We hope you all had a wonderful and restful break, and are ready for all the exciting events that will be taking place in the second half of the year! There is information for everyone below, so make sure you scan and read what applies to you.
As many of you already know, we are extremely excited to announce that the Dickerson chorus program will be having a combined choirs spring concert at the beautiful Lassiter Concert Hall, just 15 minutes away from Dickerson Middle. It will feature many different genres of music, small group songs, instruments, movement, even a few songs performed by the entire choral department. This is going to be an amazing concert, and we hope you are as excited about it as we are! Mark your calendars now for May 17, 2016 @ 7PM, at LASSITER CONCERT HALL. More details will follow about call times and volunteering opportunities.
Eighth Grade “Welcome to Walton” AND Disney Meeting Thursday, Feb. 4 @ 6:30PM
Eighth grade students and parents, you have a lot to look forward to in the coming months, including preparing for your transition to high school, and your eighth grade chorus trip! We will be having a very important meeting in the Dickerson theatre to discuss BOTH moving to high school (from the music/choral side) as well as handing out all the required medical and permission forms for Disney. Even if you are not sure about being involved in chorus in high school, or not sure if you will be going to Walton, we will have representatives and choral directors from Walton who will perform and answer questions about scheduling, trips, ensembles, and auditions. If you are not going to Disney, you can come from 6:30-50, and leave after the Walton/high school chorus talk. Disney trip folk, PLEASE make every effort to attend. We will be going over all details and specifics about turning forms in, what to pack, etc. This will be from approximately 6:50-7:20. All eighth grade chorus students and families, plan to attend!
***If you are a notary, we would LOVE your assistance with notarizing one of the Disney forms at the meeting. You do not need to be the parent of an eighth grader, or an eighth grader going on the Disney trip. Email us if you are available!***
Sixth Grade Statewide Chorus
Statewide students and parents, make sure you have made arrangements for your hotel and transportation to Athens. The Fifth Grade State Honor Chorus this year happens to be the same weekend, which means hotels will be filling up that much faster! Please be on the lookout for an email going out later today with electronic copies of the papers you received before holiday break. ALSO, make sure you are practicing!!! I’ve already been asked questions about your music, which makes me happy because it means you’ve been practicing! As was stated in the packet you received, TOMORROW MORNING will be our first check-in rehearsal. We will go over every song, as well as pronunciation for the foreign languages. Make sure you’re there!
Chamber Singers Spring Auditions
Tomorrow morning is the last day of spring auditions for Chamber Singers. This semester Chamber Singers will be performing at LGPE, and there are a few other performances planned, so don’t miss the opportunity to audition for Dickerson’s premier advanced chorus! Audition results will be posted Friday afternoon. New and old Chamber Singers have rehearsal next Wednesday, Jan. 13 at 8:10.
ALL SEVENTH GRADE, EIGHTH GRADE, AND CHAMBER SINGERS
There will be a pre-LGPE concert the week before LGPE (which is March 7-8). It will be Thursday, March 3 in the Dickerson theatre at 7PM, and for seventh and eighth grade choirs this concert is a grade, as is the LGPE performance. Regular procedures for missed performances apply, as stated in the chorus handbook (click here for the handbook). If you are not familiar with LGPE, think of it almost like Milestones but for performing ensembles. At these events groups perform at varying levels of difficulty and are judged based on their singing and sight-reading performance. That is why we have a pre-LGPE concert–LGPE is a big deal, and we want to be as prepared and comfortable as possible before the actual day arrives. Soon to come are details about LGPE–which day and time your ensemble will be performing. All the choruses in the county are waiting for this information right now, and I will be sure to send home details and permission forms as soon as I get them!