Opera!

The kids have enjoyed listening to opera at Eastvalley, and several have asked me to share a song or two. Enjoy!

This is a class favorite:

A singer of diverse talents, Nigerian American Baritone, Babatunde Akinboboye is known for his enthralling stage presence. He has performed with the Los Angeles Opera, Opera San Jose, Opera Santa Barbara, Long Beach Opera, and Utah Opera.”  http://www.babatundebaritone.com/

Largo (Figaro) by Mozart,  Hip Hopera Music Video

Chorus Rehearsals Begin Monday the 19th!

The following information is for families of children who passed the chorus audition. Chorus is an extracurricular extension activity. The directors volunteer their time to lead the chorus.

Dear Chorus Parents,

We are excited for our first rehearsal on Monday the 19th and about our Disney Parent Informational Meeting on Tuesday at 6:45 pm.

We still have a few families who haven’t yet completed the Chorus Registration Packet online for this year. I need the info so I can complete the seating chart before our first chorus rehearsal this Monday. Please follow the link and complete it today.

Returning Members: https://forms.gle/qPrezcqbwvVAikdY7

New Members (passed the audition last week): https://tinyurl.com/evnewmember

If your child will be a car rider after chorus on Monday, please pull up the curb and we’ll walk her/him out to you at 3:35. There’s no need to come into the building for chorus pick-up.

We’ll have a parent informational meeting about our Disney Performance Field Trip on Tuesday August 20 right after the EV Foundation meeting at about 6:45 PM. Please remember that children who decline to participate in the Disney trip will still perform our Disney Spectacular concert for the home audience on the Eastvalley stage on March 26th. This will be a fantastic year for all the kids!

We are changing one aspect of our uniform this year. The kids will wear colorful tennis shoes (any color/s as long as they are clean)! I think this will give us an exciting new look!

All the best for a fantastic school year!

2019-20 Chorus Auditions!

Dear Parents of 3rd, 4th and 5th Graders,

The Eastvalley Eagle Chorus is holding auditions for the 2019-20 school year!

August 5-9 Morning Chorus Auditions 7:15-7:45 (returning members do not have to audition)
August 5, 7, 8 Afternoon Chorus Auditions 2:30-3:00

Register your child to audition at this link: https://tinyurl.com/EVaudition

If you’d like your child to audition during one of our before-school time slots (7:05-7:45), please have them reserve a time on the audition sheets outside the music room door.

After school auditions are first-come, first-served, no reservation necessary. Please ensure that your child has practiced with the video and audio files below before the audition, because it is very challenging.

The award-winning Eastvalley Eagle Chorus is an auditioned group of 3rd, 4th and 5th graders. The chorus regularly stages a holiday musical production and a spring musical event, and participates in other performances throughout the year. Past performances include PTA meetings, the District XII Large Group Choral Performance Evaluation Festival, Broadway Junior Theater Festival, Eastvalley’s International Night, Eastvalley’s Summer Celebration, and the “America Sings!” event at Stone Mountain. The chorus also appears in assisted living centers and preschools, and often sings the National Anthem at community and sporting events such as Kennesaw State and Georgia Tech Men’s Basketball games and for the Atlanta Braves at SunTrust Park!

The 2019-2020 chorus will rehearse every MONDAY beginning on August 19 from 2:30 until 3:30, except as noted on the calendar. Chorus practice is canceled only on days when there is no school (holidays or inclement weather). Students are expected to attend every rehearsal in full. Routine appointments (medical, orthodontist, dentist, etc.) must be scheduled at times other than during chorus rehearsals.

The Eastvalley Eagle Chorus has outstanding potential. If your child would like to audition for this acclaimed group, try-outs will be held before and after school on the dates listed above! Returning Eastvalley Eagle Chorus members do not re-audition.

The chorus audition consists of intonation/pitch-matching skills, tonal memory, and singing one verse of the song “America” demonstrating good tone quality, pitch and breath control. The audition is rigorous and only the students who earn at least 10 out of the 11 possible points on the audition are allowed into chorus. (We practice the audition in music class so the students are familiar with the process.) Often, students who don’t pass the audition in 3rd grade will try again at the beginning of 4th or 5th grade and earn a spot in the chorus after the additional year or two of vocal practice in music class.

