Welcome to AMA 2020/2021
March 3, 2021
AMA Spring/Easter 2021 Fundraising Campaign is Open Now!
Online only! Please visit the AMA FUNDRAISING webpage for more details.
February 23, 2021
Dear Parents & Families,
In past years, the Argyle Music Program has hosted an annual Cabaret event which features students in Argyle’s jazz bands and acts as a fundraiser for graduating music students. Due to restrictions on gatherings and performances that the province is currently under, we are unfortunately unable to plan for this event.
While we cannot host Cabaret in our usual capacity, we would like to continue with the silent auction portion of our event in hopes to raise some funds for music scholarships for our graduating students. We are currently seeking donations for our Silent Auction. Please see attached a letter from our Argyle Music Association with more information.
I know Cabaret is an event that many students, families, and members of the community (myself included!) look forward to, and I look forward to the time when we can gather, celebrate, and share music together in a live setting again. In the meantime, I would like to ask for your support for the online silent auction event that our AMA members are organizing. Funds for this event go towards Argyle Music Scholarships that all music students are eligible to apply.
Thank you again for continuing to support your children in the music program. I look forward to the day when we can share music with each other and celebrate our students’ growth in person together.
February 18, 2021
It’s been recently brought to my attention that the Band 10-12 course names appear as “instrumental music” on the course selection sheet. I’ve looked at the course selection sheet and wanted to provide the following updates on which course names refer to which class on the course selection sheet:
Concert Band = Band 9
Instrumental Music 10 = Band 10
Instrumental Music 11 = Band 11 (X Block)
Instrumental Music 12 = Band 12 (X Block)
Jazz Band 9 – 12 = Jazz Band 9 – 12 (X Block)
Orchestra 9 – 12 = Strings 9 – 12 (X Block)
Beginning Band 8 – 10 is a new course being offered to students who have NO prior experience in band (does not apply to anyone receiving this email)
My apologies for the confusion here. I will be working with counsellors and admin in future years to ensure we are using the same language in the course selection process.
Thank you for your understanding. Please let me know if you have any other questions or concerns.
February 16, 2021
“Little Song of Life” – Concert & Chamber Choir audio recording
Choral Commission for Argyle Chamber & Concert Choirs 2020/21 and Mrs Roberts 30th year teaching at Argyle.
Composer & sound editor Andrew Bortz
Andrew is a sought-after conductor, composer, singer, pianist, and music educator. He is originally from Twin Falls, Idaho and has lived in Vancouver for the last five years. Andrew received a Master of Music degree in choral conducting from UBC in 2017, where he directed the Chamber Choir, Men’s Choir, and Women’s Choir. His previous studies include a Bachelor of Music degree in voice, piano, and composition from Whitworth University in Spokane, Washington.
Andrew is the founder and artistic director Aurora Chamber Choir, the auditioned young adult ensemble under the Crescent Choirs umbrella. He is also the collaborative pianist for all of the Crescent Choirs ensembles. As an accompanist, Andrew is known for his sensitive and intuitive music making, and has collaborated with high school, collegiate, and community choirs across the US and Canada.
Andrew has an active studio of private singing, guitar, piano, and conducting students. In the past, he has taught choir, band, IB music, and math at Mead High School, Mulgrave School, and Cornerstone Montessori School. He has also worked as the assistant conductor for Vancouver-based Phoenix Chamber Choir and Chrysalis Vocal Ensemble. Andrew currently sings bass with the professional Vancouver choral ensemble musica intima.
The students are now collectively creating a visual component to be released in March
February 15, 2021
February 10, 2021
I can’t believe we are in Quarter 3 already! I’m grateful that we have been able to continue with band and music this year, though I must admit it’s been an interesting year only being able to see certain groups for a period of time!
I know it’s course selection time right now and I have had some inquiries about course offerings. The following band courses are being offered next year:
Concert Band 8
Concert Band 9
Concert Band 10
Concert Band 11/12 (Senior Concert Band) – X Block, off the time table
Jazz Band 8/9/10 – X Block, off the time table
Jazz Band 11/12 – X Block, off the time table
You must be enrolled in Concert Band to be in Jazz Band.
Music Composition – I have had some inquiries about this course as well. As we have never had enough students to have this as a stand alone course, this course in typically blended with Sound Recording or similar offerings, and has been taught by Mr. Bulger. The course involves learning to write and compose music, and doesn’t really require any extensive theory knowledge.
If you have any questions about course offerings in Band for next year, please don’t hesitate to contact me.
I would like to thank all the students for their continued dedication and flexibility during this year. I am hopeful that we will be able to return to concerts, performances, and other events in time, and I look forward to the day when we can share music with each other in a live setting again.
December 29, 2020
We hope you are all enjoying the holidays and staying safe.
Thank you to the fifty two singers, covering Canada (east to west), USA, Europe and Australia, who participated in the Virtual Alumni Choir project.
Grads from 1990 all the way up to future grads 2023 were on this recording. Mrs Roberts was so pleased and thrilled to re-connect with so many of you. If it was not for this pandemic this project may not have happened. Truly amazing!
Special thanks to Danny Choi (Grad 2016) recording engineer for all his work on this project.
Here is the link for the SILENT NIGHT video
December 15, 2020
A special Christmas project: SILENT NIGHT – Virtual Choir Project
- Open for current Concert & Chamber choristers and ALUMNI choristers
- Please review the Silent Night virtual choir project guidelines
- Please send your audio recording and a photo of yourself (preferably a head shot) to Danny Choi at email@example.com or on Facebook by DEC. 24th
Looking forward to a special Christmas gift of your voices in song – thanks!!!
Many thanks to Danny and Lynn Choi for the pre – recording project work
November 27, 2020
Happy Friday everyone!
Couple of things to wrap up the week:
- If you are looking for a singers mask, please see website for a locally made secure singers masks
- Check out a recent article appearing on the North Vancouver School District website regarding Mrs. Roberts’ BCMEA award.
Have a great safe weekend
November 20, 2020
Hi AMA families,
Only a few days left, so please don’t miss out on placing your Purdys orders by November 24.
See AMA FUNDRAISING webpage for more information.
November 12, 2020
November 9, 2020
REMINDER: AMA AGM is tomorrow, November 10th at 7pm via zoom.
You will receive an email with the meeting details form your music teacher. Please watch you Inbox 🙂
Looking forward to “see” you there!
November 1, 2020
AMA Fall Fundraiser 2020 Campaign is Open Now!
Please visit the AMA FUNDRAISING webpage for more details
October 30, 2020
Hot of the press… From Superintendent Mark Pearmain’s October 29, 2020 report:
Frances Roberts: Outstanding Secondary Music Educator Award
Please join me in congratulating Argyle Secondary’s Frances Roberts, recipient of the 2020 Outstanding Secondary Music Educator Award. Presented by the BC Music Educators’ Association, this award recognizes Frances’ contributions as a music educator. Frances is celebrated for her attention to foundational music skills, outstanding scaffolding of students’ learning and curriculum progressions from grades 8 through 12 and her willingness to take risks and champion new music. Congratulations Frances! We are lucky to benefit from your passion, energy and commitment to students and their musical learning experience.
Welcome back everyone! We hope you had a great summer.
Please see the SCHEDULES webpage for your group schedule.
We will keep update and post the schedules once we receive them from your teacher.