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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. 

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Listen to the Christmas Concert on Live Web Radio

You can tune in to tonight’s Gleneagle Music Christmas concert on 105 the Hive, a distributed K-12 web radio station developed and maintained by Ontario teachers Andy Forgrave and Heather Durnin, along with Clarence Fisher and a few other teachers across Canada. Inspired and brought about by the same technology (and some of the same people) that first broadcast Gleneagle events on #ds106radio, we’re excited at the prospect of sharing the warmth of the MPR tonight with a new audience.

Tune in by opening this playlist in an Internet browser or with a media player (like iTunes or VLC): http://radio.shoutcastcloud.com/tunein.php/hedurnin/playlist.pls 

You can read about the last few years’ experiments in K12 Web Radio at Gleneagle here.

Gleneagle joins the Six String Nation


We were lucky tonight at Gleneagle to be paid a visit by Jowi Taylor and his wonderful project, the Voyageur Six String Nation Guitar.

After meeting Jowi this summer at theUnplug’d conference, it was a great pleasure to have him tell this Canadian story as a fundraising event involving so many learners and parents in the Gleneagle family, gathered to bask in music created on a mythical instrument. Having been in the shoes of someone invited to play Voyageur at an evening like this, I was excited and anxious to share this particular aspect of the experience with two young musicians at school. It is a terrific honour to play after knowing the origin and essence of so many of the instrument’s parts, and manages to supply a perfect and personal moment of Canadiana for performer and audience alike.

Iris and Andrew each wowed the audience tonight, with Iris playing an original of her own, and Andrew delivering a deft cover of a City and Colour song. It was a joy to see them bringing the guitar to life and smiling through it all for their friends in the audience, and they should be commended for putting a perfect cap on a great evening celebrating community.

Concert Choir at the Powell River Vocal Summit

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

Gleneagle’s Got Talent Teaser

Hallowe’en Jam with Mr. (Howlin’) Wolfson & Mr. Piratrovato

TED Talk: Charles Hazlewood and “Trusting the Ensemble”