Monday
Mar062017

Financial Travel Notices

Don't forget to file a travel notice with your bank or credit card, so that your card is not declined when in New York. If you plan on just carrying cash, that's fine too, but make sure you have a way to keep it safe at all times. We cannot be responsible for lost cash.

Sunday
Mar052017

Weather

Just checked the forecast for our trip and it's looking like it will be quite cold. Most days are in the low 30s and 40s, with one day in the 50s. Possibility of snow, too. Make sure you've got warm clothing that you can wear in layers. And don't forget to pack it! 

Sunday
Mar052017

Guidebook Updates

We have added pictures and contact information for all of the chaperones going on the trip. After everyone finishes being assigned to family groups on Monday, I will update the list with all of the students' mobile phone numbers under their family leaders.

Over the next several days, I'll begin adding attraction information for you to use in planning your free morning and evening session outings.

Friday
Mar032017

Trip T-Shirts

Our trip t-shirts are being delivered Monday. We'll distribute them to students on Tuesday.

We will wear these for the first day on the trip, Friday, March 10.

Monday
Feb202017

2017 NYC Trip Information

Friday
Oct282016

2016 Military Salute Concert

Our Annual Military Salute Concert is a really neat event. We hope you will plan to join us.

Each choir performs patriotic/inspirational musical selections, we feature several talented student soloists and small groups, the combined choirs perform a really cool multimedia presentation with the songs from each branch of the armed forces, we close with a multimedia presentation of God Bless the U.S.A. Additionally, we have a Wall of Honor, decorated with history-rich remembrances of family members from generations past and present who have served that we enjoy after the concert with complimentary coffee, tea, and desserts. All of this is a big "thank you" to our men and women in the armed forces and teaches our students to respect and appreciate those who serve. It is one of our favorite events each year.

The concert will be at 7:30 PM at First Presbyterian Church, San Angelo. We expect the concert to run about 60-70 minutes with complimentary coffee, tea, and dessert to follow.

Tickets

Students are being sent home with tickets today. They are receiving a very small number (2 red and 1 white) to ensure that we don't oversell the sanctuary at First Presbyterian. We only have room for about 400 guests. The red tickets are $5 General Admission tickets. The white is an invitation to an active duty/reserve/veteran service member to attend for free. That ticket is not valid on its own - it's just to help us have a headcount. For them to gain free admission, we ask that they come in their uniform and/or show their military ID. This is ONLY for people in the services. Family members, young children, etc., will still need to purchase a normal, red ticket.

This first round of ticket sales will be due on or before Wednesday, Nov. 2 (same day as our catalog fundraiser). We need all money and/or unsold tickets returned in the same envelope they received. Once those are returned, we will be able to distribute more tickets on Thursday.

These tickets serve as a way for students to raise money for their trips and future choir expenses. A portion of the proceeds will be donated to a veteran's charity yet to be determined. The only way students will receive fundraising credit is by selling tickets in advance. Any tickets sold at the door will go into the general fund.

Submit Names of Deployed Family Members

One of our traditions at this concert is that we honor those family members currently deployed. We read their names aloud and place a yellow carnation on the stage in their honor and in the prayer that they come home safely. We need these names by Tuesday, Nov. 1. Have your student bring their information to class or submit a name here.

Signup for Wall of Honor Space

Another tradition is our Wall of Honor. We decorate a hallway with posters, uniforms, pictures, helmets, and other memorabilia of everyone's family members who are or have served in the military. We've had stuff from the Civil War, World War I, etc. It is really neat and a special way to honor the memory of those who have given so much for our peace, security, and freedom.

This year, we plan to decorate the hallway of the reception area where we will gather to enjoy desserts, coffee, and tea after the concert. The space is limited and we want to make sure that we leave a spot for your items. Please visit the following link to signup for a space: http://signup.com/go/FHqxYu

Help Needed!

We need help with several areas of this event. We're using SignUp.com. There are opportunities to donate items for the reception, to supervise kids during the concert, to help decorate, etc.

Here's how it works in 3 easy steps:
1) Click this link to see our SignUp on SignUp.com: http://signup.com/go/27hUK7
2) Review the options listed and choose the spot(s) you like.
3) Sign up! It's Easy - you will NOT need to register an account or keep a password on SignUp.com.
Note: SignUp.com does not share your email address with anyone. If you prefer not to use your email address, please contact me and I can sign you up manually.
Thursday
Sep292016

2016 High School All-Region Cuts

The following link will contain the cuts. Just as soon as they're released to us, anyway.

https://www.dropbox.com/sh/zew4frhfdb6t9c8/AAAShrgsqLbfwqdyG7Uu4huZa?dl=0

Remember that it will be password protected. Good luck and Sic 'em Cats!

Sunday
Aug072016

2016-2017 TMEA All-State Choir Audition Repertoire

Please see this webpage for all amendments, corrections and errata. You will be responsible for all notes and corrections listed on that page as they come directly from TMEA and the all-state choir clinicians.

A link to the practice recordings can be found in our Facebook group and on our website. The link requires a password to access, please message us or search for a pinned post in the Facebook group for that password.

High School Region Auditions

  1. Flight Song (Arnesen) - Mixed
  2. Sing Joyfully (Byrd) - Mixed
  3. Come to Me (Chatman) - Mixed
  4. Wechsellied zum Tanze (Brahms) - Mixed
  5. Dôme épais (Delibes) - Treble
  6. Hymn to the Dawn (Holst) - Treble
  7. Beati mortui (Mendelssohn) - Tenor-Bass

Pre-Area Auditions

  1. The Heaven's Flock (Ešenvalds) - Mixed
  2. "Kyrie" from Missa in Angustiis (Haydn) - Mixed
  3. Fecit potentiam (Porpora) - Treble
  4. Things That Never Die (Dengler) - Tenor-Bass
  5. Confirma hoc Deus (Handl) - Tenor-Bass

Area Large School Choir Auditions

  1. The Heaven's Flock (Ešenvalds) - Mixed
  2. "Kyrie" from Missa in Angustiis (Haydn) - Mixed
  3. Fecit potentiam (Porpora) - Treble
  4. Confirma hoc Deus (Handl) - Tenor-Bass