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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!

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!

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!!

Sat, June 4 Festival at Temple University — Select & Women’s Choir

Here are details for the “I Sing Because….Festival” at Temple University Saturday, June 4!

Informational Letter with times, what to bring, etc.

Call time Saturday is 8:00 am. Buses drive away at 8:15 am.

Saturday morning, students should have a water bottle and a packed lunch, and they should be wearing their regular, long black concert attire.

Performances are open to the public. The event takes place at Temple University’s Mitten Hall, 1913 N. Broad St, Philadelphia. 

Schedule:

  • 9am-11am: Performances by GAMP,Northeast HS, Girard College HS, Cherokee HS.
  • 11:05 CHS Women’s Choir performance and clinic
  • 11:30 CHS Select Choir performance and clinic
  • 1:15-2:00  Mass Choir Rehearsal and Performance

Buses will arrive back at CHS around 2:30 pm.

Thank you!

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!

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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!