We would like to thank our DC Chorus sponsors for 2018-2019!! All sponsors should be receiving a letter within the week to add to their tax deductions for charitable donations!
Ladies and Gentlemen,
Dade County Chorus is excited to announce that we will be traveling to.....PHILADELPHIA in Spring of 2019 to perform at the National Constitution Hall! Students will not only get to visit the historical sites where the birth of our GREAT nation occurred, but they will also give a performance on this national stage in conjunction with the Dade County High School Band!
Philadelphia is Pennsylvania’s largest city and most known for its rich history, on display at the Liberty Bell, Independence Hall (where the Declaration of Independence and Constitution were signed) and other American Revolutionary sites. Our students will be able to visit each of these sites and feel the excitement of when the founding fathers were inspired to write our Constitution as well as other enrichment and fun opportunities only available in a major city!
The trip should be no more than $750 per person. This will include all meals and events. We will begin taking up deposits ($75 per person) after Spring Break. Deposits will be due on April 25th.
Information containing final pricing and payment schedule will be sent home with students following Spring Break!
This week we kicked off our Tumbler/Gourmet Snack Fundraiser! We had to switch the Krispy Kreme fundraiser because of a scheduling conflict with them. This fundraiser is FANTASTIC and we have set a goal of each student selling at least 10 items! The quick turn-in date is today, Friday, Feb 9, but I will extend the quick turn-in prizes to Monday, Feb 12. Students must have the $ to count for the quick turn-in. We would like to purchase some new sheet music for all five choirs, a keyboard carrying case for traveling to local performances, and some new black button down shirts for our HS Men. If we exceed our fundraising goal, we would like to purchase formal performance dresses for our high school women as well! The final turn-in date is March 1! Sell, Sell, Sell! :)
Progress reports come home today! If you have any questions about grades, please feel free to contact me via email at email@example.com.
We have begun using Google Classroom for links to practice tracks AND for HS sectional singing tests in preparation for our LGPE performances! Google classroom is a WONDERFUL FREE resource for our school system! More information and resources will be added soon! :)
SAVE THE DATE:
March 12, Dade County Chorus Festival Concert, ALL DMS and DCHS Choirs will perform
April 19(UTC Rehearsal) and April 20(UTC Concert): DCHS Choirs will perform alongside the UTC choirs, Signal Mountain High School Choir, and Heritage High School Chorus!
Students, Parents & Guardians,
We had a wonderful first semester culminating some fantastic Winter Concerts, the 8th Grade performance at the Nashville Christmas Parade, and the DCHS performance at the Disney Candlelight Processional! We've already begun the second semester with All-State second auditions, the 8th Grade Chorus performing the national anthem at the UTC Mocs game on Jan 27, and preparations for All-State Chorus, 6th Grade Statewide Honor Chorus, GHSA Literary, Large Group Performance Evaluations(LGPE) and other Spring events. I wanted to make sure to get you a "note" concerning the upcoming events on our calendar. I have listed beside each date which groups/select students will be participating so that you can put the appropriate event on your calendars!
Feb 15-17: All State Chorus, Athens, GA (CONGRATULATIONS, Cassidy Walker! She will be representing Dade County among 1500 students from across the state!)
Feb 23-24: 6th Grade Statewide, Athens, GA (We have three fantastic DMS Chorus students chosen through classroom audition who will be representing us at this state wide honor chorus event!)
March 2: GHSA Literary, Calhoun, GA (Small ensembles and soloists from DCHS will be competing against area schools for the opportunity to compete for the state championship!)
March 5: Our accompanist for LGPE will attend rehearsals that day. It is VERY important that all students are in attendance during school that day so that we have the opportunity to rehearse with the full ensemble and Ms. Compton.
March 12: Festival Concert, DCHS Auditorium, ALL DMS and DCHS ensembles will perform (You will receive a performance bulletin with exact details in a week or so. All students are expected to attend this after school performance.)
March 19, 20, 21: LGPE at Pepperell High School(All DMS AND DCHS ensembles will attend on ONE of these days; The schedule has not been posted yet. As soon as it is, you will receive a permission slip/performance bulletin with all the details.
