4th and 5th: Falalalala.com cast

Fa La La La La.com

List of Characters

 

Reporter 1        Acts 1+2-Addison E. (4th)

Act 3-Addison E. (5th)

 

Reporter 2        Acts 1+2-Michael F.

Act 3+ “Alfred” understudy-Lily J.

 

Reporter 3        Acts 1+2- Braelyn W.

Act 3- Ava R.

 

Olive T. Elf      Acts 1+2- Mady M.

Act 3-  Paislee T.

 

Alfred T. Elf – Rachael R.

 

Merry T. Elf    Acts 1+2- Kaylie D.

Act 3- Chloe F.

 

Hermoine T. Elf Acts 1+2- Junior T.

Act 3- Anna W.

 

Rhymin’ T. Elf Acts 1+2- Tyler H.

Act 3- Joe V.

 

Santa – Cameron M.

Jasmine Chester – Kyah N.

Connie Lester – Jackie M.

Jenny Parker – Jenny P.

Kendra Barker – Lillian H.

Mikey Miller –  Dylan G.

Glinda Louise Diller – Lucy P.

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Thank you to all who auditioned!  We had many great auditions, and there were some difficult choices I had to make.  If you were selected, please come to our first two rehearsals from 11:30-12:10 this Friday, November 24th.  Here you will receive your scripts and we will run through the program.  Please have your lines memorized by the time we return from Thanksgiving break on November 27th.  Please return the signed note on Friday.

EVERYONE in 4th and 5th grade is invited to join an instrument ensemble, which will also perform at our Christmas Program on December 18th at 7:30.   Rehearsals for this ensemble will begin after Thanksgiving Break.

Falalalala.com congratulations note

 

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2nd+3rd: “The Littlest Reindeer” Cast

 “The Littlest Reindeer”

Cast of Characters

Elf 1: Mia B.

Elf 2: Lauren P.

Elf 3: Landen V.

Elf 4: Caden V.

Elf 5: Reid S.

Doll- Brooklyn R.

Dasher-Ian M.

Dancer- Baylie H.

Prancer- Stella R.

Vixen- Taylor B.

Comet- Addi S.

Cupid-  Brooklyn E.

Donner- Natalie R.

Blitzen- Cheyenne H.

Rudolph- Jason M.

The Littlest Reindeer- Faith M.

Santa- Camryn E.

Mrs. Claus:  Alexis W.

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Thank you to all who auditioned!  We had many great auditions, and there were some difficult choices I had to make.  If you were selected, please come to our first two rehearsals from 7:45-8:15 this  Friday, November 24th.  Here you will receive your scripts and we will run through the program.  Please have your lines memorized by the time we return from Thanksgiving break on November 27th.

EVERYONE in 2nd and 3rd grade is invited to join an instrument ensemble, which will also perform at our Christmas Program on December 18th.  Reherasals for this ensemble will begin after Thanksgiving Break.

Littlest Reindeer congratulations note

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2nd-5th Christmas Program Auditions!

Hello,

The Christmas Programs are right around the corner!  The 2nd and 3rd grades’ program this year will be The Littlest Elf, and the 4th and 5th grade’ program will be Fa La La La La.com! The programs will take place on Monday, December 18thKindergarten and 1st grades will perform at 5:45 p.m., 2nd and 3rd grades at 6:45 p.m., and 4th and 5th grade at 7:30 p.m.   All Programs are scheduled to take place in the new Geneseo High School Concert Hall.

Along with the program’s music, both Fa la la la la.com and The Littlest Elf require a cast of about 15 characters.  If your child is interested in playing one of these roles, they may audition on Friday 11/10, Monday 11/13, and Tuesday 11/14.   Students should sign up for an audition time outside the Northside Music Room.  I may have time to listen to additional students, but priority will be for those who have signed up in advance.

Auditions for 2nd-5th graders will occur from 7:45-8:15 a.m. on Tuesday and also for 4th and 5th graders during lunch/recess time Friday, Monday, and Tuesday, in the Northside music room. Encourage your child to speak slowly, clearly, and with expression at the audition.  If your child eats breakfast at school on Tuesday, they should eat breakfast before coming to the audition.

Students should bring the Audition Form to the audition filled out with their first and last name with the characters for which they are auditioning listed. Please also fill out and sign the Video Permission section so that I may video-record the audition for later reference when making final casting decisions.  Students should memorize one of the three lines printed on the audition form.  I have extra forms available in the music room, and I have attached it and the scripts for each program at the bottom of this note.

