Friday
Oct062017

2017-2018 High School Region Choir Audition Results

Members of the Central High School Choir who competed in the HS Region Choir Auditions.This past week, over 50 students from Central High School traveled to Permian High School in Odessa, Texas, to compete in the TMEA Region 6 High School Region Choir Auditions. The auditions were the culmination of months of hard work and intense preparation by the students and directors involved in the competition. Central High School had a very successful day with 22 students earning a spot in one of the two high school region honor choirs, and 14 of those students advancing to the next round of competition in November. With this recent success, the Central High School Choir Department has set a new local record for number of students auditioning, number of students placing in a region choir, and number of students advancing to future competition.

Texas Music Educators Association (TMEA)The Texas Music Educators Association (TMEA) sponsors the Texas All-State audition process to promote students' dedication to their musical knowledge and skill and to encourage TMEA member directors to support their students in this development.

All-State is the highest honor a Texas music student can receive. Over 1,700 students are selected through a process that begins with over 64,000 students from around the state vying for this honor to perform in one of 15 ensembles (bands, orchestras, and choirs). This competitive process begins throughout the state in auditions hosted by 33 TMEA Regions. Individual musicians perform selected music for a panel of judges who rank each instrument or voice part. From this ranking, a select group of musicians advance from their region to compete against musicians from other regions in seven TMEA Area competitions. The highest-ranking musicians judged at the TMEA Area competitions qualify to perform in a TMEA All-State music group. These All-State students participate in three days of rehearsals directed by nationally recognized conductors during the annual TMEA Clinic and Convention. Their performances before thousands of attendees bring this extraordinary event to a close.

The All-State audition process for high school choir students leads ultimately to qualification in one of four All-State Choirs that perform at the annual TMEA Clinic/Convention: Treble Choir, Tenor-Bass Choir, Mixed Choir and a Small School Mixed Choir.

Results for San Angelo Central High School Choir

Soprano 1:
  • Shaylee Caudle - Mixed Choir (13th chair, 1st alternate to Pre-Area)
  • Makayla Haire - Treble Choir
  • Zoe Flores - Treble Choir
  • Camille Faught - Treble Choir
  • Andrea Thompson - Treble Choir
Soprano 2:
  • Analisa Rios - Mixed Choir (6th chair, advances to Pre-Area)
  • Gloria Treviño - Treble Choir
Alto 1:
  • Leighann Sweet - Mixed Choir (2nd chair, advances to Pre-Area)
  • Drew Eisenbach - Mixed Choir (11th chair, advances to Pre-Area)
  • Lilli Bright - Treble Choir
Alto 2:
  • Taylor Powell - Mixed Choir (4th chair, advances to Pre-Area)
  • Bethany Wheeler - Mixed Choir (5th chair, advances to Pre-Area)
  • Christa Carroll - Mixed Choir (12th chair, advances to Pre-Area)
  • Leilani Herrera - Treble Choir
Tenor 1:
  • Vincent Ward - Mixed Choir (12th chair, 2nd alternate to Pre-Area)
Tenor 2:
  • Kaden Wright - Mixed Choir (3rd chair, advances to Pre-Area)
  • Alec Richey - Mixed Choir (11th chair, 1st alternate to Pre-Area)
  • CJ Banda - Mixed Choir (12th chair, 2nd alternate to Pre-Area)
  • Vinh Dinh - Mixed Choir (1st alternate)
Bass 1:
  • Bryant Cobb - Mixed Choir (2nd chair, advances to Pre-Area)
  • Brandon Medina - Mixed Choir (7th chair, advances to Pre-Area)
Bass 2:
  • Pete Mireles - Mixed Choir (11th chair, 1st alternate to Pre-Area)

Congratulations to all of these students for their hard work. You will be able to hear the TMEA Region 6 High School Honor Choirs in concert on Saturday, November 4, at Permian High School in Odessa, Texas.