The ten pitch-matching challenges will include three 2-note examples, five 3-note examples, and two longer melodies. Click on the black video below to practice for the chorus audition:

I have included the lyrics to America for individual practice, and the music may be found on many websites. If they don’t open in your browser, try another search engine (Chrome, Firefox, Internet Explorer, etc).

“America” sing-along with lyrics video

http://www.hymnsite.com/lyrics/umh697.sht electronic piano part

My country tis of thee,

Sweet land of liberty,

Of thee I sing.

Land where my fathers died!

Land of the Pilgrim’s pride!

From every mountain side,

Let freedom ring!

 

Register your child to audition at this link: https://tinyurl.com/EVaudition

Auditions are:

August 5-9 Morning Chorus Auditions 7:15-7:45 (returning members do not have to audition)
August 5, 7, 8 Afternoon Chorus Auditions 2:30-3:00 (returning members do not have to audition)

We look forward to your audition! Good luck!

Watch Dr Bernard tell a 4th grade class about the audition process and practice with a recording of a 4th grade class. Chorus Audition Info-2ebxctl

Eastvalley Eagle Chorus Calendar Dates 2019-20 Revised 8/8/2019

Eastvalley Eagle Chorus Calendar Dates 2019-20 Revised 8/8/2019

August 19 First Chorus rehearsal 2:30-3:30
August 20 Disney Performance Trip Informational Meeting
August 29 5th Grade District and State Honor Chorus Auditions 2:30-3:30
Sept 9-Oct 4 Butter Braids Fundraiser (delivery on November 4)
October 2,3,4 Holiday Musical Auditions 2:30-4:30 (main speaking parts Wednesday, smaller roles Thursday, call-backs Friday) probably an Elfis musical
Oct 14 and 16 Early dismissal for conference week: full chorus rehearses 12:30-2:30. (Mon & Wed)
Oct 15 and 17 Early dismissal for conference week: Principal characters rehearse 12:30-2:30. (Tue & Thu)
Oct 31 Begin Principal character rehearsals every Thursday 2:30-3:30.
November 4 Butter Braid delivery 2:30-5:30
Nov 7 District Honor Chorus all day (four 5th graders)
Nov 23? Possible performance with the Georgia Philharmonic Orchestra at Lassiter—I’ll send a survey about your availability
Dec 3 Chorus Musical and Holiday Sing-along at AM Assemblies 8 & 9 AM
Dec 4 Chorus Holiday Field Trip to sing traditional carols for preschools, etc.
Dec 5 Chorus Holiday Musical and Concert to sing a few traditional carols at PTA 6:30 PM
Feb 6 Chorus sings two songs for PTA 6:30
Feb 11 Elementary Choral Festival field trip 9am-11:30am
Feb 14-15 State Honor Chorus in Clayton Co (four 5th graders)
Feb 25-29 Disney Performance field trip!
March 24 Two AM Assembly Disney Spectacular performances  8-10:30 AM
March 26 Spring concert Disney Spectacular performance on Eastvalley stage at 6:30 PM.
March 30 Chorus year-end celebration (end of chorus rehearsals for the year) 2:30-3:30 led by parent volunteers
April or May? We will audition to sing the National Anthem for a spring Atlanta Braves baseball game, date TBA.  Rev 8/8/2019

Dates/events are subject to change.

Eastvalley Eagle Chorus 2019 Recordings

Dear Friends and Families,

The Eastvalley Eagle Chorus had a very busy year last year with performances and events every month of the school year! A parent graciously shared a few performance videos with me, and I’m passing them along to you. Click the links to see and hear the Eastvalley Eagle Chorus!

When I Sing, February 2019

When I Sing Eastvalley Eagle Chorus February 2019

 

One Nation, February 2019

One Nation Eastvalley Eagle Chorus Feb 2019

 

100 Free QuaverNotes!

I hope all our Eastvalley students are using the fabulous resources at QuaverMusic.com this summer! Eastvalley paid for your subscription, so please enjoy it!

Need a QuaverNotes code? The current code is
“AlmostSummertime.”

