Category Archives: Music General

Spring Choir Information

We’re in the final stretch of choir this year, culminating in our spring Gala performance on Thursday, May 2, 2019.  There will be an evening performance beginning at 7:30pm, and tentatively a matinee for the school during the day.

Rehearsals will be as follows:

Concert Choir

  • Wed Mar 27 – Rehearsal Cancelled (Literacy Test Day)
  • Wed Apr 3, Apr 10, Apr 17, Apr 24 – Everyone until 3:50pm, then from 3:50-4:15pm will be optional for anyone who would like to participate in the Youtube Mash-up.

Chamber Choir

  • Tues Mar 26, Apr 2, Apr 9, Apr 16, Apr 23, Apr 30 – Everyone until 3:45pm, then from 3:45-4:15 will be optional for anyone who would like to participate in the Mii-Channel theme.
  • Depending on how things go, we may end up cancelling some chamber choir time near the end and instead devoting it to other smaller specialized groups requiring the practice.

Dress Rehearsal – Wednesday, May 1

The dress rehearsal runs on this day from 1:30-5:30pm, however we rehearse the biggest groups first so most people will be finished much earlier than 5:30. A full schedule will come out closer to the date, but those who are just participating in concert choir and chamber choir can expect to be done at the regular time.

Auditions for Solos in Choir Songs

Anyone interested in singing a solo in Africa, Video Killed the Radio Star, the Youtube Mash-up or Over the Rainbow (last one is chamber choir only) should see me by Wednesday, April 3 at the latest to arrange an audition time.

After Gala

  • We are looking at doing our annual field trip to three of our feeder schools sometime in May. It will be a single day trip with all choir and orchestra members at no additional cost. Exact date TBA.
  • Auditions for next year’s ensembles will take place in early June.

2019-2020 Travel Plans

The political situation with regards to education policy changes in Ontario has been intensifying more quickly and more strongly than I had anticipated. There is a high level of uncertainty surrounding when and how the unions will react and how that may affect extras next year such as school trips.  As such, I will be putting a pause on any planning for travel next year until we have some more clarity. I’m hoping to do something next year, but it could likely be later in the school year with a quick planning process.

Final December Update

Thank you everyone for another wonderful concert this week! It’s been a particularly busy Christmas season for this choir, and it’s great to see everyone still hanging in there and at their best. Choir members – you have represented yourselves and your school incredibly well, and have brought joy to many people in our community, from the young ones who had a blast singing with you a couple weeks back, to the senior citizens you will be entertaining this Wednesday. Special mention goes out to Claire AllenKenzie Miller, and Olivia Murphy who represented Eastview at the Horseshoe Valley Candlelight Stroll on Friday in support of the Salvation Army.

Wednesday, December 12

If you ARE NOT going to K-Cup:

  • At the start of period 4, get dressed into your uniform (see below) and meet in the vocal room.  The bus leaves at 12:15, the concert starts at 2:30, and everyone will be back at the school by 4:15. If you need to be back earlier than that, please let me know and I’ll ensure you are on the earlier bus which will arrive back to the school around 3:50.

If you ARE going to K-Cup:

  • Leave your music folder in your cubby in the music room, and we will transport it for you.  Anything else you require for the performance (eg – choir shirt) should be left in a clearly labelled bag in the vocal room first thing in the morning and we will transport it for you.
  • All choir members going to K-Cup will be on the same bus. You are to return to this bus at 1:20pm (a little earlier than the other buses) to transport you to the concert.
  • The concert starts at 2:30, and everyone will be back at the school by 4:15. If you need to be back earlier than that, please let me know and I’ll ensure you are on the earlier bus which will arrive back to the school around 3:50.


  • For this concert, any black pants and black shoes will do, to make life easier for those needing to do a quick change at the church after K-Cup.
  • For future concerts – Please make sure pants and shoes are fully black, and that it is formal attire (you may contact me if financial assistance is needed to meet uniform requirements). Also, if you’d like to add an accessory, PLEASE ASK so we can discuss the appropriateness for the specific event and we can invite other choir members to do the same.

