Welcome to AMA 2020/2021
May 31, 2021
Argyle’s BABY GRAND PIANO is looking for a new home…
May 15, 2021
AMA General Meeting – Tomorrow (Wednesday, May 26) at 7pm!
AMA General year end meeting via Zoom Meeting:
Meeting ID: 610 8178 5327
Hope to see you there!
May 16, 2021
AMA Silent Auction – The auction is now closed.
Overall, we raised $4,740, which is 94.8% of our goal. Well done!
The Winning Bidders should have been notified.
To claim your item/s, a payment needs to be made via e-transfer to firstname.lastname@example.org. Once paid, please send an email to email@example.com with the item/s name, your name and Bidder Number (if possible) to confirm your payment.
Pickup dates and time:
Friday, May 21st 3:30 – 5:30pm
Saturday, May 22nd 12 – 5pm
242 28th street East, North Vancouver
***Photo ID is required for auction Items with alcohol***
Thank you all for your great support!
May 14, 2021
AMA Silent Auction – less than 48 hours remaining!
Thank you to those of you who have taken part in our AMA Cabaret Silent Auction. We are now a little more than half-way to our goal of $5,000. The auction is open until Saturday, May 15 (tomorrow) at 10pm.
You can access the auction at Cabaret Night Silent Auction
Thank you to the parents, families, friends, and donors for their fantastic support of the event. If you haven’t had a chance to look at the Silent Auction yet, there are still items up for bid and mystery prizes available through the auction. I hope you will consider supporting this event in raising funds for our graduating music students.
May 11, 2021
AMA Cabaret Silent Auction – Now Live!
Our Cabaret Silent Auction went site has officially gone live!
We have a fantastic list of items up for auction. Funds raised for the event will go towards scholarships for our graduating music students. The auction will close on May 15 at 10pm. All items will be sanitized and placed in placed in bags by May 15th for pickup.
I hope you will consider taking part in the event! Happy bidding!
May 7, 2021
Argyle Music Cabaret – Online Auction May 10th to 15th
The annual Cabaret Silent Auction will be continuing online this year. Cabaret has been an annual event where we have the opportunity to showcase the incredible talents of Argyle music students, gather as a community, and raise funds for graduating music student scholarships and bursaries. While the restrictions posed by COVID-19 has meant that we have to put the performance aspect of the event on hold, the Silent Auction portion of the event has moved online. Funds raised for this event will go towards scholarships for our graduating music students.
The auction will open May 10 at 6:00am and will close May 15 at 10:00pm
To view the AMA Cabaret Night Silent Auction, hosted online at 32auctions please go to:
Cabaret Night Silent Auction
Thank you to our parents, families, and community members for your donations in support of this event. And thank you to our wonderful Argyle Music Association for their dedicated work and creativity in making this happen. We hope you will take part in our Silent Auction, and look forward to having the opportunity to share music and performances with all of you.
If you have any questions, please email firstname.lastname@example.org
April 28, 2021
Cabaret Silent Auction – opens May 10th!
Dear Argyle community,
We are excited to share with you that our annual Cabaret Silent Auction will be continuing online this year. Cabaret has been an annual event where we have the opportunity showcases the incredible talents of Argyle music students, gather as a community, and raise funds for graduating music student scholarships and bursaries. While the restrictions posed by COVID-19 has meant that we have to put the performance aspect of the event on hold, we would like to continue with the Silent Auction portion of the event online. Funds raised for this event will go towards scholarships for our graduating music students.
Currently, we have approximately 50 items and 25 mystery prizes available for our silent auction. The auction will open on May 10th at 6am and will close on May 15 at 10pm. We will share the link closer to opening date.
In closing, we would like to thank our parents, families, and community members for their donations in support of this event. We would also like to thank you to our wonderful Argyle Music Association for their dedicated work and creativity in making this happen. We hope you will take part in our Silent Auction, and we look forward to having the opportunity to share music and performances with all of you again.
Diana Chan, Band Director
Frances Roberts, Choir & Strings Director
April 10, 2021
AMA Mother’s Day & Spring Plant Sale Campaign is Open Now!
Online only! Please visit the AMA FUNDRAISING webpage for more details.
April 7, 2020
The AMA Scholarships application process in now open. Please visit the Argyle Music Scholarships webpage for more information.
DEADLINE FOR SUBMISSION IS FRIDAY, MAY 7 by 4 PM.
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.