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Director Notes for April 2022

We’re in the home stretch so to speak. Six weeks, plus finals, of school left. There is still good music to be made! 1. Upcoming dates: April 21 – All-City Choral Festival – 10 of our choir members! April 23 – End of year activity at Main Event – 1-4pm April 28, 29, and 20 – Madrigals sing on Anderson Dance Show April 26--27 – A cappella ‘Madrigals’ tryouts – lunches May 12 – Spring Choir Concert/Senior Celebration - ALL students May 19 or 20 – Uniform turn in dates – ALL must be turned in. May 22 – Choir Banquet – Double Tree Hotel May 30 - TSSEC – State Solo & Ensemble Competition – U.T. Austin June 3 – Graduation – 10am – Toney Burger Center – Chorale sings 2. Choir Placements for 2022-2023 I LOVED hearing students sing for placements this year. There’s still plenty time for other students who aren’t currently in choir BUT SHOULD BE to contact me to join the Anderson Choir program. Placements for next year’s choirs will be announced after Finals. 3. Choir Optional Event at Main Event – Saturday, April 23 from 1-4pm Come play games, eat some food, or just hang out with choir friends. This is not required, but a time for our current choir students to have some fun outside of the choir room. I will be there, but this is not an organized event. Nothing is being pre-purchased for the choir. Purchase what you want to participate in with friends when you arrive. Come say hi when you enter. I’ll be at a table near the entrance. Then go play and have fun for a few hours doing whatever activities you choose. Activities available at Main Event: Mini Golf, Games, Billiards, Laser Tag, Bowling, Virtual Reality, Story Rooms, Karaoke, Gravity Ropes, and Multi-ball. 4 Choir Auditions for Madrigal Singers Any current 9th, 10th or 11th grade choir student may audition to be in this additional choir. Madrigals meet during Zero hour (before school) multiple days a week. Auditions will be done during lunches the final week of April. Students will sing a 30 second – 1 minute cut of a song of their choice to demonstrate facial expression and vocal flexibility. They will also sing one page of their part of a madrigal with other parts sung at the same time. Madrigal music will be made available one week in advance. It is in the choir room. Auditions will happen April 26-27 during lunch. 5. Choir Council (student officers) Current sophomore and junior choir students, if you are interested in a position of leadership within our choir program, please fill out this google form: https://forms.gle/5mrJm5dnNYqFEgQc9 6. Seniors – MUST DO ASAP! 1 Send me pictures for the senior slide show and program (DUE THIS FRIDAY!) Please send the highest quality you can. 1. Formal head shot for program (It doesn’t need to be formal, but close up). 2. Baby picture for slide show 3. Current senior picture (can be same as head shot) for slide show This can be a full body picture but should be of only the senior. 2 Seniors will be writing blurbs for program and slide show as well. I will send out more details directly to the seniors about this. 7. Lettering in choir Students – please fill out the following google form. After confirming your responses, I will announce recipients of Letter Jackets for this year at the Choir Banquet. https://forms.gle/moVTv8eAfwvvUtkc9 8 Payments Students entered in State Solo and Ensemble Contest (TSSEC) need to pay their $20 entry fee (payable to AHS Choir Boosters) by April 22. Fair Share Fee emails were sent out again last week. If you received one, please take care of this before the end of the month as it will help us determine what we can do for end of year activities. 9. FORMAL UNIFORM COLLECTION 4 options to turn in choir uniforms May 19 or 20 8:30-9:05am 8:30-9:05am 4:35-5:00pm 4:35-5:00pm Please help us to get ALL formal uniforms back in our inventory. Dress: You may machine wash your dress in cold water/gentle cycle. Hang dry! Dry cleaning is not necessary. Tuxedo: Your tux jacket and pants must be dry cleaned. Your tie and vest only need to be cleaned if they are dirty. Your shirt can be machine washed. **If unable to get your items dry cleaned, please mark clearly on the bag when you turn in all of your items that they are dirty. Thanks.** ALL: Please also notify us of any problems such as broken zippers, torn hems etc. Any items damaged beyond easy repair and lost items will need to be paid for by the family. 10. Spring Concert/Senior Celebration – May 12 This is our final formal concert of the year! The students have done great work this year through very challenging circumstances. We are excited to share more music with you all in May. 11. Choir Banquet – May 22 I want every choir student at this event as it’s a celebration of the school year! Please put the date on your calendar. I’ll be sending out more details very soon. 12. TSSEC – State Solo and Ensemble – May 30 I have requested May 30 in the morning for our students that are auditioning. We will receive confirmation and time slots by May 6.

David BeussmanAnderson H.S. Director of Choirs Fine Arts Department Chair and Instructional Coach david.beussman@austinisd.org 512-414-7926 www.trojanchoir.com

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