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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!

Congratulations! 2015-2016 District Honor Chorus Participants

After three full days of auditions, Ms. Jones and I were tasked with what ended up being an extremely difficult decision. There were so many excellent auditions and applications and candidates, and we wish everyone could go. That being said, we can only select nine students and two alternates. Congratulations to the 2015-2016 District Honor Chorus students! More details will be given to you soon regarding registration, dates, and music.

Soprano: Sabrina Arechaga, Sydney Barrett, Marion Flint

Alto: Kareena Bakshani, Gabrielle Bell, Kaitlyn Talsky

Baritone: David Harris, Jemiah Jamison, Thomas Sheldon

Alternates: Emma-Kate Elwart, Kaye Gresham



District Honor Chorus Auditions Next Week!

We are very excited to announce that the time for District Honor Chorus has arrived! It is an opportunity for 7th and 8th grade students of musical talent and great example in the choral classroom to represent Dickerson for the entire county. As such, it is a privilege to be selected. Students interested in participating must complete the application form (click DHC Application to download; hard copies also provided in class) AND sign up for an audition slot. Please bring the form to the audition.

Auditions will be next Monday-Wednesday (8/31-9/2) before school. Please be here ready to start by 8:10 AM.

Vocal Audition:

  • My Country Tis of Thee (will learn/review in class this week)
  • Three pitch recall examples (hear 3-4 notes on piano and sing them back on neutral syllable)

Review for Score Reading Quiz Tomorrow! (8th Grade only)

At the request of some 8th grade students, here is the score reading practice example we did in class on Wednesday. Remember that the format of the quiz tomorrow will be almost identical, so if you can identify each of the terms, symbols, and score parts on the song below, you will do great tomorrow!

If you click on either image, it should open up larger in another tab. You should also be able to download.


Happy First Week!

We’re off to a great start this year, and I look forward to getting to know all of you!

Here are a few important reminders about upcoming due dates:


  1. Blanket Permission Slip
  2. Handbook Contract
  3. Online Student Form (click here to fill out)


All 7th and 8th grade students need the following starting MONDAY, AUGUST 10:

  1. Alfred’s Essentials of Music Theory Book (7th Grade-Book 1; 8th Grade-Book 2)
  2. 10-15 sheets of lined paper

Both items will be kept in class and needed every day.


As always, please let us know if you have any questions or concerns.

-Ms. Guerra