Opera Tickets – Deadline extended

Hello Parents and Howard Students,

We’re offering dress rehearsal tickets for performances at the Canadian Opera Company. Howard’s Music Department gets the opportunity to purchase tickets for dress rehearsals on the condition that the tickets are allotted on a ratio of 1 adult to 3 children. This is so more kids get to see the performance than adults. Tickets are $20 each with $5 per ticket going to the Howard Home and School Association to support music activities. These dress rehearsals are fully staged productions performed a few days prior to opening night. We have two performances coming up in January and early February:
· Rigoletto – Wednesday January 17, 2018 7:30pm
· The Abduction from the Seraglio – Saturday February 3, 2018 7:30pm

When ordering your tickets, please provide the names of the students who’ll be attending. The students can be siblings, peers or cousins. They do not have to be Howard students. Tickets will not be ordered unless three students are listed on the order form.

Please send cash or a cheque payable to the “Howard Home & School Association” with your order. Tickets will not be ordered without payment. A confirmation email will be sent out. Because tickets have to be prepaid, no refunds can be given. If you cannot attend a performance you are free to give or sell your tickets to another interested student.

If you would like tickets please fill in the order form linked below and have it returned to the music room by November 20, 2017 no later than 3:30 pm. Tickets will be allotted on a first-come, first-served basis. If you have any questions please email Ines at icolabrese@hotmail.com Thank you for your continued support. We look forward to seeing you at the Opera!

Deborah Jonas               Ines Colabrese
Music Teacher               Volunteer

-Rigoletto order form-

-Abduction from the Seraglio order form-

Howard Musical ‘The Aristocats’ Audition Information Meeting

The Howard Music Department is very excited to announce the next Howard Musical Production ‘The Aristocats’. 

Calling all Grade 5 & 6 Students who want to be a CAT and who are interested in an on-stage role of the upcoming show taking May 2nd & 3rd 2018.

Interested students should attend a mandatory information meeting on Wednesday November 15th at 3:30pm to approximately 4:15 in the Music Room.

If you are unable to attend, please speak to Ms. Jonas, audition packages will be available outside the music room the following day.

Call Out for Volunteers

Information about the various volunteer roles will be available in the upcoming weeks.

Parents of cast members will be asked to choose one role to commit to. It takes a village….the initiative cannot happen without dedicated and thoughtful volunteers from the Howard Community. There will be many roles to chose from with various time commitments.

We are in immediate of the following positions.

1. Co-Producer – work with the other Co-Producer to help plan and coordinate various aspects of the play.

2. Volunteer Coordinator – The volunteer coordinator is needed to coordinate the many volunteers required throughout the year.

3. Production Manager – Assemble the production team.

4. Lighting and Sound Tech– Coordinate the required lighting and sound etc.

If you are interested in any of the positions please email HowardJPSMusical@gmail.com

Please note, given the number of musicals that Howard has performed over the years our knowledge base is extensive, and there are still former volunteers to gather information from.

Junior Choir Practice Tomorrow!

Dear Families,

The first practice for Junior Choir (grades 4/5/6) is tomorrow (Tuesday, Sept 26) at 7:45 a.m. Please aim to arrive between 7:30 and 7:40 so that we can be ready to sing by 7:45. We will have a special guest present to help us with the first practice. Ms. Spademan will be coming!

Thank you,
Deborah Jonas

Choir Forms Due Tomorrow

Dear Families,

The choir forms have been steadily coming in, and we’re looking forward to a terrific year ahead! The deadline for handing in forms is Wednesday, September 20th. I am still looking for parent volunteers to hand out and collect the choir vests and shirts for both the Junior and Primary Choirs. I am also looking for a parent volunteer to take attendance for Primary Choir, Mondays at 12:00. If you are able to help with these jobs, please contact me at deborah.jonas@tdsb.on.ca

Thank you,
Deborah Jonas

Primary Choir Permission Form

Junior Choir Permission Form

Choir Info

Dear Families,
Please see the attached forms for information about the Primary (grade 3) and Junior Choirs (grades 4/5/6) at Howard. Within the next few days, please check your child’s backpack for the hard copies of the permission forms. The first practice for Junior Choir (Grades 4/5/6) will be September 26 at 7:45 a.m. (please arrive between 7:30 – 7:40 a.m.) The first practice for Primary Choir (Grade 3s) will be October 2nd at 12:00 noon.

