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Weekly HS Chorus Update 9/15

Good Afternoon HS Chorus Families,
It has been a great week. Some of our ensembles have already learned an entire selection. I have been especially impressed with Women’s Ensemble this week as they have begun to learn sight reading! Women’s Chambers work this week on their “How Do I Love Thee” has been incredible. There are some VERY difficult parts and they are learning them with ease. Men’s finished their first selection. I can’t wait to touch it up and make it a masterpiece. Chamber is well on their way to being prepared for their various upcoming performances.
Chorus Fee’s:  The $15 payment to NWSACAB is due ASAP so that we can order our new music theory software for every student! I am so excited to share this information with everyone but it is NOT a cheap undertaking.
NWSACAB: Our first meeting of the year was on September 12, 2017 in the HS chorus room (E-201) at 5:15. It was a great meeting and I enjoyed that so many new faces were with us. Please consider coming to our next meeting on October 10. We are always happy to see new people!
Uniforms: Next week all students who do not already have a uniform will be sized and sent home with the uniform paperwork. Please let me know if you would like to use a payment plan rather than a flat payment.
Lolipops: NWSA Mixed Chamber has been selected to perform in the inaugural Lolipops performance of the year featuring music from Harry Potter! If you would like to purchase tickets the link is below.
Charms Statements: Please give us until October 1 to update your charms statement. With the influx of activity at the opening of the year, it takes a few weeks to straighten everything out. There will be a statement sent out monthly at this time.
Mixed Chamber and HC Auditions: Permission slips are due ASAP! If you have managed to lose yours, it is located under forms on Charms!
Upcoming Events:
9/29: NC Honors Chorus auditions and Mixed Chamber rehearsal at Lolipops
9/30: Mixed Chamber performs with the Charlotte Symphony at Lolipops
10/4: 8am Mixed Chamber Rehearsal
10/5: 4:30-5:15 Mixed Chamber Rehearsal
10/6: Deke Sharon Workshop (during School)
10/9: Mars Hill Choral Clinic Auditions @ NWSA
10/17: Fall Chorus Concert 7pm, students arrive at 6pm
10/20-21: CMS HS Honors Chorus @ East Mecklenburg
11/11- 12:  NC Honors Chorus in Winston Salem, NC
Due Dates:
9/19: Men’s Colorings Due
9/20: Women’s Chamber first performance task due
9/27: Women’s Ensemble Colorings due
9/28 Mixed Chamber first performance take due
9/29: All uniform fees and Choir fees are due
Bank of America:
Sign up soon to get your spot for the BOA events. The sign up Genius can be found on our webpage: http://www.nwsachoralarts.com under high school student activities. Make sure if it is your first time working that you read the ENTIRE page and do the compliance documents before you arrive!
Fall Concert: Mark your calendar for our first concert of the year on October 17, 2017 at 7pm in the NEW AUDITORIUM! You can sign up to volunteer on charms.
Donations:  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, hand sanitizer.
Have a Great Weekend!
Ms. Madsen

HS Chorus Update 9/8

Good Afternoon HS Chorus Families,
It has been a BUSY second week of school. All of our chorus’s are doing a fantastic job! I can’t wait to share their work with you in October. I hope that the students are enjoying chorus as much as I am enjoying teaching them!
Chorus Fee’s:  The $15 payment to NWSACAB is due ASAP so that we can order our new music theory software for every student! I am so excited to share this information with everyone but it is NOT a cheap undertaking.
NWSACAB: Our first meeting of the year is on September 12, 2017 in the HS chorus room (E-201) at 5:15. ALL FAMILIES are invited to join us. We are currently looking for a few more volunteers to round out our executive board. If you have any interest in joining us or just seeing what the boosters are all about, please come and join us. (younger children are able to accompany if you are concerned about childcare issues)
Upcoming Events:
9/29: NC Honors Chorus auditions and Mixed Chamber rehearsal at Lolipops
9/30: Mixed Chamber performs with the Charlotte Symphony at Lolipops
10/6: Deke Sharon Workshop (during School)
10/9: Mars Hill Choral Clinic Auditions @ NWSA
10/17: Fall Chorus Concert 7pm, students arrive at 6pm
10/20-21: CMS HS Honors Chorus @ East Mecklenburg
11/11- 12:  NC Honors Chorus in Winston Salem, NC
Due Dates:
9/12: Men’s Colorings Due
9/20: Women’s Chamber first performance task due
9/29: All uniform fees and Choir fees are due
Bank of America:
 Sign up soon to get your spot for the BOA events. The sign up Genius can be found on our webpage: http://www.nwsachoralarts.com under high school student activities. Make sure if it is your first time working that you read the ENTIRE page and do the compliance documents before you arrive!
Fall Concert: Mark your calendar for our first concert of the year on October 17, 2017 at 7pm in the NEW AUDITORIUM! You can sign up to volunteer on charms.
Donations:  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, hand sanitizer.
Have a Great Weekend! Stay safe from the storm!
Ms. Madsen

