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Instrumental Announcements (Sent via e-mail 4/7/14)

posted Apr 7, 2014, 8:57 AM by Mary Bauer

Hello MMusic,
A Big congratulations to our music students who performed this past weekend in "Urinetown". My entire family saw the show Thursday night and we all thought it was fabulous! I would also like to congratulate our music students who have been accepted to college/s....We are very proud of you!
I hope everyone is enjoying the Spring-like weather. :-)

Announcements:

**Smartmusic-Band Students
Smartmusic assignments will go out today and will be due on Sunday. I have spoken with band classes about due dates and the hard due date at the end of the quarter. it is very important for students to get assignments in on time. Any questions or problems please see me.

**Study Halls
It is that time of year where term papers are due and I am seeing an influx of study halls in band. I don't mind giving study halls if needed but it is frustrating when students ask for a study hall on a Monday, Friday or right before a concert when they have had all weekend to do their work. If you are interested in knowing if your child takes a study hall/s please feel free to e-mail me and I can give you that information

**After school rehearsals for Band students

April 10th 3:15-3:45

April

15th 3:15-3:45

If you were not at the

school 
day rehearsal my expectations are that you are at both of these rehearsals. 

**Choral Concert
Choral concert this Thursday~Orchestra is performing a piece with the chorus. Mr. Pillsbury will discuss details with you.


**CONCERT April 16th 7:00 pm
Students are required to be in the band room for attendance at 6:30 pm (no later). Grading is done by attendance and performance
 
. If you have a situation where your child can't be on time (6:30 pm) please contact me. 
Please have your child wear concert dress.
**VACATION and Instruments
Please have your child bring their instrument home over break. This is a good opportunity to get all their Smartmusic assignments in!
It is also a great opportunity to get your instruments overhauled or looked at so they remain in good working order.


**Marching for All-State-HELP!
Please get your marching uniforms in order
All-State parade is May 7th and we will be marching. Students who are participating in All-State will be staying and will be housed for the festival starting Wed night. I am looking for parents to take the bus back to the HS with the remainder of the band since I need to also stay. PLEASE consider helping.
I am attaching the permission form for May 7th. If interested in chaperoning please notate on the form.

**SENIOR Recital time
It's that time for seniors to think about Senior recital. It is an evening of solo performances (not cabaret/bands). Please consider performing an unaccompanied piece or a piece with piano accompaniment. If you are interested please see me asap.

**Looking for performers
We are looking for musicians to perform at the Senior Tea May 29th. Interested? please see  me.

New England Music Festival Chorus Preparation Rehearsals

posted Feb 16, 2014, 3:21 PM by Caleb Pillsbury

We will be having rehearsals to prepare students for the New England Music Festival Chorus On Site Hearings Tuesday and Wednesday from 6:00-7:30pm.

Tuesday Feb. 18th 6:00-7:30pm (THIS TUESDAY!!)
Wednesday March 5th 6:00-7:30pm (Due to Town Meeting Day on the 4th)
Tuesday March 11th 6:00-7:30pm
Tuesday March 18th 6:00-7:30pm

It is of vital importance that New England Chorus Members attend these rehearsals and have prepared the music for the festival. 
This way we can make sure you have everything you need. 
Questions see Mr. Pillsbury!

E-mail sent (2/10/14)

posted Feb 11, 2014, 9:22 AM by Mary Bauer

Hello MMUsic,
Just a few things. I hope you are enjoying the snow, I know I am!

**ALL-STATE
All-State results should be in this Wednesday.
I know the students are very anxious (and i'm sure you as parents are too~). When the results come in I will post them on the band board and e-mail. Good luck to everyone and know that you all did great in auditions and we are very proud of your hard work.

**SMARTMUSIC
Week 2 has started.
I have instituted a grade policy for the band music (not the methods). If students receive below a 95% it will be re-assigned. You need to schedule a time to meet with me if you need extra help. Don't let it pile on....ask for help sooner than later.
Parents.
Please feel free to watch the video "Why an A is not enough" by Composer and Conductor Jack Stamp-it's on Youtube. It explains how playing below 100% makes a difference. A 95 is multiple wrong notes and rhythms...now multiply that by 70 students and you don't have music. it's very interesting!

