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 firstname.lastname@example.org.
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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