Home of Cheltenham High School Vocal Arts

Welcome! This is the hub for all things Vocal/Choral at Cheltenham High School.

Here is an overview of CHS Vocal Arts activities. More details are available on the tabs above. See the Cheltenham High School website for an overview of our performing arts program.

Questions? Please contact Ms. Hutton.

Touring Ensemble 2017-18

Thank you to all who auditioned for the Ensemble, and congratulations to all 2017-18 members, listed below!

ALL MEMBERS, please check your Cheltenham email in July for more information on this year’s August rehearsals.  Please make sure all rehearsals are on your family calendar. Attendance is required. Please reference the contract/schedule and the calendar on the Touring Ensemble website.

Beginning in July, all communication will take place via two platforms:

  1. The Touring Ensemble website: chstouringensemble.wordpress.com. I encourage you to enter your email on the site to stay informed on the website content.
  2. On Remind. Click https://www.remind.com/join/touringe to join, or text the message @touringe to the number 331-200-2615.

Thank you!

To those of you who auditioned but won’t be in the Ensemble this year, please check your email for a message in the coming days. Thank you again.

Touring Ensemble, 2017-18
Ali Angelettie
Ava Angelettie
Uzoya Arebamen+
Ivy Austin
Rebecca Banner
Gabi Bernstein*+
Grace Bitterman
Lily Bitterman
Paloma Blackwell-Chang*
Katherine Cooper
Maddie Coutts
Sarah England
Rose Fevrier
Tiani Fitts*
Alice Fodor
Miles Fodor
Simone Free
Brianna Freeman*
Naomi Guth
Jordan Hood
Isaiah Hughston*
Casey McLaughlin
Roy Nussbaum
Jazire Parker*^
Nya Paulection*
Delia Picone*
Dayel Pope*
Adam Provost*
Lily Reilly
Quincy Rhoades*
Immanuel Rimmer
Morganne Rogers-Bunch
Stefan Rogowski
Jaimie Sanders^
Oren Schwartz
Amoy Valentine

*pending receipt of signed contract
^pending enrollment in choir class
+pending meeting with Ms. Hutton

PMEA District Chorus Festival! Music available now

Each year, CHS sends several motivated singers to audition for the PMEA District Choral Festival. The experience is open to 10th-12th graders, and those in Select Choir have class time to prepare for the audition.

Pennsylvania Music Educators Association (PMEA)

organizes a yearly series of High School Chorus Festivals that bring together students from various school districts in our area, region, and state. Students learn a full concert program of music, rehearse it with a guest conductor, and perform a concert at the end of the three-day festival. Each festival is auditioned. Students who are accepted into the District Festival in late January may have scores that qualify them for the Regional Chorus Festival in early March; scores at Regionals can qualify students for the All-State Festival in April.

Preliminary auditions of CHS students will be held at school in October. The CHS audition and the first PMEA audition consist of sight-singing and performing an excerpt of your vocal part in two assigned pieces. If you qualify for the District festival, the next official audition, on the first day of the festival in January, tests your preparation and performance on all 6-8 of the festival pieces. That audition can also qualify you for Regionals.

Here’s the rundown of District Chorus events:

  • October 2017, after school:  In-House Auditions for Cheltenham’s District Chorus Candidates, CHS Choir Room
  • Sat, Nov 18, 2017:  PMEA District 11 Chorus Auditions at Upper Merion High School
  • Th-Sat, Jan 25-27, 2018:  PMEA District 11 Chorus Festival

Auditioning for PMEA District Chorus is a great opportunity for motivated musicians who want more experience learning new music, sight-singing, auditioning, and performing!

Here are the two audition pieces for 2017-18. 

Audition Piece #1: “O Sing Joyfully” by Adrian Batten [pdf] (from the Renaissance Era)

 

Audition Piece #2: “Laudate Pueri” by W.A. Mozart [pdf]  (from the Classical Era)

Dr. Craig Arnold conducting Luther College’s Nordic Choir.

 

In the audition, you’ll be given a starting pitch, then you’ll sing from a chosen point, a cappella, for about 10-25 measures. You’ll be evaluated on pitch, rhythm, vocal tone, and dynamics/articulation. The audition will also consist of one sight-singing excerpt. You’ll be given a starting pitch, 30 seconds to study, then a starting pitch again.

For more details on the audition process, see this document.

For sight-singing practice, use Sight Reading Factory or Practice First on your MusicFirst account. If you’re interested in auditioning for District Chorus in November, have fun studying the Batten and Mozart!!