It will give each account 100 QuaverNotes!
Your students have until September 1st, 2019 to enter the code. Happy Summer!

As a reminder, QuaverNotes will NOT expire.
Below are instructions to redeem the code:

  1. Go to QuaverMusic.com
  2. Click on your Avatar on Quaver Street
  3. Click the MY ACCOUNT tab

Enter the code where it reads ENTER QUAVERCODE

Free Quavernotes!

A New Code for FREE QuaverNotes!

 

 

Your May QuaverNotes Code!

 

The current QuaverNotes code is “YouNique.”

It will give each account 100 QuaverNotes! Your students have until June 1st, 2019 to enter the code. As a reminder, QuaverNotes will NOT expire. Below are instructions to redeem the code:

1. Go to QuaverMusic.com
2. Click on your Avatar on Quaver Street
3. Click the MY ACCOUNT tab
4. Enter the code where it reads ENTER QUAVERCODE

Eastvalley Day at the Braves Sunday, April 28, Rain or Shine!

Eastvalley Day at the Braves is Sunday, April 28, Rain or Shine!

Our Eastvalley Eagle Chorus will start the game by singing the National Anthem!

 Every child needs a ticket to enter the stadium.

  • Wear the full chorus uniform with tennis shoes (Black from the waist down, chorus shirt tucked in, etc. No hats, no shorts). You can bring clothes and sunscreen to change after we sing.
  • TIME & MEETING PLACE: 12:05 PM – Enter the SunTrust Park complex and go to the 3rd base ramp near aisle 135/137
  • TRANSPORTATION: Chorus members are to arrange their own transportation and must be accompanied by a parent or a supervising adult. The adult will be responsible for children at SunTrust Park. No child shall be dropped off without an adult. Please arrive with plenty of time to use the restroom before 12:20.
    SUPERVISION: The supervising parent/adult must stay with chorus members until Dr Bernard begins the warm-up at 12:30. Parents cannot go in the tunnel as per stadium rules. Children will be supervised by the Braves organization from that point until after we sing the Anthem. Have a chat with your child about staying with me & not wandering off. After we sing, you are in charge of supervising your own child. Directors will walk the kids up to the 3rd base ramp near aisle 135/137 after we sing. Please meet us there to claim your child.
    VIEWING, PICTURE TAKING: About 1:20 PM, the chorus will go on to the field at the 3rd base line to sing our National Anthem. (Somebody please video/DVD and/or take pictures of us!) Ask nicely and stadium personnel may let you get close to video/photograph. We will likely sing by 3rd base, or behind 2nd facing home plate.
  • FEED/WATER/BATHROOM YOUR CHILD: Please be sure your child has eaten at least 30 minutes prior to our meeting time of 12:20 PM. Food gives energy to concentrate and perform one’s best. Food must be digested and the throat cleared to do our best singing. Drink water to clear the throat. There will be no bathroom breaks from 12:20-2:00 (or later if there is a rain delay), so please insist that your child go before we meet. If there is a rain delay, if could be much longer.
  • PICK UP YOUR CHILD: After we sing, Directors will walk the kids up to the 3rd base ramp near aisle 135/137. Please meet us there to claim your child. At that point, you are in charge of supervising your own child. Children will not be allowed to wander off looking for you.
  • Cell Phone and Ticket: Make sure your child has his/her ticket in case we can’t find you at aisle 135/137. If your child has a cell phone, they should probably have it to contact you if necessary.

 

Go Braves!

 

Talent Showcase Auditions April 17 & 18

The Talent Showcase auditions are April 17-18, 2019! The public performance is Friday, May 10th at 6:30 PM!

Tickets to the performance cost $4 for adults and $3 for Students & Senior Citizens over 65 at the door.

Ticket proceeds go toward the purchase and maintenance of our Eastvalley stage and performance equipment such as curtains, sound system, lighting and related supplies. None of the judges, staff members, or parents who help with the talent showcase are paid for their time or services. We all volunteer to make this experience happen for the kids!

