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Panther Choir Newsletter 8/24/18



What a great first week! It has been such a joy to welcome all of you back to campus and into a new school year. We've loved hearing about your travels and experiences this summer, and we have been so impressed with the sound and the level of leadership and motivation we are already seeing from all of you! We are looking forward to watching you grow and make beautiful music throughout this year. Below, you will find any necessary information for all upcoming events and opportunities. Please take a few minutes to read through these and feel free to reach out with any questions!

- CHHS Choir Lake Party -

August 25, 2018 | 5 - 8 pm | Rockledge Park

We are excited to celebrate the end of a great first week of school with you all at Rockledge Park by Lake Grapevine tomorrow! There will be good food to eat, great games to play, and even better people to get to know. Parents, the park closes when the sun sets (8:03) so please be sure to be at the park by this time, or better yet, feel free to stay around and spend the evening with us! All are welcome at no cost to you!


Rockledge Park, 3600 Pilot Point, Grapevine, TX 76051

IMPORTANT! Fairway Drive, which is the road over the dam at Lake Grapevine, is currently under construction. Alternate Route option: Head North on 2499. Turn left at Lakeside Village Parkway in Flower Mound. Follow the traffic circle to Lakeside Parkway, which will turn into Fairway Drive. Rockledge Park will be on the right.

- TMEA All-State Sectionals -

'A' Days | 4:15 pm | CHHS Choir Room

Our next set of sectionals for the first round, Region 31 District Audition, of the TMEA All-state choir process will be on Tuesday and Thursday of this coming week. We will begin in the new choir room at 4:15 and end at 5:30. This is a great opportunity for you to receive specific feedback and help with the repertoire for this audition. It's not too late to jump in!

- CHHS Chamber Choir Audition -

August 27, 2018 | 5:30 pm | CHHS Choir Room

Auditions for the CHHS Chamber choir will be held this coming Monday, August 27th, during the ensembles normal rehearsal time - 5:30 - 7:00 pm. This elite ensemble, open to all CHHS choir members, will be comprised of no more than 24 singers and will have opportunities to perform advanced literature and compete in a contest in February in San Antonio. All interested students should prepare the music at the link below for the audition. Prepare whichever voice part you believe is most comfortable or suitable for you.

CHHS Chamber Audition Excerpt

- New Choir Parent Meeting -

August 30, 2018 | 6:30 pm | CHHS Learning Commons (Library)

The first week is over! It has gone by in a blur, but we have loved every moment with all of your students. Now that our singers are beginning to get settled we would like an opportunity to welcome you and give you any helpful information that you will need to have a great year with the CHHS choir program. We will be holding a meeting on Thursday night for all parents with singers new to CHHS choir this year. We will share important dates, opportunities for your singers, and ways that you can get involved with the program with us. We can't wait to meet you all!

- Get Fit Day -

September 8, 2018 | 9 am - 2 pm | CHHS Choir Room

The Panther Choir "Get Fit Day" is one of our BEST ways to help ease the transition into a new school year with the choral program and set up our singers up for success. On "Get Fit Day" singers will be fitted for their formal choir uniforms to be used throughout the year, and parents will be able to submit all necessary district forms and fees. You will not want to miss this day! As the date approaches you will receive detailed, electronic information to better guide you through the process, and new parents will get answers to all of their questions at the meeting on August 30th.

- TMEA All-State Choir Auditions -

Region 31 District Audition | September 22, 2018 | LD Bell High School

The deadline to register for the Region 31 District Audition will be September 2nd. Singers wanting to register will need to complete the All-State Contract, that will be available on our website soon, and submit the $15 entry fee. More information will be available soon to complete this process.

- Parent Volunteer Opportunity -

We are in need of parents volunteers for the Region 31 District Audition on September 22nd at L.D Bell High School. We are asking for 4 parents to each work a half day shift. Parents with singers in this audition please note: Alto & Bass voices will be auditioning in the morning and Soprano & Tenor voices will be auditioning in the afternoon. Please use the link below to sign up to volunteer!

District Audition Volunteer Sign-up

- Private Voice Lessons -

We are privileged to have three outstanding voice teachers on our campus that offer private voice lessons to our students during their choir class periods. These lessons will help develop students singing and literacy, prepare students who are participating in the All-State and Region 9/10 processes, expose and engage students in solo singing, and are one of the fullest ways to better the individual voice. Any students who are interested need to fill out and return the forms linked below to Mr. Gilliland. We honor requests on a first come, first served basis, and we try to offer this opportunity to as many singers as possible. Our voice teachers will be in al classes this coming week to perform for our students and answer all questions! While these lessons are tuition based, we have scholarship opportunities available through the CHHS Choir Boosters to help support our singers in the best ways we can.

- Forms -

Voice Lesson Contract and Enrollment Form

Voice Lesson Financial Aid Application

CHHS Choir Handbook

District Audition Volunteer Sign-up

- From the Student Leadership Executive Board -

We are excited to welcome each of the class representatives to our student leadership team! They have an important voice for each of their peers and will help us create opportunities to continue building unity across the program.



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