All City Music Ensembles
UPDATE 10/26/21ALL-CITY MUSIC ENSEMBLES for the 2021-2022 SCHOOL YEARAll-City Treble Singers - currently on holdAll-City Troubadours - will run, starting in NovemberAll-City Orchestra - will run, starting in NovemberAll-City Band - under review for January start dateONLINE REGISTRATION & FEE PAYMENT for the 2021-22 school year:Annual Fees for All-City Troubadours and All-City Orchestra $150Participants will be notified when to Registrer on MySchoolBucksNeed a MySchoolBucks account? Instructions hereRequests for Financial Assistance is now processed using MySchoolBucks
It is the intention of the Newton Public Schools that no student is denied participation in school-sponsored activities and bus transportation due to the inability to pay. Waivers are based on income and family size as well as special circumstances or temporary hardships. MySchoolBucks now manages a family's eligibility for fee waivers upon entering the student's name in the registration form.
Newton Public Schools All-City Music Ensembles provide students who have a deep commitment to singing or playing their musical instruments with an opportunity to join like-minded students from across the district in an extra-curricular performance ensemble. Students are selected by audition in the late spring or fall and rehearsals are held after-school at least one afternoon per week.
ELIGIBILITY: Participation in an All-City Music Ensemble is restricted to students currently enrolled in Newton Public Schools and Newton students who reside in Newton and are Home Schooled.
Participation in the All-City Music Ensembles is a fee-based extra-curricular program. Students who are selected for their group will be provided a registration form and payment slip. The annual participation fee is $150* and financial assistance waivers are available to qualifying families who apply. Registrations and fee payments may also be completed online in the fall. The links below will be activated after the audition period for each individual ensemble.
* Students in the fourth and fifth grade who have registered and paid a fee to participate in their school band or orchestra are exempt from paying the participation fee for All-City Band, Orchestra, and Treble Singers.
NPS All City Band
ALL CITY BAND IS ON HIATUS FOR THE FALL of 2021-2022- May return in January 2022
Open to all students proficient on their instrument in grades 5 – 8. Students must be enrolled in their own school instrumental group. Rehearsals take place at Charles E. Brown Middle School, 125 Meadowbrook Rd., on Day/Time TBD.
Director: Devon Nelson, Brown Middle School
All students must:
1. Download, Print, and fill out an Audition Form:
2. SIGN UP FOR AN AUDITION ONLINE:
How to prepare for auditions: Students will be asked to play
- a solo piece of their choosing
- 2 scales are listed on the audition form by instrument.
- Sight read a short piece of music to be given to them at their audition.
NPS All City Orchestra
ALL CITY ORCHESTRA WILL RESUME IN NOVEMBER 2021
Open to all students proficient on their instrument in grades 4 – 8. Students must be enrolled in their own school instrumental group. Rehearsals take place at Bigelow Middle School on Tuesday afternoon from 3:30-4:45 PM.
Director: Cara Bergantino, Bigelow Middle School
Assistant Director: Olivia de Geofroy, Peirce ElementaryThe 2021-2022 ACO audition dates will be Tuesdays, November 9th and 16th from 3:15-5:00 PM.
Audition Information: Use this link to sign up and register: AuditionsHow to prepare for auditions: Please prepare a short solo of your choice. Violinists should be prepared to play two octave scales in G, C, and B flat major. Violists, cellists, and bassists should play one octave scales in G, C, and B flat with good tone. All students should play their scales in eighth note patterns with the metronome set at 100 (two notes per click)
NPS All City Treble Singers
ALL-CITY TREBLE SINGERS IS CURRENTLY UNDER REVIEW FOR POSSIBLE CONTINUATION IN THE SPRING OF 2022
All-City Treble Singers: Open to students in grades 5 and 6, with a recommendation from the chorus teacher at their school. Students must be enrolled in their own school chorus in order to be eligible. Rehearsals take place at TBD
Co-Directors: Deanna Mustachio, Franklin Elementary and Michael Smith, F.A. Day Middle School
2021-22 Audition Information:Auditions will be held after school on October 1-3 at F.A. Day Middle School. If you are interested in auditioning, please contact your music teacher. If you have already contacted your music teacher, please click here to sign up for an audition. https://doodle.com/poll/
How to prepare for auditions: Students will be asked to sing "America (My Country 'Tis of Thee)," duplicate some pitch-matching patterns and sing in a round with another singer using either “Row, Row, Row Your Boat” or “Frere Jacques.”
Check out the Treble Singers promo video to see what Treble Singers is all about. Video link here.
All City Chorus Troubadours
ALL-CITY TROUBADOURS WILL RESUME IN NOVEMBER 2021
Open to students in grades 7-9 at all schools. Students must be enrolled in their own school chorus. Rehearsals take place online on Tuesday afternoon from 4:00 - 5:15 PM
Co-Directors: Jamie Alberts, Bigelow Middle School, and Eric Ritter, Williams Elementary School
2021-22 Audition Information: Students will participate in an interview process for selection to Troubadours
To find out more about Troubadours interviews:
How to prepare for auditions: Students can sing any song of their choosing. If you can't think of one here are some suggestions:
- America the Beautiful
- My Country Tis of Thee
- When the Saints
Students should also be prepared to sing some scales and do rhythmic sight-reading.