Category Archives: Concert Choir

Gala Auditions

We have fewer applicants than usual this year and I’ve work with all applicants extensively, so a formal audition process will not be necessary.  Everyone who applied will be accepted into the evening Gala, subject to a few conditions listed below. We won’t be able to get everyone in the matinee, but this will be decided at a later time.


Applicant(s) Notes/Conditions
Alyssa B
(I Wanna Dance)
 Please provide sheet music by Fri Mar 22.
Sam V
(Thank you for the music)
 Please provide sheet music by Fri Mar 22
Vanessa V
(Never be like you)
 Please provide sheet music by Fri Mar 22
Mary W
(Wish You Were Here)
Alyssa, Maddie, Hailey
 We should be able to work on this a bit in class as well. We’ll discuss after March Break how we might put this all together with the additional songs.
Cam, Blake, Claire, Jehvon, Andrew (Creep, Stand by Me) We should be able to get both songs in, BUT we do need to find a time when you can all get together to rehearse. I know this group has already worked pretty extensively on these songs, so we don’t need a lot of time, but we will need to find some.
Zelda Group and Sr. Vocal Ensemble (Evolution of Music) These two selections will be a pretty ambitious undertaking.  We’ll need to talk… either you’ll need to find more rehearsal time (even if some of it is just sectional rehearsal time), or we will need to scale this back somewhat.  We should also come up with a backup plan if these end up just being about half ready as the Gala approaches.

Jehvon – Awesome Zelda arrangement!  I have just a few small suggestions… mainly the sopranos will be getting quite a workout in the introductory theme, and it might make sense to transpose this section down a little bit for them.

Semester 2 Startup

Welcome back everyone! A few items:

February Rehearsals

  • Concert Choir
    • Each Wednesday, full choir, ending at 4:00pm
  •  Chamber Choir
    • February 5, 12, and 19 will continue to be the competitive core only, until 4:00pm
    • February 26 will be everyone going to Sudbury only, including members not in the competitive core (to rehearse for our concert in Parry Sound), until 4:00pm

Text message announcements via Remind

Those on the Roger’s network are no longer able to receive text messages from the Remind service, due to an imposed fee. At the first rehearsal in February, details will be provided for a replacement to this system that will work on everyone’s phones.


All forms and money are due this week. Online payments will close this Monday, February 4, however you can bring me forms and money in person to choir on Wednesday as well. I will provide final details in a week or two once I’ve received the schedule from the Festival.

Guest Presenter – Thursday, February 7

All choir and vocal students are invited to the cafeteria during period 2 this Thursday for a presentation by Brett Caswell. Brett will be introducing us to an entirely new concept of a “choir”, and will speak about his ongoing work to bring this revolutionary idea to Barrie. Students who attend this presentation will be signed out of class for the period.

Grade 9, 10, 11 Students – Looking Ahead

As we approach the time for next year’s course selections, please be reminded that continuation in the choir next year requires students to choose a music course for one of their primary selections (not an alternate), and preferably vocal music. Unavoidable conflicts will be considered on a case-by-case basis after course schedules have been determined, but the music course selection must be made on the option sheet.

The courses are the foundation of everything else that happens in the choral music program, and are the primary reason for Eastview’s success in this area. Enrolling in these courses is the number one thing students can do to help ensure the program stays strong into the future, and that we can continue to offer the opportunities we do.

Finally, I’m looking at a possible choir trip to New York City in the fall. I’ve teamed up with Caswell Community Choirs (who we will be hearing about at Thursday’s presentation) to make this a combined trip between them and us. Since the trip will be organized through a community organization rather than the school board, we won’t need to go through the approval process that kept this year’s planned trip to Boston from happening. Stay tuned for more details in the coming weeks.

Let me know if there are any questions, and I look forward to seeing everyone soon!

This Week’s Reminders

A few things to note before things get busy next week:

  • Important Rehearsal this Week – The last one on our own before all our Christmas performances. Please be there!
  • Sudbury/Parry Sound Trip – Thank you for those who met last Friday’s deadline. I will continue to accept forms/payment this week, however we are very close to filling one bus, and we would only get a second bus if there are enough people to make it cost effective.
  • Forms due this Wednesday – This Wednesday is the due date for the package of forms sent home for all the Christmas performances. For the dinner being offered on November 28, this deadline is firm. I will continue to accept other items, such as ticket purchases, for as long as there is availability. I’d appreciate all permission forms in by the end of the week, particularly for Sainte Marie.
  • For your planning – Family of Schools Concerts – Here is the sequence of events for the Family of Schools concerts on November 28 and 29:
    • 6:30pm – Arrive
    • 6:45pm – Warm-up in room 204
    • 7:00pm – Concert begins – If there is room in the cafe, please attend the first part of the concert on one of the two nights
    • 7:30pm – Be in the cafe or in the front foyer, ready to go on stage. Chamber Choir will be on sometime between around 7:40 to 8:10, followed by the Concert Choir.
    • 8:15-8:45pm – Concert is expected to end in this time window
    • If you cannot make it in time for warm-up: Please do your own warm-up, and be ready to go on by 7:30pm

