Sunday, December 7, 2014

Southeast Junior Districts 2014-2015


Congratulations to the following students who were accepted to this year's Southeast Junior District Honors Music Festival:

Remi Shea -- Treble Chorus
Hannah Shields -- Mixed Chorus
Tahj Bohun -- Mixed Chorus
Jaedyn Eurenius -- Band
Alison Landry -- Orchestra
Krista Signs -- Orchestra

Congratulations to everyone who auditioned this year.  Treat this and every audition as a learning experience and be proud of the hard work you put in preparing.  The auditions were particularly competitive this year, and unfortunately not everyone was able to make it.  Auditioning is not easy, and we will work to continue improving each year, so that with each future audition you will be even more confident!  I will have individual score sheets available for all students on Monday.  Cut-off scores have not yet been released, but I will let you know what they were as soon as I find out.

Saturday, December 6, 2014

Junior District Auditions


Congratulations to all the students who auditioned for Southeast Junior Districts this morning!  You all did well, I am proud of the work you put in preparing.  As soon as I get results as far acceptances I will post them here!

Friday, December 5, 2014

Wednesday, December 3, 2014

Junior District Auditions Saturday

Southeast Junior District Auditions!

Saturday: December 6th
Meeting at the High School: 7:00AM
We will ride the bus together to Furnace Brook MS and return approximately 11:30AM

Reminder -- dress nice! Take care of your voice this week - drink a lot of water and get sleep!
Bring a couple dollars for snack items after your audition if you want!

- Final Audition Practice = Thursday after school

---Make sure you turn in your forms if you have not done so yet!

Once I find out the results on Saturday, I will post the acceptances on this website


Saturday, November 22, 2014

All-Cape and Senior District Audition Results!

Congratulations to our talented Mashpee High School Vocal, Instrumental, and String students on a fantastic week of auditions!  Whether you made it in or not, these auditions are a learning experience, and I am very proud of the work you all put in! That being said, it is my pleasure to announce the results of auditions this year:

James Boyd -Choir- All-State Recommendation
Maria Costa -Choir- All-State Recommendation
Stephen Ross -Choir- All-State Recommendation
Brynne Santos -Choir
Gabrielle Carroll -Band

Treble Choir
Maria Costa

Mixed Choir
Eric McKelvey
James Boyd
Stephen Ross
Chris Hatch
Ashley Welch
Brynne Santos
Miranda Martone
Sierra Donovan

Monday, November 3, 2014

Audition Updates for Students and Parents


November is upon us!  As we head towards the home stretch of preparing for honors festival auditions, I wanted to pass along some information and updates.


All-Cape: Wednesday November 19th, Falmouth HS, 4PM Audition Time (Meetup right after school) 
Senior District: Saturday November 22, King Phillip HS, 11AM Audition Time (Bus approx 9:00AM)
Junior District: Saturday December 6, Furnace Brook, 9:15AM Audition Time (Bus approx 7:15AM)
 (Tentative Return Home Times: All-Cape (6:00pm), SR Districts (1:30pm), JR Districts (11:30am) )

Students grades 7-9 who are interested in Junior Districts: now is the time to start turning in Junior District forms and money ($15 cash or check made out to Mashpee High School).  At the moment, I have a large number of students interested -- I can only take 6 of each voice part: SATB.  Whoever turns in their forms and money first will be registered (followed by oldest to youngest grades).   

At this point, I have almost all Senior District and All-Cape forms and money!  There are still spots available for Senior District if anyone is interested in auditioning!! Please let me know this week or early next week at the latest.  All you need is a completed form and $15 audition fee. 


After your audition, I will find out the results within a day or two.  Students who are accepted will eventually receive a folder of music, and will travel together to the honors festivals next spring.  Students will miss a day of school and be transported to and from the festival, however, they will need to be picked up after the concert on the final Saturday.  The dates of each festival are listed below:

All Cape HS Festival: February 5-7 (concert Sat. Feb 7)
Senior District Festival: January 9-10 (concert Sat. Jan 10)
Junior District Festival: March 6-7 (concert March 7)

Monday, September 22, 2014

Junior Select Chorus Reference Links

Junior Select Chorus:

Someone links to videos of songs that we'll be singing Wednesday.  Check them out!

