The White Hill Music Department is very pleased to announce the results of the Music in the Parks Festival this past Saturday, May 5. Over 230 White Hill musicians performed at Vanden High School along with bands, choirs and orchestras from 17 other schools from the Bay Area and beyond. Please congratulate our student musicians on their fantastic achievements!
6th Grade Intermediate Orchestra: 1st place overall in age division
7th/8th Grade Advanced Orchestra: 2nd place in category
6th-8th Grade Jazz Band: 1st place overall in age division
6th Grade Concert Band: 1st place in category
7th/8th Grade Symphonic Band: 1st place overall in age division
6th Grade Concert Choir: 1st place in category
7th/8th Grade Coro Forte (boys' chorus): 1st place in category
7th/8th Grade Bella Voce (girls' chorus): 1st place overall in age division
Outstanding MS/Jr High Jazz Soloist: Maya Stock
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You can hear some of the award-winning pieces (and more!) at our upcoming spring concerts:
Thursday, 5/17/18: White Hill 7th/8th Grade Band, Chorus, and Orchestra Concert, 7pm at College of Marin James Dunn Theater
Monday, 5/21/18: District-Wide 5th/6th Grade Chorus and Chamber Choir Concert, 7pm in White Hill Gym
Tuesday, 5/22/18: District-Wide 5th/6th Grade Orchestra and Chamber Orchestra Concert, 7pm in White Hill Gym
Thursday, 5/24/18: District-Wide 5th/6th Grade Band Concert, 7pm in White Hill Gym
Hope to see you there!
On Friday, April 20, the 7th and 8th grade choirs of White Hill Middle School performed at the CMEA (CA Music Educators Assoc.) Choral Festival at the incredible Weill Hall on the campus of Sonoma State University.
Both Coro Forte and Bella Voce earned UNANIMOUS SUPERIOR ratings - the highest possible achievement at a CMEA Festival! After delivering stunning performances on a professional stage in front of three expert judges, they went to the sight-reading room to perform both rhythmic and melodic music notation as a group with just a few minutes to study each exercise. They earned Superior ratings from the sight-reading judge as well as the three performance judges - a great testament to our students' artistry and musicianship.
A few highlights from the judges' comments:
"Beautiful part work, guys - wow! I wish you fed my high school!"
"Poetically convincing, musically subtle and refined, and you have great stage presence... your intonation, your tone quality, your posture, your connection with your conductor, and your conviction as a performing ensemble are just superlative."
"Every time I've judged a festival there is always one group who makes my day. It doesn't matter how big or small they are, it's about how they perform, how they are connected to what they're singing, and their sound. Yesterday at the CMEA Festival in Weill Hall, the White Hill Middle School Bella Voce was that group! Susie Martone, Brava Tutti on an incredible performance! As a bonus, they were also one of the best group of audience members I've had the pleasure of sitting behind whilst judging. No talking, no phones, and so supportive of everyone who was on stage while they were in the audience. This is what it's all about!"
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Here's our field trip itinerary for the April 20 CMEA Choral Festival for our 7th/8th grade choirs:
9:15am: meet carpools/bus, Coro Forte guys report to chorus room (Bella Voce is already in chorus class at this time)
9:25am: leave White Hill, arrive at Weill Hall at approx. 10:30am
10:50am: Coro Forte warm-up (performance 11:15, sight-reading 11:40)
watch 1 high school choir
12:05-1:05: lunch (bring bag lunch)
watch 1-2 high school choirs
1:55pm: Bella Voce warm-up (performance 2:20pm, sight-reading 2:45pm)
approx. 4pm: arrival at White Hill
In between our performance times, our students will get to watch performances by the Chamber Singers and Bella Voce (women's chorus) from Montgomery High School and the Men's Chorus from Maria Carrillo High School - exciting!
I'm working out the final details between buses and parent chaperone/drivers - check your email on Monday afternoon/evening for an update on the travel logistics.
Thanks so much for your support - it's a really special opportunity and experience to be able to perform on stage at Weill Hall!
Susie Martone, Choral Director