Panther Choir Newsletter 11/17/17

Congratulations to all the CHHS Choir students who participated in the Region 31 Clinic and Concert last weekend. We had 15 students advance and compete in the Pre-Area round this past Thursday. We are very proud of the way all of our students represented our choir program. The following students ranked in the top 5 for their voice part, advancing to the Area round in January:

Lauren Graham

Sarah Poythress

Karyssa Nelson

Will Swinney

Braden Hancock

Nasir Panjwani

Skylar Dubose

Abbey Jefferies, 1st alternate

Melanie De La Cruz, 2nd alternate



General Guidelines

Solos on the Bella Notte Dinner should use an accompaniment track. These will need to be downloaded audio files, not web links (youtube) to a track. You should audition with this track.

Any solo that is featured on the Winter Concert will need to use live piano accompaniment. You should provide sheet music for your solo at the audition and sing with the live accompanist should you wish to be considered for the Winter Concert. Check sites like "musicnotes" and "sheetmusicplus" to see if there is sheet music available for your song.

Please sign-up for an audition time HERE and indicate what song you will audition on. Please reference this list as you make your song selections as we will not feature the same song more than once. A list of music already being performed on the concert will be available soon and should also be avoided.

Music may be in any style/genre for this performance.


The Colleyville Heritage Ovation and Di Voce Jazz choirs are available for home delivery of Singing Christmas Cards in December! Please see the information below and submit your order today!

COST: $30, Payable via PayPal Online or Check/Cash to Panther Choir Boosters


December 8, 9, 15, 16 5pm-10pm


Residential Addresses within GCISD ISD (Please contact Mr. Rinn for any variance to this area)


Jazz Choir will arrive at the front door of the delivery address and perform 8-10 minutes of holiday music (2-3 songs).


  • Must be within the GCISD Attendance Zone

  • We will group sold cards together to minimize travel time / maximize performance time. We will attempt to honor time requests but cannot guarantee a specific time. An estimated arrival time will be emailed to the purchaser approximately 24 hours before delivery.

  • We will not deliver to businesses. If a business is interested in having the Jazz Choir perform we are available for longer appearance by contacting Mr. Rinn

  • We can only deliver a limited number of Singing Christmas Cards. When our schedule is full we will stop accepting orders.

  • You may request the Ovation (Mixed), Di Voce (Treble) Jazz Choir, or indicate no preference



Tuesday, November 28 5:30-7:00pm

Monday, December 4 4:15-5:30pm

Tuesday, December 12 4:15-5:30pm


Welcome Amanda Hinders and Matthew Giallongo who are joining our voice faculty while Miranda Benham is away.

Amanda is a former high school choir director who left the classroom to be home with her children when she and her husband moved from Houston to Chicago. Amanda currently teaches private voice and does vocal coaching for some area schools. She attended Michigan State University and West Texas A&M University where she received a degree in Music Education with vocal emphasis. Amanda has a passion for musical theater and for performing, but her true love is teaching.

Matthew is presently pursuing a Doctorate of Musical Arts in Vocal Performance at the University of North Texas. He has a Master of Music in Vocal Performance from Colorado State University and a Bachelor of Music in Vocal Performance from Gettysburg College. Matthew was an adjunct voice professor at Colorado State University and is presently teaching voice in the area.


On December 14th, our choirs will perform their Winter Concert at the high school. Prior to the performance is the Bella Notte dinner with a fun Silent Auction. Feel free to send in auction items from now until November 29th, the Wednesday after Thanksgiving. Auction items can be turned in during choir, or you can contact Alisa Hancock (contact info below) for pick-up. If each student sends in one item, we will have a really great auction in which everyone will want to bid. This week, students received a letter that can be given to businesses who choose to donate if they need records for tax purposes. If you have questions, please connect with Alisa Hancock (

If you use amazon for your upcoming holiday purchases, please consider registering with Amazon Smile.

The Panther Choir Booster Club is a registered Charity with Amazon Smile. Please click HERE to sign in and register you amazon account with the Panther Choir Boosters and we will receive a benefit from every purchase you make on This is an easy and free way to support the Panther Choirs!

Tuesday, November 28th - Bella Notte Solo Auditions, 4-5:30pm

Chamber Choir, 5:30-7pm

Friday, December 1 - Jazz Choirs, Christmas Tree Lighting

Monday, December 4 - Chamber Choir rehearsal, 4:15-5:30pm

Tuesday, December 5 - Jazz Choirs, Toys for Tots 5:45-6:45pm

Thursday, December 7 - Ovation Performance

Friday, December 8 - Di Voce, Jazz Carolling

Saturday, December 9 - Jazz Carolling


Tuesday, December 12 - Chamber Choir, 4:15-5:30pm

Thursday, December 14 - ALL CHOIRS WINTER CONCERT and Bella Notte Dinner

Friday, December 15 - Ovation Jazz Carolling

Saturday, December 16 - Jazz Carolling


Please see our CALENDAR PAGE for a complete listing of Panther Choir Events

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