Home of Cheltenham High School Vocal Arts

Welcome! Here is an overview of CHS Vocal Arts activities. More details are on the tabs above. The Cheltenham High School website has an overview of our performing arts program.

Students: Assignments are on Google Classroom and at cheltenham.musicfirstclassroom.com.

Questions? Please contact Ms. Hutton.


CHS Choirs Restaurant Night at Panda Express Tuesday, December 18!

Please support our Cheltenham Vocal Arts program by dining at Panda Express at 2385 Cheltenham Ave, Wyncote (W Cheltenham Ave & E Washington Lane), Tuesday, December 18. It’s good for in-person or online ordering, from 12:00pm to 9:00 pm. 20 % of all proceeds go to the Vocal Performing Arts Boosters!

Just show this flyer at Panda Express. Thank you for your support!

Recycle the Runway Fundraiser: Formal Dress/Suit Donations Needed!

New fundraiser for CHS Vocal Arts: Recycle the Runway!

Donations are accepted now through December 20.

Please share this flyer on social media–donations are welcome and needed from all!

Reminder: Winter Concert this Wed, Dec 5

The Cheltenham Choirs’ Winter Choir Concert is this Wednesday, December 5, at 7:30 pm, in Stretton Hall!

Reminder: All choir students are required to be in Stretton Hall, dressed in concert attire, comfortably before 6:00 pm. (Our course expectations documents have reminders of attendance requirements, grading, etc.) The concert begins at 7:30 pm and will last till about 9:15 pm, including a 15-minute intermission.

The concert is dedicated to choir member Danny Link (2000-2018).

It’s going to be a special concert. We look forward to seeing everyone there.

Pizza Box Restaurant Night Tonight! Wed, Nov 28

Have some pizza this Wednesday, November 28 at Pizza Box in Glenside, and help our CHS singers!

Go to Pizza Box till 9 pm tonight to enjoy some delicious food, show this flyer when paying the bill, and 10% of your meal’s cost will be donated to our program.

Pizza Box is at 43 Limekiln Pike, Glenside PA 19038.

Click below to print a flyer or show it on your phone when you order.

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

Pancake Breakfast at Applebee’s Jenkintown Saturday, November 10!

Choir students and families are gearing up for our 4th Pancake Breakfast fundraiser! The event is at Applebee’s Jenkintown this Saturday, November 10, 8am-10am.

Just $8 gets you unlimited pancakes, link sausage, and coffee/orange juice/tea/soda. For children 5 and under, tickets are only $5.

For tickets:

Buy directly from a CHS Choir student, OR buy at the door at Applebee’s on November 10 (limited quantities available at the door).

Please encourage all friends, family, and vocal music supporters to join us! All proceeds directly benefit our wonderful Cheltenham student musicians.

Thank you for your support!

District Chorus Auditions

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 early February may have scores that qualify them for the Regional Chorus Festival in late March; scores at Regionals can qualify students for the All-State Festival in April.

Preliminary auditions of CHS students will be held at school Monday, November 5. 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 February, 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:

  • November 5, 2018, after school:  In-House Auditions for Cheltenham’s District Chorus Candidates, CHS Choir Room
  • Sat, Nov 17, 2018:  PMEA District 11 Chorus Auditions at Upper Merion High School
  • Th-Sat, Feb 7-9, 2019:  PMEA District 11 Chorus Festival; Dr. Thomas Lloyd, Conductor

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

The two audition pieces are:

Handel’s Sing Unto God

Bruckner’s Os Justi

Here are practice files.

For both pieces, you must sing the entirety of your voice part, solo, and a cappella. In the audition, you’ll be given a starting pitch, then you’ll sing from a chosen point for a duration of about 12-30 measures. You’ll be evaluated on pitch and rhythm, vocal tone, and dynamics/articulation.

The audition will also consist of two sight-singing excerpts. You’ll be given a starting pitch, 30 seconds to study, then a starting pitch again.

Please feel free to chat with Ms. Hutton about how you can best prepare!