**All New Concert Music!
The groups have all new music for our April concert. Seniors are encouraged to conduct a piece in either orchestra or band. Interested? see Mary Bauer

**CABARET
Friday, March 7th at 7:00 pm
ALL students are encouraged to participate (Parents can too!).
Sign ups will be on the board soon. Poetry, dance, singing or playing. Parents are encouraged to perform as well...With your child or not. If you are interested in performing please contact me.


Any questions or concerns please contact me.

Musically Yours,
Mary

Instrumental Announcements/Congrats! (E-mailed 1/21/14

posted Jan 21, 2014, 6:52 AM by Mary Bauer

Hello MMUsic,

**Dress Rehearsals for Band
Today 3:15-3:45 pm
Tomorrow 3:15-3:45 pm
Band students need to pick one to be at for a run through of music

**CONCERT 

​this ​
Thursday, January 23rd at 7:00 pm

(Ice Cream Social) and Preparation for Concert

MMUsic is hosting an Ice Cream social for the BRMS and CHMS instrumental students 5th grade through 8th grade. This is a wonderful opportunity for our MMUsic students to get to know our future musicians and to talk to them about music in HS. 

Next week I will e-mail what each section will need to bring for the Ice Cream Social (an example would be-Flutes bring chocolate sauce-Trumpets bring paper bowls).

Ben and Jerry's will be donating ice cream for us!

The day will look like this:

5:15 pm for a dress rehearsal on the stage for band (This is graded)

5:40 pm Band and Orchestra run through

6:00 pm Ice Cream Social for CHMS and BRMS .

7:00 pm Concert

I suggest bringing a bagged dinner that day since only ice cream will be served at the ice cream social and also concert dress so you can change before the concert.

Dress rehearsals for just band will be:

Tuesday January  21st and Wednesday 22nd at 3:15 pm-Please make sure you attend one or both


**What to bring for Ice Cream Social~

Brass will bring Paper bowls and Napkins

Saxophones will bring Spoons and Sprinkles (Chocolate, rainbow and any other)

Clarinets and flutes need to bring Caramel, Butterscotch and fudge.

Independent instruments (i.e. 

​Oboe join flutes-​
Bass Clarinet, Tenor and Bari Sax and Tuba-Please join your family of Instruments)
​Percussion will bring whipped cream and spoons and bowls

**Congratulations!
​The following students auditioned for the Vermont All-State Festival this past Saturday. We are very proud of you!
Dylan Barbagallo-Alto Saxophone
Rebecca Barwin-Bassoon
​David Brown-French Horn (Scholarship and classical audition)
​Ginny Churchill-Clarinet
Emma Dubay-Flute
Kate Hardacre-Violin
Mikayla Kelemen-Flute
Akash Kushwaha-Violin
Suraj Kushwaha-Violin
Elliot Lowe-Trumpet
Lexi New-Flute
Kenzie Provencher-Flute
Cory Raymond-Alto Saxophone
Victoria Rosales-Flute
Brian Rosmus-Alto Saxophone
Molly Shallow-Violin
Cameron Smith-Tenor Saxophone (Jazz and classical audition)

**Northwest District Audtions

District Festival January 30th and 31st at Enosburg high School

I am attaching the Permission Form for your information. I will also put it on schoology, MMUsic website AND hand out hard copies.

Please do not be late with turning them in. Thank you!

If students need help with District Music please know that I am available 5th period for help~Please schedule a time to see me :-)

Instrumental Music Announcements (E-mailed 1/13/14)

posted Jan 13, 2014, 7:43 AM by Mary Bauer

Hello MMUsic,
Good luck to all of our MMUsic students on their mid-terms and finals. I am positive they will do great!

**CONGRATULATIONS!
MMUsic would like to congratulate the following students for their hard work, audition and acceptance into the New England Music Festival.
Elliot Lowe-Trumpet
David Brown-French Horn
Rebecca Barwin-Bassoon
Please let me know If I forgot someone~They may not have told me and since we don't sponsor the festival I do not have access to the acceptance list.


