Musical Notes. from the President. Dear Music Parents, The 59th Annual Wreath and Coffee Sale was another success!

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1 Musical Notes from the President In This Issue: Letter from the MPC President....1 Orchestra Notes...3 Band News....7 Choral Notes Summer Music Camps Northbrook Elementary School District Maple Avenue Northbrook, IL Website: net/index.aspx?nid=167 Editor: Amy Jeppsen Stern Dear Music Parents, The 59th Annual Wreath and Coffee Sale was another success! A huge thank you goes to the Wreath and Coffee Sale committee, volunteers and all of the students (and parents) that did such a great job selling! Just over $46, 000 of products were sold, providing $18,500 to support the District 28 Music program. The money that is raised provides music enrichment, uniforms, music scholarships and tour lunches for our young musicians. None of this would be possible without the many volunteers who gave their time and energy to support the Music Parents Club annual fundraiser! THANK YOU! This is the time of the year when parent - teacher groups recruit volunteers for committees and board positions. The Music Parents Club is also in need of help. Many of the current Board members are approaching their last years as parents of District 28 musicians. If you are looking for a way to support your children s activities, this is a great group to join! We would love to have you join us at a meeting. Monthly meetings are held on the second Wednesday at noon in the Homer O. Harvey meeting room in the District office. If you want to help, but are unable to attend weekday meetings, that s fine, too. A number of jobs associated with the Wreath and Coffee Sale, don t require attending a meeting. We are in need of parents who have any amount of time to give to the organization. We can find a spot to fit your schedule. Please or call me if you would like to learn more about supporting the Music Parents Club! Susan Schueler President District 28 Music Parents Club

2 Congratulations to our Top Ten Sellers for the 2014 Wreath and Coffee sale: 1 Nico D Orazi WE $2, Robert MacMillin JB $1, Leah Weiss WE $1, Lydia Satek BB $1, Kathryn Leverenz JB $ Andrew Frese JB $ Connor Love SO $ John Schueler SO $ Shea McCarthy CC $ Eleanor Stern CB $ Thank You To The Ways and Means Committee for orchestrating a phenomenal Wreath & Coffee Sale! Co-chairs Greta Satek Amy Alcorn Cathy Burnham Audra Casey Nancy Frese Dorie Gaty Jenny Kenny Heather MacDonald Mary McCarthy Melissa Prober Liz Wang And to our Volunteers for contributing your time We couldn t have done this without you! Jane Alexander Celia Bullock Rebekah Cawley Jenni Cha Jeannie Chang Julia Charlesworth Susie D Orazi Alicia Ethen Stephanie Goldcamp Yuqin Guo Bettina Gusis Jenny Hong Ed Huelke Jenny Jiang Jenny Jordan Inyoung Kim Yookyung Kim Michelle Kruse Jessica Love Suzy Martel Mary McCarthy Tracy Meyer Joanne Mock Claire Potter Melissa Prober John Raub Jennifer Roth Joan Rubert-Mahoney Judi Saichek Elaine Sasaki Jen Shanahan Betsy Sharpe Sujin Song Rachel Tzinberg Mihaela Ugarcovici Michelle Walsh Liz Wang Rena Yan Allison Hongrae Yoo Randi Berger Fun Facts About Our Sale This Year: Total sales of over $44, total students made sales 13 students sold over $500 Top 10 sellers accounted for 25% of sales Wind Ensemble was top selling group with $9200 in sales Cash donations totaled $2, total pieces of greenery sold 609 bags of candy sold 302 bags of coffee sold 197 bags of cocoa sold 313 bags of peanut brittle sold Congratulations to the kids that sold over $75 and got a chance to spin the wheel!! Thank you for all of these great sales. If your student didn t participate this year, we hope they can pitch in next year. Every single sale helps provide for music enrichment for all of our students! 2

