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CHS Choir Car Wash Sat, October 14!

 

Please join us for the CHS Choir Car Wash this Saturday, Oct 14!

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

We are asking that each choir member sell 3 tickets. Tickets were distributed to to students last week, and more tickets are available in the choir room.

Volunteer shifts on Saturday are 8a-10a, 10a-12p, and 12p-2p. Students will sign 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. Thanks to all!

Signed Course Expectation Sheets Due Mon, Sept 18

Cheltenham Singers:

Please turn in your signed course expectation sheets, signed by you and your parent/guardian, by this Monday, 9/18. Digital copies are available here.

Thank you for a great start to the year!!

Singer Bio Assignment: Due Monday, September 11

Hello, CHS Choir members of 2017-18!!

Please complete this Singer Bio form by Monday, September 11, at 11:59 pm. Thank you!

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!

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!

 

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*

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!

1st All-Choir Concert this Sunday, October 30!

Our Cheltenham Choirs’ first concert of 2016-17 is this Sunday, October 30, in Stretton Hall at CHS. All students are called at 1:00, and the concert begins at 4:00.

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This is an extraordinary opportunity for our Cheltenham singers to perform alongside two outstanding choral groups, Keystone State Boychoir (KSB) and Pennsylvania Girlchoir (PG). This week, Mr. Steven Fisher, Director of KSB and Co-Founder of PG, has been working with our students in their choir classes to prepare for the concert. It has been a tremendous learning experience already, and the concert is sure to be rewarding for performers and audience alike.

Students are called to Stretton Hall, with their binders and pencils, in required concert attire, before 1:00 pm. The required dress rehearsal is 1:00-3:30. The concert, which includes an intermission, will start at 4:00 and conclude around 5:45. Admission is free, and refreshments will be available at intermission.

Please see the above tabs for required concert attire and policies from the Course Expectations sheet, which each singer and family member signed in September.

Looking forward to a wonderful afternoon of singing and a great first choir concert of 2016-17!

2016 Car Wash a Great Success!

Many thanks to student and parent volunteers, ticket sellers, organizers, and drivers who supported the CHS Choirs Car Wash on Saturday!

With your work, we raised over $1000 for our Vocal Arts programs, and we provided many happy drivers with shiny vehicles. Our student musicians showed commendable enthusiasm, attention to detail, friendliness, and team spirit. Great stuff.

Go, Cheltenham Vocal Arts!

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CHS Choir Car Wash Sat, Sept 15!

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Please join us for the CHS Choir Car Wash this Saturday, Sept 15!

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

We are asking that each choir member sell 3 tickets. Tickets were distributed to to students last week, and more tickets are available in the choir room.

Volunteer shifts on Saturday are 8a-10a, 10a-12p, and 12p-2p. Students will sign 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. Thanks to all!

First VPA Boosters Meeting of the School Year! Thurs, Sept 22, 7pm, CHS Choir Room

CHS Vocal Performing Arts Boosters Meeting this Thursday, September 22!

We are fortunate to have a vibrant parent group whose support is vital to our choir/vocal performing arts program. Please consider attending the CHS VPA Boosters’ first 2016-17 meeting this Thursday night, September 22, 7:00-8:00pm, in the CHS Choir room. Thanks very much for your support.


From VPA Secretary Laura Stone:

  • Please join us for our first monthly VPA Boosters meeting!
  • Come meet other choir parents and say hello to Ms. Hutton!
  • Learn about exciting upcoming choir events including our Oct. 15  car wash fundraiser, Touring Ensemble Show and Restaurant Nights!
  • Sign up to volunteer at an event.
  • Enjoy some light refreshments.

All are welcome! Let’s make this another great year for our singers! 

2016-17 Choir Events

Welcome to 2016-17!!

You can find this year’s overall calendar of events on the Calendar page, aboveCourse Expectations sheets, also above, contain important details for each choir class. Signed Course Expectations sheets are due Monday, September 12.

Looking forward to working with our wonderful CHS Singers this year!!

