Panther Choir Newsletter | 04.06.20
Good morning and Happy Monday! Thank you for your work and your energy these last several weeks. We realize the difficulty of making the changes you have been asked to and adjusting to what life at home may look like. If there is any way we can help you as you continue navigating through this time, please reach out to us so that we can support you. Please take a moment to read through the newsletter this week. There is important audition information as well as scholarship opportunities and information on changes to some of our scheduled events. Have an excellent week!
- 2020 Senior Singers -
Abby Ramsbottom Jake Watson Maddison Dawson
4 year choir member 4 year choir member 4 year choir member
Chorale Chorale Chorale, Ovation
After graduation, Abby plans on After graduation, Jake plans After graduation Maddison plans
pursuing a degree in on pursuing Aviation Managment pursuing Marketing at
Occupational Therapy at at the University of Oklahoma. the University of Alabama
Abilene Christian University
In order to continue recognizing our outstanding Senior class, we would ask that you take a moment to fill out the following form, linked below. We will need a photo of each of you as a part of this form. Please consider using a senior photo or having someone capture a new photo.
- Office Hours -
Monday - Friday | 10:30 am - 12:30 pm
As a part of the new online platform, we will be holding daily online office hours to answer questions, clarify any possible new content/materials, and provide encouragement and support as you need. Mr. Rinn and Mr. Gilliland will be online together during this time each day using Webex*. The link below will take you directly to the online meeting where Mr. Rinn and Gilliland will grant you access to join. If you are not granted access immediately, it may be because we are working with another student. You may also email to ensure current availability or ask questions. We will use the final 30 minutes of this time each day for an open "virtual lunchtime" with any and all students who want to join in. If you have a question outside of these office hours, please feel free to email and one of the directors will respond as we are able.
- Learning @ Home -
Assignments for Week of March 30 - April 3
You can access your assignments for choir from the Learning@Home resource as well as in Google Classroom. Please see the weekly checklist for Choir Assignments for our first official week of Distance Learning. Mr. Rinn and Mr. Gilliland are available daily if you have questions or need help with anything. We know that this is a difficult transition for choir and we are here to support you. Email us at anytime and/or visit us during our daily online office hours 10:30-12:30 via the WebEx Office. Note that you have TWO tasks to complete during the week. The daily checklist is a suggestion of how to manage your time, however, you are are able to work at your own pace that works with your home schedule this week. You should complete both tasks (Irish Blessing and Sight-Reading Factory) by Thursday. Please note that we are moving forward into new material, and the district expectation is 100% student participation with a pass or fail grading system. If you have difficulty with access or completion of any material, please reach out to your directors.
- 2019-2020 Choir Auditions and Placement -
Although we are away from campus, we still need to continue end of course voice evaluations and choir placements for students continuing in our program. Thankfully, we have done much of this online in the past and it will require only a few changes for the coming school year. We have included information for the upcoming auditions, with expectations of full completion by April 17th. Please note, all students will complete a version of the audition process, as this is also an assessment of skill set and advancement throughout the school year.
This year, full auditions will be held for Panther Chorale only. To do this we will use the following assignments and resources:
- An Irish Blessing | first steps in this week's assignments
- A Recorded Vocal Evaluation | will be posted later this week
- Sight-Reading Audition via WebEx Appointment | These will be done April 13-17 - we will post a sign up later this week. .
- Current Juniors; Because we know that the majority of you will be in Panther Chorale next year and Arena scheduling has already opened, we have instructed the counselors to open Panther Chorale for all seniors to register - if you have an issue, email Mr. Rinn (not your counselor)
- Current Freshman & Sophomores; Your automatic choir placement will be Concert Choir - If you'd like to audition for chorale you are encouraged to do so. You will be expected to follow the full audition process listed above. You will receive further information on how to sign-up for auditions.
- Current 8th Graders; After speaking with the middle school teachers we feel it is best to NOT AUDITION incoming students this year. We will all start the year together and adjust as needed. If there is an incoming 9th grader that feels they are ready to attempt a varsity level choir, they may contact Mr. Rinn and complete the same audition that our 10th-12th graders are doing.
