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Solo/Small Group Audition Results (Part 2)

Come in From the Firefly Darkness

Soprano: Sabrina Arechaga; Alto: Bri Gabe; Baritone: William Spann

Light Up the World 

Small Group: Marta Knapp, Alexa Holdmeyer, Maddy Dunaway, Samantha Buyckx

Solo: Shelby Holihan

Can You Hear

Opening Solo/Duet: Sydney Barrett, Christy Garlock

Fix You 

Ending Duet: Natalie Wolff, Luke Crisler


ALL GRADES: Parts/Memory Testing Schedule

As of the day this post is written, there are only 14 school days left until the concert!!! In order to make sure every student is prepared and confident, and to ensure we put on a great performance, close to every concert we have what’s called “parts” or “memory” testing on each song that will be performed.

Students will sing in small groups (approx. 12-20 students) a random portion of on of their songs. This is not expected to be perfect or a performance, but rather  a check-in that students know what they’re doing. We want to see that they know their rhythms and pitches, they know the words, and they know when they are singing versus not singing. Each grade will be tested on two songs next week, and their remaining songs the week following. Students were informed about these upcoming parts tests a week and a half ago.

Below you will find the schedule for what songs are being tested when. Students are always encouraged to bring home their folders and any material from class to help them study or prepare for anything. Their folder and music are like textbooks; they are under each student’s care as long as the student is in possession of them, and the student just needs to remember to bring them back for class!

October 27 and 29

7th Grade: Ease on Down the Road; Lights

8th Grade: Light Up the World, Fix You

6th Grade: Fireflies, Zum Gali Gali

November 3 and 4

7th Grade: Something in the Dark, Lightning

8th Grade: Come in from the Firefly Darkness, Can You Hear

6th Grade: One Single Light, Ching a Ring

2016 8th Grade Trip

The 8th grade trip packet was sent home with students today. At the end of April, the 8th graders have been accepted into a Disney workshop where they will work with a recording professional and in a studio record a music video. They will also be exploring the Disney parks and surrounding areas. This is an optional trip. It will not affect grades to go, and students will not miss a performance of music they are preparing in class. They will, however, be utilizing skills learned this year at the workshop. We are very excited for the opportunity!

Click here to go the Disney tab, where information will be posted in the future. The packet is available there for download right now.

Please note that the first deadline is October 29. This is the deadline for the first payment ($150) AND the trip form (which is found on the last page of the packet).

Uniform Payment UPDATE!!!

The uniform payment due date has changed!!! Uniforms will now be due Friday, October 16. Remember they are $65 for ladies, $50 for gentlemen.

We apologize for the change in due date. Due to the kind of uniforms we are ordering, in order for us to ensure we have them by the concert, the order needs to be in sooner than originally anticipated. If this presents an issue for anyone, please let us know as soon as possible.


Chorus Uniforms

Today all 7th Grade students received a letter about uniforms. As they are advanced members of the Dickerson Chorus program now, they will be performing in more capacities, and need more professional attire to accommodate that. Fittings will be this Tuesday-Thursday for all 7th Grade students AND any 8th graders who were not in chorus at Dickerson last year.

Payment is due October 28. Please make checks out to Dickerson Middle School.

Click here to go to the Uniforms tab and view/download the letter.

Sixth graders will be receiving a letter about their uniforms within the next week.

Congratulations Sixth Grade Statewide Chorus Selectees!

After two full mornings of exceptional auditions, Ms. Jones and I had the difficult task of choosing only five participants for the 2016 Sixth Grade Statewide Chorus. Thank you to everyone who auditioned (and made our decision so difficult!). We are so proud of you all for completing a solo vocal audition so soon into your choral career here at Dickerson, and look forward to hearing you continue to audition for other ensembles and solos. Congratulations to the following Sixth Grade Statewide Chorus participants. The link here (also available in the above menu under Events) will take you to the Statewide page, where other details and information will be posted in the future.


