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.

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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!

Spring Choir Concert Saturday, May 12

Our choir students are looking forward to our final concert of the year, Saturday, May 12, at 4:00 pm in Stretton Hall!

Students are called to Stretton Hall by 1:00 pm on Saturday, May 12 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 Emily Reich, 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 12th!

Free Student Tickets: Philadelphia Gay Men’s Chorus on May 18

The Philadelphia Gay Men’s Chorus cordially invites all CHS students to its Pride Tour, with a performance scheduled for Friday, May 18 at Abington Friends School. The concert starts at 8:00 pm, but arrive early to attend a free dessert reception, starting at 7:00 pm!

**To reserve your ticket and for more information, go to bit.ly/pridetourstudent

According to the PGMC Outreach Chair, “The show is all about coming together, family, standing up for each other, and the MUSIC!  We’ll showcase all of your favorites from popular musicals like The Wiz, Ragtime, and The Greatest Showman along with NEW WORKS that tell the story of our LGBTQ+ family.”

Watch a video about the PGMC’s school Outreach program.

Hope you can take advantage of this great opportunity to see live music from one of Philadelphia’s most vibrant and renowned choral groups!

Cosi Restaurant Night tonight, Mon, Apr 23!

Join us for our restaurant night Monday, April 23 at Cosi in Elkins Park!

Go to Cosi today between 12 pm and 9 pm to enjoy some delicious food, show this flyer or mention our fundraiser when paying the bill, and a portion 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 Monday 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!!!

Once on This Island: This Week!!

You don’t want to miss this amazing Cheltenham Music Theatre show.

For tickets and additional information, please visit cheltenhammusictheatre.org!

CHS Choirs Restaurant Night this Monday, March 12, at Pizza Box

Have some pizza this Monday, March 12 at Pizza Box in Glenside, and help our CHS singers!

Go to Pizza Box Monday between 10 am and 9 pm 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, 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!!!

Schubert Mass in G Tonight at the Philadelphia Episcopal Cathedral!

We warmly invite you all to attend a wonderful collaborative concert tonight, Thursday, February 22, at 7:30 pm, at the Philadelphia Episcopal Cathedral. The concert features a performance of Franz Schubert’s entire Mass in G by our Select Choir, our CHS Chamber Orchestra (under the direction of Mr. Matt Hoy), and CHS Choir alumni Robert Balfour-Austin ’17, Willa Douglas ’16, and Thomas Kuchler ’12 as soloists. The concert will also include selections of choir-only and orchestra-only repertoire.

The concert begins at 7:30pm and will conclude around 8:30. It is free, non-ticketed, and open to the public.

The Philadelphia Episcopal Cathedral, an outstanding performance space, is in University City, at 38th and Chestnut. The address is 23 S 38th St, Philadelphia, PA 19104 There are many metered parking places near the Cathedral, especially on Chestnut, 38th, Ludlow, and Market Streets, and there are paid parking lots nearby, as well. The Cathedral is also readily accessible by public transit. Location details are here.

This will be an exceptional concert you don’t want to miss.

Thank you for your support of our excellent CHS musicians!

Select Choir 2018-19

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.

If you are on the list below, please recognize that your acceptance is contingent upon exemplary performance in vocal arts activities in the remainder of this school year.

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 2018-19. Congratulations to new members.

Select Choir 2018-19

* = new member

Ava Angelettie
Nila Anthony*
Ivy Austin
Rebecca Banner
Gabi Bernstein
Lily Bitterman*
Michaela Bockarie*
Breia Crisden
Caelan Donahue*
Sarah England
Alice Fodor
Miles Fodor*
Simone Free*
Jaden Sky Greenbaum*
SaraKate Gulak
Naomi Guth*
Jordan Hood
Najae Johnson*
Bishop Kaschock-Marenda*
Jalayna Mancini
Casey McLaughlin*
Roy Nussbaum
Nya Paulection*
Jessica Pham
Colin Polisano
Natalie Pomerantz
Quincy Rhoades*
Immanuel Rimmer
Stefan Rogowski*
Camille Ross
Matt Ryan
Oren Schwartz
Dominique Vidal*
Kaylee Washington
Najeh Williams*

Audition Results Feb 7

Select Choir audition results for 2018-19 will be posted Wednesday, February 7. Thanks for your patience!

Panera Restaurant Night Tuesday, Feb 6

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,  Tuesday, February 6, 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 Tonight! Thu, Jan 18

Join us for our restaurant night Thursday, January 18 at Main Street Pizzeria and Grille!

Go to Main Street today between 4 pm and 9 pm to enjoy some delicious food, show this flyer when paying the bill, and 12% 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 tonight.

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

District-Wide Tour Friday, January 19, 2018

This Friday, January 19, our vocal groups will entertain their fellow students on our 7th 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 8:20 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 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, black top (long-sleeved is best). 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!

[Below, photo highlights from last year! Photography by Jeremy Elvas.]

Restaurant Night this Monday, December 18, at Jules Pizza and U-Swirl

This Monday, December 18, please enjoy a delicious dinner and dessert at Jules Thin Crust Pizza and U-Swirl Frozen Yogurt at 817 Old York Rd in Jenkintown. 20% of all proceeds will go to support our Vocal Arts programs!

 

Important Info for Winter Choir Concert Wed, Dec 6

Our students are looking forward to sharing their music at our Winter Choir Concert on Wednesday, December 6, at 7:30 pm, in Stretton Hall!

During school on Tuesday, December 5, all choir students will spend 1st-3rd periods rehearsing together in Stretton Hall. (Students may wear regular school clothes.) Students are responsible for making up missed work from their 1st-3rd period classes.

Wednesday, December 6, 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 performance requirements and policies. Significant points are deducted for even one minute of lateness, and proper concert attire is required in order to perform.

The concert begins at 7:30 pm and will last till about 9:15 pm, including a 15-minute intermission.

After the concert, all are invited to a cookie reception in the cafeteria.

Choir families are asked to contribute one plate/tray/box/bag of cookies to the reception. On Dec 6, cookies may be dropped off in the choir room in the afternoon or the cafeteria in the evening.

Thanks in advance for your support and attendance at the concert and our post-concert celebration!

It’s going to be a wonderful concert!! Look forward to seeing everyone there!