Panther Choir Newsletter | 02.28.20

Happy Friday Panther Choir students and singers! We are traveling in Dallas with the Chamber choir this Friday and Saturday for clinics, concerts, and the North Texas Madrigal Festival. Wish these singers luck as they compete and perform throughout the weekend. Please also take a moment check over this week's newsletter. As we approach Spring Break we have a few rehearsals for Varsity Ensembles to be aware of as well as a full schedule following Spring Break that you'll want to prepare for over the break. We hope you have a wonderful weekend and enjoy some warmer weather.

- 2020 Senior Singers -

Katya Piekarski Nathaniel Nguyen Hefzi Pena

3 year choir member 4 year choir member 4 year choir member

Chorale Chorale, Chamber, Ovation Chorale

After graduation, Katya plans on After graduation, Nate plans on After graduation Hefzi plans on

swimming for Southwestern pursuing Music Education at a pursuing Youth Ministry a University and pursuing Business Texas University. Dallas Baptist University

- Volunteers Needed -

On March 2 and 3 we will be hosting the Region 31 Middle School UIL Contest at CHHS. We have a need for both parent and student volunteers to support us over these two days of contest. In addition to these two days of contest, we will need several volunteers to help us on the afternoon of Sunday, March 1 so that we can be prepared for the early start on Monday morning. If you are willing to help in any of these capacities, please take a moment to sign up in the forms below. We will contact you prior to the contest with specific instructions for the contest days. Thank you for your willingness to support GCISD choir programs in this way!

- Parent Volunteer Sign-Up -

- Student Volunteer Sign-Up -

- CHHS Classical Vocal Competition Results -

Thank you to all of our students for their efforts and work to perform at the CHHS Classical Vocal Competition on Thursday evening. We are proud of the excellence these students represented in themselves and as a part of our choral program. In this competition, 14 students were selected as Outstanding Performers to move forward into our Finals Vocal Recital on April 20th. These students will perform for a collegiate vocal instructor for scholarship prizes supported by the CHHS Panther Choir Booster Club. Congratulate these singers on their hard work and outstanding performances!

- Outstanding Soloists -

- TMEA Choir Camps & Scholarship Deadline -

Each year, state and private universities host Choir Camps to help students maximize their vocal growth and prepare for the Fall Region Choir and All-State Audition processes. Hosted by university choral departments around the state, these choir camps are the best way to get a head start on all of the audition music with quality instructors and educators. Many of our students take advantage of these camps each year, and to help support these opportunities, our Booster club offers $100 scholarships to interested students. As many of the registrations for these camps sell out within a few days, you will need to complete the scholarship application by Friday, February 28th to prepare for the March 1st registration openings! Please read the Information Letter to find out more about the wonderful opportunity available through these choir camps, and fill out the scholarship at the link below if you are interested! We will share a list of available camps, dates, expenses, etc. as soon as we are able!

- Choir Camp Information Letter -

- Choir Camp Scholarship Form -

- UIL Rehearsal Schedules -

The UIL Concert & Sight-Reading is the state assessment of our choral program. It provides us a chance to receive feedback on our progress and a goal to push for in the development of our students achievement. Participation in UIL is part of the choral curriculum at CHHS and we provide opportunities for every student in choir to benefit from this process. We will be creating several opportunities that we have not had in the past with several of our singers, and we are excited to share these with you. Because of the nature of this assessment and the opportunities we are able to create, it is necessary to hold additional rehearsals for several of the ensembles each year. We have begun communicating with students in their classes, but wanted to ensure that these dates were in your hands promptly. Rehearsals will begin following the Spring break, but please help us by getting these dates secured on your calendars now! See below for the necessary information for each of the following ensembles.

- Varsity Ensemble UIL Schedule -

- Choralier Tenor/Bass Varsity Invitation -

- Beginning/Choralier Treble Choir -

- Madrigal Schedule & Information -

This week, our Chamber ensemble will be competing in the American Classic North Texas Madrigal Festival. This contest brings exceptional ensembles from all across the state to compete and clinic with collegiate and professional choral directors. Our chamber choir will be performing at 9:00 am on Saturday morning at Canyon Creek Presbyterian Church in Richardson. We will also perform two pre concerts in the DFW metroplex at other points throughout this week. Please see the schedule below for these performance times. Chamber singers, your itinerary and information for the weekend are linked below as well as a rooming list for our hotel on Friday night.

February 28 | Clinic at SMU

February 28 | Concert at King of Glory Lutheran Church

6411 Lyndon B Johnson Fwy, Dallas, TX 75240

February 29 | Madrigal Festival

3901 North Star Road, Richardson, TX 75082

- Chamber Choir Week Itenerary -

- New York Trip Rehearsal Calendar -

March 17 | 7:45 - 8:30 am

*morning sectional

March 24 | 7:45 - 8:30 am

*morning sectional

March 26 | 6:30 - 7:30 pm

*student & parent information meeting

March 27 | 7:30 am

*make-up meeting if unable to attend on March 26

April 03 | 4:15 - 5:45 pm

April 09 | 4:15 - 5:45 pm

April 20 | 4:15 - 5:45 pm

April 23 | 4:15 - 5:45 pm

- Upcoming Events -

February 28 | Chamber Concert

*King of Glory Lutheran Church

February 29 | Chamber Choir at Madrigal Festival

*Canyon Creek Presbyterian Church

March 02 | Region 31 Middle School UIL

March 03 | Region 31 Middle School UIL

March 04 | Varsity Choir Rehearsals

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