ESA Music Theatre Helps Launch Matilda!

Twenty four students from the Music Theatre Department helped launch the new Canadian production of the smash hit musical Matilda, produced by David Mirvish, at a press event on Tuesday. They joined the newly announced Canadian leads (including three 9 year olds sharing the title role), a Matilda from the Broadway touring company and composer Tim Minchin to perform one of the songs from the award winning musical in front of over 1,000 guests and press at the Ed Mirvish Theatre. This was a followup to their performance at the season launch at the Royal Alex theatre last fall. Well done, “revolting children”!

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Full Disclosure Date is May 6

A reminder to all students that are thinking of dropping a course that it must be done by May 6th in order for it not to appear on your transcript. See your guidance counsellor for more information.

Spotlight on Showcase 2016: Splash!

ESA’s Music Theatre Department presents its annual showcase THIS Wednesday and Thursday (April 13 and 14)!  The show will feature our fantastic Grade 9 and 10 classes, as well as our department-wide vocal ensembles (WoCo, Chamber Choir, and Jamme) and our award-winning show choirs, GLO and Splash!  Splash has been named Canada’s top high school show choir since 2012, and this year’s set proves no exception.  Based off the new musical Bombshell, featured in NBC’s Smash, follow along as we share the story of a true Hollywood legend, Marilyn Monroe.  Buy your tickets today!

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Spotlight on Showcase 2016: GLO

On Wednesday, April 13 and Thursday, April 14, the Music Theatre Department presents its annual showcase!  The show will feature our Grade 9 and 10 classes as well as our award-winning ensembles.  Our all-female show choir, GLO, just returned from the FAME Show Choir Regional Competition in Chicago, where they came in first place in the unisex division!  As well, Grade 12 member Hanna Nes was awarded Best Female Vocalist in the entire competition!  You do not want to miss this incredible 1960s high-energy set.  Tickets to Showcase are selling fast, make sure to buy yours today! Click here to purchase!Picture1

Music Theatre Showcase tickets – 70% sold!

Come out and see ESA’s annual Musical Theatre Showcase! The production will include performances from the Grade 9 and 10 Music Theatre classes, as well as the highly celebrated choirs such as WoCo, Chamber Choir, and Jamme. In addition, the show will also feature the award winning choirs, Glo and Splash, just back from the FAME Show Choir Championships in Chicago!  Tickets are on sale for the 7:00pm showings on April 13th & 14th. More than two thirds have already sold so be sure to get your tickets soon! Click here for tickets.
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Upcoming Events for Parents and Teens From Breakaway

Breakaway Addiction Services is offering two upcoming workshops/series at their location near Queen and Dufferin. See the attached posters for more details!

Adult Information Night – Wednesday March 23rd from 6:30-8:30 pm

For parents, concerned adults, and professionals who want to know more about substance use or abuse

Learn About:

Drug Education                  Generation Gap

Communication Skills      Problem Solving

How To Manage Your Parents – Thursdays starting March 24th from 4:30-6:00 pm

Feeling alone in your struggles with your parents?  Don’t feel you have a voice at home?

A group supporting all youth 15-18.

AIN DATE March 23, 2016   City Youth Academy Application 2016

Showcase 2016 Tickets On Sale!

Join the Music Theatre Department on April 13 and 14 for its annual showcase of curricular and extra-curricular groups. The 7 pm evening performances feature the Grade 9 and 10 classes as well as all of the award winning ensembles and the winners of this year’s vocal competitions. Glo and Splash will have just returned from the Chicago FAME Show Choir Competition, while Chamber Choir and WoCo gear up for the Musicfest National competition and JAMME prepares to head across the pond this summer. Come out and support the department and be wowed by the talent! Tickets on sale here.

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Because I Am A Girl – A Benefit Concert!

On Friday, February 19th at 7 pm, the ESA stage will be filled with music, poetry, drama and dance as we raise funds and awareness about issues facing young women around the world. The event features solo acts, student ensembles and staff in a variety show based on the themes of hope and inspiration. Tickets are only $10 for adults and $5 for students, available on our ticket page through this website. Come out for a fulfilling evening of awareness raising and fantastic performances!

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ESA Joins the Toronto Symphony Once Again!

Next week, the Music Theatre Department joins forces with the Toronto Symphony Orchestra once again for the Holiday Pops concerts on December 8th and 9th. Under the direction of Principal Pops Conductor Steven Reineke, the choir will sing a number of holiday favourites and are also joined by a group of circus aerial and acrobat performers to bring the music to physical life as well! ESA family and friends can receive a 30% discount to the 8:00 evening performances on Dec. 8 and 9 by using the promo code “ESA” when ordering online or by phone. There is also a 2:00 matinee on Dec. 9th.

The choir will also be performing as part of a local fundraiser for The Stop Community Food Kitchen on Sunday Dec. 6th at Runnymede United Church (432 Runnymede Road). The event is a reading of Charles Dickens’ A Christmas Carol, featuring numerous celebrity readers such as CBC personalities Susan Ormiston and Gill Deacon, along with stars from Soulpepper and Shaw theatre companies. Tickets are available at www.runnymedeunited.org.

For parents of choir members, students are required at Runnymede on Sunday from 6:00 to approximately 9:15 for rehearsal and performance. For the TSO, the students will be in rehearsals all day long at Roy Thomson Hall on  Dec. 8, followed by the evening performance. They will attend classes in the morning of the 9th and then travel to Roy Thomson Hall at lunch for the afternoon and evening performances. Details for all of these events can be found in the attached letter and permission form, which was sent home last week.

Hope you can join us for one or both of these events!

TSO parent Runnymede 2015

New and Exciting Music Electives Coming Next Year!

*NEW* AMO 1O1 CONTEMPORARY MUSIC ELECTIVE

 

The Contemporary Music Elective stream is open to all students at ESA, regardless of major or level of experience. Students develop knowledge and understanding of music through contemporary music genres (pop, rock, indie, hip-hop, R&B, jazz, funk etc.). This introductory course will teach theoretical concepts and apply them to songwriting and performance. In addition, students will be introduced to music technologies such as notation software, sequencing and recording. Students may perform in this course on voice or any instrument of their choice.

 

AMO 2O1  CONTEMPORARY MUSIC ELECTIVE

* Coming in 2017 – 2018*

 

The Contemporary Music Elective stream is open to all students at ESA, regardless of major or level of experience. Students develop knowledge and understanding of music through contemporary music genres (pop, rock, indie, hip-hop, R&B, jazz, funk etc.). Students will develop their songwriting, arranging and compositional skills and perform their own works. Students will create using a variety of technologies including notation and sequencing software and recording technology. Students may perform in this course on voice or any instrument of their choice. Recommended prerequisite AMO2O1.

Mindfulness Is Back!

Students and staff, Mindfulness is back!!

Come and relieve some stress, and relax with a little mindfulness. Running every Tuesday, beginning October 20/2015 in the Library seminar room from 8:15- 8:40 am.

It’s a wonderful way to start your day and practice a lifelong tool, to help manage stress and create more joy and calm in your life.

Facilitated by: Trish Drynan (Tools for All Teens) and Ms. Pong (Student Services)

Register for Grade 8 Student Open House!

Registration is now open for students to attend the Grade 8 Open House on Wednesday, October 28th from 1 pm to 3 pm. Please note: this is for students only – parents may not accompany their child during the afternoon program. Parents may attend the evening Open House on Thursday, October 29th from 6 pm to 8:30 pm – click here for details.

To register for the afternoon Open House, please fill out this form:

Grade 8 Student Open House registration

For afternoon open house