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10/31 HS Choir updates

Good Morning,

 

I apologize for the lack of recent emails. The craziness of the hurricanes, concerts and auditions has gotten the best of me! I would however, like to thank each of the students and parents for a fantastic fall concert! It was a magical evening.

 

On Tuesday, October 30, we hosted Mars HIll Choral Clinic Auditions at NWSA. 10 of our Juniors and Seniors will find out if they were accepted just before Thanksgiving.

 

In Recital seminar, we had our first coaching session with Ms. Corey Lovelace from Winthrop University. She was fantastic and we can’t wait for her to come back.

 

Concert Video Link:

Here is the link to the folder for all concerts for the 2018-2019 school year! Feel free to download and share as you like.

https://drive.google.com/open?id=1TFHAZ0WSOlPg5D6Rgqs1REmtuRmzoyHk

 

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

 

Chocolate Sales:  Worlds Finest chocolate sales have now completed. If you still have outstanding money, it will be charged to your charms account.

 

Seattle/Vancouver: The rescheduled meeting is on Monday, November 5 at 4:30 in room E-101 (Orchestra room) This meeting will be to discuss the itinerary and passports. There is a $600 payment due on November 2.

 

Quarter 2 Assignments:

11/2 WE Sight Reading Test

11/5 ME Sight REading Test

11/5 WC Sight Reading Test

11/8  WE Barrier

11/9 ME Barrier

11/9 WC Barrier

11/14 WE Color 1

11/15 ME Color 1

11/15 MC Dress Rehearsal

11/16 WC P-Task 1

11/16 MC Stand Strong Concert

11/20 MC P-Task 1

 

Please make sure students are turning in their weekly Breezin Thru assignments.

 

Stand Strong Concert:  

Mixed Chamber Choir will perform with Carolina Voice’s Festival Singers on November 16 at 7pm in the NWSA Auditorium. Tickets are $20. To purchase, please go to Carolinatix.org or call 704-372-1000.

Students in Mixed Chamber Choir will receive one complimentary ticket each. Unfortunately, your booster membership does not include this concert for reserved seating.

 

Have a great rest of the week!

 

Stephanie Madsen

October 8 HS update

October 8, 2018

Good Morning Chorus Families,

 

I apologize for not getting an email out last week. On Friday, we had Deke Sharon, who you may know from Pitch Perfect and the Sing Off, at NWSA to do a clinic with Mixed Chamber. Women’s Chamber also had an opportunity to work with him. I am so excited to share what we learned with you at the Fall Concert on October 18th.  You will want to read the following announcements very carefully to make sure you are 100% aware of concert expectations.

 

Fall Chorus Concert:  Our first concert of the year is on October 18 at 7pm. Students will be required to be dressed and ready in E-201 at 6pm. Students receive TWO FORMAL GRADES for concerts. One for the rehearsal and one for the concert.   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 12 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.

Concert Attire: Concert attire will arrive very soon. If you have already paid, thank you. If you have not, remember that students will not receive attire until they have paid or set up a payment plan with Ms. Madsen.

 

Statements:  It is our intention to send home statements at the beginning of the month so families know what their accounts look like. We have been UNABLE to find a treasurer to fill our vacant position which has made this very challenging. Statements will be come out ASAP. If you have questions, please reach out but make sure you read the date that the statement is current.  If you are interested in the treasurer position, please let me know. We would love to have you on the executive board.

 

Seattle/Vancouver: We can no longer accept new participants on this trip. A trip meeting date will be sent ASAP. Please remember that there is another payment due of $600 on November 2.

 

Bank of America:  Thank you to all who have already volunteered! The links on the calendar is Charms should now work. I apologize that you had trouble! Please feel free to reach out to Marie White if you have trouble scheduling a shift!

 

World’s Finest Chocolate: Chocolate sales kicked off last week. We will continue to sell until October 22. Remember, we are only accepting bills, no change, as we are short on volunteers to count money.

