2020 Performing Arts Kickoff!

September 23 @ 6:00 pm – 6:30 pm via Teams

This is your opportunity to meet the Performing arts teachers at Hale, learn about our plans for online ensembles this year, and ask any questions you might have about Choir, Band, Orchestra, and Theatre in the virtual world. We look forward to meeting you!

A link to this virtual event will be shared with Performing Arts students and families via email and posted here on the day of.

Link to the Event

Vocal Jazz and Chorale Auditions!

Despite school closures, we have to keep moving forward to make music together next year. If you are interested in being a part of one of Hale’s auditioned vocal ensembles, you’ll find everything you need here.
If you’re interested in auditioning for VJ as an instrumentalist (we’re looking for a piano, bass, and guitar for next year) please email Ms. Ewell.

Please fill out the Audition Packet, which has specific instructions for what to include in your audition video for either group (you can audition for both in the same video if you want).

If you are auditioning for Vocal Jazz, you will need to learn Fly Me to the Moon in the key appropriate for your voice – C Major for Sopranos and Tenors, or Ab for Altos and Basses. Here’s the sheet music for both options. Instructions for where to improvise the second time through are in the audition packet.

Here are the backing tracks for Fly Me to the Moon. Your singing will start right at the top, so practice with the tracks for your recording to get that timing right. Please use only these tracks in your recording. Choose the one for your voice part.

If you are auditioning for Chorale, you will need to learn Shenandoah. Please sing just the first verse, a capella (without accompaniment), in this key (D Major). This song has some serious range, so if notes are too high or too low for you, see what you can do to make it work.

Once you’ve completed your video and your packet, upload your video to YouTube with a private link, and email that link and your packet to Ms. Ewell. Your audition needs to be submitted by Monday, May 18.

This is the first time we’ve done video auditions, and I’m sure there will be questions or concerns as you work through this. Please don’t hesitate to reach out if you need help! This is meant to be challenging, but I do want you to be successful! You can reach me at eeewell@seattleschools.org.

In Harmony,

Ms. Ewell
NHHS Director of Choirs
eeewell@seattleschools.org

Jazz Band/Vocal Jazz Rhythm Section Auditions

Auditions for Hale’s Jazz Ensemble’s rhythm sections are coming up on Sunday, June 9th, from 11:00 am to 4:00 pm in the NHHS Band Room.
If you play piano, bass, drums, or guitar, we want to hear you!
Be sure to download and fill out the audition form below, then find and print the auditions pieces for your instrument.
If you have any questions or concerns, don’t hesitate to reach out to Mr. Rowe (Jazz Band) or Ms. Ewell (Vocal Jazz) at dsrowe@seattleschools.org or eeewell@seattleschools.org.

In Harmony,

Erica Ewell and Dan Rowe

ALL instrumentalists auditioning, please complete the following form and bring it with you to your audition:

For Bassists:

For Guitarists:

For Drummers:

For Pianists:

Vocal Jazz Audition Tracks

Hello! I’m so glad you’re considering auditioning for Hale’s Vocal Jazz choir for the 19/20 school year! Below you’ll find the backing tracks for Fly Me to the Moon in 2 different keys. Be sure to choose the one that is right for your voice part.
Feel free to email me at eeewell@seattleschools.org if you have questions/concerns!

In Harmony,
Ms. Ewell

Soprano/Tenor (Key of C Major)
Alto/Bass (Key of Ab Major)