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NEW JERSEY ALL-STATE TREBLE CHORUS
Mr. Joseph Cantaffa & Ms. Jenne Alagna, Chorus Managers
Treble Choir Itinerary Is Below
2016-2017 NJ All-State Treble Chorus
January 26th, 2017
Dear All-State Treble Chorus Member,
Happy New Year! I hope you are looking forward to the February concert weekend and our All-State Treble Chorus performance. This letter contains reminders of the things you should already know, plus a few little ‘extras.’ Please take the time to read it carefully and show it to your parents right away. Then, keep it in a safe place for future reference.
THE EVENT WEEKEND, WHICH TAKES PLACES IN EAST BRUNSWICK AT THE HILTON HOTEL (3 Tower Center Blvd, off Route 18 North) AND THEN THE CONCERT AT NJPAC IN NEWARK, IS THURSDAY, FEBRUARY 23rd (IN THE AFTERNOON) THROUGH SATURDAY, FEBRUARY 25th (AFTER THE CONCERT). THE CONCERT IS AT NJPAC (NJ Performing Arts Center) IN NEWARK AT 3PM ON SATURDAY, FEBRUARY 25th.
TICKETS WILL BE AVAILABLE DIRECTLY THROUGH TICEKTMASTER AND BY CALLING THE NJPAC BOX OFFICE (1-888-GO-NJPAC).
The final rehearsal before the concert weekend will be held on Sunday, February 5th, 2017 at JFK MEMORIAL HIGH SCHOOL (in Iselin, NJ) from 1:00PM to 5:00PM. DIRECTIONS TO THIS LOCATION ARE ONLINE AT WWW.NJMEA.ORG. PLEASE GIVE THEM TO YOUR PARENTS, TEACHERS AND BUS DRIVERS. THESE DIRECTIONS WERE PROVIDED TO US BY THE HIGH SCHOOL ITSELF. Please arrive at least fifteen minutes early to sign-in. THERE ARE NO PLANS TO HAVE MUSIC TESTING AT THIS REHEARSAL. HAVING SAID THAT, PLEASE COME INTO REHEARSAL KNOWING YOUR MUSIC. TESTING MAY BE DONE IF NECESSARY; WE DON’T WANT TO LOSE ANYONE AT THIS POINT, ALTHOUGH IT HAS HAPPENED IN THE PAST.
The Concert ‘weekend’ is February 23rd through the 25th. You must arrive at the East Brunswick Hilton Hotel on Thursday, February 23rd between 4PM and 6PM for check-in. There will be no exceptions. Dinner on Thursday is on your own. Please review your itinerary (not included in this letter, but has been posted online on the njmea website) to plan when you will eat your dinner on Thursday. No one will be permitted to leave the hotel for any reason between check-in and the concert on Saturday, except for scheduled rehearsals with the entire ensemble, which take place on the Rutgers Campus in Voorhees Chapel. (You will be bussed to and from those rehearsals.) Directions to the hotel can also be found on www.njmea.org. Your preliminary itinerary is now available on the www.njmea.org website. Please go there, download and print that schedule for reference for you and your parents. You will receive a final itinerary when you check in at the hotel.
This year the photo will not be taken on Thursday before the first rehearsal, but will be taken on Saturday at the dress rehearsal at NJPAC. Therefore, please be prepared to show us that you have your choir robe when you check in (or remind us that you asked to borrow one at the Feb. 5th rehearsal). THIS IS A CHANGE FROM YEARS PAST; YOU SHOULD LEAVE YOUR CHOIR ROBE IN YOUR ROOM BEFORE THE 7PM REHEARSAL ON THURSDAY.
Friday is three rounds of long rehearsals interrupted only by meals. Saturday is breakfast, check-out and then off to Newark for a lovely banquet luncheon at the Robert Treat Hotel, and then the show. You will be dismissed from the NJPAC after the entire event is over. NO ONE WILL BE DISMISSED BEFORE THE END OF THE ENTIRE CONCERT (approximately between 5:30 and 6PM) FOR ANY REASON. ALSO, THERE IS NO TRANSPORATION PROVIDED AFTER THE CONCERT SO PLEASE BE SURE TO SECURE A RIDE HOME FROM NJPAC AFTER THE CONCERT IS OVER.
The Concert is Saturday, February 25th, 2017 at 3PM at NJPAC in Newark. Tickets will be (or may already be) available through Ticketmaster, and at the NJPAC Box Office. Seating is reserved.
The concert will feature All State Treble Chorus, All State Band and All State Wind Ensemble. Each ensemble will be present and remain for the entire length of the program regardless of their placement in the program. Therefore you will not be dismissed from the concert until after the conclusion of the concert. There will be no exceptions regarding this matter under any circumstances. If you do not plan to stay until the end of the concert (approximately 5:30 – 6:00PM), you will not be able to participate in this program. Furthermore, failure to adhere to this policy will result in the loss of your All State pin, and if you are an underclass person you will lose your eligibility to audition for any All State ensemble next year. Please stay for the performance to support your colleagues. Again, you will be dismissed after the conclusion of the concert; you will not be returning to the hotel, and NJMEA does not provide bussing from NJPAC after the concert. You will need your own ride home from NJPAC. Thank you, in advance, for your (and your family’s) cooperation with this policy.
