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Director Notes... april 2019

1.  NEW Spring Concert date!

            We had to move our spring concert because of a district conflict.  AISD Salute was recently put on May 16.  Therefore, we have moved our spring concert to MONDAY, MAY 13.  It will be here in the Anderson PAC.



2. Congratulations to our choirs!

            Chamber choir competed in the Madrigal & Chamber Festival – received Superior ratings and was selected as a ‘Performance of Distinction’

            Four choirs competed in U.I.L. large group competition:

                        Tenor/Bass Choir – Received Excellent Ratings

                        Treble Choir – Received Superior Ratings, earned Sweepstakes Trophy

                        Varsity Treble Choir – Received Superior Ratings, earned Sweepstakes Trophy

                        Varsity Mixed Choir – Received Superior Ratings, earned Sweepstakes Trophy


3. SLO tests coming up

            2nd period – takes their test on Friday, April 5 during class

            5th period – takes their test on Friday, April 12 during class



4. Choir Placements for 2019-2020

            We will be doing our placements for next year’s choirs in 2 weeks.  This will happen during classes and is not done in front of other students.  This evaluation consists of the students singing their part within a song, a pitch matching component and a sight reading component.  This is then combined with an evaluation of the student’s class participation and growth throughout the year as well as their grades to determine the best place for each student to be placed.



5. Choir Auditions for Chamber Choir & Madrigal Singers

            Any current 9th, 10th or 11th grade choir student may audition to be in these choirs.  Auditions will consist of 2 parts.  First, tudents will sing their voice part while other students sing their voice part on an a cappella madrigal song.  Second, they will sing a 30 second cut of a song of their choice to demonstrate facial expression and vocal flexibility.  These auditions will happen during a number of FIT sessions.




6. Upcoming dates:

            TBD – April movie night – social event open to ALL choir students

May 13 – Spring Choir Concert/Senior Celebration – Anderson PAC – ALL students

            May 16 – AISD Salute – Recognition by school board of All-State & National ACDA students

May 17 – Choir Banquet – Red Oak Ballroom – ALL choir students & parents invited

            May 18 – Voice Recitals – Choir room

                                    11am – Ms Kaylie’s and Mr Lyday’s studios

                                    2pm – Ms Jenny’s studio

            May 19 – Baccalaureate Service – 3pm – Westover Church – seniors & Chorale

            May 27 – Madrigal Singers & Chamber Concert – 7pm – St Matthews Church

            May 31 – Graduation – 4pm – Frank Erwin Center – Chorale

            June 1 – TSSEC – State Solo & Ensemble Competition – individual time slots



7.  Payments

            Students entered in State Solo and Ensemble Contest (TSSEC) need to pay their $20 entry fee (payable to AHS Choir Boosters).

            We have others who have still not paid their fair share fees for the year.  Individual separate emails went out multiple times to families regarding this.

            Please pay any amount due ASAP!



8.  Choir Council (student officers)

            Students:  Be thinking if this is a position of leadership that you are interested in.   Applications will be available soon.



9.  Seniors – MUST DO ASAP!

            1.  Send me pictures for the senior slide show and program.  We can scan if necessary.  However, we need good quality pics.

                        1. Formal head shot for program

                        2. Baby picture (I can scan if necessary) for slide show

                        3. Current senior picture (can be same as head shot) for slide show


            2.  Seniors will be writing blurbs for program and slide show during class.




Looking ahead


10. Spring Concert/Senior Celebration – Anderson PAC – May 13– 7pm

            Our final concert of the year is May 13.  All choir students are required to attend as it is a major grade.  The concert begins at 7pm and ends with a short program celebrating our graduating seniors.  Students will wear their formal uniforms for this concert.  There will be a small reception following the concert.



11. Choir Banquet – May 17

            Information will go out in a separate email about this event.  Please read those details and buy tickets by Thursday, April 18.



12. Baccalaureate – May 19 at 3pm

            This performance is for Chorale (7th period) and seniors.



13. Madrigal/Chamber Spring Concert – St Matthew’s – May 27 - 7pm

            This choir’s final concert is May 27.  I hope everyone will come support these choirs that have rehearsed every morning during zero hour.  It will be a wonderful concert of madrigal style, chamber style and pop/jazz/multicultural. 



14. Graduation – May 31 – 4pm

            Chorale sings at this event.



15. TSSEC – State Solo and Ensemble – Saturday, June 1

            Times will be given by UIL in early May.


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