Hello and welcome to the vocal program at Carson Middle School! I am Briana Valley and I am the teacher and director of Choir and Musical Theatre programs at CMS. I am very excited for our year and all the great music we are going to make together. My goal is to try to update this blog throughout the year to inform all of you about upcoming events and things that happened throughout the year!
All Classes have been working hard starting to learn music and choreography for the upcoming year. Some things to be aware of:
~ Choir and Musical Theatre Shirts!
This year I am excited that we are again ordering CMS Choir shirts! Not only is this a great way for students to remember their time in CMS Choir and to represent the program but we will also be able to wear them at day performances and school spirit dress down days (every Friday) at school. Shirts will only cost $10.00 per shirt and that includes printing and processing fees. Remember, no student will not be included because of financial problems, please let Ms. Valley know if you need some help purchasing your shirt.
~ Honor Choir (open to all students in a choir class)
NZNMEA Honor Choir Audition material was handed out in class and is on the website under “Good to know”. I wanted to explain the process for any parents that might want to know. Students submit to audition for honor choir and receive a random number (ex. Soprano 57). After rehearsing in class for a couple months they will set up a time with me either before school, after school, or at either lunch to record their audition.
When they come in they will sing their Major Scale, Major and Minor Triad, Perfect 4th/ Minor 7th / tritone intervals. They will then sing a song selection presented from the zone.
Once all of the auditions are recorded they are sent to the zone for judging. The judging is a blind audition so directors listening to a section of auditions do not know what student or what school the singer is from. After scores are tallied the top number of singers, number varies depending on the year, to be in the choir.
** If your singer is picked for honor choir they will get to sing with 100 other singers from all over northern Nevada under the guest conductor Anthony Turner. Mr. Turner is a retired High School music teacher whose groups won many awards at festivals and adjudications. We are excited to have him with us! Dates for Honor Choir this year is February 8th and 9th. Rehearsals will be all day on the 8th and 9th in Fallon and we will have a concert on Friday the 9th to conclude the experience for the students.
Please encourage your singer to try and audition this year for Honor Choir!
Our 5 musical theatre classes at CMS are starting to learn their music and have already finished at least one song of choreography. Students are working on flexibility and learning proper turning technique in class. Students are working hard and are excited for the year as am I.
I am sorry for such a long post at the beginning of the year! I look forward to getting to know all of the talented performers and singers this year! Please feel free to message me with questions that you might have throughout the year!