Tuesday, January 1, 2013

Happy New Year!

Happy New Year!  Hope you had a wonderful Christmas break.  It's hard to believe it's already the New Year but with 2013 comes some very fun and exciting new events.  As such we can't wait to see you all again next week, January 8th, at our regularly scheduled times.

A Few Additions to the Calendar for This Semester

This semester we have a few additions and reminders to add to our calendar for the Spring semester.  Please take note of these and add them to your calendars.  

January 8, 10 a.m.  CTSWS Rehearsal
January 15, 10 a.m.  Illuminati Men's Ensemble Rehearsal
January 22   Solo and Ensemble Invitational Deadline (if you are wanting to sing a solo at this contest, please speak with your teacher prior to this date).  We will bill you the final ensemble fees so that you can pay them with your February tuition payment.
January 22, 10 a.m.  CTSWS Rehearsal
January 25 CTSWS in Bethany
January 29, 10 a.m. Principio and Illuminati Sight-Reading/Theory Competition (all parents and family members are invited)
February 26, 11 a.m.  Illuminati and Bella Voce Ensemble Showcase (all parents and family members are invited)
March 2  Central Oklahoma Solo and Ensemble Invitational (for all Illuminati and Bella Voce students)
April 17-20  Bella Voce Nashville Tour!!!
April 20  Illuminati Heartland Festival

*In addition there may be a few extra rehearsals for small ensembles posted at a later date once ensembles have been determined.  These extra rehearsals should fall during the regular rehearsal morning (sometime between 9 a.m. and 12 p.m. on Tuesdays).

A few reminders from past posts: 

January...Start Recruiting Now!

Following the concert we will have the remainder of December off.  We look forward to resuming rehearsals  on January 8th.  Speaking of January, this is a GREAT time to gather new recruits.  In fact, there will be an open registration for new students to join the choirs from January 8 through the 22.  We'd love to see the choirs grow to over 100.  As such, begin recruiting your friends now.  Invite them to the concert.  Send out an invite to your area co-op.  Tell your friends what you enjoy most about the choirs.   Every student who recruits a new choir member (for any choir) will have the opportunity to enter their name into a $30 iTunes gift card drawing.  So get out there and bring them in!  We'll see you in January!

Tuition Due Tuesday

Just a friendly reminder--tuition for January is due on Tuesday.  If you have any questions concerning your current COHC accounts, please feel free to contact our treasurer, Ann Hankins, at ahankins@centralokhomeschoolchoirs.com.

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.
Program Sales
It's a new semester and program sales start over once again.  A few reminders:
  • Ad sales are our only fundraiser this year.
  • Ad sales can be done by everyone (Music Experience thru Bella Voce)
  • Ad sales can be used toward tuition, tour, uniforms, or any other expense incurred through COHC.
  • Ad sales are NOT tax deductible.
  • Ad sales can be sold to almost anyone as long as it is family friendly--a company, a friend, a family member.  
  • One ad sale can earn you as little at $25 or as much as $150.  Bella Voce, start thinking Spring and Nashville and traveling fun.  That $750 tour could easily be accomplished with the sale of only 6 full page ads or 10 half page ads.  Get out there sale.  We want everyone to go!
For more information and to download and print a copy of the ad sales form check out our website or click here.

This week's information table attendants:
9:00 a.m.  Diana C.
10:30 a.m.  Beth C.

*We have several vacancies on the sign-up sheet beginning 2/26.  If you can serve in this way, please take the time to check the sign-up list this week to see where you can help.  It would be greatly appreciated!