Viola Braswell

Austin Downey

Elias Lind

Hannah Ograbisz

Ranya Ramdaspally


Tomorrow is the deadline for the chorus fundraiser. Make sure you’ve doubled-checked your calculations, collected your money, and only turn in ONE check TOTAL.

VOLUNTEER OPPORTUNITIES: Two emails were sent out today to parents on the volunteer list (if you checked on the online survey at the beginning of the year that you were interested in volunteering) regarding processing fundraiser packets (this Thursday and Friday) and 7th grade uniform fittings (next Tuesday through Thursday). Let me know if you did not receive the email but would like to volunteer.

DISTRICT HONOR CHORUS: This Friday is the first morning rehearsal for Honor Chorus. It is “optional” (mandatory-optional), because I cannot force you to attend, but it’s extremely encouraged that you make it to at least the first few rehearsals so you can get a bearing with songs and how/what to rehearse.

ALL-STATE AUDITION PREP: Sign-ups are in the chorus room for students to work individually on getting ready for their auditions. While multiple students may attend at the same time, there are certain things that should be practiced individually, like the song, sight-reading, and the listening skills. If multiple students attend, they may quiz each other on terms and we can practice the 3 scales as a group, but then they will need to wait while Ms. Guerra or Ms. Jones works with each student alone on the other parts of the audition.

District Honor Chorus, All-State Auditions, and Score Reading Quiz Re-Takes

This post applies to 7th and 8th grade students only!

DISTRICT HONOR CHORUS                                                                                The final 10 selected students for this year’s District Honor Chorus were given an info sheet (click here to go the the Honor Chorus page and view/download the paper) to take home yesterday. Most importantly, students must turn in the $25 fee as soon as possible. This fee covers all costs for the event. Music for the event will arrive hopefully sometime this next week, so students can begin practicing over the break. Starting the WEDNESDAY after Fall Break, we will begin holding morning rehearsals for students who would like extra assistance with pitches, rhythms, pronunciation, or anything as they prepare.

ALL STATE AUDITIONS                                                                              Yesterday in class information regarding 2015-2016 All State Chorus auditions was given to students (click here to go to the All-State page and view/download the paper). In order to receive the audition materials and be registered, students MUST turn in the $20 registration fee by THIS WEDNESDAY, SEPT. 16. Once that is turned in, students will receive a packet of audition materials before they leave for Fall Break. The first audition is November 14, so students have plenty of time to prepare. In order to help students be as confident and prepared as possible for their audition, there will be a weekly morning help sign-up list in the chorus room. Students can choose any day listed and must sign up at least one day in advance. We can work with students individually  on any part of their audition.

SCORE READING QUIZ MAKE-UPS                                                                Any 7th or 8th grade students who would like to re-take the score reading quiz can do so Tuesday or Wednesday morning (their choice). Remember that you must arrive before 8:30 in order to be allowed to the chorus room. If you have conflicts both days, you must arrange another morning BEFORE Fall Break to take the quiz. No re-takes will be allowed after Fall Break.

Fundraising Has Begun!

The chorus students, together with band and orchestra, are in full swing with our annual music fundraiser. No matter what grade you’re in, the money we raise is going to significantly impact each and every ensemble directly, as we look to make some exciting purchases and participate in some great events this year! Please go to the Fundraiser page to view the letter we sent home (along with fundraising packets). This is where future posts, regarding important dates, top selling winners, and other pertinent information will be made. Each student has a personal goal of a minimum of TEN items for us to meet our goals.

Our fundraiser turn-in date is SEPTEMBER 29 and 30! That gives you a good chunk of time to sell at your parent’s work, with family friends and neighbors, at your church or synagogue, on weekends, and over Fall Break!

If you choose not to participate, please consider making a donation straight to Dickerson Chorus instead. With donations, 100% goes straight to DMS Choirs.

Now pull out those salesman or saleswoman skills and sell away!