Panther Choir Newsletter | 08.16.19

Heellloooo Panther Choir Parents and Students! We hope you have had a wonderful summer holiday, and that you are all ready to begin another excellent year of class, work, and most importantly, CHOIR! We cannot wait to welcome 200 smiling faces into our room on the first day of school, and we are so excited to share all of the amazing opportunities and experiences we will have together this year! As you start planning and preparing, we want to pass along some of the important information and events that we have coming up in the first weeks of this school year! If you are a new parent or student, please make a point to look out for these newsletters each week. We will share information in the classroom, but this (and our calendar) is the BEST place find all the information you will need concerning our choir program. We cannot wait to see you all! Enjoy the last few days of summer!

- First Day of School | Class Schedule -

We know the first day of school is going to be hectic and for many of you, will be very different from what you are used to. When looking at your schedule the class you are coming to for choir may be labeled differently than you expect, but we are almost certain that we have been able to place our students in all of the right places at this point. If there are any concerns as you look over your schedule, please first look at our full choir schedule (linked below), then reach out if you still have questions!

- CHHS Choir Schedule -

- TMEA All-State Audition & Sectionals -

Any students interested in beginning the audition process for the TMEA All-State Choir should see Mr. Rinn or Mr. Gilliland as soon as possible to purchase music and begin working towards the district audition on September 21, 2019. Any students planning to audition should attend our All-State sectionals each B-Day after school from 4:15 - 5:30. A schedule of sectionals will be posted in our "Upcoming Events" each week. This is a wonderful opportunity to get specific, personal help and experience with the audition music. The first sectional will be on Tuesday, August 20. If you are uncertain about the All-State process and would like more information, use the link below! Any 9th and 10th grade singers are also eligible for the Region 31 Honor Choir audition process that will occur in October. This is a great chance to get accustomed to the All-State process at an introductory level. More information will come out in September!

- TMEA All-State Choir Audition Process -

- TMEA District Audition -

Any student who plans to begin the TMEA Audition process at the District audition on September 21, 2019 MUST fill out the contract below by Wednesday, September 4, 2019. You may wait to pay the entry fee until "Get Fit Day," and a return of this form indicates your commitment both to make a payment and to audition. We are unable to offer refunds for this process once you have registered.

- Region Audition Contract -

- 2019 - 2020 Voice Lessons -

We are fortunate to have three outstanding private voice teachers here at CHHS that offer lessons throughout the school year. They are available to work with in student at any skill level to help better their singing, musicianship, and overall love of music. Private voice students also have several opportunities outside of lessons to showcase and further develop their skill sets - voice recitals, master classes, solo contests, etc. If you are interested in this opportunity, please take a moment to view more information regarding fees, lesson times, expectations, etc. in the "Voice Lesson Registration" link below. Registration is open and can be turned in to Mr. Gilliland beginning on the first day of school. Don't miss out on this fabulous opportunity!

- 2019 - 2020 Voice Lesson Registration -

One of the incredible ways our Booster Team supports our students is through the offering of financial aid for the voice lesson program. If you are a student interested in lessons and requiring financial assistance, please fill out the scholarship application below and return to Mr. Gilliland. Please ensure full understanding of the specific expectations for students on scholarship.

- 2019 - 2020 Voice Scholarship Application -

- 2019-2020 Chamber Choir -

Our Chamber Choir is an auditioned extracurricular ensemble of highly committed and engaged choral singers. This ensemble perform in several collaborative and competitive events each year and often has opportunities to engage with and experience choral music at the highest levels. Below we have given a brief list of some of the anticipated events for the 2019 - 2020 school year.

Weekly rehearsals, September-March

Singing on Fall/Winter Concerts

Invitational December Concert with the Fort Worth Chorale

February - Pre-Contest Concert with other local schools

March 6-7 - San Antonio Trip/Concerts/Competition

Auditions are open to any student within the CHHS Choir program. As you consider the year ahead, please fill out the following audition sign-up so that we can prepare for your audition this coming on Monday, August 26 from 5:30 - 7:00. In order to audition, you MUST read and sign the audition contract below and bring it to the audition on Monday.

- Chamber Choir Audition Sign-Up -

- Chamber Choir Audition Contract -

- Spring Tour 2020 | New York City -

We are so excited for our tour this coming April 24 - 27, 2020! Please note this change in the date from our original information and contracts signed in May. We were selected to perform at St. Patrick's Cathedral (pictured above) on April 27th and with the help of our administration and trip company are able to adjust the dates of our trip and offer this wonderful opportunity to our singers! If you have not yet signed up and would like to join us, we have ten spots still available. Any new registrants will be able to work out a different payment schedule with the trip company upon registration. All of the trip and registration information can be found at the link below!

- New York 2020 Information -

- 2019-2020 Choir Calendar -

We are still making a few updates to the calendar and will have this finalized shortly, however, major events are in place. Please reference the information below to help your planning.

- 2019-2020 Calendar Dates -

- Upcoming Events -

August 19 | First Day of Classes

August 20 | All-State Sectionals

August 22 | All-State Sectionals

August 24 | Panther Chorale Retreat

August 24 | Choir Lake Party

August 26 | Chamber Choir Audition

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