Choir Announcements & Program Updates
Greetings Choir Parents & Students,
I hope this email finds you well and taking full advantage of the holiday break and wonderful weather. What an incredible week have had. We started the week with a wonderful showcase of student artistry and growth at the Fall Concert and enjoyed some of the most fantastic desserts. Your donations and support of this event helped us raise over $1200 towards student scholarships and other program goals. The Spartan Chorale's gave an incredible performance at UTA on Tuesday evening, sharing their passion for choral excellence with an audience of their peers and parents in a wonderful space. It was wonderful to see the faces of so many alumni both in the stands and in the choir at Friday night's Homecoming Game. We enjoyed getting to make music with members of our choir family from across the years.
On Saturday, 25 of our students competed in the 2nd Round of All-State Choir Auditions, during which over 400+ for positions in the All-District and All-Region Choirs. Of our 25 students that auditioned, 9 students were selected for membership in the All-Region Choir (advancing to Round III) and 13 students earned places in the All-District Choir. We could not be more proud of you for all of your hard work and musicianship. A special thank you must go out to the parent volunteers that served as door/room monitors and our parents that chaperoned our students throughout the day. We your service and care for our students during this challenging process. Way to go, Spartans!
All-Region Choir Members/Pre-Area Candidates:
J. McGee* (Sop 1 - 4th Chair)
E. Tucker* (Alto 1 - 3rd Chair)
J. McGee (Alto 1 - 6th Chair)
E. Bennett (Alto I - Alt)
C. Jones* (Tenor 2 - 2nd Chair)
D. Dunn* (Tenor 2 - 3rd Chair)
J. Chitwood* (Tenor 2 - 4th Chair)
T. McHazlett* (Bass 1 - 4th Chair)
, D. Scott* (Bass 2 - 1st Chair)
* indicates finishing in the top five of their division.
All-District Choir Members:
B. Cumiskey, V. Andrade, H. McComas, L. Theurer, T. Gomez, L. Hoagland, D. Mendez, A. Pennington, K. Daughabaugh, C. Porter, B. Vallejo, K. Craddock, D. DuClos
Fall Concert DVD Sales will continue through this Friday at 4:15PM. Please return any order forms with payment to the choir room by this time to receive your copy of this wonderful performance. DVDs are $15 each and may be purchase with cash or check (made payable to CCBC). The order form has been attached.
Chocolate Sales Continue This Week
Our first fundraiser of the school year continues this as an additional 72 boxes of chocolate for distribution. Students check out a box of chocolate upon their 8th period release or immediately after school. Final distribution of boxes will conclude on Monday, October 19th, with sales concluding on October 21st. Students who have not yet opted in to this year's fundraiser are strongly encouraged to do so to off-set the cost of fees, trips, and/or our end of year banquet.
Musical Audition Videos are Due This Week
We are very much looking forward to this year's Fine Arts Department Musical, Little Shop of Horrors. This dark yet comedic adventure is full of great music and witty dialogue. There is a part for actors/singers of almost every experience level. Students auditioning for this year's production of Little Shop of Horrors must submit all paper forms and application videos to either Ms. Mudd or Mr. Cooley by the end of the day on October 15th. Once videos are received and reviewed by the audition panel, a list will be released for Call Backs. These students will attend a second audition on Saturday on October 24th. Final audition results will be posted on Sunday, October 25th.
New Orleans - Trip Payment InformationThe second installment this year's trip payment is due on Thursday, October 15th. For your convenience in making these payments, the Paypal option in Charms has been activated to accept electronic payments. Simply log into your students account and visit the finances tab to begin this process. Those wishing to use fundraiser credits to secure their next trip payment should contact Anne Hoagland at firstname.lastname@example.org. Any questions about your student financial account may be forwarded to the same address.
BHS V CHS Homecoming FB Game Performance
This Friday, all male choir members in the CHS Choral Department will be participating in the singing of the National Anthem at the BHSvCHS Football Game. They will be joining approximately 120 young men from BHS, Kerr and Hughes to perform just before the opening kick-off. To help us prepare for this event the men will meet at BHS at 5:30pm for rehearsal. Dinner (provided by the choir booster clubs from each school) will be served at 6:20PM. Our performance will occur after both teams have entered the field (approximately 7:25PM).