Regardless of the outcome of these auditions, ALL students will also have the opportunity to participate in an extra instrument ensemble, which will perform at the Christmas Program as well.  In addition, there will be several solo and small group singing opportunities.

Please contact me if you have questions. Thank you for your help in advance!

 

Sincerely,

Mike Eckwall

meckwall@geneseoschools.org

 

2nd-3rdThe Littlest Reindeer Speaking Part Audition Form

The Littlest Reindeer script

4th-5th Fa La La La La.com Speaking Part Audition Form

Fa la la la script

 

 

Remaining Northside Fine Arts Dates 2017-18

Geneseo Christmas Walk (4th and 5th grades)– Saturday, December 9, 2017, Location TBA, Southwest 3:30 p.m., Millikin 4:00 p.m., Northside 4:30 p.m.

 

Northside Christmas Programs– Monday, December 18, 2017, High School Concert Hall

  • Grades K-1 5:45 p.m.
  • Grades 2-3 6:45 p.m.
  • Grades 4-5 7:30 p.m.

 

Quad City Symphony Day-(4th grade) –TBA February/March 2018

 

Music in Our Schools Concert (4th and 5th grades)– Tuesday, March 13, 2018, 7:00 p.m., HS TBA

 

Northside Fine Arts Day– Friday, March 23, 2018

 

All-Unit Concert (4th and 5th grade)- Monday, May 7, 2018, 7:00 p.m., HS Gym

 

5th grade Recorder Concert Monday, May 14, 2018

Practice– 1:00 p.m., location TBA

Concert–  7:00 p.m., HS TBA

 

Northside Spring Programs– Wednesday, May 23, 2018, Location TBA

  • Grades 4-5 9:00 a.m.
  • Grades 2-3 10:15 a.m.
  • Grades K-1 2:15 p.m
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Talent Show recordings

Congratulations to all participants for a great job at the Northside Talent Show on October 31st!  Here is a link to the YouTube playlist: https://www.youtube.com/playlist?list=PL3hHqYf6x0QgLnmFVY-afEuCHCkzYLEnE .

 

Here are audio tracks.  Sorry that they are not louder:

2017 NS Talent Show part 1

2017 NS Talent Show part 2

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Harvest Fest Audition Results

Harvest Fest Talent Show Results

Congratulations to all who auditioned!  Everyone who auditioned on September 11th at the High School will have the opportunity to perform at the 4th Annual Northside Talent Show on October 31st.  Rehearsals for all acts will resume after the Harvest Music Festival, which will take place September 24th and 25th.

Noah D.- GMS- “Rhythms of the Night”- Piano solo

Lily R.- MIL-“How Far I’ll Go”- Vocal solo

Chloe F.- ¬†NS-“Try Everything”- Gymnastics

Isabella F.- MIL-“True Colors”- Vocal solo

Jake S.- NS- “Drumbeat Medley”-Drumset

Thackery N.- GHS-“Divine Romance”- Voice/guitar

Kayla E.- GHS- “Romantic Flight”- Flute solo

Addison D.- GMS- ‚ÄúCan’t Help Falling in Love‚Äù- Vocal solo

Hanna S.- GMS- “Hallelujah”- Vocal solo

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Welcome Back!

Hello,

There is much to be excited about as we enter this new school year!  We not only have a beautiful new music room and other facilities at Northside, but many new improvements throughout the district.  Perhaps the most profound improvements are currently transforming the High School, with a new stadium, and numerous upgrades to music facilities including a fantastic new Concert Hall with a capacity of over eight hundred people.  These new facilities will serve students in our district as well as the community for years to come.

Listed below is  a list of Northside performances for this year.  Please consider helping with some of our musical events.  For concerts this involves setting up and taking down risers, chairs, sound equipment, instruments, and props.  For Fine Arts Day, there are various tasks, from preparing food for our luncheon to assisting our presenters.  Please fill out and return the attached page with your child.  Any and all assistance will be greatly appreciated!

In all grades, we are again using the Spotlight on Music series in all grades as a basis for all music lessons.  We also incorporate a variety of other resources on a daily basis to create a fuller Music Education experience.

3rd grade students will soon receive recorders and will be starting Recorder Karate. 

Using this system, students will receive belts for each song that they master. The belts start simple with the white belt’s “Hot Cross Buns” and make their way up to the black belt’s more advanced “Ode to Joy.”

4th and 5th grade students are busy preparing for our upcoming Harvest Festival concert:

The theme of the Harvest Festival is “Mr. Johnson’s Jukebox.”  We will perform as part of the Finale Concert on September 24th at 4:45 p.m. in the Geneseo City Park.  The rain location will be the Geneseo High School Gym. We hope to see you there!

