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Carmel High School Choir Newsletter - March 20, 2023

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HELPERS welcome!

The new orchestra and band wing is finally finished and ready for them to move in! This means that our orchestra department will be moving out of E157 and the choir office area this week and we will be moving to one of our permanent locations. It's been a VERY challenging couple of years with this renovation, but this is the first light we've seen at the end of this very long tunnel.

We are currently storing the majority of our supplies in a storage area off of P128, which has been our temporary choir classroom for the past six months. Now that orchestra is moving in, we need to move our stuff out. This Monday, March 20, we will be spending the entire day making trips back and forth from P128 to E157 to haul everything to the new choir area. Any helpers who are available to come in and lend a hand between 9am - 4pm would be very appreciated. In addition, we need helpers once everything is near E157 to help organize and set up our storage areas. These will be the permanent storage areas for all of these supplies, so we will be doing a lot of purging and streamlining to keep only what is truly needed.

Later this week, the directors will be moving their personal belongings to their permanent offices. Help will be needed for them as well. We will keep you posted on that timeline, but we appreciate any and all help you can give to make this an easier process.

We are now crossing our fingers that the new second choir rehearsal space (the former Studio Theater) will be complete by the start of the 23-24 school year. Once that is finished, all of our classes will finally be in one location everyday!

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The Evening of Show Choir will happen on Saturday, March 25 at 7pm in our CHS Auditorium. This will feature Ambassadors, Accents, New Edition, & Allegro performing their 2023 show choir competition shows for the final time. This is always one of the most fun and exciting concerts of the year. Ticket info can be found below, but there are only a few seats left at this point.


It is important to us that all Carmel High School students get a chance to see the Evening of Show Choir if they would like. The show is basically sold out, but we will be allowing CHS students to watch the dress rehearsal on Thursday evening, March 23 at 7pm in the auditorium. Just show your student ID at the door and pay the reduced admission of $5 to watch the dress rehearsal. This rehearsal will NOT be open to the general public.

"Evening of Show Choir" VOLUNTEERS NEEDED

We are looking for some parent helpers for our upcoming Evening of Show Choir or Saturday, March 25. It would be wonderful if some of our parent helpers did NOT have students performing that night. This would free up those parents to just enjoy their child's performance.

Volunteers needed to assist with the lobby sales and with scanning tickets etc. at the Evening of Show Choir. Please click the Sign Up Genius below and find a way to assist.


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Show Choir Camps of America Registration Open

We’d like to take this opportunity to invite your Carmel Choir student to attend Show Choir Camps of America this summer. This is a fabulous music enrichment opportunity that is available within a short drive. You can find the information at www.showchoircamps.com. Show Choir Camp is a wonderful opportunity for students to spend a week of their summer learning more about singing and dancing, working with master teachers and performers, getting to know other students with a passion for performing, and making memories and friendships that will last a lifetime. All three of the Carmel choir directors have been involved with Show Choir Camps of America for many years, and we cannot recommend it enough. Our very own Ambassadors & Accents choreographer, Dwight Jordan, is one of the founders of the camp and it has been in existence for over 30 years.

There are two camp weeks to choose from. The first is in Decatur, Illinois at Millikin University from June 18th – 24th. The second is in Tiffin, Ohio at Heidelberg University from July 9th – 15th. The camps are basically identical, but just in two separate locations. In the past, we have had a larger group from Carmel attending the Ohio camp, but last year some students opted for the Illinois camp and still had a great time. At least one of the Carmel HS Choral Directors will be attending the Ohio camp.

Hopefully, the following information will give you a better idea of what to expect during the week of camp. Students arrive on their own during registration hours on the first Sunday of camp. Registration usually begins around 12pm and goes until 4pm, but we recommend arriving early to avoid lines, get settled into your dorm and audition for additional ensembles if interested. On the registration day, students are assigned to a specific dorm on campus. They will have one roommate, and they can request a specific person in advance if they want.

Once they are settled in their dorm, on the first night (Sunday), there is a guest show choir that does a performance for the camp. There is also a meet and greet activity for the kids to get to know their counselors and clinicians. Monday morning, they are assigned to a performance group and they begin rehearsals. These groups are not leveled by ability. In fact, they are a deliberate mix of students from all levels of singing and dancing background. Their days are made up of rehearsal with their group and workshops that they can choose. There is a wide variety of workshops throughout the week. Some are vocal, some are related to dance, some focus on audition techniques, song-writing, tricks and lifts...you name it. They can choose one to attend each day. They eat their meals in the campus cafeteria and there's a great selection of food at each meal. Evenings consist of guest performance groups, including show choirs, Broadway performers, college acappella groups, talent shows, etc. Every night is something new and fabulous. They also have dances and social events with the other campers. There is a vocal jazz group that the students can try out for, as well as a dance ensemble and talent show. All of these auditions take place on the day of registration, so if a student plans to try out, they should arrive early on the first Sunday.

On Saturday, the final day, each group is assigned a rehearsal time in the morning. Then after lunch (the last meal served in the cafeteria) the concert begins. The concert starts around 1:30pm and usually ends around 3:30pm. Each group performs four songs and dances that they’ve learned throughout the week.