Upcoming Events – November and December

Hi Everyone,

We have a lot on the go in the next few weeks, so I’m going to provide a summary of everything you need to know:

  • Registration forms and $50 fee are now due. Please submit ASAP if still outstanding.
  • November 9 – Remembrance Day Assembly – Please see below for details.
  • November 15 – First half of period 5 – rehearsal in cafeteria with elementary schools. Students/parents/teachers to use discretion as to whether this class time can afford to be missed.
  • November 16 – Sudbury trip forms and first payment are due.
  • Seasonal Performances starting late November – All details you need to know are posted at The document is rather lengthy, and doesn’t need to be read in detail until the performances approach. Permission forms and paperwork will be distributed to students this week (also available as PDF here), and will be due by November 21.

I realize we are asking for a lot of money all at once, and I urge you to contact me if you require these payments to be spread out further or if you’d like to inquire about some of this being subsidized. While we need to balance the books, we’d like to make every effort to ensure students are not excluded from opportunities for financial reasons.

Remembrance Day
On Thursday November 8, we will be having a rehearsal in preparation for this during period 5. Students are asked to go to their period 5 classes first for attendance. While the rehearsal is important, students/parents/teachers are to use discretion as to whether this class time can afford to be missed.

On Friday, November 9, students should go directly to the cafeteria when they arrive at school and will be signed out of periods 1 and 2. Unfortunately, there have been some delays with our supplier for getting the new performance shirts in. While they are supposed to be here in time to distribute on November 8, if by chance you don’t get yours by Friday, please wear another black or dark shirt. Something a little more formal would be better, but just do the best you can with what you have in your closet.  Please also wear a poppy if you have one. We have limited extras to give out.

Thanks, and please let me know if you have any questions or concerns.

Choir Update

Hi Everyone,

I have fair bit of information to pass along about what’s upcoming with the Eastview Concert Choir. Thanks to everyone who has provided me with information that has allowed me to get this year’s choir email database up to date. Please take a moment when you can to add the dates listed below into the calendar.

Upcoming Performances

The choir has their debut performance at our school’s Remembrance Day assembly on Friday, November 9. Students should arrive at school in their performance uniforms (details below), and will be excused from class to participate during periods 1 and 2.

We then have two busy weeks during the Christmas season, as outlined below. In the next couple weeks, students will be asked to confirm their availability to attend these performances. Performance attendance is important as all choir members have put in substantial time and effort preparing, and they require the support of each other at concerts. While I recognize there may be last minute illnesses or emergencies, I ask to be made aware of other extenuating circumstances well ahead of time so we can plan accordingly.

  • Wed Nov 28 – Family of Schools concert (performance #1) at Eastview, beginning at 7:00pm.
  • Thurs Nov 29 – Family of Schools concert (performance #2) at Eastview, beginning at 7:00pm.
  • Fri Nov 30OPTIONAL – Performance at Sainte Marie Among the Hurons (additional $10 bus fee required). The bus will depart after school, and the event takes place over the evening.
  • Wed Dec 5 – Eastview Christmas Concert at Collier Street United Church, beginning at 7:30pm.
  • Fri Dec 7 GRADE 9 CLASS ONLY – Singing at Horseshoe Valley event
  • Wed Dec 12 – Performance for the Barrie Senior’s Serenade concert series, 2:30-3:30pm (during normal rehearsal time)

I will share detailed information about the above events as they get closer, including information for family and friends who would like to be in the audience.

Registration Forms, Choir Fees, Uniforms

Thank you to those who have already submitted forms and fees. They are due next Friday, October 26. Students who require an extra registration form can get one at this week’s rehearsal.  The fee for this year is $50 (not $60, as was stated in the original letter), and can be paid by cash, cheque, or online (  The online option will unfortunately not be available for people who joined the choir late.

Once fees and registration have been received, choir members will be provided with a professional black choir folder to use for the year, and new members will receive a black performance shirt to keep. In addition to the shirt, students should wear the following for performances:


  • A long black skirt (ankle length) OR black dress pants (normally well priced at Walmart). Leggings or jeans are not acceptable.
  • Black socks or nylons
  • Black dress shoes – either high heels or flats. Something comfortable to stand in for a period of time.