Announcements:
**Baby and Now Pictures
I am still missing a few students. If they are not in the Google folder by Friday I will just use their school picture/s. If you are having problems with the Google folder they can bring in a hard copy and I can scan it and download it for you. 

**CONCERT Thursday, January 23rd at 7:00 pm

(Ice Cream Social) and Preparation for Concert

MMUsic is hosting an Ice Cream social for the BRMS and CHMS instrumental students 5th grade through 8th grade. This is a wonderful opportunity for our MMUsic students to get to know our future musicians and to talk to them about music in HS. 

Next week I will e-mail what each section will need to bring for the Ice Cream Social (an example would be-Flutes bring chocolate sauce-Trumpets bring paper bowls).

Ben and Jerry's will be donating ice cream for us!

The day will look like this:

5:15 pm for a dress rehearsal on the stage for band (This is graded)

5:40 pm Band and Orchestra run through

6:00 pm Ice Cream Social for CHMS and BRMS .

7:00 pm Concert

I suggest bringing a bagged dinner that day since only ice cream will be served at the ice cream social and also concert dress so you can change before the concert.

Dress rehearsals for just band will be:

Tuesday January  21st and Wednesday 22nd at 3:15 pm-Please make sure you attend one or both


**What to bring for Ice Cream Social~

Brass will bring Paper bowls and Napkins

Saxophones will bring Spoons and Sprinkles (Chocolate, rainbow and any other)

Clarinets and flutes need to bring Caramel, Butterscotch and fudge.

Independent instruments (i.e. Bass Clarinet, Tenor and Bari Sax and Tuba-Please join your family of Instruments)


**Instrumental Mid-Terms
We are having rehearsal during the scheduled mid-term time. Students will be graded during the class time and will also have a Smartmusic assigned as a mid-term.
Smartmusic Mid-term will go out today and be due No LATER than Friday at 8:00 am (It needs to be done at home). I need to input grades by the end of Friday and the students have four days to complete the exam. That is plenty of time. The class rehearsal is 50% and Smartmusic is 50%. 

***All-State Auditions

Are this Saturday January 18th at CVU-Please make sure you are at the audition well in advance so you can warm-up. Check in at the front table when you arrive and proceed to the instrumental warm-up room. Check your time and go to the audition room a few minutes before you are ready to perform. Please know that some rooms run late but don't assume that yours will.

***I have had a sign up list since the beginning of Dec for students to perform their All-State piece for me and I have yet to hear many of them. I need to hear them or they will not be able to attend the audition. This includes students who take private lessons. This is to assure that they are ready for the audition and to give some feedback before they go. 


**Northwest District Permission Form and Itinerary.

District Festival January 30th and 31st at Enosburg high School

I am attaching the Permission Form for your information. I will also put it on schoology, MMUsic website AND hand out hard copies.

Please do not be late with turning them in. Thank you!


Musically Yours,

Mary

Instrumental Announcements (E-mailed January 6th)

posted Jan 7, 2014, 5:41 AM by Mary Bauer

Hello MMUsic,
Happy New Year! I hope 2014 is filled with wonder and excitement for you all~
Mary

A few announcements:

**CONCERT Thursday, January 23rd at 7:00 pm

(Ice Cream Social) and Preparation for Concert

MMUsic is hosting an Ice Cream social for the BRMS and CHMS instrumental students 5th grade through 8th grade. This is a wonderful opportunity for our MMUsic students to get to know our future musicians and to talk to them about music in HS. 

Next week I will e-mail what each section will need to bring for the Ice Cream Social (an example would be-Flutes bring chocolate sauce-Trumpets bring paper bowls).

Ben and Jerry's will be donating ice cream for us!

The day will look like this:

5:15 pm for a dress rehearsal on the stage for band (This is graded)

5:40 pm Band and Orchestra run through

6:00 pm Ice Cream Social for CHMS and BRMS .