A Thousand Years - Christina Perri

Bastille - Overjoyed

Gabrielle Aplin - Salvation

There will be more songs to come, but these will get us started. 
We will also be learning the Junior District Audition song: found on this website: Audition Piece Link

See you all Wednesday: 2:15-3:30pm

-Mr. Raymond

Friday, September 19, 2014

Junior Select Chorus

Thank you to everyone who tried out!  We had a great turn-out!  Unfortunately, due to the high amount of students who auditioned, I wasn't able to accept everyone.  Please know that if you weren't selected this fall, there may be openings in the spring, and you will definitely have opportunities to join in the future.  Auditioning is a learning experience, and I am very proud of all the students who turned out to audition!

Please note: Rehearsals start next Wednesday and go from 2:15-3:30pm.  We may have occasional rehearsals on other days to accommodate fall athletes.  When fall sports are over, it is very important that everyone is at all the rehearsals.  If you can't make a rehearsal you must let me know in advance!  Skipping rehearsals will cause you to be out of the group.  Additionally, it is equally important to be focused in rehearsals with a positive attitude.
Mashpee Junior Select Chorus 2014-2015

Soprano 1
Adrianna Briggs-Mitrokostas
Geovanna Pereira
Krista Signs 
Alyssa Johnson
Kaya Carey
Maddeline Cross
Samantha Hennessey

Soprano 2
Remi Shea
Krista Murray
Alison Landry
Kylie Harrington
Kylie Howard
Hannah Shields

Ambrosia Ward
Kaylee McCarthy
Kelley Skantz  
Natalia Rimple
Megan Pons
Sophia Ortiz

Shane Barros

Thursday, September 18, 2014

Vocal Jazz Songs

MHS Vocal Jazz Ensemble:

I am posting videos and download links to the music we are working on.  Please listen to these tracks often and practice with them!

Download MP3 Links: (click on the title)

Up From New Orleans

California Dreamin

Takin it to the streets



Monday, September 15, 2014

Busy Week Ahead

MHS and MMS Students and Singers:

We have a busy week ahead!  

TUESDAY: FIRST VOCAL JAZZ REHEARSAL: 2:30-4:15pm --- Please be on time ready to go!

 WEDNESDAY: JUNIOR SELECT CHORUS AUDITIONS: 2:15pm - first come first serve!  You must audition by the end of the week to be part of the group

Two Important Date Changes**
Coffeehouse: October 17th: 6pm (originally October 24th -- now moved ahead one week)
Cabaret Night: April 10th: 6:30pm (originally March 28 -- now moved back into April)

Have a great week -- see you all at rehearsals and auditions!
-Mr. Raymond 

Tuesday, September 9, 2014

2014-2015 Mashpee High School Vocal Jazz Ensemble


Rehearsals will start: Tuesday September 16: 2:30-4:15pm (Singers)

Please click the following link below for an mp3 file of "California Dreamin".  
Click the download link to put the mp3 on your phone/laptop.  

Links for our other songs for practicing will be posted to the right.

2014-2015 MVJE ROSTER

Maria Costa
Madison Clifford
Eliana Falleur
Miranda Martone (soprano/alto)

Alto 1
Sierra Donovan
Ashley Welch
Kiana Lopes

Alto 2
Elaina Lavigne
Kendall Scott
Brynne Santos

Chris Hatch
Stephen Ross
Christopher Cardosi (tenor/bass)

James Boyd
Eric McKelvey

Rhythm Section
Drums – Ryan Sander
Guitar – Jeff Demanche
Bass -- Robbie Viera

Thursday, September 4, 2014

Welcome Back!

Welcome all new and returning Mashpee Middle/High School student musicians!

If you have not done so...make sure you enter in your email address over to the right in the box that says "Follow by email".  This will allow you to get emails about all the updates and posts on this website.

We have an exciting year ahead!  Please make sure to check the calendar on the website and make note of all the performances, auditions, festivals, and other events.  I am working on getting links to music we are doing in all the choir ensembles.

If you have not done so yet please write your name down on the signups for High School Vocal Jazz, Middle School Select Choir, and for honors festival auditions.  Audition information, including dates, will be posted here soon.

