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Fall 2019 Edition
Welcome back to another phenomenal year in the Magee Music Department! We are so excited for this year and are confident that it will most certainly be one to remember.
Already we have begun our journey and have put together some incredible ensembles that are already hard at work on their journey to create something magical, something unique, and something that will cement their legacy. We have met with our section leaders and are very hopeful for the future of this year as these students will help lead their sections to be what their collective visions enable them to fulfil.
Our first event will be on Sunday September 22nd and it is our first fall fundraiser, our bi-annual Shredding Fundraiser. Bring any document shredding you need to do to clean out your garages or attics or offices and with a donation to the music department (suggested minimum $5 per box/bag) you can see your sensitive documents shredded in front of your eyes! This is not only a great fundraiser, but also a great community service that people have told us has been very helpful. So come to the Magee Parking lot between 10am and 2pm on Sunday September 22nd.
Then our first performing event will be on Tuesday September 24th– our Magee Music Department Welcome Night Dinner. Bring your families and come to a free dinner hosted by our Magee Music Society at which you can meet not only the music society members and the directors, but also hear the String Orchestra, the Sr. Jazz band, and the award winning Chamber Choir all do sets to tantalize your earbuds. So come and meet us, ask questions, and learn about how the music department works here! All students involved currently in the music department and their families are welcome to come.
Later that week, our first retreats will happen. Firstly our Evolution Choir retreat will happen on Friday the 27th from 3:30-8pm at St. Stephen’s United church. There we will not only rehearse, but also have a chance to do some team building and heart and mindfulness training as well as share a meal together. Then the following day, the String Orchestra will have their retreat at the same church from 10am-3pm.
The following Monday, 100+ students from the Concert Choir will head to Shaughnessy Heights United Church for their full day retreat from 9am – 3pm. This is an important day for all members to attend (and the only one of the year) as it helps us to set the tone for the rest of the year and to get some really great work done in not only the musical aspect, but also in creating connections within the choir with each other in a setting that is safe and welcoming.
Then in October, we will have our Senior Retreat to Whistler for the Chamber Choir and Wind Ensemble on the 18-20th. We will leave afterschool on Friday and return at approximately 4pm on Sunday. At this retreat we will not only have great rehearsals, workshops with a clinician, and team building activities, it is a really special place for us to really dig in and get to know each other on a deeper level. Everytime we return from Whistler retreat, we grow exponentially both musically and personally.
The following weekend, the Chamber Choir has been invited to perform and present at the 6th annual Dahlia Lama Heart and Mind Conference. This is a huge honour for us to perform at this international conference. In fact, in 2013, in it’s inaugural year, our Chamber Choir had the honour of performing and speaking then (click here to see the video of that conference) and we are very flattered and humbled to be invited back.
Then on Tuesday November 5th at 7pm, we will be having our annual fall concert at Pacific Spirit United Church (former Ryerson) at which our Concert Choir, Evolution Choir, Chamber Choir, Intermediate Band, Wind Ensemble, String Orchestra, and Symphony Orchestra will be performing. It will be a great concert and all the proceeds of the admission by donation will go toward scholarships for this years grade 12 students.
We also will have multiple fundraising opportunities for students our annual poinsettia sales as well as our Purdy’s Chocolate fundraiser – please be on the lookout for more information coming home with your children. Also be aware that the way that fundraising works at the Magee Music Department, each student has their own account with the music society and profits from their sales turns into travel credits that go into their individual accounts which they can use for anything within the music department from retreats to trips. We also have general fundraisers like the shredding and the Market Fair (February 7th 5:30-8:30) whose funds raised go toward helping the music department run, getting clinicians to inspire our students, and travel bursaries for students with financial need, as well as scholarships for grade 12 students. So there are lots of opportunities within the music department to enhance your children’s experience.
Thank you for your continued support of the Magee Music program and we hope to see you at one or all of our events!
Artistic Director of Choirs and Orchestra