Happy Summer! Info. for next year

I hope you all have a wonderful summer! My husband and I are working at a band camp and traveling to Europe; I look forward to seeing you all again in September and hearing about your summer adventures!

Some information for next year:

  1. There will be a NEW zero period class!! We will be combining Jazz Band and Vox Novus as one “class” (though we’ll rehearse separately- more info to come) that will actually count as a Cascade MS class. It will be from 7:45-8:30 every school day. More specific information will be emailed home to those currently in Jazz Band/Vox Novus. Auditions will be held for new members for both groups in September.
  2. We have dates for next year! Not quite all of them, but all the concerts and many festivals are already scheduled. Check out the link here: CMS Music Calendar 2017-18.

As always, please let me know if you have any questions or concerns. I will be checking school email occasionally over the summer. See you in the Fall! <3 Mrs. Boorman

Band Pops Concert!

Thanks to those of you who joined us for the pops concert last night! All the bands all performed beautifully.

I just purchased a new video camera, and am still working out some of the kinks; the picture is a bit blurry and far away… but, we have recordings! (Note: The videos are unlisted, so they will not come up in a search on YouTube. You must share the exact link.)

Jazz Band: https://youtu.be/KFsoIXgImRI
Beginning Band: https://youtu.be/J-gVfS2zqkA
Intermediate Band: https://youtu.be/f88Pd2bbjs0
Christian on Guitar: https://youtu.be/pJEOIp_EPgg
Advanced Band: https://youtu.be/z8rzma4oJio

Choir Pops Concert!

Thanks to those of you who joined us for the pops concert on Tuesday! Beginning Choir, Advanced Choir, and Vox Novus all performed beautifully.

I just purchased a new video camera, and am still working out some of the kinks; the picture is blurry and far away, and for some reason it split the concert into 4 separate recordings… but, we have a recording! (Note: The videos are unlisted, so they will not come up in a search on YouTube. You must share the exact link.)

Part 1: https://youtu.be/m5kCMawkoKI
Part 2: https://youtu.be/9U1ASZgvXGA
Part 3: https://youtu.be/IksTknWLDgQ
Part 4: https://youtu.be/6uIDfE8g7Kw

Summer Music Camps!

Here are just a few of the local offerings for summer music camps! I can not speak personally for each of them, but they are all organized by reputable, high quality establishments. All Cascade music students are eligible for a $100 scholarship towards a summer camp. Please let me know if you have any questions.

Band:

1) Northwest Band Camps: This awesome camp is on the coast, at Twin Rocks (just north of Tillamook). It’s an action-packed week of ensemble rehearsal, sectional time with instrument specialists, recreation, and more. Students also have the opportunity to try choir or jazz. I’m also biased, because I’ll be directing a band during the second week of camp 🙂 The price tag is high, but I believe it to be worth it. Details can be found at: http://nwbandcamps.com/ Please note that they have a payment plan option, and remember that all CMS students who register for a summer camp can have a $100 scholarship from the CMS music program.

2) Mid-Valley Band Camp: I have not personally been involved with this camp, but I know several who are involved, and they are top quality music educators. This camp is much more affordable, however, lodging is not provided; if you have a place for your student to stay in Albany or a way to transport, this sounds like an excellent experience. Details can be found at: www.nmla.net/mvbc.html Please remember that all CMS students who register for a summer camp can have a $100 scholarship from the CMS music program.

3) University of Oregon Summer Camps: There are multiple camps at the UO School of Music, that include an option to stay in the dorms. These are camps for concert band, jazz, and marching/leadership. These camps are for high school students, so only those currently in 8th grade would be eligible. Information can be found here: http://musiccamps.uoregon.edu/ Please note that they have scholarship options, and remember that all CMS students who register for a summer camp can have a $100 scholarship from the CMS music program.

Choir:

1) Oregon Children’s Choir Summer Camps:
There are multiple camps offered by this wonderful,
local organization; I would draw your attention to the HS/MS Vocal Camp, which is probably the most applicable. Information is here:
now.html. Please remember that all CMS students who register for a summer camp can have a $100 scholarship from the CMS music program.
2) Oregon State Choir Camp:
This camp is for students 14-19, so would mostly apply to our current 8th graders. OSU (for all it’s not the ducks…) has an excellent choral music program, and this camps sounds most excellent. Information is here: http://liberalarts.oregonstate.edu/school-arts-and-communication/sac-academy/summer-programs/precollege-programs/choir-camp.
Please remember that all CMS students who register for a summer camp can have a $100 scholarship from the CMS music program.

Vox Novus to Eugene Emerald’s baseball game!