If you have any questions/comments please feel free to email me or stop by C117 and see me at any time.

Looking forward to an exciting school year!

-Mr. Raymond

Tuesday, August 12, 2014

August Updates

Students and Parents:

I hope everyone is having a wonderful summer!  It's hard to believe that in only a few short weeks school will be starting up again.  We have an exciting year ahead in the Mashpee Vocal Music program.  There will be new music and new performance opportunities this year.  I look forward to hitting the ground running when school starts and getting back into preparing for fall festival auditions and upcoming concerts.

There have been some scheduling conflicts this summer involving students who requested chorus last spring
If you do not have chorus on your schedule, please email guidance as soon as possible so they can fix your schedule:

Pat Farrell (grades 7-9)
Dan Patenaude (grades 10-12)

I have contacted a few parents this summer regarding these conflicts and have had several of them resolved.  Again, if chorus is not on your schedule, please email guidance or stop in and see them if you're around the school. 

Some other items:

- If you have not had a chance to check out the choral calendar for this year, please do so by clicking the link at the top.

- Within the next few weeks, I will start creating links to some of the new music we will be looking at this year in Chamber Choir, Concert Choir, and Middle School Choir.

- Auditions for select groups: high school vocal jazz and middle school select chorus will be taking place around the 2nd week of school, with rehearsals to start at the end of September.  If you are unfamiliar with either of these groups please click the link at the top for more information

Any questions/comments/concerns heading into the school year, please email me:

Looking forward to seeing you all very soon!  Enjoy the rest of your summer vacation!

Mr. Raymond


Tuesday, June 17, 2014

June Updates

Students and Parents:

We are nearing the end of a fantastic school year!  There are many news items for you as we wrapup the school year and head towards summer break.

Spring Concert Wrapup:  Congratulations to all the Mashpee Middle and High School musicians on two fantastic spring concerts!  We had many outstanding performers and soloists.  The talent was very evident and the future is very bright for our music program. 

Hall Of Fame Class of 2014:  This year I have started a new tradition.  A new hall of fame was created to honor graduating seniors who have been involved in the vocal music program all four years of their high school careers.  These outstanding leaders have been involved in a variety of extracurricular activities including, vocal jazz/acappella, musicals, coffeehouse, cabaret night, etc
This year we had three inductees including: Kayla Burnell, Kylie Laue, and Alexis Pascal

Additionally a four year senior award was given to Hailee Frye for her four-year involvement in Mashpee Choirs!

Website Updates:  Please visit all the tabs/links on this website as they have all been updated with information for next year!

2014-2015 Calendar:  The calendar for next year is finished and posted on the calendar tab above as well as outside the chorus room.  Some of the events are still tentative however and this calendar will change as further updates are made available.

New Changes and Developments:  There will be more information to come; however, we have several exciting changes taking place as we continue to evolve and progress toward an even higher standard of excellence. 

These changes and developments include:
 -- Rooms C119 and C120 will be converted into full size practice rooms
 -- New Microphones for Vocal Jazz/Select Choir
 -- New Yamaha Keyboards
 -- New Mac/Computer Lab for Music Technology/Composition
 -- New Potential Festivals For Vocal Jazz: (UMass Jazz Festival / UNH Jazz Festival)
 -- New Class "History of American Popular Music"
 -- Auditions for MHS Vocal Jazz
 -- Auditions for MMS Select Choir (this ensemble will run all year next year)
 -- Alignment with the Technology Department "Mashpee Technological Center of Excellence"

Students: Best of luck on final exam...
Stay tuned for more information leading up to summer vacation!

Tuesday, May 13, 2014

May Updates!

May News and Notes:

A huge congratulations to the Mashpee High School Music Department on a very successful weekend at the Great East Music Festival!  The following Mashpee ensembles won awards:

MHS Chamber Choir: Gold Medal
MHS Vocal Jazz: Gold Medal
MHS Jazz Band: Gold Medal
MHS Concert Band: Silver Medal

Fantastic job to all the high school student performers!

