Panther Choir Newsletter 3/29/18

Thank you all for your support with a successful district level Concert & Sight Reading Assessment last week. This week we continue to our Region level Concert & Sight Reading Contest. Please see details within the newsletter for each of our ensembles.

SING! 2018

We are excited to present SING! 2018 at both CHHS and the Lancaster Theatre.

The May 3 Show at CHHS will feature Jazz Choirs from Colleyville MS and Heritage MS, the CHHS Jazz Choirs, and our professional jazz musicians. Tickets are $5 in advance or $8 at the door.

The May 5 Show at the beautiful Lancaster Theatre features a full catered dinner. Tickets are $30 and must be purchased in advance. Tickets for this show will sell out quickly, please purchase early.

Ticket sales will open up at 8am on Monday, April 2 via our ticket website at


We are excited to present the hard work of the Panther Choirs to the adjudicators at UIL Contest this week. All performances will be int he auditorium at Trinity High School. Parents / Guests wanting to attend are welcome. Should you wish to join us for the Sight Reading portion of the competition please exit the auditorium after the performance and meet us in the hall. We welcome you into any point of the competition to see the work of our students.


Wednesday, April 4

Concert Women (Excused D Lunch 12:50pm-8th period)

People who usually have D lunch, take C lunch

Dismiss from class at D Lunch / Change (12:50pm)

Rehearsal/Warmup 1:25pm

Depart for Trinity HS CHHS 2:30pm

Warm-up 3pm / Stage Performance 3:20pm / 3:40pm

Return to CHHS 4:30pm


Thursday, April 5 (Excused 4th-8th)

Chorale - Normal Rehearsal

Change 1:20pm

Depart for Trinity HS 2:30pm

Warm-up 3pm / Stage Performance 3:20pm / 3:40pm

Return to CHHS 4:30pm


Friday, April 6 (Excused 1-5th)

7:30am Breakfast at CHHS

8:00am All students in Choir Room, Warm-up

Warm-Up etc

Depart for Trinity 9:00am

Warm-up 9:20 / Stage Performance 9:40am / 10:00am

Return to CHHS 10:45am; Change Clothes, Leave 11:15am for class (to 6-8th period)

Please make sure you bring your FULL concert uniform to school on your contest day.

Ladies, be aware of how much time it will take to do your make-up/ hair and prepare before school if need be.


On Friday, April 20 the Choraliers will travel to Fort Worth to sing at the Truett Auditorium at Southwestern Baptist Theological Seminary in competition for the American Classics Big "D" Choral Competition. Students will be excused from 5th-8th period for this event.

After our performance for the competition we will spend the afternoon at Alley Cats in North Richland Hills where students can enjoy Putt-Putt golf, Go Carts, Arcades, and Pizza. To cover the cost of the recreational activities members of Choraliers are being asked to contribute $20. This fee may be paid via check or cash to the Panther Choir Boosters or paid online via PayPal (a link will be sent out next week). We want all students to be able to participate in this event. Please contact Mr. Rinn should there be any financial assistance needed.


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.


If you were unable to attend the Washington, DC trip meeting, the meeting is now available for you to view online HERE. A digital copy of the trip packet is available HERE and your student will be given the hard copy of this packet in class. Please return at your earliest convenience:

1. Meeting Attendance Waiver - HERE

2. Behavior Contract - Located at the end of your trip packet

3. Any Prescription / Non-Prescription permission forms - Located on our FORMS Page

Should you have further questions regarding this trip, please contact Mr. Rinn.


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.


No Rehearsal this week due to UIL

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

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

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


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)


Wednesday - Concert Women UIL

Thursday - Chorale UIL

Friday - Choraliers UIL


April 13 - Concert Women Festival Day, excused from classes

April 19 - Spring Concert and Senior Recognition

April 20 - Choraliers to BIG "D" Classic

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