CONCERT DRESS- All chorus members will wear choir robes. If you cannot borrow one from your school, please see either Mr. Cantaffa or Ms. Alagna at the February 5th rehearsal and make arrangements to borrow one from us. Also, please wear black dress pants and black shoes under your choir robe. You may be viewing the other two ensembles’ performances from the audience. Therefore your attire should be appropriate to attend a formal concert-hall performance. You will not be able to change after your concert (except to remove the choir robe.)
Please remember that the focus of this project is making beautiful music. Come to the East Brunswick Hilton with your music memorized, and be ready to sing your heart out for 2 and ½ days. Be sure to follow the instructions of your chaperones at all times throughout the concert weekend. They are there to look after your safety and help organize the movement of the group. You may only bring ONE suitcase and ONE carry bag in addition to your purse. Pay particular attention to the check-out procedures for Saturday. A preliminary itinerary, which is likely to be adjusted somewhat as we approach the concert weekend, can now be found on the www.njmea.org website. Please remember to go there, follow the links and download it so that you and your family can become more familiar with the performance weekend’s activities. If you fully apply yourself to this project, it will be a lifetime memory for you. Many NJASTC alums will agree. If you have any questions that are not answered in this packet, please feel free to contact us by email (firstname.lastname@example.org or email@example.com). In the mean time, stay healthy and keep practicing! We cannot tell you how excited we are to hear you sing again!
Mr. Joseph Cantaffa & Ms. Jennifer Alagna
Managers, NJ All-State Treble Chorus
New Jersey All State Treble Choir 2017 Itinerary
Thursday – February 23
4:00pm – Student Registration at Hilton Towers, East Brunswick. All students
5:00pm should eat dinner prior to arriving at the hotel. Students should NOT check in at the hotel registration desk. There will be a table set up in the Main lobby for the Chorus check in.
7:00 pm Rehearsal begins with Eleanor Daley in Salon A and B on the 3rd floor of the hotel. Bring your music and a pencil. Picture with your robe will be taken on SATURDAY at NJPAC, not tonight.
11:00pm Students in rooms and room check by chaperones. You may not leave your room after room check.
Friday – February 24
6:00am Wake up
6:30am Breakfast at hotel in Tower 1, 19th floor, JS Bach room.
7:50am Students meet in Salon C
8:00am Buses will shuttle students to Rutgers for rehearsal.
Be sure to bring your music and a pencil. Also, bring a sweatshirt or something in case the rehearsal hall is chilly.
9:00am Rehearsal begins – Voorhees Chapel, Rutgers University
12:30pm Lunch break in Neilson Dining Hall in Douglass Student Center (RU).
All students need to go and remain at least 30 minutes.
Rehearsal will resume after lunch at Voorhees Chapel
4:30pm Performance by the Rutgers Glee Club and Voorhees Choir in Voorhees Chapel
6:00pm Dinner break at Neilson. All students need to go and remain at least 30 minutes.
Rehearsal will resume after dinner at Voorhees Chapel
9:00pm Concert in Nicholas Music Center by the Rutgers Symphony Band
10:00pm Buses pick up outside of Nicholas Center
Students go directly to Ice Cream Social – Café.
11:30pm Students in rooms and room check by chaperones
Saturday – February 25
7:00am Wake up
8:00am Breakfast at hotel in Tower 1, 19th floor, JS Bach room – Students should not appear in pajamas – All students need to go and remain at least 30 minutes.
9:30am- Students meet in Salon C – buses will shuttle students to NJPAC
9:45am *STUDENTS MUST BE DRESSED IN FULL CONCERT ATTIRE AND BRING ALL OF THEIR BELONGINGS AND LUGGAGE WITH THEM. Have your robe/music accessible (not packed in luggage).
(Students will not be returning to the Hilton. They will depart for home directly from NJPAC following the concert)
10:45am Chorus arrives at NJPAC to store luggage and walk to Robert Treat Hotel
11:00am Chorus Banquet at Robert Treat Hotel
1:00pm Arrive at NJPAC
1:30pm Rehearsal at NJPAC
2:00pm Take places Call
3:00pm 2017 New Jersey All State Concert
Treble Choir performs first followed by the Wind Ensemble and then the Symphonic Band.
New Jersey Performing Arts Center, Newark, New Jersey
3:40pm Return to dressing room/rehearsal space, remove robe while the Wind Ensemble performs. If seats are available, we may be able, as a group to view the Symphonic Band. As such, you will stay in your performance clothes (minus the robe), which as mentioned earlier, must be appropriate for attending a formal concert hall event such as this.
5:30pm (Not earlier!!) Distribution of All State pins in the rehearsal room and then dismissal to your parents in the lobby of NJPAC. Reminder: All performers must stay until the conclusion of the entire concert. Family and friends attending are respectfully requested to do the same.
You will have the opportunity to order group photographs and/or a CD of the performance at the performance sight.
If there are any questions regarding this production schedule, please contact
Mr. Joe Cantaffa or Ms. Jennifer Alagna, Managers. This is a preliminary itinerary and is subject to change up to the weekend of the performance.
The files below need to be downloaded by each accepted student.
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