Welcome to the HMHS Music Departments


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2020-2021 school year

   

CMEA FESTIVALS PAST AND FUTURE

Three Hercules High School Students in the Advanced Orchestra performed for 
the CMEA (California Music Educators Association) Fall Virtual Solo and Ensemble Festivals during the week of December 8-15th, 2020. They were  11th grader Isabella Rubio, solo violin, and 10th graders Srihita Panati and Sebastian Cruz, violin duet.  Students were required to perform a song of any genre and submit a video recording of their performance that was a maximum of 5 minutes in length.  Performances were graded by a CMEA Adjudicator. The Superior grade ranged from 18 to 20 out of 20 points. HHS students received an Excellent grade of 15/20. Because of the pandemic, Mrs. Wong assessed videos that the students sent her and communicated with the students in Google Meet for feedback and questions. 
CMEA is currently accepting registrations for the CMEA Spring Virtual Solo and Ensemble Festivals.  The submission deadline is March 15, 2021.  Performances will be evaluated by an adjudicator between March 16-31, 2021. Results will be communicated to participants by April 3, 2021. Contact Mrs. Wong if your student is interested in participating. The Hercules Music Boosters Association will pay for all fees.


OUR POPCORN FUNDRAISER WAS A HUGE SUCCESS!

Hello everyone!

 

Our annual popcorn fundraiser is over ... it was a fast and furious 4 days, and we earned $5223 for our middle and high school music departments!  When you consider that in past years this fundraiser was used by students to earn money for their music field trips, like Disney and Great America, and that this year, with no trips planned, students were instead raising money not for themselves but for our music programs as a whole ... well, that's a fantastic testament to what a great local community we have here in Hercules.

 

Your supporters should start receiving their popcorn in 3 to 4 weeks, just like in past years when we would pass out the popcorn packages after school.  But this year since it is all online the popcorn will ship direct to each purchaser.

 

We had some supporters ask about donating money directly to the Music Boosters.  Donations are always welcome!  They can be sent using the Zelle payment app to our email address (herculesmusicboosters@gmail.com) or by check made payable to Hercules Music Boosters Association and mailed to us at 1900 Refugio Valley Rd, Hercules, CA 94547.


Thanks again to everyone that participated.  Here's the final top 5 leaderboard showing our top sellers.  Way to go!

Luna Bella Sotelo        $1,939

Sabrianna Perry          $1,432
Nathaniel Snyder        $   722
Daymian Manansala    $   673
Jolina Lising               $   583

INTRODUCING THE NEW HERCULES MIDDLE SCHOOL MUSIC DIRECTOR

My name is Dante D’Angelo, and I am a music education graduate (cum laude) from Sonoma State University’s class of 2019.  I began studying music at the college level at the age of 16, studying both classical and jazz theory, performance, composition, and history, and am currently a professional composer and jazz saxophonist in the Bay Area.  My dream is to teach a limitless number of people how to artistically express themselves through music to the best of my best ability.  I dream of a world in which everyone can use music as an escape and as a tool to revitalize positive emotions and strengthen mental consciousness.  As an educator,  I believe that a good teacher can make education fun and purposeful, but a great teacher will also be a motivational tool in a student’s success.  I value utilizing  youth to my advantage to establish rapport with my students while upholding professional boundaries in order to create a safe and positive learning environment for students to thrive in.


HERCULES HIGH SCHOOL REQUEST VIA DONORSCHOOSE

Ms. Wong has created a request on DonorsChoose called Music Practice
and Performance Continues from Home. This fundraising effort has been fully funded.
Thanks to all those who generously donated to this cause. 


DIGITAL SOFTWARE PURCHASED FOR USE 
BY THE MIDDLE AND HIGH SCHOOL MUSIC GROUPS

A program called Soundtrap is enabling the music directors to capture the sound their music students make and use it to collaborate thus providing the experience of the entire group performing together.  Ms. Wong and Mr. D'Angelo have thanked the Hercules Music Booster board members for providing the funds to pay for that program and reported that this is enabling them to provide their students with a much better way to teach music during distance learning.


