Bethesda Chevy Chase High School CHORAL … HANDBOOK FOR 2009-2010 Inside this hand-book you will...

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In this fast paced and stressful world we live in, one thing never changes and that is the power of music. What else could create such powerful emotions, positive energy and goodness in our lives? I look forward to open- ing your minds, ears and hearts to the world of choral music. Welcome! Greetings and welcome to an exciting year in the prestigious Bethesda Chevy Chase Choral De- partment. You are now a member of one of three choral classes at BCC. As the year pro- gresses, however, you will begin to realize that this is much more than just a class. This will, for many of you, become a team, a sanctuary and even a fam- ily. WELCOME BCC CHORAL STUDENTS! Bethesda Chevy Chase High School CHORAL HANDBOOK FOR 2009-2010 Inside this hand- book you will find! Goals and Objec- tives Course Expecta- tions, Rules and Procedures Choral Grading Policy How to Succeed in your ensemble! Forms/contracts MS. AMY VANEK BETHESDA-CHEVY CHASE HIGH SCHOOL ABOUT YOUR TEACHER: MS VANEK Hello and Welcome to the BCC Choirs. I am thrilled to have so many students participating in the BCC Choral Program this year. I am Amy Vanek and this will be my fourth year teaching at Bethesda Chevy Chase. I received my Bachelors Degree in Music Education from The University of Maryland in 2005 where I preformed with several nationally ranked choral ensembles. I am also the founder of the choral professional recording ensemble, Femmes De Chanson. Aside from choral music, I have had great experiences in musical theater, guitar and solo classical singing. My passion is music and I look forward to sharing this exciting and creative art form with all of you! Miss Vanek’s Contact Information Email: [email protected] mcpsmd.org Office: e006 # 240-497-6335
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  • In this fast paced and

    stressful world we live

    in, one thing never

    changes and that is the

    power of music. What

    else could create such

    powerful emotions,

    positive energy and

    goodness in our lives?

    I look forward to open-

    ing your minds, ears

    and hearts to the world

    of choral music.

    Welcome!

    Greetings and welcome to an exciting year in the

    prestigious Bethesda

    Chevy Chase Choral De-

    partment.

    You are now a member of

    one of three choral classes

    at BCC. As the year pro-

    gresses, however, you will

    begin to realize that this is

    much more than just a

    class. This will, for many

    of you, become a team, a

    sanctuary and even a fam-

    ily.

    WELCOME BCC CHORAL

    STUDENTS!

    Bethesda Chevy Chase High School

    CHORAL HANDBOOK FOR 2009-2010

    Inside this hand-

    book you will

    find!

    Goals and Objec-

    tives

    Course Expecta-

    tions, Rules and

    Procedures

    Choral Grading

    Policy

    How to Succeed

    in your ensemble!

    Forms/contracts

    MS. AMY VANEK

    BETHESDA-CHEVY CHASE HIGH SCHOOL

    ABOUT YOUR TEACHER: MS VANEK

    Hello and Welcome to the BCC Choirs. I am thrilled to have so many

    students participating in the BCC Choral Program this year. I am

    Amy Vanek and this will be my fourth year teaching at Bethesda

    Chevy Chase. I received my Bachelors Degree in Music Education

    from The University of Maryland in 2005 where I preformed with

    several nationally ranked choral ensembles. I am also the founder of

    the choral professional recording ensemble, Femmes De Chanson.

    Aside from choral music, I have had great experiences in musical

    theater, guitar and solo classical singing. My passion is music and I

    look forward to sharing this exciting and creative art form with all of

    you!

    Miss Vaneks

    Contact

    Information

    Email:

    [email protected] mcpsmd.org

    Office: e006

    # 240-497-6335

  • GRADING POLICY FOR CHORAL ENSEMBLES

    Letter Grading System:

    90%-100%- A

    80%-89%- B

    70%-79%- C

    60%-69%- D

    0%-59% E

    Students are eligible to make up missed assess-

    ments if they have an excused absence. Students

    must come to the teacher the day returning from

    an absence to retrieve any missed information

    and schedule a make-up time.

    Classroom Performance: 60% of Final Grade

    Students will be evaluated on their performance of repertoire, warm ups and technique in

    each class. Although I will not be grading you on your effort, classroom performance

    will highly reflect what you have learned . Examples of classroom performance skills are:

    - Having all music and materials required in hand once rehearsals have

    started.

    - Demonstrating vocal and music reading skills

    - Showing proper rehearsal techniques

    - Inserting markings and comments in music to demonstrate understanding

    Performances and Individual Assessments: 35% of Final Grade

    Students will be evaluated on their learned materials in concerts each semester. Their per-

    formance grade will be highly reflected by their concert attendance. Students will need to

    attend all dress rehearsals and concerts on time in order to receive full credit. Students will

    loose 5% of their performance grade for being late to a concert and drop a letter grade if

    they do not attend.. There are two concerts each semester and these dates are listed on their

    choral calendar.

