Thursday, January 5, 2012

Rehearsals Start Back THIS Week!

January 10

 Regular Rehearsals
at First United Methodist Church, OKC

Starting this week we're "back in the saddle again."  Missed seeing everyone of you but hope you had a lovely break to celebrate our Lord's birth.  When you come this week be sure to bring any music from last semester with you as well as a pencil.  We will be gathering old music and handing out new music a action packed semester.  See you Tuesday!

Mrs. Gossen

New Facebook Page
We now have a Facebook page up and running.  Head on over and like the page to view our latest Christmas concert photos and get last minute updates.  

When viewing our Facebook page you may also see a blog address we are experimenting with.  Feel free to check it out and even use it to sign up for a Twitter, RSS feed, or other social contact, but know that we have not officially transferred all our information from our official web page ( yet.  We're just trying to keep up with the latest media available.  Thanks!

CTSWS Rehearsals

For those students participating in Circle the State with Song.  All rehearsals will take place from 10:00 to 10:30 a.m. 

Final Rehearsal Date:
January 24

Remember to be listening to your rehearsal CDs often!  You should have listened to each of your tracks at least 4 times each week.  Don't forget to write it down on your rehearsal track sheet.

Spring Calendar

Just a reminder of our Spring calendar.  We have lots of fun things in store so mark your calendars now.  We are counting on each of you as it takes all of you to make a CHOIR.

January 10  Rehearsals Resume
January 28  CTSWS, Bethany First Church of the Nazarene
March 1  Illumination and Bella Voce One Day Tour (see details below)
March 20    No Rehearsal
April 14  Illumination’s Heartland Music Fest, Frontier City (see details below)
April 26-29   Bella Voce Kansas City Tour (see details below)
May 4-5   OCHEC Convention (Bella Voce only)
May 8  Spring Concert @ Springdale Metro Technology Center, OKC

Recruiting Campaign
January 10-31 
During the month of January we are holding a special recruiting campaign.  All current OKC Homeschool Choir students may participate.  Each time a current member gets a new student to join choir, they will receive a Chick-fil-a voucher for a free meal.  In addition, they will also be entered into a drawing for a $30 iTunes gift card.  There is no limit to the number of times a student may receive a Chick-fil-a voucher or drawing entry.  We know word of mouth is the best advertisement out there so invite your friends to come be a part of this excellent program.

Illumination and Bella Voce
One Day Tour Schedule
Thursday, March 1

Schedule:  9:00 a.m to 4:30 p.m.
Tour Highlights:
·         Concert and Tour of the Bethany Children’s Center
·         Concert @ Downtown OKC Library’s Thursday Noon Tunes*, 11:30 a.m.
·         OCU choir observation, campus tour, and food court lunch
Cost:  Money for lunch

*Since this will be an extra long concert, we will be holding auditions for soloists and ensembles for this event.  Soloists must have a piece of their choice memorized and provide a piano accompaniment to audition.  Middle School and High School Students may audition.  Auditions will be held on Tuesday, February 7th at 10:00 a.m.

Heartland Music Fest
Saturday, April 14

Tentative Schedule:  9 a.m. to 5:45 p.m. 
Contest Location:  Edmond/Guthrie Area (exact location TBA)
Cost per Student: $65
Cost includes:  Contest fees, bus rental, lunch, and admission to Frontier City
Payment Due:  March 13

*Parents may sign up to be sponsors at the reception desk beginning January 10th.  The first 3 sponsors to sign up must be willing to ride and stay with the students at all times, but will be able to attend free of charge.

Bella Voce
Kansas City Tour
Thursday, April 26 thru Sunday, April 29

Tour Highlights:
·         Hotel with Indoor Water Park
·         Worlds of Fun Music Festival and Day at the Park
·         Barber of Seville Performance @ the Kauffman Center for the Performing Arts
Cost per Student: $500
Cost includes:  Contest fees, bus rental, hotel, meals, and more tourist sites
Payment Plan Due Dates:  February 1--$200, March 1--$150, April 1--$150

Fundraisers from Nannette Mueller 405-341-0880

1) MAGAZINE SALES is a continuing fundraiser. Catalogs and order forms may be picked up at the information table. Students receive 50% of the subscription price as profit. Orders should be turned in on a weekly basis to ensure that subscribers receive their subscriptions in a timely manner. Additional information will be attached to the catalogs on the information table. Contact person: Wendy Abner, or 414-238-4151 (cell).

2) Two additional fundraising opportunities may be available to us, but a volunteer coordinator is needed for each one.  The first opportunity is SCENTSY.  The second is FLORAL DELIVERY for Valentine’s Day. Contact Nannette Mueller, 405-341-0880 (home) for details.