SCVA Newsletter (on-line version) - February 2009
Message from the President - Sheri Nelson
Have you ever had a student who showed their greatest moment of creativity during an exam? While grading my beginning choirs’ recent final exams I was surprised to see that a student identified the 4th line of the treble clef as the letter “L”. I have seen “H” as the answer when the previous note was a “G” but never has someone gone so far into the English alphabet. I take consolation in knowing that other teachers have had some FUN answers on their exams. The following are actual test answers accumulated by music teachers in the State of Missouri in 1989:
My favorite composer is Opus.
Refrain means don't do it. A refrain in music is the part you better not try to sing.
John Sebastian Bach died from 1750 to the present.
Handel was half German, half Italian and half English. He was rather large.
Beethoven wrote music even though he was deaf. He was so deaf that he wrote loud music.
Aaron Copeland is one of your most famous contemporary composers. It is unusual to be contemporary. Most composers do not live until they are dead.
Music sung by two people at the same time is called a duel.
An opera is a song of bigly size.
I know what a sextet is but I'd rather not say.
My very best liked piece of music is the Bronze Lullaby.
Vocal Jazz - Christine Enns, VP/Jazz Choir
SCVA Vocal Jazz Festival Tuesday March 10th, 2009 with Christine
Helferich-Guter and Kerry Marsh
Hurry, only 5 spots left! Application Deadline is February 17th, 2009
Last call to include your students in an incredible day of learning and growth in Jazz!
The SCVA Vocal Jazz Festival with Adjudicators Kerry Marsh from Cal State Sacramento and Christine Guter from Cal State Long Beach will take place on Tuesday March 10th. My students have worked with these two adjudicators before and they are not only endearing but comedians in their own right. I think your students will love learning from them as my students couldn’t stop talking about both of these wonderful adjudicators!
You may choose to have your performance scored (Superior, Excellent, Good). Note: This festival is not a ranked/placement festival. It is on the same basis as all SCVA festivals.
At 7pm, Cal State Long Beach will close the evening with a performance by their wonderful jazz group, Pacific Standard Time! This will be a great gathering of vocal jazz students and teachers throughout Southern California. For those participating in competitions later in the school semester, students will also get great exposure and coaching from our very experienced clinicians. Applications are being accepted now, space is limited so do not delay! If you have any questions please email me at firstname.lastname@example.org. Please put this date on your calendar!!! The festival is open to all levels, novice through advanced. The fee is only $150 per group plus an additional $5 per student for the concert.
Valencia High School, 27801 N.
Dickason Dr. Valencia, Ca. 91355
Time: 1:30pm – 6:30pm with concert beginning at 7pm (may change slightly based on the number of groups attending)
Equipment: 18 microphones
Provided: Piano, Bass Amp (drum set may be provided if requested)
Cost: $150 per group
Evening Concert - Cal State Long Beach’s Pacific Standard Time $5/Person
Please note: No cash or personal checks accepted. Payment may be made by school or booster club check, money order, or PayPal. If using PayPal, please include your confirmation slip with your application.
Please send the check to the location listed above and put “Attention: Christine Enns” on the envelope.
California All State Jazz Choir 2009
Please congratulate the following students and their schools throughout California who were accepted to sing in the CMEA All State Jazz Choir 2009! The All State Jazz Choir will perform Sat. March 14th, 11:15am at the CMEA Convention in Ontario, Ca.
Jenny Swoish - Orange Lutheran HS
Katy Sullivan - Valley Christian HS
Giuliana Pietrolungo - Valencia HS
Graciela Sprout - Long Beach Poly HS
Shaina Levin - Valencia HS
Kirsten Alario - Orange Lutheran HS
Clara Kang - Valencia HS
Megan Charlton - Valencia HS
Zach Zumbek - Orange Lutheran HS
Jordan Goodsell - Orange Lutheran HS
Andrew Heath - Valencia HS
Steven Schmidt - Valencia HS
Ben Chodosh - Stevenson HS
Jef Derderian - Kingsburg HS
Steven Michael Richardson - Fullerton Union HS
Riley Wilson - Long Beach Poly HS
Vocal Jazz Festivals in California
January 23rd and 24th – Folsom Jazz Festival, Folsom, CA http://folsommusic.org/jazz.html
March 7-8th – Columbia College Vocal Jazz Festival, Sonora, CA http://www.columbia.yosemite.edu/Jazz/jazzdept.htm
March 10th, SCVA VOCAL JAZZ FESTIVAL/CLINIC with Cal State Long Beach Pacific Standard Time! http://www.scvachoral.org or email email@example.com
March 21st - Irvine High School Vocal Jazz Festival Email: firstname.lastname@example.org
March 27-28th – Oceanside Jazz Festival (Mira Costa College), Oceanside, CA http://www.qvocaljazz.com
March 27 – 28th - Santa Cruz Jazz Festival http://www.scjf.org
April 3rd – 4th - Fullerton College Jazz Festival, Fullerton, CA http://fcfinearts.fullcoll.edu/jazzfest
April 3rd – 5th - Monterey, Ca. http://www.montereyjazzfestival.org/2008/NGF/index.php
Colleen Kennedy, VP - Vocal Solo Competition
On January 10, over 100 middle and high school singers participated in the first round of this year’s vocal solo competition at seven different sites. It was a wonderful day of music-making and learning for everyone involved. I would like to acknowledge and offer my heartfelt thanks to all of the site hosts and adjudicators for contributing their time and expertise to the event, without whom it would not be possible.
