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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

10/23 HS update

10/23 HS Choir Update

 

Good Morning,

 

I hope that everyone had a great weekend! I apologize for my newsletter coming on Monday rather than Friday but the VERY busy week we had bled into the weekend as well.

 

First, I want to thank everyone who made our first chorus concert of the year a success! I am so pleased with how each of the ensembles sang and can’t wait to start really diving into our music making even more during second quarter.

 

I also want to congratulate the 6 students selected to participate in Mars HIll Choral Clinic this February. Ellie Dare, Ella Griffin, Hallie McCagg, WIlliam Pearson, Omar Valentin and Aniyah Vines.

 

Lastly, I spent Friday and Saturday with CMS High School Honors chorus and our incredible clinician Brad Benson. The students represented NWSA Choral program very well and I think they had a wonderful experience. The music making was lovely!

 

9-10 All Carolina Auditions: Any student wishing to audition for 9-10 All Carolina select choir, should submit their auditions and money no later than November 1. The fee is $10 to audition. If selected, your student will be among the elite 9th and 10th grade students who have had the opportunity to participate in this clinic the last weekend of January at Wingate University. Many of these students have later gone on to be a member of Mars HIll Choral Clinic and NC Honors Chorus. This is also one of the the attributes taken into consideration for entry into both Mixed and Women’s Chamber Choirs.  For more information, please go to  www.9-10acselect.com

Your student has been informed about this opportunity.

 

Statements:  Statements will be 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

 

Recital Seminar Q1 Recital:  Our first recital of the year is on October 24, 2017 in E-201.  We will begin promptly at 1:30pm. Please plan to be on time if you would like to attend. Students who do not make above an 80  their recital jury will NOT be permitted to perform on this recital. Recital Juries take place on 10/18.

 

Upcoming Events:

 

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 week!

 

Stephanie Madsen

10/13 HS Choral Update

10/13 HS Choir Update

 

Good Afternoon,

 

I hope that everyone is having a fantastic Friday!

 

On Monday, October 9, 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 Dr. Carl Dupont. He was fantastic and we can’t wait for him to come back.

 

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, the time has passed for supervision. Please make other arrangements. There will be no exceptions.

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! All tracks for the music is located on Google Classroom. I still need drivers for the event. This is a reminder that all students must be picked up from EMHS on Friday evening and and dropped off and picked up on Saturday Morning. I would like for two parents to stay at EMHS during the rehearsal on Saturday Morning. Please let me know if you are interested.

 

Uniforms: All uniforms have been ordered. Your student will not receive their uniform until payment or installments have been received.  Size 0 and Size 16 are backordered! We are hoping for them on Monday. I DO NOT HAVE EXTRA UNIFORMS.

 

Statements:  Statements went home last week. 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.

 

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

 

Recital Seminar Q1 Recital:  Our first recital of the year is on October 24, 2017 in E-201.  We will begin promptly at 1:30pm. Please plan to be on time if you would like to attend. Students who do not make above an 80  their recital jury will NOT be permitted to perform on this recital. Recital Juries take place on 10/18.

 

Upcoming Events:

 

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

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