Weekly Update

Hello everyone! Sorry for the delay in the post this week, I was waiting to get all the information from the directors before we posted for the week. There is a lot of information to look over, so please pay close attention to what is going on 🙂

We hope you are all having a wonderful break filled with lots of rest and time with your family! We are very proud of the work our students have done up to this point in the year, and are very excited about the semester to come!

  • Varsity Lights had a GREAT start to their school year. We are looking forward to singing at the Goshen College Men’s Chorus Festival on Sunday, February 5 (details to come soon), and to participating in the ISSMA Concert Choir State Qualifications for the first time!

  • Lyric Lights is off to an incredible start to their year. They will hit the ground running with new music in January as we prepare for competition season.

  • Many students from all choirs will be participating in ISSMA Solo and Ensemble on Saturday, January 28th. Most of them are already working on their music. We wish them the best of luck as we prepare for that day!

  • Both show choirs and the backup band are off and running as we get ready for our first competition in just 7 weeks!! We are very excited to put our shows out there this year!

    Speaking of Show Choir, there are a few announcements/reminders we would like to go over for Northern Lights and Starlights:

    Christmas Break Rehearsal Schedule is as follows:

    Thurs. 12/29 – NL Ladies 2-4pm, NL Men 4-6pm

    Sat. 12/31 – SL 10am-2pm

    Mon. 1/2 – NL 3:30-6:30pm

    Tues. 1/3 – SL 6:30-9:30pm

    Additionally, each group has a practice assignment to do over the vacation.

  • Northern Lights was handed their assignment before break began.

  • The Starlights sheet has been uploaded to their Google Drive, and BOTH sheets are now attached to this post.

  • Students and Parents: Please know that this is NOT intended to be a stress or burden to you. However, both groups have set very high goals for themselves and their teammates this year and want to hold themselves to high standards. This will help us do just that, if done with the right intent, this will help take our groups to the next level.

  • Parents, we are asking you to help keep your student accountable for his/her practice time. The time requirements listed on the sheets are only the minimum…certainly, you can practice more! All rehearsal files are now on the website under the “Student Files” tab.

  • Below, attached to this post (and updated on the choir Calendar Tab) is an updated Calendar for NL and SL (NLO and LW TBA) for January through March. As we enter our competition season, each student is expected to be at each rehearsal for the full time unless specific arrangements have been made with Mr. Barker ahead of time (extreme circumstances only). Please adhere to the policy regarding conflicts and communication of conflicts in a timely manner.

  • A reminder to ALL COMPETING CHORAL STUDENTS (NL, SL, LL) that, in order to be eligible to compete, students must maintain an average GPA of 2.0 or higher. By Feb. 1, any student not meeting the required GPA will be pulled from our first competition and will not be allowed to compete until the grade comes back up. We do this not as a punishment, but to encourage good academic habits and to teach balancing multiple time-consuming tasks at once, a skill that will serve our students well after they graduate from NHS.

  • The next Choral Parent Meeting is on January 10 @ 7:30pm. We are asking that all show choir parents attend so that we can discuss competition season as well as other matters pertaining specifically to our show choirs. The general parent meeting will end a little early to accommodate this. Immediately following this show choir parent meeting, we will have our chaperones stay for a brief overview of our expectations of chaperones during competition season.

  • Students – We can’t thank you enough for your hard work last semester. We are so excited to see where the groups go this semester. Enjoy your break, and come back ready to knock down some brick walls and take our shows to the next level!

  • Parents – Without you, our department would not be what it is. Our students would simply not have the successes they do if it weren’t for your dedication, time, and commitment to us and to your students. These next several weeks will be VERY tough for many of them…and many of them may be very discouraged. We ask that, when they come to you, that you be encouraging and uplifting. This is the time of year when a positive environment with students, parents, and staff is crucial to the success of our students. We greatly appreciate your help with this and your continued support of our students.

  • If you have not sponsored a Trophy, please click the Trophy Sponsorship in the Invitational Tab…this is an easy way for your student to make money and to get support for the Choral Department

Everyone – Rest up, eat a lot of food, and enjoy the time with your family and friends. Merry Christmas!

Northern Lights Break Assignment

Starlights Break Assignment

Northern Lights Rehearsal Schedule

Starlights Rehearsal Schedule

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