Well, we made it through the first week. Adjusting to the new bell schedule hasn't been too difficult, though hearing all of those random bells between 5th and 8th period is interesting! For me, the hardest thing is adjusting to leaving my house a half hour earlier than I'm used to...which will be very hard during musical performance weeks when we're at school til 11:00.
I'm always amazed at how dramatically different the personalities of the choir classes can be. We come together to make beautiful music at our concerts, but the day-to-day classes and rehearsals couldn't be more different from each other. The Women's Choir will really develop their own identity this year because they're all in one class during first period. Symphonic, however, is going to be a different story. The morning classes, while smaller, have a lot more upperclassmen in them. The 8th period class is considerably larger (like 10-15 more than the other 2 classes) and has a lot of newer members, particularly in the men's section. I'll be very much looking forward to the after-school full group rehearsals to see what the the larger Symphonic Choir sounds like after we've had a month of class.
NH Singers are off to a great start for the year. Both Mr. Lavelle and I heard consistently over the first couple of teacher inservice days that the band and choir were the best they have heard in years for an opening day performance. Considering this is a "young" group with over half in the group for the first time, I'm very hopeful and excited for the future of our select ensemble.
Last, but certainly not least, is our trip and fundraising. Our trip meeting is Tuesday night, and we've officially started fundraising with the September Stromboli sale underway. Get out and raise money to help with the cost of the Disney trip. I hope as many of you as possible are able to go on this trip -- it will be one you'll remember for years to come! Happy Labor Day everyone. Enjoy the long weekend, and see you in class on Tuesday.