Panther Choir Newsletter 3/3/18

On Saturday several of our singers competed in the Denton Bach Society Young Artist Competition. We are excited to announce that two of our students received awards this weekend (in our first ever appearance at the competition). William Swinney, tenor earned the first place prize in the vocal division and was awarded a $150 cash prize, a $150 Pender's Music Gift Certificate and will perform as part of the Spring Denton Bach Society Concert in May. Skylar Dubose, baritone received the Honorable Mention Award in the Vocal Division.


This week CHHS will host the Region 31 Middle School UIL Concert & Sight-Reading Competition. Thank you to the many parents and students who have volunteered to help during the competition. Helpers should have received an email with information on Friday from Mrs. Massey. The student worker schedule can be viewed HERE. Please report to the Lecture Hall wearing Jeans and a choir t-shirt before your scheduled shift.


This week's Chamber Choir Rehearsal (on Tuesday) will be held in the Large Band Ensemble Room. Please use the Absence Request Form to note any missed rehearsals. Remember you may be removed from performing with the Chamber Choir for missing more than 2 rehearsals for ANY reason.


Tuesday, March 6 4:15-5:30pm

Monday, March 19 4:15-5:30pm

Thursday, March 29 4:15-5:30pm

Monday, April 9, 4:15-5:30pm

Monday, April 16 4:15-6:00pm

Thursday, April 26 4:15-5:30pm


This week Chorale will present our Pre-SWACDA Concert on Monday at First United Methodist Church in downtown Fort Worth. This is a beautiful space to hear the choir in if you've not yet been able to hear their convention performance.

Pre-SWACDA Concert, Monday 7pm, First United Methodist Church Fort Worth

Students will travel to Fort Worth immediately following school (bus departs at 4:30). We will return to CHHS by 9pm via bus. If you would like to pick up your student at the church please EMAIL Mr. Rinn. We have ordered Which Which Boxes for dinner and will eat prior to the concert at the church. If you are bringing your uniform to school on Monday morning it can be stored on the hanging racks in Mrs. Kitz's room.

SWACDA Trip to Oklahoma City, Thursday-Friday March 8-9

  • Parents who are traveling to the concert - I have received your concert admission tickets and will send them home with your students on Tuesday. If you would like to join us for lunch after the concert the charge will be $16.50. You can see the menu for our lunch HERE. PLEASE RESERVE A PLACE BY WEDNESDAY, MARCH 6 at 8am by filling out THIS FORM.

  • Please see an updated Itinerary for our trip HERE.

  • STUDENTS - Please join the Chorale GROUPme HERE.

  • Students should plan to arrive for check-in starting at 8am Thursday Morning and will receive $35 at check-in to help with meals.

  • We can use the same medicine forms that we used for the last trip if the medication needs are the same. If you need to send different medicine (prescription or non-prescription) please feel out the applicable forms and turn them in at check-in on Thursday morning.

  • Over the Counter Medicine Permission Form

  • Prescription Medicine Form


Each fall, thousands of choral students across the state of Texas enter the All-State Choir audition process with hopes of being chosen as one of the 260 singers “still standing” in February at the TMEA All-State Concert. As a director, I am often asked what it takes for a student to make the All-State choir. I always answer the following: It takes a special combination of vocal maturity, musical maturity, desire, dedication, and hard work. The bottom line is commitment. The students that make the choir are not those who enter with only ambitions of “winning” but those that understand the benefits of auditioning and therefore commit to the process. These students find “victory” in their progress as a singer and musician. The CHHS Panther Choir program has quickly established itself as a primary competitor in our area earning 4 spots in the 2017-2018 Texas All-State Choir. The individual skills (musical, and personal) gained from this process are simply invaluable.

For many students, the all-state process begins with attendance at one or more of the All-State Choir camps offered by universities over the summer. These camps offer students an opportunity to learn the All-State literature in a group environment. Camps provide a high level of instruction by experienced educators and a variety of social/recreational activities. Camps are 2-4 days in length and vary in price according to the university and housing. Most camps conclude with a concert that is recorded and open to the public. Attendance at one of these camp not only provides a huge boost to the student in the all-state process but also enriches them with a wonderful musical experience. To simply learn and perform the All-State literature is a choral experience that many students may not have until college.

Thousands of students begin the process and only 260 make the choir. Attending an All-State camp is the best way for students to get a good start on the All-State process and the only way to guarantee that they will have the opportunity to perform the literature with a choir. There are numerous camps to choose from both in our area and across the state. We urge students to consider going to a camp at a University they are interested in as staying in campus housing and living on the campus for a few days can give a great insight into the school. Mr. Rinn teaches at several camps during the summer and this year the UT-San Antonio Choir Camp where he will teach is offering a discount to CHHS students. If enough CHHS students have an interest in attending we can provide transportation from Colleyville. Please contact Mr. Rinn if you are interested in this.

LIST OF SUMMER ALL-STATE CAMPS (Registration for many camps is already open and popular camps fill up quickly)


We are thrilled to be able to invest in future generations of Panther Choir through hosting the Middle School UIL competition for our region here at CHHS! Doing so with excellence requires FLEXIBLE Panther Choir parent volunteers throughout the two-day process, with an emphasis on FLEXIBLE! If there are still parents available to assist please email Mrs. Massey for details.



Tuesday - MS UIL at CHHS- CLASSES MEET IN THE BLACK BOX; Chamber Choir 4:15-5:30 in Band Ensemble Room

Thursday -Chorale to OKC

Friday - Chorale Performance for Southwest American Choral Director's Association Convention, Oklahoma City, OK

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

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