CHS Select Choir Sing’s Mozart’s Requiem Tonight–Free Concert at Temple!

Our CHS Select Choir received the distinct honor of an invitation to Temple University’s Mozart Requiem Festival this Friday, October 26!

Select Choir will join the top choirs from CAPA, GAMP, and North Penn High Schools, along with Temple’s Concert Choir and Orchestra, to perform the entire Mozart Requiem at the Temple Performing Arts Center at 7:30pm. The concert is free and open to the public. Prior to the performance on Friday, our Select Choir will perform for Temple faculty, be treated to performances from the other high schools, and rehearse the Requiem with combined choirs and orchestra.

Mozart’s Requiem is a masterwork of the choral repertoire and a challenging piece for high school choirs. Our students have been working diligently inside and outside of class to prepare for the concert. It will be a rewarding and thrilling experience for all involved!

Please consider joining us for this rare and exciting musical experience. It’s today, Friday, October 26, at 7:30pm, at the Temple University Performing Arts Center, 1837 N Broad St, Philadelphia, PA 19122.

Tiffin Restaurant Night Tonight: Tuesday, October 23

Hello, Cheltenham Choir friends and families!

Tiffin in Elkins Park at 8080 Old York Road, Elkins Park, PA has been generous enough to donate 10% of their profits to the CHS Vocal Arts program! All you need to do is order from Tiffin today, Tue, Oct 23, between 11:00 AM and 10:00 PM to eat some delicious Indian Cuisine, mention CHS Choirs when you order, and 10% of your meal’s cost will be donated to our program! Orders can be delivery, takeout, or dine in.

Thanks for your support of Cheltenham Vocal Arts!

Mattress Sale Fundraiser this Saturday, 10a-5p, CHS Gym

Please come out, and recruit buyers, for our big mattress sale fundraiser this Saturday, October 20, 10a-5p, in the CHS Gym!

For each mattress sold in her/his name, a student gets $50-175 toward their New Orleans Tour costs! Let’s make this fundraiser a huge success for our students!

Most people don’t replace their mattresses nearly as frequently as they should. Here’s a chance to give people a better night’s sleep on a great new mattress–while giving generously to the amazing student musicians at Cheltenham! High quality, affordable bed frames, pillows, sheets, etc. are also available!

Touring Ensemble Show this Sunday, October 7, 2pm!!

This Sunday, October 7, join the CHS Touring Ensemble for its annual debut show, at 2:00 pm, in Stretton Hall!

Our fantastic show choir performs varied, energetic song-and-dance numbers with instrumental accompaniment. Touring Ensemble’s 2018-19 show, Seize the Moment, features music from John Legend to Paul McCartney, from Newsies to Kinky Boots. Immediately following the show, this year’s CHS musical will be announced!

Seating is general admission, and tickets are sold at the door; $3 for students and $5 for adults. 

Hope you will join us this Sunday afternoon!

CHS Choir Car Wash This Sat, October 6!

Please join us for the CHS Choir Car Wash this Saturday, Oct 6!

We’ll be open for business 9a-1p at the front flagpole entrance of CHS.

We are asking that choir members sell as many tickets as possible. Tickets were distributed to to students last week, and more tickets are available in the choir room. Tickets are $5 in advance, or $8 on Saturday.

Volunteer shifts on Saturday are 8a-10a, 10a-12p, and 12p-2p. Students have signed up for particular duties and shifts this week in class. All choir student and parent volunteers are welcome.

Please join the efforts to publicize and/or patronize this fun and valuable fundraiser. Proceeds will be split between our New Orleans travelers who volunteer at the car wash Saturday. Thanks to all!

Up the Octave and Sons of Pitch Audition Results

Kudos to all the fantastic singers who auditioned for our CHS a cappella groups. Auditioning takes courage, and you are all to be commended. Below are messages from the student leaders of both groups.

Returning members of Sons and UTO will perform tomorrow, Saturday, Sept 22, at the Food Truck Jamboree at 3:00pm. (Call time 2:45pm.) All are invited! The first rehearsal with new members is Sunday, September 30. Please find the CHS A Cappella Calendar of Activities here. Thank you.