  • Black dress pants. Jeans are not acceptable.
  • Black belt
  • Black socks
  • Black dress pants

Overnight Trip and Fundraising

As most of you are aware, we were required to cancel our international trip this year due to multiple issues. We will instead be travelling to Sudbury and Parry Sound from February 28-March 2 for a festival and an additional performance opportunity. The cost will be between $300 and $400, and while it is optional, we’d love to have most of the choir! A detailed information package will be sent home in the next week or two.

To keep fees as low as possible, we run various fundraisers throughout the year. In some cases, students who participate in fundraising will have their trip price reduced. For details, please see

Solo Opportunity

There is a solo in Freedom Trilogy that I will be auditioning for in early November.  It is a variation of Amazing Grace, and students who might be interested in the solo should familiarize themselves with it at from 3:08-3:48.

Next Year Information

This post applies to all current grade 9-11 Eastview choir members and their parents, as well as to students and their parents who could potentially join or rejoin choir next year.  Many of you have already received hard copies of much of this information, but hopefully this email will fill in any gaps.

  1. Anyone who was in choir this year – Please make sure I have your music and folders back at this time.
  2. Choral Ensembles for next year – Details are provided in this PDF, however here is a summary:
    • Concert choir will rehearse next year on Wednesdays, from 2:45-4:00pm, with optional repertoire being rehearsed from 4:00-4:30pm
    • Chamber choir will rehearse on Tuesdays, from 2:45-4:00pm.  Auditions for chamber choir will be held next week, and students must sign-up on the vocal room door. Those who were in this year’s chamber choir do not need to re-audition.
    • Additional smaller ensembles for next year include the Senior Vocal Ensemble and the Festival Choir.  The Festival Choir will be a sub-group of the chamber choir, specifically for people participating in Nationals in Ottawa next year.  All prospective members of these ensembles must sign-up for an audition time.
  3. Next Year’s Trip [ ACTION REQUIRED ]
    • Details are provided in this PDF, and the form that needs to be returned by June 1can be downloaded here. Both of these documents are also available as hard copies.  Note – parents may also reply by email rather than sending in the form.
    • Please note that the first deposit for the trip will be due on June 15, but it will be refundable until the final paperwork is received from you in the fall.  The deposit will be payable by cash, cheque, or the SchoolCashOnline website.
    • Since we are performing at the festival on this trip, we would like to maximize participation.  If the price point is out of range for you, please consider specifying on the form what you are able to budget, and we’ll see how much of the additional cost can be covered through fundraising and subsidies.
    • About fundraising – we are planning to run at least one fundraiser next year that people can participate in individually, meaning that 100% of profits made from an individual’s fundraising efforts will go towards reducing their individual trip cost.  The amount you can make from this depends on effort, but $100-$200 is within reason. Additionally, we’ll run some fundraising events to benefit the group as a whole, which will help generate funds for additional subsidies that some individuals may require.
    • If you really think you’ll be unsure of your participation on the trip as of June 1, please contact me.

Please feel free to contact me with any questions or concerns. Thanks, and have a wonderful summer to those who I don’t get a chance to touch base with until then!

Pizza Party and Other Items

A few quick year-end items:

  • First and foremost, FREE PIZZA! We’ll be having a choir pizza lunch, taking place during both lunch periods on Wednesday May 16 in the vocal room. At this time, we will also hold elections for next year’s choir executive council.
  • Students – please return all choir music and folders to the vocal room on or before the date of the pizza lunch (May 16)
  • Grade 9-11 Students – Please be reminded that the form handed out at Gala regarding travel for next year needs to be returned by June 1.  If you have not received one yet, you can get one at the pizza lunch or from me at any time.
  • Auditions for next year will take place in late May or early June.  More details will be available at the pizza party and will also be shared electronically.

Thanks, and enjoy having a bit more free time after school now!

Gala Week Announcements

Between Now and Wednesday

  • Let your period 5 teachers know you’ll be missing class on Wednesday and Thursday
  • Make sure your lyrics and choreography is memorized
  • Have your costuming ready. Costuming policy – do the best you can with what you have or can borrow (or perhaps buy for a low cost), and don’t worry if it doesn’t completely match the requirements.

Note: Everything you need to know about costuming and choreography is on the website.

Wednesday, April 25 (Tech Rehearsal)

  • No specific dress is required
  • Come down to the cafeteria at the beginning of period 5. You do not need to go for attendance first.
  • If you are ONLY in concert choir or are only in the vocal classes, you will be done by the end of period 5
  • Chamber choir, Sr. Vocal Ensemble, and the grad class will be done by 4:00
  • For those performing additional songs, please check the schedule online or on the vocal room door

Thursday, April 26 – Morning (Tech Rehearsal)

  • No specific dress is required
  • Come down to the cafeteria at 8:40 AM
  • Everyone should be ready to return to class by 9:50 AM except Hailey C., Kayla, Jackson, Caitlin H., Alyssa, Jared

Thursday, April 26 – Afternoon (Matinee)

