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2016 Island County Music Festival

Hey Folsom Friends!

On March 22nd and 23rd thirty-two of our middle school musicians traveled to Alburgh to take part in the Island County Music Festival. Andy Gagnon from Stowe Middle School conducted the band, and Melissa Towle from Colchester High School conducted the chorus. Folsom set an outstanding example musically and as students in another school. The days were long, and our students were tired, but their handwork paid off because the concert sounded fantastic. Ms. Kauffeld is so proud and thankful for all of their help during the two days, we look forward to hosting the festival at Folsom next year!


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Island County Music Festival!

While I’m sitting at the District Music Festival laughing hysterically at everything Mrs. Aimee Bushey says to the chorus, I thought I should probably get some pictures from the Island County Music Festival up on the blog!

We were SO lucky to have Mr. Andy Smith from Charlotte Central School conduct our middle school band. Ms. Kauffeld was lucky enough to spend two weeks student teaching with Mr. Smith during her senior year of college. He’s an incredible teacher, music, and human. The band music was very challenging, especially for our instrumentalists that just began this year! But our students worked hard, coming in to practice before school and working with each other to figure out their parts.
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Our chorus conductor is another friend of Ms. Kauffeld’s, Mr. Aram Barsumian! He teaches at Williamstown Elementary and Middle school. He is a terrific trombone player and contra-dancer! Our chorus music was difficult, but Folsom represented our school SO well by being very prepared and professional in their work that day. Oh, and there were some important human knots.
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Important Info for Middle School re: Music Festivals

Hi Folsom Musician Families!

Happy New Year and welcome back from vacation! It’s been exciting to hear about the musical experiences your kiddos had over break, whether they went to see “Into the Woods,” received solo books for Christmas, or just spent great amounts of time playing their instruments and singing!

I want to let you know about two important and exciting events that are fast approaching. Both of these experience allow our students to perform at a high level that comes with playing and singing in a bigger group of musicians. Attending these festivals better prepares our students for a typical high school music ensemble experience. (I am still friends with musicians I met at music festivals in middle school!)

The Island County Music Festival will take place on March 4th and 5th  at Grand Isle School. This is a chance for musicians from all island schools to come together to form one band and one chorus under two excellent directors from other VT schools! Students are able to participate in BOTH band and chorus. March 4th, a Wednesday, will be the band rehearsal day, and Thursday will be the chorus rehearsal day. Thursday’s rehearsal is followed by a band dress rehearsal and a joint concert that evening at 5:30 pm at Grand Isle, families should plan to attend as 1. There is no return transportation for that evening and 2. The work they put in and the music they create is remarkable!

While I’m not requiring that our Middle School Chorus and Band members attend this festival it is highly encouraged and it would be a shame if a student missed this great opportunity. Last year we had 100% participation, let’s keep up the tradition!

The District Music Festival will take place on March 27th and 28th at Missisquoi Valley High School. Students, sadly, must choose between participating in the 6th-7th grade band or the 5th-8th grade chorus. This festival is for students who are looking for an extra challenge and a chance to perform with the top musicians from all the middle schools in our Music District. It is two days of hard work, but the end result is stunning.  I believe the concert will be at 2pm on Saturday the 28th at MVU, I will confirm on a permission form that will come home soon. I will be collecting names of students who are interested in participating in the District Festival this Thursday and Friday, if possible, please look at your family calendars to see if these dates are doable for your family at this point.

**We travel as a group to both festivals, and home after the first day of rehearsal, but with both festivals students need to have transportation home AFTER the concert.

As always, call, text, or write with any questions! (802) 380-9291

Thank you so much, I am thrilled to have the chance to bring our musicians into the bigger music world!