As we move into the home stretch of the school year, we have two key dates next week:

1) Tuesday May 20: Mashpee High School Spring Concert

Students must arrive at the high school at 6pm
Concert Dress is the same as the winter concert --all black and ties for the men
Vocal Order Will Be: Concert Choir, Chamber Choir, Combined Choirs, Vocal Jazz, (then instrumental groups)

Just as a reminder -- this is a required performance and is part of the class grade for all choral students!  Anyone who absolutely cannot attend must have a signed parent letter or email.

Friday May 23: Mashpee Southport "Pastabilities" Night

Students must arrive at Southport by 7:15pm.  The program will begin at 8:00pm
Performing Groups Will Be: Middle School Select Chorus, MHS Vocal Jazz, MHS Jazz Band, and Musical Selections

Southport is located on Old Barnstable Rd, Just north of 151 on the left.  There is a guard at the entrance gate, tell him you're there to perform at the Pastabilities Night.  This is a sold-out Southport Residents-only event, however there is limited room in the back for parents to sit and watch if they'd like (Middle School Parents only!)  

Questions...please email me:

Looking forward to some great music over these final weeks!

--Mr. Raymond

Monday, April 14, 2014

April Updates!

Students and Parents:

Congratulations on a fantastic month of April!  Our High School vocal program had a very successful Cabaret Night and many of our middle school singers participated in the All-Cape Junior High Choral Workshop!  It has been a busy but very rewarding month. 

Again, a huge thank you to all of our raffle donors and parent volunteers that helped make our Cabaret Night a big success!  If anyone has any pictures from the show, please email them to me: .  I have video recordings of all the performances if anyone would like one.

Looking ahead, we have the following dates coming up in May & June:

May 1: MHS Vocal Jazz Performs at the All-Cape Jazz Festival @ Mashpee High School: 7:00pm
May 5: MHS Vocal Jazz Performs at the Town Meeting @ Mashpee High School: 7:00pm
May 10: MHS Chamber Choir and Vocal Jazz to Six Flags for the Great East Festival: All Day
May 20: MHS Band and Chorus Concert: @ Mashpee High School (All High School Vocal Groups)
May 23: MHS Vocal Jazz and MMS Select Chorus: Pastabilities Night @ Southport
June 7: MHS Chamber Choir Performs @ Graduation
June 11: MMS Band and Chorus Concert @ Mashpee High School (Both Middle School Vocal Groups)

I hope everyone has a fantastic April vacation and comes back ready for our final performances of the year!

Pictures from the All-Cape Junior High Choral Workshop:

MASHPEE MIDDLE SCHOOL SINGERS: Lilly, Alison, Adrianna, Haley, Adriana, Remi, Krista, Kaya
2014 All-Cape Junior High Chorus

Thursday, April 10, 2014

Cabaret Nite 2014!

Students and Parents:

Cabaret Nite 2014 is upon us!  The show will take place tomorrow (Friday) at 7:00pm.  As we begin the final preparations, I wanted to fill you all in on the details and see if any of you are available to help volunteer in any way.  Your help and assistance is greatly appreciated!!  This should be a really fun event that will raise money for our vocal music program.

-- The show starts at 7:00pm and I would like to begin setting up and preparing at 6:00pm.  I ask that all students involved please arrive around 6:00pm to help with setup.  

-- I will need parents to help me primarily with the admission cash box, raffle table, and tickets.

-- If anyone has any raffle item they would like to donate it would be GREATLY appreciated!!!

-- Also any parents or students who would like to bake anything or bring in any food items would also be greatly appreciated!!!

-- We will have a table for baked goods and drinks...students will serve these out on the tables around 7:00pm, just in time for the show to begin.  When the show starts, there will be a first half program followed by an intermission (for people to get food/drinks and buy raffle tickets).  There will be a second half program, then the raffle winners will be announced, and then we will close with a full group number.

-- I am currently in the process of finalizing the program and getting all the supplies in order

Please let me know if you have any questions:

Thank you everyone for all your help and assistance!  This will be a great event!
--Mr. Raymond

Thursday, March 27, 2014

April Updates

Updates to upcoming events:

Cabaret Night is now going to be only on Friday April 11th.  We will not have two shows.  The show will still start at 7pm and have a dress rehearsal right after school Thursday.  More details will be coming soon.

