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Program News

Notes of importance:

Year-End Finale Chorus Concert

The finale chorus concert is at 7pm on Tuesday May 23rd. We'd love to have many alumni with us to perform "Write Your Blessed Name." All tickets are $5, sold at the door only.

Copy of In-Concert Presentation, Homeland

Year-End Banquet

Our annual end of year awards banquet is Friday May 26th at 6:30pm in the Panther Creek cafeteria and auditorium. Sign Up Here by Wednesday May 24!

Chorus Auditions

Decisions were made based on class participation and WORK ETHIC, sightreading/rhythms, part needs, and balance as a whole.

RESULTS 2017-2018

Chorus Auditions for next year will be held on March 8-9. Students new to chorus who just want to take the level 1 course do NOT need to complete an audition...just sign up for Mixed Chorus/Vocal Music 1: 52302X0A. Additionally, ladies who have already taken Mixed Chorus can sign up directly for the Women's Ensemble WITHOUT an audition. For those wanting placement in the Women's Ensemble who have not previously taking high-school choir need to audition.

All ladies who are interested in singing in the advanced Chamber Choir must first sing in the Women's Ensemble. However, boys who have not taken chorus before can audition into the Chamber Choir assuming good music reading skills and pitch stability.

Auditions consist of a short melodic sight-reading exercise, a short rhythm exercise, some range-related vocalising and a 1 minute (or less) prepared solo of your choosing. For Chamber Choir, auditionees should consider auditioning with a classical piece (not pop) to demonstrate proper singing technique. No restrictions exist for Women's Ensemble auditions.

Please see the following forms and PRINT the audition form and BRING it with you, filled out in ADVANCE to the audition:

Audition Information

Audition Form PRINT AND FILL OUT

Chorus registration numbers are as follows:

Mixed Chorus:

**Vocal 1, Mixed Chorus: FALL only: 52302X0A

Women's Ensemble

: Must sign up for TWO of the following (please note the number of semesters required for each course number)

**Vocal Music II-Women’s Chorus Fall 52312X0AFW (2 semesters or less previously COMPLETED)

**Vocal Music II-Women’s Chorus Spring 52312X0ASW (2 semesters of chorus completed)

**Vocal Music III (Honors)-Women’s Chorus Fall 52325X0AFW (3 or more semesters COMPLETED)

**Vocal Music III (Honors)-Women’s Chorus Spring 52325X0ASW (3 or more semesters COMPLETED)

Chamber Choir

: Must sign up for TWO of the following (please note the number of semesters required for each course number)

**Vocal Music II-Concert Chorus, non-honors (2 semesters of chorus or less COMPLETED): Fall 52312X0AFC

**Vocal Music II-Concert Chorus, non-honors (3 semesters of chorus less completed): Spring 52312X0ASC

**Vocal Music III (Honors)-Concert Chorus Fall 52325X0AF (3-4 semesters of chorus completed)

**Vocal Music III (Honors)-Concert Chorus Spring 52325X0AS (4-5 semesters of chorus completed)

**Vocal Music IV (Honors)-Concert Chorus Fall 52335X0AFC (5 semesters of chorus completed)

**Vocal Music IV (H)-Concert Chorus Spring 52335X0ASC (6 semesters of chorus completed)

Disney Final Payments

The Disney trip particulars are coming together! A detailed itinerary and permission form package will be sent home at the beginning of April. Final payments are due March 10th as follows:

  • Chorus total= $600 (includes chaperones); Final Payment = $100
  • Dance total= $635 (does not include chorus fundraising); Final Payment = $135

Payments can be made through the Payments button at the top left (includes PayPal fees charged to us) OR by sending in a check of the round amount ($135 or $100) by Check to PCHS Choral Boosters

Welcome Ms. Thompson!

For some of this semester, we will have an excellent student teaching intern from App State, Ms. Katie Thompson! Please welcome her into our choral family. She is starting around the 2nd week of January and will be at the 2nd semester PCHS Open House on Thursday Jan 26th-- stop by and say hi!

