For students in 5th/6th** - 8th grade
Taught by Gina Samardge
Tuesdays, 5:00pm-7:00pm, October 1 to January 28 (no class 12/24 or 12/31)
Extra Rehearsals and Performance the week of January 20-26, 2020
All new students MUST attend the Introductory Class on Tuesday, September 17th from 5-5:45pm.
Rompatom ensemble includes singing, movement, theatrics, and instrumental work on xylophones, ukulele, recorders (sopranino, soprano, alto, and tenor), and drums. Technique and reading; complex rhythmic, melodic, and harmonic work; and improvisation and composition will all be developed during the course of the school year through a variety of exercises, games, and explorations. Students who play another instrument may have an opportunity to incorporate it into some pieces in the ensemble as well. Over the course of the semester, students will prepare an eclectic mix of material, including a wide range of traditional world music-influenced pieces, folk, classical, rock/pop, jazz and musical theater. The performances weave together these various explorations and pieces into a magical journey of music, humor, theater, mystery, dance, and joy. There is nothing out there quite like this!
This is a co-collaboration between students and director and part of the process will be focused on positive ensemble collaboration, empowerment, and leadership development with the students. Students in Rompatom have two concerts they produce during the school year as well as some community performances, such as Newburgh Illuminated and Spirit of Beacon Day. We are an inclusive community and a safe space and seek members with a love of music, movement, theater and play, and an interest in connecting in positivity and spreading that into the community.
**Students in the 5th grade who have never participated in the Rompatom program are recommended to register for Rompatom Prep, but may talk with Gina after the introduction class to see which group is the best fit for their child. Please email Gina@CompassArts.org with any other questions.