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Happy Easter!

Happy Easter everyone! I hope you all have had a wonderful Spring Break! Try to keep warm in this record cold weather, but don’t let it dampen your celebration of the holiday. See you next week!



Extra credit opportunities.

To my Marietta Master’s peeps–

Remember what I told you about the rewards for this week’s extra credit assignment. I take great pleasure in distributing rewards for a job well done, so by all means, do your job well. A few of you have asked lately about just printing stuff off and turning that in. While I am not completely averse to that idea, I allow you that option with some reservations. I’ll refer you back to this post for specific instructions on completing your assignments.

With all of that said, here are the four composers whose profiles/music you can share in two weeks:

  • Gustav Mahler
  • Anton Bruckner
  • Gabriel Faure
  • Camille Saint-Saens

Oh, and kudos to Catherine in the Sapphire class for bringing her flute today and playing Faure’s “Berceuse.” It was lovely. I am so proud of you, Catherine!

Have an awesome Spring Break!

Performances abound.

Although I have not posted many updates about preparations for recitals/concerts lately, that is not to say that things have not been going well. The Joyful Noise Chorus continues to impress me with how quickly they are learning fairly complicated music (a Gershwin medley and two show tunes). I know that the Spring Concert on 4 May will be a huge success, and people will be talking about the chorus all summer.

Likewise, my ladies in Show Choir at Master’s Academy are preparing a lovely medley from “Joseph and the Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat.” Though there are no young men in the choir, it’s hardly a handicap. These ladies are going to rip it up next month at the end of the year showcase, and I know everyone in the audience will leave entertained and extremely impressed by the caliber of talent that we have.

Then there are my babies at the RIM. All of my students have worked super-hard this year, and I am so excited for them to share with everyone what they have accomplished. Our first ever Spring Recital is next month, date TBA (found out that the date that I requested at the venue is already taken). They have all made me so proud, and they should each feel a great sense of achievement for the work they have done. Kudos to all of you!

I also have a few things in the works for this summer. More on that later.


Last week in class we talked about African-American spirituals. We also sang a couple of them. Here is a link to more information.


It was really cute to hear all of your various pronunciations of Claude Debussy’s name on Monday. Now you know. It’s DEB-you-see. And your homework assignment is to look him up, and not in the Yellow Pages. I doubt you’ll find him there. Everyone who does some work on him and turns it in next week will get a stamp. See you then.

Fall concert.

The fall term is almost over for the homeschool chorus. Our Fall Concert is next Thursday, at 7pm, at Piedmont Baptist Church. We are singing two pieces, The Silver Swan by Orlando Gibbons, and Alleluia Canon by Mozart. The chorus sounds great. There are only nine in the group, and they have done a superb job in just two months! I’d like to extend an invitation to all of my students to come see them perform. The different orchestras will be performing also, as well as the worship band. It should be a lovely concert. Maybe I’ll see some of you there!

Assignment for my downstairs classes.

To my multi-jeweled peeps–

The film in class today was pretty good, huh? I enjoyed it.

We didn’t get to do our presentation of “Child Stars of the Romantic Period,” but I hope to make up for it next week. In the meantime, your assignment is to look up the word “virtuoso” and write the definition. How easy is that? Those of you who turn it in next week will receive a stamp. Have a good week.