Their staff is hard to reach until a bit closer to the time of registration, but hopefully this answers your questions for now. If you want to attend, you will fill out a registration form and send it directly to the camp with your deposit. DO NOT send registration or money to Carmel High School. A $150 registration fee is required by mid-May, but the remaining balance can be paid when the students arrive at camp in the summer. Once you have registered, please let your CHS Choir Director know so that we can add you to our group registration.

If you have any further questions, feel free to ask any of the choir directors. We encourage all students to have this amazing opportunity to participate in this life-changing week of music.

Register Here:


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"Songbook Academy" Summer Intensive Applications Now Being Accepted

This is an OUTSTANDING opportunity that attracts some of the best high school singers from all around the country. Amazingly, the event takes place right here in our own hometown! Students get to work with some of the best singers, musicians, and performers in the business for one week, and then perform an incredible concert at the Palladium. We HIGHLY recommend that our advanced singers take the opportunity to apply. We have had many Carmel High School students do very well in this contest over the past few years.
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Summer Camp Registration Continues

Help us spread the word! Registration for our annual Summer Spectacular Show Choir Camp. Limited space still available for students entering grades 7-9. Our 5th & 6th grade camp is full.

Calling all students who are currently in 4th - 8th grade and who LOVE to sing and dance! The Carmel High School Choir Department will once again be hosting its annual Summer Spectacular Show Choir Camp from May 30 - June 2 at CHS. We will offer a morning session for students entering 5th - 6th grade each day from 9am - 12pm. We will also offer two afternoon sessions from 1-4pm each day, for students entering 7th - 9th grade. All groups will work with a vocal clinician and guest choreographer as they prepare three songs and dances. The week will finish with a concert for the public featuring all three camp choirs. Campers will also receive two t-shirts, music, snacks, and are sure to make lots of new friends and have a full week of fun! Registration begins January 30 and there are limited spots available. We expect it to fill up quickly, so don't wait to register. No experience required! Camp Tuition is $160.

Register at https://carmelchoirs.org/summer-spectacular-show-choir-camp/

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Summer Theatre Camp

The Carmel High School Theatre & Film Department will host a Summer Theatre Camp June 12-16, 2023. The week-long, in-person camp is for students 8-14 years old. The camp will offer students an opportunity to focus on acting, singing, and choreography, culminating with a public performance of “Disney’s The Little Mermaid JR” on Friday June 16!


For more details, please visit CarmelDrama.org/camp

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Potential International Choir Trip 2024

We are in the very beginning stages of planning a Concert Choir Trip to Europe that would likely happen during Spring Break of 2024. The "tour choir" would be made up of any 10th - 12th grade students, in the 23-24 school year, who demonstrate a high level of musical ability, strong sight-reading skills and vocal technique, reliability, consistent integrity and moral character, and the availability to meet the rehearsal schedule and financial commitment of the trip. Students' dance abilities will NOT be taken into consideration since performances will include a strictly "concert choir" repertoire. FAR more details will be communicated in the coming weeks, but we want all students to be aware that their audition scores for placement in next year's choir ensembles will factor into their eligibility for the International Tour Choir.
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At the start of second quarter, we introduced all choir classes to our On-Line Music Theory Program that we will be using this year. It is called "Breezin' Thru Theory". Students will need to login daily for assignments. They can do these on any device including a laptop, tablet, or smart phone. Their assignments can be viewed on the dashboard of the theory website, or on Powerschool. Please be sure students are completing assignments in a timely manner.

Site: https://breezinthrutheory.com/

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Mark Your Calendars!

-Saturday, March 25 – Evening of Show Choir Concert 7pm (Amb, Acc, NE, & All)

-Thursday, March 30 – 23/24 Choir placements announced

-Wednesday, April 19 - “Ear Candy” – Select Sound in Concert 7pm

-Saturday, April 22 – ISSMA Organizational Festival (CP, Rhap, NE, All)

- April 26 – Parents of students who earn placement in 23-24 Ambassadors, Accents. & New Edition – 6:30pm (Auditorium)

-Friday & Saturday, April 28 & 29 – ISSMA State Qualifier (Amb, GS)

-Thursday, May 4 - All Choir Parent Zoom Meeting 7pm All about the 23/24 school year (incoming freshmen parents encouraged to attend)

-Friday & Saturday, May 5 & 6 – ISSMA State Finale (Amb & GS)

-Sunday, May 7 – Choir End of the Year Awards Ceremony 6:30pm (Auditorium)

-May 11-13 – Spring Musical “Hunchback of Notre Dame”

-Wednesday, May 17 – Spring Choir Concert Tech Rehearsal 4:15pm – 6:45pm

-Thursday, May 18 – Spring Choir Concert 7pm – 9pm

-May 30 – June 2 – CHS Summer Spectacular Show Choir Camp

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Join Raise Right to Offset Choir Fees

Raise Right (Formerly SCRIP) is a wonderful program that is easy to use and can reduce your choir fees significantly. More information about participating in the program can be found at the links below: https://www.raiseright.com/

Information Packet:


Instructional Slideshow:


Important Information For Choir Families

Please click on the Parent Resource Google Drive to locate important information including the 22-23 choir calendar, the 22-23 choir handbook, and choir fee information.


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Contact the Choir Directors

Mrs. Kathrine Kouns (Accents, Select Sound, Blue & Gold Company, Expressions)


Mr. Kyle Barker (Ambassadors, Allegro, Greyhound Sound, Counterpoints)


Mrs. Anna DeBard (New Edition, Rhapsody, Applied Music)