3 Orchestra Notes UPCOMING ORCHESTRA EVENTS MARCH Fri, Mar 4 All Day String Orchestra & Concert Band Tour of District 28 Elementary Schools Tue, Mar 15 7:00 PM Cadet, String, Philharmonic, and Chamber Orchestras Concert at NBJH Sat, Mar 19 11:00 AM & 1:30 PM Beginning Orchestra Recitals at NBJH APRIL Mon, April 11 All Day - Chamber & Philharmonic Orchestras Tour of District 28 Elementary Schools MAY Mon, May 9 7:00 PM String, Philharmonic, and Chamber Orchestras Concert at NBJH Wed, May 11 7:00 PM Beginning and Cadet Orchestras Concert at NBJH Thu, May 12 7:30 AM to 10:30 AM Beginning & Chamber Orchestras Recruiting Concert at NBJH Fri, May 13 9:00 AM to 10:45 Philharmonic & Chamber Orchestras perform at NBJH Music Assembly JUNE Tue, June 7 6:15 PM to 7:30 NBJH Graduation Performance - All Junior High Orchestra Students SAVE THIS DATE... Tuesday, March 15-7:00 PM Cadet, String, Philharmonic, and Chamber Orchestra Concert. There will no longer be an orchestra concert on Thursday, March 3. Cadet Orchestra Event On February 4, Cadet Orchestra members enjoyed a special enrichment event. The students reviewed their work in the Music Theory packets and their progress in tuning their instruments. Students enjoyed a performance by a Bass Duo from the Elgin Symphony. The presentation included a section about jazz and the blues. The Cadet Orchestra will have a special breakfast provided by Sunset foods. String Orchestra Concert Band Tour of Schools Tim Shaffer and John Floeter, base players from the Elgin Symphony The String Orchestra and Concert Band are scheduled to tour the District 28 elementary schools on Friday, March 4th. MPC is providing lunch for this tour. Final information on this event will be given to students in rehearsals. 3

4 Orchestra Notes Beginning Orchestra Recitals Beginning Orchestra members will perform in their first recital on Saturday, March 19 on the stage at Northbrook Junior High. Due to the large size of the ensemble, there will be two performances: the first at 11:00 AM, and the second at 1:30 PM. Students will be assigned to perform at only one of the recitals, and both should last about an hour. Performers should dress nicely and arrive a half-hour before the start of their recital for tuning and warmup. This is always an exciting and memorable event; as for most it is their first time performing solo on their instrument. Beginning Cellists, Reese and Cormick Beginning Violinists, Christine and Stephanie a Philharmonic and Chamber Orchestra Tour of Schools The Philharmonic and Chamber Orchestras are preparing for a tour of the elementary schools on Monday, April 11. MPC is providing lunch for this event as well. More information will be made available through rehearsals regarding this event. Summer Orchestra Lessons This summer the orchestra department will offer interested students 4 half-hour long (private) string lessons. Lessons will be held during the 4 weeks of summer school, June 13th through July 8th, on Tuesdays, Wednesdays, and Thursdays during the hours of 9:00 AM to 4:00 PM. The cost for the 4 string lessons is $94. The registration deadline is May 27, See the registration form included in this newsletter, on page 5. Philharmonic students, excited about the upcoming Philharmonic and Chamber Orchestra Tour of Schools 4

5 NORTHBROOK ELEMENTARY SCHOOL DISTRICT 28 MUSIC DEPARTMENT 1475 MAPLE AVENUE, NORTHBROOK, IL (847) SUMMER STRINGS INFORMATION AND REGISTRATION Dear Orchestra Parents: This summer the orchestra department will offer interested students four 30-minute private string lessons. Lessons will be held during the four weeks of summer school, June 13 th through July 8 th, on Tuesdays, Wednesdays, and Thursdays during the hours of 9:00 AM to 4:00 PM. All lessons will be held in the orchestra rooms at NBJH. Make-up lessons will be given in cases of prearranged absence, or illness only. The cost for the four string lessons is $94. Please include your summer school schedule on the back of the registration form below. THE REGISTRATION DEADLINE FOR SUMMER STRINGS IS MAY 27, If you would like to register your child for summer string lessons, please detach and return the registration form below, along with your $94 check made out to Northbrook School District 28 to: Mike Govert, Orchestra Department, Northbrook School District 28, 1475 Maple Ave., Northbrook, IL PLEASE DETACH AND RETURN THE SLIP BELOW SUMMER STRINGS REGISTRATION FORM PLEASE INCLUDE YOUR CHILD S SUMMER SCHOOL SCHEDULE ON THE REVERSE OF THIS FORM I wish to register my child, for the 4 summer string lessons (Print child s first and last name) on the and my $94 check made out Northbrook School District 28 is enclosed. (name of instrument) (parent signature) (home phone) (date) (other phone) ( address)

