Welcome Back Grant Choir!

Hello Grant Choir Students & Parents! It feels so good to be back home in our newly remodeled school. The choir room is fantastic and sounds better than ever. The students and I are just getting to know it and very soon it’ll be the home we all know and love for generations of Grant singers to come. The new room number is #281 and we’re still in the same spot we used to be, second floor, far northeast corner of the building. Some of the amazing features are giant windows with views to the community garden and the dog park, a rebuilt skylight complete with a mechanical cover for really sunny days, two large storage rooms where the stage used to be, and three practice rooms outfitted with pianos and resources for students to work independently. Take a look at a few of the photos from the day before school started and check back soon for more updates now that the students are here. If you are a parent of a Grant Choir Student, you can find a copy of my welcome letter and the syllabus here. Feel free to stop by sometime and explore the new Grant, or join us on Saturday, September 7th at 10:00 am in front of the school for the Grand Reopening Ceremony!

John Eisemann
A Cappella Performs at OSAA State!

On Wednesday, May 1st the Grant A Cappella Choir made the trek down to Oregon State University to participate in the 2019 OSAA State Choir Championships! It was a fabulous day of music making with the top choirs from all over Oregon. At the end of the day Grant finished 11th overall and tied for 5th in Sight Reading. I’m so incredibly proud of the work and effort the choir has put forth this year, tackling some of the most challenging repertoire I’ve ever given them. Their dedication to the music and to the community is inspiring and beautiful to be a part of. Congratulations A Cappella on a fabulous year! Recordings and Videos will be made available in the near future.

John Eisemann
Han Oak Dinner to Support the Royal Blues - March 14th

Come support the Grant Royal Blues as they prepare for their 2019 European Tour by attending an exclusive chef’s tasting dinner at Han Oak, Portland’s 2017 Restaurant of the Year! Mark you calendars for March 14th, 6:30pm to 9:30pm, for an evening of drinks, delicious dinner and dessert, and live music provided by the Royal Blues. Only 50 seats available. To order tickets now, click HERE.

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Royal Blues Benefit Party Hosted by Thomas Lauderdale: Thursday, January 10th

Come support the Grant Royal Blues as they raise money to support their 2019 European Tour by attending a party hosted by Thomas Lauderdale of Pink Martini at his downtown loft. The party includes dinner, drinks, free parking, and live music provided by the Blues and Thomas. Tickets are limited and on sale now for $100 a piece at www.bit.ly/blues-benefit. All proceeds of the event go directly to funding student scholarships to ensure every choir member has an opportunity to go on the tour.

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Portland Tribune Publishes Front Page Article about Composer Judy Rose and Grant A Cappella Choir

On Thursday, December 20th, the Portland Tribune published a front page article detailing the partnership between Grant’s A Cappella Choir and fellow PPS music teacher/composer, Judy Rose. Judy wrote a piece, A Jubilant Day, and dedicated it to the students of A Cappella, which was first performed at the Fall Choir concert on October 17th. Find the full article here:https://pamplinmedia.com/pt/9-news/415237-316484-a-gift-of-song-composer-judy-rose-gives-grant-high-a-jubilant-day

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Catch the Royal Blues at Providore Fine Foods 12/20 at 5:00 pm

Looking to get a little last minute holiday shopping in and catch the Royal Blues in performance all at the same time? Join the choir at Providore Fine Foods on the corner of Sandy Blvd and 24th Ave this Thursday (12/20/18) at 5:00 pm for a casual concert of holiday selections and everyday favorites!

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A Cappella Premiers "A Jubilant Day" composed by PPS educator Judy Rose

In October of 2019, the A Cappella Choir sang the world premier of “A Jubilant Day,” a new spiritual composed by PPS teacher Judy Rose. Ms. Rose has worked extensively as a clinician with the A Cappella Choir in the past and over the summer composed this amazing new work as a gift for the music, energy, and spirit they bring to singing. For more information, check out the video PPS made to celebrate the collaboration.

