Friday, 9 June 2017



Vocal Jazz Audition Information 2017

Here is the information for upcoming vocal jazz auditions. Auditions will be held at 12:20 on June 12 and 13 AND 19th in the choral room. Audition information is posted on Edmodo and the Westwood Choral Blogspot page. There is a sign up sheet posted on the choral room office window.

Part 1: The audition song is “Fly Me To The Moon” by Frank Sinatra. Refer to this recording while practicing:

  1. This karaoke will be used for the audition:
    Use a microphone, "make this song YOUR OWN" i.e. add melodic embellishments; jazzify the song in your own way; add some improvisation - using the text or with scat syllables; and, remember really PERFORM the song by moving to the music and completely engaging in the tune. Sing from memory, and if you forget the lyrics, take a page from Ella Fitzgerald's book, and scat or improvise your way through until you remember.
  2. PART 2: Scat over the changes of the C section of Westwood Blues. The ability and willingness to scat/improvise are essential to a successful audition. Please see Improvisation: The Next Steps AND Ways To Practice: More Tips (below) for additional ways to practice.  Scat over the changes of the C section of Westwood Blues.
  3. Part 3: Sight-read four bars of rhythm and melody. A starting pitch will be given and a chord will be played to establish the key.  Sing it at your own tempo.
  4. Auditions will be audio recorded.
Frank Sinatra - Fly Me To The Moon

Fly me to the moon
And let me play among the stars
Let me see what spring is like
On Jupiter and Mars
In other words, hold my hand
In other words, baby, kiss me

Fill my heart with song
And let me sing for ever more
You are all I long for
All I worship and adore
In other words, please be true
In other words, I love you (repeat after bridge with melodic improv)

In other words
I love... you
Improvisation: The Next Steps

Melody-based improvisation – study and practice by singing the “head” of the chosen jazz standard, illustration of the five solo techniques:
  1. The original melody – exactly as written on the lead sheet
  2. Back phrasing – singing slightly behind the beat
  3. Front phrasing – singing slights in front of the beat
  4. Embellishment of the melody – adding decorative notes above/ below/ around the melody notes
  5. A final, original version from you

Ways To Practice: More Tips

  • Singing several standards in warm-up, following the lead sheets and accompaniment tracks of Jamey Abersold’s and Ronald McCurdy’s Vocal Jazz Standards.  
  • One Note Rhythmic Improvising – try using one note over several chords and use only the rhythm to tell the “story”.
  • Using actual lyrics/ text/ story lines, sing or improvise your part of the story.  Going around the room and having each singer add their own segment of the story. By concentrating on the story and the subject, the melody often develops on its own.
  • The study of music theory and piano will help with your improvisational growth.
  • A note on the syllables – Try not to be self-conscious of the specific syllables that you’re using. Concentrate on the melodic and rhythmic ideas pertaining to the contour of the line. The syllables will begin to come to you naturally. Overall, vocalists are imitating the instruments and instrumental timbres. Think about harder sounds and consonants that are more appropriate for a swing feeling. The softer consonants will feel more appropriate for liquid and fluid feels used while playing a ballad or Latin tune.

Saturday, 4 March 2017

CMP True Colors Project!

Creative Music Production Alyssa, Amy, Jenesa, Jenna, Sydni, Ryan, Bostyn, Rebecca, Brietta SO PROUD! Westwood Celebrates Diversity !

Wednesday, 22 February 2017


Don't miss our CREATIVE MUSIC PRODUCTION Eighties Coffee House tomorrow night, Feb. 23rd, 7PM at San Vito Coffee on the corner of Mount Royal & Portage Ave. Admission is Free.  Just buy a coffee! (Huge thank you to San Vito for sharing their awesome venue for free!)  We have a great line up of songs from the Eighties, including:
Stand By Me, Ben E.  King
Every Breath You Take, The Police
Fast Car, Tracy Chapman
True Colors, Cindi Lauper
What I Am, Edie Brickell
Wake Me Up Before You Go, WHAM!
Blow at High Dough, Tragically Hip
Mama I'm Coming Home, Ozzy Osborne
Land of Confusion, Genesis
We Are Not Alone, Karla Devito
Uptown Girl, Billy Joel
We're Not Gonna Take It, Twisted Sister
Girls Just Wanna Have Fun, Cyndi Lauper
Can't Help Falling in Love, Elvis
Don't You Forget About Me, Simple Minds
Live to Tell, Madonna
Une Colombe, Celine Dion
All Out of Love, Air Supply
Every Breath You Take, Police
Don't Stop Beleivin', Journey

If you LOVE the Eighties, you'll love this show!

Wednesday, 15 February 2017

Westwood's Open House Tonight!

So cool for our Westwood Choral students to have Jonathan Alexiuk as our composer-in-residence this year, thanks to a grant from the Manitoba Foundation for Choral Music! He'll be here with our singers tonight for a Sing-A-Long at Westwood's Open House! Here's a flashback to one of his awesome performances at Solo Night! 


1.   Here is the most recent version of the Brandon Jazz rooming list 
       If you have any questions see the appropriate teacher.  

2.  Here his the official Brandon Jazz Website and you can find out loads of information about every aspect of the festival including:  Performance times and Featured concert performers.

3.  Here is the latest newsletter from the festival -

4.  We will be staying at the Victoria Inn  in Brandon- check out the link for more information about the hotel.

5.  We are leaving on the 15th of March at 1:00PM and will be returning to the Westwood Parking Lot around 9:00PM on the 17th.  Students will text home when we are approaching the city at Elie (about 20 minutes away).

6.  Performance times are listed on the Brandon Jazz Website, but incase you have trouble finding it:

Thursday March 18:  Vocal Jazz 1- 11:00 AM Westman, Sr. Jazz - 1:30 PM Lorne Watson, Vocal Jazz 2 - 3:00PM Westman.

Friday:  Jr. Jazz "B" - 8:00AM Evans,  Jr. Jazz "A" - 12:00PM Kinsmen, Intermediate Jazz - 3:30 PM Kinsmen.

7.  Final payment has not been determined as of yet. We will be meeting shortly to double check out numbers and determine final payment and should have something posted by next week.

8.  Latest version of our itinerary - as stated, this is tentative and subject to change.

As always, if you have any questions, please do not hesitate to contact either Mr. Edwards ( or Ms. Russell (

Thursday, 2 February 2017


Hello Chamber Choir & all Vocal Jazz Students, Here are the details for our upcoming performance at Music Celebration on Monday, Feb. 6th at Sturgeon Creek United Church, 203 Thompson Drive:

-Transportation to and from this event is by private vehicle i.e. you need to arrange your own ride.
Concert Dress will be worn i.e. all black - women with pashminas; men in suits & solid-coloured ties.
-The Chamber Choir will sing Sure on this Shining Night and Loch Lomond, with warm up at 4:40PM downstairs in the Sturgeon Room, and performance in the upstairs Sanctuary at 5:10PM. Students are free to leave after the adjudication at 5:30PM. 
-The Westwood Glee Club will sing Lava and Seize the Day.  Warm-up is at 5:30 PM in the Sturgeon Room, and performance is at 5:50 PM upstairs. Students are free to leave after the adjudication at 6:10PM.
-Parents are welcome. Admission is free.

-All students are required to stay for the performance AND adjudication


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