Panther Choir Newsletter 9/21/18

Do you remember..the 21st night of September? Well this year, it's the night before our first round of TMEA auditions! Be sure to wish all of the singers participating 'good luck' tomorrow. We have been in awe of the progress made by these students this year and are so thankful for their work and commitment! Please take a few minutes to read through the newsletter for all important information and upcoming events. There are certainly some things you won't want to miss! As always, please feel free to reach out with any questions or concerns.

- A Note from Mr. Rinn -

As we have kicked off school this year I have unfortunately missed greeting many of you in person as I was not present at Get Fit Day or Open House this Fall. I want you to all know what has been going on and know that I am here and ready to help you as needed. Over the summer I was elected as President of the Texas Choral Directors Association, a professional organization for choral directors elementary through college and church and community groups in Texas. While I created our calendar anticipating that this could happen, the Fall Board meeting for the organization got moved back a week from its traditional place on the calendar creating a conflict with Get Fit Day. As we knew the importance of getting everyone in uniforms and new pieces ordered early and because of the confidence I have in both Mr. Gilliland and our Booster Board the decision was made to forge on without me on September 8. In another late change to the calendar, GCISD moved the night of Open House a week forward from the original scheduled date thus creating a conflict for open house. Last spring I committed to spending a day as a guest at the University of Central Missouri working with students in the music program and teachers in the area on this date. Please know that I am available for anything that you need. I can always be reached by email or phone, am happy to sit down with you in person if needed, and should always be a face at choir events moving forward.

- Region 31 District Audition -

September 22, 2018 | 8:00 am - 5:00 pm | L. D. Bell High School

The first round of the TMEA All-State process is tomorrow! Thank you for your diligence and persistence in learning this music and working towards success in this process. Use the link below to see important information and helpful reminders for tomorrow. Do not forget to wear your new red choir shirt, bring plenty of water/a water bottle for the day, and money if you would like to purchase concessions at the audition.

District Audition Information

- Alternate Transportation -

Any parent/guardian wanting or needing to provide alternate, non-GCISD transportation for their singers from the event must fill out the 'Alternate Transportation Form' linked below. Please make sure this form is submitted prior to the audition.

Alternate Transportation Form

- District Audition Schedule -

6:45 am | Altos/Basses Meet in New Choir Room at CHHS for Warm-Up

7:10 am | Depart CHHS (shared bus with GHS)

10:45 am | Sopranos/Tenors meet in New Choir Room at CHHS for Warm-Up

11:30 am | Depart CHHS (shared bus with GHS)

12:30 pm | Altos/Basses return to CHHS *return times are approximate

6:00 pm | Sopranos/Tenor return to CHHS *return times are approximate

- Region 31 Honor Choir Audition -

We are excited by the opportunity of and student interest in the Region 31, 9th and 10th grade honor choir. It is one of the best opportunities to grow as an individual choir member this fall. If you have not yet picked up your music from Mr. Gilliland, please do so immediately! Reminder, the audition contract, the audition fee, and the Google sign-up must be returned or completed by Wednesday, September 26th in order to be registered for the audition.

Honor Choir Audition Contract

Honor Choir Google Sign-Up

- Region 31 Honor Choir Rehearsal Schedule -

We will begin sectional rehearsals for the 9th and 10th grade Honor Choir next week on Monday, September 24th and Wednesday, September 26th from 4:15 - 5:00 pm. Please do your best to show up to these rehearsals with the music prepared so that we can use this time effectively and efficiently. All rehearsals will be in the new choir room unless otherwise announced by Mr. Rinn or Mr. Gilliland.

- CHHS Night at the Opera -

October 16, 2018 | 7 pm - 11 pm | Winspear Opera House

We are offering all students an opportunity to experience an outstanding performance of Georges Bizet's opera, Carmen, at the Dallas Opera. This performance will include world class singers, musicians, and staging, and promises to be a fabulous evening all around. Ticket's will be free of charge to all students but are limited, so sign-up now!

Opera Sign-Up

- Uniform Fittings -

Thank you to all of the students and parents who have helped us by taking care of their forms, fees, and especially uniform fittings. We believe we have taken care of all measurements, but if for any reason you have not yet been fitted for your uniform, this MUST be taken care of by Monday, September 24th. We cannot ensure that you will have a uniform and be able to perform in the fall concert if this is not completed by this date. Thank you for your urgency in helping us take care of this!

- CHHS Car Wash -

October 13, 2018 | 10 am - 2 pm | Spirit of Texas Bank

Due to the rainy forecast,the date for our CHHS Booster Car Wash is changing to October 13th! This is the first fundraising event of the year and we are still in need of student volunteers! We will send out a new sign-up sheet soon! Please help support the program and our fabulous booster team as we work to make this year the best it can be! Use the link below to sign up to volunteer. We will be at the Colleyville Branch of Spirit of Texas Bank at 5712 Colleyville Boulevard, Colleyville, TX 76034.

- Important Dates -

September 22, 2018 | Region 31 District Audition

September 24, 2018 | Honor Choir Audition & Region Sectionals

September 24, 2018 | Chamber Choir Rehearsal

September 26, 2018 | Honor Choir Audition & Region Sectionals

*contract, fees, google sign-up due

September 27, 2018 | Homecoming Pep-Rally and Parade

*chorale will sing this evening

September 28, 2018 | Chorale Sings at Pep-Rall

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