Panther Choir Newsletter 3/10/18

On Friday the CHHS Panther Chorale took the national stage at the Southwest Division of the American Choral Director's Association Convention in Oklahoma City realizing not only over nine months of preparation with this group but also four years of work that began as these senior students entered high school. As we prepared for the concert on Friday I mentioned to the seniors that they began CHHS on the same day that I began at CHHS with the same trepidation mixed with optimism and possibility. I came to CHHS with a vision to lead the program to this honor, however, it is the hard work of students, the incredible parent and community support, and the backing of the GCISD Administrative team that led us to this point. In an atmosphere of driven, intelligent, often competitive, and always motivated students at CHHS it is often difficult for our students to recognize how truly outstanding they are. Through this journey together they have shown teamwork and vulnerability and ultimately took both the state and national stage to share their gifts with these audiences. I am filled with both pride and gratitude entering this Spring Break!

2019 Tour to Hungary and Austria

The Panther Choir has a tradition of touring internationally every three years and we are excited to announce the approval of our 2019 Tour, March 6-15, 2019. This tour will be open to all 10-12th graders enrolled in choir during the 2018-2019 school year, however the total number of participants will be limited. Registration and deposits for the trip will start in May. At a cost of $2950 (inclusive of airfare, tours, 2-meals per day and many other details) this 10-day tour will provide incredible cultural and musical experiences to our students. Please see the PROPOSED ITINERARY including Budapest, Vienna, and Salzburg for more details. A payment schedule, contract, and registration forms will be posted soon.


The third nine-week grading period ended on Friday, March 9 at the completion of the school day. This was the last day for students to turn in missing work, however, teachers have until Sunday, March 18 to grade and update averages. Please check Skyward after Sunday, March 18 to verify eligibility.


Please plan to join us for dinner on Tuesday, March 20 at Black Walnut in Colleyville. A portion of all sales will benefit the Panther Choir Booster Club.


Please note that we have a Chamber Choir Rehearsal on our first day back after the break! The group is progressing nicely and excited about presenting our concert at Washington National Cathedral in April. 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.


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


The GCISD District UIL Assessment will be at Grapevine High School on Monday, March 26. We will begin this contest shortly after lunch bussing students from CHHS however, some students will not be finished until after school. Please watch for net week's newsletter with details of times and further information.


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)


Senior Scholarship Applications are due TUESDAY MARCH 20th.

Be sure to download your application HERE and turn it in!

Senior Parents: Be on the lookout for information just for you regarding the Spring Concert, April 19th! We want to honor you and your graduating senior that night!

All Choir Parents: The Sing! Jazz Shows and the Choir Banquet are right around the corner at the beginning of May! Mark your calendars and be on the look-out for ways you can help out!

NEXT WEEK (After Sping Break)

Monday -Chamber Choir 4:15-5:30

Tuesday - Booster Board Meeting 6pm - Black Walnut; Senior Scholarship Application Due

Thursday - Jazz Show Solo Auditions (during Jazz classes); Washington, DC trip meeting, 7pm - Library


Monday, March 26 - District UIL Assessment at GHS

April 4-6 - Region 31 UIL Concert & Sight-Reading at Trinity HS

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

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