End-of-Year Reminders

Great job on the concert! All the groups have improved so much this year. It's hard to imagine that the school year is almost over. It's been a great year, but it's not quite over yet. We need your help with several things to finish wrapping up the year. We are operating on very narrow margins at this time of year, so please read carefully and make note of all the deadlines and events listed below.

End-of-Year Progress Exams

Just a reminder that students should've completed their End-of-Year Progress Exams (scales) on Google Classroom (due on 5/8). These are 7 major grades. Late submissions will be penalized. Students will begin the sight-reading portion of the exam in class starting on Thursday (5/10).

Pictures for the Slideshow

Our student officers need your help to compile the best banquet slideshow ever! Please upload all your choir-related pictures and videos by Friday night (5/11). Our historian, Andi Thompson, will begin selecting pictures to use in the slideshow the next day. Don't be left out! Here's the link to see the shared photo album and upload your pictures and videos:


Seniors, we have a special list of things just for you! Please make sure to read this post and take care of those items listed there quickly! Many of your items are due by Friday, May 11.

HarmoniCats Auditions

We want YOU to join the only show choir in West Texas, the HarmoniCats! The HarmoniCats is our highly select vocal ensemble that presents energetic shows with singing, dancing, cosutmes, lights, etc. Students in the group are able to earn a PE credit towards their graduation requirement, if needed.

Placement into the group is by audition only. Auditions for next year's group will be held after school on Monday and Tuesday of next week (5/14 and 5/15). We will be holding auditions for all voice parts for students currently in grades 8-11. Students interested in auditioning for the group need to come to one of the two days (Monday is preferred because auditions wil have to stop by 5:15 on Tuesday). Please see this flyer for more information and make sure that you have read and signed an audition packet prior to next week. Please bring the signed audition packet with you to the auditions. Current members who have been in the group for two years or more are not required to re-audition; however, they do need to complete an audition packet to formalize their intent to return to the group next year.

Annual Awards Banquet Reservations

Our annual awards banquet is coming up on Monday, May 21, at 6:00pm at the McNease Convention Center. We have one of the classiest banquets at CHS! Great food, fun, laughs, tears, singing, jokes, great slideshow, and lots of awards! We want you to be there and bring those that you love.

Because of the expense of the caterer and the facility, everyone attending the banquet must make a reservation (including students). Most families will have the student and one or both parents there. Families with very young children may want to consider the price per person and that the banquet is a little over 2 hours long. Students are able to bring guests (friends or significant others) that are well-behaved.

Please make your reservations no later than Wednesday, May 16. After 5:00pm on Wednesday, May 16, all reservations become final. No refunds or late additions will be available. Reservations are $18 per person and fundraising money in the student's Charms account may be used (if available). Please complete and return this form with your reservations.

All-State Camp Scholarships

Thanks to the efforts of our booster parents we continue to be able to award several sponsorships to students to be able to attend one of the dozens of All-State Choir Camps this summer. The application will be available in the Choir Hall or online (here). All applications are due by 1:40pm on Wednesday, May 16 (before the end of lunch). Late applications will not be considered. Do not attempt to try and turn these in during 6th or 7th period the day it is due. It will not be accepted.

For senior scholarship information, please see this post on the website.

Officer Interviews

Interviews for next year's board of choir officers will be conducted next week. Please see this post for more information. Update: the sign-up sheet for interview slots is now posted in the Choir Hall. Too many people were having trouble signing up online.

Uniform Returns

Students in all classes (except Chorale) need to return their uniforms to the Choir Hall ASAP. Just to keep things consistent, we're making all uniform returns due on or before Wednesday, May 16. We'd really prefer these to be brought back prior to that. Please do not interrupt another person's class to bring your uniform back. Do it during your class time, between classes, during lunch, or after school.

Please return your uniform on a hanger with your name on it. We must be able to identify your uniform or you will not get credited for its return. The blue polo shirts that are purchased when they join choir are used every year, so please keep those in a safe spot so you don't have to buy a new one next year.

Students who fail to return their uniform on-time will be receive a fine on the district hold list. These uniforms will be marked as lost and they can cost up to several hundred dollars. Students on the hold list will not be able to graduate, register for classes, purchase parking decals, or several other things until the fine is paid. PLEASE do not make us have to put you through that. Also, please realize that we are under a deadline from our campus administration.

Students in Chorale must return their uniform on Tuesday, May 22. There can be no extensions to these deadlines. Turn the uniforms in early but not late.

State UIL Solo & Ensemble Contest

We have 32 students who qualified to compete in Austin at the University of Texas for the State UIL Solo & Ensemble Contest. We'll be sending more details out about that very soon, but please make sure you have signed-up on the rooming list in the Choir Hall.

