Bexley Music Parents Meeting Minutes

April 5, 2017



  • BMP board members: Laura Martin, Andrea Lourie, Shelly Hoffman, Rhonda Lasher
  • Parents: Natalie Cohen, Chris Millard, Kay Fetters, Jessica Ditullio, Sally Beckman
  • Teachers: Jason Hogue, Sandra Crandall, Amy Blosser


BMP Golden Gala Update: Laura Martin

  • Sunday May 7, 7-9 p.m. at Jeffrey Mansion. Special event recognizing 50th anniversary of BMP. Celebration of music program, past, current and future as well as a fundraiser.
  • Designed to maximize revenues, with donations for food, etc. Featuring student performances. Jazz ensembles from middle and high school. Reaching out to other teachers for additional students. Looking for other small ensembles.
  • Still have some unfilled needs. Volunteers always welcome. More than anything else we need to encourage attendance. Tickets only $20 per person. Looking to reach middle school and elementary parents. Solicitation of silent auction items needed.
  • No paper invitations, posted on website and sent by email, teachers will distribute. Sandy Crandall offered to distribute. Will ask the same of other teachers, to reach out to elementary, middle school students
  • Need to hand out posters, specific invites on Facebook.


BMP Officer Nominations: Laura Martin

  • Positions for next year: President: Andrea Lourie; Past President: Laura Martin; Vice President: Natalie Cohen; Treasurer: Laura Martin and Susan Rhoads in share position
  • Open positions: President Elect – a three year commitment and Secretary.
  • Looking for an orchestra parent to serve on board.
  • Jessica Ditullio offered to serve as assistant secretary.


Superintendent Candidate Report: Chris Millard

  • Some questions were asked about extra-curricular activities – did not separate out sports vs arts.
  • Think we have three candidates will support the greater child. One candidate said they are the things that frame the student’s experience.
  • Amy Blosser shared that from the teacher perspective – 2nd candidate was most pro-arts.


Teacher Updates

Jazz Band: Jason Hogue

  • Big thank you for BMP for providing support for guest artist and guest instructors.
  • Top combo play at Bexley library 6:30 p.m., April 6. Wants someone to post on Facebook that the BHS combo playing at library.
  • Same combo plays at education appreciation banquet and Golden Gala.
  • Started a Jazz percussion combo. Performing a Dave Brubeck piece and the April 20 concert
  • Auditions for next year will be in May.
  • Students voted for hoodies over T-shirts for spirit wear.
  • Charles Cihon took an amazing video of the concert.
  • Will be expanding the middle school jazz band, to reflect increased interest, still auditioning for band.


Orchestra: Sandra Crandall

  • The grades 4-12 string fling was held last Thursday with huge attendance featuring 285 string students.
  • Cleveland on last Friday. Symphony performed an all Baroque concert. 54 students and 10 adults. Visited the Cleveland Museum of Art in the afternoon.
  • Middle school solo and ensemble contest is Saturday. Orchestra has 17 student involved in solos or ensembles.
  • Elise Skaggs has been in four times to work with violins and violas.
  • High school orchestra students will present their senior showcaseconcert on , April 27.
  • Middle school orchestra will be performing at the Governors Art Show onApril 28.
  • Cassie Benedict is Dr. Williams’ recommendation for the new orchestra director, pending board approval. Taught seven years at Southwestern City Schools, still needs board approval. Looking forward to smooth transition and working with her.
  • As of now, have not lost one high school student for next year’s enrollment. Think will have some nice numbers moving forward.


Choir: Amy Blosser

  • March 5 7-12 concert celebrated women’s voices. Challenge to find works from diverse women. Something different. Normally concert that they do composer in residence.
  • Went to Minneapolis for National ACA conference, national chair for repertoire resources, presented sessions on mentoring.
  • Had elementary choral concert – a month earlier than last year. Shorter, perfect, VE came in and did a short performance, so they could see something from high school. Do these concerts with VE to recruit. Not sure what her final numbers are for middle school choir.
  • Did clinic with Montrose. Has around 148 students for grades 6-8. For 9-12 right now numbers are higher than this year with incoming and continuing students at 125-130 kids
  • Chorale helped fund an event from the proceeds of cabaret. Decided to do something to help other women – human trafficking. Speaker was former victim, food catered by Freedom a la Cart which is a catering company that hires survivors of human trafficking.
  • VE had successful performance in Lincoln Center, performing music of Eric Barnham. Also performed in two other concerts – Eric conducted one of them. Very special.
  • VE is a finalists for the American Prize.
  • Today, Robin Judd, Holocaust scholar from The Ohio State University (OSU) came in to talk to kids about music in the concentration camps. The concert on April 24 at 7 p.m. Holocaust Cantata on Holocaust Remembrance Day. Mark Rudolph from OSU will be special guest cello soloist. Concert features combined high school choirs.


Band Update: Laura Martin for Andy Johnson

  • The band program is heavily involved this month with projects going on at all levels. The next concert is April 20 at 7 p.m. in the high school gym featuring the concert bands from grades 5-12. This will involve Andy Johnson, Jason Hogue, and Jordan Meyers-student teacher from Capital University. There will be more than 350 band students on the gym floor performing music from beginning band to college level. We will perform Rhapsody in Blue by Gershwin featuring seniors Lucas Fox on piano and Leila Sereki on clarinet. Prism will be performing a circus march by John Mackey.
  • Two days prior, on April 18, there will be an evening rehearsal with Dr. Scott Jones from The Ohio State University (OSU). Dr. Jones is the associate conductor of bands at OSU. We will rehearse from 7-8:30 p.m. in preparation for state OMEA contest.
  • Upon receiving a superior rating at the district OMEA contest, high school band qualified for the state OMEA contest. They have not been assigned a time, but have requested mid-evening on Friday, April 28. Only taking members interested in continuing- we had 12 musicians decide not to participate in contest.
  • On Saturday April 8, the middle school band will have select musicians perform at OMEA solo and ensemble contest at Central Crossing High School. We are grateful for BMP support of the contest fees of the ensembles, but also for the generosity of paying for the piano accompanist Sue Weichart White. The band has six solos and eight ensembles totaling 29 musicians representing the band program.
  • Putting the finishing touches on the band’s Florida trip. Taking 60 students and 10 adults. Performing at Disney World Magic Kingdom at a 2:30 p.m. parade with the Disney characters. The park is usually at capacity by 11 a.m., which is 88,000 people. The band also will perform at a college clinic, and Disney recording studio performing soundtrack music from a Disney cartoon. They then take the band’s recording and dub it over the animation so that our band becomes the soundtrack for the cartoon. The students learn about being a Disney musician, how to be recording studio musician, as well as learning better sight reading techniques along with better rehearsal techniques. Leave on Memorial Day. In desperate need of scholarship funds.