Good Afternoon Grissom Choir,
I hope everyone has had a wonderful Easter and is ready for our 2nd week of E-Learning!. Please make sure you read all the information below, including assignments. Please reach out to me during your assigned class time should you need help or review!
This Week in Choir…
Submit a video recording of you singing the Natural Minor Scale followed by the Natural Minor Sequence. Please use hand signs. A PDF of the hand signs is posted on the assignment page on Canvas.
If you do not have access to a device with a working camera (phone, other laptop, etc), please message me on Canvas telling me that you can only submit audio, and submit an audio recording only.
This assignment will be used as part of your Concert/Chamber Choir auditions, so practice beforehand!
Using the text box on the Canvas assignment, write 1 paragraph (5-7 sentences) about your favorite piece that we sang this year. It can either be from All-City, All-State, our Winter Concert, or a song we would have performed for our Haydn Hits Concert, SCPA, or the Spring Concert. Describe the text and why it is your favorite!
I still have MANY students who have not submitted last weeks assignment. Due remember, you will NOT receive credit for this assignments in iNow, and you will NOT be considered for Concert or Chamber Choir next year if these assignments are not turned in. Do not take advantage of this light work-load I am giving you. I can easily arrange for more in-depth assignments. WE ARE STILL IN SCHOOL!
Seniors, if you are declaring yourself as a graduate, you MUST let me know! I have only heard from a handful of you. If you don’t inform me, I will not know whose grade to adjust in iNow!
Senior Scholarship Applications
Seniors, please visit www.grissomchoir.com/students to access the scholarship information for this year! The application is a Google Drive Form, and the 2 Reference Forms are SEPARATE Google Drive forms that must be filled out by your references, and submitted by them (simply email your references the link!) All 3 of these documents (digital application and 2 digital reference forms) are due no later than April 24th. Late applicants will not be considered. Our scholarship recipients will be announced the evening of April 30th online!
Senior Slideshow Information
Seniors, please fill out the link at www.grissomchoir.com/students if you want to be featured in our Senior Slideshow. This must be done by April 24th. Late entries will NOT be featured. Our slideshow will debut the evening of April 30th online!
Leadership Team Applications
It is time for students to begin thinking about wether they want to apply to be on our leadership team for next year. Open positions include: Vice-President/President-Elect, Secretary, Social Chair, Librarian, (must be registered for Vocal Lab), & Recruitment Chair. Student must fill out the digital application found at www.grissomchoir.com/students, complete an interview with myself and our current student Presidents & President-Elect through Google Meet, and record a short video to be presented online to the Grissom Choir student body concerning why they wish to be on the Leadership Team. An online voting form will be given to all other students to express who they think will be best in each position. If you wish to co-run for a position, you must speak with Mr. Ratcliff beforehand.
Concert Choir Auditions
I began auditioning EVERYONE for Concert Choir beginning this past week, no matter if they will be returning next year or not. The audition consists of a relatively easy sight-reading portion, along with our scales that we do everyday in class. THESE AUDITIONS ARE BEING TAKEN CARE OF AS PART OF YOUR WEEKLY ASSIGNMENTS FOR GRISSOM CHOIR ON CANVAS. If students have been participating in class and putting their best effort forward, these auditions will not be difficult or scary. The Concert Choir member list will be posted online at the end of the semester.
Chamber Choir Auditions
Being the top advanced ensemble, this audition will be a little more involved. Each auditioning student will be required to fill out the digital application and get 2 teacher recommendations found at www.grissomchoir.com/students. The application is a Google Drive Form, and the 2 Reference Forms are SEPARATE Google Drive forms that must be filled out by your references, and submitted by them (simply email your references the link!) All 3 of these documents (digital application and 2 digital reference forms) are due no later than May 1st. Late applicants will not be considered. Performance wise, students will sight-read a more advanced passage of music, and will be required to learn “Star Sonnet” using sheet music and provided practice tracks (see Canvas & website). WE WILL BE USING GOOGLE MEET FOR ONLINE VIDEO AUDITIONS. You must also sign up for an audition time slot found on the website at www.grissomchoir.com/students. Please enter your name in a time slot that is during your normal choir time based on the e-learning schedule posted on Canvas. The Chamber Choir member list will be posted at the end of the semester.
European Performance Tour - 8th installment of $177 is due in 3 weeks, Thursday April 30th. Please make out checks to GCPA and send to our Treasurer’s house at 2502 Wynterhall Rd. SE Huntsville, AL 35803.
Nashville Heritage Festival - I will have information concerning the trip this week. Thank you all for your patience. I will inform all stakeholders as soon as we have a plan.