10/6 HS Chorus Update

10/6 HS Choir Update


Good Afternoon,


I hope that everyone is having a fantastic Friday! It has been a VERY busy time for the HS choral department at NWSA.


On September 29, 10 of our best and brightest young people auditioned for NC Honors Chorus and 3 were accepted! That is a HUGE honor and the largest number of student selected from any HS in CMS. Congratulations, Ellie Dare, Hallie McCagg and Omar Valentin.


On September 30, Mixed Chamber Chior sang with the Charlotte Symphony at their Lolipops concert that featured the music from Harry Potter. They did such a great job, we have been invited to another event later in the year!


Today, THE DEKE SHARON (of NBC’s The Sing Off and Pitch Perfect) joined us for a clinic. The students sang beautifully and even learned some vocal percussion techniques! The final performance is on our FB page! Such a cool experience!


Fall Chorus Concert:  Our first concert of the year is on October 17 at 7pm. Students will be required to be dressed and ready in E-201 at 6pm. EVERY MINUTE THEY ARE LATE IS A POINT OFF.  To be on time is to be early.


If your student needs to stay at NWSA between school and the concert, I will need a hand written note no later than October 13 at 3pm.

Rules for staying between school and a concert:


  • Students will be in E-201 no later than 4:30 and will not leave the room until we perform. They will not be permitted to go downstairs to get food, performance clothes or ANYTHING ELSE.
  • I will NOT provide food or allow food to be ordered in.
  • Students will be expected to help with concert related things including but not limited to, programs, classroom set up, music collection, etc.


Event Pick up: This is a friendly reminder that students picked up more than 15 minutes late from events are out of compliance with their magnet agreement. I will be emailing these parents with a reminder that if it happens more than once, their student will no longer be able to participate in events happening outside of the school day. This includes rehearsals, concerts, and honors events. If a grade is connected to the event, the student will be able to write a paper to make up for the missed event.


CMS Honors: All CMS Honors students have received their music and permission slips. Please begin rehearsing and turn in permission slips ASAP!


Uniforms: All uniforms have been ordered. Your student will not receive their uniform until payment or installments have been received.


Statements:  Statements will be sent home TODAY. Please bare with us as we are still inputting Bank of America Payments and dress and Tuxedo Payments. If you have questions regarding something OTHER than this, please feel free to email me. I will not be answering email until Monday, October 9, at 3pm as, Mars Hill Auditions are being hosted at NWSA that morning.


Bank of America:  If you have not signed up for your shift, they are moving fast. Please remember that if a shift is not worked by your family, you must either pay the chorus fee ($55) or fundraise at least that amount with one of our fundraisers during the year. NONE of that money will go towards the spring trip until the minimum of $110 is earned by your student. Students MUST work with an adult 18 years or older that is NOT a CMS Student. The sign up link is HERE


Upcoming Events:

10/9: Mars HIll Choral Clinic Auditions

10/10: Choral Arts Boosters Meeting

10/10: Carl Dupont, vocal coach, in Recital Seminar

10/17: Fall Chorus Concert 7pm

10/20-21: CMS High School Honors Chorus

10/24: Recital Seminar Voice Recital, 1:30pm

10/27: Wingate University Singers perform at NWSA

10/31: Charlotte Eye Ear Nose and Throat presentation

11/2: Cory Lovelace, vocal coach, Recital Seminar

11/7: Choral Arts Booster Meeting

11/11-12: NC Honors Chorus, Winston Salem, NC

11/13: NWSA small group performs with Chamber Orchestra at NCMEA

11/13: NWSA Choral Department presents session at NCMEA

Have a great weekend!


Stephanie Madsen

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