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Choral Department Update - June 2018


Choral Ensembles

WRAPPING UP: Two weeks ago, Chamber Singers, Treble Choir, and Chorale performed their last concert of the year. Now, they are working on Final Exams and End of the Year Assessments. For their Final Exams, students in Chamber Singers and Treble Choir are learning pieces from the Renaissance in small groups. Students in Chorale are working on individually recording their concert repertoire for their Final Exam. Our last day of classes is June 13th, and the last day of exams (and last day of school for the year) is June 19th.

UNIFORMS & MUSIC: Now that concerts have ended, students need to turn in their uniforms and music. Please have the uniforms dry-cleaned and turn them in ASAP. Students will be placed on the obligations list and, ultimately, charged for any class materials that are not returned.

Wakefield A Cappella

AUDITIONS: Over 70 students auditioned for She Major and Voices of Steel 2018-2019. Thank you so much to everyone who auditioned. There are so many wonderful and hard working singers in our department! Anyone who is interested in being part of In Big Treble should email Mrs. Morel (no audition necessary).

2017-2018 ACCOMPLISHMENTS

Our students accomplished so much this year! Here’s a look back:

  • New a cappella group was formed: In Big Treble!

  • Chamber Singers performed at the Red Sox in September

  • 16 students were accepted into NED District Festival Chorus, with 10 students receiving All-State recs

  • Gavin Frey, Elisabeth Nordeen, Maxfield South, Ava Spies, Ryan Tarpey, and Catherine Tonias were accepted into MMEA All-State Chorus

  • Performing songs of Darkness & Light at concerts in December & May

  • Chamber Singers sang for former WHS choral director Eleanor Babikian

  • Chamber Singers & Treble Choir earned Silver medals at MICCA Festival Performance

  • Chamber Singers, She Major, & Voices of Steel performed at numerous community events, including the International Women’s Day Event, the Holiday Stroll, the WCNA Tree Lighting, Albion Cultural Exchange

  • She Major earned a spot in the NE Voices Competition

  • Voices of Steel earned 2nd place at the ICHSA Quarterfinals and performed at ICHSA Semifinals

  • Skylar Dubé & Nina DiCarlo earned special awards at a cappella competitions

UPCOMING EVENTS

Fall Musical: Cinderella, Lead Role Auditions, Monday, June 11, starting at 2:15pm

(Auditions for ensemble members will take place in September)

Summer A Cappella Workshop, July 16-20

Open to students who have completed grades 6-8. More information at www.whschoral.com

Thank you!

As we finish out the year, with just a couple weeks to go, I wanted to say thank you for your support of the WHS Choral Department this year. I hope everyone has a wonderful, relaxing summer!


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But

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