Sing with Stephen Schwartz at the Kimmel Center Saturday, June 17

CHS Choir Students: Here’s a reminder about the Stephen Schwartz Gala on June 17! It’s an extraordinary opportunity to join the singers of Pennsylvania Girlchoir and Keystone State Boychoir, along with Mr. Schwartz, one of the most famous music theatre composers of our time.

New! There are optional rehearsals with KSB/PG this Wednesday and next Wednesday evening, June 7 and 14. Details below.

Thanks to those of you who have already signed up! If you have any questions, don’t hesitate to reach out to Ms. Hutton.

 

 

Reminder: Spring Concert tomorrow, Saturday, May 13!!

Looking forward to tomorrow’s choir concert! Students have done some excellent preparation, and I know you’ll enjoy seeing and hearing their work!

Students must be in their seats comfortably before 1:00 pm (plan on 12:30-12:45), for our dress rehearsal. Reminder: Students should bring a water bottle and snack. See concert attire page for required attire. The concert begins at 4:00 and will conclude around 5:30pm.

Due to the weather forecast, we will have the post-concert “picnic” inside, in the CHS cafeteria. As a reminder, here are the potluck assignments:

  • Women’s and Men’s Choir: drinks
  • Concert Choir: dessert
  • Select Choir: side dish/snack/salad

Thanks for all your support of our wonderful CHS singers. See you tomorrow!

Spring Choir Concert Saturday, May 13

Our choir students are looking forward to our final concert of the year, Saturday, May 13, at 4:00 pm in Stretton Hall!

Students are called to Stretton Hall by 1:00 pm on Saturday, May 13 for a pre-concert dress rehearsal. Students: please arrive very comfortably before 1:00 and check in with your President. Punctuality is very important. (See lateness policies.) Also, please bring a water bottle and a snack. Concert attire, detailed here, is the same as usual.The concert will conclude around 5:30 pm.

Immediately following the concert, please join us for a celebratory picnic on the CHS front lawn (rain location: CHS cafeteria). All students and families are invited to attend.

Our CHS VPA Boosters will provide hoagies and pizza. Each choir member is asked to contribute one item to share.

  • Women’s and Men’s Choir: drinks
  • Concert Choir: dessert
  • Select Choir: side dish/snack/salad

Please bring blankets and lawn chairs, as well as outdoor activities, if you like. If you are able to lend a cooler, ice, or folding table, that would be a great help. Please contact Lori Smull, the VPA hospitality chair, with questions about/contributions to the picnic.

This will be a wonderful way to conclude our year’s work in choir. Looking forward to seeing you all Saturday the 13th!

Panera Restaurant Night Monday, April 24

Join us for our next CHS Choirs Restaurant Night at Panera
in Jenkintown!

Take the flyer below, or show it on your phone, when you go to Panera in Baederwood Shopping Center,  Monday, April 24, between 4:00 PM and 8:00 PM. Enjoy some delicious food and beverages, and part of your meal’s cost will be donated to our program!

Panera is in the Baederwood Shopping Center at 1641 The Fairway, Jenkintown, PA 19046.

Feel free to print a flyer, below. Hard copies of the flyer are also available in the choir room. Or, when you arrive at Panera, show the flyer on your mobile device. 

Main Street Pizzeria Restaurant Night this Wednesday, March 29

Join us for our restaurant night Wednesday, March 29 at Main Street Pizzeria and Grille!

Go to Main Street this Wednesday between 4 pm and 9 pm to enjoy some delicious food, show this flyer when paying the bill, and 15% of your meal’s cost will be donated to our program. It works for a takeout and delivery, too!

Main Street Pizzeria and Grille is at 109 Greenwood Avenue, near the Jenkintown train station.

Click to print a flyer, or show it on your phone Wednesday night.

Thank you! Your support makes a real difference!!!

Select Choir Performance Tue, Feb 28, 7:30 pm

CHS’s Select Choir will join other distinguished high school choirs to perform at North Penn High School’s Invitational Concert Tuesday, February 28, at 7:30 pm!

The 2017 North Penn Choral Invitational Concert will include performances by choirs from North Penn, Quakertown Community, and Lower Merion High Schools. Each ensemble will perform three pieces. The concert is adjudicated; Dr. Amelia Garbisch of Bloomsburg University and Dr. Kathleen Shannon, formerly of West Virginia University, will offer each choir valuable feedback about its performance.

Select Choir students will board the bus to North Penn at 5:15 pm. The concert will begin at 7:30. After attending a brief post-concert reception, we should be back at CHS around 10:15.

This is a fantastic opportunity for Select Choir students to hear other high school choirs perform and to receive comments on their own work!

