Friday
Sep212018

ACU Region Choir Workshop Information

Here are some final trip details for the ACU Region Choir Workshop:
  • Wear comfortable, school-appropriate clothing tomorrow. Students and adults chaperoning may want to bring a jacket or sweater if you tend to get cold.
  • We must depart by 7:00am tomorrow. Mr. Gilmore and the bus will not be here any earlier than 6:30, so please be aware of that if you arrive early and no one is here yet.
  • Every student going must bring a signed ACU Permission Form. These are being distributed during class today and a copy is attached to this email. ACU will collect those at registration tomorrow morning and I will check that these are completed as students get on the bus. Please don't leave your student until we're sure that they're all good. Parents: don't forget to sign the back!
  • Students need to make sure they bring all their HS region music tomorrow.
  • The students will give a brief performance over what they worked on that day at 3:30. Afterward, we will take a group photo and then we will begin heading home. If time permits, we'll stop for a snack. We are planning on being home by 6:00pm.
  • Lunch is included in the price of the workshop, but we'll try to stop for a snack/treat on the way home. Your student may want to bring up to $10 for this. In the past, we've gone somewhere for ice cream/yogurt...something like that.
Tuesday
Sep182018

Mid-September News

We are rolling fast into the fall with LOTS going on right now. Please take a few moments to carefully read all of the information below.

Homecoming

The choir department will be participating in the Homecoming Parade on Thursday evening. The overall theme this year is MUSIC and the choir council has decided that we will march in the parade (as opposed to designing a float) and our theme will be CHOIR OF ROCK! Dress up in your favorite rocker gear! Go crazy, show your school spirit, and let’s rock and roll (but keep it school-appropriate)! Parade line-up starts at 5pm, parade begins at 6pm, and a community pep rally immediately follows in the D Gym at CHS. This event is OPTIONAL, but FUN!

The advanced choirs (Chorale and Bella Voce) will be singing the national anthem at the football game this Friday night. This is a graded event and we are in front of a huge audience for the big homecoming game! We will do a sound check at 4:30pm at the stadium and have to clear the field by 5:15. Students will need to report back, performance ready (in choir polos and jeans), by 6:15 since this game kicks-off earlier at 7:00. The choir will sing the anthem around 6:30, so make sure to arrive early to hear them sing.

Booster Club News

Our booster club will be having their first general membership meeting of the new year on Thursday, September 27, at 5:00. The students will be busy practicing the newly released cuts at 4:00 and the parents will meet at 5:00 to make goodie bags and then conduct a business meeting shortly after. They will be looking at future fundraising efforts, electing officers, and adopting their budget for the year. Please join us and get involved!

High School Region Choir News

This Saturday we will be traveling to Abilene Christian University for a workshop on the High School Region Choir Audition Music. The cost is $25 for each attendee. That will cover the workshop and lunch. Students are encouraged to bring a few extra dollars for a snack stop on the way home. We will load at 6:30am and we anticipate returning to CHS by 6:00pm. If you would like to attend, the students will present a brief recital/concert over the music they rehearsed that day at 3:30. Make sure to bring all your music!

High School Region Choir Auditions will be held on Saturday, September 29. We will get more details to you as we receive them from Region 6. We anticipate a departure time of 5:30am and a return time of around 9:00pm. The school will be providing for a box lunch and $10 towards dinner at the Midland Mall for all students.

If you would like to chaperone for the day of the auditions, we would appreciate your help. Please make sure you have completed your VIPS application and sent me a confirmation email of your approval. Please sign-up to chaperone in Charms or you may use this direct link: https://www.charmsoffice.com/charms/volunteerR.asp?s=cenhsc&v=4474310
Once those spots are full, we will not have room for any other adults.

Fall Concert

Our fall concert is approaching very soon! We think you will be VERY surprised at how great each group is sounding this early in the year. Our fall concert will be on Monday, October 1, at 7:30pm at Holy Angels Church. Please make sure you have this date marked on your calendars. Students typically have call times as early as 4:30 going up until the start of the concert. We will send more detailed info about what times each group is called very soon.