  • No changing facilities will be available, so you will pick your favourite costume from the evening show and wear it for the entire matinee performance. Those with a period 4 lunch are expected to be in their costume by the 1:00pm warm-up time, those with a period 4 class will have a chance to change after warm-up.
  • Come to room 204 at 1:00pm for warm-up
  • During the performance, please keep an eye on the programs that will be posted around the cafe, and be ready for when you are performing. With the exception of full concert choir songs, all performers should enter through the stage door closest to the tech hall, and exit off the front of the stage.
  • When you are not performing, you can either be inside the cafe if there is space, or in the front foyer. In either case, keeping the noise level down will be imperative.
  • You will be done at the end of the school day. Go home, rest, and have a good dinner!

Thursday, April 26 – Evening (Full Performance)

  • Arrive at 6:45pm. Drop off your things in the appropriate changerooms, located in the tech hallway leading out to the portables.  Signs will be posted.  Then come up to room 204 for warm-up, beginning at 6:55pm.  You’ll have a few minutes following warm-up for final preparations before the show begins.
  • Stage entry and exit procedure will be the same as in the matinee
  • If you have a long stretch when you are not performing, you can quietly make your way into the cafe to watch. Otherwise, you should be in the changeroom area.
  • Make sure changerooms are fully cleaned before departing after the show. A social has been booked at Moose Winooski’s for anyone who’d like to attend.

Other Announcements

  • Reminder – the parent meeting for Montreal is this Tuesday, April 24 at 7:30pm in the library. Students are encouraged to attend as well.
  • Gala tickets can be purchased in advance for $10 each. Please try to buy in advance to avoid line-ups at the door!
  • If you’d like to apply to be on next year’s executive council, please pick up a form located inside the doorway to room 204, and hand it in by May 11.
  • If you have a place in the community where you would be able to hang one of our posters promoting the Gala, there are some available in room 204 for this purpose.
  • The Hawkestone Singers are still looking for some Eastview students to perform and/or volunteer at their talent show fundraiser on Sunday, May 13 in the afternoon. More information and application forms can be found inside the doorway to room 204. The deadline to hand performance applications into me will be next Monday, April 30 (a day later than their official deadline, but they’ve assured me this is okay).
  • On Monday April 30, there will be a rehearsal only for people going to Montreal. For those who are not in chamber choir, the rehearsal will end at 3:30pm.  It will go to 4:00pm for chamber choir.
  • Information about a year-end pizza lunch and auditions for next year will be announced in the coming weeks.

Rescheduling due to snow day

Hi Everyone,

We’re going to reschedule today’s cancelled rehearsal to tomorrow.  Times will remain the same:

  • Everybody until 4:00pm
  • Man in the Mirror until 4:30pm – including all vocal classes for this rehearsal

If You Cannot Make It

  • Please practice the choreography at home, and get started on figuring out your costumes. Details for both of these can be found on the Gala webpage.  Choreography videos should be complete after tomorrow’s rehearsal, and I will have them posted by tomorrow evening.
  • Our last regular rehearsal is next Monday, on the stage. All music and choreography need to be memorized by then.

For All Grade 12s – please also remember that tomorrow from 12:45-1:15pm is time scheduled to work on the Grad song.

Please get in touch with any questions or concerns. Happy snow day!

Gala Information and Other Choir News

Our final performance of the season, the “Gala”, is fast approaching, coming up on April 26, 2018 at Eastview.  Please be aware of the following:

  • A Gala resource webpage is available for students. This contains detailed rehearsal schedules, costuming information, and videos to help with choreography practice.  Please see me for the private link.
  • Tickets for the Gala are now available for purchase for $10 each in the music office.  They may also be purchased at the door, but buying in advance is recommended to avoid line-ups.
  • Choir members are requested to have all Gala music memorized by Monday, April 23.
  • Students should arrive at 6:45pm on April 26. The show begins at 7:30pm.
  • Graduating students who are not in the grade 12 vocal class, and would like to sing with the graduating class, should attend rehearsals from 12:45-1:15pm on April 17 and 20. Those unable to make those times should speak to me.

Some other non-Gala items:

  • For those on the Montreal trip, please be reminded that there is a mandatory parent meeting on Tuesday, April 24 at 7:30pm in the Eastview library. Students are also encouraged to attend.
  • There has been a request from the community to have student performers and volunteers at the “Hawkestone Singers” talent show in the afternoon of Sunday, May 13 (Mother’s Day). Detailed information is available from me, but it could be an opportunity for students to gain volunteer hours and/or re-perform a Gala song.
  • After Gala, there will be one more rehearsal on April 30 for Montreal participants only.  Coming up in late May or early June: A year-end pizza lunch, council elections for next year, and auditions for next year.  Details to come.