Panther Choir Newsletter 03/24/2019

We enjoyed a busy first week back and are deep in preparations for our choirs to participate in the annual UIL Concert and Sigh-Reading Contest. We hope that you will all plan on attending our Contest Showcase Concert (this is a new event that we are doing in lieu of Pre-UIL for those of you who've been around for awhile and do not recognize this concert). We will present our contest music on Tuesday, April 9 at 7pm in the CHHS Auditorium. As we enter the final stretch of the school year CHHS is alive with many activities (including within the Panther Choir). Please see below to stay informed of upcoming activities.

- Auditions for 2019-2020 Panther Choirs -

We will soon begin listening to students and placing them in choirs for the 2019-2020 school year. This is always a challenge with the way GCISD does arena scheduling. It is very likely that when it is time for scheduling to happen you will not be able to select the appropriate choir for next year. Please know that we will work closely with the counselors and work out schedules (even beyond the arena scheduling deadlines). We do not yet even know which choirs we will offer at CHHS next year. While we aren't expecting any major changes, we just don't know until we see an approved bell schedule and a list of choir participants. As you think about next year, for scheduling purposes you can expect the following typical progression for students in our program. While there are always exceptions to this progression this is a good guide for most students. Choir at CHHS is a four year process. Each level and choir offers specific learning opportunities for each student and we strive to give a comprehensive musical education to our students by varying the activities they engage in each year. Please direct any questions to Mr. Rinn.

9th Grade:

Beg Choir (Introduction to Choir at the High School Level)

Choraliers (Advanced, Auditioned 9th Graders with previous experience)

10th Grade:

Concert Choir (currently Men and Women separate but could be mixed depending on the year)

11th Grade:

Concert Choir or Panther Chorale

12th Grade:

Panther Chorale

You can learn more about our choirs and audition process on our website. The information will be updated with small changes to reflect this year's process shortly.

- Summer Music Camps -

For many of our students the preparations for the new school year begins with one of the many camps offered by Universities in the summer. This is a unique opportunity for students to build musicianship, experience a collegiate music school and get a head start on region and all-state audition music. Please see the list below to explore opportunities and get registered. Please email Mr. Rinn if you'd like to attend the University of Texas at Austin camp as I have a unique discount code for our students.

All-State Camp List

- Congratulations William Swinney DFW NATS 2nd Place Winner -

On Saturday, March 23, Will competed in the annual National Association of Teachers of Singing DFW regional contest. After three rounds of competition Will placed 2nd place overall and got to participate in a master class with Dr. Andrew Garland from the University of Colorado at Boulder.

- Bluebonnet Festival & San Antonio Trip -

April 26-27, 2018 | San Antonio, TX

The final payment for the Bluebonnet Classic Trip is past due! Please reach out with any concerns or questions. Please note the information on Season Passes as well. Thank you for your help as we prepare for this trip with our students.

Six Flags Season Pass Discount

Students with season passes to Six Flags may also use their season pass for access to Fiesta Texas in San Antonio and therefore will be able to discount $30 from their final trip payment. In order for the discount to be applied to your final invoice, you must supply us a copy of your current/ valid Six Flags season pass no later than the final payment deadline. Students who have payed the full amount and need to request a refund should first bring the copy of their season pass to receive an email with necessary information for their refund.

- Varsity UIL Rehearsals -

Please note that varsity rehearsals for UIL are underway. Rehearsals are graded and must be made up if missed due to an excused absence. Please plan accordingly as our time together in these rehearsals is limited. All rehearsals will begin at 4:15 and will be an hour and a half (end at 5:45) unless otherwise noted below. Complete information regarding these rehearsals can be found HERE. We will publish detailed contest schedules later this week as we received the preliminary contest schedule on Friday and it should be finalized shortly.

Mar. 25, 2019 | Varsity Women

Mar. 26, 2019 | Varsity Men

Apr. 1, 2019 | Varsity Women

Apr. 8, 2019 | Varsity Women (4:15) Varsity Men (5:45)

Apr. 9, 2019 | Contest Preview Concert 7 pm

Apr. 9, 2019 | Contest Preview Concert 7 pm

Apr. 15, 2019 | Varsity Women

Apr. 16, 2019 | Varsity Men

- Important Dates -

Mar. 25, 2019 | Chorale Women Rehearsal

Mar. 26, 2019 | Varsity Men Rehearsal

Mar. 22, 2019 | Mustang-Panther Stadium Opening - Jazz Sings

April 9, 2019 | Contest Preview Concert (All Choirs)

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