General Information

Concert Date:  March 20, 2020 (March 27, 2020 - Snow Date)

Ensemble

Warmup Time & Room

Performance Time

Post-Performance Seating

Parent Pickup

Region One

6:55 pm

2nd Floor Cafeteria

7:30 pm

House Left Balcony

House Left Balcony

Region Two

6:55 pm

2nd Floor Cafeteria

7:50 pm

House Right Balcony

House Right Balcony

Middle School

7:30 pm

Band Room

8:10 pm

 

House Left Floor

 

High School

7:30 pm

Chorus Room

8:40 pm

 

 

Finale*

 

9:10 pm

 

 

 

* = All students will participate in the finale conducted by Julia Richard (Westminster High School)

Elementary School

  • There will be two honors choruses (Region One and Region Two)
  • Each chorus will be directed by two music teachers from each region.
    • Region One – Cathy Bargerstock & Celia Croft
    • Region Two – Holly Kennedy & Michelle Hicks

Rehearsals

  • The directors will schedule and run the rehearsals at times and locations that the directors determine to best meet the needs of the members of each chorus.
  • Students should arrive at the rehearsals with the music already prepared through the assistance of their home school music teacher.
  • The recommended number of full ensemble rehearsals is 2-3. Teachers are asked to work during at least 2 of the 3 full ensemble rehearsal as coordinated by the conductors.
  • March 18, 2020 has been reserved for elementary access to the Westminster High School auditorium (5:00-9:00 pm). It is the responsibility of the conductors to make specific arrangements.

Student Involvement

  • Each elementary school will send 8 students to the regional chorus.
  • The students will be selected by the lead vocal music teacher at each school.
  • Students should be selected to balance voices. Consideration should be given to ability and positive contribution to the development of the home school choral music program.
    • Students should sing very well in tune with a pleasant tone quality and range that accommodates the chosen musical selections.
    • Students must demonstrate exemplary behavior and attitude, and have a good attendance record. Parents must be supportive and aware of all required rehearsals.
    • Selection of students should reflect careful determination on the teacher’s part with an eye towards promoting excellence in the festival honors chorus setting.
  • The decision of the lead vocal music teacher is the final determining factor for selection.

Attendance Policy

Attendance at all rehearsals and performances is expected. If an emergency arises, it is essential that parents communicate the absence in advance via email or phone call to the home school teacher. Missing 2 or more rehearsals will result in dismissal from the ensemble. Attendance at the final rehearsal at Westminster High School is mandatory.

Concert Attire

Students should wear appropriate concert attire; remaining consistent with school dress code. Clothing should not be distracting so the focus is on the music rather than an individual’s attire.

  • Long/Short Sleeve White Dress Shirt/Blouse (sleeveless is not appropriate)
  • Black Dress Pants or Black Knee Length or Longer Skirt
  • Black Dress Shoes (low heel and closed toe)

Middle School

Kim Hobbs will coordinate the Middle School Chorus.

Student Involvement

  • Each middle school will send 10 students to the honors chorus.
  • The students will be selected by the lead vocal music teacher at each school.
  • Students should be selected to balance voices. Consideration should be given to ability and positive contribution to the development of the home school choral music program.
  • The decision of the lead vocal music teacher is the final determining factor for selection.

Music

  • The middle school chorus will perform no more than 5 selections.
  • Music will be selected by the guest conductor.
  • The finale will be conducted by Julia Richard (Westminster High School).

Rehearsals

  • Students should arrive at the rehearsals with the music already prepared through the assistance of their home school music teacher.
  • The March 11 rehearsal will be held at Shiloh Middle School from 6:30-8:30. The March 16 rehearsal will be held at Westminster High School from 6:30-8:30. Both of these rehearsals will be run by the middle school chorus teachers. The finale will also be rehearsed at the March 16 rehearsal.
  • The March 19 rehearsal will be held at Westminster High School and will be run by the guest conductor.
  • Teachers are asked to work during at least 2 of the 3 rehearsals as coordinated by Kim Hobbs.
  • There will be an all-day rehearsal from 9:00 am – 1:30 pm with the guest conductors on Friday, March 20, 2020. There will be a lunch break for students to eat lunch that they bring from home.

Concert Attire

Students should wear appropriate concert attire; remaining consistent with school dress code. Clothing should not be distracting so the focus is on the music rather than an individual’s attire.

  • Long/Short Sleeve White Dress Shirt/Blouse (sleeveless is not appropriate)
  • Black Dress Pants or Black Knee Length or Longer Skirt
  • Black Dress Shoes (low heel and closed toe)

High School

Julia Richard will coordinate the High School Chorus.

Student Involvement

  • Each high school may send 10 students to the honors chorus. Each school should attempt to send 2 or 3 students from each of the 4 main voice parts.
    • At least 4 students must be male voices. If a school does not have 4 male voices to contribute, the school will forfeit the number of participants that they are lacking in male voices. Report this reduction to the high school coordinator so other schools may invite additional male students.
  • The students will be selected by the lead vocal music teacher at each school.
  • Students should be selected to balance voices. Consideration should be given to ability and positive contribution to the development of the home school choral music program.
  • The decision of the lead vocal music teacher is the final determining factor for selection.

Music

  • The high school chorus will perform no more than 5 selections.
  • Music will be selected by the guest conductor.
  • The finale will be conducted by Julia Richard (Westminster High School).

Rehearsals

  • Students should arrive at the rehearsals with the music already prepared through the assistance of their home school music teacher.
  • The March 9 rehearsal will be held at Westminster School from 6:30-9:00. The March 17 rehearsal will be held at Westminster High School from 6:30-9:00. Both of these rehearsals will be run by the high school chorus teachers. The finale will also be rehearsed at the March 17 rehearsal.
  • The March 19 rehearsal will be held at Westminster High School and will be run by the guest conductor.
  • Teachers are asked to work during at least 2 of the 3 rehearsals as coordinated by Julia Richard.
  • There will be an all-day rehearsal from 9:00 am – 1:30 pm with the guest conductors on Friday, March 20, 2020. There will be a lunch break for students to eat lunch that they bring from home.

Concert Attire

Students should wear appropriate concert attire; remaining consistent with school dress code. Clothing should not be distracting so the focus is on the music rather than an individual’s attire.

  • Long/Short Sleeve White Dress Shirt/Blouse (sleeveless is not appropriate)
  • Black Dress Pants or Black Knee Length or Longer Skirt
  • Black Dress Shoes (low heel and closed toe)