Exam Review

for all classes was posted over winter break on the Google Classroom sites for each class (see below for access info)

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Millikin Combo Concert

The PCHS Chamber Choir is singing in a joint concert with Millikin University and Holly Springs HS on Thursday Jan 19th. The concert is free to the public and begins at 7:30pm at White Memorial Presbyterian Church in Raleigh...we'd love to see you there!!!

Google Classroom

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Students should all be using Remind.com and Google Classroom to access assignments and practice resources. Google Classroom is accessed by students through their WCPSS login (Google Classroom Link-- requires login). The class codes are as follows:

Pd. 2: 9mx3cft

Pd. 3: 6wp1or

Pd. 4: 1bo8ybl

These codes were originally sent to all students via Remind.com and were also given out during classes. All students NEED to be enrolled in this site!

Next Booster Meeting:

Tuesday Jan 31 at 7pm. Please enter/exit at the doors at the end of the arts hallway. We hope this meeting will last just an hour...we'd love your presence!

Choral Handbook

We have an amazing year planned! Please read the entire Choral Handbook and return the signature page (3 from the end of the document) NO LATER than Friday Sept. 2nd. See the Documents Page for another copy of the Day 1 Letter that was sent home on Aug 29th.

ALL families need to fill out the following information site:

2016-2017 Choral Family Info Document-- please do this on day 1! We want to make sure we are able to keep you informed about this program.

Remind.com--Please join ASAP!

To join Mixed Choir: Please open in NEW WINDOW to access link!Mixed Choir 16-17 Remind Group If it still doesn't work, use these instructions for MIXED chorus: Instructions Pd2

To join Women's Ensemble: Please open in NEW WINDOW to access link!Women's Ensemble 16-17 Remind GroupIf it still doesn't work, use these instructions for WOMEN'S ENSEMBLE: Instructions Pd3

To join Chamber Choir: Please open in NEW WINDOW to access link! Chamber Choir 16-17 Remind GroupIf it still doesn't work, use these instructions for CHAMBER chorus: Instructions Pd4

PARENTS: To join the parent group: Please open in NEW WINDOW to access link! PC Chorus Parents 16-17If it still doesn't work, use these instructions for CHAMBER chorus: Instructions PARENTS

Day 1 Homework

Please do the following:

--Make an ABOUT ME presentation, like follows: Google Slides About Me Presentation-- Can be a webpage, Google Slides, Powerpoint, a poster, etc! We will start presenting on Tuesday Aug 30!

--Complete the 2016-2017 Choral Family Info Document above

--Sign up on Remind.com for your class

--Begin reading the Choral Handbook and return the sign-off sheet and money, as applicable

Parent Helpers/Volunteers/Drivers

We so appreciate the many parents who help us out throughout the year! To ensure the safety of our students and to comply with WCPSS policy, it is necessary for all adults not employed at PCHS to register as an official volunteer. This registration can only be done on site in any WCPSS school, by filling out the info on the following form: WCPSS Volunteer Registration

Meet the Teacher/1st Choral Booster Meeting

Please come out on Tuesday Sept. 6th at 7pm in the chorus room. Please enter/exit through the double doors at the end of the performing arts hallway (near the modular classroom buildings-- East entrance to Panther Creek). We will discuss the many aspects of this excellent program and let you know what you can do to help us support our singers! We will also collect payments for outfits, FairShare, punch cards and donations...please plan to attend.

Class Academic Site

The following link will take you to what I plan to use this year as a replacement to the older Blackboard site: Chorus Class Academic Site

NC Honors Chorus Auditions

For students in the PC Chamber Choir, use the following link to practice your parts on Song to the Moon: NC Honors Chorus Tracks (If it doesn't open, try opening in new window). I recommend you download your tracks and then practice them offline!

