Welcome to the AMA 2019/2020!

January 27, 2020

#1. Reminder of the WED. JAN 29th  general meeting for the Argyle Music Association, all are welcome. Meeting  is in Argyle Library from 6:30 – 7:30pm

 #2. OFFICIAL Baltics Tour Meeting is from 7:30 – 9pm – Argyle Library – Tour participant and ONE parent/ guardian need to be present, thanks.

 #3. It’s that Time of Year…the start of collecting items for Cabaret 2020

Last year’s Cabaret raised more than $12,000 which was then distributed as scholarships to graduating music students who applied and met the requirements. We have had a number of inquiries in previous years, and we would like to make clear that you do NOT have to participate in Cabaret Night to apply. All Gr 12 students in the Argyle Music Program are eligible.

We are now accepting DONATIONS for our SILENT AUCTION, and we are asking for your support! This Wednesday, please bring to the AMA Parent or TOUR meeting a bottle of wine, liquor, “unwanted” Christmas gifts, candles, soaps, bath products or cash donations to help kick start fundraising for the Cabaret silent auction baskets.

Future Donation Bins will also be at the up coming concerts on Feb 25th & March 4th

Send an e-mail to donations@argylemusic.ca if you have any questions.

Thank you AMA Cabaret Team

January 14, 2020

Greetings Choir Parent/ Guardian/ Participant

We have had to make a last minute decision to postpone the Junior Music Tour to Vernon for a week due to weather and road conditions. It will now run from WED Jan 22 – FRI Jan 24. This has a ripple effect on other CHOIRS, please note these changes in rehearsal schedules;

Thursday Jan 16 – Junior Jazz Choir WILL meet for class 7:30am ( no class Thurs Jan 23 )

Friday Jan 17 – LUNCH : 1 – 1:30pm – COMBINED CHOIRS – Concert & Chamber Choir ( instead of Fri. Jan 24 )

Thanks for understanding and being flexible with all of this.
Mrs Roberts

December 11, 2019

Dear Music Parents,

Just a reminder that Fundraising distribution day is this Thursday, 12th December in the Argyle Cafeteria from 3 – 5.30 pm.

There will be Poinsettia’s, JJ Bean Coffee, Gift Cards & the remaining Purdys Chocolates.

If you would like to help please email us at fundraising@argylemusic.ca.

Help would be appreciated from 2 – 5.30 pm.


Danielle Moore & Svetlana Sobelman

December 3, 2019

Greetings Chorister / Parent / Guardian

We are in our annual HARVEST PROJRCT DRIVE at Argyle and we ask that each student bring at least ONE item to donate to the cause. Our choir class has 46 students and currently we have receievd some donations but from only THREE people. It is a busy time right now and we have until TUES DEC 17, two weeks today, so I am hopeful that each student could bring an item between now and then.

IDEAS: NON PERISHABLE FOOD ITEMS – tinned/ packaged goods



Thanks for making the time to help our community – Mrs Roberts

December 2, 2019

Invitation to ALL Argyle Concert Choir & Vocal Ensemble ALUMNI
The Annual Christmas Argyle Alumni Choir will meet to REHEARSE Wed Dec 4th 7 – 9pm in the CHOIR room.
Mrs Roberts invites any choral grads to come and SING one last time in the Choir room and Stairwell. Next year we will be in a NEW school.
Performance : Argyle Senior Christmas Concert  Tues Dec 10th 7:30pm Christ Church Cathedral

November 28 2019

Greetings Parent / Guardian

  • The Leadership Classes are running a HARVEST PROJECT Collection for the entire school the month of DEC. We have until Dec 17th to bring items to fill our BIN : Non perishable food items/  grocery gift cards/ toiletries/ SOCKS & underwear/ diapers & toilet paper.
    THANKS for being a part of helping our community!  Frances Roberts

  • REMINDER to those of you who SOLD/PURCHASED any NEUFELD Products: PIES/COOKIES/APPY’s
    DELIVERY & PICKUP SAT. NOV 30TH – 3pm –  4pm : Argyle BACK parking lot (Fromme Road) near the JAMES BUCHANAN THEATRE
    Any concerns contact : Danielle or Svetlana at 778 709 7084

November 23 2019

Argyle  CHRISTMAS CHORAL Events – December 2019

“Spreading Christmas Cheer through song in the community”

Centennial Theater 2300 Lonsdale, North Vancouver  7:30pm

Come hear the Argyle Senior Vocal Ensemble, Chamber Choir and Concert Choir in concert at Centennial Theatre, together with the Vancouver Welsh Men singing some favourite Christmas carols. Tickets purchased through the Centennial Theatre.