This year at our concerts we need YOUR help! We are asking for at least one parent to sit with each class during the concert and help us monitor behavior. Students will not be on phones or allowed to talk, and will check-out after the concert, but only after everything is clean, put away, and everyone is ready to go home. If you are willing to sit with your student’s class, please sign-up here: https://www.charmsoffice.com/charms/volunteerR.asp?s=cenhsc&v=4474401

Here’s your friendly reminder that everyone is responsible for their own pair of SOLID BLACK SHOES as part of their choir uniform. They must have these for the fall concert and all future performances. These do not have to be anything exceptionally nice, but they need to be SOLID BLACK. Students not in correct uniform, including solid black shoes (and BLACK SOCKS, for boys) will not be allowed to perform and their grade will be affected accordingly. Let’s not have to deal with all that, please. Make sure you are prepared with black shoes and socks! If you have questions, please consult our online handbook: https://drive.google.com/open?id=1nMoG-sT9-5ZEMfgUuFVOKf1EiwI4GZShplMoFq1HMNw

Again, students will have call times starting as early as 4:30. We try to schedule our older students earlier since they are not as dependent upon their parents for transportation. We will send that schedule out later this week so families can plan ahead for their transportation needs.

Junior High/9th Grade Region Choir News

In cooperation with Lee MS and Glenn MS, we are offering a couple of intensive rehearsals for students auditioning for the JH/9th Grade Region Choir. The first workshop over that music will be held TODAY on Tuesday, September 18, at Lee Middle School. Doors will open at 4:30 and rehearsal begins at 5:00pm. We will finish at 6:30. If you do not have your 9th grade region music, we’ll have some for you there!

Auditions for the JH/9th Grade Region Choir will be on Saturday, October 13. We will need chaperones for this day as well. Please make sure you have completed your VIPS application and sent me a confirmation email of your approval. Please sign-up here if you are able to go: https://www.charmsoffice.com/charms/volunteerR.asp?s=cenhsc&v=4474423

Fundraisers and Sponsorships

We are working with our campus administration on getting approval for our first individual student fundraiser. We are working with Stripes on selling car wash tokens. Students will check out $10 car wash tokens and these are sold for $10; the students receive $5 profit and $5 goes back to Stripes. We are hoping to be able to start these early next week, pending administration approval of the fundraiser.

This is a reminder that we are needing the Booster Club Sponsorship Forms back. You are welcome to keep seeking sponsorships, but if you have already sold some sponsorships, we need that information back, because every family or business who donates toward a sponsorship will be listed in our concert programs. We are upon our cutoff deadline for the fall program. We hope you have been able to approach some business leaders and solicit their sponsorship of our program and students. We are really working to raise a substantial amount of sponsorships for the group to be able to bring down the cost of the trip for everyone, to fund our annual scholarships, and to provide for quality design and printing of concert programs, among other group expenses. We thank you for your help with this new approach to an entire-group fundraiser.

Thank You

Thank you for attention to these items and details. If you have a question or concern, we are only a phone call or email away.

Have a great day and Sic ‘em Cats!

Wednesday
Aug012018

Back to School 2018

It is hard to believe that our summer break is almost over! I hope that it has been a joyful time of recharge and relaxation for all of you. The time has passed so quickly! I am so proud of the successes of the last year and the growth and development of each student in the program. We have an exciting year of choir lined up and many exciting plans for the year are being finalized as I write this letter.

As is the custom every year, the combined high school choirs, bands, and orchestras of SAISD have been asked to perform for a convocation ceremony of all the administration, faculty, and staff at the Foster Communications Coliseum on Wednesday morning, August 15. All of the members of the school board and district administration will be in attendance as well, so we want to make an excellent impression on each of them. It is vitally important that we make the statement that excellent choral singing at Central High School is alive and thriving! 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 standard rehearsals will be held at the CHS Choir Hall and the tech rehearsals and performance is at the coliseum.

For our new students, you will discover that for each event and competition you participate in, you accumulate points towards earning a letter jacket. Attending all of the convocation events and the SAISD All-Region Choir Boot Camp can get you well on your way to earning a letter jacket! Don’t miss out on earning these EASY points!