You must audition if you want to be in the showcase. If you are selected to perform in the Talent Showcase, you have two required rehearsals: Monday April 29, and May 6 from 2:45-4:30. If you are only performing in the group finale, you will be finished with rehearsal by 3:15 each rehearsal day. Download the permission slip: TALENT SHOWCASE 2019 permission

If you have a talent, we want to see it!

Who will be the next Eastvalley Star?

It will take a lot of practice, so START NOW!

Order your music! Get your costume and props!

Reserve a time on the sheet outside the music room door in April and attend the audition on either April 17th or 18th after school.

WE WANT YOU TO TRY OUT!

We would like a wide variety of acts of all ages K-5, including vocalists, instrumentalists, gymnasts, dancers, comedians, puppets, magicians, actors, etc.  (No lip sync, please.)

 The Talent Showcase is Friday, May 10th at 6:30 PM!

 If you are selected to perform in the Talent Showcase, you will have two required rehearsals: Monday April 29, and Thursday May 6 from 2:45-4:30. 

 REQUIREMENTS FOR PARTICIPATION (what I need to do to get in):

  • Reserve a time on the sheet outside the music room door in April and audition on either April 17th or 18th after school. Try-outs are limited to approximately the first 24 acts to sign up. You must be picked up by 15 minutes after your try-out and after rehearsals or you will be sent to the After School Program (ASP) and charged accordingly. (Your child must be registered for ASP and have paid the $10 registration fee if you plan to use this service).
  • Perform your whole act at the audition (3-4 minutes maximum) in costume at the audition. You will have two minutes to set up/ take down your materials. If using a soundtrack/music, you must use it during the audition. No excuses. No saying, “it’s on order.” Get it now.
  • Perform your whole act in costume at both rehearsals in the cafeteria. Attendance AT ALL REHEARSALS is required. If you miss a rehearsal, you will not be in the showcase. All group members must attend all rehearsals.
  • If using a soundtrack to sing/ perform with, it must not have the solo vocal/ instrument on it (no lip syncing or singing along with the voice on the recording). IE: you must use a Karaoke style recording without the solo voice part. You must use it during the audition. No excuses. No saying, “it’s on order.” Get it now. Music needs to be an audio file, not a video file.
  • The performance must be in good taste, have audience appeal, and show a genuine talent (ex: just standing on stage and reading a book doesn’t have much audience appeal). The faculty sponsors will determine audience appeal and appropriateness. See the rubric below.
  • Students must provide their own costumes, recordings and equipment for the audition and performance. The school will furnish a cd player, flash drive player, a piano, and three stand microphones on the stage.
  • Only about 20 or fewer “featured acts” will be selected to perform their act in the talent showcase. Other students who try out but are not selected as a “featured act” may participate in the large-group finale.
  • Only current Eastvalley students (K-5) are eligible to participate—parents/teachers/coaches may assist but no students from other schools.
  • The sponsors may add other rules or restrictions as deemed necessary.    

SCORING RUBRIC: During the audition, the acts will be scored as follows.

Talent Showcase Rubric Not Ready

1 point

Almost Ready

3 points

Ready!

5 points

Total Points
OVERALL ENGAGEMENT NOT READY

 

Sings, plays or otherwise

performs at a level that might not

engage an audience.

ALMOST READY

 

Sings, plays or otherwise

performs at a level that would probably engage an audience.

READY!

 

Sings, plays or otherwise

performs at a level that will definitely engage an audience.

POINTS

 

 

STAGE PRESENCE  

NOT READY

 

The performer(s) appear awkward or uncomfortable on stage. Facial expression, &/or body language &/or demeanor not appropriate.

ALMOST READY

 

The performer(s) appear fairly comfortable on stage.

 

 

 

READY!

 

The performer(s) are very confident on stage and very comfortable performing. Facial expression, body language and demeanor are appropriate.

POINTS

 

 

PREPAREDNESS

• Brought props or

other necessities

• Memorized song

words

• Well rehearsed

 

 

 

 

 

NOT READY

 

Performance would not be ready even with another week to prepare.

 

Obvious problems with audition due to lack of preparation.

This is still a “work in progress”.

ALMOST READY

 

Performance has potential to be ready with another week of preparation.

READY!

 

The performance is stage ready now!