Again, the concert begins at 7:30 pm at North Penn High School, 1340 S Valley Forge Rd, Lansdale, PA 19446, Tuesday, February 28. Admission is free. I hope you can come support our CHS singers!

CHS Choir Members Attend Mendelssohn Club Concert featuring composer Dr. Ysaye Barnwell

Sunday, February 26, 40 Cheltenham Choir students attended an outstanding performance by the Mendelssohn Club of Philadelphia at the Church of the Holy Trinity in Philadelphia. The concert, led by Dr. Paul Rardin of Temple University, featured the work of Dr. Ysaye Barnwell. Dr. Barnwell is a highly renowned singer, composer, arranger, song-leader, and former member of Sweet Honey in the Rock, an African-American women’s a cappella group.

Dr. Barnwell headshot.jpegAt Sunday’s performance, Dr. Barnwell discussed her work and led the audience in singing three different four-part songs which she taught by rote throughout the concert. Cheltenham singers were active participants and had a wonderful time.  The concert, entitled “Big Sing: American Stories,” featured the Mendelssohn Club performing four of Barnwell’s own compositions, along with folk songs and spirituals. The program also included Afro-American Fragments, a lovely setting of Langston Hughes poems by William Averitt, who was also in attendance at the concert.

In December, all Cheltenham singers performed Dr. Barnwell’s “Hope,” and in May, our Concert Choir will perform her piece entitled “Breaths.” We were honored to get to meet her in person!

 

Congratulations to Mikayla Stone, participant in PMEA Region Chorus Festival

This weekend, CHS senior Mikayla Stone participated in the three-day PMEA Region VI Chorus Festival at Strath Haven High School, singing alongside 159 other outstanding musicians selected from across Bucks, Montgomery, Philadelphia, Delaware, and Chester counties. On Saturday, February 25, Mikayla and her colleagues performed an outstanding concert featuring Lauridsen’s “Lux Aeterna” and Tarik O’Regan’s “Triptych,” under the direction of University of Delaware Director of Choral Activities, Dr. Paul Head.

Congratulations to Mikayla on this impressive achievement!

Cosi Restaurant Night this Thursday, February 16

Join us for our restaurant night Thursday, February 16 at Cosi in Elkins Park!

Go to Cosi Thursday between 4 pm and 9 pm to enjoy some delicious food, show this flyer (or mention our fundraiser) when paying the bill, and 25% of your meal’s cost will be donated to our program. It’s good for takeout or dine in.

Our monthly VPA Boosters meeting will be held at 7:00 pm Thursday at Cosi. Please do grab a bite and join us!

Cosi is at 50 Yorktown Plaza, Elkins Park, PA 19027.

Print the flyer below, or grab one from the choir room.  You may also show an electronic version or just mention CHS Vocal Arts when you order.

Thank you! Your support makes a real difference!!!
cosi-flyer-february-16-2017

Select Choir 2017-18

Thank you to all those who auditioned for Select Choir. I look forward to working with each one of you in our choir program next year, no matter what ensemble(s) you sing in!

Everyone who auditioned: We will discuss your audition one-on-one during class time. If you did not get in, I hope you will audition again next year. It’s important to remember that often, very small margins separate those who were accepted and those who were not.

Everyone, please reach out if you have questions about music courses for next year, or if I can help with your course selection at any point.

Below is the roster for Select Choir for 2017-18. Congratulations to new members!

Select Choir 2017-18

* = new member

Ava Angelettie*
Ivy Austin*
Lauryn Banks
Rebecca Banner*
Gabi Bernstein*
Grace Bitterman
Addy Colangelo
Katherine Cooper
Maddie Coutts
Elijah Crisden
Breia Crisden*
Jeremy Elvas
Sarah England*
Alice Fodor
SaraKate Gulak
Jordan Hood*
Lowell Hoyt
Erin Kuchler
Jalayna Mancini
Roy Nussbaum*
Jessica Pham
Colin Polisano
Natalie Pomerantz*
Adam Provost
Immanuel Rimmer*
Matt Ryan
Oren Schwartz*
Kaylee Washington*

Update: Select Choir Audition Results posted by Monday, Feb 6

Select Choir audition results will be posted by the end of this weekend. Thanks for your patience.

CHS Singers perform at Temple’s ManChoir event this Saturday, January 28

We are proud to have CHS singers represent Cheltenham High School at Temple University’s ManChoir festival Saturday, January 28!

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This Saturday, several of our tenors and basses will join over 100 other male singers for a full day of rehearsals and workshops. At 5:00 pm, they will present a concert at Temple’s Performing Arts Center. The concert is free and open to the public. 

