Dear Music School Families,
The Flutissimos are back! I am so excited to announce our Flute Choir, The Flutissimos, have had one rehearsal so far. The Flutissimos is a small ensemble of 10-15 students who come from Valley Catholic and surrounding middle and high schools. The focus is to learn how to play in a small group, train the ear, blend, and of course, have fun while performing on campus and in the community. We will look forward to performing for you in the future!
VC Music School is moving forward with our Summer Music Camp for Grades K-6. The camp will be held June 20-24, 2022 from 9:00 a.m.-3:00 p.m. Registration will be open by Monday, April 25. Please continue to visit our website for updated information.
New Instructors: We have hired two new instructors and will be hiring a third instructor for violin by June, 2022. We are very excited to bring these two musicians to our instructional staff and the growth we continue to experience in our school.
INSTRUCTORS OF THE MONTH
REBECCA SCHAPPERT, PIANO
Rebecca Schappert, a Nationally Certified Teacher of Music (NCTM), has been teaching piano for 40+ years in Portland and in Boise. She was born in Ohio and grew up in Hayward, California. Her parents always encouraged her in music studies with her mother sitting down with her to practice when she started accordion at age 8, and piano at age 10. Rebecca also took violin at school in 6th and 7th grades, and learned how to play the organ for church services in the eighth grade, sometimes playing at her mom’s Catholic church, and her dad’s Presbyterian church in the same day. She has a Bachelor of Arts Degree in Piano Performance at U.C., Santa Barbara, and a Master of Music Degree in Piano Performance from University of Oregon. She has taught at Portland State, University of Portland and Boise State, where she also played in the Boise Philharmonic, Civic Opera, and Dinner Theater. Mrs. Schappert focuses on OMTA Syllabus through Level 10, and in the OFMC Junior Festival. She believes in teaching the Syllabus, because it gives one “a balanced diet of scales, chords, ear training, sight-reading, and repertoire”. Her goal is to inspire students to a lifelong love of music.
HENRIET FOURIE, VOICE & PIANO
Fearless soprano Henriet Fourie sings with “luminous tone and security.” (Chicago Classical Review) Emitting an uncommon “vibrancy and urgency” (Chicago Classical Review) in oratorio performance, Fourie has featured as a soloist at The Ravinia Festival, June in Buffalo, The Piccolo Spoleto Festival USA, The Handel Week Festival, Chicago’s annual Schubertiade, and with the Chicago Symphony Orchestra, Elgin Symphony Orchestra, Slee Sinfonietta and the Bella Voce Sinfonia. Conductors she has worked with include such luminaries as Marin Alsop, Ricardo Muti, Carlos Kalmar, Andres Arozco-Estrada, and Gil Rose on stages including Carnegie Hall, Chicago’s Orchestra Hall, and Pritzker Pavilion at Millennium Park. A sensitive and sophisticated collaborator, Fourie sings with In Mulieribus, Cappella Romana, and Cantores in Ecclesia. She is also a certified Suzuki voice teacher and has enjoyed years of being a committed teacher to singers of all ages. A native of South Africa, Fourie resides in Portland, Oregon with her husband, trombonist Andrew Thompson, and their two sons Jurgen and Cornelius. Fourie holds degrees in Vocal and Piano Performance from the College of Charleston and a Master of Music degree in Vocal Performance from DePaul University where she studied with Julia Bentley.
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