Earlier in the day on September 24th, there will be a talent show for which 4th and 5th graders may audition. Many students have already spoken to me regarding their acts.  Please have your child see me this week if they are interested in auditioning.  I will assist students during specified morning and lunch recess times in putting together and practicing their acts.  Auditions will take place on Monday, September 11th from 3:30-5:30 p.m. at Geneseo High School.  Parents will be responsible for bringing their children to and from this audition.  Students should sign up with me for a high school audition time.  All acts that audition at the High School will have the opportunity to perform at the Northside Talent Show on October 31st. 

Harvest Fest Volunteers needed! The weekend’s success depends on numerous volunteers.  Please consider assisting with events either Saturday or Sunday.  You may view different areas where help is still needed and sign up on GPAC’s Signup.com page at: http://signup.com/go/LdOuoxs.  All Proceeds from the weekend’s events benefit music and theatre programs from Kindergarten through High School in the Geneseo School District.

Please feel free to contact me with any questions at meckwall@geneseoschools.org or (309) 945-0625.

Thank you for your support of the arts in Geneseo!

 

Sincerely in Music,

Mike Eckwall

Northside Music Teacher                                                                                               

Back to school note and signup 2017

rehearsal schedule Harvest Fest 2017 TO SEND


 

Northside Fine Arts Dates 2017-18

Harvest Fest Talent Show Auditions (4th and 5th grades)-Monday, September 11, 2017, 3:30 p.m., HS Choir Room.

Harvest Festival (4th and 5th grades)-Sunday, September 24, 2017 Geneseo City Park (rain location HS Gym)

  • Talent Show 3:00 p.m.
  • Finale Choir Concert 4:45 p.m.

Northside Talent Show (4th and 5th grade acts perform)- Tuesday, October 31, 2017, 12:30 p.m., Northside Gym

Geneseo Christmas Walk (4th and 5th grades)– Saturday, December 9, 2017, Location TBA, Southwest 3:30 p.m., Millikin 4:00 p.m., Northside 4:30 p.m.

Northside Christmas Programs- Monday, December 18, 2017, High School Concert Hall

  • Grades K-1 5:45 p.m.
  • Grades 2-3 6:45 p.m.
  • Grades 4-5 7:30 p.m.

 

Quad City Symphony Day-(4th grade) –TBA February/March 2018

Music in Our Schools Concert (4th and 5th grades)– Tuesday, March 13, 2018, 7:00 p.m., HS TBA

 

Northside Fine Arts Day– Friday, March 23, 2018

All-Unit Concert (4th and 5th grade)- Monday, May 7, 2018, 7:00 p.m., HS Gym

 

5th grade Recorder Concert Monday, May 14, 2018

Practice– 1:00 p.m., location TBA

Concert-  7:00 p.m., HS TBA

 

Northside Spring ProgramsРWednesday, May 23, 2018, Location TBA

  • Grades 4-5 9:00 a.m.
  • Grades 2-3 10:15 a.m.
  • Grades K-1 2:15 p.m

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Spring Program rehearsals

Here is the tentative schedule for upcoming rehearsals.  Please check back regularly for updates.

Thanks!

Monday 5-15

  • 7:45-8:15-4th and 5th Singing Group-ALL
  • 11:00-11:25-5th-‚ÄúRight Now/ Thinking Cap‚Äù ‚Äì open practice, others TBA
  • 11:25-11:45- 4th + 5th-‚ÄúRight Now/ Thinking Cap‚Äù ‚Äì ALL
  • 11:45-12:10-2nd+3rd-‚ÄúI Can. You Can. We Can./Knowledge is Power‚Äù ‚ÄìALL

 

Tuesday 5-16

  • 8:00-8:15-open practice, others TBA
  • 11:00-11:25-5th-‚ÄúRight Now/ Thinking Cap‚Äù ‚Äì open practice, others TBA
  • 11:25-11:45- 4th + 5th-‚ÄúRight Now/Thinking Cap‚Äù ‚ÄìALL
  • 11:45-12:10-2nd+3rd-‚ÄúI Can. You Can. We Can./Knowledge is Power‚Äù ‚ÄìALL

 

Wednesday 5-17-Performance Day!

  • 7:45-8:15-4th and 5th Singing Group-ALL
  • 9:00-4th+5th Grade Performance
  • 10:15-2nd+3rd Grade Performance
  • 2:15-Kindergarten+1st Grade Performance
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Rest of the Year

Hello!

Thank you for all who performed for us as part of the Spring Open House and Art Walk!  As our Spring musical performances are quickly approaching, I wanted to give you an update on events and extra performing opportunities at Northside, and also remind you of several opportunities outside of school that are available to your child.