Thank you for your interest in the Howard Choirs.

Deborah Jonas
Music Teacher​

Primary Choir Permission Form

Junior Choir Permission Form

 

Music Program Volunteer Info

Dear Families,

Thank you for those who expressed interest in volunteering for the Howard music program for the 2017-2018 school year.
Some of you were interested in finding out more about the specific volunteer roles and the amount of time commitment they would take.​

If you would be interested in filling any of these roles, please email me at deborah.jonas@tdsb.on.ca or place your name directly on the google doc with your contact information.
Thank you,
Deborah Jonas

Role

Description

Amount of Time

Name and email to sign up

Primary Choir Manager

(These jobs could be split among a few people)

-Take attendance Mondays at 12:00, check with office if those absent were away from school that day.

-Hand out shirts and collect them at the end of year, repair / launder them if needed.

-Number music and music folders, file music, keep the music library organized, assign the music to individual choristers

-communicate with parents

-collect permission forms

-other administrative jobs

-speak to the choir occasionally about concert dress and attendance

-15 minutes weekly

-a few hours at the beginning and the end of the year, possibly a few minutes during the year.

-a few hours at the beginning and end of the year, a few hours after every concert (3-4 per year).

-5-10 minutes per week

-an hour at the beginning of the year, an hour before any outing

Role

Description

Amount of Time

Name and email

Junior Choir Manager

(These jobs could be split among a few people)

-Take attendance Tuesday mornings 7:30-7:45, call home for safe arrival of absent choristers

-Hand out vests and collect them at the end of year, repair / launder them if needed.

-Number music and music folders, file music, keep the music library organized, assign the music to individual choristers

-communicate with parents

-collect permission forms

-other administrative jobs

-speak to choir occasionally about concert dress and attendance

-15 minutes weekly

-a few hours at the beginning and the end of the year, possibly a few minutes during the year.

-a few hours at the beginning and end of the year, a few hours after every concert (3-4 per year).

-5-10 minutes per week

-an hour at the beginning of the year, an hour before any outing

OPTIONAL BONUS ROLES

ROLE

DESCRIPTION

AMOUNT OF TIME

NAME AND EMAIL

Accompanist

Depends how available you are. We do have an accompanist, but at times she is not available.

-flexible

Sectional Rehearsal Leader

Clunk out some notes on the piano and help the choristers learn their part

Thursdays at lunch

MUSICAL

ROLE

DESCRIPTION

AMOUNT OF TIME

DIRECTOR

Direct the musical, blocking, plan and run rehearsals

Whatever else a director does!

About 3.5 hours a week in January, closer to 5-6 hours a week in Feb, 7 a week by March, about 8 a week in April and by the first week in May – 14!

On top of that is the time spent analyzing the script and doing the blocking – a couple of hours per scene?

And time to choreograph – a few hours per number. Catherine Hume is willing to help with choreography.

I spent time with Andy on the initial design – between 2-3 hours?

There were production meetings (2 or 3), individual meetings with lighting, audio and costumes. There was the make-up workshop. There were daily ‘meetings’ with Carol and her glue guns as we neared showtime.

There was time to prep the weekly rehearsal schedules.

It really is hard to put a number on it, but by the time March Break rolled around it felt quite all-consuming – in a wonderful way.

(Catherine Hume contributed this information)

PRODUCER

Manage communications between the director and other personnel.

Post rehearsal schedule.  Manage communication with actors/parents

A few hours per week starting in January and gradually increasing until the show. Quite time consuming close to showtime.

ASSISTANT MUSIC DIRECTOR

Help Ms. Jonas teach everyone the music

Weekly rehearsals beginning in late Feb.

VOCAL COACH

Help the soloists learn their parts

flexible

SET, COSTUME, PROPS

Design set, costumes, manage props

Several people with different levels of involvement

As much or little as you want

CHOREOGRAPHER

Choreograph and rehearse dance numbers

Moderate

Lights

Source lighting

Run lighting

Mostly the last three weeks

Sound

Source sound equipment

Run sound

Mostly the last three weeks

Accompanist

Accompany rehearsals and soloists.

flexible