7:00 pm Concert

I suggest bringing a bagged dinner that day since only ice cream will be served at the ice cream social and also concert dress so you can change before the concert.

Dress rehearsals for just band will be:

Tuesday January  21st and Wednesday 22nd at 3:15 pm-Please make sure you attend one or both


**Instrumental Mid-Terms
We are having rehearsal during the scheduled mid-term time. Students will be graded during the class time and will also have a Smartmusic assigned as a mid-term. Students have been told about this mid-term but if you as the parent have any questions please contact me :-)

***All-State Auditions

Are January 18th at CVU-Please make sure you are at the audition well in advance so you can warm-up. Check in at the front table when you arrive and proceed to the instrumental warm-up room. Check your time and go to the audition room a few minutes before you are ready to perform. Please know that some rooms run late but don't assume that yours will.

***I have had a sign up list since the beginning of Dec for students to perform their All-State piece for me and I have yet to hear many of them. I need to hear them or they will not be able to attend the audition. This includes students who take private lessons. This is to assure that they are ready for the audition and to give some feedback before they go. 

 

**Northwest District Festival

January 30th and 31st at Enosburg HS

Permission slips will come next week :-)


**Musical in Boston

It is with regret that the Blue Man group is canceled. Not enough students signed up. 


***Scholarship opportunity for students (Anyone in HS music)

Application can be printed from Mary Bauer

Requirements are to prepare a Concerto that is 10-20 minutes in length

Competition is February 8th, 2014 between 1 pm and 4 pm in the McCarthy Arts Center at St. Michael's College.

Winner receives $500.00 and a chance to perform with the Burlington Chamber Orchestra


Instrumental Announcements (E-mailed 12/16/13)

posted Dec 16, 2013, 6:59 AM by Mary Bauer

Hello MMUsic,
It is chilly outside! I hope you had a nice weekend with the snow, try and keep warm the next few days! 
Since we have no school next week I would like to take this opportunity to wish you all a wonderful Holiday Season and a VERY Happy New Year. May your days be filled with lots of music!

Here are a few announcements:

**Instruments, clothes and food left over break is a no-no~
Please know that your child should bring their instrument home for the winter break. Also have them clean out their band lockers, last year I found expensive corning ware with food that was growing stuff on it YUCK! I also found very expensive clothing that went to the lost and found.

**SMARTMUSIC-BAND STUDENTS ONLY
I am assigning Smartmusic for this week. If your child is falling behind they have over the break to catch up~I do not assign homework over the break specifically for this reason.

​**​
Instrumental Lessons for Sectionals
​ This week~​

French Horns will be Today the 16th during 5th period-Meet at 12:00-12:30

Trombones will be Wednesday the 18th during 5th period-Meet at 12:00-12:30

Trumpets will be Wednesday the 18th during 5th period-Meet at 12:30-1:00

Bassoon will be Friday the 20th during 5th period-Meet at 12:00-12:30

Percussion will be Friday the 20th during 5th period-Meet at 12:30
​-1:00​


​**All-STATE AUDITIONS
January 18th at CVU~​

I will be at the audition site but it is up to the student to get a ride there and back.
Please plan on being at the audition early so you can warm up.
A couple of things:
If you do not have an ORIGINAL copy of the music GET one ASAP! You can not audition without an original copy
Practice your scales and sight reading (Band students have a wonderful tool on Smartmusic for that!)
Here is the link for All-State-Everything you need to know is here:

​Here is the link for audition information only:

Any questions do not hesitate to ask.
As we get closer I wills end out more tips and information.

​**CONCERT-JANUARY 23rd
Please do not forget that our concert was changed to the 23rd to accommodate the final exam week.​
I apologize for this since the calendar was made last April the final exam schedule was not set and they are early this year.