It is an expectation that all members of Chorale, Bella Voce, HarmoniCats, and those on the Choir Council fully participate in these events. Everyone receiving this letter is highly encouraged to participate - including any 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 these rehearsals and let them see what all the fun is about! We want you to come to as much of these events as you can, but don’t skip the whole thing because of a singular conflict. We would really prefer that you come to all of it, but we don't want anyone to not attend at all because they can't make it to everything. We think you'll have a lot of fun seeing all of your choir friends again after summer break!

The schedule and map are located below (look for ATTACHMENTS and click on the link).

What to Bring:

  • Your All-State music packet OR $15 for a region music packet
  • New students will need to purchase a blue choir polo shirt for $20 (to be worn at performance on Wed.)

Again, I hope you all had a great summer and I look forward to seeing all of you again in what promises to be a truly AWESOME year in choir! Please do not hesitate to contact me with any questions. Make sure you sign up for Remind text messages: text the message @catchoir18 to 81010 (or try texting @catchoir18 to 325-200-0719). Keep checking our website and like our Facebook Page for future communications and any updates to the schedule that may occur.

Attachments:

  1. Schedule & Map
Tuesday
Jul312018

Celebration of Life for Haley Frizzell

For those who would like to attend the Celebration of Life for Haley Frizzell, that service will take place on Saturday, August 4. The service will begin at 2pm at PaulAnn Baptist Church (2531 Smith Blvd, San Angelo, TX 76905).

Haley was a 19-year-old Central High School graduate who died in a San Marcos apartment fire on July 20. She was an alumna of the CHS Choir and Theatre programs with many friends who fondly remember her and will miss her greatly. Your presence at this event would be greatly appreciated.

Monday
Jul302018

2018-2019 All-State Choir Audition Repertoire

The PDF attached below outlines the pieces to be learned and auditioned at each level of the competition this year.

Errata: 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.

Recordings: Here is a link to the page explaining how to access the practice recordings.

Attachments:

  1. 2018-2019 All-State Choir Audition Repertoire for Region 6
Saturday
Jun022018

Summer News Bulletin

Thank you for a wonderful year together! This is the last message of the 2017-2018 school year we plan to send, so please make sure you read it and act upon anything that applies to you. Going forward, we hope that you will stay in touch with us over the summer for important news and reminders. We hope to have information ready about convocation by this time next week. Check back here and via email for that announcement.

Stay Connected

Here are the many ways you can stay connected with everything going on with the Bobcat Choirs:

  1. Our website - www.CentralHighChoir.org
  2. Facebook Page
  3. Facebook Groups
  4. Instagram
  5. Twitter
  6. YouTube
  7. Remind text messages - instructions here
  8. Emails via Charms - make sure your email addresses are up-to-date
  9. Email Newsletter - sign-up here

UIL State Solo & Ensemble Contest Results

Congratulations to all of our Central High School musicians who competed this Memorial Day weekend at the UIL State Solo & Ensemble Contest at the University of Texas in Austin. 32 students from the Central High School Choirs qualified and competed at the state-level contest on Monday. CHS Choir students took home 9 gold medals, 16 silver medals, and 2 Outstanding Performer Awards.

For more information, please visit this press release. Sic ‘em, Cats!

Commemorative CDs

If you would like to order a compilation CD of this year's performances, David Faught, one of our awesome choir parents, compiles the recordings and creates a CD for each class. CDs are $5 each and should be completed by August. If you would like a CD from a previous year, those are also available. For the older recordings, when you checkout enter a note in the order for which years you'd like.

Here is the link to his Etsy shop to place your orders: https://www.etsy.com/shop/CommemorativeCDs/items

Please place your orders by June 10.

2018 UIL Sweepstakes Letter Jacket Patch Orders

If you competed with Chorale or Bella Voce at UIL Concert & Sightreading Contest and you would like for us to order the sweepstakes patch for your letter jacket, please complete this order form. Even if you do not currently have a jacket but you're working on earning one, if you ever want this patch, we need to order it this year, so please fill out the form.

Please complete this order form prior to Thursday, June 7. We will not be doing another order and if you miss your chance, you will have to order one your own and at your own expense.

If you are interested in other patches and pins for your letter jacket, you can visit Southwest Emblem's website and make purchases via their web shop.

