Tuesday, November 6, 2012

COHC Weekly News


Thank you to all the students and parents who attended the CTSWS meeting this week.  Just a reminder for those participating, here are our rehearsal dates.  All rehearsal will take place from 10:00-10:30 a.m.

November 13
November 27
December 4
January 8
January 22

No Rehearsal

Next week we will have rehearsal as usual.  However, Thanksgiving week (November 20th) we will not have rehearsal.  Enjoy this time with your family and we will see you again on November 27th.

Uniform Check

On Tuesday, November 27th there will be an Illuminati and Bella Voce uniform check.  All choir members need to wear their uniforms to rehearsal.  Please be sure to have your uniforms hemmed/altered as needed before this rehearsal.  Ladies, your dresses should be hemmed so that the seam falls no more than 1" from the floor when wearing your concert shoes.

One Day Tour

On Thursday, December 6th, Bella Voce and Illuminati will be having their One Day Tour in Edmond.  Here is the itinerary.  

9:00 a.m. Bella Voce meet at First Christian Church

9:15 a.m. Bella Voce First Christian Church Day Care Performance

9:45 a.m. Illuminati and Bella Voce meet at the Edmond Library.

10:00 a.m. Edmond Library Performance

10:45 a.m. Walk to UCO Music Building

11:30 a.m. Attend UCO Choir Performance, eat lunch on campus, and take a campus tour

1:45 p.m. Parent Pick-up in parking lot located at the corner of College Ave. and Main St. on
UCO campus.

I will be sharing addresses and other contact information soon but hopefully this will help you as you prepare your schedules for this day. If you are a parent who would like to attend as a sponsor, I would love to have your participation; please email me for details.

Christmas Concert

Friday, December 7th is our All-Choirs Christmas Concert at the Springlake Metro Technology Business Conference Center.  Here is the schedule for the day:

9:00-10:30 a.m. Principio
9:30-10:30 a.m. Music Experience
10:00-11:00 a.m. Illuminati
10:00-11:30 a.m. Bella Voce

6:30 p.m. Call Time
7:00 p.m. Concert

Bella Voce Tour Update

We are very excited about Bella Voce's tour this year.  They are going to get to do some amazing things in Nashville including the making of a recording in a Nashville studio, participating in a national choir competition, and staying at the Opry Hotel!  It is definitely going to be a fun trip.  

Due to a change in deadlines as provided by our tour company, however, we do need to change some tour deposit dates from those previously published in your Member Handbook.  We apologize for any inconvenience, but hopefully with this advance warning you will have time to adjust your savings accordingly.

Here is the final tour deposit schedule and cost:
Jan. 8--Deposit #1 ($250)
Feb. 5--Deposit #2 ($250)
Mar. 5--Deposit #3 ($250)

Total cost of tour:  $750 

Note:  If you would like to pay the cost of the tour in it's entirety on January 8th, you may do so for a $25 discount.  Thus, the one-type payment plan for tour would be $725 due on January 8th.  

Just as a reminder, here is an excerpt from our Member Handbook concerning tour.  If you would like to attend as a sponsor, your tour costs and deadlines will be the same as those of the students.  Once the initial deadline is met we will be in contact with you concerning the application and background check.

Excerpt from Our Member Handbook
Bella Voce and Illuminati members will have the opportunity to attend an annual tour.  All tour costs are in addition to tuition.  Tour costs are non-refundable.  

Parents interested in chaperoning will need to fill out an application and complete a background check.  All chaperones must be a guardian of a participating member and at least 21 years of age.  Chaperone fees will be the same as the student’s fees.  Chaperones must travel and stay with the students at all times.  Parents wanting to drive their own vehicle and follow behind the group, are free to do so at their own expense but will not be considered as a group chaperone.  It should also be noted that students will NOT be allowed to travel in parent vehicles at any time while on tour except in the case of an emergency.

In order for a group to participate in a day tour there will need to be an adult to student ratio of 1:6.  In order for a group to participate in an overnight tour, there will need to be an adult to student ratio of 1:4 or one adult per room.  In the event that this ratio cannot be achieved, the tour will be cancelled and refunds will be given according to the the reimbursement plan as described below.

In the most severe discipline cases, the director may send a singer home before the completion of the tour at the parent’s/guardian’s expense.  

No singer may leave the tour group, even with his or her parent, without prior written approval.  

While tours are optional, each member is highly encouraged to participate as the success of the choirs are a team effort.  Once committed (once the initial tour deposit has been paid), all who have signed up are expected to participate pending an immediate death in the family or sickness as the choir will be counting on each participant’s involvement to make the trip a success.  This includes sponsors and members.

This Week's Information Attendants

9:00 a.m.  Laura C.
10:30 a.m.  Brianna H.

Thank you for your help in this way.

*FYI, we are still needing someone to sit at the information table on 12/7 at 9 a.m.  If you would be willing to work one of these shifts please email me or sign up at the information table.  Thank you!