Welcome to the 2013-14 Thomas Jefferson High School Choral Music Department website.
The year is off to a great start. This year, Mr. Thornton is teaching five classes: Concert Choir, Chamber Ensemble, Musical Theatre I, Drama, and Piano. The Vocal Jazz Ensemble is now an after-school "club".
CALENDAR OF EVENTS
TJHS Holiday Concert - Tuesday, December 17th, TJHS Cafeteria - The concert will feature the TJHS choirs and orchestra.
Musical Theatre I and Drama Showcases - Students in Musical Theatre I and Drama will present showcase performances at the end of January 2014. Further information will be posted as soon as it is available.
HOW YOU CAN SUPPORT MUSIC EDUCATION - parents hold ALL the power in this process ...
The TJ Music Department offers many different types of music classes for all ability levels. We currently offer Concert Choir, Chamber Ensemble, Musical Theatre, Drama, and piano and guitar classes, Orchestra, Concert Band, Marching Band, Jazz Band, Drum Line, and IB Music. The Vocal Jazz Ensemble is now an after-school club.
The TJ Music Department consistently receives the highest awards possible in our performance areas. The Musical Theater programs wins awards every year for their productions; the choirs, bands and orchestra constantly receive superior ratings at contests; and all three groups always have performers finishing in the top three in our regional solo/ensemble contests. Our music department focuses on collaboration between ensembles and between teachers. We are one of the only schools in the region with a dedicated teacher for each ensemble. The three music teachers work together to create a cohesive and enriching music department for anyone interested in music. We teach our students to love music and to become life-long learners. We hope you take advantage of the largest music program in the district by having your student join us in the TJ Music Department.
FW MUSIC ADVOCACY GROUP
We are in the process of creating a Federal Way Music Advocacy group. We need to have parents and students in the group that are interested in advocating for music education across our entire district. There is a plan in place, but at this point, we are looking for community members to join the group. If you are interested, please email Mike Lewis at firstname.lastname@example.org. AND you can always talk to or email our school board and school principals to let them know how much you appreciate their support of music education in our district.
MUSIC MATTERS LICENSE PLATES
You can support music education and the TJ Music Department by purchasing a specialized Music Matters License Plate. Some of the money from your purchase goes to a school of your choice. For more information, please go to www.wmea.org.
WMEA FAMILY MEMBERSHIPS
NEW to WMEA (Washington Music Education Association) is the Family Membership. This membership, which costs only $10 per year, will allow families to show their support for music education by increating the representation for WMEA when it advocates at all levels. For more information, please go to www.wmea.org.
RPM stands for Raider Parent Movement. Their purpose is to build an effective partnership with Thomas Jefferson parents, guardians, relatives, staff members, students, and alumni to advance the well being of the school and the community it serves. Each year, RPM hosts many events including a large auction for the benefit of clubs, activities, classes, and programs - including the choirs, band, orchestra and musical theatre programs. For more information, please go to www.tjrpm.org.
Welcome to the 2013-2014 School year!
My name is Karen Wylie, and I am the Raider Parent Movement (RPM) liaison for the Musical Theater department and this year I have Tiffany Suggs to help me out! My role as the RPM liaison is to work with RPM to raise money for the Musical Theater department through the Annual RPM Auction which will be held this year on March 1, 2014 at the Emerald Downs Racetrack.
The Auction is our biggest fundraiser of the year, and it’s successful because the more donations we get from the Musical Theater families the more money we raise! Last year we raised over $2,500 and this year we are hoping to raise even more.
At the beginning of the school year there isn’t a lot to due for the Auction but keep in mind that we are looking for donations and if you run across a great deal or a gift card opportunity that you would like to donate, we’ll take donations at any time.
If you have any questions, or would like to help out with this year’s auction please contact me at the information below.
More information to follow! I look forward to working with everyone!
PARENT VOLUNTEERS NEEDED
Drivers/chaperones are needed for all off-campus festivals and competitions. (The Federal Way School District does not have the budget to allow our choir students to use a district bus for any of their travel. If District transportation IS used, each student will be asked to pay a portion of that expense.) We rely on parents to volunteer their time and cars to transport our students to and from the competitions/adjudications that they participate in.
The District requires that you complete a volunteer information form, complete a WSP background check, and provide a copy of your current driver’s license, car registration and insurance coverage. The forms can be completed and information provided in the TJ main office. This must be done at least two weeks in advance of the trip. The paperwork only needs to be submitted once each year.
As part of our fundraising activities, we offer concessions at all choir concerts. Jane Wilson has been the coordinator for the past several years but, this year, is asking for a parent to take over the concert concession duties. She will still send out emails asking for baked items, however, there will need to be at least two parents willing to do the set up, selling, and clean up at all the concerts.
If you would like to volunteer, please email Jane Wilson at email@example.com. Thank you!