POINTS

 

 

AUDIENCE APPEAL NOT READY

 

The audience could be uncomfortable with the performance.

 

OR

 

The audience reaction could be negative.

ALMOST READY

 

The audience would be mostly comfortable with the performance.

 

OR

 

The audience reaction could be positive.

READY!

 

The audience would be very comfortable with the performance.

 

OR

 

The audience reaction would definitely be positive.

POINTS

 

Even if you are not selected as a featured act, you may participate on stage in our group finale!

Start practicing now! Good luck!

Cinderella March 20, 21, and 22

Our musical, Cinderella, opens tonight at 6:30! Cinderella is a fabulous show and I know you’ll enjoy it!

Tickets cost $5 adults, $3 students and senior citizens. Cinderella Flyer-1hvu63e

For those of you who don’t have time for dinner before the show, Chick-fil-A is planning to sell sandwiches, wraps, nuggets and more at Eastvalley before the show beginning at 5:45 tonight and Friday (not Thursday). So if you’re hungry, our partner in education has your back.

Eastvalley Family Braves Day!

Eastvalley Family Braves Day!

Sunday, April 28, 2019

Atlanta Braves vs. Colorado Rockies     ~     1:35 pm 1st pitch

 

DISCOUNTED SEATS JUST FOR EASTVALLEY FRIENDS & FAMILY:

This is our cost for the tickets. This is not a fundraiser.

We have Eastvalley seats in two sections:

Diamond Reserved (sect #113/114) for $51 (only 130 of these seats available)

or General Admission for $8

 Game opener:  Eastvalley Eagle Chorus selected to sing The Star-Spangled Banner

(Chorus students do need to buy tickets even though they are singing.)

 

Fill in the form at this link,   Eastvalley Braves 2019 Ticket Order Form  make your check payable to Eastvalley, and drop your payment and this form in the cafeteria safe.

  • Tickets will be sent home with your child the Tuesday before the game
  • Discounted ticket sales end WEDNESDAY, March 13th and are subject to availability.

 

WE WANT EVERYONE TO COME! Invite your friends and family!

What better way to celebrate Spring than to have some fun with friends and family,

 hear the Award Winning Eastvalley Eagle Chorus and watch some baseball!!

Come join us!                      It will be lots of fun!!                         Dr. Bernard

Chorus Field Trip Friday!

Friday Chorus Field Trip Info:

At 10:20, the kids will drop off  backpacks in the hall outside my classroom.

At 10:22 they get in the cafeteria line. If you bring your lunch, bring it in a disposable bag so you don’t have to find a place to put your lunchbox during the field trip.

At 11 we get on the bus.

At about 1 we warm up and then sing for three judges who will critique our performance. Then another judge will work with our kids to improve our performance.

At 3 we get back to school!

Parents, make sure you have made arrangements to pick your child up at 3 PM or to use the ASP service ($7).

Chorus News!

Dear Chorus Families,

  • Several kids were confused about Monday chorus rehearsal times: all Mondays through February end at 3:30; March 4, 11, 18, and 19 end at 4:30. We still have room for several chaperons for the Feb 15 field trip if you’d like to join us. See details below.

 

  • I’d like to reiterate what I said in last week’s email, but also add that children with fever should not stay for chorus… “remember that if your child has a scratchy throat, s/he should still attend rehearsal and learn by listening. Every rehearsal is critical at this point in the year.”

 

  • March 2 is International Night at Eastvalley! The chorus is invited to sing a song at 6:15! For this optional performance, the kids don’t wear chorus uniforms. I hope most of our chorus kids will be there to sing!

 

  • Is your full chorus uniform ready for Feb 15? We only have ten days before the District Choral Festival Field Trip: February 15 from 11:00-3:00. Since we will return after the regular school busses run, please make arrangements now to pick up your child at 3 pm as a car rider or plan to use Eastvalley’s ASP The kids need to keep practicing the music with the link to my website, http://www.cobblearning.net/drbernard/2018/12/20/chorus-festival-music/  Many of the kids don’t yet have verse 3-4 memorized, so please take some time helping them with the lyrics and soundtrack on my website. We have room for up to 15 chaperons on this trip, so let me know if you want to ride the bus with us! You can also meet us there if you want to enjoy the free concert! We perform our two songs at 1:30. Elementary Choral Festival, February 15 2019, Piedmont Church, 570 Piedmont Road, Marietta, GA 30066.