Wednesday
Oct042017

Fall Concert Wrap-Up

Thank you all for a wonderfully smooth fall concert. It was a short one, but all the groups are off to a great start. Mrs. Vaught and I both thank you for getting the students there on-time and in-uniform. In our normal fashion, it's full speed ahead toward the next big events and we have some more deadlines approaching. Please take a moment to skim this message for the areas that apply to you and your student, then read those areas that apply very closely. Thank you!

Uniform Return

We made the decision this year to have students return their uniforms after each concert. We have had major problems in the past with students losing their uniforms, getting them mixed up with other students, leaving them wadded up in their closet, trying to wash them in washers and dryers, and students moving out of the school district and not returning their uniform. It will be much easier to schedule picture days and to do run-out performances if their uniforms are here. We will take a grade on the timely return of the uniforms. The good news is, is that this is an EASY grade boost for students. We are asking that all uniforms be brought back during their class time before next Friday (Oct. 13). Please make sure to follow this procedure when returning uniforms:

  • Please do not bring them before school or during 1st period. Any time after that is acceptable. Directors will be visiting middle schools over the next couple of weeks and we are likely to not be in the choir hall until the end of 1st period.
  • All parts of your uniform must be together, hung-up, and with your name on it.
  • Please make sure that uniforms are returned in a bag of some kind that does not wrinkle or damage the uniform. You may use a garment bag, dry cleaner's bag, trash bag, etc.
  • Students will bring in their uniform, present it to a teacher who will inspect and mark the return of the uniform off a list, and then have the student hang their uniform up on the correct hanging rack.

Sponsor Card Fundraiser

We are needing to close-out our sponsor card fundraiser so that we begin on our next fundraiser as soon as possible. If you have not already turned-in the proceeds from sponsorships, the unsold cards, or the complete combination of the above, we need to receive that immediately. We're asking that those be brought back no later than Wednesday, October 11. Please remember that students are responsible for returning any unsold cards and/or paying for any lost cards.

Corpus Christi Trip - 1st Payment Past Due

The payment plan for everyone going on the trip is that $80 is due by the first of each month until the trip is paid off. Everyone's first monhtly payment of $80 is now past due. Because of the fall concert and the weekend, we are giving everyone an extension of a week. Please get this caught-up by Wednesday, October 11. After that date, students who are still behind may be moved to the waitlist or removed from the trip completely.

9th Grade Region Choir Entries

Congratulations to all who auditioned this past weekend at the high school region choir auditons. For those 9th graders who did not make the cut or those 9th graders who decided to wait and only audition for this competition, they have the option of auditioning for the 9th Grade/Middle School Region Choir. We must submit our entries this week. That is a hard deadline. The entry fee is only $10 and if they went and auditioned this past Saturday, we will waive that audition fee for them. If this is their first competition or if they did not follow-through on the auditions last week, they will be responsibe for a new $10 entry fee for this competition.

Real Men Sing!

We have a rare and unique opportunity for the young men of west Texas to practice and perform with an international championship barbershop quartet. All men in the choir program will go to Midland next Saturday (10/14) to rehearse and present a concert with other young men and adults from around this part of the state. This is a required event for all men in choir (Men's Choir and Chorale). If a student has a conflict, they need to complete a conflict form immediately. This will not automatically excuse them, but we can begin a dialog about potential alternate assignments. This event will be at no cost to the students. We will leave San Angelo at 7am and will return around 8:30 or 9pm. We will also need at least one adult chaperone to attend.

The Next Big Thing: Annual Military Salute

Our next performance as an entire department will be on Tuesday, November 7, at First Presbyterian Church. This is one of our awesome annual traditions that draws a huge crowd and salutes our military and veterans with patriotic and inspirational music. We'll be sharing more news about this with you very soon.

Tuesday
Sep262017

Fall Concert Reminders

It’s here! Our first concert of the year is this Monday, October 2, at Holy Angels Church. Holy Angels is located at 2309 South A&M Ave. It is the large building at the intersection of South A&M Avenue and Sac Avenue (just south of the area between HEB and ASU).

