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Spring Choir Concert Sat, May 11

We are looking forward to this Saturday’s Spring Choir Concert at CHS! Students have done some excellent preparation this semester, and I know you’ll enjoy seeing and hearing their work.

Students are called to Stretton Hall by 1:00 pm on Saturday, May 11 for a pre-concert dress rehearsal. Students: please arrive very comfortably before 1:00 (plan on 12:30-12:45) 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 begins at 4:00pm. It 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.

Each choir member is asked to contribute one item to share. (Our CHS VPA Boosters will provide some additional refreshments.) Picnic contributions should be dropped off in the faculty cafeteria, across the lobby from the choir room. Thank you!

  • Women’s and Men’s Choir: lemonade or iced tea
  • Concert Choir: side salad, fruit, or veggies
  • Select Choir: dessert (cut into individual servings, please)

Please bring blankets and lawn chairs for picnicking, as well as outdoor activities, if you like.

This will be a wonderful way to conclude our year’s work in choir. Looking forward to seeing you all Saturday the 11th!

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Restaurant Night tonight, Wed, March 6, at Jules Pizza

Today, Wednesday, March 6, please enjoy a delicious dinner at Jules Thin Crust Pizza at 817 Old York Rd in Jenkintown. 20% of all proceeds will go to support our Vocal Arts programs!

 

District-Wide Tour Friday, February 1, 2019

This Friday, February 1, our vocal groups will entertain their fellow students on our 8th Annual Cheltenham School District Tour of elementary and middle schools!

Select Choir, Touring Ensemble, Up the Octave, and Sons of Pitch will perform for six district schools plus the district staff and administration.

We will meet in the choir room at 7:30 am and return to CHS around 3:30 pm.

Select Choir, TE, UTO, and Sons Members:

  • Please be sure you’ve blocked off all day up to 3:30.
  • 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 12:30.
  • 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!

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

CHS Choirs Restaurant Night at SNAP Pizza this Thursday, January 24!

Please support our Cheltenham Vocal Arts program by dining at SNAP Pizza , at 1621 The Fairway / Jenkintown, PA 19046 , this Thursday, January 24. It’s good for in-person dining or online ordering with pickup, from 5:00pm to 9:00 pm.

A huge 50 % of all proceeds go to the Vocal Performing Arts Boosters! That 50% rate is a tremendous opportunity for us. Hope you can help by enjoying some great food this Thursday.

SNAP Pizza offers make-your-own pizzas and salads and includes gluten-free, vegan, and vegetarian options.

Just show this flyer at SNAP Pizza this Thursday evening. Thank you for your support!

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!

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.

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!

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!

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.

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!

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!

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.

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.]