Panther Choir Newsletter 3/24/18
Our first week back was filled with activities as we prepare for our choirs to participate in both District and Region Concert & Sight Reading Competitions. Our district level event is this Monday at Grapevine High School. All students should plan to bring uniforms to school on Monday morning. Please reference the chart below containing details for each class:
We are excited to present SING! 2018 at both CHHS and the Lancaster Theatre. Ticket sales will open up at 8am on Monday, April 2 via our website. Tickets for the Lancaster sell out quickly so start making plans now. Seating will be 10 per table.
2019 TOUR TO AUSTRIA AND HUNGARY
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.
WASHINGTON, D.C. TRIP
If you missed the trip meeting on Thursday night please watch for an email later this week with instructions concerning how to take care of this.
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.
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
ALL-STATE CHOIR CAMPS
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.
Monday -District Concert & Sight Reading Assessment (See Chart Above) GHS
Friday - Holiday
April 4-6 - Region 31 UIL Concert & Sight-Reading at Trinity HS
Concert Women, Wednesday, April 4. You will miss D Lunch through 8th period, back to school at 4pm
Chorale, Thursday, April 5. You will miss 4th-8th period, back to school by 4pm
Choraliers, Friday, April 6. We are in the morning, you will miss 1st period, back to school by 6th period.
April 19 - Spring Concert and Senior Recognition
Please see our CALENDAR PAGE for a complete listing of Panther Choir Events