All choir students are required to be in attendance, on time, in the correct uniform, perform with their group, and stay for the entirety of the concert. Each of those elements is an evaluated component of this major grade and a requirement to earn credit for this performance-based course. We need your help to work out any conflicts so that all of the students can be present and on-time to their group’s scheduled dress rehearsal. Students who miss a dress rehearsal run the risk of not being allowed to perform with their group.

Times

The concert will start for the public at 7:30pm, but the groups have the following report times for roll call and dress rehearsal (promptness is graded HEAVILY - arrive early): 

HarmoniCats - 5:00pm
Chorale - 5:30
Men’s Choir & Bella Voce - 6:00 (arrive in uniform)
Concert Ladies - 6:20 (arrive in uniform)
Combined Rehearsal for All Students - 6:40 (in uniform)
Doors open for audience seating shortly after 7:00pm

Remember, as musicians and young performers, we do not miss a dress rehearsal. Students who have earlier call times (HarmoniCats and Chorale) will be given time to change clothes and use the restroom prior to the start of the concert, those students need only arrive with their pants and shirts (or dress) on or have it with them to change into.

Procedures

Students: when you arrive for your call time, you will go directly to your class’s assigned seating (there will be signs on the chairs) and sign-in/clock-in with one of your class representatives (we are recording the time for grading purposes). Also, students, we sit together, as a class, for the entirety of the concert. We also turn our phones in to a booster parent or section leader at 7:00pm and they remain there until the concert is over. This may be a change from what you are used to at middle school concerts. Lastly, students, please use the bathrooms nearest where we sit, not where our audience enters from.

PARKING/ENTRANCES: Students should park and enter the church from the doors closest to Sac Avenue. Parents and audience members will need to enter from the doors closest to South A&M Avenue.

We will open the sanctuary doors for seating as soon as possible after 7pm, but no earlier than 7pm. We have a combined rehearsal prior to that time and may need to go a few minutes longer, so we ask that all parents and audience members wait patiently outside or in the foyer until a booster club officer or director opens the doors for audience seating. Please do not attempt to sneak in or push open an unguarded door. We will make it abundantly clear when you are welcome to enter the sanctuary. Observing this request is crucial for the successful preparation of the choirs for their performance that evening. Also, we ask that upon entering the sanctuary of the church you keep the noise level down as much as possible and deposit any food or drink in a trash receptacle outside of the sanctuary. There is no food or drink allowed in the sanctuary. Also, please do not allow children to play in the baptismal font located near the entrance. This is off limits to us; it is very disrespectful for someone to play with.

What to Wear

We will wear our formal choir uniforms. Everyone needs to make sure you have SOLID black shoes (and socks for boys). Men will check out a tie when they arrive to the concert and are required to return their tie immediately after the concert.

For complete information on what to wear and the dress code, please see Chapter 6, Subchapter B (pages 20-22) of our choir handbook (which can be found under Documents/Forms > Documents > Handbook & Syllabus on our website). Students not in uniform will not be allowed to perform at the concert - this includes students in shoes or socks that are not solid black.

Help Needed

We always need a bit of help from parents and students before each concert to setup the risers and clear the platform at the church before the rehearsals begin that afternoon. If you would be willing to help us with that, please send me an email or text message and let me know that we can count on you. We will meet at the church at 4:45 PM. If we have a lot of hands it only takes about 15 minutes.

Thank you for your attention to these details. As always, please email Mrs. Vaught or me with any questions and we will do our best to help you. 

We are SO PROUD of these students and all of their hard work. I hope you will be proud of them too. They are a delight to work with each day. See you next week!

Tuesday
Sep122017

Abilene Christian University Region Choir Workshop

For the first time, we will be taking all interested students to a day-long workshop to put the final, polishing touches on the high school region choir audition music. This is a fantastic opportunity to take a last look at the music as a group and get a week-early preview of the competition the students will face at the actual auditions.