    Homework: 5%

    Although there are very few take-home assignments for this course, students will be ex-

    pected to do several activities such as:

    - Written Journal Responses

    - Poetry Analysis

    - Music must be reviewed at home at least 5 times per quarter

    Grading Scales for Vocal Ensembles at Bethesda-Chevy Chase High School

    Reassessment

    1) Students will have opportunities to be reassessed on assessments.

    2) Students will have opportunities to be reassessed after at least one re-teaching of subject

    materials and will then schedule a reassessment time with the teacher.

  • Choral Music

    Performance Schedule

    2009-2010

    DATE EVENT PLACE TIME COMMENT

    Mon, Oct. 26

    2009

    MCYC Concert TBA 8:00a.m. to

    1:30p.m.

    All MCYC singers

    Weds, Nov 11

    2009

    UMD Choral Invitational University of

    Maryland

    8:00 am to

    10:00 pm

    Chamber Singers Only

    Sat. Nov 14

    2009

    Junior All State Chorus

    Auditions

    TBA Scheduled

    times

    9th

    grade singers

    Sat. Nov 21

    2009

    All State Senior Choir

    Auditions

    TBA Scheduled

    times

    10-12 grade singers

    Fri. Dec

    4,5,6,11,12

    2009

    Moby Dick The Musical B-CC

    Auditorium

    Scheduled

    Performance

    Times

    All crew, performers and

    instrumentalists

    Tue. Dec 15

    2009

    Winter Concert - Choral BCC

    Auditorium

    7:00p.m. All Choral groups

    Fri., Dec. 18,

    2009

    In-School Holiday Concert BCC

    Auditorium

    Morning

    time TBA

    All ensembles

    Fri., Jan. 29,

    2010

    TENTATIVE

    Jazz/String/Drumline/Chamber

    Singers Performance

    Westland

    M. S.

    12:30p.m. to

    2:25p.m.

    Recruitment/Articulation

    ( Chamber Singers only)

    Fri, Jan 29

    Saturday Jan

    30th

    2010

    Opera Performance:

    Dido and Aeneas

    B-CC

    Auditorium

    TBA All Musicians, Crew and

    IB Music students

    Sat., Feb. 20,

    2010

    (Snow date

    Sat., March

    6)

    Cabaret BCC

    Cafeteria

    7 11p.m. Jazz, Sym. Orch.,

    chamber singers,

    womens choir

    Tue., Feb. 23,

    2010

    Festival Rehearsal for

    Womens Choir

    Band Room

    E008

    6:30

    8:30p.m.

    Concert/Advanced

    Orchestra

    Mon., Mar. 1,

    2010

    Festival Rehearsal Concert

    Choir

    Band Room

    E008

    6:30

    8:30p.m.

    Symphonic Band

    Tue., Mar. 2,

    2010

    Festival Rehearsal for

    Chamber Singers

    Band Room

    E008

    6:30

    8:30p.m.

    Advanced Band

    Sat. Mar. 6,

    2010

    Celebration of Womens

    Voices - Rehearsal

    University of

    Maryland

    12:00- 4:00

    pm

    Womens Choir Only

    Sun. Mar. 7,

    2010

    Celebration of Womens

    Voices- Concert

    University of

    Maryland

    Chapel

    2:00pm-

    5:00 pm

    Womens Choir Only

    Thu. Mar. 25,

    2010

    Chamber Choir Festival Bethesda

    Presbyterian

    Church

    TBA Chamber Singers Only

    Thu. April 2,

    2010

    Chorus and Womens Choir

    Festival

    Wooton

    High School

    TBA Chorus and Womens

    Choir

    Weds. April 8

    11, 2010

    Music Trip TBA TBA All groups

    Tue., May 4,

    2010

    Spring Concert - Choral BCC

    Auditorium

    7:00p.m. All choral groups

    Thu., May 6,

    2010

    Spring Concert - Instrumental BCC

    Auditorium

    7:00p.m. All instrumental groups

    June, 2010 Graduation DAR

    Constitution

    Hall

    TBA Chamber Singers Only

    Any performances listed in bold font are mandatory

  • Classroom Procedures,

    Rules and expectations

    Expectations of all Choral Students at B-CC:

    1) Students will have all materials ready within one minute of the

    bell.

    2) Students will not be permitted to have cell phones, ipods, or other

    electronic devices inside the classroom.

    3) Students will treat each other, school materials and all faculty

    with respect! Respect is the key to success in this class!

    4) Students will throw out any gum or candy before rehearsal has

    started. One warning will be followed by detention! It is not safe

    or productive to chew gum when singing!

    5) NO FOOD OR DRINKS (Aside from bottled water) in this class-

    room.

    6) Students will put all materials away before exiting the room.

