Friday, February 1, 2013

This Week's Choir News

High School Tour Update

Due to limited participation on this year's high school tour, the cost per student has increased dramatically.  While we have no intention of charging more per child for tour and we will proceed to Nashville as planned, unless 6 more students choose to participate OR a significant amount of money is donated by the end of the month, we will have no choice but to forfeit some of the fun activities we were hoping to participate in such as the RCA Recording Session, The Grand Old Opry Show, and lunch on the General Jackson Showboat.  While this is unfortunate, money talks.  If you would like to make a tax-deductable donation to the choirs with the intent of it being used for tour, we highly encourage you to do so by the end of the February.  Or, if you were considering selling some ads for the Spring program, now is the time to sell.  Where is all the money going, you may ask?  Well, the bus, the contest, the insurance, and the hotel make up $621 your $725-750 (depending on whether you took the early payment option) leaving approximately $116 per student for meals for the entire trip...let alone attractions.  As you can see, that is a tight budget.  

On March 5th, one way or the other, we will be holding a student/parent meeting for all tour students and their parents at 11:45 a.m.  We will announce the final tour schedule and other tour details at this time.  It is expected that all students attending tour and at least one of their parents be present at this meeting as some very important information will be shared.  Nashville is going to be a blast.  It is going to be a tour you won't forget.  We just want to make it the best tour possible and to do that we need your help.  For more information on tour or how to make a donation, you may contact Ann Hankins, our board treasurer at  

Illuminati Rehearsal Schedule for 2/5

Due to Solo and Ensemble contest preparations, Illuminati will be having unique rehearsal schedules through Feburary 26th.  Please check these e-mails/posts weekly to know exactly when your child will be rehearsing.     Due to the recent announcement of our participation in Capital Day, please note this is DIFFERENT than posted last week.  Here is the schedule for next week:

Rehearsal schedule for 2/5:

10:00 a.m.  Ensemble 2 (All Things Bright and Beautiful)
10:20 a.m.  Ensemble 4 (Shoo Fly!)
10:40 a.m.  Ensemble 1 (Inscription)
11:00 a.m.  Everyone


Principio, Illuminati, and Bella Voce will be performing during and after the 2nd Floor Rally.  Attendance to this performance will be in lieu of our regular Tuesday rehearsal.  That said, Music Experience will not have a rehearsal or a performance on this day but we highly encourage all families to participate in the Capital Day events.  You can learn more about them here.

Although this is subject to change, depending on the final word from OCHEC, here is our current schedule for 2/12 at the State Capital.

10:30 a.m.  Meet on the 2nd floor of the rotunda area
11:00 a.m. Open the Rally with the singing of the National Anthem
12:00 p.m.  Close the Rally with the singing of Oklahoma.  A short mini-concert performed by Principio, Illuminati and Bella Voce to immediately follow the conclusion of the rally.
12:30 p.m.  Conclusion of COHC Capital Day Responsibilities

Please plan now to arrive in plenty of time to park on the South or East side of the Capital and go through security. 

The uniform for this event:  our formal concert attire.  For new students, if your new uniforms are not in by this time, ladies, please wear all black, and men, please wear black slacks and a white collared shirt. 


There were a couple of new students who did not get sizes last week at 10:00 a.m.  If you are one of these people, please come to the information desk at 10:00 a.m.  We will be ordering uniforms this week and without a uniform, you will not be able perform.

This Week's Information Attendants

9:00 a.m. Nancy L.
10:30 a.m. Sammy H.