 

 

  • Eastvalley Day at the Braves: April 28, 2019; Details TBA. We’ll sing the national anthem to start the game! The Braves will expect us to be in the stadium at about 12:20. EVERY CHORUS STUDENT MUST PURCHASE A TICKET TO GET INTO THE STADIUM. We expect to begin selling discounted tickets in a week or so.

 

  • State Honor Chorus Students: Please memorize your music at home because we only have three weeks before your performance! If you have trouble with the CD, send in a flash drive and I can copy the practice tracks for you.

Soprano Recorder Order Form

Dear Parents,

Eastvalley students are learning instrumental music with Soprano Recorders in all 3rd, 4th, and 5th Grade music classes. These instruments are used every year at Eastvalley. You may purchase a Soprano Recorder at a music store if you choose, but do not purchase a toy recorder from the dollar store or a department store—they do not sound the same as a real musical instrument.

Download a recorder order form:

Recorder order form

Recorder order form SPANISH

Recorder order form PORTUGUESE

 

For your convenience, you may purchase a recorder through Eastvalley with the order form above. Click the link for the form and turn it in with your payment to the school safe. Thanks!.

Chorus News!

Dear Chorus Families,

It’s crunch time! The kids and I counted up the rehearsals we have remaining before our Cinderella performance: only 8 weeks! If your child plays a mouse, Cinderella, or Fairy Godmother, please note the last paragraph before my signature line. If you have costume questions, see my website first, then feel free to email me. http://www.cobblearning.net/drbernard/category/chorus/cinderella/

Eastvalley Day at the Braves: April 28, 2019; Details TBA. We’ll sing the national anthem to start the game! The Braves will probably expect us to be in the stadium at 12:20. EVERY CHORUS STUDENT MUST PURCHASE A TICKET TO GET INTO THE STADIUM. We expect to begin selling discounted tickets at the beginning of February.

We only have four weeks before the District Choral Festival Field Trip: February 15 from 11:00-3:00. Since we will return after the regular school busses run, please make arrangements now to pick up your child at 3 pm as a car rider or plan to use Eastvalley’s ASP program. The kids need to keep practicing the music with the link to my website, http://www.cobblearning.net/drbernard/2018/12/20/chorus-festival-music/

Parents of all mice, Cinderella, and Fairy Godmother, we need to have an additional rehearsal on Friday January 18th from 2:30-3:30 to work out some challenging movement details. Please reply to this email and let me know if your child can make it or not. Also, I’ve been trying to find mice costumes that aren’t too hot. Most are like sweat pants and our kids will burn up. The best thing I’ve come up with is grey leggings. I saw some online at Target that look lightweight. Will you mice parents please let me know what you can find that would be lightweight leggings and long sleeve grey top? The chorus is purchasing matching ears for the kids.

 

Quaver Account Creation Directions

We are excited to announce that Eastvalley has joined the Quaver Music family!

We renewed our license to use the fabulous resources at https://www.quavermusic.com

Every student has music homework! The homework is, use QuaverMusic to learn music skills! Create your own login with your Eastvalley computer lab/lunch code so you’ll never forget it!

  1. Go to https://www.quavermusic.com ;
  2. In the top right corner, click “Sign Up” ;
  3. As you sign up, use your Eastvalley computer lab/lunch number where you create “my Quavername” ;
  4. Create your account using your computer lab password as your Quaver password so you can remember it;
  5. Enter a parent’s email address;
  6. Use your new login and password to log on to the fabulous QuaverMusic.com website!
  7.  Use the grade level code below on the page where you create your account.

Below are the secret Quaver codes you’ll need to have access.  You can access all grade levels with the code for “everyone” (C6PVWV)!

Grade Level

Quaver Code

K

ER7LBH

1

RQ4PFE

2

BMMXTT

3

RRM3KT

4

JGTN3R

5

3F9RT8

Everyone!

C6PVWV

Enjoy creating and learning about music at https://www.quavermusic.com