4th and 5th grade students performed at the  All-Unit concert on Monday May 1st.  Congratulations for a fine concert!

5th grade students will be performing at the Recorder/Band concert the following Monday, May 8th.  This concert will also take place at 7:00, and we ask that you arrive by 6:45.  During this same week, following the concert your child will have the opportunity to “test drive” several instruments.   Next week, many of these instruments will be demonstrated to 5th grade students.

3rd-5th grade students will have the opportunity to sing the “Star Spangled Banner” to begin the PTA Superhero Fun Run 5K on May 7th.  The 5K will begin at 3:00 p.m. and we will meet by the starting line at about 2:50.  Students are encouraged to participate in the race after singing!

All students have begun working on songs for our Spring Programs.  Our theme this year is “All About Learning.”  The concerts will take place on Wednesday, May 17th.  4th and 5th grades will perform at 9:00 a.m., 2nd and 3rd grades at 10:15, and Kindergarten and 1st grades at 2:15 (note change). Practice tracks are available here on my blog.  Please click on the appropriate grade level at the top of the page.

2nd-5th grade students have the opportunity to join one or two extra performing groups for our spring program.  Please encourage your child to participate!  A more detailed schedule of remaining rehearsals will be posted next week.   Your child will be expected to attend all rehearsals for the part he or she is playing or singing.   Please see the above post for the upcoming rehearsal schedule.

Here are several extra opportunities available to your child outside of school:

  • Current 1st-8th grade students-The Quad City Symphony Youth Choir is looking for new young voices for next year! You will have the opportunity to audition on one of several days in May.¬† I would be happy to assist your child in preparing for this audition. Please see this link for more information: https://qcso.org/meet-the-qcsyes/auditions. ¬†You may also contact ¬†Mary Tallitsch directly at mtallitsch@gmail.com.

 

  • Students entering 4th-7th grade are invited to participate in a Children‚Äôs Choir workshop directed by Geneseo music teachers and future music educators. Students will rehearse for two hours on July 6th, 7th, 10th, 11th, and 12th. Instruction will include vocal technique, theory, ear training, and preparation of concert music. The workshop will conclude with students performing with the adult community choir on Wednesday, July 12th. Registration forms are available outside the music room and on my district blog. ¬†Registrations are due to Mrs. Gierhart by¬†Monday May 8th.
  • Current 1st-5th grade students-Also at First Lutheran this summer from August 7th-11th, and 13th students are invited to a week-long music camp. Lunch and an afternoon activity each day are also included in this experience.

As always, please let me know if you have questions at meckwall@geneseoschools.org or (309) 945-0625.   Thank you for your support of the arts in Geneseo!

 

Sincerely,

Mike Eckwall

General Music Teacher

 

 

Remaining Northside Fine Arts Dates 2016-17

All-Unit Concert (4th and 5th grades)- Monday, May 1, 2017, 7:00 p.m., HS Gym

Superhero Fun Run (3rd-5th Grades)Рsinging “Star Spangled Banner”, Sunday, May 7, 2017, 2:00 p.m., Millikin Elementary

 

5th grade Recorder Concert Monday, May 8, 2017

Practice– 1:00 p.m., Millikin Elementary

Concert-  7:00 p.m., HS Gym

 

Northside Spring Programs– Wednesday, May 17th, 2017, Northside Gym

  • Grades 4-5 9:00 a.m.
  • Grades 2-3 10:15 a.m.
  • Grades K-1 2:15 p.m. (note change)

 

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Fine Arts Day and the Rest of the Year

Hello!

I hope that you and your family have enjoyed your Spring Break.  I wanted to give you an update on events at Northside, and also share with you several additional opportunities that are available to your child.

We had a wonderful Fine Arts Day!  We had three acts between which students rotated in the morning.  This included the “Maple Leaf Squares” who spoke about, demonstrated, and taught basic information about America’s original folk dance: The Square Dance.  Mr. Puentes sang and played on his acoustic guitar a variety of songs.  Finally, Mrs. DeGarmo and several high school students demonstrated the art of pottery, making several examples that will be displayed in the art room and shared with students.  During the morning, the Middle School Jazz Band and Swing Choir performed a number of exciting selections for us, and in the afternoon we were honored to have the Junior/Senior Choir come sing for us a wide variety of music.  To end the day’s festivities, our two Northside ensembles performed their pieces for the school.  Thank you to everyone who assisted in helping to make this day a very positive one for our students!