Students that wish to stay for the duration of the game will be dismissed to the student section reserved for each high school. Those needing to depart after the performance will be escorted to track entrance of the football stadium for pick up. Due to the nature of the game and the likelihood of a large turnout for the cross-town game, adults not officially serving as chaperons will need to purchase tickets for admission to the stadium. The volunteer sign-up has been posted in Charms.Students will wear jeans and their choir shirts for this performance. More information will be sent home tomorrow.
The CHS Women will combine forces with the Kerr MS women for the National Anthem at the October 23rd Football Game.
Show Choir - Please note the change to our rehearsal schedule. We will meet on Thursday Afternoon from 4:30-6:00PM. Please communicate any conflicts during class or via email by tomorrow afternoon.
This WeekTuesday: Letter Jacket Distribution; Chamber Singers Rehearsal (5:00-7:30pm)
Wednesday: PSAT Administration/College Fair (AM); Adjusted Schedule (PM); Round III All-State Sectionals (4:30-5:30PM)
Thursday: Trip Payment #2 Due ($100); Show Choir Rehearsal (4:30-6:00PM)
Friday: Round III All-State Sectionals (7:45-8:30AM); Men's National Anthem Performance (BHS Call Time - 5:45PM, Dinner Time - 6:20PM, Performance Time - 7:25PM).
Thank you for all of the support and encouragement you have provided to your students and this program in these recent weeks. The support of parents and family members is incredibly important to our success and engendering confidence within our young people. Please let me know if I can be of assistance in any way.
Eric Cooley, director
Centennial HS Choral Department
Region VII Vocal Division Chair Elect
Good Afternoon Choir Parents and Students,
I hope you this email finds you all well and enjoying the wonderful weather this weekend has brought us. I am very much looking forward to welcoming each of you to our campus this week for a variety of school wide events and performances. The students have been working hard and a excited to share with you the fruits of the labor. The growth exhibited by these young people is outstanding and has helped us establish a fantastic base upon which to build for the coming school year.
Fall Concert & Dessert Social Information:
Student Meals will be delivered and served between 4:20-5:15PM. Show Choir will in the auditorium from 5:00-5:30PM (In Uniform), Combined Men’s & Women’s will rehearse from 5:45-6:10PM. All Men will meet in the Choir Room (In uniform), Bel Canto and Chorale Women will meet in the Auditorium (In Uniform). Combined Varsity Choirs (Chorale & Kerr MS) - Give Us Hope on Stage from 6:15-6:30PM. Students - Please don’t forget to pack you uniform, shoes, and other accessories and bring them with you tomorrow.
All students should be in uniform, hair/make-up complete, checked-in, and seated no later than 6:30PM. Auditorium doors will open at 6:35PM (no ticket is required) with the concert beginning at 7:00PM, All students expected to remain in uniform and observe the remainder of their concerts following their performance. The Dessert Social will be held in the cafeteria immediately following the concert (Ticket Required - $5).
Our fall concert will also be professionally recorded tomorrow night. DVDs of the performance will be available for purchase in the lobby for only $15. A Copy of the order form has been attached to this email.
Donated Desserts may be dropped off before school in the choir room (7:45-8:30) or in the cafeteria after school (4:30-6:00PM). Booster club officers will be on hand to collect these items and begin set up and plating immediately after school. Thank you in advance for your baked good donations. Families having “contributed 5” will receive their free ticket at the door. Any students that still possess dessert social tickets from our previous sale should return them to Mr. Cooley ASAP.
Silent Auction Items and Tickets will be on display in the Auditorium Lobby for your viewing/bidding pleasure.
On Tuesday, October 6th, Chorale will be traveling to UTA for a join concert performance with the UTA A Cappella, Coppell HS, and Haltom HS Choirs. Students will attend 1st through 6th period. Reporting to the Choir Room during 7th Period for uniform check and departure. Students will need to bring their complete formal uniform to School on Tuesday. Travel attire will be blue jeans, their Varsity Oxford, and closed toe shoes. Additionally, students will need to bring $5.00 to cover the cost of dinner. The students will be performing in the Irons Recital Hall at UTA. Doors open at 7:15. Concert begins at 7:30PM. Approximate time of departure from UTA will be 9PM. Students wishing to ride home with their parents should provide Mr. Cooley with a parent note prior to leaving campus on Tuesday.