​**BLUE MAN GROUP BROADWAY MUSICAL BOSTON
February 7th, 2014
Is open to all instrumental students. Commitment forms are in the band room and as of now we only have only 10 students. We need 55 to have this trip happen~Parents are welcome and siblings with parental supervision. This is a wonderful opportunity at a great price!​

**A CALL FOR HELP!

Orchestra and Band-I only have 6 students so far!​

I need pictures of your child (A baby/toddler and a current one)-They need to be saved in the MMUsic Concert Pictures in Google Drive. I shared a folder with the students so you can upload it easily. This is Due NO LATER than January 3rd~I will be checking off who turns them in~This is for our January concert~Trust me when I say if all goes well and we get all the pictures, it will be AMAZING!


​Musically Yours,
Mary​


2013 All-State Audition Times

posted Dec 11, 2013, 7:24 AM by Mary Bauer

Are on the band board and have been e-mailed to parents/students.
Auditions are January 18th at CVU~
It is the responsibility of the student to get to the audition site.

Instrumental Announcements (Sent out 12/10)

posted Dec 11, 2013, 7:22 AM by Mary Bauer

**CONGRATS~
Congrats to the MMUsic students who auditioned for New England's this past weekend. It is such a great opportunity to audition and get feedback! 

**SMARTMUSIC (Band only)
I sent out Smartmusic for this week. Please know that when your child receives two-three assignments on Monday and it is due on Sunday that it is difficult to submit IF they wait until the last minute. They have to practice every day in order to get it under their fingers. I am re-assigning a particular band piece since students are submitting low scores. 
I explain to the kids almost every class that this is an important part of the Smartmusic program. It also logs how much time they spend on the assignments, so if a student submits a 75% but I only see they spent a minute and forty five seconds, they are not putting their all into it. Again, Smartmusic if part of the band grade (20%) and a very important part of helping our group sound great!

**LESSONS for Band students~
Start today!

Flutes/Oboe will be Tuesday 10th during 5th period-Meet at 12:00-12:30

Clarinets/Bass Clarinet will be Tuesday 10th during 5th period-Meet at 12:30-1:00

 

Alto Saxophones/Bari Sax will be Thursday 12th during 5th period-Meet at 12:00-12:30

Tenor Saxophones will be Thursday 12th during 5th period-Meet at 12:30-1:00


NEXT WEEK:

French Horns will be Monday the 16th during 5th period-Meet at 12:00-12:30


Trombones will be Wednesday the 18th during 5th period-Meet at 12:00-12:30

Trumpets will be Wednesday the 18th during 5th period-Meet at 12:30-1:00


Bassoons will be Friday the 20th during 5th period-Meet at 12:00-12:30

Percussion will be Friday the 20th during 5th period-Meet at 12:30-1:00


All students need to come. We will have sectionals with band music and I will work with students who need help. Teachers will get an e-mail telling them you will be out of class, there will be announcements and Schoology will have reminders. A sign will be up on the band board.

Any questions please let me know.


**A CALL FOR HELP!-Orchestra and Band

I need pictures of your child (A baby/toddler and a current one)-They need to be saved in the MMUsic Concert Pictures in Google Drive. I shared a folder with the students so you can upload it easily. This is Due NO LATER than January 3rd~I will be checking off who turns them in~This is for our January concert~Trust me when I say if all goes well and we get all the pictures, it will be AMAZING!

MMU Chamber Choir Performances

posted Dec 10, 2013, 12:52 PM by Caleb Pillsbury

Vermont Chapter of the American Choral Directors Association 
33rd Annual Mid-Winter Madrigal Festival 
December 13th, 2013 at 7:30pm
Unitarian Church, Burlington
MMU Chamber Choir

Also:

Performance for 
Bernie Sanders event at Hilton in Burlington 12:30pm
and 
Holiday Concert at East Monkton Church 4:00pm
Sunday December 15th 

Schedule for Sunday:
Bus departs MMU at 11:30am travels to Burlington Hilton for Bernie Sanders Event
12:30pm Bernie Sanders Event Performance
1:30pm bus departs Burlington Hilton for East Monkton Church 403 Church Road Monkton
2:30pm bus arrive East Monkton Church
4:00pm Holiday Concert at East Monkton Church
5:00pm Students depart with parents

Performance Ensembles for both performances:
MMU Chamber Choir, Bad Bananas, Noteworthy, and Collision a cappella

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