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Welcome to a new year of chorus! I'm so excited to start singing with you next week.
6th graders - we get to sing together every morning!
7th and 8th graders - we have a NEW configuration for our choirs! Coro Forte (Italian for "strong chorus") is our guys' chorus and Bella Voce (Italian for "beautiful voice") is our girls' chorus. It's going to be so great to focus on the girls' and guys' voices as they grow.
See you soon!
The White Hill Music Department is very pleased to announce the results of the Music in the Parks Festival on Saturday, May 7. Over 160 White Hill musicians performed at Vanden High School or Golden West Middle School in Fairfield along with bands, choirs and orchestras from 24 other schools. This was a record-breaking year for White Hill, as all five of our performing groups earned the highest possible rating of Superior as well as placing first in their categories.
Advanced Orchestra: Superior rating, 1st place in category, 1st place overall middle school orchestra
Concert Band: Superior rating, 1st place in category
Concert Choir: Superior rating, 1st place in category
Intermediate Orchestra: Superior rating, 1st place in category
Festival Choir: Superior rating, 1st place in category
The White Hill Middle School Music Department was also chosen, out of all 25 participating schools, to receive the festival Esprit de Corps award for excellent character and conduct. We are so proud of our student musicians for their accomplishments both on and off the stage!
San Rafael-based teen a cappella group 'Til Dawn visited to give a special performance for White Hill chorus students this afternoon. The soloist in this video, Bjorn, is a White Hill Chorus alum... he went to the ACDA National Honor Choir last year when he was in 8th grade! More information about 'Til Dawn can be found at youthinarts.org.
Check out these upcoming local choral events...
Many Voices, One Art Choral Festival
San Francisco, March 5
San Francisco Bach Choir is celebrating it’s anniversary with a FREE choral festival. There will be opening and closing sessions, with three workshops sessions in between. Even lunch is included. Almost too good to be true! Depending on your tastes or professional development needs, you can sing plainchant with Marsha Genensky, re-leaven your short’ning bread with Linda Tillery, belt out Broadway with Trente Morant, or sing some Bach with SFBC's superb director Magen Solomon—to name a few choices.
SheSings Women's A Cappella Festival
Berkeley, March 11-13
The headlining group, Women of the World, won the Harmony Sweepstakes National Finals in 2014 - they're a phenomenal group!
"The Women's A Cappella Association (WACA) is bringing their fourth annual SheSings festival to the beautiful Freight & Salvage in Berkeley, CA! SheSings is an educational and community-building festival open to singers and fans of any age, gender or stylistic preference. This year, WACA looks forward to offering more than ever to attendees with our exciting and unique festival format."
Harmony Sweepstakes A Cappella Festival
San Francisco (Regional SemiFinal), March 12
San Rafael (National Finals @ Marin Civic Center), May 17
"For over 30 years the Harmony Sweepstakes has been delighting audiences and the Festival continues to grow in popularity. The show was the inspiration for the hit prime time NBC show The Sing-Off which aired for five seasons bringing even more interest to the art of a cappella singing. Winners of the seven regional competitions are flown to the Bay Area to compete in the National Finals with the winners being crowned National Champions. From vocal jazz to doo wop, barbershop to pop and all styles in between you will be amazed at the versatility of the human voice on display in this most exhilarating evening of vocal harmony singing."
White Hill Choirs will be competing at a Music in the Parks Festival on Saturday, May 7! Intent forms/deposits are due by next Friday, February 12. Click here for more information.
Winter Chorus Concert* (district-wide, grades 5-8)
Tuesday, January 26
White Hill MS Gym
Call time: 6:30pm in performance attire
Additional parking will be available on the blacktop behind the gym.
Performance attire for 6th grade chorus members:
- White Hill Chorus t-shirt
- black pants
- black closed-toe shoes
Performance attire for 7th/8th grade chorus members:
- Black formal chorus dress, hemmed to about 1 inch off the floor
- Black closed-toe dress shoes
- Hair pulled back from face
(Dresses may be taken home from the chorus room any day from now until the concert.)
- Black, long-sleeved collared dress shirt
- Blue tie (provided, will hand out day of concert)
- Black dress pants
- Black dress shoes
*counts toward performance portion (30%) of quarter grade