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Restaurant Night this Monday, December 18, at Jules Pizza and U-Swirl

This Monday, December 18, please enjoy a delicious dinner and dessert at Jules Thin Crust Pizza and U-Swirl Frozen Yogurt at 817 Old York Rd in Jenkintown. 20% of all proceeds will go to support our Vocal Arts programs!

 

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Important Info for Winter Choir Concert Wed, Dec 6

Our students are looking forward to sharing their music at our Winter Choir Concert on Wednesday, December 6, at 7:30 pm, in Stretton Hall!

During school on Tuesday, December 5, all choir students will spend 1st-3rd periods rehearsing together in Stretton Hall. (Students may wear regular school clothes.) Students are responsible for making up missed work from their 1st-3rd period classes.

Wednesday, December 6, 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 performance requirements and policies. Significant points are deducted for even one minute of lateness, and proper concert attire is required in order to perform.

The concert begins at 7:30 pm and will last till about 9:15 pm, including a 15-minute intermission.

After the concert, all are invited to a cookie reception in the cafeteria.

Choir families are asked to contribute one plate/tray/box/bag of cookies to the reception. On Dec 6, cookies may be dropped off in the choir room in the afternoon or the cafeteria in the evening.

Thanks in advance for your support and attendance at the concert and our post-concert celebration!

It’s going to be a wonderful concert!! Look forward to seeing everyone there!

Pancake Breakfast at Applebee’s Jenkintown Saturday, November 4!

Choir students and families are gearing up for our 3rd Pancake Breakfast fundraiser! The event is at Applebee’s Jenkintown Saturday, November 4, 8am-10am.

Just $8 gets you unlimited pancakes, link sausage, and coffee/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 4 (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!

Restaurant Night this Thursday, Oct 19, at Humpty’s Dumplings and Soda Fountain

This Thursday, October 19, please enjoy a delicious dinner and dessert at Humpty’s Dumplings and The Weldon Soda Fountain in Keswick. 15% of all proceeds will be donated to our Vocal Performing Arts Boosters!

 

Cheltenham Choirs Support our Friends in Puerto Rico with Hurricane Relief Efforts

Please click here to donate to the Ponce High School Support Fund via PayPal,

and share the link:

http://bit.ly/PRreliefCHS

In February 2016, 47 Cheltenham Choir students and 5 adults traveled to Puerto Rico for an extraordinary performance tour. Here’s a video from our wonderful time in Puerto Rico.

We were greeted particularly warmly by our singing colleagues at Ponce High School, who performed for us, fed us a homemade dinner at their school, and reached out to all our Cheltenham singers with open arms.

Find out more about Puerto Rico from our Select Choir President, Erin Kuchler.

CHS and Ponce High School singers in the courtyard of their school after a magnificent joint concert and a delicious homemade dinner.

In the wake of Hurricane Maria, we are reaching out to assist our colleagues in Ponce. Many are still without clothes, water, and food, and the school is spearheading efforts to rebuild its students’ homes.

Please click here to donate to the Ponce High School Support Fund via PayPal,

and share the link:

http://bit.ly/PRreliefVPA

Thanks to those of you who have already donated–we collected $73 for Ponce High School at our car wash October 14!

Please keep the donations coming. Choir Director Victor Quiles and his students are extremely grateful for all the help we will provide.

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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!

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!!

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!

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 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!

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*

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!

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!