April 19: UTC Rehearsal, Roland Hayes Auditorium, 6:00-8:00 pm; Our DCHS choirs have been invited to perform alongside the UTC Chamber Singers, UTC Chattanooga Singers, UTC Orchestra and choirs from Signal Mountain High and Heritage High in a mass choir. Students need to reserve this date for rehearsal and April 20th for the concert. Transportation will be provided to and from this rehearsal.
April 20: UTC Concert, Roland Hayes Auditorium, DCHS Choruses only, Performers call time, 5:00pm(dinner included) and the concert starts at 7:30 pm
April 23: Spring Coffeehouse, DCHS Cafeteria; DCHS Choruses present our Spring Coffeehouse where they perform favorite hits from tv, musicals, and movies! :)
May TBD: Recruitment trip to Elementary schools(DMS Chorus: Maybe only one group depending on buses)
May 18: DMS Talent Show(DMS students audition in the afternoons after milestones in late April to perform in our third annual talent show!)
May 25: DCHS Chorus Seniors and Juniors perform at the High School graduation ceremony
Whew! That's a lot! :) Again, not all of these include every choir, but I want you all to see the full picture of how AWESOME our kids are! The Mocs Game and the UTC Music Dept concert are both opportunities where they came and asked us! We didn't apply for them, but we were chosen from all the high schools and middle schools in the greater Chattanooga area to be offered these opportunities. Our students are AMAZINGLY talented and I am SO proud of them! :) I am also thankful to have such wonderful parental and community support in all of you! You all are what helps us to make sure the DC Choir ROCKS! :)
If you have any questions, please feel free to email me at gabriellehaston@dadecs. org!
Director of Choral Activities-DMS and DCHS
GMEA Distict 7: Choral Co-Chair
Fine Arts Dept Chair-DCHS
Kodály Certified Music Educator
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Our middle school chorus classes have been hard at work on their fourth nine weeks composition project. Students were asked to "Compose within specified guidelines" using the pentatonic scale and learning the basics of music theory notation. Each class chose the lyrics for their piece from poetry by Shel Silverstein. We hope you enjoy the final products from each class! :)
Last week, all FIVE Dade County Chorus groups participated in the Georgia Music Educators Association's Large Group Performance Evaluation festival at Pepperell High School in Lindale, Ga. We traveled across three days so that each group had the opportunity to perform before GMEA selected judges who evaluated our groups according to the criteria set forth by the GMEA organization in Performance and in Sight-Reading. Our choirs received the following scores:
DCHS Mixed Chorus: II(EXCELLENT) in Performance and I(SUPERIOR) in Sight-Reading
DCHS Women's Chorus: II(EXCELLENT) in Performance and II(EXCELLENT) in Sight-Reading
DMS 8th Chorus: III(GOOD) in Performance and III(GOOD) in Sight-Reading
DMS 7th Grade Chorus: II(EXCELLENT) in Performance and I(SUPERIOR) in Sight-Reading
DMS 6th Grade Chorus: I(SUPERIOR) in Performance and I(SUPERIOR) in Sight-Reading
Please join in me in congratulating these students on a successful LGPE Performance Season and commending them for their hard work and dedication in the preparation for this evaluation. I am SO proud of EACH and EVERY one of these students! They have all done an AMAZING job in developing their musicianship this semester! :)
If you are not already a subscriber to our YouTube Channel(DadeCountyChorus), I would like to invite you to take a look! :) We have recently uploaded two new videos. The first is "Carol of the Bells." We recorded this to submit to perform at Universal Studios as a part of their STAR performance this December.
The second is "Ukuthula," a South African Xhosa prayer song. This song was recorded in conjunction with the VOICE4PEACE project. You can find out more about this project HERE. We were delighted to feature several of our talented soloists for this project. I was so impressed with the attitude the students brought to this video project and the seriousness with which they performed. I feel confident that these students can be the leaders of tomorrow and become advocates for peace in our local and global communities.
"We believe that a peace concert, a film, or even a single piece of music, is a moment wherein we can de-escalate violence and conflict. "
Our first fundraiser of the year, sponsorship for our 2016-2017 chorus shirts, kicked off on August 17th. Several students and parents have asked if we would extend the deadline till September 7th in order to give more time to visit local businesses and community organizations over Labor Day weekend!
