Welcome to the 2013-14 Thomas Jefferson High School Choral Music Department website.
CALENDAR OF EVENTS
Watch here for updates.
Congratulations to Elizabeth Chamberlain who will represent TJHS at the state solo/ensemble contest!
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.
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
WMEA (Washington Music Education Association) now offers a 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.
TJHS MUSICAL THEATRE NEEDS YOUR HELP
Putting on a production is much more involved than just preparing the students to sing, dance and act onstage. There are sets to be built and painted; costumes to be made; props to be gathered; posters to be designed, printed and distributed; advertising tasks to be completed; and a myriad of other tasks to be done during the preparation stage. When the show opens, volunteers are needed to sell tickets; serve as ushers; sell concessions; provide water and snacks; and make sure the choir room is safe and secure. We will have two performances on Saturday, May 10th and plan to provide food for the cast and crew between those performances.
Our budget is very small, and that means that we turn to our parents and volunteers for help with things like props (which can get very expensive if we have to purchase all of them); set pieces; and all sorts of other things. If you can donate or lend items that are needed, it would be greatly appreciated. We will let you know what those things are as we go along.
Right now, we especially need people who can help with advertising. Do you have expertise writing articles for the newspaper or putting together digital advertising? Do you know people who might be willing to place a paid ad (from business card size to a full page ad) in our program? Do you have ideas about other ways we can get the word out? Please let us know.
Please take a moment to consider how you might be able to help and let us know what you can do and what your availability is. Together, we can make this a really amazing show.