“A Night of Barbershop and a cappella Singing” Tuesday, February 7th, 2012 7:00pm at the High School Auditorium

Benefit/Fundraising Concert to help with production of“GREASE”
CONCERT is FREE, Donations will be accepted at the door

Performers include:
Electric City Chorus, Schenectady NY

The New Messengers – Gospel Quarte

Revisions – Barbershop Quartet

Bravo – Award Winning Barbershop Quartet

The Earthtones from UAlbany

Radically Chaotic Singers (Featuring RCS faculty- Mr. Bailey, Mr. Holdren, Mr. Koester & Mr. Wamsley)

See flyer

via rcscsd.org

Ravena High School Band performs at the Empire State Plaza    (Dec. 27) On Dec. 19, the RCS High School Band and Chorus performed at the South Concourse of the Empire State Plaza as part of the New York State Office of General Services annual Holiday Potpourri.

The band, under the direction of Scott Andrews and the Chorus, under the direction of Michelle McLoughlin performed from 12 noon to 1 pm, sharing their musical talents and holiday cheer with plaza visitors and employees.

Many state workers stopped by on their lunch breaks to enjoy the music, along with parents, relatives, friends, and former students home from college who came to hear the groups perform in what has become a yearly tradition for the RCS High School Band and Chorus.

Ravena High School Chorus performs at the Empire State Plaza

Mr. Chouiniere, the conductor for the 2011 Junior Band, has created a blog to share thoughts and resources with the band members. His website can be found here:

My name is Mr. Chouiniere and I will be your guest conductor for this year’s middle school band on Wednesday, November 2 and Friday, November 4, 2011.  I am looking forward to meeting all of you and working with you to create an outstanding performance on Friday evening.  I’ve chosen music that I think you will like working on and the audience will enjoy listening to!

Please check out the notes I have for you for each piece as you begin to prepare for our rehearsals.  I’ve tried to put recorded examples of the music so you get an idea of what it sounds like ahead of time!  Good luck in your preparations and I’ll see you on the 2nd!

Mr. Chouiniere (prononced Schwin-ear)


Science all but confirms that humans are hard-wired to respond to music. Studies also suggest that someday music may even help patients heal from Parkinson’s disease or a stroke.

In The Power of Music, Elena Mannes explores how music affects different groups of people and how it could play a role in health care.

Mannes tracked the human relationship with music over the course of a life span. She tells NPR’s Neal Conan that studies show that infants prefer “consonant intervals, the smooth-sounding ones that sound nice to our Western ears in a chord, as opposed to a jarring combination of notes.”

In fact, Mannes says the cries of babies just a few weeks old were found to contain some of the basic intervals common to Western music…

You can read the entire article, a book excerpt, and listen to a 30 minute podcast with the author here



“The Library of Congress presents the National Jukebox, which makes historical sound recordings available to the public free of charge. The Jukebox includes recordings from the extraordinary collections of the Library of Congress Packard Campus for Audio Visual Conservation and other contributing libraries and archives.”

This massive trove of audio recordings is available on a streaming-only basis. Music, speeches, humor readings—spanning decades of American history. The original words of Teddy Roosevelt. “Rhapsody in Blue” with George Gershwin on piano. Serious national gems. Also all of Sony’s pre-1925 record catalog will be accessible, encompassing a significant (and widely forgotten) musical past. Accompanying the huge sonic repository is a ton of album and label artwork, as well as biographical information on artists.  (via Sam Biddle)

Many teachers and students are working diligently to prepare for the 2011 NYSSMA adjudications. The desire to practice and improve one’s musicianship is a key factor for success, so here are some links (via How to Practice) to help us all keep the fire burning. Feel free to share any more links you have found useful toward this end.

  • How many hours a day should you practice – Bullet Proof Musician
  • The habits of musicianship – Robert Duke, University of Texas
  • The Nature of Expertise – Robert Duke – University of texas
  • Working Solo: Problems & Solutions – Getting There
  • Performance Oriented Practice – Musician’s Way
  • Musical Memory – Level One – Susan Paradis
  • Practice, then practice some more – Wolf Trap Opera
  • Learning When to Listen – Music Think Tank
  • No pain, Yes gain – The Practice of Practice
  • How to Practice Music Productively – Community College of Rhode Island
  • Listening As Part of Practice Routine (New Research) – Music Ed Magic
  • How much should we practice – Wired Magazine
  • Best and worst ways of practicing – Piano Perspectives
  • 7 deadly practice sins – Piano Perspectives
  • How To Practice Guitar – Pesona fm Madium
  • Got a pencil? – Gretchens Pianos
  • Music as a metaphor: mistakes – Music Teachers Helpers Blog
  • Tips for preparing for your piano exam – Lebih Hot
  • Self Diagnosing – The Music Box
  • From the top with feeling: Expressive Music Practice – The Practice of Practice
  • Teaching Students How to Practice – Confessions of a Band Director
  • Quality v Quantity – The Practice of Practice
  • How much practice is enough? – Music Matters Blog
  • Free Music Education Printables – About.com
  • Music Practice Flowchart – Knoxville Brassworx
  • Mirror, mirror – Classical Guitar Blog
  • Mental Music Practice – Classical Guitar Blog

  • Congratulations to the five Greene county students who participated in the Conference All-State ensembles (December 2-5). These students earned NYSSMA’s highest musical distinction and the opportunity to work with many talented musicians.  More than 6,800 students in New York State applied for All-State, and only 13% of these applicants were accepted. Congratulations to these students, their parents, and their teachers!

  • Sydney Carella – Alto (Greenville)
  • Abigail Cowan – Alto (R-C-S)
  • Andrew Lammly – Alto Saxophone (R-C-S)
  • George Lord – Trumpet (Cairo-Durham)
  • Eugene Posniewski – Bass (R-C-S)

  • via tuam.com:

    “Audio editors rejoice! Adobe Audition for Mac is now available for download as a public beta from the Adobe website.

    Adobe describes Audition for Mac as bringing “modern audio post-production to the Mac.” The application looks very full-featured and the performance seems good as well. The company touts the software as having “fast start-up, high performance multi-threaded processing, and parallel workflows.” Audition provides standard audio editing and mixing functions and Adobe says that the noise reduction and sound sweetening capabilities of the application are excellent. Audition also provides native Dolby 5.1 Surround support and multi-channel effects.

    So, what are you waiting for? It’s free, it’s beta, and it’s powerful mojo for sound editing. When the app finally arrives for real, expect it to cost about the same as the PC version at US$349. A couple of videos explaining how the app works can be found after the jump.”

    Srinivasan Pillay by Srinivasan Pillay: Certified master coach, psychiatrist, brain imaging researcher and speaker.

    Unplugging from the daily rigors of life and recharging with music may be one of the most beneficial things to do for your body. Recent studies have shown that music may have a beneficial effect on your body’s immunity and overall health. This then gives your body a better chance to fight off disease and protect itself against the attacks of many illnesses. Below are some of the ways in which unplugging from stress and recharging with music may improve your life. But the ways in which music impacts your health may surprise you.

    1. Choir singing and listening to choral music have distinctly different effects of immunity: A 2004 study in the Journal of Behavioral Medicine reported the effects of choir singing versus listening on secretory IgA (S-IgA)-an antibody that protects the linings of many different organs in the body. They found that singing itself increases s-IgA and positive feeling states and decreases negative feeling states. Listening to choral music does exactly the opposite: s_IgA decreases and negative feeling states increase [1]. The next time you are at a concert or church you may want to sing along!

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