Site hosts Adjudicators
Stan Nickel, Chapparel High School Rhonda Sias
Scott Hedgecock, Fullerton Union High School Karen McBride
Rodger Guerrero, Harvard-Westlake School Michelle Bourque
Tony Azeltine, Mark Keppel High School Bonnie Snell
Don Orser, Matilija Jr. High School Vail Keck
Heidi Cissell, Oak Park High School Rhonda Dillon
Mark Henson, Segerstrom High School Dr. Jayne Campbell
All of the singers should be very proud of themselves for having undertaken the challenge of preparing and performing a piece for adjudication. That’s no small feat! Congratulations to this year’s finalists and most promising singers.
Javell Ainsworth 12th Grade
Emily Altschul 12th Grade
Kat Arenella 11th Grade
Bethany Bagg 11th Grade
Rachel Blair 12th Grade
Jared Brown 11th Grade
Alexandra Corley 11th Grade
Melissa Costa 11th Grade
Christian Frandsen 12th Grade
Alana Grossman 11th Grade
Mackenzie Hunt 12th Grade
Oriana Inferrera 10th Grade
Annalise Lamothe 8th Grade
Elyssa Lata 11th Grade
Rebecca Lendvai 12th Grade
Brandon Levin 12th Grade
Kathleen Moriarty 7th Grade
Aidan Munoz-Wentt 11th Grade
Kelsie Munroe 11th Grade
Savvy Pletcher 11th Grade
Alex Rosen 11th Grade
Molly Siskin 11th Grade
Noel Starr 7th Grade
Melody Stolpp 11th Grade
Isabel Stub 8th Grade
Troy Tucker 11th Grade
Jasmin White 10th Grade
David Amberg 9th Grade
Laura Miller 11th Grade
Tala Khalaf 10th Grade
Jeff Kodel 10th Grade
Austin Lee 9th Grade
Megan Sanborn 9th Grade
Geoffrey Hahn 10th Grade
Jana McIntyre 11th Grade
Here’s what people had to say about the preliminary round….
“I’d say the most memorable moment
was the number of students who thanked me for my coaching suggestions---after
the final results were announced. And many of these were not passed on to the
next round. This truly speaks to the positive learning atmosphere that [SCVA
has] created for this competition. Kudos!”
- Dr. Jayne Campbell, adjudicator
“…the adjudicator was wonderful!
She gave constructive comments, but not only that, she gave all of the students
a little ‘mini’ lesson on what to improve on. She did not belittle anyone or
make anyone feel bad or embarrassed about their performance. In fact, what she
did with each of the students actually helped decrease the tension of the
- Erin Millage, 7th Grade
“…the masterclass style is a great
- Sara Maloney, Alhambra High School
“My decision to participate in the
solo vocal competition was influenced by a painful degree of stage fright when
performing solo pieces competitively.… The process could have been much worse
for me if the atmosphere had not been so welcoming and accepting…. Even the
short workshop after each performance was low-stress and geared more towards
improving than criticizing.”
- Katy Pedelty, 12th Grade
“Having each student receive vital
feedback while they are in ‘in the moment’ is one of the best aspects of this
- Scott Hedgecock, Fullerton Union High School
“My most memorable moment of that
day was when I was asked to press my jaw in a certain way to open it up for a
fuller sound. I looked and sounded very strange, but I had fun and it helped me
- Isabel Stub, 8th Grade
“The group was warm and welcoming
and the atmosphere was relaxed and fun for the kids. My daughter truly enjoyed
the masterclass … what an excellent experience!”
- Sandy Grossman, parent
“This experience truly helped me
especially with performing in front of an audience, which I know will assist me
in my future, not only for performances and auditions, but with my confidence
and social skills in front of people.”
- Kelsie Munroe, 11th Grade
“I really enjoyed watching the
clinician do her physical exercises along with the singers. She was trying to
get them to relax so she had them jog in place and do squats, but she did them
right along with the kids. It really set a nice relaxed tone for the day!”
- Kristina Keener, private instructor
“I do love and enjoy this
experience of adjudication. We need to encourage and support young singers and
musicians as much as possible, not only for their own success but in order to
continue the art form and to engage [our] audience for the future…. What I find
memorable is the ‘wow’ response on the faces of the listeners when a young
singer has a real moment of ‘connection’ to his/her instrument and the voice
soars! Nothing quite so exhilarating!!!!”
- Karen McBride, adjudicator
Dates to remember:
Saturday, March 14, 2009: Final round
Sunday, May 3, 2009: Final performances, Jr. High/9th Grade Honor Choir concert