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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!

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!!

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!

Panera Restaurant Night Monday, April 24

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,  Monday, April 24, 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. 

Select Choir Performance Tue, Feb 28, 7:30 pm

CHS’s Select Choir will join other distinguished high school choirs to perform at North Penn High School’s Invitational Concert Tuesday, February 28, at 7:30 pm!

The 2017 North Penn Choral Invitational Concert will include performances by choirs from North Penn, Quakertown Community, and Lower Merion High Schools. Each ensemble will perform three pieces. The concert is adjudicated; Dr. Amelia Garbisch of Bloomsburg University and Dr. Kathleen Shannon, formerly of West Virginia University, will offer each choir valuable feedback about its performance.

Select Choir students will board the bus to North Penn at 5:15 pm. The concert will begin at 7:30. After attending a brief post-concert reception, we should be back at CHS around 10:15.

This is a fantastic opportunity for Select Choir students to hear other high school choirs perform and to receive comments on their own work!

Again, the concert begins at 7:30 pm at North Penn High School, 1340 S Valley Forge Rd, Lansdale, PA 19446, Tuesday, February 28. Admission is free. I hope you can come support our CHS singers!

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!

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!

Select Choir Delivers a Superb Performance at ACDA-PA Sat, Nov 5

Our Select Choir sang an outstanding concert at the American Choral Directors Association (ACDA) Pennsylvania Fall Conference Saturday, November 5!!

Our CHS singers’ performance was energetic, committed, unified, skilled, beautiful, and giving. The audience at Susquehanna University’s Stretansky Concert Hall responded with a quick and full-hearted standing ovation. Saturday afternoon, as our singers walked the Susquehanna campus, they were greeted with spontaneous applause and numerous high compliments from fellow singers and from numerous accomplished professional conductors in attendance.

Cheltenham High School Select Choir was one of only six choirs in the state selected to perform at this statewide choral conference–a great honor. Before and after their performance, our students were able to watch several other outstanding choral performances. Our Select Choir members have had a wonderful time at the event, and they are justifiably very proud of their work.

If you like, check out some video clips of our concert here!

Thank you to our CSD Administration, Dr. McFall, Mr. Creighton, Select Choir families, and VPA Boosters for their support of this amazing experience. It was a tremendously fulfilling experience for all involved.

Congratulations, CHS Select Choir!!!

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Just after Friday’s final rehearsal at CHS

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Saturday morning, getting ready to head to the concert hall

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On the way to our big performance

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Soundcheck in Stretansky Hall–an amazing acoustic!

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More soundcheck work pre-performance

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Saturday, happy and proud after our morning performance!

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Saturday afternoon, in between concerts, and after receiving numerous enthusiastic compliments from the conference’s discerning audience members!

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!

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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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!!