A message from our music staff:

Thanks for visiting our Westgate Music Happenings blog! Check back often for updates and info about our music program. Please feel free to contact us with any questions or concerns you may have - Mr. Berger can be reached via email at gberger@sd25.org, and Ms. Weismann can be reached at oweismann@sd25.org. Thanks!

Wednesday, May 29, 2013

Big Bucks for Daddy Warbucks- Fundraiser this week!!

We are collecting spare change this week for St. Baldrick's foundation! This foundation raises money for childhood cancer research. Each classroom has been challenged to bring in spare change throughout this week. The classroom that raises the most change will have the opportunity to choose a pattern or special style to be shaved into my head! I have to shave it for my role as Daddy Warbucks, so I thought, why not raise some money for a worthy cause? The shaving will take place in front of all of our students & staff on Monday, June 3rd, at 9:10 am.
Donations can be made at: http://www.stbaldricks.org/participants/jtbdaddywarbucks
Come on out and join the fun!!

First Grade and Kindergarten Concerts = SUCCESS!

Last week, our first graders and our kindergarteners put on music concerts. The first grade students performed "Healthy Habits"- with songs all about choosing to be strong and healthy. They were so excited to perform, and they really did a great job! I shared their concert video with them in music class, and I could hardly keep them from moving and singing along!
The AM Kindergarten students performed their concert on Wednesday morning, and the PM students performed on Thursday afternoon. Mrs. Ziemann directed the morning concert, and had her students singing, playing instruments, and moving to the beat of some fun music selections! I had the privilege of directing the PM students and they did a super job as well! Congratulations to all of our Kindergarten and first grade students for a job well done!!

Wednesday, May 15, 2013

Teacher Appreciation Week- Thank You!!

Thanks for the lovely door decor! We loved it!

Mr. Berger, Mrs. Henjum, and Mrs. Ziemann want to send a big "THANK YOU" to Mrs. Tassi's class for taking sure great care of us last week during Teacher Appreciation week. We had delicious treats and a wonderfully decorated door!! Thanks for making us feel so special and appreciated!

Thursday, May 9, 2013

First Grade Concert is coming- Tuesday, May 21, 2013!!

We're going to be singing songs about being happy and healthy! Please see the information letter below for all of the details. See you there!

Mr. Berger

Notes from the Music Room

To: Parent(s) of Westgate students in first grade
From: Mr. Berger
Subject: Information for upcoming concert
Date: May 9, 2013

Dear Westgate Parent(s),

Happy Spring! Isn’t it great to see the green grass and the lovely flowers again?  This letter is to inform you that your child will be performing in a music concert on Tuesday, May 21, 2013 at 7:00 p.m. in the Westgate commons. The theme this year is “Healthy Habits,” and our students are excited to sing songs about living in a healthy way.  Classes involved in the concert are: Mrs. Gogliotti & Mrs. Smith, Mrs. Walsh, and Mrs. Carney.  Please review the following information and expectations regarding our concert.

Student arrival time: Students should arrive at 6:45 p.m. and report to the LMC for line-up and final instructions. We will need at least one parent volunteer from each class in the LMC. Thank you.

Student Dress code: Students should dress as if they are going to the gym for some exercise. Shorts, athletic shirts, and gym shoes are acceptable. Our stage tends to be very warm, so I would suggest that students not dress in heavy clothing.

Volunteers needed: Family members are needed to help with video taping, taking pictures, handing out the programs, and LMC chaperones.  Please email or call Mr. Berger by Monday, May 20th if you are willing to help.  Thank you!

Concert etiquette: Prior to the concert, please speak to your child about proper behavior while on stage.  Remind him or her to smile, have fun, keep talking to a minimum, and to follow the director. If they can do these simple things, our concert will be great! Thank you for your help with this important area of performance readiness. 

Should you have any questions or concerns, feel free to contact Mr. Berger at: gberger@sd25.org or call (847) 506-6999, ext. 7433.

Thank you, and have a great week!
Mr. Berger
Westgate Music Teacher

Note: Individuals with disabilities should notify the building Principal if they have a disability that will require special assistance or services. Please give the building Principal advance notice of 24 hours. Thank You. (Board policy 8:70)

Wednesday, May 1, 2013

Auditions for Annie the Musical!

The sun will come out, tomorrow! In NYC--- You're never fully dressed without a smile!

These are just a few of the wonderful songs from the hit musical, Annie.

This week, I shared with our Westgate students that my wife and I will be performing in a production of Annie this summer. I will be Oliver "Daddy" Warbucks, and my wife will be Grace. We will once again be performing with Overshadowed Theatrical Productions, in Elk Grove Village. I also shared audition information with students who would be interested in trying out for the role of Annie, or any of the other characters in the show. Auditions for girls will be next Monday and Tuesday, May 6 & 7. The  information I shared is listed below, and will also be in the friday packet information at the end of the week. Please feel free to contact me (gberger@sd25.org), or go to the Overshadowed website for full audition information. Their website is www.overshadowedproductions.com

Auditions for Annie
Overshadowed Theatrical Productions announces auditions for their summer musical, Annie.
We will be casting children for the role of Annie and her orphan cast of up to 12 girls, ages 6-16. The casting of understudies and swings will also be explored.
Additionally there are excellent roles for adults ages 16 and up.
Children who are auditioning for the role of Annie should come prepared to sing the final 22 bars of “Tomorrow” (memorized). All other children should prepare to sing the first 20 bars of “A Hard Knock Life” (memorized). They should also be dressed appropriately to dance.
Adults should prepare and memorize 24-32 bars of a song from the show. And come dressed prepared to dance.
Everyone should be ready to sing and dance and act.
The roles of Daddy Warbucks and Grace Farrell have been pre-cast. (Mr. Berger, Westgate music teacher, and his wife are playing these roles!)
Be prepared to fill out a conflict sheet at auditions. Make sure you read over the rehearsal and performance schedule below before committing to the show. Click here for a detailed performance schedule.
Audition dates and times:
: Monday, May 6 & Tuesday, May 7
 3:30-8:00 PM
 (Audition appointments required
)   Call 630-250-7518
: Saturday, May 11 from 9 AM-noon
 & Monday, May 13 from 7:00-9:00 PM
   Appointments not required
Callbacks – Callbacks for girls and adults will be on Tuesday, May 14 from 6:00-9:00 PM
Auditions and performances for Annie will be held at 777 S Meacham Rd. Elk Grove Village, IL 60007
**Performances of Annie will run July 12-August 3.
Visit www.overshadowedproductions.com for full audition and show information.