Degrees and Certifications:
BS Music Education from Piedmont International University Advanced study at Anderson University
I can't believe we're already half way through January! Read on for a preview of upcoming events this spring!
We will kick off our second and final fundraiser for the year next week - Butterbraids!! These are delicious pastries that come frozen and you can prepare them whenever you're ready. My goal for the proceeds of this fundraiser is to purchase the eqipment I need to connect my keyboard to the computer for the purpose of recording the kids. This will allow us to hear what we sound like in real time, make instant corrections, and improve. I can record vocal parts and post them online so the kids can practice and learn their music more quickly. I would also like to buy a microphone stand for the gym since we currently don't have one that will hold the microphone. It makes it difficult for soloists. I would very much appreciate your help in this!
First up is the Cabarrus County All County Chorus workshop and concert on Friday, Feb. 28th at Winkler Middle School. Selected students (auditioned) will participate in an all-day workshop with clinician Bernadette Watts, the 2018 NC Music Teacher of the Year! Mrs. Watts is an incredible musician with a love for children and a passion for music! The concert will be at 7 pm in the Winkler Auditiorium and I know you will thoroughly enjoy hearing the beautiful music! Selection letters and permission forms will be coming home soon, so ask your child for them. (This will primarily be 7th graders since 8th graders will be in Washington, and 6th graders do not participate.)
Secondly, our Elementary School Tour is scheduled for Friday, March 6th (as of now). I'm still waiting to hear from one school for confirmation, but it's looking like this will be our date. This will be for ALL 6th grade students. We will travel to AT Allen, Bethel, and Rocky River to perform along with the band and the orchestra. It's a fun day, but we are on the go all day! We'll have lunch at Frank Liske Park. More information will be coming home soon.
Third, MPA!!!! Our annual Music Performance Adjudication will be held on Tuesday, April 7th, at Wingate University. This is our "EOG", so to speak. We will be evaluated by three judges in 7 different areas of performance technique and artistry. All of our 7th and 8th graders will participate in this event. More information will be coming home about this, but I will need several chaperones, so if you're interested, please email me!!
All State Chorus will be held in Greensboro on April 17 and 18. This is an overnight trip that requires a hotel stay AND a parent to travel with their child and stay in the room with them. I can take only a few students from each grade and we will hold auditions for this. You will be notified if your child qualifies. It IS over spring break, so make sure you are aware of that and you factor that into your decision about whether to participate. It is a wonderful opportunity for students to work with amazing directors from across the nation and present a concert of incredible music!
Our 8th graders will participate again in the Festival at the Parks competition at Carowinds on Friday, May 1st. These judges are even more strict, since most of them are retired college choral directors and vocal teachers. I will also need a few chaperones for this event, so if you can take a day to go with us, that would be great! Please email me!
Finally, our spring concert for ALL students will be held on Thursday, May 14th at CCG. This concert is mandatory for ALL students, so please begin now planning ahead for rides if you know will be unable to attend. This concert will NOT be concert black, but the theme will be announced soon and you'll have information in plenty of time.
As usual, we have a busy schedule, but it's an exciting time of learning and performing and growing as musicians! I am immensely proud of these kids and how well they learn and how hard they work!
Thanks for all your support!