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!

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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!

Cosi Restaurant Night this Thursday, February 16

Join us for our restaurant night Thursday, February 16 at Cosi in Elkins Park!

Go to Cosi Thursday between 4 pm and 9 pm to enjoy some delicious food, show this flyer (or mention our fundraiser) when paying the bill, and 25% of your meal’s cost will be donated to our program. It’s good for takeout or dine in.

Our monthly VPA Boosters meeting will be held at 7:00 pm Thursday at Cosi. Please do grab a bite and join us!

Cosi is at 50 Yorktown Plaza, Elkins Park, PA 19027.

Print the flyer below, or grab one from the choir room.  You may also show an electronic version or just mention CHS Vocal Arts when you order.

Thank you! Your support makes a real difference!!!
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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!

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* = 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*

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.

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!

CHS Choirs Restaurant Night this Wednesday, Jan 25, at Luigi’s

Eat at Luigi’s Pizzarama in Elkins Park this Wednesday, January 25, and help our CHS singers!

Go to Luigi’s Wednesday between 11 am and 10 pm to enjoy some delicious food, mention our fundraiser when paying the bill, and 20% of your meal’s cost will be donated to our program. It works for take out, dine in, or delivery.

Luigi’s is at 417 Township Line Rd, Elkins Park, PA 19027. 215-758-2440.

You don’t need a flyer; just mention our program when you order.

Thank you! Your support makes a real difference!!!

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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!

CHS Choirs Restaurant Night this Monday, Dec 12, at Humpty’s Dumplings

This Monday, December 12, eat at Humpty’s Dumplings in Glenside and help our CHS singers!

Go to Humpty’s Dumplings Monday between 3 pm and 9 pm to enjoy some delicious dumplings (or noodles or salads), show this flyer when paying the bill, and 15% of your meal’s cost will be donated to our program.

Humpty’s Dumplings is at 277 N Keswick Ave., Glenside PA 19038.

Click below to print a flyer, pick up one from the CHS choir room, or show the flyer on your phone when you order.

Thank you! Your support makes a real difference!!!

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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!

CHS students selected for PMEA’s District 11 Chorus Festival

A big congratulations to five Cheltenham Choir members who were accepted to PMEA’s District 11 Chorus Festival, based on their audition this Saturday, November 19:

Maddie August (Soprano 2)
Grace Bitterman (Soprano 1)
Owen Davies (Bass 2)
Joe Reilly (Bass 1)
Mikayla Stone (Alto 2)

A total of 160 students were selected from a pool of over 300 auditionees from across Bucks and Montgomery counties.

These students will prepare several pieces for the three-day District Chorus Festival. The festival is January 12-14 at Lower Moreland High School, and it will be led by Dr. Amelia Garbisch, choral conductor and Associate Professor of Music Education at Bloomsburg University.

CHS Choirs Restaurant Night this Monday, Nov 21, at Pizza Box

Have some pizza this Monday, November 21 at Pizza Box in Glenside, and help our CHS singers!

Go to Pizza Box Monday between 10 am and 9 pm to enjoy some delicious food, show this flyer when paying the bill, and 10% of your meal’s cost will be donated to our program.

Pizza Box is at 43 Limekiln Pike, Glenside PA 19038.

Click below to print a flyer, pick up one from the CHS choir room, or show the flyer on your phone when you order.

Thank you! Your support makes a real difference!!!

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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!

Win Pentatonix Tickets at Sunday’s Concert!

CHS Singers and Families! This Sunday, October 30, not only will you enjoy an outstanding afternoon of music-making with Keystone State Boychoir and Pennsylvania Girlchoir–you could also win two tickets to an upcoming Pentatonix Concert!

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Pentatonix, an outstanding a cappella group, and winners of The Sing-Off, will perform at Temple University’s Licouras Center Sunday, November 13, at 8 pm, and you could be there!

Go to the lobby Sunday pre-concert (between 3:30 and 4:00) or during our 15-minute intermission to enter the raffle. Tickets are 1 for $1 or 8 for $5. The winner will be announced at the concert.

Good luck to all!

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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