Week of August 31st

Concert Choir:  Memorization dates are below.  Please be sure you know your part confidently (without music) by these dates.  Individual preparation is key right now.  Practice outside of class to assist in meeting this important deadline.  Our class time beginning this week will be focused on dynamics, diction, articulation, interpretation of text and overall expression of each piece. Looking forward to bringing our pieces to performance quality!

Leaning on the Everlasting Arms:  Sept. 4Dreams of Thee:  Sept. 9Why We Sing and Praise His Holy Name:  Sept 14.

Chamber Choir:  Keep up with your preparation dates!  Solo auditions for City Called Heaven will be this Thursday. Many of you are making great progress in your preparation and I thank you for your efforts. If any of you are still struggling after practicing your part, ask for help.  I am happy to assist!  WCHS Chamber Choir is made up of talented individuals, but in rehearsal and performance everyone needs to be unified as one voice, equally contributing to a common goal of an elite performance which is the result of continuous, “best-effort” preparation.  I do not expect every member to be at the same level of ability, but I do expect every member to have the same work ethic.  I have a challenge for every chamber member, now and in your future (one that I have given to previous choirs as well)…..transcend mediocrity – make excellence a priority.

Looking forward to a great week of singing!

Week of August 26th

Concert Choir:  Please take the time to practice your part outside of class.  This will allow us to sing through songs in class without stopping.  After a few weeks with the music, focus tends to weaken.  As we approach the concert, put the extra effort in now to help assure a strong performance on September 22nd!

Chamber Choir:  Good work today getting to know the map of Praise His Holy Name!  Listen to the practice files here or on Charms, please.  I noticed some of you are already working on memorization.  Everyone needs to work toward confident memorization of music by the dates listed below.  I suggest singing your part with a different practice file – i.e., if you are a bass, sing your part with the tenor, soprano or alto practice file.  This will also help you when it comes time to sing your part in a quartet for the singing test.  The singing test will take place after the memorization dates below.

If any of you are interested in singing in an SATB, SSA or TBB small ensemble for the Christmas Concert, please let me know.  It would require extra preparation on your part, but I think your feature performances will be very well-received!

Chamber Memorization Dates:  (full memorization of your part including articulation and dynamic markings.  Write these dates on your music as a reminder.)

City Called Heaven – Sept. 3 (solo auditions 3rd & 4th)

This Marriage – Sept. 7

Locus Iste – Sept. 11

Praise His Holy Name – Sept. 11

Asikha Thali – Sept. 14

Week of August 23rd

Everyone:  The deadline for Freshman Honors and Mid-State Honors Choirs is Friday, September 11th.  Be sure to turn in your form and payment by then.

Concert Choir:  Our goal will be to sing through Dreams of Thee this week – beginning to end!  We will continue to learn Why We Sing (parts have been posted) and fix areas that need attention in Leaning on the Everlasting Arms.  Praise His Holy Name (parts posted) will get some focus hopefully every day.  Looking forward to hearing these concert pieces come together!  If you have not turned in your polo form, I need it on Monday!  You must have a polo to participate in the concert.

I will be ordering the polos this week, so please plan to either make payments or pay in full for your polo by our first concert on September 22nd.  Please be sure to have the proper uniform ready for the first concert – black dress pants (no leggings, tight to the leg or jeans), black socks and all black shoes (for ladies-closed toe shoes, please).

Chamber Choir:  We will record The Star-Spangled Banner on Monday.  Hopefully, everyone has taken the time to review the music which will ensure we have a good recording (hopefully, in one take).  We will continue to prepare for the concert.  Please be diligent in your practice and preparation on all concert pieces so we can dig a little deeper than pounding parts.  I am looking forward to hearing This Marriage and Locus Iste transition into performance pieces.  Praise His Holy Name parts have been posted.

I will be ordering the uniforms this week, so please plan to either make payments or pay in full for your uniform by our first concert on September 22nd.

Chamber Choir

Thank you for your efforts today.  We need to record The Star-Spangled Banner again on Monday.  EVERYONE, please listen to and sing through your part this weekend!  I really want Monday’s recording to be strong.  Spread the word to those who might not see this post.  All parts strong!  S1, S2, A1, A2, T1, T2, B1, B2.  This recording might be the ONLY time many students, teachers, administration and community members hear WCHS Choirs.  Let’s motivate them to attend a concert!

Who knows…..if it is good enough, maybe I will submit it for consideration to sing at a pro or minor league game!  A pdf of the music is posted along with all part files.

Week of August 17th

Concert Choir:  We will be focusing on Dreams of Thee this week.  Please study your part outside of class to help make this process much easier on everyone.  You are all doing such a great job on Leaning!!  Let’s get both pieces equally prepared.  We will continue to focus on a variety of vocal warm-ups to help develop better blend across the group.

Chamber Choir:  Please focus your independent preparation on Locus Iste and This Marriage.  We need to transition away from the music in order to develop the nuance of each piece.  Asikha Thali and City Called Heaven are pieces we can work and refine during class time exclusively.  Such wonderful potential for this group!!

Congratulations to the 2015-2016 Chamber Officers!

President: Lyndsey Fields  Treasurer: Makayla Ruckman    Librarians: Avery Usher and Sarah Campbell  Historian: Mandy Parsons

Freshman Honor Choir Audition Form:

Right-click to save form, print and bring with check.  See form for details.  I will have printed forms available if you are unable to print your own.

Freshman Honor Choir Audition Form

Midstate Honor Choirs Audition Form:

Right-click to save form, print and bring with check.  See form for details.  I will have printed forms available if you are unable to print your own.

Midstate Honor Choirs Audition Form

Looking forward to a great week of singing!

MTVA Mid-State/Freshman Honors and Concert Uniform Info

Registration for Mid-State/Freshman Honors Auditions opens Saturday, August 15, (updated on August 12) and closes Friday, September 18.  Please see me on Monday after 1st period for a form if you are planning to audition.  Fee is $8.00, check payable to WCHS Choral Boosters, in an envelope with printed name and “audition fee” on outside – drop in metal box in choir room.

Concert Choir:  Please be sure to submit your polo shirt size to me and place choir fee (in envelope with your name on outside) in metal box by Friday, August 21.  We need to get the shirts ordered so you have one for the concert!

Chamber Choir:  If you have not already purchased a WCHS Chamber Choir uniform, please print the form below (link to pdf) or pick up a copy on Monday.  Fill out the form thoroughly and give the order form to me.  The payment needs to be placed in an envelope with the following on the outside: Student first and last name (please print) along with “uniform fee” – drop in metal box in choir room.  Checks made payable to WCHS Choral Boosters.

WCHS Chamber and Women’s Uniform Order

New Chamber performance date and Concert Choir update

Chamber Choir will be performing for the School Board on Monday evening, April 4, 2016.  Please add this mandatory performance to your calendar.  The event has been added to Charms.

Concert Choir members will receive a fee sheet in class today.  Please be sure to share with your parents.

Everyone:  Please make fee payment checks payable to: WCHS Choral Boosters, place in an envelope with your name on the outside and place in metal box in choir room.

So far, this first week of school has been enlightening and inspiring!  Looking forward to a great year of singing!