Friday, April 13, 2018

Divisional Children's Choir

Divisional Children’s Choir
Auditions for current Grade 4 and 5 students
This upcoming season, the Children’s Choir is open to students who will be in Grades 5 and 6 in the 2018-2019 school yearThe Children’s Choir is an enrichment group that performs at a high level. Membership in this choir gives children the opportunity to develop excellent choral singing skills and to meet with other talented musicians from throughout the school division.  In addition to having fun singing together, this choir also works very hard.  Since we only meet once a week and our singers are from different schools, regular attendance at all practices and performances is required.  Extra practices will not be scheduled.  
Weekly rehearsals will be held on Wednesdays from 4:15 until 5:45 p.m., beginning on Wednesday, September 5th and ending in mid-May, 2019.  The location of the practices will be Heritage School. A three-day choir camp has been planned for September 21 – September 22 at Camp Assiniboia, just west of Winnipeg.  This camp experience allows the choir to learn many of the songs for the year, get to know one another and bond as a choir. Students must be attending a school in the St. James-Assiniboia School Divisionand must also be members of their school choirs, sharing their exemplary choral skills and providing leadership in their school choral programs.  They must also be willing to commit to participation for the entire season, ending in mid-May, and make every effort to attend all performances.

If you are interested in receiving an audition time for the Divisional Children’s Choir, please contact Ms. Goertzen to set up a Crestview practice time during a Monday or Wednesday lunch hour in the music room.

The criteria that Ms. Goertzen is looking for in the auditions are:
1. Musical talent (in-tune singing,)/ Preparation
2. Expression / Voice projection
3. Following directions
4. Stage presence / Confidence
5. Excellent behaviour / Student leader
6. Parental commitment

For the practice audition with Ms. Goertzen, have your parent help you learn:
1. O Canada 
2. Row, Row, Row Your Boat, Frere Jacques or To Stop the Train. They will be required to sing this is in a canon with me during their audition. They will be marked on tuning, voice quality, projection and expression. 
3. No preparation is necessary for the rest of the audition, which involves singing and/or clapping various phrases and scales to assess pitch sense and rhythm.  
If you are selected from Crestview, parents must do the following:
1. Fill out the application form given to you by Ms. Goertzen and bring it to your audition.
2. Sign up for an audition time on line. Link is on the letter sent home.

If you have any questions, please feel free to email me at

Thursday, October 26, 2017

Elflandia Auditions

Winter Concert Auditions!

Calling all grade 3, 4 and 5 students who love to act and perform. 

1.        Choose a part: Elf 1 or Elf 2.
2.       Memorize
3.        Practice with a partner.
4.        Sign up for an audition spot outside the Music Room.

 Auditions are Wednesday, Nov.1, Thursday, Nov. 2 & Friday, Nov. 3.

 Remember to speak with expression
and add actions!

Elf 1:  Hey Jingle, what are reading?
          Is it fiction or is it fact?

Elf 2:  Oh, it's a book about human beings,
         And about the way they act.

Elf 1:  Oh it really must be fiction then.
          Real humans are inconceivable.

Elf 2:  No human could actually exist.
          The things they do are unbelievable!

Elf 1:  I'm telling you, I think they are real! I heard their songs and cheers!
          I heard them singing holiday songs with my very own pointed ears!

Elf 2:  But have you actually ever seen a real human being?
          It's hard to believe in anything that you are not really seeing.

Elf 1:  Once I saw some tracks in the snow
          That must have been 10 inches long!

Elf 2:  And I heard a giant person singing
          A totally human song.

Elf 1: Really? What did it sound like?

Elf 2:  It was a little bit scary, but it went something like this.
            (very loudly) DECK THE HALLS WITH BOUGHS OF HOLLY! 
          FA LA LA LA LA LA LA LA LA!

Elf 1:  YIKES! That IS scary! No elf would ever make a sound like that.
          Are you sure it wasn't the wail of a cat?

Monday, October 16, 2017

Body Percussion

In many music classes, we use body percussion (snapping, clapping, patting or stamping) with our activities. Sometimes it is used with a speech arrangement or a song; sometimes it stands alone just as a body percussion piece. We use it to keep the beat or as accompaniment. Sometimes the students have to come up with their own 4 or 8 beat patterns or ostinatos. Sometimes we might even add movement. 

Here is a fabulous example of a choir using body percussion and movement to enhance their piece. The Gondwana Voices is Australia’s national choir for treble singers aged 10-17. Check out this video!

Tuesday, October 10, 2017

Sansa Kroma

The Grade 4/5 classes have been learning the song, Sansa Kroma (pronounced sah-sah crow-mah) meaning Sansa, the Hawk. This song is a traditional African folk song from Ghana and some of the lyrics are in the Akan language. The song describes an orphaned hawk searching for food. Through this song, African children are reminded that unlike the orphaned hawk, they will never be left on their own. Family, friends, or other members of the village will always be there to help them.

Take a look at this video of another children's choir singing the same song.

Intro: Sah-sah woo chay koh-koh mah  :// 4x

1  Sah-sah croh-mah nee nay woo aw-chay-chay koh-koh mah ://4x

Sah-sah  sah-sah croh-mah  :// 4x

2  Sah-sah croh-mah, little hawk you roam the sky alone.
Sah-sah croh-mah, soaring high above, all on your own.
Sah-sah croh-mah, may you come to know in time like me
Sah-sah croh-mah, many friends, a home and family.

Sah-sah  sah-sah croh-mah  :// 4x

Hand Claps

3  Sah-sah croh-mah nee nay woo aw-chay-chay koh-koh mah ://4x

Sah-sah  sah-sah croh-mah  :// 4x