Art activities and announcements

August 26, 2016

For the students who want to try something new this year, or return to a familiar community of artistic challenge and enjoyment, the Arts Department offers many activities that have special events or auditions at the beginning of the school year that we don't want you to miss!

Dance Auditions

Select Dance Auditions at C/A Dance Studio, Friday, September 2, 3:15-5:00 p.m. 

The Select audition will be a class consisting of ballet, contemporary and jazz techniques. Please wear dance attire, no sweats. Bring pointe shoes if you have them.

Madeira Dancers - no audition required

This D Block activity meets during the fall and winter seasons in the Schoolhouse I dance studio. The fall season begins with class on Friday, September 2, 3:15-4:45 p.m.

Vocal Music Ensembles Info and Registration 

Madeira Glee

Madeira Glee is the larger of two vocal ensembles. It is an academic class that earns 3.0 credits and fulfills the arts graduation requirements. Class meets on Monday and Wednesday from 6:30-7:30 p.m., Mod 1 - Mod 6, in the Lecture Hall. No auditions are required. Students need to enroll in the class with the Academic Office prior to the start of the first class. 

Sweet ti,  A cappella ensemble

Sweet ti is a student-directed, auditioned group that meets for 1-2 hours per week, typically in the evening that performs contemporary a cappella music. Students need to be concurrently enrolled in either vocal music classes at Madeira, Madeira Glee or a similar vocal ensemble outside of Madeira. Auditions will be held within the first few weeks of school. Those auditioning should prepare a song of their choice and then harmonize to a different song of their choice. Any special skills, like beatboxing or rapping, can also be demonstrated during their audition. This is not an academic class and does not earn academic credit.

Please contact Mrs. Steinke with additional questions ssteinke@madeira.org

Instrumental Music Info and Registration

Chamber Orchestra

Chamber Orchestra meets on Tuesday from 7:00-9:00 p.m., Mod 1 - Mod 6 in the chamber orchestra room of the Chapel/Auditorium. It is an academic class that earns 3.0 credit and fulfills the arts graduation requirements. Students need to enroll in the class with the Academic Office prior to the start of the first class. September 6 class meeting is comprised of a one-hour full orchestra orientation and instrument maintenance session for all musicians. All orchestra members should bring their instruments. If any repairs or accessories are needed, we make sure all of the equipment is ready to play by September 13. The second hour is for placement auditions from students who have not played in the Madeira orchestra previously. Everyone is accepted into the orchestra. Please bring a solo or former band or orchestra piece that tells me about your range and technique, approximately two minutes in length.

Private Music Instruction

Private lessons are available in a wide array of instruments: piano, flute, guitar, violin, viola, cello, voice, and others by request. Students contract with area professionals for on-campus instruction for the year. Registration occurs September 5 during a special sign-up and teacher meeting time during lunch. See the Private Music Lesson page under the arts section of the website for more information.

Guitar Group Lessons - *NEW THIS YEAR

Our new guitar teacher, Mr. Zachary Foxley, is offering a 10-week guitar group lesson for students who want to learn to play or improve their guitar skills in a group setting. The lessons will focus on mastery of the key concepts of guitar playing, including strumming, soloing, singing accompaniment, and theory concepts, while at the same time learning songs by popular artists such as Ed Sheeran, Brandi Carlile, and others. Class will culminate in a performance concert showcasing all the skills and talents of the class members. Class will meet in the C/A on Thursday 6:30-7:30 p.m., September through November. Contact Mr. Foxley at Zachary.foxley@gmail.com for more details or to register for the class.

Organized Music Practice – D Block Spring Season

Any student who is taking private lessons or participating in an ensemble, either on or off campus, can use their D Block time during spring season for Organized Music Practice. 

Please contact Mrs. Khoo with additional questions about instrumental music or private music instruction at bkhoo@madeira.org.

Technical Theater Info and Registration 

Technical Theater - Fall Season

Tech Activity is a D Block activity that meets on Tuesday evenings from 7:00-9:00 p.m., with additional weekend time. It is a goal-oriented, collaborative process where students gain a working knowledge of theatre technology, terminology, scenic construction, painting, and lighting. Basic logistics, organization and project skills will be used throughout the building and coordination process for the Fall Play. During tech week for the show - early November, students focus on backstage crew management to make sure it all runs smoothly. Students enroll in Technical Theater - Fall Season with the Academic Office prior to the first class meeting. First meeting is during D Block, on Friday, September 2.

Tech Events Crew

Tech Events Crew is a year-long extra-curricular activity that focuses on the practical applications of producing and running diverse events in the theater. In addition to your crew commitments you will be participating in various ‘hands-on’ workshops (painting, props, lighting, video, etc.) throughout the year to expand your knowledge of Tech Theater and design.

Students can enroll in this extra-curricular activity with the Academic Office.

Please contact Mrs. Sasha Newman with additional questions about Technical Theater snewman@madeira.org.

If I can be of any further assistance in helping you find your place in the arts at Madeira, please feel free to contact Ms. Steinke at ssteinke@madeira.org.

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