Fine Arts News
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US Virtual Dance Placement
Thank you for your interest in Dance for the 2021-2022 school year! A dance placement class is required for all students wishing to participate in Upper School Dance. It is our goal to maintain the integrity and standards set forth in our program and to ensure that each dancer is placed appropriately. Keeping this in mind, our strategy is to divide placement into two stages.
Stage one of this process will be a virtual video submission and will require prospective dancers to demonstrate exercises that reflect their mastery of fundamental dance techniques to adjudicators. We ask that each student open and review the Google drive link provided below. Within the drive, you will find two videos and instructions for submission. We kindly ask that your video submissions include a full-body view throughout the entirety of each exercise. This allows the adjudicators to accurately assess body alignment and placement. Your video submission should be returned to firstname.lastname@example.org using Google Drive. Please make sure that anything you send is clearly labeled with your first and last name. Upon submission, we will email you a notification of receipt. Please note, video submission is mandatory and will be due no later than 10:00 p.m. on Sunday, May 16th. Google Drive: https://drive.google.com/drive/folders/1ThoClJWJSjy-KUZf02VMs9M0ggHqLx7D?usp=sharing
*This process should not be too time consuming or stressful. We ask that you not dwell on the minute details of your own personal technique. Please keep in mind that we do not expect perfection as every dancer is at his/her own level. Simply record and send.
Stage two will be by invitation only, and take place by live Zoom on Saturday, May 22 at 3:30 p.m., and will follow a more traditional format consisting of a stylized movement combination. Any questions or concerns can be sent to email@example.com or firstname.lastname@example.org.
US Orchestra Placement Auditions
Students are first placed into one of two string ensembles on the basis of a video assessment, either in Philharmonia or Chamber Strings. Placement Audition packets will be made available or emailed to all students enrolled in Strings for the upcoming school year in April.
Each packet will contain music and instructions with deadlines for submission. We ask that student video submissions include an unobstructed view of your face and hand position while playing your instrument. This allows for the most accurate assessment of technique and tone. String Ensemble placement results will be finalized in May. For information, please contact Ms. Meitz at email@example.com.
US Band Placement Auditions
Primary Ensemble (Concert Band or Symphonic Winds): Students are first placed into one of two primary band ensembles by audition, either in Concert Band or Symphonic Winds. Placement Audition packets will be emailed to all students enrolled in Band for the upcoming school year, in April. Each packet will contain music and instructions with deadlines for submission. We ask that student video submissions include an unobstructed view of your face and hand position while playing your instrument. This allows for the most accurate assessment of technique and tone. Primary Ensemble placement results will be finalized in May.
Secondary Ensemble (Jazz Ambassadors): Once primary ensemble placements are published, students who are placed into Symphonic Winds and play brass, woodwinds, or drums will be invited to audition for the Jazz Ambassadors. Audition packets will then be emailed and contain music and instructions, along with deadlines for submission. Please note that members of Jazz Ambassadors who play brass, woodwinds, or drums are required to be members of Symphonic Winds as their primary ensemble, first.
Students who play guitar, bass and piano and are interested in performing with the Jazz Ambassadors should contact Mr. Thomas at firstname.lastname@example.org by April 30th to ensure audition materials are sent in advance of the audition. Audition materials will be due in May.
Final Rosters for Concert Band, Symphonic Winds, and Jazz Ambassadors will be finalized by the end of the school year. Please contact Mr. Thomas at email@example.com with any questions or for more information.
The Theatre Department plans to produce four Upper School productions during the 2021-2022 school year, the One-Act Festival, Fall Play, Winter Play and Spring Musical. Students may audition for one, or all four productions.
The auditions for the Fall Play, One Acts and Winter Play will take place Monday, August 30 and Tuesday, August 31. Forms will be submitted electronically through the Google Form that will be sent out in August. If you have any questions or concerns, please reach out to Miss Cordes at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Musical auditions will take place separately on September 20 and Tuesday, September 21 with possible callbacks on September 22. Forms will be submitted electronically through the Google Form that will be sent out in August. If you have any questions or concerns, please reach out to Ms. Stires Hardin at email@example.com.
The Theatre Department also plans to produce three Middle School productions during the 2021-2022 school year, the Fall Musical and two Spring Plays. Students may audition for the musical and a play. Information regarding auditions for the MS Musical will be sent out in early July. At that time we will announce the production and include all the necessary paperwork and audition requirements. MS Musical auditions will be Monday, August 30, and Tuesday, August 31. If you have any questions or concerns, please reach out to Brooke Wilson at firstname.lastname@example.org. Auditions for the MS Spring Plays will be announced after the beginning of school.
MS Enrichment Jazz Band
Enrichment Jazz Band is a secondary, enrichment band ensemble open to students in grades 6, 7 & 8 with prior experience on a wind instrument, electric guitar, bass, piano, or drum set. Please note that members of Enrichment Jazz Band who play brass, woodwinds, or drums are required to be enrolled in a MS band course first, as their primary ensemble.
At the start of school, all interested and eligible students will be invited to an information session held during DaVinci period and audition materials will be handed out at that time. Once the audition materials are reviewed, the jazz band roster will be posted and regular rehearsals will begin. The MS Jazz Band will perform in concert each semester with the US Jazz Ambassadors, in November and in April. Please contact Mr. Thomas at email@example.com with any questions or for more information.
US Choir Placement Auditions
PLEASE NOTE CHANGE FROM PREVIOUS ANNOUNCEMENT
Tuesday, August 17, Wednesday, August 18 and Thursday, August 19, 3:00-6:30pm each day in VST Room 110.
Choir placement auditions will be held for Upper School students and rising freshmen in mid-August in VST 110 (the choir room in the fine arts building). Time slots are 6 minutes long. Students will receive their assigned date/time-slot in late July. These auditions are designed as “vocal interviews,” allowing the choir directors to assess a student’s vocal instrument and musicianship skills. Students will be asked to sing one verse of “My Country Tis of Thee” unaccompanied, vocalize a little, and perform some standard sight-reading exercises. This is not a pass/fail audition. If you have any questions, please email Scott Bonasso at firstname.lastname@example.org or Brendan Emig at email@example.com.
Choir Level/Grade Makeup:
Les Chanteuses: 9th-10th Grade girls. Directed by Brendan Emig.
Chorale: 11th-12th Grade girls; 9th-12th Grade boys. Directed by Scott Bonasso.
Kantorei: Advanced a cappella chamber choir selected from Chorale members. Directed by Scott Bonasso.