We will plan to leave San Angelo around 2:30pm on Sunday, May 27. We'll stay overnight in Austin and compete that next morning. We should be home around 8:00pm on Monday, May 28. More details coming as we get closer.

Students need to make sure they are prepared to begin practicing again with their pianist starting Thursday, May 10.

Varsity Letter (Jacket) Award Application

Students who would like to request to be considered for a varsity letter in choir (and a letter jacket), will need to fill out an application. We are working on creating a Google Form for this. Once it is completed, it will be sent out in another message and linked here:

Please get these done by Monday (5/14) or Tuesday (5/15) at the absolute latest.

Twin Mountain Tonesmen Show on May 19

Students in Men's Choir and Chorale have one more performance with the Twin Mountain Tonesmen on Saturday, May 19, at 7:29pm in the newly renovated Murphey Performance Hall.

Call time for that event is at 6:00pm. The Chorale will be a featured performer on the program and will wear their uniforms. Toward the end of the program, Men's Choir and Chorale will combine with the Tonesmen for a couple numbers wearing their blue jeans and choir polo shirts.

All students will receive one free complimentary ticket to give to a parent or friend. Additional tickets are $10 each and can be purchased online, at the door, or wherever other SAPAC tickets are sold. Tickets are going FAST!

Tickets to the Afterglow are $15. Mr. Gilmore will be taking orders for those. There is limited space available at this fun after-concert reception featuring a breakfast buffet and more singing from Old School!


Senior Class of 2018 Info

Congratulations seniors! You only have a couple weeks left. Please make note of the following due dates, deadlines, and reminders...

Senior Photos and Videos

Just one of the ways that we recognize our seniors is with a special slideshow at the banquet. There are three things that we need to be able to complete the slideshow:

  • We'll be shooting senior videos for the end-of-year slideshow starting tomorrow (Thursday).
  • Seniors also need to submit a current portrait (can be a graduation announcement photo or a similar-style current photo)
  • We also want a "mini-you pic" (something from your childhood - the more embarrassing/adorable, the better).

Photos can be emailed or hard copies can be scanned and returned. ALL SENIORS need to be represented for this video/slideshow. We are requesting that all photos be turned in this week by Friday (5/11) and all videos are recorded by Monday (5/14). You can confirm your status via this Google Sheet.

Scholarship Applications

Thanks to the efforts of our booster parents and a scholarship fund created in honor of CT Aly and Eddie Lou Neel, we are able to award two scholarships to graduating seniors attending college. The application will be available in the Choir Hall or online (here). All applications are due by 1:40pm on Wednesday, May 16. Late applications will not be considered.

Senior Spotlight

Remember that the CHS award ceremony (Senior Spotlight) is Tuesday, May 15. All choir seniors are expected to be present to sing the national anthem as a group. This is like a practice for graduation. You need to dress nicely. You will be on the front of the Sarah Bernhardt Stage in front of almost 1,000 people. Your call time is 5:15pm and we should be done by 6:15pm. Any seniors who do not show up will not be allowed to sing with us at graduation.


2018-2019 Officer Interviews

Please encourage your child to take a more active role in the leadership of the choir program by interviewing for an officer position. This is a great opportunity to get involved, learn leadership skills, and grow in maturity and responsibility. 

Students interested in one of the listed positions for next year (please see the linked application packet for the complete list) should schedule an interview for Thursday or Friday of next week (May 17-18). Interviews for next year will take place after school on those two days.

Students need to pick-up or print-out an application packet and sign-up for an interview time slot on one of these two days. Sign-up for time slots in the CHS Choir Hall. There are many positions available and there are spots that are perfect for everyone, regardless of their availability, outgoing-ness, etc. We'll find a place for everyone who wishes to serve and has their heart in the right place...the same is true for our Booster Club.



Amazing Grace

TONIGHT! At the Murphey Performance Hall. Tickets are discounted 50% (using the link below)!

Amazing Grace, the Broadway musical, is a solemn historical tale set to music with scenes in England, Africa and Barbados. The historical tale is about John Newton.

According to the play, Newton, a British mariner, was in the business of slave trading during the 1700s. At one point of the play, Mr. Newton himself became a slave in Africa when his ship was destroyed. But he survived with the aid of his friend, Thomas, who was also Mr. Newton's servant.

Newton eventually was rescued by his father and on his way back to England, when what occurred was a "perfect storm." Newton, who miraculously survived the "perfect storm", found God and became an abolitionist.

Mr. Newton began writing hymns in praise of God, including the famous hymn, Amazing Grace. The play will take you on an emotional rollercoaster of a journey through the life of Newton that leads to his writing song Amazing Grace. And intertwined within is a love story.

The reviews for this show are incredible!

So, what are you doing tonight? Come visit San Angelo’s treasure, the Murphey Performance Hall, and take in a Broadway musical all for half price!