- JAZZ CHOIRS - We will update the jazz choir audition information this week. Plan on singing a short excerpt using a karaoke backing track. We will announce dates for these auditions shortly. MOST LIKELY, we will be listening to these auditions via an online setting - either by recording your song, or performing live during a WebEx. Details will be released this week. We will work with you to get your schedule fixed after auditions.
- CHHS Solo Contest Finals Recital -
We are moving the Voice Competition Finals recital to an ONLINE format. Singers will prepare solos and record them. We will produce a digital recital video. These will be evaluated and judged by a college voice professor - all students will be given written feedback and we will award scholarships for overall winners and divisional winners. Details will come from your voice teachers (or from us this week if you aren't in voice lessons).
- Senior Scholarship Application -
Submissions Due: April 21, 4:00 pm
Our Senior Scholarship application is now available online. To be eligible for scholarship consideration students must be graduating in May 2020, an active member of the CHHS Choir program with at least two years of participation, and enrolling in higher education this coming Fall. Applicants should complete the application available at the link below, or found on the scholarship page of our choir website. Applicants are evaluated by a blind Scholarship Committee of non-senior choir parents on their musical and community involvement. Applications are due to the Scholarship Committee via online submission by Tuesday, April 21 at 4:00 pm.
In an effort to continue building out our community together, we have put together a Flipgrid in which we are asking students to share music that has inspired and encouraged them or that they have made themselves. Our hope is that we will continue spreading music, both choral and non, during this time! Password is available in your Google Classroom.
- Virtual Voice Lessons -
We are so thankful to have an incredible staff of voice teachers ready and willing to continue serving and helping our students grow vocally during this time with virtual voice lessons. While lessons may be a little less traditional, they are one of the best opportunities we can offer to continue singing and working towards your own vocal growth. Our voice faculty is offering enrollment to new students as well as continued lessons with students already committed to this process. If you are currently in lessons, we ask that you directly contact your voice instructor to set up lesson times. If you are interested in beginning virtual voice lessons with one of our instructors, we ask that you fill out the Google Form linked below with necessary information. We understand the difficulty of the time with the uncertainty of the economy and employments, and we are thankful to be able to offer financial assistance to any student that would like to begin or continue lessons. We do not want financial need to be a hindrance from your progress, and we will offer what we can to support your growth during this time. Financial assistance is available for new students as well as former students, even if your were not on financial aid previously. If you would like to sign-up for virtual lessons or for financial aid, please fill out the Google Form linked below.
- Choir Officers -
Each year, we have a dedicated group of student leaders who act as officers for the choir program. The help to plan events, fundraisers, and create the most out of every opportunity for the CHHS Choir Program. If you are interested in being a part of our choir leadership team for the 2020-2021 school year, look out for the sign-up information in your Google Classroom later this week.
- Choir Camps -
Throughout the summer, many of our students begin preparing for the TMEA All-State auditions by taking advantage of the wonderful teaching and performance opportunities offered through All-State Choir Camps that occur around the state. These camps, hosted by state and private Universities, offer students an opportunity to learn the All-State literature in a group environment from experienced educators. Camps are 2-4 days in length and vary in price according to the university and housing needs. Many of these camps conclude with a “concert” that is recorded and open to the public. Attendance at one of these camp not only provides a huge boost to the student in the all-state process but also enriches them with wonderful musical and social experiences. In light of the current situation, camps are continuing to take registrants with guarantees of refunds should they be necessary. To encourage students to take advantage of these opportunities, we have decided to re-open our scholarship opportunity for these camps provided by the CHHS Choir Booster Team. Visit our Choir Camp page on the website by clicking the link below, and if you have any questions, please reach out.
- New York Trip Cancellation -
Thank you for your patience during this time as we work through our trip cancellation with our friends at USIT. They are a major company, responsible for travel of groups all of the world, and they are making every effort to offer timely information and reimbursement of trip payments. We will be in communication with our registered participants as information is shared with us.
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