Choir Concert Tonight #iarocks

Please join us tonight for the final choir concert of the season. The concert will be at Andover High School at 7:30pm. Please remember that male musicians will be returning their uniforms after the final group performs. If you would like to have an electronic copy of our beautiful program please click the Concert Program tab from above.

Upcoming Concerts are HOT!! #iarocks

The IA is proud to announce our final concerts of the 2012-2013 season.
Our final Choir Concert is at Andover High School on May 30.
Our final Band Concert is at Lahser High School on June 6.
Our final Orchestra Concert is at Lahser High School on June 11.

All concerts begin at 7:30pm with call times for musicians announced in class.

As these are our final concerts, students are expected to turn in their uniforms at the end of the performances and we are still in need of assistance in this area.

One last announcement, as we get closer and closer to the end of the year, the temperatures get warmer and warmer. The final concerts can be very warm (down right hot at Lahser). As an audience member. Please attend the concerts in comfortable light weight clothing to enjoy the evening. No food or drink is allowed in the auditorium, but I would recommend that you bring a bottled water in a drip proof container.

On behalf of the Music Boosters, Mr. LaNoue and the IA have a great day!

Scott Wolf

A message from MSBOA about MYAF #iarocks

A note from the Executive Director of the Michigan Schools Band and Orchestra Association:

Good day to all of the MSBOA Family!

It is the time of year when we celebrate the finest high school arts students in Michigan with the Michigan Youth Arts Festival (MYAF) held on the campus of Western Michigan University.

Events start on Thursday May 9 and continue through Saturday May 11. All events are FREE and open to the public!

I would like to point out a few of the MSBOA portions of the MYAF:

Thursday night: Opening Concert – All of the disciplines are featured. MSBOA will spotlight the Percussion Ensemble from Churchill HS.

Friday night : Gala Concert – The opening fanfare will be performed by all of the Brass players from all of the ensembles – The fanfare will be “Exuberance” by Scott Boerma which was commissioned by MSBOA for last year’s 50th MYAF Anniversary.
Also performing in a pre-concert recital will be the Grandville HS Saxophone Quratet, the Chelsea HS Woodwind Quintet and the Novi HS Brass Quintet.
Featured on this concert will be the Concerto Competition Soloists: Lydia Roth on Flute from the West Michigan Home School Association, Claire Ross on French Horn from East Kentwood HS, Hanna Rumors on Cello from Portage Central HS, and Stephanie Pestana from the Michigan Music Teachers Association. The Grand Rapids Youth Symphony conducted by John Varineau will accompany these wonderful soloists.

Saturday: Collage Concert – All of the above small ensembles plus the Northview Jazz Combo, the Ann Arbor Skyline HS French Horn Duet, and the Chelsea String Quartet will be featured.

Saturday Honors Concert –
The MSBOA / MYAF Honors Jazz Ensemble directed by Robbie Smith,
The MSBOA / MYAF Honors Band conducted by Robert Spradling – Kevin Culling, MSBOA’s Teacher of the Year for Band will conduct “Procession of the Nobles”
and The MSBOA / MYAF HonorsOrchestra conducted by Gregory Cunningham – Amy Marr, MSBOA’s Teacher of the Year for Orchestra will conduct “Hoe Down from Rodeo”
will be featured.

A special highlight will be the first performance by a MSBOA Jazz Ensemble of MSBOA’s newest commissioned work:”Gospel According to Jack” by MSBOA member Chris Kauffold. The composition is in honor of Jack Saunders, a long time director at Central Michigan University and adjudicator for MSBOA. Jack frequently served as a clinician for MSBOA Adjudication Workshops and his influence and insight into the adjudication process is still felt by many of our adjudicators.

Throughout the 3 days there will be Art displays, Vocal Music performances, Theatre productions, Video presentations Dance Concerts and much more!

A big . . . . no make that . . . HUGE . . Thank You to Paul DeRubeis for all of his work on behalf of MSBOA to make this event possible.

We urge all members to take the time to be a part of this unique event and to be surrounded by some of the finest student musicians in the country!

Paul Lichau,
MSBOA Executive Director

Concert Uniforms!! #iarocks


Our directors and students are practicing hard to make the end of year concerts beautiful!

Please consider placing a Sweet Tweet in our Concert Programs for only $5. Deadline 5/13
Send your tweet to or leave it in the Boosters mailbox with your payment.

Following the final concerts, we collect tuxedo jackets and pants.
Gentlemen keep their shirts and bowties unless they do not fit or they are not returning to the music program.
We are happy to receive them as donations so that we can support another student.
All gentleman musicians should bring a change of clothes.

Gentlemen returning tuxedoes before the concerts need to fill out the top portion of the grey Uniforms Return
form (found outside the main office) and leave it attached to the tux in the main office.
Please have a parent sign to donate your tuxedo deposit to the Music Boosters!

Young ladies keep their dresses unless they are not returning to the music program.
Donations of dresses are always happily received in the main office.

Superstars in the IA Orchestras Begin to Dominate!! #iarocks

The talent in the IA music program is vast in so many ways. This week we were made aware of some fantastic news from members of the IA Orchestra.

Allen Du, 11th grade violist and pianist, this past week performed in the 36th annual American Guild of Music Great Lakes Regional contest. Allen performed 2 piano works for this competition with the following great results! In the event of Length of Study Solo: Open Class Allen came in 3rd Place. In the event of Pop Solo: Proficiency B, Allen came in 3rd Place.
Overall, in Allen’s age group, he finished in 2nd Place! Bravo to you Allen!!

Congratulations to Aaron Levett 10th grade violinist, on his participation with the Michigan Youth Arts Festival. Aaron will be performing this weekend, May 9-May 11 with the Michigan Honors Orchestra, an orchestra made up of the highest scoring musicians from State Solo and Ensemble Festival. The concert will be Sunday, May 11 at 2:30pm at Western Michigan University. Congratulations Aaron!!

Congratulations to Filip Milojevic, 11th grade violist on his invitation to perform with the Blue Lake Fine Arts Camp’s International Orchestra. Filip has been rehearsing in preparation for the big tour that begins on June 6 and will be traveling to numerous countries performing master works with the International Choir. Enjoy the experience Filip!!