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Hlohonlofatsa at the Heritage Music Festival (Soundcheck)

The acoustics in the rehearsal space were too good not to share.

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Postcards from California

Over spring break, the Gleneagle Music Department will be headed south to Los Angeles and the Heritage Music Festival, where we brought home many awards and recognitions four years ago (when the festival was held in New York City).

Students in Gleneagle’s bands, choir, and vocal jazz ensembles will be taking in not only the elite musical showcase at the festival, but also the wilds of Disneyland, Universal Studios, and the California Beach (not to mention temperatures approaching 30 Celsius ), and will be bringing home no shortage of laughter and memorable experiences to be shared in car rides home from YVR and into the rest of the spring semester.

But we hope to be sharing some of our adventures and performances with our audience here on the Music at Gleneagle blog, as well as Twitter, Youtube, Flickr, and K12 distributed web radio station 105 the Hive, based in Ontario, Canada.

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The Music Department will also be updating its Twitter profile with more sporadic 140 character posts and pictures, which you can view and follow here, www.twitter.com/gleneaglemusic. Recordings and videos will be shared here on the blog, but we will also be streaming recordings and audio post cards live from the festival and hotel on 105 the Hive Radio for Learning, which you can listen to by visiting their website: http://www.105thehive.org/listen.

Stay tuned to the Gleneagle Twitter account to hear about upcoming live broadcasts.

Some memorable tour moments shared on the blog in the last few years:

Powell River Vocal Summit Tour Video (2011)

Mass Choir Rehearsal with Scott Leithead at the Powell River Vocal Summit (2012)

Visiting the Fine Arts Elementary School in Matanzas, Cuba (2011)

Choir singing in the Cathedral of Havana (2011)

Sight-Sining w/ Fine Arts students in Matanzas, Cuba (2011)

Jessica & Scott wowing the lobby audience at our hotel in Cuba (2011)

We hope to be sharing more and adding to this list in just over a week, and hope you can join us!

Contact Mr. Bryan Jackson (brjackson at sd43.bc.ca / http://www.twitter.com/bryanjack) if you have any questions or trouble connecting to any of the above. 

Mass Choir Rehearsal with Scott Leithead at Powell River Vocal Summit

Concert Choir at the Powell River Vocal Summit

Solo by Nicholas Van der Velden, accompanied by Mr. Trovato.

Sight-Singing with Fine Arts Highschool students in Matanzas, Cuba

Spring Concert to be Broadcast on Internet Radio

In continuing to break out of the box of physical limitations around the performing arts (many of them only happen once: if you miss it, you miss it), and find new ways to preserve and otherwise share our department’s myriad wonderful concerts, improvisations, and tour stops, Gleneagle Music’s Spring Concert (June 9th – 7pm PST) will be broadcast live on the distributed station, DS106 Radio. Originally conceived as an outlet for creative work in Jim Groom‘s raucous Digital Storytelling 106 course, offered through the University of Mary Washington, DS106 Radio is:

…a free form live streaming station that has been setup for this course, and it is being used as a platform to broadcast the work being created in the class, and a space for live broadcasts as well as for programming shows. The whole point of this experiment is to encourage any and all members of the course (as well as beyond it) to produce something real for anyone who wants to tune in. It’s also provides a global, 24 hour/7 day-a-week happening for the creations of the course and much, much more. And more than anything, ds106 radio is place where anyone can submit their work and help program the course radio station in order to commune and share around works and ideas while at the same time making the web safe for democracy.

Gleneagle Music students have been sharing rehearsals and lunchtime jam sessions live to DS106Radio audiences for the last few weeks, offering listeners ‘teasers‘ of material they will be treated to on June 9th, at approximately 7pm (Pacific Time Zone). Check in with @GleneagleMusic or @BryanJack on Twitter for updates prior-to the show.

You can stream the station live into iTunes and other media players by clicking the link below:

Listen to DS106 Radio

Gleneagle Choir sings in Cathedral of Havana

Cathedral in Havanna
After eating lunch in a courtyard restaurant next door, Gleneagle’s Concert Choir put on a two song set in the cavernous Cathedral of Havana, built in 1777 and for a time home to the remains of Christopher Columbus. Passersby and locals were treated to an inspiring few minutes’ stillness on Tuesday afternoon.