Fall Concert

Our first concert of the year will be on Thursday Oct. 27th. We will perform a matinee concert at 4:30pm (reduced cost!) and a performance at 7pm ($5 entrance fee). Students will need to report at 3:45pm to the chorus room, but have the option of staying after school if transportation is difficult/unavailable. Additionally, there is a mandatory after-school rehearsal the day before the concert (Oct. 26th) from 2:30-4:15.

NC State Fair Choral Competition

On October 13th, the PCHS Chamber Choir (pd. 4) is scheduled to perform in the first NC State Fair Choral Competition! We will have more info regarding time, transportation, etc. by mid-September. We'd love to have a big crowd-- please come out!

Cary Choral Classic

Please come out and support our Chamber Choir and the choirs of Green Hope HS and Cary HS as we participate in the Cary Choral Classic, held at Green Hope HS on November 15, 2016. The Chamber Choir students will rehearse with the others on Monday Nov. 14th from 7pm-8:30pm and then during the day on Nov. 15th from 8-1:45pm. They will be fed by our choral boosters (catered lunch via Jimmy Johns or similar-- no cost to our students!). Then, they will reconvene, dressed in concert attire at 6pm for a final run through in the auditorium. The concert will start at 7pm, (tickets are $5-- no punch cards for this event!), with auditorium doors opening just after 6:30pm. We'd like a good audience for this event, and as only 2 songs in the entire concert will be "repeats", we encourage all of our choral families to come out and enjoy some freshly learned, quality musical repertoire!

Chorus registration numbers are as follows:

Mixed Chorus:

**Vocal 1, Mixed Chorus: FALL only: 52302X0A

Women's Ensemble

: Must sign up for TWO of the following (please note the number of semesters required for each course number)

**Vocal Music II-Women’s Chorus Fall 52312X0AFW (2 semesters or less previously COMPLETED)

**Vocal Music II-Women’s Chorus Spring 52312X0ASW (2 semesters of chorus completed)

**Vocal Music III (Honors)-Women’s Chorus Fall 52325X0AFW (3 or more semesters COMPLETED)

**Vocal Music III (Honors)-Women’s Chorus Spring 52325X0ASW (3 or more semesters COMPLETED)

Chamber Choir

: Must sign up for TWO of the following (please note the number of semesters required for each course number)

**Vocal Music II-Concert Chorus, non-honors (2 semesters of chorus or less COMPLETED): Fall 52312X0AFC

**Vocal Music II-Concert Chorus, non-honors (3 semesters of chorus less completed): Spring 52312X0ASC

**Vocal Music III (Honors)-Concert Chorus Fall 52325X0AF (3-4 semesters of chorus completed)

**Vocal Music III (Honors)-Concert Chorus Spring 52325X0AS (4-5 semesters of chorus completed)

**Vocal Music IV (Honors)-Concert Chorus Fall 52335X0AFC (5 semesters of chorus completed)

**Vocal Music IV (H)-Concert Chorus Spring 52335X0ASC (6 semesters of chorus completed)

Practice Parts!

Practice parts will (slowly) be added to the Music Practice Page (link is on the left!). Learn your music!

Parents: Are you on Remind.com?

If you would like to receive infrequent text message updates from Mr. Bensen, please text to 81010 (as recipient) and put @35fd14 as the message and hit send. You can remove yourself from the service at any time if you prefer not to get reminders on your phone.

Honors Chorus Preparation

Please use the following links to PRACTICE:

--Honors Chorus Preparation Page The PARTS are posted at the top of that website. I would recommend right clicking and opening the window in a new browser...it may not open by clicking the link...

Wanna sell a used dress or Tuxedo? Fill out the clipboard in the uniform/library room (back of chorus room) or bring in the actual outfit with your name, contact info and amount $ wanted FIRMLY attached!

Are you singing the Star Spangled Banner for athletic events??? I have posted parts online for all-girls groups (the music is in the red chorus textbook). You need to download the files from this site: Media Fire Chorus Banner Download Page