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2018 Fall Choir Concert Recordings

Recordings for the 2018 Fall Choir Concert are now available! The concert was held at Augustana Lutheran Church on October 17th and recorded by Grant senior, Forrest Gregor. You can find all of the tracks from every choir HERE

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Choir Room Construction

It's been just over a year now since the choir program had to move out of room 232 in the old Grant building and the modernization is about halfway complete. I (Mr. Eisemann) had the opportunity to tour the building in the construction phase and see how things are coming in the new space. As you may recall, the choir room will be in the same location in the new building when we move back in in the fall of 2019. Check out the photos below of the choir room, the auditorium, and the rest of the building!


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Royal Blues Sing with Thomas Lauderdale

Last Sunday, September 9th, the Royal Blues were invited to participate in the 4th annual “Singin’ in the Square” concert hosted by Thomas Lauderdale in Pioneer Courthouse Square. The event featured free ice cream, umbrellas, and most importantly, free songbooks featuring some of the most beloved songs in the American cannon. The Royal Blues joined Phame and members of PYC to form the choir, as well as members of Pink Martini, The von Trapps, China Forbes, and City Commissioner Chloe Eudaly on stage to lead hundreds of singers in a two hour sing a long. Grant Choir wants to thank every one who came out for the event and especially Thomas Lauderdale for inviting us to be a part of the project. See you next year!

John Eisemann
Welcome Back to School!

Hello Grant Choir community and welcome back to Grant @Marshall for the 2018/19 school year! I have to admit I'm thrilled to get this year underway and to have the opportunity to make music with so many students. All of the choirs have excellent enrollment and sound amazing on the first day. The energy in the choir room has been palpable in every class and it seems like everyone is eager to get to work. 

As many of you know, this is the last year we'll be at the Marshall campus and next year we'll be traveling back to our remodeled NE PDX home on 36th Ave. While we are all excited to move back I think it's important to recognize some of the aspects of Marshall that have made us stronger and more connected. The commute has been hard, but many friendships and self-reliance sills have been made through various carpools and MAX rides. The abundance of practice rooms in the music wing have helped hundreds of students spend time honing their craft and work on independent projects. And the courtyard, which serves as the focal point for the entire campus, hosted one of the most inclusive and community based choir concerts I've ever been a part of last spring. While I'm thrilled to move back into the old(new) choir room as well, there will definitely be some things missed from our temporary home so let's enjoy it for one last year. 

If you haven't already, please explore the new Grant Choir Website! If you're reading a paper copy of this letter, you can find it by going to www.grantchoir.org. It's full of information, photos, videos, and recordings of the choir, as well as a page dedicated to music resources for students. The resource page is password protected for copyright reasons and information on how to access it will be shared shortly. But, if you just can't wait, email me (John Eisemann, jeisemann@pps.net) and I'll send it to you right away. The website also has a contact us button for outside organizations to learn more about the program and a donation page is coming soon if you'd like to make a contribution. 

I look forward to meeting or reconnecting with all of you (parents) on Back to School Night on Thursday, September 20th. If you have any questions in the meantime, feel free to drop me an email or call and I'll get back to you as soon as possible. Please be sure to keep an eye out on our calendar (which is on the homepage of the website) for details about upcoming events. Our first concert of the year will be on Wednesday, October 17th at Augustana Lutheran Church on the corner of 15th and Knott in the Grant neighborhood at 7:00 pm. I hope you'll plan on being in attendance. 

As always, thank you for your unending support of the choir program and the entire performing arts department here at Grant. We are incredibly fortunate to have such a strong and vibrant arts community for our students to learn from and contribute to. It's going to be an amazing school year, as always! Happy first day of school - here we go! 

All my best!

John Eisemann 

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GrantChoir.org Gets a New Look!
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Hello Grant Choir Community!

I hope everyone has been enjoying the summer and staying cool! One of my projects (among many) this off season has been to redesign the choir website to make it more user friendly (mostly for me to update) and to give students/parents more access to content, information, and resources. I'm not a web designer by any means, but hopefully, this will help us have a more cohesive and efficient program. 

Again, Happy Summer and thanks for checking out the new site!

- Mr. E 

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