Guest parking is available in Lot #33 indicated on the map (see previous email). Please allow for ample time to find parking and walking time to the venue. Performance venue and student drop off locations are also indicated on this map. Tickets required for seating. Those without tickets may attend, however, seating is not guaranteed.
All-State Round II: Cut/Audition Party
The second round of the Texas All-State Choir audition process is this coming Saturday at Southwest High School in Fort Worth, TX. This round will include both singing and sight-reading as part of the audition for placement in the Region and District Choirs. Students should be making every effort to attend sectionals and coming in during tutorials for assistance in preparing for this event during the week. Audition Cuts for this round will be released on Wednesday afternoon at 5PM. Students will need to check their emails for these cuts and begin rehearsing to polish and perfect these portions of the repertoire for the audition. To ensure that all students are equipped with the knowledge and skills necessary for meaningful participation in this round, we will be hosting a “cut/audiiton prep party” in the choir room on Thursday Afternoon from 4:30-6:30PM. Students will sing and receive feedback from instructors on the given material, participate in sight-reading drills, and celebrate their participation in this process through a variety of other activities. All students audition at Round II are required to sing off on the assigned repertoire before attending Saturday’s audition.
Parent Volunteers: In addition to needing a small group of parent chaperons to assist with monitoring students during the day, Southwest HS has requested some additional assistance with running audio equipment and managing student audition rooms. As we have been assisted in the past, it is my hope that our parents might help share helping provide a calm and efficient audition environment for all of our students. Please consider helping serve in this way. No special skills needed. Just a warm smile and a willingness to serve.
Register your support through the volunteer link: https://www.charmsoffice.com/charms/volunteerR.asp?s=CentHSC&v=2685332
As we enter our 6th year, Centennial Homecoming traditions are growing and seeking to engage more and more of our student body in the festivities of the week. more engaging. In addition to the pep rally and the homecoming dance, students are invited to take part in spirit days; dressing up in costumes or fun outfits to share in the festivities of the week. This year’s spirit days are as follows:
Movie Monday - Dress like your favorite movie character!
Tie Dye Tuesday - Wear your grooviest gear!
Western Wednesday - Strut you stuff in some Justin’s and Wranglers
Throwback Thursday - Born in the wrong decade? Pick your favorite and rock your best style!
Blue out Friday - Deck out in your best Royal Blue attire and help wash the campus in school pride
Homecoming FB Game Performance (Chorale Members and Alumni)
This Friday, Chorale will be performing the National Anthem at the Homecoming Football Game. All CHS Choir Alumni are encouraged to join us on the 50 Yard Line for this performance as we honor our nation and help kick-off the Homecoming Game against Crowley HS. Chorale members and Alumni will meet at BISD Stadium at 6:45PM by the Track Entrance in Blue Jeans, Closed-Toes Shoes, and their Varsity Oxfords. While we hope that all students are able to stay and enjoy the remainder of the festivities, their official time commitment concludes after the performance (approximately 7:35PM). This is a required performance for all CHS Spartan Chorale Members. Please make sure that all necessary transportation has been arranged for prompt arrival for your call time.
Thank you for your continued support and investment in quality music education opportunities for the students of Centennial HS and Burleson ISD. Please let me know if you have any questions or if I may be of assistance to you or your student in any way. I look forward to seeing each of you tomorrow night.
Monday - Movie Monday
Fall Concert (All Choir Members) CHS Auditorium - Concert Begins 7PM
See schedule above for more information.
Dessert Social will take place in the cafeteria, immediately following the concert.
Tuesday - Tie Dye Tuesday
All-State Sectionals - Mixed 7:45AM -8:30AM
UTA Tour and Performance (Chorale Only)
Depart CHS - 2:45PM
Performance at UTA - Concert Begins at 7:30PM
Depart UTA - Approximately 9PM
Wednesday - Western Wednesday
All-State Sectionals - Mixed 7:45AM -8:30AM
All-State Sectionals - Mixed 4:30PM -5:30PM
Thursday - Throwback Thursday
All-State Round II Audition & Cut Party Required of All-State Candidates
Friday - Blue Out
Early Release Day
Students Dismissed at 12:45PM
Homecoming FB Game Performance (Chorale and Alumni)
Meet at 6:45PM; Perform at 7:28, Dismissed by 7:35PM
All State Round II
Southwest High School
All-Day (Activity Schedule Will Be Released by Wednesday)