Coffeehouse – December 14

Celebrate your accomplishments by joining your fellow choir members at the coffeehouse this Friday, December 14! For those who’d like to perform, you may still audition on Monday.  The coffeehouse begins at 7pm in the Eastview library, and admission (for non-performers) is $5 at the door.

Chamber Choir

Rehearsals on Dec 11, Jan 8, and Jan 15 will be for the Competitive Core only, as we finish preparing festival pieces.

Happy Holidays!

No rehearsals during the week of December 17.  Have a wonderful holiday season.

Update for Week of December 3

It’s been both a wonderful and hectic week! All choir members are to be commended on their musical performances, professionalism and dedication. You represented Eastview and our program incredibly well to a vast number of people in the community this week. To parents – THANK YOU for your continued support, as I know this time of year tends to be busy to begin with.

This coming week is a little easier, but here is what you need to know, all regarding Eastview’s main Christmas Concert on Wednesday, December 5:

  • Dress Rehearsal – At 8:00am on Wednesday, all choir members should meet in the vocal room to travel to Collier Street United Church for our rehearsal.  Chamber Choir members will return to the school by 11:15am, all others will be back by 10:25am.
  • There is no rehearsal after school.
  • Students should be at Collier Street United Church in the evening by 6:45pm, in performance uniforms.
  • The concert begins at 7:30pm, and is expected to end by 9:00pm. Traditionally, students plan a social gathering after the concert (optional participation). Details will be discussed on Wednesday morning.
  • Tickets are $7 each. Any tickets pre-ordered either online or via the forms will be available for pick-up beginning Monday or at the door. Tickets will also be sold at the door and are available from music teachers at any time. This is Eastview’s main music event of the season, so if you only see one of our Christmas concerts, this one is recommended!

A couple other items:

  • If you’ve written us any cheques, I haven’t had the chance to get them deposited yet and you may not see them processed for another couple of weeks. My apologies for the delay. If you need me to hold off on depositing a cheque until the big spending season is over, just send me a quick reply.
  • The following people still owe me permission forms for this Wednesday. If you think your name is on this list in error, please let me know and I’ll double check: Claire A, Alyssa B, Veronica M, Severn C-I, Hailey C, Holly F-L, Kaitlin G, Olivia M, Adriana P, Maddie S, Jehvon W.

Coming up the following week:

  • December 12 is our Senior’s Serenade concert from 2:30-3:30pm. Students will depart the school by 12:15pm and will arrive back by 4:15pm. Those attending Kempenfelt Cup will be transported straight from there to the concert, and should leave anything required for the concert (eg – music, uniform) in a clearly labelled bag in the vocal room before departing for K-Cup.
  • December 14 is our Christmas Coffeehouse, which will wrap up our December event season.

Please send any questions my way!

This Week’s Events

Hi Everyone,

I’m going to continue with the weekly updates as we progress through our busy performance weeks. I’ll try to keep them short!

Concert Tickets
Students who pre-ordered tickets can pick them up from me at any time, or they can be picked up at the door. Tickets are still available for November 28 and 29 (Family of Schools concerts, $10 each) and December 5 (Eastview Christmas concert, $7 each). From this point, tickets will be given out at the time of purchase. Tickets will also be sold at the door for all concerts.