Details

Who: Any students auditioning for high school region.
When: Saturday, September 23. We'll leave San Angelo by 7am and return by 6pm.
Where: Abilene Christian University
Cost: $25 per participant, and maybe a few extra bucks for a snack or ice cream on the way home.
What to Wear: Comfortable, school-appropriate clothing, preferably some sort of CHS Choir shirt and jeans or shorts (that are of appropriate length).
Parents: Want to go and spectate? You are most welcome to come. There may not be much for you to do, however. There will be a brief performance at the end of the day (3:30pm) that parents are welcome to attend.

Registration

Step One: Complete the registration form by 1pm on Wednesday, September 20 (late registrations will not be accepted).

Step Two: Bring your $25 for the workshop to school by Wednesday.

Step Three: Bring a completed/signed ACU Permission/Waiver Form.

Other Stuff

The school will cover the cost of transportation for students, but each participant will need to pay $25. This payment will cover the cost of lunch and snacks provided by ACU. We will pay with one check from CHS to ACU, so please send the payment of $25 to CHS Choir and indicate that it is for the ACU Region Choir Workshop.

Here is the Google Form to collect our CHS Registrations: https://docs.google.com/forms/d/e/1FAIpQLSem7DrG3jLv3j-wXxMY-Ja_aqEf20OI64n4uV2U72_YX74uLQ/viewform?usp=sf_link. The registration deadline is 1pm on Wednesday, September 20. That is a HARD DEADLINE.

DO NOT register via the ACU webpage. We will send in one group registration. This is important to ensure that we collect and pay the correct amount.

For more information, feel free to look at the ACU webpage: http://www.acu.edu/community/cas/departments-schools/music/all-region-choir-camp.html

Again, DO NOT register via the ACU webpage.

Tuesday
Sep122017

National Anthem Performance at Homecoming Football Game

We are excited to have the opportunity to perform the national anthem at this week's varsity football game. Also, it's HOMECOMING! This is a big deal and a big audience, so we need to bring our "A game".

I'll go over the details for everyone (what to wear, where to be, when to be there), and then offer a brief "frequently asked questions" section.

Details

Who: EVERYONE enrolled in a choir class at CHS or CFC
What: Performing the National Anthem at the Homecoming Varsity Football Game
When: 5:45 to 7:30pm on Friday, September 15
Where: San Angelo Stadium
What to Wear: Blue-ish denim jeans and blue choir polos. Men will tuck in their shirts, preferably with a belt. Please refrain from wearing jeans with excessive holes, rips, or tears.

Frequently Asked Questions

Is this a requirement?

Yes. This is for a major grade for all students. Students will be graded on: arriving on-time, arriving in-uniform, and performance/behavior for the duration of the event. Students not in uniform or who arrive late without a pre-approved excuse will not be allowed to perform and will have to complete an alternate assignment. Trust us, you do not want to have to do the alternate assignment. Any students who have a conflict or are required to be with another group that night should have completed a conflict form by now so that we can work out the details with the sponsors of the other activities.

What if we are involved in another school activity that night?

As stated in class and above, step one is to fill out a conflict form IMMEDIATELY. If you are in Tex-Anns, Football, Cheer, Band, ROTC, etc., and are required to be in their uniform for the evening, you will wear their uniform onto the field to perform with us.

What time should parents arrive to be able to watch the students perform?

The gates to the stadium are supposed to open at 6:15. The game kicks-off around 7:30. The anthem will be performed sometime between 7:00 and 7:30. It is recommended that parents be in the stadium and finding a seat by 7:00pm to be able to watch the pre-game activities, during which the performance of the national anthem takes place. If the schedule is the same as in previous years, the anthem is performed around 7:13pm.

[Students] Do we have to pay to enter the game?

No. If you arrive at the designated gate and in the uniform for the evening, you will be granted admission for free. You must go up into the stands after performing if you wish to stay. If you leave the stadium and change clothes, they will not let you back in without a ticket. They won't know who you are.