    Please keep this room clean for yourselves and others!

    7) Students will ask for permission to leave the room

    8) Students will stand and sit when asked and must discuss any

    special accommodations with me beforehand! 9) Respect yourself and others. Disrespect will not be tolerated by

    any means. This is a safe environment where no one is more

    important than anyone else. All opinions matter and are

    appreciated.

    Music: Students will have numbered folders and mu-

    sic that is assigned to a cubby. If these materi-

    als are not returned or become damaged the

    student will compensate the music department

    for replacement.

    Keep your numbered music and folder in the

    correct slot. It is also required that you have a

    pencil for making appropriate markings. Keep

    one in your folder for daily use and it is al-

    ways good to bring one extra!

    You must have your music for rehearsals and

    concerts. Coming to class without music or

    leaving it in your cubby will affect your class-

    room performance grade for that day!

    Attire for Concert Chorus:

    Women: Black shoes, black stockings or socks, black

    pants or skirt, black blouse. All skirts must be past the

    knee to be acceptable

    Men: black shoes, black socks, black pants, black button

    up shirt, solid black tie.

    Attire for Treble and Chamber Choir:

    Women: will be required to purchase a long black dress

    from the BCC website link http://

    www.montgomeryschoolsmd.org/schools/bcchs/

    academics/music/concertdress.aspx. The cost is approxi-

    mately $60.00. This is a one-time purchase that can be

    used throughout high school for all performances. Black

    shoes and dark or clear stockings are the responsibility of

    each individual student.

    Men: will be required to purchase a tuxedo outfit which

    will include a notch lapel coat, pleated tux pants, wing

    tux shirt, and a cummerbund and bow tie. The informa-

    tion is located from the BCC website link http://

    www.montgomeryschoolsmd.org/schools/bcchs/

    academics/music/concertdress.aspx. $100.00. Black

    shoes (no tennis shoes) and black socks.

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  • GOALS AND OBJECTIVES FOR ALL VOCAL

    ENSEMBLES AT BETHESDA-Chevy Chase

    All performing ensembles in the choral department will have the following general outcomes. Special goals within each area will vary

    according to the nature of the group. 1. The main objective, toward which all others merely contribute, is to

    become a unified vehicle in mind and spirit through which the com-posers conception/intention is most perfectly brought to life through sound. We refer to this goal as artistic, sensitive and expres-sive performance, full musical realization, or the aesthetic experience. Our overall aim is to make music in the fullest sense of the words.

    2. To better achieve this goal, we will consistently strive for better vocal

    sound production as we are developing. Through improved technique, expression is better realized. Our aim is to sing with proficiency and to use our voices more expertly.

    3. To more fully realize the composers intention, we aim to improve Music reading ability. We need to understand the symbols, notations,

    and nuances of the written score. 4. To better understand the style and performance intended by the com-

    poser, we need to be aware of music through history. We will explore the time periods in which these composers wrote and what events may have affected those works.

    5. To build a more perfect group instrument, we will work on fostering a

    sense of unity and cooperation not unlike a team spirit. The whole must be greater than the sum of its parts. Every member of the group contributes to this family-like atmosphere.

    Music is the electrical soil in which the spirit lives,

    thinks and invents!

    -Ludwig Van Beethoven

  • 1. Ask Questions!

    In a class as large as

    ours it is easy to get a

    little behind. Always ask

    for help and be honest

    about your progress.

    2. Be Assertive!

    The key to moving

    ahead is self motivation

    and determination. Take

    charge of your own pro-

    gress and assert yourself

    inside and out of the

    classroom

    3. Organize your time:

    Map out how much

    time you will need on

    materials and dont

    waste time being con-

    fused. Ask for help right

    away!

    4. Help Each other

    Many of you may have

    prior knowledge with

    guitar. Help each other

    and make connections.

    You may need some help

    in return one day!

    can I borrow a pencil?

    5. Practice

    Free period? Lunch? Af-

    ter School? Couldnt

    hurt!

    6. LISTEN!

    I will never expect you to

    do anything you havent

    been prepared for. The

    key to learning is listen-

    ing. Open communica-

    tion between students

    and teachers is so impor-

    tant!

    How can I stay on track? 8survival tips:

    7 .Try something new!

    If you havent tried it

    before, now is your

    chance. Dont make

    judgments to quickly!

    Keep an open mind

    8. HAVE FUN!

    How fortunate are we to

    have the opportunity to

    take music classes in

    school!? Many counties

    dont offer music

    courses or dont have

    the funds. Soak up this

    time, let this class build

    your character and tal-

    ents. Most of

    all.HAVE FUN!

    BETHESDA CHEVY CHASE CHORAL PROGRAMS

    If music be the food of love, PLAY

    ON!

    - William Shakespeare

    Music expresses that which cannot be

    said and on what is impossible to be silent

    - Victor Hugo