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Director Notes for April 2023

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 4 & 5 – Anderson choir is hosting the Middle School U.I.L. Assessment at the AISD PAC

April 11 & 12 – A cappella ‘Madrigals’ tryouts – during lunches

April 13 – All-City Choral Festival – 19 of our choir members!

April 20, 21, and 22 – Madrigals sing on the Anderson Dance Show

April 29 – Choir Pool Party – TBD – I will send out confirmation early next week

May 7 – Choir Banquet – Double Tree Hotel

May 11 – Spring Choir Concert/Senior Celebration - ALL students

May 18 or 19 – Uniform turn in dates – ALL must be turned in.

May 20 – Voice Recitals – students who have been taking lessons with Ms Jenny & Ms Chelsea

May 20 – Baccalaureate – Madrigals sing at this event for seniors

May 27 - TSSEC – State Solo & Ensemble Competition – U.T. Austin

June 1 – Graduation – 7pm – Toney Burger Stadium– ALL choir students sing with band

2. Choir Placements for 2023-2024

I LOVED hearing students sing for placements this year. Students are becoming more confident in their skills. 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. Middle School U.I.L. Assessment – Anderson choir is hosting – April 4 & 5

Tomorrow and Wednesday, middle school choirs will be competing in their U.I.L. assessment at the AISD PAC. Several students have volunteered to help run this contest (see names below). Student helpers are on a field trip list and can receive community service hours if needed. I could still use a few adults particularly with announcing choirs and working in the sight reading room as well as picking up food for the judges (see link below)

Students helping Tuesday, April 4: Emi Brenner, Cadence Carpenter, Sophia Dever Matthews, James Hodges, Christian Lopez, Sofia Thaw, Ryan Tracy, and Weldon Wright

Students helping Wednesday, April 5: Emi Brenner, Cadence Carpenter, James Hodges, Orion Padden, Sofia Thaw, Gracie Torgerson, and Ryan Tracy

4. Choir Auditions for Madrigal Singers – April 11 & 12

Any current 9 th , 10 th or 11 th grade choir student may audition to be in this additional choir. Madrigal Singers meet during Zero hour (before school) multiple days a week. Auditions will be done during lunches on April 11 and 12. 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 two pages of their part of a madrigal with other parts sung at the same time. Madrigal music was made available today and can be picked up in the choir room. Auditions will happen April 11-12 during lunch.

5. All-City Choral Festival – April 13

19 of our tenors and basses will be participating in this year’s All-City Choral Festival on April 13 at the AISD PAC. They will rehearse all day and perform a concert that evening. More details will go out at the end of this week. Students participating: Zakai Benningfield Mosca, Andres Brooks, Cade Cazin, Zachary Clow-Spann, Cade Cummins, Tucker Dennis, James Hodges, Logan Livingston, Christian Lopez, Ian Lum, Marco Luna, Marco Martz, Orion Padden, Joaquin Saenz, Gabriel Sauceda, Will Schulz, Trey Snavely, Will Thornhill, Ryan Tracy, and Weldon Wright

6. Choir Council (student officers)

Current freshmen, sophomore and junior choir students, if you are interested in a position of

leadership within our choir program, please fill out this google form:

7. Seniors – MUST DO ASAP!

1 Send me pictures for the senior slide show and program (DUE Friday, May 14)

Please send the highest quality jpegs you can.

1. Formal head shot for program (It doesn’t need to be formal, but close up).

2. Baby picture for slide show (It doesn’t need to be a baby, but very young).

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 (no groups).

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.

8. Lettering in choir

Students – will fill out a form at the end of this month regarding lettering in choir.

9. 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 Fees – individual emails will be sent out next week. If you receive 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. Approximately $650 has not come in from families for this as of this


10. Choir Banquet – May 7

I want every choir student at this event as it’s a celebration of the school year for all of choir!

Please put the date on your calendar. I’ll be sending out more details very soon.

11. Spring Concert/Senior Celebration – May 11

This is our final formal concert of the year! The students have done great work throughout the year. We are excited to share more music with you all in May and celebrate our seniors at the same time.


4 options to turn in choir uniforms

May 18 or 19

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.

13. TSSEC – State Solo and Ensemble – May 27

I have requested May 27 in the afternoon for our students that are auditioning. We will receive confirmation and time slots by May 5.

14. Graduation – June 1

We are excited to combine together with our Anderson band for graduation this year!

Therefore, ALL choir students will be singing at graduation. This will occur on the field of the Burger Center Stadium on June 1 at 7pm.

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