Tuesday, May 8, 2018

Spring Concert is May 17! 7pm, Calvary Church North Sanctuary

The Spring Concert for ALL students taking music in the spring semester is Thursday, May 17. The concert begins at 7pm, and all students taking music need to arrive in concert attire by 6pm. The entire community is invited to attend!  

The concert performance will be the culmination of weeks of preparation for the 7th and 8th grade recorder ensembles, as well as the 9th and 10th grade choirs. This is a mandatory performance for all fall semester Music students, and will count as 10% of their semester grade. If they do not attend this concert, they will receive a ZERO.

WHEN: Thursday, May 17, 2018. Students need to be checked in to the Calvary North MPR at 6pm. 

WHERE: Calvary Chapel North Phoenix, 14201 N 32nd St, Phoenix, AZ 85032.

IMPORTANT DETAILS: Students must arrive promptly by 6:00 p.m. for a warm-up and dress rehearsal for the concert. We ask that no parents enter the sanctuary until 6:45pm.

CONCERT ATTIRE: All students must be dressed in Concert Dress attire as stated in the NPX handbook, when they arrive. Boys must be in long sleeve, white, collared dress shirts, with black slacks, black socks, and black shoes.  Girls must wear black and/or white, (separates are fine), shoulders must be covered, and black dress shoes (open-toed shoes and heels 2 inches or less are permitted). Dress slacks, skirts, and dresses are permitted. If a skirt or dress is higher than mid-calf, students must wear black stockings, tights, or leggings. Please contact your student’s music teacher with any questions.

Please contact your child's music teacher for any questions: Ms. Kara Harris, kharris@northphoenixprep.org; Dr. Joseph Mann, jmann@northphoenixprep.org, Mr. Ryan Fleming, rfleming@northphoenixprep.org 

Monday, May 7, 2018

9th and 10th Grade Social May 19th!

Headmaster Letter

Dear North Phoenix Prep Families,

Last week's Cabinet of Curiosities and Drama Club performances were truly spectacular!  I am so proud of our students and faculty for the hours and hours of preparation and rehearsal that went into making our experience so enjoyable.

It's moments like these that remind us why we're engaged in the vital work of cultivating the hearts and minds of our students, and that gives us the perspective that we need to continue every day.  The fine arts are important because they breathe aesthetic life into us.  They fill us with a yearning for the highest, noblest, and finest things.  It's so beautiful that our students can give us this tremendous gift!

It was equally inspiring to see the contributions of Mr. Lugo, our Facilities Technician, who displayed several pieces at the Cabinet of Curiosities.  When I spoke with Mr. Lugo, he expressed how thankful he is to be part of our community, and that he hoped his art might inspire our students to pursue their dreams.  We are so thankful to Mr. Lugo for sharing his talent with us!

 


With Devotion,
Headmaster Weinhold

Sunday, May 6, 2018

Teacher Feature: Ms. Foglesong

We are overjoyed to announce that Ms. Karin Foglesong is joining our faculty next year!

Karin Foglesong, Soprano, made her operatic debut as Fiordiligi with the National Opera Company’s production of Così Fan Tutte. Roles performed include: Alice Ford in Falstaff with the New York Verismo Opera Company, Rosalinda in Die Fledermaus with National Opera Company, Countess Almaviva in The Marriage of Figaro with Opera-To-Go (New England), Cendrillon in Cendrillon, Belinda in Dido & Aeneas, Corilla in Viva La Mama, Antigone in Antigone (World Premiere) with Alea III, Gloria in Territories (World Premiere) with New Opera Theatre Ensemble, Rose Maybud in Ruddigore with Boston Academy of Music Repertory Company, Princess Ida, (understudy) with New York Gilbert & Sullivan Players, and Katisha in The Mikado. She also spent several years touring with several opera companies in school shows, performing operas for K-12 aged students, from the Mississippi to the eastern parts of the nation. She spent a year as soloist singing in a jazz club, and performing 365 days in musical theater reviews.

An accomplished singer and actress, Ms. Foglesong toured and performed with various professional singing groups and has performed as soloist with regional symphonies. Her awards include Regional Winner Metropolitan Opera Auditions in California, Regional Finalist in the Bel Canto Foundation National Auditions in Boston, winner of the National Endowment Fund for the Arts Scholarship, and the Director’s Award Recipient both at Boston University, where she received her Master of Music in Vocal Performance.

Ms. Foglesong's voice and theater students have gained admittance to the American Academy of Dramatic Arts in New York, perform with Goode Time Carolers (Disney), perform solo roles and professional chorus work with Arizona Opera, gained admittance to the American Singer’s Opera Project at the Wake Forest University, entered Shenandoah University Conservatory and Manhattan Marymount Theater College, have won the jazz Idol in the Skye Vocal Competition in Arizona, and perform with Phoenix Theater Company. She has also trained worship leaders and music educators in the greater Phoenix area. Karin's passion is seeing her students fulfill their vocal and dramatic potential.

Our students prepared a few questions for Ms. Foglesong:

How did you become interested in music and drama?
Music goes back a ways in my family. My great-grandfather was a composer and choir director who traveled the western states, giving choir workshops, in addition to keeping up with a farm in Canada. Music was also an integral part of my nuclear family. My mom and dad both played the piano for fun. Every morning, after breakfast, we all sang songs at the table, in four-part harmony. When I was little, my parents and I would sing trios in public. One day, when I was about seven, they got sick and I went on to sing my first solo. After that, I just continued on singing solos and it became normal.

As for drama, my Dad was a classical radio announcer and speech therapist, and he trained me how to speak. We would read the Chronicles of Narnia aloud, playing all the different parts. I never thought of this as acting, but Mr. Simokat, my 6th-grade teacher was casting for a play: Sorry, Wrong Number, by Lucille Fletcher. I auditioned, and was completely surprised to get the lead role! Playing this part was fun, because the character I played was alternatively pompous and condescending, yet had to scream with fear, afraid of a murderer. It was a pleasure playing a part with such emotional contradictions! I was hooked!

When did you decide to become a teacher and why?
I never thought of myself as a teacher. When I was taking sophomore-level voice lessons in college, I was shocked to find out that my voice teacher, Mr. Griessinger, wanted to send me beginner-level voice students that he could not take. I was a very shy person at that time and didn't know how I could possibly do it, but the minute I started to teach, I seemed to know just what to do and how to help. It was a relief to me to discover that teaching was not really about me, but about what the student needed. I surprised myself with a wealth of confidence in communicating, that I didn't know I possessed and found I deeply enjoyed helping others to discover their talents.

How do you best connect with students?
I try to take time to get to know students and how they view the world. I'm always happiest if students feel free to ask me questions because those questions create a great partnership between student and teacher--making us collaborators in the learning process. I'm a big believer in the idea that we all think in different ways, and that having multiple ways to communicate on the same subject can help a student come to understand.

What interests do you have that might support an extracurricular club?
I love choir and have been conducting choir and orchestra for the last six years. I would love to start a choir club on campus. Choir is such a great opportunity to bond together to enjoy great music, and to discover your voice in a non-threatening situation. Sometimes the friendships that you make in choir can last for a lifetime!

Welcome to North Phoenix Prep, Ms. Foglesong!