#2. ARGYLE SENIOR CHRISTMAS CONCERT – Tues. Dec 10 – 7:30pm  Christ Church Cathedral 690 Burrard St (corner of Georgia & Burrard)

Come hear ALL the Senior Music Ensembles presenting festive music that will literally lift you out of your seats. The Senior Concert Band, Concert Choir, Chamber Choir, Senior Vocal Ensemble and the Argyle Alumni Choir will entertain and engage you in a special night of seasonal music. Audience Carol sing-alongs, our special” 12 Days of Christmas”

 ADMISSION: suggested donation $10 at the door  *note new venue*


#3. Sr. Vocal Ens. CAROLING Lynn Valley Library Open House
Lynn Valley Library from 1 –1:40pm Fri Dec 13

The ensemble will be wandering among the stacks and bookshelves singing Christmas carols for the staff and patrons. Please join us if you can.

5:30 – 7pm
Vancouver Club 915 West Hastings CALL 5pm snacks 5:30 Rehearse

The annual Customplan Insurance Christmas Party at the Vancouver Club

Formal dress required, light refreshments & finger food from 5pm in our green room, Check in with the concierge.  Bring your black carol binder. Program TBA

#5 ARGYLE SENIOR CHORISTERS – Caroling in classrooms – Fri Dec 20
Day #2  6-7-5-8

Choir students can signup to sing ANY block of the school day and we travel the hallways bringing Christmas Cheer to the classes and teachers that have requested we visit.

Frances Roberts

Choir teacher


November 21 2019
Greetings Choir 9 Parent/ Guardian/ Chorister

Thank you to those who came out to the Vernon Tour Meeting Tuesday night. I hope you have a better idea of what a wonderful touring experience this January trip will be. Please return your FORMS to me in the choir room for Fri. Nov 23. Please if you have any concerns contact me. ( 604 903 3300 )

JUNIOR WINTER CONCERT TUES. NOV. 26 7PM GYM – onto our next EXCITING event… the choir has been working hard at their music and many brave souls stepped forward to try out solos. I am very pleased and proud of ALL who did this, no easy task. I wish there were spots for all who tried but for this concert in A MILLION DREAMS: solo #1 Kiyana A #2 Zoe R #3 Radin F #4 Aleena P . Please let me know if you accept this solo spot for the concert. Thanks – Congratulations! You were all amazing!

CONCERT CALL: Choir 9/10 in GYM on risers from 6:20 – 6:35pm – dressed in black pants/ shoes with black Argyle Music Hoody. Those of you touring to Vernon, cost of hoody included in tour fee. Those of you not touring a $50 fee will appear on School Cash On Line. The rest of you already have a hoody.

THANKS – Frances Roberts

November 18, 2019
Dear AMA Parents,
Here is your FINAL Reminder to get your fundraising orders in !!!!!
Poinsettia’s, Grocery Gift Cards, JJ Bean Coffee, Pies & Cookies are DUE Thursday 21st Nov 3pm.
PLEASE NOTE: Sorry, we are not able to order the MARBLE Poinsettia’s Plants this year, sorry they have no more available!!!
Fundraising Books can be found in the music rooms or online at: www.argylemusic.ca/argyle-music-fund-raising/
PURDY”S Can Still be Ordered ONLINE until 27th November.
Delivery Date for Pies/Cookies & More is November 30th – 3 pm at the Argyle Back Parking Lot (behind Theatre)
Delivery Date for Purdy’s Chocolates is  December 7th – 1.30 – 3 pm at 4153 Hoskins Road.
Delivery Date for Poinsettia’s , Gift Cards & JJ Bean Coffee December 12th – 3 – 5 pm in the Cafeteria
Don’t forget you can order SPUD & Two Rivers Speciality Meats ALL YEAR LONG.
If you can help on December 7th (11.30 – 1.30 pm) or December 12th (2 – 5 pm) – please email fundraising@argylemusic.ca.
If you have any questions please feel free to contact us.
Danielle & Svetlana

November 15, 2019

Greetings Chorister, Parent/ Guardian

This is the reminder of the OFFICIAL TOUR MEETING for the student participants and their parents/ guardians.
Please insure that the touring participant and ONE parent/ guardian are PRESENT for this important meeting Tuesday Nov 19 –  Argyle Band Room 7pm. Touring documents will be distributed and our administratve rep will be present. Q  & A at the end of the meeting.

