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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!

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Touring Ensemble Show this Sunday, October 8, 2pm!!

This Sunday, October 8, 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 2017-18 show, The Heat is On, features songs ranging from Stevie Wonder to Adele, from Earth Wind & Fire to La La Land. 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!

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.

 

 

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!

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!

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 students selected for PMEA’s District 11 Chorus Festival

A big congratulations to five Cheltenham Choir members who were accepted to PMEA’s District 11 Chorus Festival, based on their audition this Saturday, November 19:

Maddie August (Soprano 2)
Grace Bitterman (Soprano 1)
Owen Davies (Bass 2)
Joe Reilly (Bass 1)
Mikayla Stone (Alto 2)

A total of 160 students were selected from a pool of over 300 auditionees from across Bucks and Montgomery counties.

These students will prepare several pieces for the three-day District Chorus Festival. The festival is January 12-14 at Lower Moreland High School, and it will be led by Dr. Amelia Garbisch, choral conductor and Associate Professor of Music Education at Bloomsburg University.

Win Pentatonix Tickets at Sunday’s Concert!

CHS Singers and Families! This Sunday, October 30, not only will you enjoy an outstanding afternoon of music-making with Keystone State Boychoir and Pennsylvania Girlchoir–you could also win two tickets to an upcoming Pentatonix Concert!

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Pentatonix, an outstanding a cappella group, and winners of The Sing-Off, will perform at Temple University’s Licouras Center Sunday, November 13, at 8 pm, and you could be there!

Go to the lobby Sunday pre-concert (between 3:30 and 4:00) or during our 15-minute intermission to enter the raffle. Tickets are 1 for $1 or 8 for $5. The winner will be announced at the concert.

Good luck to all!

Touring Ensemble Show this Sunday, October 23, 2pm!!

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This Sunday, October 23, 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 2016-17 show, Better When I’m Dancin, features songs ranging from The Jacksons to ABBA to Enrique Iglesias. 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!

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!

CHS Singer on Philadephia Orchestra Playbill

If you attend a Philadelphia Orchestra concert in September or October, you’ll find CHS Choir member Lowell Hoyt on the front of your playbill!

In case you missed it, Lowell, a junior in Select Choir and Sons of Pitch, wowed Orchestra audiences and Maestro Yannick Nézet-Séguin with his conducting in April. Congrats again, Lowell!!

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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!!

PMEA District Chorus Festival! Music available now

Each school 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 will have class time to prepare for the audition. Here’s more on this exciting experience.

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

Here’s an example of the superb musical work you might do at Districts.  Under the direction of Dr. Lynn Drafall, the 2011 District 11 Chorus performs Eric Whitacre’s “Sleep.” (8 of these voices are from Cheltenham classes of ’11 and ’12!)

PMEA’s District Chorus Festival is open to 10th-12th grade students. Preliminary auditions of CHS students will be held at school a few weeks before the official PMEA District auditions. 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:

  • Late October, after school:  In-House Auditions for Cheltenham’s District Chorus Candidates, CHS Choir Room
  • Sat, Nov 19, 2016:  PMEA District 11 Chorus Auditions at Upper Merion High School
  • Th-Sat, Jan 12-14, 2017:  PMEA District 11 Chorus Festival at Lower Moreland High School

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 2016-17. 

Audition Piece #1: “He Watching Over Israel” from Elijah by Felix Mendelssohn [pdf] (from the Romantic Era)

Dr. Alan Raines conducting at Baylor University. (Note: a different piece starts at 3:41 on this recording.)

A lovely Seattle ProMusica performance conducted by Dr. Karen Thomas.

Audition Piece #2: “Exsultate Deo” by Alessandro Scarlatti [pdf]  (from the Renaissance Era)

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

Auditioners will want to learn their voice part for the two pieces very thoroughly. Search YouTube for the piece name and your voice part (e.g., “He Watching Over Israel alto,”) and you’ll find plenty of resources for part learning.

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 resources, try here. If you’re interested in auditioning for District Chorus in November, have fun studying the Mendelssohn and Scarlatti!!

CHS Singer Conducts the Philadelphia Orchestra

CHS Sophomore Lowell Hoyt, a member of Select Choir, Sons of Pitch, and the Keystone State Boychoir, had an experience of a lifetime Thursday, April 7, as he conducted our world-class Philadelphia Orchestra in Bizet’s “The March of the Toreadors.” Lowell got a tryout with a small ensemble in the Kimmel Center lobby, and he was chosen over dozens of potential conductors of all ages to conduct the orchestra.

Check out this amazing video. Go, Lowell!!!

And a great backstage pic with Yannick Nézet-Séguin, Music Director of the Philadelphia Orchestra!

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2 Concerts this Saturday, 3/19, featuring CHS Singers

Enjoy the start of Spring Break with two great concerts this Saturday, March 19!

First: at 2:00 pm at Upper Dublin High School, the PMEA Region VI Chorus Festival Concert, featuring our own Willa Capper and Arin Edelstein. Willa and Arin were selected by competitive audition to join singers from across the southeastern PA area for a three-day festival and a culminating performance Saturday afternoon.

The concert will be conducted by Dr. Mitos Andaya Hart of Temple University. Upper Dublin’s Performing Arts Center is at 800 Loch Alsh Avenue,  Ft Washington, PA 19034. Tickets are available online or at the door.

Congratulations, Arin & Willa!

Second: at 5:00 pm at Temple’s Performing Arts Center, the Temple ManChoir Festival Concert, featuring several CHS tenors and basses. Our singers will experience a full-day festival with Dr. Paul Rardin and Prof. Christine Bass of Temple. The concert will feature Keystone State Boychoir (featuring many Cheltenham singers!) and Rosa Close Harmony (a great middle school group), alongside all the guys in the ManChoir Festival Chorus.

Temple’s Performing Arts Center is at 1837 N. Broad St., Philadelphia, PA 19122. Admission is free.

Hope you can see one or both of these exceptional choral performances and support our Cheltenham singers!!

 

District Chorus Festival members perform Sat, Feb 6

Come see Isaac Blank, Lilo Blank, Willa Capper, Xavier Crisden, Owen Davies, Willa Douglas, Arin Edelstein, Lowell Hoyt, and Mikayla Stone perform with about 150 other singers at the PMEA District 11 Chorus Festival Concert!

The concert is this Saturday, February 6, at 11:00 am at Lower Merion High School (315 E Montgomery Ave, Ardmore, PA 19003).

The singers are led by Professor Jayne Glocke of The Penn State School of Music.

Concert repertoire includes Cheltenham Choir favorites such as Brahms’ “How Lovely are Thy Dwellings,” Palestrina’s “Sicut Cervus,” and Hatfield’s “Dubula,” alongside several other wonderful, challenging choral pieces.

Our nine 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 $8. We hope you can attend!