Up the Octave

Thank you so much to everyone who auditioned for Up the Octave this year. Congratulations to our new members! We understand auditioning for any group is stressful and we thank all the girls for putting themselves out there. If you did not make it in this year, understand that is is a very difficult decision for the group to choose a select few out of so many talented young women. We hope that you will come back and re-audition next year. Thanks again!

*= New Member
Nila Anthony
Kayla Banks
Lily Bitterman*
Michaela Bockarie
Sydney DiFebbo*
Sarah England
Alice Fodor
Naomi Guth
Anna Turk Karan*
Jay Mancini
Casey McLaughlin
Carla Michel*
Raina Miller*
Jess Pham
Natalie Pomerantz
*= New Member

Sons of Pitch

THANK YOU AUDITIONERS! Everybody who auditioned had something special to offer to the group, and those who did not get in should not be discouraged. The decision this year was especially difficult because of the expansive array of talent shown, so, if not accepted, try again! Congratulations to our new members, this year is going to be a great one!

* = new member

Caelan Donahue
Miles Fodor*
Jaden Sky Greenbaum
Jordan Hood
Bishop Kaschock-Marenda
Troy Norton*
Roy Nussbaum
Colin Polisano
Quincy Rhoades
Immanuel Rimmer*
Stefan Rogowski
Matt Ryan
Oren Schwartz
Najeh Williams*

* = new members

Back to School Night Presentation

Great to see many of you at Back to School Night last night!

Family members, if you missed it, or if you want to review details, here is the presentation I gave.

If you have any questions, don’t hesitate to contact me.

A Cappella Audition Workshop Mon, Sept 17! Auditions Thurs & Fri!

1st Official New Orleans Fundraiser: Lollipop Sales

First Official Fundraiser! Lollipop Sales (through October 12).

Students buy bags of 20 gourmet lollipops for $6.50 per bag, then sell each pop for $1, netting $13.50 profit per bag. Students give the $20 in sales to their family to use for tour payments.  

Students, see Ms. Hutton or your Choir President to purchase lollipops. $6.50 per 20-count bag, cash or a check to CHS VPA Boosters.

Touring Ensemble Auditions Added Tuesday, June 12

We have added a Touring Ensemble audition session Tuesday, June 12.

Returning members, please come–we need more of you. And please encourage others to come try out!

New auditionees, we look forward to seeing you Tuesday after school in the choir room!

Touring Ensemble Auditions Today!

Tuesday’s Touring Ensemble auditions have been rescheduled for today, Wednesday, June 6.

Returning members, please come–we need more of you today. And please encourage others to come try out!

New auditionees, we look forward to seeing you today after school in the choir room!

Vocal Showcase Tonight! Wed, May 30, 7:00pm, Cafeteria

Please join us for our annual Vocal Showcase, tonight, Wed, May 30, at 7:00 pm, in the cafeteria!! The evening will feature fantastic performances by Up the Octave and Sons of Pitch, plus several solos, duets, and trios from seniors in our choir program.

The event is free. The room is air-conditioned. And refreshments will be provided, courtesy of a cappella group members. Enjoy all these things plus some fantastic music from our CHS musicians.

Hope to see you tonight!

New Orleans Tour in 2019!!

Please visit the New Orleans Tour page, above, for everything you need to know about our magnificent March 2019 performance tour!!


Tiffin Restaurant Night Tuesday, May 22

Hello, Cheltenham Choir friends and families!

Tiffin in Elkins Park at 8080 Old York Road, Elkins Park, PA has been generous enough to donate 10% of their profits to the CHS Vocal Arts program! All you need to do is order from Tiffin this Tuesday between 11:00 AM and 10:00 PM to eat some delicious Indian Cuisine, mention CHS Choirs when you order, and 10% of your meal’s cost will be donated to our program! Orders can be delivery, takeout, or dine in.

Thanks for your support of Cheltenham Vocal Arts!