6 Solo and Ensemble Festival NBJH, November 7, 2015 Rich Lehman (Solo & Ensemble judge) working with D28 Band students 6

7 Band News UPCOMING BAND EVENTS FEBRUARY 5 Concert Band & Wind Ensemble NBJH Pep Assembly 5 8th graders GBN Pep Band (6-9pm) 18 Spring Concert: Wind Ensemble with Northshore Concert Band MARCH 4 Wind NIU Concert Band Festival 4 Concert Band & String Orchestra Tour of Schools 5 Jazz Village Presbyterian Church Pancake Breakfast 14 5th Grade Band Parent NBJH (6:15pm) 14 Spring Concert: Beginning Band, Junior Band, Concert Band (7pm) 23 Concert Band & Wind Chicago Wolves Game (4-10pm) APRIL 20 Jazz Night 2016: Jazz Warehouse & Jazz Factory (7pm) Spring Concert: NBJH Wind Ensemble & Northshore Concert Band Thursday, February 18 On Thursday, February 18, the NBJH Wind Ensemble will have the distinct honor to share the stage with one of the finest adult community bands in the country - Northshore Concert Band. Northshore Concert Band ( NCB ) is a 100-member symphonic band that performs throughout the Chicago metropolitan area. Now in its 60th season, NCB has become internationally known and respected for its musical excellence, leadership in community music, and service to music education. As a part of this special evening, NBJH Wind Ensemble will be part of an open clinic with the NCB Artistic Director, Dr. Mallory Thompson. Dr. Thompson is director of bands, professor of music, coordinator of the conducting program, and holds the John W. Beattie Chair of Music at Northwestern University. In 2003 she was named a Charles Deering McCormick Professor of Teaching Excellence. As the third person in the university s history to hold the director of bands position, Dr. Thompson conducts the Symphonic Wind Ensemble, teaches undergraduate and graduate conducting, and administers all aspects of the band program. Thompson has recorded four albums with the Northwestern University Symphonic Wind Ensemble on the Summit Records label. Additionally, NBJH Wind Ensemble will perform alongside the NCB on Randall Standridge s Rowan Tree. Please join us for this special event! Concert Band & String Orchestra Tour of Schools Friday, March 4 Concert Band & String Orchestra will be performing for all three elemenetary schools on Friday, March 4th. A day that our students always look forward to, we will be performing various pieces of music for each school and going out to lunch together. 25 Recital: Woodwind Choir & Percussion Ensemble (7pm) CONTINUED 7

8 Band News MAY 9 Tour of Schools: Wind Ensemble & Jazz Factory 12 Festival of Bands: Beginning, Junior, Concert Band, Wind Ensemble (7pm) 13 NBJH Music Assembly: all NBJH performing groups Instrumental Music Instrument Selection 26 Instrumental Music Registration Night 30 Memorial Day Parade: Concert Band & Wind Ensemble May 31-June 3 Last Week of Band Lessons NBJH Wind Ensemble to perform at NIU Friday, March 4 On Friday, March 4, 2016, our NBJH Wind Ensemble will perform on the campus of Northern Illinois University in the Boutell Memorial Concert. They will be participating in the NIU Concert Band Festival. The Wind Ensemble will also receive a special clinic as a part of the experience, and will nish their day with a lunch on campus, sponsored by Music Parents Club, and watching a performance by the NIU Wind Symphony. 5th Grade Band Parent Meeting Monday, March 14, 6:15pm Parents of current 5th grade band members are invited and encouraged to attend a brief, informative meeting about the opportunities your 5th grader will have next year as a 6th grader in Concert Band (and beyond!). Ms. Stone will facilitate the pre-concert meeting. Please come with any and all questions! Beginning Band, Junior Band & Concert Band Spring Concert Monday, March 14, 7:00pm Beginning Band, Junior Band & Concert Band will perform Monday, March 14, 2016, showing off the skills they ve learned since winter. This is a great opportunity for our younger performers to get a sneak peak at what they ll get to do as 6th and 7th graders at NBJH! Time to think about SUMMER... already?!! Yes, it s time to think about summer! As your family begins getting flyers, brochures, and information about so many exciting summer opportunities available, please remember that our band department offers summer lessons and summer jazz band for a reasonable price. Summer lessons are a great opportunity for band students to continue their progress in their method book, prepare for ILMEA Auditions in the fall, or to learn exciting new music! Questions? Please see the included D28 Summer Band Lessons form in this newsletter, or contact your band director for more information. Interested in taking your child s summer music experience to the next level? There are great summer band camps to choose from all across the greater Midwest, most hosted at universities and all of them staffed with expert clinicians and conductors. See page13 for listing. Want to learn more? We ve compiled a list, available on our website at 8