The 5:00 performance will feature the Festival Choir, alongside Keystone State Boychoir (with many more CHS singers!), Temple’s Concert Choir, and Temple’s male a cappella group, Broad Street Line. It is always an excellent concert!

We invite you to support our guys this Saturday at 5:00 pm at the Temple Performing Arts Center, 1837 North Broad Street, Philadelphia, 19122. Hope to see you there!

CHS Choirs Restaurant Night this Wednesday, Jan 25, at Luigi’s

Eat at Luigi’s Pizzarama in Elkins Park this Wednesday, January 25, and help our CHS singers!

Go to Luigi’s Wednesday between 11 am and 10 pm to enjoy some delicious food, mention our fundraiser when paying the bill, and 20% of your meal’s cost will be donated to our program. It works for take out, dine in, or delivery.

Luigi’s is at 417 Township Line Rd, Elkins Park, PA 19027. 215-758-2440.

You don’t need a flyer; just mention our program when you order.

Thank you! Your support makes a real difference!!!

luigis-fundraiser

District-Wide Tour Friday, January 20, 2017

Friday, January 20, our vocal groups will entertain their fellow students on our 6th Annual Cheltenham School District Tour of elementary and middle schools!

Select Choir, Touring Ensemble, Up the Octave, and Sons of Pitch will perform for five district schools plus the district staff and administration.

We will meet in the choir room at 8:25 am and return to CHS around 4:00 pm.

Select Choir, TE, UTO, and Sons Members:

  • Please be sure you’ve blocked off all day up to 4:00.
  • Talk to your teachers in advance about making up the work in your missed classes. Complete your work promptly.
  • Bring a lunch and a water bottle, plus snacks if you like. We’ll eat lunch at the Admin Building around 1:00.
  • REQUIRED ATTIRE is dark blue jeans and a nice looking, long-sleeved black top. Your shoes should look decent.  (TE: make sure they’re shoes and jeans you can dance in!) Proper attire is required to go on the trip.

Many thanks to our district administration and our building principals for welcoming us into their schools again this year. It’s going to be a fun day!

District Chorus Festival members perform Sat, Jan 14

Come see Maddie August, Grace Bitterman, Owen Davies, Joe Reilly, and Mikayla Stone perform with 155 other singers at the PMEA District 11 Chorus Festival Concert!

The concert is this Saturday, January 14, at 2:00 pm at Lower Moreland High School (555 Red Lion Rd, Huntingdon Valley, PA 19006).

The singers are led by Dr. Amelia Garbisch of Bloomsburg University.

The concert features wonderful choral works including Gawthrop’s “Sing Me to Heaven,” Mendelssohn’s “He, Watching Over Israel,” Dilworth’s “Wade in the Water,” and many more.

Our five singers were selected by audition from a pool of hundreds of student musicians from across Bucks and Montgomery counties. It’s a great honor for our Cheltenham students to be a part of this event.

The concert will last about an hour, and admission is $10. We hope you can attend!

CHS Choirs Restaurant Night this Monday, Dec 12, at Humpty’s Dumplings

This Monday, December 12, eat at Humpty’s Dumplings in Glenside and help our CHS singers!

Go to Humpty’s Dumplings Monday between 3 pm and 9 pm to enjoy some delicious dumplings (or noodles or salads), show this flyer when paying the bill, and 15% of your meal’s cost will be donated to our program.

Humpty’s Dumplings is at 277 N Keswick Ave., Glenside PA 19038.

Click below to print a flyer, pick up one from the CHS choir room, or show the flyer on your phone when you order.

Thank you! Your support makes a real difference!!!

humptys-dumplings-flyer

Congratulations to our CHS Singers on an outstanding Winter Concert!

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Congratulations, Cheltenham singers, on your skilled and committed performances at the December 7 concert!

And warm thanks to all our supporters in the audience!

A link to a video of the concert will be posted here soon.

Winter Choir Concert this Wednesday, December 7!

Our Cheltenham Choirs’ Winter Concert is this Wednesday, December 7, in Stretton Hall at CHS. All students are called at 6:00pm, and the concert begins at 7:30pm.

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Students are called to Stretton Hall, in required concert attire, before 6:00 pm. The required dress rehearsal is 6:00-7:15. The concert, which includes an intermission, will start at 7:30 and conclude around 9:15. Admission is free, and refreshments will be available at intermission.

Reminders on our required concert attire and policies from the Course Expectations sheet are available on the tabs above.

Our students are excited to share their music with you. We look forward to seeing you Wednesday night!