 

Upcoming Events:

10/12: Mars HIll Choral Clinic Auditions

10/18: Fall Chorus Concert 7pm

10/22: Chocolate Sales End

10/23: Recital Seminar Voice Recital, 1:30pm

11/7: Choral Arts Booster Meeting

11/10-11: NC Honors Chorus, Winston Salem, NC

 

Have a Great Week!

 

Best,

 

Stephanie Madsen

9/18/18 HS Chorus Updates

Good Afternoon HS Chorus Families,

 

I hope that everyone stayed safe and dry during the recent storms. Luckily, we had very little damage at my house. We are only a MONTH away from our first concert. Please be sure to sign up to volunteer! All of the information below is VERY important, please make sure that you read it all!

 

Due Dates:

All due dates will remain the same except colorings for Men’s Ensemble and Women’s Ensemble. We will move those back one class period to enable the teaching of the material.

 

9/21- Women’s Chamber Performance Task 1

9/26- Women’s Ensemble Coloring 1 Due

9/26- Mixed Chamber Performance Task 1

9/27- Men’s Ensemble Coloring 1

 

Late work will be penalized! Turn it in on time!

 

Bank of America:

Sign up soon to get your spot for the BOA events. Make sure if it is your first time working that you read the ENTIRE page and do the compliance documents before you arrive! All of this can be found on the Charms Calendar. Simply click on the date and the sign up genius will come up.

 

We will have a training session prior to curriculum night on 9/25 in E-201. Please plan to be there if you haven’t been trained yet.

 

Fall Concert: Mark your calendar for our first concert of the year on October 18, 2018 at 7pm in the Auditorium! You can sign up to volunteer on charms.

 

Honors Ensembles:  

Students auditioning for NC Honors Chorus need to bring $20.00 to pay for their registration. I have permission slips ready to send home. Please have your student stop by and grab one if they are auditioning. Also, I have put the fee on charms as a convenience if you would like to pay by credit card. Please make sure that you are rehearsing if  you are auditioning. I need drivers for this event. I can only take 6 in my car and there are 12 auditioning.

 

Mars Hill auditions are on October 12, 2018 at NWSA if your student is in 11th or 12th grade and they are interested, let them know to sign up on the interest sheet, on the bulletin board outside of Ms. Madsen’s room.

 

9-10 All Carolinas Choir information can be found Here. This audition is self motivated. Students must submit their auditions on their own, and provide their own transportation Friday evening from rehearsal and all day Saturday if selected. I will provide transportation on Friday to the festival from school.

 

Find Us Online: www.nwsachoralarts.com The handbook and the calendar are located there! This is the calendar where you can sign up for Bank of America.

 

Classroom supplies:  If you haven’t yet, please considering donating one or more of the following items to the chorus classroom: tissues, band-aids, paper towels, disinfecting wipes, expo markers, and hand sanitizer.  We have received very FEW donations and have limited supplies for the school year.

 

Uniforms: The information for uniforms were sent home with students this week. Next week, students will be measured for their dresses and tuxedos. All Forms and payments are due no later than September 29/30. If I do not receive information, a uniform will not be procured and therefore your student will be unable to perform at the concert. If there is a financial issue, feel free to reach out. We can work out a payment plan if necessary. Payments can be made on Charms by check or by cash. Checks are made out to NWSA Choral Arts Boosters or NWSACAB.

 

HS Choral Fees:  Please make sure to send in your $15 HS choral fee to pay for our Music Theory software used in the choral classroom. Payments can be made on charms by check or cash.

 

Seattle/Vancouver:  Information has been sent home with interested students for our spring trip. Remember the trip is first come, first serve. Students must have turned in money ($300) and signed forms by September 21st to be included on future correspondence for this exciting opportunity. For those who have already brought in forms, please make sure that you are working on getting passports NOW.  Please feel free to reach out if you have questions or would like to me to send home forms.

 

Charms Balances:  If you have a balance left over from last year, please know that I am working diligently to have them reflected in this year’s charms accounts. Please give me until next week to complete all transfers from 2017-2018 to 2018-2019.