Thank you so much for your support of our choral music program here at Dade County High School and Dade Middle. All proceeds from this fundraiser go straight to our students! We are partnering with Modern Woodmen of America in a matching fund grant up to $2500. If our students raise at least $2500 through our local sponsorship donations, MWA will turn that $2500 into $5000!!!
Sponsorship donations can come from local businesses in Trenton and the greater Chattanooga area, as well as from churches, community organizations and even individual family and friends who would like to show their student how much they support their involvement in Dade County Chorus!
All donations are tax deductible and will receive a receipt and letter of thanks from Dade County Chorus by providing a correct mailing address. A copy of the order form is available below if you need extras!
Andy Kidd of Kidd Graphics is hard at work creating the designs for this year's chorus shirts! The chosen design will be revealed here in mid-September along with the order form for your student's shirt!
Thank you again for your support of Dade County Chorus!
We have started this 2016-2017 school year rockin' and rollin' in all of the Dade County Chorus ensembles!
DCHS Mixed Chorus:
We have been working hard preparing for our video recording project in conjunction with AVoice4Peace (click HERE for more info on this project). The video recording will be on Friday, September 16th and will be available on our YouTube channel(click HERE to subscribe) soon after. The mission of AVoice4Peace is that "now, more than ever, we're in need of peace. We believe that a peace concert, a film, or even a single piece of music, is a moment wherein we can de-escalate violence and conflict." This is an exciting opportunity for our students to be a part of a global project.
DCHS Women's Chorus:
Our women's chorus has already been hard at work developing 3 part sight-reading and singing skills! Last week we began singing the piece "She Sings" by Amy F. Bernon and the girls have fallen in love with the beautiful message inspired in this song. I'm excited about the possibilities for this great group of girls!
DMS 6th Grade Chorus:
WOW!! This is a large and extremely talented group of 6th graders this year! We have been studying the difference between beat and rhythm, preparing for introducing quarter notes and quarter rests, and developing a pure vowel and relaxed vocal sound. They are ALL IN and working hard to unify their sound in preparation for our first pieces of music!
DMS 7th Grade Chorus:
Around April/May last year, I introduced 2 part sight-reading to this chorus and we got about 6 weeks of practice in this new challenge. Well, on day 10...yes, you read that right...DAY TEN of this school year, these students were sight-reading in three-parts and performing as if they'd been doing this forever. They were featured on our @DadeCountyChoir Twitter feed(click HERE to view tweet) this week and I am SO proud of how hard they have been working.
DMS 8th Grade Chorus:
We have been studying our letter names for the staff on the treble clef and creating our own acrostic/mnemonic devices to remember them. The winning entry for the letter LINES was from Drake Dupree: Come Eat Green Beans & Dead Fish and for the letter SPACES a combined effort from our men's section: Don't Fail At Chorus Ever! :-) The summer between 7th & 8th grade is usually a big leap in vocal development and this year was no exception for our 8th graders. They are sounding great and working on blending beautifully! I've gotten chill bumps from the beauty of those chords several times across the past week! Making beautiful music so early in the school year is most definitely a sign of GREAT things to come!
If you need a copy of the Chorus Handbook at any time, it will be right here on the blog! :) And if for some reason you have not returned your Charms/Commitment & Media Release Form, please do that ASAP! :) Charms should be activated for ALL choirs this weekend! Many thanks to Elizabeth Holdaway for updating our Charms student information system this year!!
If you have any questions, please feel free to email me at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Due to the renovations at DCHS this summer for the HVAC units, we will not be hosting our annual choir camp. However, there is a wonderful opportunity for upcoming 9th-12th grade students at the Harmony Explosion camp hosted by the Barbershop Harmony society right in Chattanooga!!! This is an awesome opportunity to continue to work on those intonation and listening skills in addition to vocal technique. The camp is July 14-17(with no activities on July 17: only dismissal) at the University of Tennessee-Chattanooga. Below is the registration form which must be mailed(before July 1st) along with payment to the address listed on the bottom OR you can copy and paste this link(http://www.dixiedistrict.org/index.php/harmony-explosion-camp/camp-announcement) to register online with a credit card. I hope several of you are able to take advantage of this amazing musical opportunity right in our own back yard! :)
Dade County Chorus