Panther Choir Newsletter 03/29/2019

Happy Friday! We had a wonderful week in each of our classes preparing for UIL and our preview concert coming up! Please take a few moments to read through all of this week's newsletter as there are many events and several pieces of important information for you all below. In celebration of Dr. Caroline Cruse's visit today and the weekend beginning, here is a limerick:

On this day today, we were singing

To our songs, new life we were brining

Doctor Caroline Cruse

From the great TTU

Brought all of our music such meaning!

April 9, 2019 | 6:30 pm | CHHS Auditorium

Join us on Tuesday, April 9th in the CHHS Auditorium for our UIL preview concert. We will be performing all of the repertoire that our choirs will be taking to UIL on April 16-18th. Please note that we have adjusted the time to accommodate different athletic events this evening. We would love for you to join us for a wonderful evening of music-making.

- UIL Contest Schedule -

April 16-19, 2019 | Trinity High School Auditorium

Parents and Students, our 2019 UIL schedule is linked below for April 16th-18th. Please note the performance dates and times of your ensembles and the necessary scheduling for each of these days. Unfortunately in the planning this year, several of our ensembles were scheduled to begin each of the days of contest which creates a fairly inconvenient morning for both singers and parents. We have no ability to influence or change this schedule, and so we want to thank you on the front end for your planning and help to make these days successful.

UIL Schedule 2019

- Senior Picture Collection -

May 1st deadline

Senior choir members, we are in need of a current, high quality senior portrait of you so that we may honor you both in our final concert program and at our choir banquet. Please make sure that the portrait is a high resolution that will allow for physical print. The deadline for these photos is May 1st. You may upload your photo to the Google drive folder below. Please label your photo as "last name, first name".

Senior Photo Folder

- Bluebonnet Festival & San Antonio Trip -

April 26-27, 2019 | San Antonio, TX

Trip Parent Meeting

April 11, 2019 | 6:30 pm | CHHS Learning Commons

Parents, we want to again apologize for the confusion over the trip meeting this week. We will be holding our meeting on Thursday, April 11th at 6:30 pm in the CHHS Learning Commons (library). We will go over all necessary trip information and agendas. We ask that you please make an effort to attend, but will also ensure the distribution of all materials for anyone who is unable to attend due to our scheduling errors.

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.

Apr. 1, 2019 | Varsity Women

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

Apr. 9, 2019 | Contest Preview Concert 6:30 pm

Apr. 15, 2019 | Varsity Women

Apr. 16, 2019 | Varsity Men

- 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

- CHHS Booster Club -

CHHS Choir parents, our booster team needs you! We have a wonderful team of parents who support us and allow us to create many of the wonderful opportunities we offer to our students each year. If you or someone you know has a student in the choir program and would be interested in serving with our team please reach out to Alisa Hancock at We are needing to fill the following positions for the 2019-2020 school:

- President Elect -

- Fundraising Vice-President -

- Assistant Treasurer -

- Important Dates -

April 1, 2019 | Varsity Women Rehearsal

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

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

April 11, 2019 | San Antonio Parent Trip Meeting

April 16, 2019 | UIL Contest | Beginning Women & Concert Women

April 17, 2019 | UIL Contest | Choraliers & Varsity Men

April 18, 2019 | UIL Contest | Varsity Women & Chorale

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