The North Hills Singers have performed twice at district events since the school year began for students - at Soccerfest before the boys' varsity game, and at the School Board meeting on Monday night. We consistently receive high compliments from those who hear the group perform. Our performance of "Circle of Life" for the Board was impressive given how complex the arrangement is and the limited rehearsal time we've had as a full group to put it together. Since Monday, we've gotten the piece almost memorized, added percussion instruments, clapping, and listened to a recording of ourselves in rehearsal. Thursday night will be our true test of the full performance for parents and staff at Open House. I'm looking forward to this and the potential our select group has for our community outreach and public performances this year. The level of musicianship is up, and that can only mean great things.
In all of the choir classes, we've been tackling rhythm exercises in addition to our songs. While reading these rhythms may seem confusing to some, as we work through them, you will all become better music readers, which will make you better choral musicians, and as a result, better performers. We'll be moving to ear training and sight-singing throughout the year. Those fun Solfege warm-ups aren't just creative ways to get your voice ready to sing -- they have meaning and we'll put them into practice as the days and weeks progress. This will be especially helpful as Symphonic Choir begins to work through movements from Handel's Messiah.
Finally, we've discussed in class the opportunities available through our new Academic Academies at North Hills High School. The first meeting of the Academy for Arts and Communications is tomorrow morning during homeroom. Anyone who has been involved in the choir, band, orchestra, art classes, theatre classes, journalism, and TV production that may be considering a future career in one of these fields should look into becoming a part of this Academy. Much of what we already do in our music program through partnerships with universities and local professional musicians fits very well into the Academy model, so without even realizing it, you will have fulfilled some of the requirements just by participating in our programs. Why not also put it on your transcripts and have other opportunities made available to you as a member of this Academy of Arts and Communications? For more information, visit the CRC and pick up an application form.
Enjoy the rest of your week.