9 Band News NBJH Pep Assembly Feb 5,

10 D28 Summer Band Lessons June 14th - July 7th, 2016 Keep your skills, develop some new ones, or just have fun making music this summer! D28 Summer Band Lessons are a great and affordable way to keep you going! PRIVATE LESSONS Only $23.50 per lesson! Tuesdays, Wednesdays, or Thursdays *Percussion lessons on Wednesdays & Thursdays only* $ 94 for 4 30-min private lessons $ 188 for 8 30-min private lessons Summer instrumental music lessons are available during the same four weeks of summer school on Tuesdays, Wednesdays, or Thursdays (please note that percussion lessons will be available Wednesdays and Thursdays only). All lessons will be held at NBJH. Summer lessons are a great way to... Further your progress on your instrument(s) Ready audition material Explore some just-for-fun music and much, much more!!! The lesson teacher and time will be determined by your schedule, the teacher s schedule, and the needs of the student. Lessons will be scheduled on a firstcome/first-served basis, so turn in your registration forms ASAP! Please note: Make-up Lessons will be scheduled for illness only. You may schedule one OR two lessons (please consult with the lesson teacher first) per week to further your progress. You will be contacted by your summer private lesson teacher with your scheduled lesson time by Friday, May 27th. Each student will be placed with a teacher most appropriate for their needs. Summer Lesson Registration Form due May 2nd, 2016 Young Musician s Name Grade in Inst. Please complete a separate form for each child. 4/30-Minute private lessons (1/week) 8/30-Minute private lessons (2/week) $94 $ ***please see teacher first *please make check payable to: Northbrook School District 28 Lesson Day / Time Preference Preference #1 (please note available days above) Preference #2 (please note available days above) Day(s) Time(s) Day(s) Time(s) Please select one Parent Signature Phone #

11 6TH GRADE CHOIR/CONCERT CHOIR FEBRUARY/MARCH/APRIL 2016 CHORAL NOTES Above: 6th Grade Choir members Sam S. and Jonah P. at rehearsal in January. A LOOK AHEAD: 3/10-3/12 - NBJH Musical, Alice in Wonderland JR. (select students only) 3/15-3/24 - CC Auditions for the School Year (more info coming soon) 5/10 - Spring Choral 7pm (6th Grade Choir & Concert Choir) 5/13 - Assembly 9am & Concert Choir uniform return day (6th Grade Choir, Concert Choir, Philharmonic Orchestra, Chamber Orchestra, Concert Band, Wind Ensemble) Danielle C., Ella E. and Natalie L. pose for the camera during a 6th Grade Choir rehearsal. Ladies First open GBN On November 9th, 22 girls from the NBJH Concert Choir seized the opportunity to attend rehearsal alongside the members of Ladies First, one of the several extracurricular choirs/show choirs offered at the high school. The junior high singers participated fully in the rehearsal - warming up, rehearsing music and learning 6TH GRADE CHOIR members Hunter A., Kade W. and Kyle M. enjoying their lunches together after rehearsal. choreography under the direction of Andrew Wallace, choral director at GBN. This year s NBJH participants are pictured above with the NBJH grads who are currently members of Ladies First. A fun time was had by all! 6TH GRADE CHOIR members Julia B. and Janie L. smile for the camera during rehearsal.

12 Got Camp? The Music Parents Club continues to offer scholarships to music students who attend eligible music camps over the summer. Applications are available on the MPC website and in Mrs. Whitaker s classroom. Baby Update Mrs. Whitaker is happy to share that she is expecting her second child due in mid- April. Choir students will be working in April and May with a substitute choir director to complete final preparations for the Spring Choral Concert in May. Questions? Contact Mrs. Whitaker: -or Concert Choir performs at GBN Choral Festival Concert Choir members had their first performance of the school year on November 17 at the GBN Choral Festival. Area junior high choirs performed in addition to several of the GBN academic and extra-curricular choirs. The evening concluded with a combined choir piece sung in Swahili titled Jambo. Kudos to the entire choir for representing our school with such pride and excellence! Bravo! 6th Grade Choir performs under the direction of Paul Langford On December 14, the 6th Grade Choir, Philharmonic Orchestra & Concert Band had the honor of performing the song How Many Christmases under the direction of singer/arranger/composer Paul Langford, who arranged the song specifically for the NBJH groups that performed. Alice in Wonderland JR. Coming Soon! PERFORMANCE DATES: Thursday, March 10, 7pm Friday, March 11, 7pm Saturday, March 12, 2pm Tickets are general admission seating ($7 each) and go on sale in the NBJH office on Monday, Feb. 8th. The students enjoyed working with Mr. Langford on two separate occasions in preparation for their Winter Concert performance. Thanks to the generous funding of the Music Parents Club for making this possible for our students!