2019 All-State Choir Audition Music Orders

If you would like to order your copy of the All-State audition music for this year, please place your orders ASAP with J.W. Pepper or Pender's. As a choir department we will only be ordering the region choir music sets once those are decided upon in late July.

Make sure you order a large-school packet. You can order a women's packet, a men's packet, or complete director's packet (has all titles from both men and women's packets).

Order your music here: J.W. Pepper or Pender's

2018-2019 HarmoniCats Audition Results

Thank you for the incredible turnout we had for auditions this year. Next year promises to be the best year ever for our show choir, the HarmoniCats. We have some wonderful new talent joining us and some wonderful leaders that are returning. We are so excited for what next year holds for this incredible group of students.

If you didn't make it this time, please don't be discouraged. Please try out again at the next available audition. We really did have to make some tough decisions to keep the group balanced.

There are three steps we need you to complete IMMEDIATELY:

  1. You will find the results posted here.
  2. We need everyone who was selected to fill out this ACCEPTANCE FORM.
  3. If you have an asterisk (*) next to your name, we need your COURSE AGREEMENT. Please fill it out and email it to Landon.Gilmore@saisd.org.

2018-2019 Choir Placements

We hope that each student will see the auditions as a learning opportunity. It is always a difficult process to determine the right placement for each individual student and to balance that with the needs of each group and the program as a whole.

A number of factors go into determining each student’s placement; it is not based solely upon a 10-minute audition: vocal quality and development, intonation, aural skill, sight-reading ability, maturity, academic eligibility, classroom discipline, attendance patterns, involvement in extracurricular elements of the program, etc. Many students have excellent abilities, but we are unable to advance or keep them because of their grades in other classes...academic eligibility is BIG.

We try to look at the complete picture in determining where the student will be able to be successful and to which group's success they will be able to most effectively contribute.

That being said, every group next year is going to be AWESOME! You will have a blast! Together, we will all reach new heights of achievement and success.

PLEASE click the link below, read everything carefully, and follow all instructions on the form. Make absolutely certain that you are subscribed to the REMIND updates. We have to be able to communicate with you over the summer, especially officers and HarmoniCats members.

2018-2019 Choir Placement Results

Congratulations to all!

Friday
Jun012018

2018-2019 HarmoniCats Audition Results

Thank you for the incredible turnout we had for auditions this year. Next year promises to be the best year ever for our show choir, the HarmoniCats. We have some wonderful new talent joining us and some wonderful leaders that are returning. We are so excited for what next year holds for this incredible group of students.

If you didn't make it this time, please don't be discouraged. Please try out again at the next available audition. We really did have to make some tough decisions to keep the group balanced.

There are three steps we need you to complete IMMEDIATELY:

  1. You will find the results posted here.
  2. We need everyone who was selected to fill out this ACCEPTANCE FORM.
  3. If you have an asterisk (*) next to your name, we need your COURSE AGREEMENT. Please fill it out and email it to Landon.Gilmore@saisd.org.
Friday
Jun012018

2018 UIL State Solo & Ensemble Contest Results

Congratulations to all of our Central High School musicians who competed this Memorial Day weekend at the UIL State Solo & Ensemble Contest at the University of Texas in Austin.

32 students from the Central High School Choirs qualified and competed at the state-level contest on Monday. CHS Choir students took home 9 gold medals, 16 silver medals, and 2 Outstanding Performer Awards. UIL "Outstanding Performer" designation is given to less than 2% of the over 15,000 contest performers from across the state of Texas. This is the equivalent of a state championship and the students will be receiving a special UIL State Champion Medal.

Outstanding Performers (State Champion)

Pete Mireles
Andrea Thompson

Division 1 Soloists (Gold Medal)

Bryant Cobb
Drew Eisenbach
Zoe Flores
Pete Mireles
Leighann Sweet
Andrea Thompson
Josh Vetter
Vincent Ward
Kaden Wright

Division 2 Soloists (Silver Medal)

Alfredo Antu
CJ Banda
Aidan Brooks
Skylar Canion
Camille Faught
Chrystian Fleming
Zachery Feuge
Olivia Gomos
Makayla Haire
Paige Harris
Leilani Herrera
Jacqueline Leek
Taylor Powell
Analisa Rios
Kelsey Wallace
Bethany Wheeler

Sic ‘em, Cats!