Chamber Choir will be performing at the School Committee Meeting --
Wednesday April 2nd 6:15-7:15pm at the Quashnet Library

Alexis Pascal's Coffeehouse will be happening Friday April 4th at Mashpee High School

Middle School All-Cape Choir Festival will take place Wednesday April 9th during the day

After vacation --- Vocal Jazz will perform at the All-Cape Jazz Festival concert May 1st at Mashpee High School

Great East - May 10
MHS Spring Concert - May 20
Pastabilities @ Southport Night - May 23 
Graduation - June 7
MMS Spring Concert - June 11

Any questions: please email me:

--Mr. Raymond

Wednesday, March 19, 2014

Cabaret Night Preparations!

Mashpee High School Students and Parents:

The time of the year has come to begin preparing for this year's Cabaret Night!

In order to make this event a huge success, I will be calling upon students and parents to help me. 

The show will take place at 7pm on Friday April 11th and Saturday April 12th.  (Dress Rehearsal Thursday)

This years theme is: A NIGHT AT THE OSCARS!

 This event will feature a night of food, drinks, music, and fun.  Tickets at the door will be $10 adults and $5 for kids.  All proceeds will go toward the Mashpee Vocal Music Department.  There will be baked goods, drinks, food, and a raffle to go along with a variety of fantastic performances from our talented high school vocal students. 

At this point -- I am looking for parents and students to help in any way possible.  Here are a list of ways that you may be able to help:

- Baking Cookies/Pies/Sweets etc.
- Donating Items (either for raffle or food/drinks)
- Seeking Out Donations (for raffle)
- Assisting on the event night (cash box, raffle, logistics, etc)

Please feel free to email me ( or call if you are able to help or you have any questions!  This should be a really fun event which will hopefully raise money for our vocal music program for festivals, competitions, trips, and supplies.

Thank You!
-Mr. Raymond

Saturday, March 8, 2014

Junior Districts

Congratulations to three talented Mashpee students: Ashley Acksen, Kylie Howard, and Krista Signs who participated in the Junior District Honors Music Treble Choir this weekend!

These students did a fantastic job and gave a terrific performance!

2014 Southeast Junior District Treble Choir

Tuesday, February 11, 2014

Berklee 2014 Wrapup

Congratulations to all the student performers in the Mashpee High School Jazz Band and Jazz Choir on fantastic performances at the 2014 Berklee High School Jazz Festival.  It was an exciting day for all involved, and provided an opportunity to perform for a wide variety of people and judges.  The judges had many positive comments as well as critique to help improve for the future.

For the jazz choir, I want to say how proud I am of all the hard work you all have put in.  This was a great learning experience, and we will look to continue to improve and build on our results this year.

A special congratulations go out to Maria Costa and Jeff Demanche on receiving Judges' Choice Awards!

Great job everyone -- and finally thank you to all the parents who came out to support the ensembles!

Links to both performances can be found by clicking this link!

Stay tuned for a brand new Mashpee Music Department Youtube Channel - coming soon

Sunday, February 2, 2014

Quick Updates: Vocal Jazz/Berklee Jazz Festival

VOCAL JAZZ Rehearsal Schedule this week: (it is essential that everyone comes to the rehearsals!!)
Tuesday: 2:15-4:00pm
Thursday: 2:15-3:15pm

Next Saturday is the Berklee High School Jazz Festival!
This event is free for anyone (parents, family, friends) to come and watch!
The entire competition takes places in the Hynes Convention Center in Boston.

This is a national competition featuring 6 divisions of Jazz Bands, 3 divisions of Combos, and 2 division of Jazz Choirs.  The Mashpee Vocal Jazz Ensemble will be competing alongside the Mashpee Jazz Band.

All the information including a list of performers can be found on this website:

This will be an amazing experience for the students. 
Mashpee Jazz Band performs at 9:55 AM
Mashpee Vocal Jazz Ensemble performs at 5:00 PM
Both performances will be in the Hynes Convention Center

All-Cape Music Festival

Congratulations to all the Mashpee Students involved in All-Cape this weekend!  It was an exciting experience for all involved, and I am very proud of all the hard work you put in.  Here are a few pictures from the choirs this weekend:

                              ALL-CAPE TREBLE CHOIR

Friday, January 24, 2014

Wonderful Concert Everyone!


