Horton Music

Weekly Notice

Hi folks,

Important Dates

Music Parents Association meeting - 7 PM in Conference Room at Horton04 September 2018
Tech Crew Meeting - Recess06 September 2018
Music Executive Meeting - Recess07 September 2018

Contact Information

Director - Kay Greenekgreene@gnspes.ca542-6060 (ext 1229)

Useful Links

Music Department Calendar

The music department calendar is HERE. It is a Google calendar that you can add to your own Google calendar by clicking on the '+Google Calendar' icon in the bottom right-hand corner of the page. 

The Charms Calendar, where you can sign up to fulfill your volunteer hours, is HERE

Horton Music Student and Parent Handbook

An electronic copy of the Handbook is attached as a PDF. If you would prefer a paper copy, please contact Kay, the Music Director (kgreene@gnspes.ca)


You may also USE THIS LINK to view as a slide show.

2017/18 Music Department Registration Form

The registration form for ALL STUDENTS involved in music at Horton IS HERE

Registration and Information Night will be Thursday, September 14, 2017 at 7 PM in the Performance Centre. Everyone is encouraged to attend. 

FAQ for new music students

HERE is a sheet with questions that Grade 8's often have when they are deciding whether to take Music 9. Contact the director if you have any other questions!


Log into Charms Here.  You can confirm the instrument and library items assigned to you, double check your attendance at rehearsals, keep your contact information up-to-date, and volunteer to help with Music Parents fund raisers. Contact the director for your (or your child's) student ID. 

If you have a barcode sticker with 'HM' follow by a three digit number, that is your student ID or password. You can (and should) change it after you log in for the first time. The 'HM' must be upper-case.

Attendance/Late Tracking Form

Please use this form if you will need to miss a rehearsal, or be late for a rehearsal.

Attendance/Late Tracking Form

Facebook Group

Join the Facebook Group, and keep up-to-date with all the news! You can find it here

Classroom Codes

Glee Club - 7awkkx
SCB - qa6j2j
Senior Jazz - geeot9
Junior Jazz - qm6806p
Choir - aa749u

Please join your ensemble. More codes may be posted here in the coming days.

Annapolis Valley Honour Choir

Information about auditions for the AVHC can be found at http://www.avhc.ca/join/the_choirs. The group rehearses on Tuesday evenings at Horton High School, in the music room, under the direction of Heather Fraser


Horton Community Youth Orchestra

HYCO is a string orchestra open to anyone between the ages of 10 and 24 who either plays a string instrument, or would like to learn how to play a string instrument. This is an exciting initiative, with collaboration between Horton High School, Acadia University School of Music, and Mission Strings, in Halifax. Rehearsals and performances will be in the beautiful Performance Centre at Horton High School, on Mondays from 4:30 - 6. Have questions? Make sure to come out to the Information/Registration night at Horton High School, on Thursday, September 14th, at 7pm in the Horton Performance Centre.

Ensembles/Groups in the Horton Music Dept.

If you are interested in being involved in the music department this year, there are several options from which to choose...

  1. Junior Jazz Band - for grade 9 or 10 students (or grade 11/12 on new instruments). Rehearsals are Mondays at 7:30 AM and some Thursday lunch times. 
  2. Senior Concert Band - for Grade 10, 11, 1nd 12 students (or for grade 9's by invitation or audition). Rehearsals are Tuesday and Thursday mornings at 7:30 AM
  3. Concert Choir - for students at any grade level. Rehearsals are Friday mornings at 7:30.
  4. Senior Jazz Band - for grade 11 and 12 students (or grade 9/10 players by invitation or audition.) Rehearsals are Wednesday mornings at 7:30 plus some Friday lunch times.
  5. Glee Club - for students at any grade level. This group is by audition only. Rehearsal times are set in consultation with the members and the leader.
  6. Horton Community Youth Orchestra- This group is open to students through the Valley, from upper elementary to University. The minimum playing proficiency is at the RCM Grade 4 level. (Testing is not required; this is just a guideline) Beginner clinics and Orchestra rehearsals are on Mondays after school.
  7. Horton Pops Orchestra - Members of the String Orchestra are invited to join the Pops Orchestra. Horton Pops rehearsal days will be set in September
  8. Horton Drum Line - this ensemble is open to all grade levels of Horton students. Rehearsal times will be set in consultation with the leader and the participants.
  9. Music Executive - for all students. This group is the student 'government' of the music department. See Mrs Greene for details. 
  10. Tech Crew - for students at any level. This group runs the sound and lights and stage during school events as well as outside bookings. These jobs are sometimes paid jobs. The crew meets every Thursday at recess in the music room.


The Director

Kay Greene has been teaching music, either privately or within the public school system, since 1993. She started studying music in 1971, when she first picked up the oboe, and has never looked back. She has Bachelor degrees in both Music and Education, as well as a Masters degree in Education, focusing on secondary music education. She is currently finishing a Masters of Education in Information Technology from Memorial University of Newfoundland. Kay has performed with the Acadia University Wind Ensemble and is frequently called upon to perform in ensembles in the Valley and in Halifax. She loves to play with community theatre groups and can often be heard in the pit orchestra during productions by Stage Prophets Theatre Company and Qwick as a Wink Theatre. She has four adult children, two dogs, and lives in Centre Burlington, Hants County with her very hard working, supportive husband, Jim.


You can contact the director by emailing kgreene@gnspes.ca kgreene@gnspes.ca

Music Parents Association

The Music Parents Association is the driving force behind the very successful music program at Horton High School. The group meets on the first Monday of each month, planning and executing fund-raisers, developing support systems for the music director, and supporting the students in any way possible. The current Chair of this committee is Jeff Newbery. Every parent of every music student is a member of the Music Parents Association. Please consider volunteering to help on the executive; it is indeed a worthwhile endevour.


You can contact the Chair of the Committee through email, at jeff.newbery@avrsb.ca

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