Learn Some Secrets Behind Strawberry Breakfast

Posted on May 10th, 2018 by Allendale Columbia School

by Gabriel Costanzo

Did you ever wonder why certain dances were included in the Strawberry Breakfast at Allendale Columbia? What are their origins? What’s the story behind this tradition? A few secrets will be revealed by Mitzie Collins, Rochester musician and parent of three former AC students.

Collins is a well known musician in Western New York, and she will be joining the AC musicians accompanying the Maypole Dance and Sword Dance at this year’s Strawberry Breakfast. This Monday, May 14th, at 12:05 p.m., Ms. Collins will give a presentation about these traditions to those musicians and dancers.  The presentation will be in the Curtis Performance Center.

 

Kristin Cocquyt

Gabriel Costanzo

As an instrumental music teacher at Allendale Columbia School, Gabe teaches 4th Grade Band, 5th Grade Band, Concert Band, Jazz Ensemble, Wind Ensemble, and Music Theory. He held the David M. Pynchon Chair in the Visual and Performing Arts from 2008 - 2013 and is a member of the American Society of Composers, Authors and Publishers. He earned bachelor's degrees in Music Education and Music Composition from SUNY College at Fredonia and a master's degree in Music Composition from Bowling Green State University. You can also find him on horn and vocals for the local band The Buddhahood.
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Spring Band and Chorus Concert Featured April 30th

Posted on April 27th, 2018 by Allendale Columbia School
Concert Program

Concert Program

Get ready for some fabulous music on Monday, April 30th, at the Allendale Columbia Spring Band and Chorus Concert. The concert features songs from the Concert Band, Middle School Chorus, Wind Ensemble, Upper School Chorus, and the combined Concert Band and Wind Ensemble. The repertoire includes a good variety of musical genres.

The evening performance starts at 7:00 p.m., and student performers are expected to arrive by 6:30 p.m., dressed in concert attire.

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Registrations Due for Students to Perform at Lower School Solo Night

Posted on April 27th, 2018 by Allendale Columbia School

Students are invited to perform a vocal or instrumental solo or duet for the audience. Any level of performance is welcome! If students are in need of an accompanist, one can be provided. Students should arrive no later than 6:45.

Please join us after the performance for a celebratory ice cream social!

Please submit registration forms to Ms. Sanguinetti or Ms. Grossman by Monday, April 30th.

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AC Jazz Ensemble and Select Chorus Team Up with Spectrum Creative Arts for “Together We ROC!”

Posted on April 27th, 2018 by Allendale Columbia School

by Gabe Costanzo

When music therapist Molly Phillips approached us a couple of years ago and brought up the possibility of having our students collaborate with some of the students in the music ensembles at Spectrum Creative Arts, we really didn’t know what that kind of team effort would look like. After a couple of meetings and brainstorming sessions, we found a way to merge that idea with one of our goals, which was to get our students out in front of public audiences as a way to show off their talents and give them a real and authentic performance experience.

This year, instead of having an in-house “spring concert” performance for Jazz Ensemble and Select Chorus, our ensembles are going to perform “Together We ROC!” on Saturday afternoon, May 5th, at a public venue. Lovin’ Cup Bistro & Brews, for those who have not visited the venue yet, is a music-friendly venue with great food at Park Point, on the campus of RIT. Doors open at 1:00 p.m., with a suggested $5 donation; the show runs 2:00 – 5:00 p.m.

Here is the listing on the Lovin’ Cup events calendar for May 5th:

Crossroads and Chrome, two inclusive ensembles from Spectrum Creative Arts, are teaming up with students in the Select Choir and Jazz Ensemble at Allendale Columbia for an awesome afternoon of music at Lovin’ Cup! Come enjoy some delicious food and great tunes!

Spectrum Creative Arts strives to provide the highest quality music, art, and theatre instruction services, along with a host of creative arts therapies, for members of the Rochester community. They pride themselves on utilizing a person-centered, strength-based approach with all of our services, and seek to inspire and empower all of their students through engagement in the arts.