Wednesday, November 28

  • Last chance to submit Sainte Marie forms and $10 if you want to go on the trip. Please also bring in any other outstanding permission forms.
  • Rehearsal from 2:45-4:15pm (note slightly later end time)
  • For those who ordered dinner, it will be served at 5:30pm
  • Arrive in uniform at 6:30pm in the vocal room, ready to warm-up
  • Concert begins at 7:00pm, and is expected to end between 8:15 and 8:45pm

Thursday, November 29

  • Arrive in uniform at 6:30pm in the vocal room, ready to warm-up
  • Concert begins at 7:00pm, and is expected to end between 8:15 and 8:45pm

Friday, November 30 (for those going to Sainte Marie only)

 Looking ahead…

  • Wednesday, December 5 – Choir members will meet in the vocal room at the beginning of the school day, and will be bused to Collier Street United Church for our rehearsal. Chamber choir members will return to the school by 11:15, and everyone else will be back by 10:25.  In the evening, choir members must arrive by 6:45pm in uniform, and the concert begins at 7:30pm. There will be no after school rehearsal on this day.
  • I am (somewhat desperately now!) looking for a few more students who can sing some Christmas music at an event at Horsehoe Valley on Friday, December 7. It is the same night as Eastview’s semi-formal. Please let me know if interested.

Three Quick Things

  1. Grade nine students are not expected to be at this Wednesday’s rehearsal due to Take Our Kid to Work Day, yet they are still welcome!
  2. Reminder – this Thursday, for the first half of period 5, we are rehearsing in the cafeteria with the feeder schools for our Family of Schools concert. All choir members are encouraged, but not required, to attend. Keeping up in classes comes first! Those who come will be signed out of class.
  3. Another reminder – Permission forms and the first payment for the Sudbury/Parry Sound trip are due this Friday. If you’d like to participate but need extra time to get these things in, please let me know.

Wonderful performance for Remembrance Day on Friday, with lots of great feedback! For upcoming performances, please be reminded that you should be wearing dress pants (or long black skirt) and dress shoes.

Thanks, and have a great week!

Permission and Information Form

If you did not get a copy of the permission form, you can download one here.  They will be accepted from Monday September 26 until Friday September 30.

If the cost is a concern, there is a limited bursary fund available which you can apply to access. Please contact Mr. Stewart for more information. Be sure to submit your permission form right away even if you’re applying for a bursury, to secure your spot on the trip.

2017 Music Travel Plans

I hope everyone is enjoying summer holidays so far. I am touching base with next year’s potential choir and orchestra families to announce our travel plans based on the surveys that were given out. The most popular choice was to travel to Disney World by coach to participate in Festival Disney.  Below are the tentative plans which have been submitted to the board office for approval over the summer. Please note that changes are still possible.

After reading the information below, please consider providing input on whether we should consider lengthening the trip by one day to provide more time for students to explore the theme parks. I would consider this if it would keep the total cost within $200 of what it is currently. Feel free to reply if you have any opinion on this, or if you have any other questions or comments.


Duration and Timing

  • Wednesday, March 29, 2017 (departing mid-day) – Monday April 3, 2017
  • 5.5 days total, including 3.5 instructional days


  • The base price will be $1350, with an option to attend a performance of Cirque du Soleil for an additional $125.
  • Payment dates will be as follows:
    • Sept 30, 2016 – $400 (or $525 if attending Cirque du Soleil)
    • Nov 11, 2016 – $475
    • Jan 20, 2017 – $475

Transportation and Accommodation

  • Travel by overnight coach (approximately 24 hour trip including stops) – According to surveys, most people preferred taking an overnight coach to a flight, as it provides a cost savings of around $650
  • 3 nights in hotel, 2 nights on coach en-route

Trip Highlights

  • Performance at Festival Disney
  • Workshops provided by Disney (conditional upon availability)
  • Festival Awards Night
  • Explore Disney’s theme parks – 2 half days, one full day (or equivalent to 2 full days – exact timing is dependent on festival scheduling)
  • Three included breakfasts
  • Four included dinners, including a meal at House of Blues and a dinner/show at Disney’s Spirit of Aloha Dinner Show.
  • Optional – Cirque du Soleil for an additional price as detailed above
  • For details, see the preliminary itinerary posted at

Please note – students must have valid passports to travel to the United States, and non-Canadian citizens may require a visa. Over the summer would be a good time to confirm that your passport will be valid for the duration of the trip.