NC Middle Honors Chorus Audition Prep

Dear NWSA MS Chorus Parents,

I have already sent out communication about the audition process for NC Honors Chorus, but wanted to let all of you know that the after-school audition prep rehearsals are starting up next week.  I offer this as a way to further assist and guide students who are interested in auditioning for NC Honors Chorus.  Being placed into NC Honors Chorus is the greatest privilege and highest honor for a middle school chorus student.  We had two students make it into Honors Chorus last year and we would love to have students placed into Honors Chorus this year as well.
The rehearsal calendar is as follows:
Mondays, Tuesdays, and Wednesdays for 3 weeks from 4:30-5:30 PM for a total of 9 rehearsals.
Week #1 = 9/11, 9/12, 9/13
Week #2 = 9/18, 9/19, 9/20
Week #3 = 9/25, 9/26, 9/27
The audition fee is $15, however, please keep in mind if you get accepted into NC Honors Chorus, you will have to pay an additional fee and will be staying in a hotel the evening before the concert in Winston-Salem.
Only students who are serious singers and are dedicated to practicing diligently should audition.  There are practice tracks on the website (https://nwsachoralarts.com/middle-school/student-activities/nc-honors-chorus/) and I expect students to come to rehearsal next week with the music already mostly learned.  Your student should also do some Google and YouTube searches for additional practice tracks because practicing with the tracks that are posted on the website are difficult to learn with due to the track being simply a piano playing their part louder than all of the other parts with no words or pronunciation.  I already passed out the music to students at the end of last year and again at the beginning of this year.  So, if your student is interested in auditioning, they should have already received the music and I hope that you have already heard them practicing.  If you have not, then that means that they only have the weekend to learn the song.
These after-school rehearsals are not going to be spent teaching the audition song.  My main focus during the after-school rehearsals is to address issues like breath support, phrasing, pronunciation, diction, dynamics and other vocal technique areas.  The other main focus of the after-school rehearsals will be to coach the students through sight-singing exercises and make sure students are prepared for that portion of the audition process.
Please know that if your student comes to rehearsals next week, that does not mean that they have committed to auditioning for Honors Chorus.  They are welcome to change their mind if they realize that it is too much for them.  However, I will need to know whoever is fully committed to auditioning for NC Honors Chorus by Wednesday, 9/13/2017, because the deadline for registering students is 9/15/2017.
The actual audition is on Friday, 9/27/2017, in Hickory, NC during the school day.  All of the rest of the information is available on the website at: https://nwsachoralarts.com/middle-school/student-activities/nc-honors-chorus/.  Please read over all of the information and make sure that you are available 11/11-11/12/2017 before committing to these rehearsals and auditioning for NC Honors Chorus.
Thank you so much and I look forward to seeing students who are interested in auditioning for NC Honors Chorus this coming Monday, 9/11/2017, from 4:30-5:30 PM!  Parents, if you want to know more information or have any questions, please feel free to come into the rehearsal on Monday!  See you then!

6th Grade (and new student) Information

Mr. Lafreniere’s 6th Grade Chorus Class:  Please visit the website for information! www.nwsachoralarts.com.

Upcoming Events for 1st Quarter:
10/17/2017 = Fall Chorus Concert
4:30-5:30 PM After-School Rehearsal (Mandatory)
5:30-6:30 PM Dinner and change into concert attire
7:00 PM Concert in Auditorium (Admission is FREE)

Charms Office:
Please log into Charms with the following instructions:

  1. Visit www.charmsoffice.com
  2. Input your School Code: Northwestschoolchoir
  3. Your Password is: Your student’s CMS ID Number

Remind Messages:
Please make sure that you are signed up to receive the Remind Messages for 6th Grade Chorus.  View the PDF instructions here: https://goo.gl/yLXpMZ or text the number “81010” with the message “@nwsachoir6”.

Choir Fees:
Please pay the $60 Choir Fees by Friday, 9/22/2017.  This fee includes:

  • Concert attire (tuxedo shirt, bow tie, vest rental)
  • Security coverage for concerts, Breezin’ Thru Theory Online Curriculum, sheet music for concerts, black chorus binders, etc.

You can pay online through Charms, send in cash, or send in a check payable to NWSA Choral Arts Boosters (or NWSA CAB).  

ClassDojo:
Your student received a code to connect you (and them) to ClassDojo.  Please use the code that was distributed to them in class and login.  This will give you access to weekly behavior/conduct/participation reports that will be sent to your email every Friday.  

9/1 HS Update

Good Afternoon HS Chorus Families,

We made it through the first week! I am already so excited for the 2017-2018 School year.
Due Dates:
9/5: Handbook agreement forms and online agreement are due, Charms should be completely updated.
9/12: Students in music Theory should have turned in money for their book if they desire to purchase.
9/30: All uniform fees and Choir fees are due
Bank of America:
 Sign up soon to get your spot for the BOA events. The sign up Genius can be found on our webpage: http://www.nwsachoralarts.com under high school student activities. Make sure if it is your first time working that you read the ENTIRE page and do the compliance documents before you arrive!
Fall Concert: Mark your calendar for our first concert of the year on October 17, 2017 at 7pm in the NEW AUDITORIUM! You can sign up to volunteer on charms.
Honors Ensembles:  There will be a pre-honors chorus audition for interested students on Thursday, 9/7 at 8:15 in Ms. Madsen’s room. Any student who is interested in auditioning for NC Honors should come prepared to audition on the music that morning. I will select the top 10 singers to do the real audition on September 29, 2017 in Greensboro at UNCG.
Mars Hill auditions are on October 9, 2017 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.
CMS Honors: Please sign up on the interest sheet if you would like to be considered.
Donations:  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, hand sanitizer.
Have a Great Weekend!
Ms. Madsen