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Notes for December 2021

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Director Notes for December 2021 Please read this whole email. 1. Congrats! 4 students were selected to compete in the final round of All-State auditions in January! We also had 2 alternates that may be called up to compete! Congrats Jamie Antonacci, James Hodges, Kara Moy, Sterling Smith, and alternates: Gracie Torgerson & Ryan Tracy 1 student was selected to the Southwest American Choral Director’s Association Honor Choir. Gracie Torgerson auditioned and was chosen for this wonderful choir made up of students from throughout a seven state Region. They will perform at the Convention in Little Rock, AR at the end of February 2022. Musical: many of our choir students auditioned for and received lead roles and chorus roles in the musical “Zombie Prom” that Anderson willing be putting on January 20-23! 2. Thank you! Parents: There were so many of you who have stepped up to help with Pre-Area auditions, concert tickets, backstage assistance, door monitoring, uniforms, food donations and now as we’re asking for drivers for caroling night. You help make all of these events run smoothly. I appreciate the extra time and effort and so do the students! Students: Thank you to those of you who helped with Pre-Area auditions. It really does take a large group of us to make this contest run efficiently. 3. Winter Choir Concert – REQUIRED of ALL students – Thursday, Dec 9 – 7pm – Westover Hills Church: Our Winter Concert will once again be with the Murchison choirs. We plan to take our choir formal pictures that evening just prior to the concert as well. We will be asking for parent volunteers to help hand out dinner to the choir at 5:25pm as well as handing out programs prior to the concert. Look for an email from Julie Choyce, our Booster President. Thank you! Please make sure that students have appropriate black dress shoes to wear with their uniform for this and all other concerts throughout the year. Boys: black dress shoes and black socks – NOT tennis shoes Girls: 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, Walmart, and Goodwill! I will bring ties for the boys. Bring uniform to school Thursday morning and hang in hallway near choir room. Make sure it’s labeled as all bags will look alike. Don’t forget shoes & socks! If a piece of your uniform was/is being altered, it should arrive early this week. We are on a TIGHT SCHEDULE Rehearsal at church: 3:20-5:20pm – students placed on field trip list for early release Dinner & get dressed at Westover: 5:30-6:15pm Choir class pictures at Anderson: 6:20-6:40pm 5th period – 6:20pm 1st period – 6:23pm 3rd period – 6:27pm Madrigals – 6:32pm 7th period – 6:35pm Finale standing positions at church – 6:45pm. Concert with Murchison Choirs: 7pm 4. Choir Caroling in the Neighborhood & Winter party – Friday, Dec. 10 This will be the ninth year to do this activity. While this activity is voluntary for our students, we encouraged everyone to participate. This is a fund raiser for our choir program. This year, we’d like to expand our giving portion of this event. I’m asking that every student bring in canned food during this week – all must be received by Friday, Dec. 10. Student can also bring canned goods to the Tyler home the night of caroling. We will donate these to area food banks. Please contribute what you can. This event can’t happen without both student singers and parent drivers. Please consider being a driver for a couple hours the evening of December 10. Thanks. Following caroling, our choir students and adult drivers are invited to our annual Winter Choir party for cocoa etc. We will meet at 6pm and carol between 6:30-9pm. Students wear choir shirts with Santa hats or other appropriate accessories. Jackets, gloves etc may be added if weather warrants. 5. Paying fair share fees is available ONLINE! Ideal due date was Oct. 5. Please pay this fall if possible. All must be received by the end of January. Please go to www.trojanchoir.com and click the MORE tab. Most credit cards and Paypal accepted): Fair Share Fees (student T-shirt & formal uniform alterations & dry cleaning is included in fee) Other options: Join the Boosters at a chosen level of support Pay for Solo & Ensemble fees if desired – this must be paid by Jan 8 Support another choir student with an optional donation

Thanks.

David Beussman

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