On May 17th, the partnership with Spectrum Creative Arts continues as their class “Prep for Performance” performs at AC during Assembly Block at 9:25 a.m. At Spectrum Creative Arts, the class “Prep for Performance” teaches students with IDDs (intellectual and developmental disabilities) the basics of music performance. The students in this class will perform in collaboration with AC students in Jazz Ensemble and Select Chorus.

 

Kristin Cocquyt

Gabriel Costanzo

As an instrumental music teacher at Allendale Columbia School, Gabe teaches 4th Grade Band, 5th Grade Band, Concert Band, Jazz Ensemble, Wind Ensemble, and Music Theory. He held the David M. Pynchon Chair in the Visual and Performing Arts from 2008 - 2013 and is a member of the American Society of Composers, Authors and Publishers. He earned bachelor's degrees in Music Education and Music Composition from SUNY College at Fredonia and a master's degree in Music Composition from Bowling Green State University. You can also find him on horn and vocals for the local band The Buddhahood.
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AC Facilities’ Miller Helps Studio Music Production Class Study Mic Techniques

Posted on March 23rd, 2018 by Allendale Columbia School

by Gabe Costanzo 

Studio Music Production students tested various microphone arrangements in a study of stereo mic techniques Thursday morning. In order to do so, they needed a test subject. That’s where AC Facilities Manager Mark Miller came in. Mark has a long history of playing string instruments and singing in country, bluegrass, and folk outfits.

For the Studio Music Production class, he picked and sang while the class adjusted microphone positions and recorded him using “spaced pair,” “X/Y coincident,” and “ORTF” mic arrangements. Later, the class evaluated the sounds of each recording to better understand the techniques they are learning to use. Mr. Miller was a great subject, and the class enjoyed hearing him perform and capturing his sound on recordings.

Studio Music Production is a class offered to students in grades 9 through 12, developed for students to form a foundational base of knowledge and skills in music production, recording techniques, sound engineering, and the recording industry. These foundational tools will be put to good use as students learn to use them to express themselves creatively in sound. Now in its first semester, ten students are enrolled, with at least one from each grade in upper school.
Kristin Cocquyt

Gabriel Costanzo

As an instrumental music teacher at Allendale Columbia School, Gabe teaches 4th Grade Band, 5th Grade Band, Concert Band, Jazz Ensemble, Wind Ensemble, and Music Theory. He held the David M. Pynchon Chair in the Visual and Performing Arts from 2008 - 2013 and is a member of the American Society of Composers, Authors and Publishers. He earned bachelor's degrees in Music Education and Music Composition from SUNY College at Fredonia and a master's degree in Music Composition from Bowling Green State University. You can also find him on horn and vocals for the local band The Buddhahood.
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Deadline for Instrumental Solo Festival Entries is Monday, March 26th

Posted on March 20th, 2018 by Allendale Columbia School

NYSSMA logoStudents who play a woodwind, brass, percussion, or string instrument will have an opportunity to perform in the upcoming NYSSMA (New York State School Music Association) Solo Festival on June 1st and 2nd. Completed registration forms and fees for the instrumental festival are due to Ms. Grossman or Mr. Costanzo by Monday, March 26th.

Registration forms are available here:

Checks should be made out to Allendale Columbia School, with the memo “Solo Fest.”

(The vocal festival forms were due to Ms. Sanguinetti by Friday, March 9th.)

About Solo Festivals

As a member school in the New York State School Music Association (NYSSMA), Allendale Columbia School supports student participation in all of the state-level solo and performance festivals each year.  The spring solo festivals offer valuable performance opportunities for vocal students as well as students of strings, woodwinds, brass, and percussion instruments.

Students have the opportunity to prepare a solo piece with the help of their teachers, perform for a trained adjudicator, and receive feedback. It’s a great opportunity for students who show a strong interest in music, and we encourage any vocal or instrumental student to participate. Music selections are chosen from the NYSSMA manual, with the advice of a teacher and input from the student.

Any questions about solo festivals can be directed to any of the music teachers at AC.

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