Canton High Students Accepted Into Northern Regional Honors Ensembles

Congratulations to the follow students who were accepted into the High School Northern Regional Ensembles

image-2016-11-22-14-23-41Chorus:
Drew Bidmead, Hollis Griffin, Mark Knebel, Miika Markkanen, Sarah Marze, Sara Melendez, Alexander Simmons, Morgan Vacca, & Dustin Van Kirk
Band:
Cole Glasgow & Elizabeth Raynor
Jazz Band: 
Tigger Kluessendorf

 

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Chorus student, Drew Bidmead accepted to National Honors Choir

During the 2015-16 school year, along with other talented music students across the United States and overseas in military base schools, Drew Bidmead from Canton High School practiced with dedication to gain a part in his local, district, and state music honor ensembles.

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And now Drew will join the “best of the best” for the National Association for Music Education’s (NAFME) 2016 All-National Honor Ensembles on November 13, during the 2016 NAfME National In-Service Conference in Grapevine, Texas (outside Dallas). The gala concert starts at 9:00am in the Texan Ballroom at the Gaylord Texan Resort and Convention Center and is free and open to the public.

The All-National Honor Ensembles consist of a concert band, symphony orchestra, mixed choir, and jazz ensemble. Students were chosen through an audition process. The concert band and symphony orchestra will each have approximately 150 instrumentalists, the jazz ensemble 20 instrumentalists, and the mixed chorus approximately 350 vocalists. Eligible students have qualified for their state-level honor ensemble program and competed against top students for a spot in these national honor ensembles.

Selected students are currently rehearsing a challenging repertoire in preparation for performing under the baton of five of the most prominent conductors in the United States: Dr. Anton Armstrong (Mixed Choir); Dr. William LaRue Jones (Symphony Orchestra); Dr. Paula Crider (Concert Band); and Chris Crenshaw and Todd Stoll (Jazz Ensemble). All conductors have received top honors in their field and will spend several days rehearsing with students before the concert

Brothers Sing On!

12 Male Students from High School and Middle School Choir got a chance to participate in the Brothers Sing on! UCONN Men’s Choir Festival, this past Saturday 10/15. Students spent all day rehearsing and learning alongside and with college conductors, students as well as other students and male adult singers from throughout the state. Here are some thoughts about the day in their own words:img_0275

From the Middle School Students:

We believe that Brothers Sing On! was a great learning experience that we would love to do again! We learned many interesting things that we can use in our regular singing. This includes looking up the conductor while we are singing, using dynamics in certain places, focusing on vowels and how to express certain consonants. We would love to do this again to become better singers and learn even more.

– Nicholas Johnson, Rayvin Dean, Sean Miscikoski, Daniel Knaub, James Carlson

img_0779From the High School Students:

We spent an entire day collaborating and learning alongside several other men from the UCONN music program, directed by UCONN’s director of choral activities, Dr. Jamie Spillane. We were able to get more personalized feedback with several sectionals throughout the day. We also got to observe a vocal master class where other students received feedback on their performance. The day culminated with a performance including many of UCONN’s men’s singing groups and all of the students who participated that day. We enjoyed the opportunity to experience a small sample of UCONN’s music program and develop our singing skills further.

– Marcus Kosak, Dustin Van Kirk, Drew Bidmead, Timothy Biondo, Alexander Simmons, Miika Markkanen, Rowan Cookman

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Upcoming events and updated calendar!

The year is in full swing and several events are coming up for the music calendar2department, including the alumni evening performance, UCONN Men’s choir festival and veterans day performances. Remember you can always add Music Events calendars to your personal calendars by clicking on the upcoming events to the right.

Come to the Canton Chamber Singers Concert, Saturday (5/7) at 4:30 PM!

Come to the 3rd annual Canton Chamber Singers Day,  featuring performers from Canton Intermediate, Middle and High School on Saturday, May 7th @ 4:30 PM. Over 100 Students will come together to rehearse as individual choirs and then as a group ensemble.

The Rehearsals and Concert will take place at
Collinsville Congregational Church
7 South Street, Collinsville, CT 06019

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High School Instrumental Concert Tonight (5/4) @ 7:30!

410875526Come see the High School Instrumental Concert tonight at 7:30 in the CHS Auditorium!

 

Jeff Holmes Big Band with vocalist Dawning Holmes

Please come and check out the incredible Jeff Holmes Big Band this Sunday, April 24 @ 2:00 P.M. at Canton High School

Tickets: www.cantonparentsformusic.org

Evening of Percussion, Friday April 22nd @ 7:30 PM

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Come see the 4th annual “An Evening of Percussion”, Friday, April 22nd at 7:30 PM. Students from Canton Middle and High School will be featured.

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