MUSICAL: Annie – Tech and Musical Week: March 20-25
The Stevenson musical Annie will be presented to the public March 23, 24, and 25 in the Stevenson auditorium. Annie will be the last performance in the school’s original auditorium. While we are anxious for our new Performing Arts Center to open in the fall, the old auditorium holds countless memories for our Stevenson students, staff, alumni, and community. We hope many will return to share our final memory making moments in the auditorium.
To prepare for the performances the actors, musicians, and stage crew will have dress rehearsals March 20-22 from 2:45p until approximately 9p. We are arranging for tech week dinners Monday, Tuesday, and Wednesday around 5:00 PM in the South Cafeteria. Please see the sign-up genius below to help. Wednesday we are asking students to bring in $2 each to cover the cost of pizza. If you have questions regarding the tech week dinners, please contact Jason Nesler at email@example.com.
The cast and pit orchestra for Annie will present assemblies Wednesday, March 22 during hours 3, 5, and 6. Pit members will be school businessed for the assemblies. Pit orchestra dress for musical performances is all black. Orchestra call-time for the evening performances will be 6:15p Thursday and 6:30p Friday and Saturday. We hope friends and family will come out to support our musicians, actors, and behind the scenes crew in all the hard work they have dedicated to bringing this musical gem to life.
WIND ENSEMBLE AUDITIONS 2017-18
Individuals who are interested in performing in the Wind Ensemble next year must audition for admittance. Even if you are in Wind Ensemble this year, you must reaudition for the 2017-18 school year. Wind Ensemble auditions will be held in band classes (in mid-April). Students will sign up for an audition during their regular class time and must be present on the scheduled date. Adjudicators are brought in for these auditions and they are difficult if not impossible to fairly make up if a student is absent. Individuals will be expected to perform the prepared etude, a 2-octave major scale of their choice, full range chromatic scale, and sight-read. All audition expectations can be found in the link below. I encourage Wind Ensemble members who would like to continue to perform in the ensemble and all Symphony Band students to audition. Auditions are open to all students who play a concert band instrument. You won’t know if you don’t try!
Over the past couple weeks there have been some changes in the music calendar to which I would like to bring your attention.
- The Spring Orchestra Concert has been moved to Tuesday, May 23 at 7p. The concert will still be held at Franklin HS. The concert will feature the Stevenson and Franklin HS orchestras.
- Drum major auditions have been moved to Wednesday, May 3 at 3p to allow students in 7th hour full participation in the auditions.
- Section leader auditions on Monday, June 5 have been moved to 3:30p to allow students in 7th hour full participation in the auditions.
All classes have now registered for SmartMusic and should be practicing their scales for assessment. Below are the requirements for each class for the remainder of marking period 3.
Students will have assigned time during class to complete assessments on the 2 school devices. If an individual would like more time on a device, they can check a device out before or after school or during their lunch for use in a practice room. The time students are assigned during class are to complete the assessments, NOT practice. Therefore, individuals need to practice music sections and scales at home to make the best use of their assessment time. Individuals who may be interested in purchasing a Smart Music subscription to use on a home computer or device can find information here. This would allow individuals to submit tests from home and practice solo, band, and orchestra literature at home with accompaniments. A home subscription is NOT a requirement, but provides many practice benefits to students.
Concert Band: Major Scales - complete 4 of your choice by 4/10/17
Symphony Band: Major Scales to the 9 - complete 6 of your choice by 4/10/17
Wind Ensemble: Melodic Minors – complete 6 of your choice by 4/10/17
Orchestra will be assessing sections of Allegro Giocosso m1-27 will be assessed the week of March 20.