Saturday, November 30, 2013

Thanksgiving Break


Hope you all had a Happy Thanksgiving!! Enjoy your weekend!

Middle School Students that are auditioning for Junior Districts:

Here is the link for the mp3 recordings that you can play/download and practice from:

Remember to bring in your form, money, and field trip permission slip!

See you all on Monday,
-Mr. Raymond

Sunday, November 24, 2013

Senior District Results


I am very proud of all of you and the hard work you have put in with all the audition preparations.

Congratulations to the following students who have been accepted into the Senior District Festival:

James Boyd - All-State Recommendation
Stephen Ross
Brynne Santos

At this moment, I am still awaiting cut-off scores (if they will even release them) so these results may or may not be final.  Many of you scored very well -- sight singing scores in particular were very high from many of you.  Bear in mind that this is a very difficult festival to get accepted to, and for those of you who weren't selected (and even for those who were), you should take this as a learning experience for the next auditions - be it in high school or college.  I have your individual score sheets and will give those out to you on Monday.  

Again, thank you for all your hard work students.  Don't be discouraged if you didn't get in, we will take these comments and this experience and grow from it. 

Enjoy the rest of your weekend, and I will see you all Monday

--Mr. Raymond

Friday, November 22, 2013

Senior District Auditions


A couple reminders for senior district auditions Saturday:

Rachel and Alexis -- dont forget to bring your permission slips with you!!!

Meeting at Mashpee High School at 12 Noon Saturday.  Traveling by bus to King Phillip High School.  We should be back sometime around 5pm or so. 

Remember to dress formally!  I will have hard copies of the song with me for anyone who doesn't have memorized -- you cannot use a photocopy in your audition.  Hopefully everyone knows the song by memory -- in this case you won't need to bring any music in.

When we arrive, we will get registered and warm up.  Choir students will head to their warmup area.  Audition time for Mashpee is set for 2:45pm.

Best of luck everyone.  No matter what happens, I am very proud of you all and of all the hard work you have done learning and practicing the music for these auditions.  You all represent Mashpee well and are helping to grow the reputation and tradition of our vocal program.  Have fun, be excited, and good luck to you all!

--Mr. Raymond

-Mr. Raymond

Tuesday, November 19, 2013

Senior District Auditions


Great Vocal Jazz Rehearsal Today!

For Senior District Auditions...please remember to get your permission slips signed!!

Meeting time at the school on Saturday is 12:00 noon.  The bus will travel up to King Phillip High School where we will warmup and audition around 2:30pm.  Make sure you dress formally.

If you want help on the audition music, please stop by either Wednesday or Friday after school. 

Best of luck!  I am very proud of all of you and the work that you have put in preparing the audition music.  I know you will all represent Mashpee well this weekend.  When auditions are over, and I learn the results, they will once again be posted here.

Any questions between now and then, see me or email me at:

Good luck!!!
-Mr. Raymond

Sunday, November 17, 2013

All-Cape Results

Students, the All-Cape Results are in!

Congratulations to the following students who have been accepted to the All-Cape Music Festival:

All-Cape Band
Gabrielle Carroll
Andrew Hellwig

All-Cape Orchestra
Ryan Sander

All-Cape SATB Choir
James Boyd - Bass
Chris Hatch - Tenor
Eric McKelvey - Bass
Stephen Ross - Tenor
Brynne Santos - Alto
Alyssa Strawn - Alto
Ashley Welch - Alto

All-Cape SSAA Choir
Ashley Acksen - Soprano
Kayla Burnell - Soprano
Maria Costa - Soprano
Sierra Donovan - Alto
Miranda Martone - Alto
Alexis Pascal - Alto

If you did not make it in, do not be discouraged.  These auditions are a learning opportunity, and I am very proud of all of you.  We will work on continuing to improve for the next auditions.  Great job everyone, you should be very proud of the work you have put in.

--Mr. Raymond



Band/Orchestra results have just been posted!  Congratulations to Andrew Hellwig and Gabrielle Carroll for being accepted to the All-Cape Band, and Ryan Sander for being accepted to the All-Cape Orchestra!
We are still awaiting chorus results for All-Cape.  I will keep you posted as soon as these are listed.

--Mr. Raymond

Thursday, November 14, 2013


Congratulations to all those who auditioned for the All-Cape festival last night!  You all did a phenomenal job! At the moment, I am still awaiting results, but I will post them here as soon as they are announced.  You should all be very proud of the work you have put into preparing for these auditions. 

A huge thank you to Key Club, Tri-M, and all the students who helped make the auditions run smoothly and successfully!!!

We now turn our attention to Senior District auditions.  Starting Monday of next week, we will begin working hard toward Senior District Auditions which will take place Saturday November 23rd.  We will have a group practice after school Wednesday -- however you are welcome to come any night after school next week for individual help.  On Saturday morning, we will leave by bus to travel to King Philip High School.  There we will warmup together and then audition -- similar to All-Cape.  Please see me for any individual help between now and then!!

Again, great job everyone, and I will post the results as soon as I receive them!

--Mr. Raymond

Tuesday, November 5, 2013

All-Cape Auditions


We are now one week until All-Cape auditions.  Get your forms and money in to me ASAP if you haven't done so already.  Hopefully you are all doing well with your preparations and are taking care of your voice by getting lots of rest and drinking plenty of water!  I will be holding audition practices Wednesday and Thursday after school.  Feel free to come to one or both.  There will be opportunities to sing the group in a small group and individually for me.  My goal is to make sure everyone feels completely prepared.

On the day of All-Cape auditions (Wed Nov 13th), you should be warming up around 2:45-3:00pm.  To help with this, you should put the song on your phone or ipod. (Click here for the recording)  Auditions for all Mashpee HS students will take place starting at 3:30pm. 

Once auditions are over, I will need plenty of student help.  You will be fed pizza for your help!!  We need student volunteers (whether you are auditioning or not) to run scores to the tabulation room, run food to the judges, help guide schools and students to their auditions, and to help sell food.  If you are able to, stop by after school Thursday for a brief meeting in the band room. 

There will be more details about Senior District Auditions early next week.
Good luck everyone!!  Let me know if you have any questions/concerns.
-Mr. Raymond