Congratulations to all the student performers on the concert last night.  I am very proud of you all.  We received high praise and positive feedback from many people!

Principal Jane Day had this to say:   "...The students did a wonderful job with some very sophisticated music. The MMS Chorus, the MHS Concert Choir, and the MHS Chamber Choir all presented numbers in Latin (Mr. Berry would be very proud!), as well as more updated tunes. The newly formed MHS Vocal Jazz Ensemble debuted with an old standard, “On Green Dolphin Street” and by the end of their program had the audience singing along to “Gotta Get You into My Life.” It was announced last night that this particular group will be going to the New England Jazz Festival (Berklee) to compete. This is the largest high school jazz festival in the nation and highly competitive. The students and their teacher are understandably thrilled. We are so proud of the work they’ve done...."

So again, congratulations, and I hope you are all excited about the work we are doing together to maintain a high standard of quality music in our school district!

Moving ahead... last night we received the exciting news that we are off the wait-list and will be competing at the Berklee High School Jazz Festival in two weeks!!

In order to put our best foot forward, it is crucial that vocal jazz members put time and effort into getting prepared for this festival.  We have three very important rehearsals coming up that everyone must attend.

These rehearsals are:
Tuesday Jan 28, 2:30-4:00pm
Tuesday Feb 4, 2:30-4:00pm
Thursday Feb 6, 2:30-3:15pm

Berklee will take place Saturday, Feb 8th in Boston at the Hynes Convention Center and is free and open to the public!  Any and all parents and friends are welcome to come.  The Mashpee Jazz Band will be on at 9:55am and the Vocal Jazz Ensemble will be on at 5:00pm (last group to perform!).  I hope everyone is as excited as I am...this will be a tremendous opportunity for our singers and instrumentalists.
 All-Cape Honors Music:  Next Week All-Cape will be taking place Thursday Evening, all day Friday, and part of the day Saturday.  For more information including a detailed schedule see the following link:
All Cape Information

Thank you, please email me if you have any comments/questions/concerns:

-Mr. Raymond

Monday, January 20, 2014

Vocal Jazz Rehearsal This week


Unfortunately there is an incoming snow storm beginning Tuesday night.  Because of this, I am moving vocal jazz to Thursday night 2-3pm.  It will be a dress rehearsal, so we will literally run our set and that will be all.

If this is a problem for anyone, email me:

-Mr. Raymond

Tuesday, January 14, 2014

January Updates


First off, congratulations to Brynne Santos, Stephen Ross, and James Boyd on a fantastic job at the Senior Southeast District Music Festival.  The choir was outstanding, and these students represented the Mashpee music department in the best way!

 Winter Concert: Thursday January 23rd

Meeting Time -- 6pm Chorus Room
Concert Starts -- 7pm
Concert Order: Middle School Chorus
                          High School Concert Choir
                          High School Chamber Choir
                          Vocal Jazz Ensemble

Concert Dress (very important):  failure to follow the dress code = not allowed on stage
Middle School: 
Boys - All Black
Girls - Black Dress Shoes or Flats, Black or White Top with Black Dress Pants OR Black Dress.  If you wear a Black Dress and it is not down to your ankles, you MUST wear Black Tights or leggings underneath.  No Barelegs, No Yoga Pants, No Low Cut Tops

High School:
Boys - All Black -- Red Neck Tie
Girls - All Black (Dresses or Dress Pants) - No Barelegs, No Yoga Pants, No Low Cut Tops
 (Vocal Jazz -- Red Accessories for the girls)

All Cape: Thurs January 30 - Sat February 1
Jan 30: Leaving Right After School, taking the bus to Harwich High School for evening rehearsals 3-7pm
Jan 31: Leaving in the morning by bus, all day rehearsals 9-3pm
Feb 1: Morning Rehearsals, Afternoon Concert: TREBLE/SATB CHOIR 1pm

Make sure you number your measures, bring a bottle of water and a pencil!
More information including the permission slip will be handed out later this week