Here are links to video recordings from the day’s events:

NS 4th and 5th-“When Johnny Comes Marching Home/Pat Works on the Railway”:¬†https://youtu.be/x8NpjtViqwI

NS 2nd-4th “Great Git’n Up Mornin'”- https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=rNXK1v-_mvY¬†

MS Swing Choir “Children Will Listen”-¬†https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=lxH0CXxlaMw

MS Swing Choir “Ease on Down the Road:”¬†https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=_WX-uHonx4k

MS Swing Choir “Anything Goes-https://www.youtube.com/edit?o=U&video_id=a8uRS4yPlzY¬†

MS Jazz Band Song 1-https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=_BUxAlijsvw 

MS Jazz Band “Caldonia”-https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=usGmtsgJIVk

MS Jazz Band “Hooked on a Feeling”-https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=2gJL_3ZyhK4

MS Jazz Band “Gonna Fly Now”-https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=vb2P_1J0LBo

HS Jr/Sr Choir-https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=x5cYA_8Qqqg 

Main Act and NS instrument ensembles audio recording: FAD Main Act 2017

As always, please let me know if you have questions at meckwall@geneseoschools.org or (309) 945-0625.  My district blog may be found at https://gcsdstaff.org/eckwall/. Thank you for your support of the arts in Geneseo!

 

Sincerely,

Mike Eckwall

General Music Teacher

Northside Elementary

 

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Upcoming Musical Opportunities

Hello!

I hope that you and your family are having a good start to 2017!  I wanted to outline a few upcoming opportunities for your child.

On Tuesday, February 21st, all 4th graders in Geneseo traveled to the Adler Theater for the 35th annual “Symphony Day.”  We had a great time at the concert! The theme was “Planetary Exploration.”  We have been doing activities during music class to help familiarize students with some of the music that they played.

On Tuesday, March 7th, 4th and 5th grade students performed at the 41st Annual Music In Our Schools Concert.  Thank you to all who attended for a great performance!  Thank you also to those who assisted with taking down after the concert.

Current 1st-8th grade students-The Quad City Symphony Youth Choir is looking for new young voices for next year!  You will have the opportunity to audition on one of several days in May.  I would be happy to assist your child in preparing for this audition. Please see this link for more information.  It has last year’s dates, but the practice materials are still current: https://qcso.org/meet-the-qcsyes/auditions. The choir’s final concert on the season will take place Thursday, April 2nd at Two Rivers United Methodist Church in Rock Island.

Students entering 4th-7th grade are invited to participate in a choir workshop directed by Geneseo music teachers and future music educators. Students will rehearse for two hours on July 6th, 7th, 10th, 11th, and 12th. Instruction will include vocal technique, theory, ear training, and preparation of concert music. The workshop will conclude with students performing with the adult community choir on Wednesday, July 12th. ¬† here is the Children’s Choir Registration form.¬† ¬†It will also be sent home with students next week.

On Friday, April 7th we will be having our annual Northside Fine Arts Day.  We will be having a main act, the Middle School Swing Choir and Jazz Band, and several other smaller acts.  As part of the day, the PTA has graciously agreed to provide a luncheon for teachers and presenters. Please contact Tiffany Stees at tiffanymstees@gmail.com  if you are interested and able to assist on this day, either by volunteering your time or providing food for the event.  There will an online volunteerspot.com signup posted as we get closer to the date.

As part of the main assembly, several student instrument ensembles will also perform.  This will include students in grades 2nd-5th  We will be starting rehearsals in the next few weeks.  The groups will meet during your child’s lunch/recess time.    Please have your child come if they are interested in performing with us on April 7th.  Students will be expected to attend all rehearsals for his or her part.   More details will follow, posted outside the music room and here on my district blog.

As always, please let me know if you have questions at meckwall@geneseoschools.org or (309) 945-0625.  Thank you for your support of the arts in Geneseo!

 

Sincerely,

Mike Eckwall

 

Remaining Northside Fine Arts Dates 2016-17

Music in Our Schools Concert (4th and 5th grades)– Tuesday, March 7, 2017, 7:00 p.m., HS Gym

Northside Fine Arts Day– Friday, April 7, 2017

All-Unit Concert (4th and 5th grade)- Monday, May 1, 2017, 7:00 p.m., HS Gym

5th grade Recorder Concert Monday, May 8, 2017

Practice– 1:00 p.m., location TBA

Concert-  7:00 p.m., HS Gym

 

Northside Spring Programs– Wednesday, May 17th, 2017, Northside Gym

  • Grades 4-5 9:00 a.m.
  • Grades 2-3 10:15 a.m.
  • Grades K-1 2:00 p.m.

 

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