State Quals is this Saturday @ Chesterton MS!!! We are excited to bring 3 choirs with us this year! That’s 124 choral students!  Attached is a schedule for the day.  The students will be meeting at the high school, then riding buses over to Chesterton.  Please note the time change on the schedule.

ATTENTION VL PARENTSOn Friday, we handed out about 25 Field Trip Request Forms to students that have not yet turned them in.  If I don’t have them ASAP, they will not be allowed to ride the bus on Saturday.  If you are not sure whether you have turned one in yet or not, first ask your son if he received on from me on Friday. They are on red paper. You can also print one out below.

FINALLYWe will be having a community preview show This Thursday night @ 7:30 in the auditorium. Admission is FREE. All 3 groups will be performing their sets.  We hope to see you there!

It will be very important to have as many people at Chesterton MS on Saturday to cheer on our students.  State Qualifications have gotten tougher and tougher, and we need all the support we can get.  We look forward to seeing you there!

Mr. Barker and Mrs. Yoder

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Emergency!! We are hosting ISSMA Organizational this Saturday and we actually have more slots to fill than we did 2 days ago. We now have 15 spots to fill. Can you possibly consider sharing 1 1/2 hours of your Saturday to help? Mr. Barker & I are already covering several responsibilities not covered and cannot fill the remainder time slots. We desperately need your help. Thank you to those who have signed up to help!

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ISSMA Organizational

Thank you so much to those of you who have graciously volunteered for the ISSMA Organizational Festival at Northridge on Saturday! This event has doubled in size since last year and requires more of us to make the event a successful one. We only need 12 more volunteers! Would you be willing to volunteer 1 1/2 hours of your time on Saturday to help be a part of this opportunity to show case the talents of high school students across Northern Indiana? Saturday is supposed to be cloudy and cold anyway. You might as well be inside the beautiful performing arts facility. 🙂  
Please check out the available spots below. Thank you in advance for your help! You and your students are extremely valuable to us!

2017-2018 MMPA Board

Last Tuesday at the Parent Meeting we voted on next years MMPA Board. We were very excited to see new parents volunteer to participate in the open positions. After the votes were counted the 2017-2018 MMPA Board is as follows:

President: Tony Short

Vice president: Tracy Wallace 

Secretary: Lori Tompkins 

Treasure: Lyle Miller

Past President: Karla Rayburn

We are very grateful for all the great things the current board has done for the Choir Department and we look forward to where next year will take us with the new faces bringing ideas to bring support to the directors and students throughout the year at Northridge. 

Thank you all for the support and encouragement you give. If it was not for all the volunteers that we have, we would be unable to manage to have such excellent events and such a fantastic program!

Weekly Update

Hello everyone we hope you had a wonderful Easter weekend celebrating with family. We have a few updates for you as we start a busy few weeks 🙂

  • This Saturday Northridge will be hosting the ISSMA Organizational Festival once again for local choirs. Each year we have hosted this event we have had 10-11 choirs. This year, we received the schedule from ISSMA last Tuesday and we are hosting 21 choirs. As you can imagine this means we are in need of several volunteers. Below you will find a link to the ISSMA Organizational Festival Volunteer Sign-Up. All the Responsibilities are at the top of the sign-up, but it is a pretty simple job. We are asking 1 Adult and 1 Student to sign up on each slot, so this will make it easy for you and your child to drive together 🙂 Thank you in advance for your support.
  • Next Saturday Varsity Lights, Starlights and Lyric Lights will be traveling to ISSMA State Qualifiers for Concert Choir. We are looking for 6 individuals to chaperone this event. We will be leaving around 10:30 from the High School and returning around 9:00.
  • Next Thursday we will be having a FREE Preview Show in the Auditorium at 7:30 for anyone who would like to watch the three groups before they head off to State Qualifiers. We are hoping for a Full House once again!
  • More details about the ISSMA Organizational and State Qualifiers will be given to the students and posted later this week.

ISSMA Organizational Festival Volunteer Sign-Up

ISSMA Concert Choir State Qualifiers Chaperone Sign-Up

Monday: Northern Lights Rehearsal 6:30 to 9:30

Tuesday: Starlights Rehearsal 6:30 to 9:30

Wednesday: Starlights Rehearsal 6:30 to 8:30


Lyric Lights,

With State Quals being only two weeks away and us having a lot of work to do with very little time left, we are going to do everything we can to make this competition set the best it can be.  This means we need to hold each other accountable for knowing our part in Alleluia inside and out.

During the first part of next week, I will be hearing you in small groups of 8-11 people on this piece.  You will only be graded on the following:

  • Do you know your notes and rhythms?
  • Are you in tune?
  • Is it memorized?

You will NOT be graded on the claps and dynamics, as we will be spending class time to learn the claps and work phrasing with the full ensemble.

You will find your group assignment in the document attached at the end of this post.  You and your group are responsible for signing up for a half hour time slot together.  Available times are included in that document as well.  Sign ups will begin Monday in class.  If you are in groups 1, 2, or 3, you will sign up first, as those groups include our spring athletes and their seasons are going on at the same time as this.

During this half hour rehearsal with me, our goal will be to make sure each person has his/her part down and in tune.  This is a 100 point grade that is simply Pass or Fail.  I will hear students again on Thursday afternoon, Friday before and after school, and into the next week if needed to make sure everyone passes.  Note that if you pass the first time, you will not need to sing again.

Practice files for Alleluia have been uploaded to the Lyric Lights page in the Student Files section of the website.  There is also a PDF of the score in case you forgot to bring your music home and want to work on it over the weekend.

All the top choirs in the state do this at some point.  Now it’s our turn.  I am not trying to add extra stress to your schedules….my hope is that a half hour in these small groups outside of class will prevent us from needing to add extra rehearsals as a full group.  You have my word that I will do everything I can to get us where we need to be so that we leave the stage on the 29th with NO REGRETS.

If you have any questions, or your group communicates over the weekend and decides on a time to rehearse with me, feel free to send me an email at

Thank you all….we can do this!

Mr. Barker

LL Small Group Assignments