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Director Notes for November 2021

We have a very busy couple of weeks ahead! 1. Congrats! 13 Anderson Choir students that competed in the first round of All-State Auditions will sing in the TMEA Region choir this weekend rehearsing November 5 and 6 with a 5pm concert on the 6th at the AISD PAC. The Anderson Region Choir students are: Jamie Antonacci, Cadence Carpenter, Meaghan Geld, Ava Gilliam, James Hodges, Kat Larkin, Kara Moy, Isabella Rodriguez, Sterling Smith, Sofia Thaw, Gracie Torgerson, Ryan Tracy and Sheppard Tyler. Nine of these students will compete in the next round of All-State auditions on November 16. Gracie Torgerson auditioned for and was selected to sing in an Honor Choir for Southwest ACDA! Gracie competed against students from a 7 state area for her spot. She will sing at the SWACDA convention in Little Rock, AR in March. 2. Thanks! To all the adults who have already stepped up to help the Anderson Choir program! Activities volunteers helped at: Choir Retreat Uniform Fitting Halloween Movie Night More uniform fitting Upcoming activities we need help at: Follies Rehearsal and Concerts TMEA Pre-Area Auditions being held at Anderson Caroling in the Neighborhoods 3. We NEED volunteers! There are a couple events coming up quickly that we need parental help for: Follies: I need a couple parents who would be willing to be back stage during the performances. Since I want you to be able to see the show as well, I’d like two sets of 2-3 adults (one for Friday night’s show and one for Saturday night’s show). It’s a pretty easy gig of just having a set of eyes back stage and in our ensemble room as I’ll be in the theater conducting. Please consider volunteering for this important event to help things run smoothly. TMEA Pre-Area Auditions – held here at Anderson We run this contest for the Region. There are two very important things that we need help with:

  • Soup donations to serve the judges. This has been a tradition and has always been very appreciated by our judges.

  • We NEED 8 adults willing to sit in a classroom from approximately 7-9:30pm to monitor a maximum of 18 students. These students are in the middle of competition so are well behaved as they can be disqualified from competition. One at a time, they leave the room to compete so the number decreases. Once the last student leaves the room being monitored, the adult monitor is free to go. We MUST have adults in these rooms! Please help.

Here is where you can sign up to help: https://signup.com/client/invitation2/secure/816993785850446080/false?popup=true#/invitation 4 Choir events happening or coming up quickly: Nov. 2 – Tenor/Bass Formal Uniform Fittings – choir room area – 6-8pm Nov. 5 – Region Clinic from 10am-1:30pm Nov. 6 – Region Clinic from 8am-4pm with Concert at 5pm – AISD PAC Nov. 10 – FOLLIES Dress Rehearsal – 4:45-10pm Nov. 11 – WE ARE NOT doing a Thursday night performance of Follies. Nov. 12 – FOLLIES Performance – 7pm – Tickets on sale at door Nov. 13 – FOLLIES Performance – 7pm – Tickets on sale at door Nov. 15 – AISD Choral Fest – District postponed this to April 21, 2022 Nov. 16 – Pre-Area Auditions at Anderson – students who made this round of auditions We NEED volunteers to assist with this event (see above). Dec. 9 – Rehearsal and Winter Concert Performance – Westover Church Details coming soon Concert with Murchison Choirs: 7pm Dec. 10 - Choir Caroling in the Neighborhood and Winter Choir Party – All students who volunteer. 6-9 caroling, then treats/socializing until 10:30pm LET’S BREAK LAST YEAR’S TOTALS! 5. Fair Share Fees – we still have many students (over 30) who have not paid their fair share fees in whole or made an installment. $75 total ($40 is required uniform rental fee, $35 is suggested supply fee). Please do so. This can be done online at our website: www.trojanchoir.com Most credit cards and Paypal accepted. All fees should be paid by Dec 1. Thanks. I will send individual emails soon. Fair share fees cover costs that are beyond the small amount of money we receive from the District. This includes the student’s choir T-shirt, formal uniform alterations as well as repair and replacement, accompanist fees, buses, clinicians, plus so much more. I want to continue providing as much as I can for your students. Your fees and donations help make this possible. 6. Region Clinic & Concert – Nov 5 & 6 We have 13 students who were chosen to sing in the Region Choir this year! I’m excited for them to have this experience and to get to perform this wonderful music as an ensemble! 7. FOLLIES Rehearsals and Concert – “Song of the Cinema” Wednesday, Nov 10 – REQUIRED Dress Rehearsal – everything except the T-shirt We will have our band, mics, lights and run everything. I will release choirs as they complete what is needed from them. It is a long night, but VERY important! We will feed the students pizza. Friday, Nov 12 – REQUIRED Performance at 7pm (6pm call for singers) Saturday, Nov 13 – REQUIRED Performance at 7pm (6pm call for singers) Adult tickets: $6 at the door Student tickets: $3 at the door This is the only concert of the year that we charge admission to. Cash or checks to AHS Choir Boosters will be accepted. 8. Pre-Area Auditions – at ANDERSON – Tuesday, November 16 A volunteer spot has been sent out about this. (see above as well) We need both parent and student to volunteer to help us with this event. 1 This includes parents to monitor 8 rooms while the students wait to go through two rounds of auditions. This is a very easy job as the students are quite focused on wanting to do well. PLEASE HELP! 2 We also need families to sign up to bring a soup for our judge’s meal. This may be dropped off in a crock pot that day at any point prior to 4:45pm. 3 Finally, we need students to volunteer as runners and door monitors for this event. A signup sheet for students is in the choir room. Thank you in advance! 9. Winter Concert – Dec 9 – 7pm – Westover Church – with Murchison choirs – Required rehearsal and concert – Students wear formal uniforms for this concert. Please make sure that students have appropriate black dress shoes to wear with their uniform for this and all other concerts throughout the year. Tuxes: black dress shoes and black socks – NOT tennis shoes Dresses: black closed toe flats or maximum 2 inch heal pump. Please don’t spend a lot of money on shoes if your student is not going to wear them often. Good reasonable cost choices: DSW, Target and Walmart!

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