Welcome Back 2015-2016!

Hello again! It is hard to believe that it is already August and that we are only weeks away from the start of school. I hope this summer has been a time of rest, relaxation, and fun for all of you. We have an exciting year of choir lined up and many exciting plans for the year are being finalized as we speak. Please read through to the bottom of this message…I apologize for its length, but we have a lot of information to get out.


As is the custom every year, the combined high school choirs, bands, and orchestras of the San Angelo ISD have been asked to perform for a convocation ceremony of all the SAISD faculty and staff at the Foster Communications Coliseum on Tuesday morning, August 18. All of the members of the SAISD Board of Education and Executive Administration will be in attendance as well, so we want to make an excellent impression on all of them. It is vitally important that amidst the backdrop of the combined bands and orchestras from CHS and Lake View, we make the statement that excellent choral singing at CHS is alive and well! To accomplish this, we are going to be having rehearsals to prepare the music for the ceremony. Please see the schedule below for exact dates/times. All rehearsals will be held at the CHS Choir Room both nights. For new families, the choir rooms are located right behind Tucker (Tucker is the main new copper-roofed building just off of the loop).

It is an expected that members of Chorale and Bella Voce participate in this event, but everyone receiving this email is invited to participate - that includes new students and incoming freshmen at CFC - you are especially welcome! Also, if you know of anyone who likes to sing and might consider joining choir this year, invite them to this camp and let them see what all the fun is about! Also, it's okay if you can't make it every night, we want you to come to as much as you can. We would really prefer that you come both nights, but we don't want anyone to not come at all because they can't make both nights. We think you'll have a lot of fun seeing all of your choir friends again!


We will need several parents (or even former students) to help with uniform assignment during the rehearsal process next week. You don't have to have ANY special skills - just a heart to help! If you can help with this, please let me know ASAP! Our program is only as successful as our AWESOME parent volunteers and booster club members!

SAISD Region Choir Mini-Camp

In addition to rehearsing the convocation music next week, we also hold a Region Choir Mini-Camp to start learning the region choir audition music for this fall. That will go from about 6:30 to 8:30 both nights. This is completely optional, and students not wishing to participate in the region choir auditions are welcome to leave after the first hour of rehearsal on the convocation ceremony music. We really want to encourage as many people as possible to stay and give the region music a try. It is some GREAT music this year. You may be wondering, “What is region choir?” The students learn several pieces of music and then go to auditions in September in hopes to earn the privilege of performing with the All-Region Choir in November. If they earn one of the top spots, they qualify to advance toward the All-State Choir - one of the top honors for high school musicians in our nation. If you've never done it before, it's a lot of fun and it really makes you a better musician, and you get to sing some really COOL music with some of the best singers in the state (and the nation). If you know that you want to do this and go through the auditions later this fall, we'll have the sheet music and audition CD available for you to buy there at the camp. The complete set of REGION music and practice CD only costs $12 this year and it will be yours to keep. There are limited quantities available, but more can be ordered if we run out.

Complete Mini-Camp & Convocation Schedule

Contact Information

Again, I hope you all had a great summer and I'm looking forward to seeing all of you and what promises to be a truly AWESOME year in choir! Please do not hesitate to contact me with any questions. Keep checking our website ( and like our Facebook Page ( for last minute communication and updates.


Last-Minute Orlando Reminders

Here are some last-minute updates for our Orlando trip:

  • You must remember to bring your ID card. If you are over 18, this MUST be government-issued (Driver License, State ID, Passport, etc.).

  • After talking to several people, I believe I overstated the possibility for inclement weather. Apparently, it's pretty usual to have 40-60% chance of precepitation in Florida. I would still be prepared and bring a poncho in your luggage.

  • Please review Disney Park Rules.

  • Good news! We will be at Hollywood Studios on a weekend, which means that it is on a special Star Wars Weekends Event! Woo-hoo!

  • If you haven't yet, please visit this link to sign-up for a tour group. If you want to make a swap with someone, you can log back in and request a swap. Please get this done before 3 PM.


Commemorative CD Orders

Each year, Mr. Faught compiles and produces a CD of the year's recordings for each class. If you are interested in ordering a CD for your student, please complete this form. Orders and payments are due by Friday, May 15.


Senior Scholarships & All-State Choir Camp Sponsorship Applications

Senior Scholarships

Application Form

Each year, our booster club awards two scholarships to graduating seniors. A student need not be pursuing a degree in music to be considered. All applications must be received by the deadline of Friday, May 15 at 1 PM to be considered. Late applications cannot be accepted; however, early applications are welcomed and encouraged.

All-State Choir Camp Sponsorships

Application Form

New this year, our booster club is considering awarding sponsorships to worthy students who are interested in attending one of the various All-State Choir Camps that occur over the summer. Students must complete an application to be considered for one of these sponsorships. The number of quality applicants will determine the number and amount of sponsorships to be awarded. All applications must be received by the deadline of Friday, May 15 at 1 PM to be considered. Late applications cannot be accepted; however, early applications are welcomed and encouraged.

More information about All-State Choir Camps here.


2015-2016 Leadership Applications and Interviews

Quality student leaders are vital to the success of the Central High School Choral Program. Serving as a choir officer is both an honor and a responsibility.

Submit this application form (just the last page) to Mr. Gilmore or Mrs. Vaught by 4:00 PM on Friday, May 8.


Every candidate applying for an executive position (President, Vice President, Secretary, Librarian, Dance Captain) will need to be interviewed by the directors and a panel of outgoing officers. These interviews will be conducted at 4:30 on Monday, May 11, and Tuesday, May 12 (conflicts only).


2015 Letter Jacket & Patch Orders

We are in the process of tabulating points and seeing which students will qualify for a CHS letter jacket. If your child has not already done so, please complete and return this form by Tuesday, May 12 to be considered for this year's letter jacket order. The students need to earn 50 points this academic year to qualify.

Also, if they would like to order any UIL music patches, those need to be ordered using this form. Again, the order form and money needs to be turned in no later than Tuesday, May 12.


2015 Awards Banquet Ticket Orders

Make plans to attend this year’s choir awards banquet where we will announce our award & scholarship recipients, install next year’s council of officers, reflect on a fun and successful year with a slideshow, honor our seniors, and even share in some jokes. Our dinner this year will be a great meal from Kenny Blanek catering.

To preserve the formality of this event, we ask that families refrain from bringing infants and/or very young children. The banquet will last for about 2-2.5 hours.

All reservations must be received by Monday, May 11. Payment is due at time of reservation. Assuming all other fees are paid, the students may use their fundraising profits (Charms Miscellaneous Ledger) towards the cost of the tickets. If that is the case, please note that on the form.

Reservations will become final at the end of business on Monday, May 11.
There is no guarantee of ticket availability at the door on the day of the event.

What:  Annual Choir Awards Banquet
When:  Monday, May 18, 2015 at 6:00 PM
Where:  Johnson Street Church of Christ Fellowship Hall
Who:  CHS & CFC Choir Students and Their Families

Please submit the ticket order form along with payment absolutely no later than Monday, May 11, 2015.


2015-2016 All-State Choir Practice Resources

Zadok the priest: Soprano, Alto, Tenor, Bass

Zadok the priest (another version with parts broken-up even more): Playlist