Thanks, Mrs Roberts

November 15, 2019

Greetings JUNIOR CHOIR & STRINGS student performers/ Parents/ Guardians

Our Term #1 CONCERT is just around the corner and I want to make sure everyone is clear on the event and the expectations – TUESDAY NOV. 26TH – Junior Winter Concert

ALL students are involved in four areas of assessment as part of this concert  #1 SET-UP or CLEANUP #2 CALL Time – GYM  #3  ENSEMBLE PERFORMANCE  #4 AUDIENCE behaviour/ etiquette.

The students sign up in advance for a TASK in set up or cleanup of the Concert Hall (gym) CALL TIME means in the GYM dressed, ready to perform with everything needed to sing/ play your instrument. CALL times are tight and the students should be in the gym 5 minutes in advance of their specified time.

Band 8: 3:45 – 4:10pm

Band 9: 4:10 – 4:30pm

Band 10: 4:30 – 4:50pm

JUNIOR JAZZ CHOIR: 5:40 – 6pm attire Black pants / shoes & top from your other performing  group

STRINGS: 6:00 – 6:20pm  attire Black pants/ shoes & Seylynn Strings hoody or black long sleeve shirt

CHOIR 9/10: 6:20 – 6:35PM attire Black pants/ shoes /socks & Vernon Tour Music Hoody

CHOIR 8: 6:35 – 6:45PM attire Black pants/ shoes/  socks & solid white top ( blouse/ shirt)

DOORS OPEN 6:45pm – Audience  7pm CONCERT

This is an important night for our student musicians, please be dressed appropriately as specified above (NO YOGA pants/ LOGOS etc). DO NOT bring your cel phone into the Concert Hall (gym) please secure it elsewhere for the concert.
Concert will be approx. 2 hours and there will be 2 stand & stretch breaks as we move performers off and on stage. Please limit any IN and OUT of the gym to these breaks or during applause out of respect for our student performers.

THANKS, Mrs Roberts

November 9, 2019

Congratulations and praise are in order to ALL the choristers on their performance and service decorum this past Friday . Huge thanks for their performance preparation and participation in the SET UP and CLEAN UP as well. I am very proud of the way we REMEMBER at Argyle and am grateful for this tradition.


Thurs. Nov 14th – LEARNING CONFERENCES early dismissal for students – Strings class cancelled

Tues. NOV 19th – 7pm Band Room – JUNIOR TOUR MEETING – VERNON 2020  *mandatory attendance for Participant & Parent/ Guardian

Tues. NOV 26th 7pm GYM – JUNIOR WINTER CONCERT – Choir 8 /9/10/ Junior Jazz/ Strings

November 5, 2019

REMEMBRANCE Service is FRIDAY Nov 8th at 12 noon in the GYM. ALL performing musicians are to be dressd in SOLID BLACK, please no logos/ stripes/ yoga wear. POPPY is to be worn on the left.

SET UP starts Thursday Nov 7th at lunch and continues after school.

CLEAN UP occurs immediately after the service during Friday lunch.

Performers should sign up for ONE task on either day thanks.

FINAL REHEARSALS: Thursday Lunch JUNIORS: Ngothando / Al Shlosha – DANCERS

Dress Rehearsal –  FRI. per #5 GYM – dressed for the service to follow

Thanks – Mrs Roberts

October 30, 2019

Dear AMA Parents,

It’s Winter Fundraising Time!!!
Time to shop for Christmas Presents and Hostess Gifts while adding to your Travel Account!!
We are offering Purdy’s Chocolate, Poinsettia’s, Grocery Gift Cards, JJ Bean Coffee, Pies & Cookies and SPUD & Two Rivers Speciality Meats.
Fundraising Books can be found in the music rooms or online at: www.argylemusic.ca/argyle-music-fund-raising/

Orders are DUE:
November 21st at 3 pm in the Fundraising Box outside the Music Rooms

Delivery Date for Pies/Cookies & More is November 30th – 3 pm at the Argyle Back Parking Lot (behind Theatre)

Delivery Date for Purdy’s Chocolates is  December 7th – 1.30 – 3 pm at 4153 Hoskins Road.