[Students] Where should we park? From what gate should we enter?

I have indicated on the following linked map an ideal location, but you are free to park where you wish. Regardless of where you park, you will need to enter from the gate indicated on the following map: https://www.dropbox.com/s/8rn55se4llf1vm8/San%20Angelo%20Stadium.png?dl=0

Can we wear our garters/mums/etc. to perform?

Absolutely. As long as it does not interfere with our performance (making noise or blinking lights), you may wear it to perform. If not, take it off and leave it with a parent before we enter the field and put it back on as soon as we are done.

Do we have to stay for the entire game?

No. I hope you will want to stay to support our Bobcat Football team, but once we have performed, students are free to go. They may stay and watch the game or leave to go elsewhere. Parents will want to be clear on what their students' plans are. Once the football game starts at 7:30, the choir directors will not be supervising or responsible for the students.

The choir calendar listed a possible performance at a game in October, too. Is that still happening?

No. This will take the place of that performance. We listed both dates on the paper calendar sent home the first week of school because we were still waiting on the official word on which date it would be. It was a decision of which one, we were not ever planning on doing both.

A Note About Student Behavior

While you are in uniform, you are a representative of yourself, your family, the choir department, the school, the school district, etc. Please be on your best behavior. Do not use inappropriate language or engage in any prohibited activities. You have the added responsibility of showing respect to our flag, our nation, its leaders, and our veterans any time you perform the national anthem.

We take great pride in representing CHS with class and integrity. Students who cannot live up to that standard while represnting our department will face disciplinary action and may be removed from the choir program.

Monday
Sep112017

Region Choir Audition Updates

Entry Fees & Entry Confirmation

All entries must be finalized by this Friday, September 15. All students auditioning should have paid their $15 entry fee and have purchased an original copy of the music for the auditions. We will also need each student to confirm their voice part for the contest. This will be posted in class and students will need to initial by their name to indicate that: (1) they intend to audition, and (2) that their voice part is correct.

Students that have not paid their $15 entry fee by this Friday will not be entered. They can be entered up to 7 days late, but at a penalty of $15 (total entry fee becomes $30). We would really prefer to avoid this scenario, so if your child is auditioning and you cannot have your $15 entry fee paid by Friday, please email Mr. Gilmore immediately.

Audition Day Lunches

The school will provide a box lunch for each student from McAlister's Deli on the day of the auditions. The box lunch contains one sandwhich, a bag of chips, and a cookie. The students have a choice of ham on baguette, turkey on baguette, or veggie pita. We'll need to send in their selections by Wednesday, September 20. We'll ask for this information during class early next week.

Parent Chaperones

We are required to bring at least two parent chaperones with us to the competition. These parents must be VIPS approved and will spend the entire day with us. This is a long day and we will need to leave San Angelo around 5:30am and return around 10pm. It's a LONG day, but a fun day - spent with some of the best kids. If this sounds like something you would be willing to commit to, please email us by Wednesday, September 20. If you've already expressed an interest in going, please email me again just to be sure. ;)

Students with Special Situations or Requests

If your student has a special situation on the day of the audition, that is, a school-related conflict requiring an early or late audition time or if they need to ride home with anyone other than the group on the school bus, I need notification in writing no later than Wednesday, Septebmer 20. [See a theme developing here?] The best way to do this is to email us. The region will not honor requests made after that deadline.

Saturday
Aug192017

2017-2018 TMEA 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. 2017-2018 All-State Choir Audition Repertoire for Region 6
Tuesday
Aug012017

Back to School 2017

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 Tuesday 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 (technical rehearsals at the coliseum). A map will be attached to this letter.

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 over 1/6 of the way there…before school even starts! Don’t miss out on earning these EASY points!

It is an expectation that all members of Chorale, Bella Voce, and those on the Choir Council fully participate in these events. Everyone receiving this letter is highly encouraged to participate - that includes 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).

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 @choirhall to 81010 (or try texting @choirhall 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
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