Spring Concert: Reflection Assignment

Congratulations on a wonderfully enjoyable Spring Concert, CHS Singers!

Your written concert reflection, available here, is due this Friday, May 20 at 11:59 pm. (Students, note that you have to log in to your Cheltenham Google account to access the document.)

Printed copies of the assignment are available in the choir room. You’ll have some time in class to work on this assignment.

Spring Choir Concert Saturday, May 14

Our choir students are looking forward to our final concert of the year, Saturday, May 14, at 4:00 pm in Stretton Hall! This concert marks the first performance of the CHS Choirs with our new acoustical shell. Fantastic!

Shell on stage from pit

Students are called to Stretton Hall by 1:00 pm on Saturday 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. As discussed in choir classes, each choir member is asked to contribute one item to share.

  • Concert Choir: drinks
  • Women’s Choir: side dish/snack/salad/entree
  • Men’s Choir: plates, napkins, cups
  • Select Choir: dessert

Please bring blankets and 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. Contact VPA Co-President Lisa Angelettie with questions about the picnic.

This will be a wonderful way to conclude our year’s work in choir. Looking forward to seeing you all Saturday the 14th!

The Big Day!!!! An Acoustical Shell on the CHS Stage!

It’s been a thrilling day here in the CHS Music Department, with the arrival of our new acoustical shell!

Pics below, along with before and after videos. What a huge difference this makes for the singers and audience. Spectacular.

Thank you Jim Carlin, Carmen, Chris, Mike, Sergio!

Many thanks to Jim Carlin, Carmen, Chris, Mike, & Sergio for unloading and assembly!

Matt Berntsen--first time raising a shell section at CHS!

Mr. Berntsen–first time raising a shell section at CHS!

Select Choir students positioning shells

Select Choir students positioning shells on stage

Shell on stage from pit

Set up and ready to go for the band!

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A million thanks to the the Cheltenham School District Foundation, Dr. Marseille, Sue O’Grady, Mrs. Parker, our own VPA, the BPA, orchestra program, and the music department for helping to make this happen. This is truly the dawn of a new era for the CHS music program. Thank you, thank you!

Come see the Spring Choir Concert Saturday, May 14, at 4:00pm, and hear the results in person!

Select Choir 2016-17

Thank you to all those who auditioned for Select Choir. I look forward to working with you all in our program next year!

Everyone who auditioned: Please see Ms. Hutton for feedback on your audition. If you did not make it into Select Choir this year: 1) Please talk to Ms. Hutton about your audition; 2) tell your counselor your first choice for next year (for most tenors/basses, Concert Choir; for sopranos/altos, either Concert or Women’s); and 3) 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.

To all of you: I am proud to work with every singer in our choir program; you are all assets to your ensemble, and you all contribute positively to our community. Again, please talk to Ms. Hutton about your audition, and don’t hesitate to talk to Ms. Hutton and your counselor about your music course selections and schedule for next year.

Below is the roster for Select Choir for 2016-17. Congratulations to new members.

Select Choir 2016-17

* = new member

Autumn Angelettie
Maddie August
Robert Balfour-Austin
Lauryn Banks
Grace Bitterman
Addy Colangelo
Maureen Conly
Katherine Cooper
Maddie Coutts
Elijah Crisden
Owen Davies
Greg Davis
Jeremy Elvas*
Alice Fodor*
SaraKate Gulak*
Lowell Hoyt
Lia Hyman
Simon Kaschock-Marenda*
Catherine Kluchinski
Erin Kuchler
Jalayna Mancini*
Charles Miller
Rebecca Neckritz
Jessica Pham*
Colin Polisano*
Adam Provost
Batya Reich
Joe Reilly
Matt Ryan*
Cooper Schwartz
Adam Smull*
Oliver Snook
Mikayla Stone

Winter Concert Video

Watch the Winter Concert here!

http://vp.telvue.com/player?id=T01817&video=258022&mini=true

Many thanks to Ms. Ferriola and the CHS TV Production team for their work on the video.