Delivery Date for Poinsettia’s , Gift Cards & JJ Bean Coffee December 12th – 3 – 5 pm in the Cafeteria

Don’t forget you can order SPUD & Two Rivers Speciality Meats ALL YEAR LONG

If you can help on December 7th (11.30 – 1.30 pm) or December 12th (2 – 5 pm) – please email fundraising@argylemusic.ca.

If you have any questions please feel free to contact us.
Danielle & Svetlana

UNIFORM SALE & Distribution – TUESDAY Nov 5 – LUNCH – Choir room

This message is for CONCERT CHOIR 11/12 and CHAMBER CHOIR 9 – 12 ONLY.

Burgundy Henkaa dresses $80 and Burgundy Ties  $31.

Payable by cash or cheque to Argyle Music Association.

Thanks Mrs Roberts

October 28, 2019

This is a reminder that Samosa & Chai Tea Orders are ready for PICK UP on 30th October at 3-5 pm in the Argyle Cafeteria.

We would love some help sorting out orders from 2 – 3 pm if you are able to help please email fundraising@argylemusic.ca.

The Winter Fundraising Package will be available tomorrow night at the Jazz Coffee House or when you pick up your orders on Wednesday or in the Music Rooms.

They are due November 21st at 3 pm

Any questions, please let us know.

Danielle and Svetlana

Fundraising Coordinators

October 23, 2019

Greetings Vocal Ensemble Parent/Guardian & Singer

Important INFO regarding our Second Annual Coffee House Tues. Oct 29th

3-3:30pm Moving Sound Equipment to Cafeteria – Sound Techs setup
5:45pm – ARRIVE dressed for Performance – final move into place in Cafeteria / BRING FOOD ITEM (clearly labelled for ownership of plate and INGREDIENTS)
6:15pm – SOUND CHECK with Sr Jazz Band – followed by acapella songs sound check
6:45pm – DOORS OPEN
8:15-9pm (approx) CLEANUP – Return equipment to Band & Choir rooms

Thanks everyone for your efforts so far, this is going to be a wonderful night of music and community for us. The students have been practicing hard and we are pleased to have this forum to share with you.

Frances Roberts

October 15, 2019

Avi Kaplan Honour Choir Festival Registration – Individual Singer
Click HERE to register

October 8, 2019

Dear AMA Parents,

This is a reminder that the Fall Fundraising Package (SPC Cards, Entertainment Books & Samosa’s) are due this THURSDAY,10th OCTOBER at 3 pm.

Fundraising Books can be found in the music rooms or online at: www.argylemusic.ca/argyle-music-fund-raising/

Delivery Date for Samosa’s – October 30th from 3 – 5 pm in the Cafeteria.

If you can help on this day – please email fundraising@argylemusic.ca

The Winter Fundraising Package will be available approx. October 29th with the old favourites of Purdy’s, Pies & Cookies, JJ Bean Coffee, Grocery Gift Cards, Poinsettia’s

Danielle & Svetlana

September 27, 2019

Greetings CHOIR & STRINGS Parents / Guardians

We are up and running, thanks to everyone for a great startup and a wonderful turn out to the AMA meeting Sept 25th. Please go to our website
www.argylemusic.ca to see meeting notes and the Argyle Music Handbook for calendar details.

UPCOMING DEADLINES: Senior Baltic Tour next payment  will appear online OCT 1st

#1 Concert & Chamber Choir RETREAT  forms due Tues. Oct 1st to Mrs. Roberts

#2 Senior CHOIR – UNIFORM purchase of USED or NEW orders due Wed. Oct 2nd

#3 FALL FUND RAISER has started – Orders Due Thurs. Oct 10th –  (forms on website) Delivery & pick up date  WED. Oct 30th in the cafeteria

#4 COFFEE HOUSE event – Tues. Oct 29th – Argyle Cafeteria – admission by donation – please join us for a casual night of jazz , refreshments and treats . Entertainment provided by SENIOR Jazz groups

#5 Strings Retreat – Nov 1 – 3 –  Informed Consent Documents will be distributed next week.

Happy Autumn everyone! Great to see such enthusiasm and energy as we get going in all our ensemble classes.

Thanks – Mrs Roberts

September 24, 2019

Greetings Argyle Music Parents & Guardians

A Final REMINDER of the AMA Meeting Wed Sept 25 – 7pm library , hope to see many of you there!

