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WINDSOR FOREST HIGH SCHOOL CHORUS/MUSIC APPRECIATION Issue 1

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Windsor
Forest
High
School
Chorus/Music
Appreciation
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MEET YOUR NEW CHORUS TEACHER, MRS. JULIE FOSTER! AUGUST 2 , 2018 OR PRIOR
Julie Foster is an alumni graduate student of with the semester she spent student Project, presented by the Atlanta Opera. In
Georgia Southern University, receiving her teaching in Cobb County public schools. the summer of 2016, her SATB piece, Sonnet
M.M. in Composition. She is also an alumni of 116, was chosen 1 of 4 as part of the Vox
Kennesaw State University, receiving both Her compositional debut at KSU occurred in Nova Chorale Call for Scores for Emerging
her B.A. in Music (Composition) and her B.M. 2011 during the Festival of New Music with Women Composers, out of 94 submissions.
in Music Education (Choral Concentration). her SSA piece, Je T’adore pour Éternité. In this The piece was premiered during the
recital, she was both the only female group's Celebrating Great Composers (Who
Julie studied with Assistant Professor of composer from KSU and the youngest Happen to be Women) concert at St. Mary's
Composition and Music Theory, Martin
Gendelman at GSU and began her Master's
Degree in fall of 2016. She is the former
student. In fall of 2013, she was the winner of
KSU’s Concerto Competition, having the
opportunity to hear her piece performed by
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Chapel in St. Paul, Minnesota on the St. Paul
Seminary Campus.

chorus teacher at Statesboro High School. KSU’s Chamber Singers for their 2014 Spring On January 13th, 2017, she was selected as
Her compositional debut in Statesboro Concert, under the direction of Dr. Leslie Society of Composers, Inc.'s Member of the
occurred in fall of 2016 during the ArgUs Blackwell. For the KSU Student Composition Day. She was selected as a participant of the
2016 New Music International Collaboration Recital held on April 14th, 2015, she 2017 Charlotte New Music Festival and
Project at Georgia Southern with her premiered her 6-movement cantata Composers Workshop. Her works, All's Well
chamber orchestra piece, CheckMate. entitled Psalm 139. This was the largest That Ends Well for flute and dizi
student-led work to be featured at Kennesaw and Phantasm for violin and cello were
As a high school student, she was highly State University, including an ensemble of premiered by Duo Zonda (Orlando Cela, dizi,
involved in performances outside of school, approximately 70 performers. Wei Zhao, flute) and Beo String Quartet
including All State Chorus, District Honor respectively during the workshop. This
Chorus, and Governor’s Honors Program. On April 29th, 2018, she held her graduate summer, she was chosen to participate as a
recital, including her commissioned work for Composer Resident during the CORO
While pursuing her undergraduate degree, the Georgia Southern Chorale under the Institute for Choral Composers.
Julie was an active participant in KSU’s direction of Dr. Shannon Jeffreys, We Will
performance ensembles, including KSU’s Not Be Broken, text written by Julie's sister, She is working on a number of large projects
Chamber Singers, Opera Theater, and Jazz Jordan N. Jordan. and hopes to premiere them through the
Combos. Upon her entrance to KSU in 2010, progression of her studies and career.
she was chosen to be in the elite choir. In the spring of 2016, she received Honorable
During her time at KSU, she worked with Mention for the Treefalls & SPO Call for
Composer-in-Residence, Dr. Laurence Sherr Scores with her piece for brass quintet,
and studied voice with mezzo-soprano, Vérfürdő, and was recognized on their March
Valerie Walters. Since then, she has 4th concert in Spartanburg, SC, along with
continued to pursue performance her participation with 6 other composers at
opportunities. She also has acquired a vast the Composer Roundtable Discussion at
amount of teaching experience through her Upstate University of South Carolina. In
work as a Student Assistant and Lab spring of 2016, she was selected as an
Assistant at KSU, teaching at SHS, along alternate composer in the 24-Hour Opera
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What to Expect

I teach 3 courses:

 Advanced Women’s Chorus


 Beginning Chorus
 Music Appreciation

By the end of the year, you can expect to do


the following standards if you are a chorus
singer:

 Generate and conceptualize  Understand relationships


musical ideas and works. between music, the other arts,
 Organize, develop, and revise and disciplines outside the
musical ideas and works. works. arts.
 Analyze, interpret, and select  Synthesize and relate knowledge  Understand music in relation
musical works for presentation. and personal experiences to make to history and culture.
 Develop and refine musical music.
techniques and works for  Relate musical ideas and works
presentation. with societal, cultural, and
 Convey meaning through the historical context to deepen
presentation of musical works. understanding.
 Perceive, analyze, and interpret
Music Appreciation students are
meaning in musical works.
expected to complete the following
 Apply criteria to evaluate musical
standards:

What to Expect cont.


 Read and notate music.
 Improvise melodies,
variations, and
accompaniments.
 Compose and arrange music
within specific guidelines.
 Evaluate and refine musical
ideas.
 Sing a varied repertoire of
music, alone and with others.
 Perform a varied repertoire of
music on instruments, alone
and with others.
 Listen to, analyze, and
describe music.
 Evaluate music and music
performances.
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OPPORTUNITIES FOR STUDENTS AND


PARENTS/GUARDIANS

Leadership Team
Forms will be available with Mrs. Foster to help

What Are We Doing This Week?


contribute to the community, help with chorus
recruitment, and create a more fulfilling environment
for the students based on the spoken needs of students
themselves.

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Thursday, August 2 , 2018: Introduce the
Choral Handbook and expectations of the
classroom. Items within the handbook are
subject to change based on upcoming
information.

Chorus classes will likely learn some music by


rote, introductions to music theory, and
possibly learning music for upcoming
performances.
Booster Club
A sign up was available during Open House, but if you Music Appreciation will begin theory lessons
were unavailable, I am working to form a Booster Club as well as some singing by rote possibly,
to help finance choral resources including, but not along with the basics of music history.
limited to, uniforms, travel, polos for casual
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performances, accompanists, etc. Please email me at Friday, August 3 , 2018: Reiteration of
julie.foster@sccpss.com if you are interested in classroom rules and regulations.
becoming involved.
Chorus classes will be voiced and put into
proper sections. They will begin basic sight-
reading examples and delve more into
upcoming music.

Music Appreciation will review theory


information and basics of music history,
along with more elaboration of both
subjects.
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Windsor
Forest
High
School
Chorus/Music
Appreciation

12419 Largo Drive


Savannah, GA 31419

Julie Foster
julie.foster@sccpss.com
(912) 395-3400, ext. 760903