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.
first concert season will begin later than usual on
Friday, November 10 and Sunday afternoon, November 12
with our Fall Follies Stars
& Stripes Forever production. The Friday
show 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 lets not forget the variety of talented specialty
acts, so each night is a completely different show!
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!
you love musical theater then you wont 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
Porters most magical scores, ANYTHING GOES
is Delightful, Delicious, and De-Lovely. The show is
full of famous musical theater hits such as Its
De-Lovely, Friendship, I Get
A Kick Out Of You, All Through The Night,
Anything Goes, Youre 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.
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
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
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.
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.
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.