TOURING FORMS : Grade 9/10’s please return your form regarding Vernon tour in January by Sept 26

SENIOR BALTIC TOUR : On Line payment #3 will appear OCT 1st, please be caught up , any queries please contact me or Mr Peake in the office.

STRINGS RETREAT : please return your form of INTENT regarding participation by Sept 26.

CONCERT & CHAMBER CHOIR RETREAT : FORMS due Oct 1st  Parent Meeting 8pm Library

THANKS – Mrs Roberts

September 20, 2019

Greetings Choir & Strings Parents/ Guardians

Important upcoming meetings and general info:

#1 AMA General Meeting 7pm Wed Sept 25 – Library –everyone welcome & invited – Meet the teachers, your AMA executive and hear about the plans for the year. Following the meeting approx. 8pm Meeting re: Concert  CHOIR 11/12 & Chamber Choir 9- 12 Retreat  CAMP LUTHER OCT 17 – 18

#2 Senior Music Tour to BALTICS – your next installment of payment will appear Oct 1st

#3 STRINGS Retreat Nov 1 – 3 Camp Capilano with Windsor Strings please return forms TUES Sept 24

#4 Junior Jazz Choir commences TUES Sept 24th  7:30am

Frances Roberts

Choir & Strings teacher

September 15, 2019

Greetings Family of School Principals & Music teachers

We are back! Hope your year startup went well and that you will have a chance to share this info with your school community.

As we have done for a few years now, myself and some of my senior choir students are offering a FREE  AFTER SCHOOL DROP in PROGRAM for interested singers. This is geared to grades 4 – 7 BOYS & GIRLS. We hope to get more kids in our community SINGING and our upper elementary students more familiar with Argyle.

Please spread the word and see attached Argyle Family of Schools AD 2019 poster.

We will start our first TERM TUESDAY Sept 24 at 3:30pm in the CHOIR room and run for 8 weeks.

TERM #2 will start JANUARY 14, 2020 and TERM #3 will start APRIL 7, 2020


Frances Roberts, choir teacher

September 14, 2019

Greetings ARGYLE MUSIC members

Great to be back and starting up the NEW school year and ensembles that make up this wonderful Music Program. Six bands, six choirs and the string orchestra create a marvellous music making machine! There are some key DATES and events coming up that I will highlight:

1. Argyle Music Association General Meeting WED Sept 25  – everyone is welcome and encouraged to attend this information meeting Bring your questions ,ideas.( parents/ guardians ) Argyle Library 7pm

2. Annual Chamber & Concert CHOIR RETREAT –OCT 17 – 18 Camp Luther – Hatzic Lake – Informed Consent documents will be given to choristers this week..We have an exceptional clinician coming : Carrie Tennant artistic director of the Vancouver Youth Choir.

3. Annual STRINGS Retreat – NOV 1 – 3 Camp Capilano – a joint venture with Windsor and Argyle Strings. Clinicians will be present, Claude Giguere with North Shore Celtic is one . More names to follow.

Looking forward to seeing and meeting you at the meeting, please look at our website argylemusic.ca

Thanks – Frances Roberts

Greetings & Welcome to Argyle Music 2019/2020

I am looking forward to seeing you all very soon. A few key items regarding X block classes.

#1 CHAMBER CHOIR will meet for it’s first class tomorrow WED Sept 4th at 3:15pm in the Choir room.

#2 STRINGS will meet for the first time THURS Sept 5th at 3:15pm in the Band Room. Classes will run on TUESDAYS & THURSDAYS after school from 3:15pm in the Band room.

#3 JUNIOR JAZZ CHOIR has AUDITIONS for grade 8’s TUES. Sept 17th at 3:15pm in the Choir room. Classes will begin the following week  Sept 24th and run on TUESDAYS & THURSDAYS from 7:30 to 8:30am in the Choir room.

Finally some important DATE changes from the agenda calendar : the annual CHOIR RETREAT for Concert Choir 11/12 and Chamber Choir 9/10/11/12 will be on Thurs Oct 17 – Fri Oct 18th at Camp Luther – Hatzic Lake (not the 10th & 11th )ALSO in October the JAZZ COFFEE HOUSE event will be on Tues Oct 29th in the Cafeteria ( not Mon Oct 28th ) Thanks – please take note and sorry for these errors.

Frances Roberts

Enjoy the 2018/2019 year end concert / Concert Band Recording Session