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San Angelo Central High School Music Signing Night

On Friday, April 20th, the CHS Music Department is working together to put on a "Signing Night" for our seniors going to college and receiving music scholarships. The reception will begin at 6:30pm in the band/orchestra hall located in the Sousa Building at CHS. The event should last about an hour. We will hopefully have some college representatives present and we will have some light refreshments. We will take pictures for the local news outlets and we are working on having one of the local TV stations here.

Your help is requested so that we can compile a list of all students receiving a music scholarship from the college they plan to attend. We will try to extend invitations to those college programs to send a representative to the signing night.


We must have this completed BEFORE Friday, April 6, so that we can plan this event and send invitations to the college representatives.

On the form: please make sure to fill it out completely and accurately. The current plan is to recognize all students receiving any sort of music-related scholarships and then to have a special signing ceremony for those students attending college to major in music and that are receiving a scholarship for that. Thank you for your help with this.


2018 Spring Tour: Virtual Trip Meeting and Required Documents

Hello there, Galveston trip people!

We normally have a face-to-face trip meeting that lasts about an hour, but I decided to try something new this year: an online "virtual" trip meeting. I'm hopeful that it will save us all time and allow us to get all of the information at the pace that we can manage. Please keep in mind that it must be completed prior to Friday, get on it early. Here is the link to the online trip meeting:

You will need to create a free account (or you may login with an existing Google account). Doing so will allow you to save your progress (in case you can't watch the video in one sitting) and will allow me to make sure that everyone has attended the meeting. The video must be viewed completely by 11:59 PM on Thursday evening. If you do not complete this, you will not be allowed to go on the trip. Get started on this early and get it knocked out. The video is about 30 minutes and it will save your progress if you get interrupted. STUDENTS: Make sure you have at least one parent or guardian watch this with you.

Second, all of the documents referenced in the video will be printed and distributed in classes on Monday; however, you may view and print them yourself via Dropbox. Here's that link:

Everything else should be covered in the video and the documents linked in this video. DO NOT WAIT until the last minute on this stuff. We will leave you home if you don't meet these deadlines:

  • Trip meeting COMPLETED prior to 11:59 PM on Thursday.
  • All trip documents RETURNED by class time on Friday.

Thanks for your help with this. Don't hesitate to email me if you have questions on any of this...just don't wait until the last minute. We're looking forward to a great trip!


2018 Summer Choral Programs

We highly encourage your student to attend an All-State Choir Camp. These camps greatly improve their competitiveness and preparation toward the All-Region & All-State Choir audition process. They will have a blast and be months ahead of the competition. The workshops that we host locally are NOT a substitute for the time and intensive training that happens at one of these camps. If your student is serious about competing in the all-state choir auditions next year, then they cannot afford not to go to one of these camps.

The camps for this summer (which will be over next year's music) are already taking registrations. We have taken the time to compile a list of the camps that we are aware of, so that you can make an informed decision as to which camp best suits your family's summer schedule and budget. The spreadsheet containing all of the pertinent information can be found via this link.

Please be aware that even though most camps have a registration deadline the first or second week in June (most by 6/15), some of the camps are full by mid-February. Baylor University, for example, is usually full within the first few HOURS of registration. So, find a camp that sounds good and register ASAP.

Keep in mind that our booster club offers a couple of scholarships each year to students who excel in the all-state process and demonstrate dedication to advancing their skills. You will need to go ahead and register and put down the deposit on your own.


2018 Central's Got Talent Audition Results

We want to congratulate everyone for auditioning. There were so many talented performers! The judging panel deliberated for hours in making their decision.

Congratulations to the following acts for making it into the talent show (in no particular order):

  • Forever Gayle (solo) 
  • Paige Harris (solo with guitar) 
  • Drew Eisenbach (solo) 
  • Autumn Pineda (solo)
  • Nick Martinez (dancing)
  • Aubrey Mollock (solo)
  • Josh Vetter, Everett Bailey, Alec Richey (band)
  • EC Holguin (electronic music)
  • Brianne Vargas (dancing)
  • Alec Richey & Analisa Rios (duet)
  • Makayla Haire (solo)
  • Alfredo Antu (comedy)
  • Jael McCullough (solo with piano)
  • Zoe Flores (solo)
  • Bryant Cobb (solo)
  • CJ Banda (solo)

The following individuals are on stand-by (in case an act folds or is found ineligible):

  • Gaige Martin (dancing)
  • Chrystian Fleming (solo with ukulele) 

Everyone will need to confirm their acceptance in the talent show by signing up for a tech rehearsal time slot. This needs to be done by 1pm Friday, January 19. Also, if you are using a recorded track, Mr. Gilmore needs an MP3 copy of it by 1pm on Friday, January 19.

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