2011 IMEA District VII Choir Results

On Tuesday, October 4th, students from the Glenbrook North choral program auditioned with singers from the north suburban area for the 2011 Illinois Music Educator’s Association District Choral Festival. From a total pool of over 600 auditionees, Glenbrook North is proud to be sending the following 10 students:

Erin Helgeland
Megan Orticelli
Rebecca Elowe
Lauren Tzirides
Jodi Snyder
Nathan Salstone
Danny Hensel
Aaron Kohrs
Brandon Nadig
Scott Lamm

The District VII festival will be held on Saturday, November 12th at New Trier High School. The top singers from each voice part will then be selected in early December to participate in the IMEA All-State music festival held in Peoria. We are very proud of all of our Spartan Singers!

Men of GBN rehearsal tracks 9/23/2011

Click on the following links for rehearsal tracks for “You Raise Me Up”.  Each of the voice parts is available separately, as is the solo, and also the piano accompaniment.  Finally, there is a complete performance which includes all of the voices, solo, and piano.

NOTE: When you click on the links for the voice parts alone (no piano) it will take a minute or so to get started.  This is because the voice parts begin with several measures of rests.  Be patient…it’ll play.  Thanks and see you all on Monday!

 

You Raise Me Up – tenor (mp3)
You Raise Me Up – solo (mp3)
You Raise Me Up – piano only (mp3)
You Raise Me Up – Complete Performance (mp3)
You Raise Me Up – bass (mp3)
You Raise Me Up – baritone (mp3)

Why Student Composition is Important… 9/9/2011

How does one encourage student composition? What are some tips for showcasing student musical works? Why is this important in music education programs?

I think music teachers, in general, have a fear of composition because they do not understand or feel comfortable with the process itself. Although this may be a real obstacle for teachers, this fear should not stop us from encouraging students to explore the world of composition.

There are many ways to start the composition process in the music classroom and beyond.

  • Create short composition activities for students to complete during class with specific guidelines. Start simple. Have students compose melodic lines only using the diatonic major scale and quarter notes in a 4/4 time signature. This can easily transition to a sight-reading activity utilizing the students’ own musical work. Then explore and expand from there…
  • Use technology to facilitate easier musical creations. Notation software creates a template for easier note entry and formats music for students. With a basic introduction to the software and freedom to explore, most students thrive in this digital space. What’s more, notation software has the ability to play back the music for students so they can assess their product immediately. Free versions of several notation programs can be found online (for example, Musescore & Finale Notepad).
  • Host a contest for your classes, school, or community that encourages original work. Be specific with your guidelines, but open to new and creative works.

There are many ways to showcase student music as well.

  • Use in-class time for short student performances. Having students share their music with peers is extremely powerful, even in an informal classroom setting.
  • Organize an after-school recital for new composers. This takes more planning because you have to ensure each composition has players, you have a space for the event, you have the appropriate set-up, etc. However, this can be a stepping-stone to a larger event.
  • Program student work on concerts as transition material or as a potential feature. This sends a powerful message to the students and parents about the value of student work.

This will be the fourth year that Glenbrook North’s national music honor society, Tri-M, will host its annual composition contest. This school-wide opportunity invites anyone to submit a written work of music for review. The winner gets their composition premiered at a concert event at the end of the school year. In order to facilitate this during a busy concert season, student players/singers prepare the musical work on their own time with a student director. It has been amazing to witness the comradeship and respect that the students show for their fellow student composer peer. And the results have been outstanding! Last year our winner, Joey Epstein, premiered his piece for concert band, A Royal Fanfare. This is Joey’s 2nd time winning the Tri-M composition contest. Joey has gone on to win other composition contests in the local area and has become a strong, young composer with great musical intuition and insight.

Fostering musical creation requires music educators to relax their sense of control over the music classroom and approach composition with an open mindset. Student work not only represents creativity and innovation, but also represents student ownership for musical knowledge. These musical opportunities may spark the next great symphony or choral masterpiece or simply bring another student closer to the world of music.

Going the Distance for Kids – 9/2/11

As most of you know, Mr. Wallace and I are both avid runners (Mr. Wallace has blogged about this in the past…take a look).  This year, I am combining my passion for running with another passion of mine – Children’s Memorial Hospital.  My son, Jack, was a patient there for several weeks shortly after birth.  As a result of our experience there, I am committed to helping Children’s continue to provide the life-saving medical care that Jack received.  So, I am running the 2011 Chicago Marathon as a member of the Children’s Memorial Hospital Marathon Team.  If you’d like more information, please feel free to visit my website at:

Mr. Davidson’s Marathon page

 

 

Varsity and Spartan Choir Web Visit 8/24/2100

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Cecilian Singers Web Visit 8/24/2011

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Treble Choir Web Visit 8/24/2011

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Chorale Web Visit 8/24/2011

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Choruses lead the way!

Many of you have already seen this video, but if you haven’t, take a few minutes and give it a look. It is a great piece about the many benefits to singing in a choir.  We all know that singing in choir is fun (especially at GBN!), but research shows that there are many other benefits as well.  For example, students who sing in choir tend to have higher grades, fewer discipline problems, and typically achieve a higher level of education than those that don’t.  In general, people who sing in choir are more confident, have greater teamwork skills, and are more likely to volunteer or participate in other charitable activities.

The good news is that more and more people of all ages are singing in choirs.  It is one of those activities that continues long after graduation from high school or college.  My own grandmother continues to sing in her church choir even though she recently celebrated her 96th birthday!

The fact that you are a visitor to www.gbnchoir.com means that you have probably already experienced many of the benefits of participating in choir, but feel free to share this with anyone else that hasn’t yet had the opportunity experience it for themselves.

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Ladies First and 4×4 Audition Results

Thank you to all who auditioned! Our first rehearsal will be TUESDAY, September 6th. 4×4 from 6:00pm-6:45pm. Ladies First from 7:00pm-8:30pm.

LADIES FIRST

Yasmeen Abdelhamid

Isabella Andrews

Rachel Baruck

Angela Bazianos

Shae Beckett

Christine Chung

Annie Forchetti

Maddy Fournier

Lauren Glass

Alix Golub

Kat Gregory

Allie Handzel

Annie Hamilton

Erin Helgeland

Emma Lictsien

Emily Mirochnick

Kendra Moore

Jessica Nebolsky

Nikki Necak

Sam Newman

Jackie Pawlan

Mia Rahmanim

Bryn Rose

Jessica Rubin

Rachel Samett

Sophie Samuelson

Ellie Schnittman

Marielle Siebert

Jodi Snyder

Ramsay Wehr

4×4

Sean Alvarez

Scottie Berman

Josh Cohen

Austin Doughty

Christian Frese

Henry Gessner

Danny Hensel

Aaron Kohrs

John Huszagh

Scott Lamm

Kevin Medansky

Christian Mergl

Brandon Nadig

Cam Norlie

Luke Oberholtzer

Jake Prizant

Nathan Salstone

Jordy Shulman

Ryan Silins