Fifth Grade Choir

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August 27, 2010

Dear Frostwood Fifth Grade Parents,

Welcome to one of the Frostwood Fifth Grade traditions: The Frostwood Chorus!  Fifth grade is the culmination of the six year music curriculum at Frostwood, where all of the previously learned skills and concepts are put into application through chorus.  I hope that your child is excited about being in the Frostwood Chorus, a community where each member must do his or her best to work together to strive for excellence. Because Frostwood believes that the chorus experience is a valuable one, it is not an auditioned group, but instead is an integral part of the Frostwood fifth grade music curriculum and includes all fifth graders!

Rehearsals
This year the chorus will meet every Friday morning at 8:10-8:45 a.m. The choral rehearsal is where your children will learn techniques to use their voices as instruments of beautiful music as well as learn valuable performance skills to help them to listen, process, and respond to what they hear both critically and sensitively.  Each child is asked to be an important contributor to the whole group. Additional rehearsals outside of the regular school day may be required only for those students who wish to have extra parts for our choral performances.  (Instrumental or vocal solos, speaking parts, etc)

Students will receive a calendar ahead of time for these special auditions and practices.

Chorus Parents
This year I am thrilled to have Mrs. Annie Bullock and Mrs. Ana Lips serving this year as chorus moms. Their contact information is: Annie Bullock: 281.380.6803 abbullock@comcast.net  and Ana Lips: superana@comcast.net They will be helping me handle management affairs such as uniforms, performance arrangements, sets, props, celebrations, and printed programs. Please contact them if you can help us this year.

Uniforms
Each child needs to provide his own dark SOLID COLOR BLACK JEANS or PANTS, black belt if needed and black or very dark closed toe shoes to wear for our concerts and field trips. Be sure that the jeans or dark pants that you purchase have growing room so that they can be worn for our spring concerts as well! Our Chorus uniform consists of 1 choir shirt (to be ordered and sized by the chorus mom) tucked into a pair of dark black jeans or pants. (to be purchased by the parents)  You might be able to find nice Dockers or dark slacks for boys and girls at Penney’s, Target, or Dillards. You might also want to ask someone who was in 5th grade in one of the previous years donate their pants to you. The shirts are to be tucked into the black pants. In the past, the fifth graders have worn their chorus T-shirts on all of their fifth grade field trips.

Performances
Traditionally, the chorus takes a field trip in December to perform holiday music at an area school, nursing home, or at one of our partners in education.  I do not currently have a performance field trip planned, but welcome any contacts or ideas that you may have for us, especially if you have a relative residing in an area home. The following is a list concerts that are on our calendar. We will have dress rehearsals in December and in May during the school day.

In the past the Frostwood Chorus has performed at a variety of other functions, and I welcome other suggestions and opportunities for our students to perform. A student’s participation in one of our public performances is not automatic, but must be earned by his/her contribution to the group effort.

In the past the Frostwood Chorus has performed at a variety of other functions, and I welcome other suggestions and opportunities for our students to perform. A student’s participation in one of our public performances is not automatic, but must be earned by his/her contribution to the group effort.

Awards
Traditionally, we have two types of awards at the end of the year: the Chorus Sightreading Team  awards, and the very special Chorus Spirit award. The Spirit award winners’ names are placed on a plaque outside the office.  They are chosen from a group of finalists who have shown exemplary effort throughout the year.

I am looking forward to meeting you this year, and making beautiful music with your child.  We will set high expectations for ourselves, and strive to meet those expectations. As always if you have specific questions, please email Mrs. Sykes at: julie.sykes@springbranchisd.com

Action needed: Please read, and return the attached page in order for me to be sure you have read the information. You may either return this form or email it back to Mrs. Sykes using the copy on our website. The sheet includes volunteer opportunities. Our programs have been successful in the past thanks to the many volunteers who help us with props, costumes, decorations, etc.  Please consider signing up to help. We are always grateful to our generous parent helpers!

Sincerely,

Julie Sykes
Music Teacher

Action needed: Please read, and return the choir form in order for me to be sure you have read the information. You may either return this form or email it back to Mrs. Sykes. The sheet includes volunteer opportunities. Our programs have been successful in the past thanks to the many volunteers who help us with props, costumes, decorations, etc.  Please consider signing up to help. We are always grateful to our generous parent helpers!


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Who to Contact:

  • Julie Sykes Choir Director