13 Summer Music Camps It s time to start registering for summer music camp. Summer music camps are a fun and popular thing to do in the summer! Interested? Need more information? Contact your ensemble director or lesson teacher, or check out the suggested camps below: Music for All Middle School Concert Band Camp< The Middle School Concert Band Camp at the Music for All Summer Symposium offers a week-long, immersive camp experience for middle school band students. Students will spend an inspired, fun week with renowned teachers, exciting artists and fellow campers from across the country. Designed from the ground up with the middle school student in mind, students will grow as both musicians and individuals. Their experience will be positively life-changing! The Middle School Concert Band Camp is designed for students entering 7th or 8th grade, with at least 1.5 years of performance experience on their instrument. (Mr. Scapillato is a coordinator for this camp.) Blue Lake Fine Arts Camp< Held in the northwoods of upper Michigan, the Blue Lake Fine Arts Camp has been the choice of many of our NBJH students over the years. The camping-type atmosphere is complete with cabins for housing, campfires, and practices held outdoors. Blue Lake fosters a fun environment where the students are encouraged to grow in both personal and musical aspects. This camp offers orchestra, band and choir at the intermediate level (grades 7-9) and a junior camp (grades 5-8) for band and orchestra only. Choir is available as an elective at this camp. Illinois Summer Youth Music (ISYM)< ISYM is offered at the University of Illinois- Champaign campus. The grade requirements reflect those that the student will be entering the fall of 2016: Junior Orchestra (grades 6-9); Junior Band (grades 5-9); Junior Chorus (grades 7-9); and Junior Jazz Camp (grades 6-9, including three years instrumental experience). ISYM also offers specialized instrumental programs for junior high participants. Midwest Young Artists (MYA)< MYA, in Lake Forest, Illinois, offers the most comprehensive Youth Music Ensemble Program in the area, including opportunities for full orchestra, jazz ensembles, chamber ensembles, choral ensembles, and more. School year or summer programs are available. The summer camp program focuses on chamber music for string, wind, brass, percussion students. There is also a Voices Rising vocal camp. Residential and commuter options are available. Interlochen Fine Arts Camp< This well-known fine arts camp, located in Interlochen, Michigan, offers an intensified program for students in instrumental and vocal music. The camp offers two sessions during the summer. Applications are due February 1, 2016; those received after the deadline will be considered as space permits. Two divisions are available: Junior Division for students who have completed grades 3-6; and Intermediate Division for students who have completed grades 6-9. MPC Summer Music Camp Scholarships Your child may be eligible for a scholarship grant for summer music camp from the Music Parents Club. If your child is in Grade 6, 7 or 8 and sold at least $200 worth of products in the Wreath & Coffee Sale this past fall, check out the application form on the next page for more details. The deadline to apply is Friday, March 25,

14 Scholarship Application for Summer Music Camp An important part of fulfilling the MPC mission is encouraging our students to continue with their music education during the summer months. The MPC sets aside funds when possible to assist parents with the cost of sending their children to summer camps specifically devoted to the study of music. Please fill out the information on this page and return this form to your child s director by Friday, March 25, Forms can be given to NBJH Office. Requirements: Money is available to students who attend a MUSIC summer camp to enhance their skill on the PRIMARY instrument they play in a district music group (those that meet before school, including choir). A maximum of $250 is available ($375/family) depending on the number of students requesting funds and the total cost of the camp. Each scholarship will not exceed 50% of the total cost of the camp. Only Students currently in Grades 6-8 are eligible Students must have sold a minimum of $200 in the Wreath & Coffee Sale to be eligible for a scholarship. This requirement was listed in the purple pamphlet included in the sales material. Announcement of scholarships will be made in early May. Funds will be paid directly to the designated camp. Student Name/Grade: Music Group: Parent Name(s): Address: Phone Address: Name of Camp: Camp Address: Instrument I will play at camp: Camp Tuition $ TO BE HANDWRITTEN BY THE STUDENT. Briefly describe why you are interested in attending this camp: Student Signature & Date: Parent Signature & Date: If you have any Questions Contact: Bryan Kyrouac Carolyn Whitaker Mike Govert