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.


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!

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!