Chorus/Choir

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WCMS Choir/Chorus Update

Choir Parents,

The school year is off to a great start and I’m excited about the group this year and can’t wait for you to hear them! I would like to give you an update regarding events for this semester:

  • The Yankee Candle Fundraiser orders/money were due today. I will accept late orders through Monday, Sept. 11th but I will need to mail off the orders no later than Tuesday. Thank you for your help with this fundraiser!

  • 7th and 8th grade Choir students- The new choir uniforms are in and they look amazing. Through a generous donation to our program, those uniforms are paid for so you will not need to send any money to purchase your child’s. We are now in the process of measuring the length and hemming the dresses. Your child should be bringing those home before the first concert this semester (Fall Sacred Oct. 10th)

  • 7th/8th grade Choir-MTVA MIDDLE SCHOOL MASS CHOIR has been rescheduled for Monday, Oct. 23rd. Please make note of this. The money for Mass Choir was due today and was $15.

  • Choir/Chorus T-shirt The choir t-shirts are in! Please send $10 with your child a.s.ap. if they have not already purchased their T-shirt. We will wear them for group picture day (TBA) and all future field trips.

  • The WCMS CHRISTMAS CHOIR CONCERT was also rescheduled for Thursday, Dec. 14th at 6:00pm. The band concert will follow the choir concert. Please mark your calendar.

  • Attached is information on how you can join the WCMS 6th, 7th, or 8th grade Choir Remind messaging app. Please sign up for updates by using the following codes (6th-bd4bc6, 7th-h99fkh, 8th-h2faee) . I’ll try to keep the website up-to-date as well as send out emails through Skyward.


Upcoming Events

Fall Sacred Concert Oct. 10th at 6:00pm (WCHS Multi-purpose Room)

 


Recommended Links and Practice Tracks

Fall 2017 Choir Practice Tracks – Click here

6th Grade Fall Pieces – Click here

Rejoice and Sing Part 1 – Click here

Sight Reading Factory- sightreadingfactory.com

JWPepper Choir Music Link- Choir Music Link

Name Music in Our Schools Month- Nafme.org

Middle Tennessee Vocal Association- mtva.org

 


 Classroom Guidelines

This vocal music class will include a diverse repertoire of choral music.  This course will also include proper vocal technique, musicianship, and encourage self-expression through performance and the creation of music.  I hope to give your child every opportunity to reach their full musical potential.


Materials:

  1. Choral Octavos/Music (provided by the school) Students are responsible for keeping up with their music. If music is not returned the student will be fined.  ($0.10 a copy) or the price of an original copy (around $2.00).
  2. Black 1 inch 3-ring binder
  3. ***Choir uniform-New uniform for concerts this year. More info later (Ladies-Dresses cost between $58/Gents-Shirt, vest, and bowties $37) There will be fundraising opportunities.
  4. Choir T-shirt $10.00
  5. Pencil, notebook paper
  6. Optional– hole protectors, clear plastic sheets, dividers, Kleenex

Classroom Rules:

  1. Be respectful
  2. Be responsible
  3. No food, drinks, or gum in the choir room (bottled water is permitted and recommended).

Consequences

  1. Verbal warning-documented and daily participation grade dropped
  2. Moved to a designated area within the classroom
  3. Parents and principal notified of classroom behavior
  4. Referral to principal for immediate action (possible removal from choir).

*Chewing gum during choir rehearsal=3 days of lunch detention


Grading criteria:

35% Daily Class Work (rehearsal participation) – includes singing quizzes (scored by rubrics) of musicianship skills that show student’s progress, rehearsal etiquette (time off task, chewing gum, or refusing to sing will affect this grade) and classroom assignments (rhythmic and melodic dictation, music tests, and quizzes).

40% Summative Assessment (Performance) – attendance at all choir performances during school and after school are mandatory and will affect the student’s grade. Below is a list of the concert schedule for this school year.


Choir Calendar

Semester 1

 

  • Sept. 26th- Middle School Mass (select students/optional)
  • October 10th-Fall Sacred Concert at WCHS 6:00pm
  • November 10th- Veteran’s Day Program  9:00am
  • December 12th-Christmas Concert 6:00pm

 

Semester 2

  • March TBA-MTVA Middle School Choral Festival
  • March 8th- Choir Concert w/High School at WCMS 6:00pm
  • May 10th- Spring Choir Concert 6:00pm