Panther Choir Summer Newsletter

We hope that you have been enjoying a fun and relaxing summer vacation. While you've been away we've been busy preparing for the new school year and are very excited about the many opportunities of the year. Please see the information below for some August activities and information you may need as we head back to school.

Summer Region Audition Preparation Workshop

We will again combine with the directors and students at Grapevine High School to do some preparation for our Fall Region and All-State Auditions. This summer's workshop is scheduled for August 6-7 at Grapevine HS from 5-8pm each evening. We offer this FREE to our GCISD students. Our focus will be on preparing the first two auditions of the school year. Panther Chorale members, please remember that you are required to learn this music as part of your grade during the first 9-weeks. This process (and workshop) is open to every student in our program regardless of grade or choir and we encourage you to come engage in learning some challenging music - it will only make you better! So that we can adequately prepare, please signup via THIS LINK. I will send out reminders again next week.

Class Schedules

I have received a few notes in the last week that class schedules were electronically released and that there are quite a few errors. I was surprised to hear that these were released this early as the counselors are currently not on campus (still on summer vacation). Please do not panic! I will return to campus in August and will go through all of the rosters and help get your schedules repaired before school begins.

Voice Lessons

There is no better way to advance your individual music skills than by studying your instrument with a professional instructor. If you are interested in studying next year please fill out a voice lesson enrollment form (even if you have taken before I need a new form). The earlier I receive this form the more options you will have when scheduling your lessons. If you want to start a week or so before school starts this may be available to you as well. If you need financial assistance to support your private study, please also complete the financial assistance request form. We want every student interested in studying their instrument to have that opportunity, but funds are limited and applications are processed as we receive them.

We do have one change in our voice faculty this year. Mr. Wilkerson will not be returning, however, we have added Dr. Allison Anders to our staff who is going to be terrific. If you were previously taking form Mr. Wilkerson please consider which teacher might be a good fit for you moving forward so we can get you scheduled. You can read all about Dr. Anders and the rest of our wonderful voice staff via our STAFF page.

Voice Lesson Contract and Enrollment Form

Voice Lesson Financial Assistance Application

UPCOMING DATES

Fall Choir Lake Party - Saturday, August 25

Mark your calendars for our annual Lake Party. This event is free and open to all Panther Choir Students. We hope that you will come enjoy some time at Lake Grapevine with your choir family. More information will be available soon.

Get Fit Day - Required of All Students/Parents - Saturday, September 8

Our Fall Choir Registration Day "Get Fit Day" will be on Saturday, September 8 from 9am-2pm. At this event New Choir Students/Parents will attend a parent meeting and ALL students will be fitted for uniforms and take care of yearly choir fees. More information including forms and specific fee information will be available in the coming weeks to help you prepare for this event.

Major Events for the School Year

The CHS Choir Events Google Calendar has been updated with dates for the school year. Please see our CALENDAR PAGE, subscribe to our Google Calendar and use it when planning for the year. Major required events outside of class events to watch out for are:

Fall Concert, Monday, October 15, 7:30pm

Winter Concert, Thursday, December 13th, 7:30pm

UIL Showcase Concert, Tuesday, April 9

Jazz Shows, Thursday, May 2 & Saturday May 4

Spring Concert, Thursday, May 23

2019 TOUR TO BUDAPEST, VIENNA, & SALZBURG

Would you still like to be a part of this tour? While the initial deadline for registration has passed, there are a few student spots still available. Please fill out the paperwork found on our TRIP page and submit your registration to the Choir Office ASAP if you would still like to go. You may email me information and/or drop it at the school once our campus reopens (I believe I will be able to access to the office starting August 1).

Those of you that registered in the spring that still needed to apply for a passport, please do not forget to start this process (I'm mailing in my renewal today!). We will need to provide your passports to the tour company for airline ticketing soon.

UPCOMING

Summer GCISD All-State Camp - August 6-7, 6pm-9pm

Fall Lake Party - August 25

Chamber Choir Auditions - Monday, August 27, 5:30pm

First Football Game - Ovation Sings National Anthem - Friday, August 31

Get Fit Day - Saturday, September 8

District Choir Auditions - Saturday, September 22

The CHS-CHOIR Google Calendar has been updated with events for the year! Please see our CALENDAR PAGE for a complete listing of Panther Choir Events.

All current students and parents will receive the weekly update via the email stored in our CHARMS account. If you would like to change your preferred email in CHARMS please UPDATE YOUR CHARMS INFORMATION. If you are not a current member of the CHHS Panther Choir and would like to receive our weekly update please CLICK HERE to subscribe.

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