Calendar Updates

First of all, we have a date for the Bethel Choir Festival- Tuesday, January 23rd. This will be a trip for all choir students, grades 6-8.

The next trip is the Bethel Band Festival on February 15th, for all 7th and 8th grade band students. Both events will take place at Willamette HS.

Here is a link to the online, shared Google Doc version of the calendar. You can also download one from the Documents page. Hard copies are also available in the music room.

I’ll be sending home permission forms and more specific information as we get closer, as well as looking for chaperones!

Fall Concerts – Videos and Photos

Thank you for coming out to support the music students at the band and choir concerts! If you would like to hear something again, or share the concert with someone who was not able to attend, here are some ways to do that:

Band Concert Videos:
https://youtu.be/X6bpLVkaklw (part one)
https://youtu.be/lRtenbyYXo8 (part two)

Choir Concert Video:
https://youtu.be/Gr7ZvHpr7EQ

Please note: These videos are unlisted, meaning they will NOT come up in a YouTube search. In order to share them, you need to share the exact link.

Pictures: There are albums for each concert on my Shutterfly Share site, linked here. They were taken by the wonderful Mr. Stiffler. You can purchase them through the Shutterfly site, or you can simply email me and I would be happy to send you a copy of a particular picture.

Thank you for your support!

Concerts of the Month: December

The holiday season is a popular time for musical performances, and here are two websites you can check out for local shows happening this month (including tonight!):

1) UO School of Music Events: http://music.uoregon.edu/events
I would highly recommend the University Singers/Chamber Choir concert tomorrow night as well as the Gospel Ensembles concert on Sunday (these often sell out because they’re super fun- buy ahead of time!). Both concerts will also be live-streamed on the website- free concert at home!

2) The Shedd Institute: http://theshedd.org/
Tonight is the opening of one of my all-time favorite musicals, Singing in the Rain. They have performances all this weekend and next. The Jazz Kings also have shows running from the 6th through the 13th, featuring vocalist Shirley Andress and an excellent jazz quintet.

Of course, this is not an exhaustive list. There is a ton of great music happening all over! These are just some suggestions I have based on price, quality, and genre. If you know of a great future show coming up, please let me know and I’d be happy to add it to the list for the next month.

I cannot personally guarantee or give super specific information about these events, but am just suggesting you consider them. If you have any general questions, however, please let me know.

Christina Boorman
Music Director, Cascade Middle School
http://blogs.bethel.k12.or.us/cboorman
(541) 689-0641, ext. 3013
christina.boorman@bethel.k12.or.us

Concerts of the Month: November…ish

This is the first in what I’m planning on making a monthly post. There is SO MUCH awesome live music happening in Eugene, and students are HUGELY benefited from hearing high quality performances. So, each month I’m hoping to send home an email (and post info here) with links to/information about a handful of concerts coming up the in next month or so that cover band, choir, classical, and jazz, with the hopes that you might consider having an evening out that will help your young musician to grow.

Of course, this is not an exhaustive list. There is a ton of great music happening all over! These are just some suggestions I have based on price, quality, and genre. If you know of a great future show coming up, please let me know and I’d be happy to add it to the list for the next month.

I cannot personally guarantee or give super specific information about these events, but am just suggesting you consider them. If you have any general questions, however, please let me know.

Mrs. Boorman
(541) 689-0641, ext. 3013
christina.boorman@bethel.k12.or.us


The Oregon Jazz Ensemble featuring guest artist Tim Willcox, saxophone

Friday, October 27 at 7:30pm ($10, $7 at the door)

Jazz Station: 124 W Broadway, Eugene, OR 97401

5:00 p.m. free pre-show!

Halloween Spooktastic! (low brass studios of the U of O)

Sunday, October 29 at 6:00pm, FREE!

Frohnmayer Music Building, room 190: 961 E 18th Ave, Eugene, OR 97403

Siri Vik: Sure On This Shining Night
Vocal & chamber works by Samuel Barber & Aaron Copland

Thu, Nov 9, 7:30 – 9:30 pm (GA ranges $28-36, students range $14-18)

Jaqua Concert Hall, The Shedd Institute: 285 E Broadway Eugene, OR

Eugene Concert Choir: Haydn Lord Nelson Mass

Friday, November 10, 2017 at 7:30 pm (GA $28 or $24, students $15)

Beall Concert Hall, U of O: 961 E 18th Ave, Eugene, OR 97403

Beginning Band “Camp”

Beginning Band was very fortunate to have some special guests this Monday and Tuesday! Several music teachers and performers from the area came to class to help us get set up and going in the first crucial steps of learning to play an instrument. Thank you, helpers! Way to go, Beginning Band!

Mr. Ross working with the trombones and baritones
Mr. Lasley working with the trumpets, and French horn player
Ms. Halay helping the flutes- all 12 of them!
Ms. Hsieh with the percussion section

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