The JMB Choirs would like to congratulate the SIX (6) students selected for this year's All Shore Chorus to perform in April. Students spent several weeks preparing for auditions which were held on Saturday, February 9. The audition consisted of two performance selections - one accompanied and one a cappella, as well as a sight reading portion of several rhythmic and melodic examples. Students were scored on their rhythmic accuracy, intonation, phrasing, diction, breath support, dynamics, overall tone quality and vocal maturity.
Congratulations go out to: Ayden Harris (Concert Choir - Soprano II), Kara Fykes (Women's Ensemble - Alto), Alexander Miller (Concert Choir - Tenor), and Joshua Harman, Dorien Slemons and Treyce Wilson (Concert Choir - Bass).
The James M. Bennett High School Choral Department, directed by Megan Centineo and accompanied by Edgar Isaacs, will present a two-part series of winter concerts this season. The newly established Women's Ensemble , alongside the Intermediate Choir, will present their first annual "Winter Concert" at 7 p.m. on Tuesday, Dec. 11 in the James M. Bennett Cafeteria. The superior-rated Concert Choir will present their annual "Winter Concert" at 7 p.m. on Thursday, Dec. 13 in the James M. Bennett Cafeteria. Both performances includes a selection of music to highlight the sounds of winter and traditions of the holiday season. The Intermediate Choir will present a diverse program to include "Holiday Partners", a collection of partner songs, and "Toys on Parade", a medley incorporating March of the Toys, Toyland and Parade of the Wooden Soldiers. The Women's Ensemble will perform a variety of selections to include "Ring Silver Bells", and "Snow is Falling" with student accompaniment, and "Peace on Earth" as recorded by Bing Crosby and David Bowie. The Concert Choir will perform challenging arrangements of traditional favorites to include "Jingle Bells" in the style of Bing Crosby and the Andrews Sisters, "The First Noel" with cello accompaniment, and "In Dulci Jubilo" a traditional carol with Latin text. Admission to both performances is free and open to the public. 410-677-5141
CHOIR FORMS DUE DATES:
Choir Contract - Due Friday, September 14
Media Release Agreement - Due Friday, September 14
Medical Form (Honor Choirs Only) - Due Friday, September 14
CHOIR FEE DUE DATE:
Choir Fee - Due Friday, October 5
HONOR CHOIRS FUNDRAISER DUE DATE:
Mum Fundraiser - Due Wednesday, September 26
The James M. Bennett Concert Choir will hold open auditions beginning Monday, May 21st and ending Friday, May 25th, starting at 3:00 p.m. in the JMB Choir Room. Please stop by the Choir Room (A127) to sign up for your audition time slot. The necessary forms are available on the "audition" page of the JMB Choirs web site or from the director. Email firstname.lastname@example.org with questions.
The James M. Bennett High Intermediate and Concert Choirs will present a spring program entitled "Bernstein at 100: A Centennial Tribute to the music of Leonard Bernstein” at 7 p.m. Wednesday, May 16 in the James M. Bennett Auditorium. The program highlights Bernstein's choral music with performances from "Wonderful Town", "Westside Story" and "Candide". The JMB Concert Choir will also reprise its performance from the 2018 District Choral Festival. Free. 410-677-5141
The James M. Bennett High School Choral Department will present “A Hip Holiday!” at 7 p.m. on Tuesday, Dec. 12 in the James M. Bennett High School Auditorium. The performance is a tribute to the jazz influenced holiday pop music composed in the 1930s and '40s, which continued to influence the holiday music industry for decades and are still popular today. The evening will begin with selections from the Intermediate Choir including "Holiday", "Light the Menorah" and a medley of familiar carols. The Concert Choir will perform a variety of jazz arrangements to include "Cool Yule" in the style of Louis Armstrong, "You're All I Want for Christmas" as performed by Bing Crosby, and "Linus and Lucy" from A Charlie Brown Christmas. Other traditional selections arranged with a jazz influence include "Silent Night" in German as performed by New York Voices, "We Three Kings" featuring our tenors and basses, and "Coventry Carol" a traditional English carol dating from the 16th century. The evening will conclude by combining more than 100 voices to perform a choral arrangement of “Sleigh Ride” true to the original winter pop classic by Leroy Anderson. Admission is free and open to the public. 410-677-5141
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