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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!

Update: Select Choir Audition Results posted by Monday, Feb 6

Select Choir audition results will be posted by the end of this weekend. Thanks for your patience.

This Website Has Relocated.

Please point your browser to the new CHS Vocal Arts website: Thank you!


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!

Lowell Yannick

All weekend activities canceled 1/22-1/24

Due to weather, the PR collective’s Friday movie night 1/22, Temple’s ManChoir 1/23, Footloose rehearsal 1/24, and UTO Rehearsal 1/24 have all been canceled. Enjoy the snow! See you Monday.

Congratulations, CHS Select Choir, on a stellar performance at the Phillies game!!

Cheltenham Vocal Arts Spirit Wear for Sale!

Represent our Cheltenham choir program with pride!

New t-shirts and magnets, designed and sold by our CHS VPA Boosters, let everyone know that you support our superb vocal and choral program at Cheltenham!

Hard copies of these order forms are available in the choir room. Orders are due Wednesday, October 7.


Today’s a cappella workshop 2/21

The a cappella groups at Lower Merion will sing informally for each other at 4:15 pm today in Lower Merion’s auditorium and dismiss early due to weather conditions.


(A side note: At the end of this speech excerpt, King quotes a spiritual called, “Walk Together Children.” We’ll all be singing that piece at the close of our concert on May 2.)

Below, the legendary Morehouse College Glee Club sings “We Shall Overcome,” the unofficial anthem of the civil rights movement. King himself attended Atlanta’s Morehouse College.

VPA Boosters Meeting Wednesday, October 16

Hello, Cheltenham Choirs Supporters,

Below is a message from the VPA Boosters’ leadership. Hope you can make it to the meeting this week!

Join us this Wednesday, October 16th from 7:00 – 8:00 pm for wine and cheese and the VPA Boosters general meeting at the home of Robin & Matt Clouse.

319 Myrtle Avenue
Cheltenham, 19012
(Same block as the Rowland Community Center)

Feel free to bring a friend.

Report from the National ACDA Conference

Today I returned from the 2013 National Conference of the American Choral Directors Association, in Dallas, TX. It was an exquisite 4 days!! I had the wonderful opportunity to see many amazing choirs, talk with several distinguished conductors, learn useful new things at workshops by great choral educators, and much more….

A performance by Cheltenham’s own Tom Kuchler ’12 and his University of Delaware Chorale was a highlight. As were discussions with Dr. Alan Raines, who remembers his residency with our Cheltenham singers in 2011 with great fondness. I also talked with the organizers of our 2012 New York City tour, who said glowing words about Cheltenham Choirs and their level of preparedness, friendliness, and professionalism at Lincoln Center.

Over Spring Break, I will post more reflections on the ACDA Conference and how my experiences there apply to our Cheltenham Choirs. I will also share the promised photo featuring Eric Whitacre (along with Dr. Raines)!

Thanks so much to the Cheltenham School District, Mr. Kuhn, and the VPA Boosters for supporting my attendance at this conference. Many thanks, too, to our choir presidents, council members, and section leaders for their leadership while I was away.

Hooray for ACDA and beautiful choral music! Looking forward to being back with the CHS Choirs tomorrow!

-Ms. Hutton

Linda Jeans Restaurant Night–ALL DAY Tuesday, October 25

Join us for our second restaurant night of the year this Tuesday at Linda Jean’s Grille!

All you need to do is print out this flyer and go to Linda Jean’s Tuesday ANYTIME between 7:00 AM and 10:00 PM to enjoy some delicious food, hand in this flyer when paying the bill, and 15% of your meal’s cost will be donated to our program! It works for a takeout or delivery order, too!

Linda Jean’s is at 109 Greenwood Avenue, near the Jenkintown train station, next to the Lukoil station.

Don’t have a flyer? Feel free to print from this link.

Our first restaurant night of the year raised $200. Let’s do it again! Your support makes a difference!

Linda Jean’s Restaurant Night Flyer

Select Choir: New Rep & Section Leader Audition Material

Hello Select Choir!

So far this marking period, we’ve worked on some classics of the choral repertoire:

Ave Verum Corpus by W.A. Mozart (1756-1791), Austrian, Classical Era

He, Watching Over Israel by Felix Mendelssohn (1809-1847), German, Romantic Era*

Set Me as a Seal by Rene Clausen (b. 1953), American, Modern Era

Next, we’ll reach back a few centuries to the Renaissance Era.

Here’s El Grillo by Josquin des Prez (ca. 1450-1521), Franco-Flemish (=present-day Belgium/France)

Select Choir Students Interested in Being Section Leaders:

1. Prepare your voice part for this piece. You should be able to sing it on a neutral syllable and play it. You should also be able to play at least one other voice part while singing your part. Ignore the Italian for now; you’re not required to learn the text. Learn pitches and rhythms. Also, make educated, thoughtful choices about appropriate dynamics, articulation, and phrasing based on what you can determine about the piece’s character.

2. Make an appointment to meet with Ms. Hutton for 10-15 minutes. You will run a mock sectional for the piece, as if Ms. Hutton is your section and she is seeing the piece for the first time. Ms. Hutton will also ask you some questions about the piece.

Please contact Ms. Hutton to schedule your section leader interview asap. These meetings will take place Monday, Tuesday, or Wednesday, September 26-28.

*Friendly Reminder: Part checks for the Mendelssohn begin Monday, October 3. You should know every pitch, rhythm, and syllable of text, and you should be able to sing your part in a quartet or octet. Useful resources are listed in a previous post. (Remember, too, that a portion of PMEA District Chorus Auditions assess your singing of this piece.)

Tiffin Restaurant Night Monday, September 26th

Hello, Cheltenham Choir friends and families! Our first restaurant night of the year is coming up! Tiffin in Elkins Park- address: 8080 Old York Road, Elkins Park, PA- has been generous enough to donate 10% of their profits to the CHS Vocal Performing Arts program! All you need to do is print out this flyer and go to Tiffin this Monday between 4:00 PM and 9:00 PM to eat some delicious Indian Cuisine, hand in this flyer when paying the bill, and 10% of your meal’s cost will be donated to our program! You can use the flyer for a takeout or delivery order, too! Pretty easy, right?

Unsure where Tiffin is located? Click here for a map!

Don’t have a flyer? There’s one attached for you below!

We’d love for you to attend this restaurant night and help support the Cheltenham Performing Arts Program!

New Touring Ensemble Website

Looking for the Touring Ensemble website?

It’s here.

CHS Choir Student’s Senior Project Featured in the Northeast Times

Senior John DiFerdinando’s senior project was profiled in the press yesterday. For his project, John and other Cheltenham singers presented a program of Broadway songs at five local community centers. Alli Aaron, Sophia Geron-Neubauer, Sami Goldberg, Chelsea Lawson, Justin Leis, and Tom Kuchler performed alongside John. Rachael Hicks, stage manager for our current musical theater production, assisted with tech needs.

Read the coverage here. Kudos to John and all involved!


MLK, by U2, arr. Bob Chilcott

Performed by Heartland Men’s Chorus, Kansas City, MO