Vox Novus has been invited back to perform for the Opening Day of Eugene’s Emerald’s Baseball! The game is at PK Park on Thursday, June 15th and starts at 7:05 pm. We will sing the Star Spangled Banner as well as O, Canada, as the opening series this year is versus Vancouver. The ensemble is very excited to represent Cascade, and to have this wonderful performing opportunity. Vox Novus students have received the ticket form below which is due by Friday, May 19th. Other music students are welcome to come as well; they may order group tickets with us or order their own from the Eugene Emerald’s website.

VN Ems game tickets

Visitors!

We’ve had a couple of exciting days here in the Cascade band and choir rooms! On Tuesday, 3/21 the Brass Quintet “Teen Angst” came to visit from the University of Oregon. These students performed for ours, and did a short clinic with our brass players in all three band classes.

Then this morning, Thursday 3/23, the award-winning TopNotchers choir from Willamette HS, under the direction of Ms. Katie Reuter, came to visit Vox Novus during rehearsal! They worked with us on the Star Spangled Banner, and both groups performed for each other. It was an inspiring, uplifting morning!

Spring Choir Concert!

Thank you to everyone who came and supported the CMS band students at our Spring Concert! If you missed it, or would like to watch it again, here is a video recording! :) (Note: This video is posted on YouTube as unlisted, so it can only be accessed by sharing the direct link; the video will not appear in a search.)

 

In other news… due to technical difficulties, the band concert was not recorded. Sorry! If anyone has a video they would be willing to let me upload, please let me know!

Chocolate Fundraiser!

Hello CMS Music Families!

We have an annual fundraiser for the CMS music program, to support the musical education and enrichment of your students! We will be selling chocolate bars from World’s Finest, starting March 20th and ending April 7th. Here are some important details.

This fundraiser is completely voluntary. Students who wish to participate will need parent permission. A form will be going home in the next few days; you can also email me back and I will reserve a box for your student to sell. This fundraiser is vital to our program; it allows us to repair instruments, buy new sheet music, purchase supplies, pay for field trip expenses, and more. If you feel your student has been enriched by the program here, please consider participating!

There is no upfront cost to families. I will hand each student with a permission form 1 box, valued at $60. At the end of the fundraiser, you simply turn in the money from candy sold, plus any unsold bars. As long as it adds up to $60, it’s all good. Customers can pay in cash, or via check to “Cascade Middle School”. In an effort to reduce left overs, I will be starting each student with only 1 box. They may check out a second if, 1) they have permission, 2) they have turned in their previous box, and 3) it is before March 24th.

Incentives! The class period to sell the most bars (per person) will earn a lunch time pizza party! Students who are in multiple classes will count for each class. Also, any student who is registering for a summer music camp (email to follow!) will be eligible for a $100 scholarship towards the cost of that camp. I will ask the family registering, or the camp directly, to confirm registration, then send a check from CMS directly to the organization on behalf of the student. Please let me know if you are interested in this offer!

The permission slip deadline is Wednesday, March 1st. I will then be ordering chocolate based upon the number of slips turned in. A parent/guardian email stating permission is also allowed.

Please let me know if you have any questions or concerns!

Upcoming Events: January Edition

Hello, and happy snowy new year!

Hope you are all staying warm and safe with all this crazy weather we’ve been having. There are several exciting events coming up for the Cascade MS music program, many of them in February. Here’s a quick run down, as well as a link to the calendar.

Friday, 2/10: Bethel Band Festival (new date!)- Intermediate and Advanced Band will perform at Shasta MS in a celebration of band music in Bethel SD! Chaperones will be needed.

Wednesday, 2/15: Bethel Choir Festival- ALL choir students will perform at Willamette HS in a celebration of choral music in Bethel SD! Chaperones will be needed.

Thursday, 2/16: Just Sing It! Choir Festival- Advanced Choir and Vox Novus will perform at Springfield HS, and enjoy learning from/performing for Prof. Chris Olin of the University of Oregon.

Saturday, 2/18: Bethel SD Solo and Ensemble Festival- all music students are invited to perform solo or in small groups and receive feedback from local music professionals, for a great learning opportunity! More info. to come soon.

Lastly, please remember that Cascade Music is always available at your fingertips- through Remind! This is an app/messaging service that allows you to receive updates from Mrs. Boorman, and to ask questions, as well. There are specific pages for Jazz Band and Vox Novus- instructions are attached here.

Fall Band Concert

Thank you to everyone who came and supported the CMS band students at our Fall Concert! If you missed it, or would like to watch it again, here is a video recording- Part 1 and Part 2 :) (Notes: 1) Unfortunately, Jazz Band was not recorded 🙁 Sorry! 2) There concert is divided into two videos, posted on YouTube as unlisted, so they can only be accessed by sharing the direct links; these videos will not appear in a search.)

Also, enjoy these lovely photos from Mr. Stiffler! (Note: They are posted to a shared site from Shutterfly, where you can buy prints if you’d like. Or, you can also email me and I can send you a digital copy.)