MUSIC DIRECTORS' SYLLABUSES POSTED 

The information about the music classes, expectations of music students, and other important details that families need to know have been posted on this web site for the Hercules High School and Hercules Middle School music programs.  For details, click on the music level on the menu to the left of this announcement.


 HERCULES MUSIC BOOSTER ASSOCIATION ANNUAL MEETING 
The Hercules Music Boosters Association annual meeting and Board election as well as the regular monthly meeting was held Monday, October 5th at 6:30 pm.  Due to the ongoing COVID-19 restrictions on in-person gatherings, this year's meeting was held online via Zoom.  All members were welcomed to attend.  The agenda that was followed can be found under the Hercules Music Boosters Association agenda section to the left of this message.
Anyone with an interest in helping our music students and have a little bit of time to put into it was asked to submit a nomination to be on the Board or to volunteer in other ways.  All elected Board positions serve for a term of one year and are up for election each year, and we encouraged everyone to apply for whatever position they feel capable of serving in.  The electable HMBA Board positions were President, Vice-president, Secretary, Treasurer, Financial Secretary, Communications Director, Concessions Coordinator, and Web Consultant.   Board position descriptions are available here .  Our Board is a small group that works closely together with the Hercules Middle School and Hercules High School Music Directors, with everyone pitching in and helping where they can.  And the time commitment isn't huge ... we meet once a month (normally in person, but of course lately online), and communicate between meetings with texts and emails.

More information about the Hercules Music Boosters can be found right here on this website.

 HERCULES MUSIC BOOSTERS ASSOCIATION MEETINGS
Meetings are open to all.  The next meeting in the 2020-2021 school year will be held on May 3, 2021 by Zoom video, the connection to which will be posted with the agenda.  

SUPER BOOSTER MEMBERS

As part of the information included in the email message sent to all of the families of 2020-2021 school year music students, the instructions https://forms.gle/eE7pWfuo4nMx9scW7  about how to become a member were provided.  The list, as of November 2, 2020, is attached to this site on the menu to the left of this message.

                               
                                AMAZON SMILE HELPS BUILD FUNDS  
AmazonSmile is another means for the Music Boosters to fundraise without too much membership involvement (passive).  The only thing you need to do is just click on this link to set up your account: 
https://smile.amazon.com/ch/43-2024981 to check out on Amazon.  There will be no additional fees added to your purchase.  Amazon will donate 0.5% of the purchase to our organization.









 





























Links and Email addresses

ACCESSING, DOWNLOADING, AND PRINTING DOCUMENTS FROM THIS WEBSITE

It is important to note that, in order to take advantage to the many documents that are posted on this website, read the following:
           If you have more than one Google Account, the account you're 
           currently signed in with might not have access to the file.
           To switch to another account:
           1.  On a computer, open the file using a web browser, like Chrome.
           2.  On the "You need permission" page, click Switch accounts.
           3.  Sign in with the Google Account that has access to this file.


WEST CONTRA COSTA UNIFIED SCHOOL DISTRICT VISUAL & PERFORMING ARTS CALENDAR

Check the calendar at http://www.wccusd.net/Page/4697 for other events in our District



FACEBOOK PAGE FOR THE HMHS MUSIC DEPARTMENTS


CONTACT THIS WEB SITE'S WEBMASTER  - Lynn Fissell
Send email to:  Lynnfromhercules@gmail.com


CONTACT HERCULES MUSIC BOOSTERS ASSOCIATION




MUSIC DIRECTORS' WCCUSD EMAIL ADDRESSES

Arleen Wong  - Hercules High School Music Director:  arleen.wong@wccusd.net

Dante D'Angelo - Hercules Middle School Music Director:  dante.dangelo@wccusd.net






dante.dangelo@wccusd.net