class by the world-class pianist Dr. Tom Scott, from Cleveland, OH. He will perform on the refurbished Knabe 9’ grand piano and the 9’ Grotrian piano. Since it is not an East Coast Tour year to NYC for the Symphonic Choir, we will not have a ticketed evening performance.

In the interest of both honoring our senior class and keeping our spring concert focused on the music, we are having the Senior Recognition and Dessert on Wednesday, May 16 at 7:00pm. The senior class will be given the opportunity to share their memorable experiences focusing on their accomplishments during their high school tenure. Senior solos and specialty acts as well as the senior video will all be performed at this event with dessert following in the lobby.

Finally, we will close our time together with our Spring Concert on Thursday, May 17 at 7:00pm. The literature for this concert will be based off of the favorite genres, composers, and musical styles that our senior class has experienced during their 4 years in the program. I guess you could call it our Senior Show as the senior class of 2018 will help us choose and program all of the literature for the concert.

As you can see, we have a year filled with tremendous growth music-making ahead, and this would not be possible without the tireless work of the Vocal Music Boosters. They too approach our program with determination and resiliency, support our students both spiritually and financially, and have a love and vision as equally intense
as the director. The past years of success have created a bond and an expectation. A bond with many of the officers and committee chairs returning to serve again. And an expectation that is already being aggressively approached by our new Booster President Kristy Glaser and staff. I would personally like to welcome all of the board members and committee chairs to what I feel will be a most innovative and exciting year.

     
  
     
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