 

UNCC Forms:  Students in Women’s Ensemble, Please make sure that you return your UNCC forms for Ms. Sherrill ASAP. She will begin teaching next class period.

 

This email is in place of our weekly Friday email. I will send another one out 9/27 but felt this was a time sensitive issue.

 

Ms. Madsen

 

9/7/18 HS Choral Updates

Good Afternoon HS Chorus Families,

 

It was a great week this week! We started to really dive into content and make music! Here are some updates!

 

Due Dates:

9/13-14 Breezin Thru #2 is due. Please make sure you know what time these are due. All assignments can be located on google classroom. Parents, if you would like to be added to your students classroom, let me know.

 

Students in Men’s and Women’s Ensemble will begin colorings this week. They are due on 9/24 & 9/25. They are a Formal Assessment.

 

Bank of America:

Sign up soon to get your spot for the BOA events. Make sure if it is your first time working that you read the ENTIRE page and do the compliance documents before you arrive! All of this can be found on the Charms Calendar. Simply click on the date and the sign up genius will come up.

 

Fall Concert: Mark your calendar for our first concert of the year on October 18, 2018 at 7pm in the Auditorium! You can sign up to volunteer on charms.

 

Honors Ensembles:  

Students auditioning for NC Honors Chorus need to bring $25.00 to pay for their registration. I will send home permission slips next week. Please make sure that you are rehearsing if  you are auditioning.

 

Mars Hill auditions are on October 12, 2018 at NWSA if your student is in 11th or 12th grade and they are interested, let them know to sign up on the interest sheet, on the bulletin board outside of Ms. Madsen’s room.

 

9-10 All Carolinas Choir information can be found Here. This audition is self motivated. Students must submit their auditions on their own, and provide their own transportation Friday evening from rehearsal and all day Saturday if selected. I will provide transportation on Friday to the festival from school.

 

Find Us Online: www.nwsachoralarts.com The handbook and the calendar is located there!

 

Classroom supplies:  If you haven’t yet, please considering donating one or more of the following items to the chorus classroom: tissues, band-aids, paper towels, disinfecting wipes, expo markers, and hand sanitizer.  We have received very FEW donations and have limited supplies for the school year.

 

Uniforms: The information for uniforms were sent home with students this week. Next week, students will be measured for their dresses and tuxedos. All Forms and payments are due no later than September 29/30. If I do not receive information, a uniform will not be procured and therefore your student will be unable to perform at the concert. If there is a financial issue, feel free to reach out. We can work out a payment plan if necessary. Payments can be made on Charms by check or by cash. Checks are made out to NWSA Choral Arts Boosters or NWSACAB.

 

HS Choral Fees:  Please make sure to send in your $15 HS choral fee to pay for our Music Theory software used in the choral classroom. Payments can be made on charms by check or cash.

 

Seattle/Vancouver:  Information has been sent home with interested students for our spring trip. Remember the trip is first come, first serve. Students must have turned in money and signed forms by September 21st to be included on future correspondence for this exciting opportunity. Please feel free to reach out if you have questions or would like to me to send home forms.  

 

UNCC Forms:  Students in Women’s Ensemble, Please make sure that you return your UNCC forms for Ms. Sherrill ASAP. She will begin teaching next class period.

 

Have a Great Weekend!

 

Ms. Madsen

11/3 HS Choral Update

Good Morning,

I hope that everyone had a great week!

Statements:  Statements were sent home on the first of the month. Please check for accuracy and remember that Bank of America Payments are delayed!

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:

11/7: Choral Arts Booster Meeting 6pm

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

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

11/17: Christina Pier in Recital Seminar

11/22-11/26 Thanksgiving Break

12/3: Chamber Choir performs at Tour of Homes

12/12: Kristen Wonderlich in Recital Seminar

12/14: Chorus Concert

12/18: Carl Dupont in Recital Seminar

12/20-1/ 2: Winter Break

Have a great week!

Stephanie Madsen