Carmel High School Choir Newsletter - March 13, 2023
Congratulations to our show choirs!
Congratulations to the Carmel Accents, Ambassadors, New Edition & Allegro on a fabulous show choir season filled with incredible performances! We could not be prouder of how hard these students have represented Carmel High School this year. Many thanks to our tireless tech crew as well, headed by the invaluable, Andrew Okerson!
22-23 Show Choir Competition Season results
First Runner Up
Best Show Design
Outstanding Performer: Katie Spence
Best soloist: Ethan Brown
Best Show Design
Outstanding Performer: Gabi Bradley
Chesterton Trojan Classic
Outstanding Performer: Julia Peng
Outstanding Performer: Micah Phillips
Grand Champion Uni-Voice Division
Outstanding Performer: Katy Smith
Grand Champion Large Mixed Division
Outstanding Performer: Cole Bayer
Grand Champion Festival Mixed Division
Outstanding Performer: Gabi Duke
John Hersey Chicagoland Showcase
Grand Champion Univoice Division
Outstanding Performer: Audrey Bettner
Grand Champion Mixed Division
Outstanding Performer: Ava Roan
Outstanding Male Soloist: Ethan Brown
Brownsburg Bulldog Spectacular
Outstanding Performer: Katy Smith
First Runner Up
Outstanding Performer: Simran Parikshak
Outstanding male soloist: Micah Phillips
Outstanding Performer: Allie Rosenfeld
3rd Runner Up
Outstanding Performer: Rhea Adesara
Senior Deadline this week for Photos & Bios
All Senior Info can be found in this folder:
Senior Deadlines and Requirements 2023
Due by March 17, 2023
Three digital jpg. files of the following: 1. favorite baby picture 2. photo with family 3. senior photo. If you don’t have a formal portrait, just a clear candid shot is okay. MUST BE JPG file and labeled with your name.
Short paragraph biography of yourself including your future plans of which school you plan to attend and your intended major. If this is still undecided, please list “undecided”.
Written in 3rd person, for example
“Jan has been a member of the Carmel Choir Department for the past four years. She has been involved in Expressions, Allegro, & Accents. She was also in the ensemble of the musical production of “Mamma Mia”. Jan will be attending NYU in the Fall on a vocal scholarship. She hopes to pursue her dreams of one day being a big Broadway Star! Her favorite choir memory was the time that the Accents traveled to Orlando. She would like to thank her teachers, friends, and wonderful family for their constant support and encouragement over the years.”
Please type your paragraph into a google doc and label with your name.
Upload everything to your named folder at this Google Drive link:
Email Mrs. Kouns with questions or concerns
CHOIR SENIOR SCHOLARSHIP APPLICATIONS DUE BY Friday 3/17
The Carmel High School Choral Department, along with CHS Ovation is pleased to offer the following scholarships to students who have been part of their choir program during their time at the high school.
1) Round of Applause Award ($500 scholarship, 2 awards given) - This award recognizes students who have been involved in a CHS choir program for four years and who have demonstrated a consistent commitment, high level of enthusiasm, and positive attitude towards CHS choral department activities. Recipients will be selected by the directors of the CHS Choral Department. Minimum GPA = 3.0
2) Standing Ovation Award ($1000 scholarship, 3 awards given) - Recipients of the Standing Ovation Scholarship will have been a member of either the CHS Accents or CHS Ambassadors choral programs, and will have demonstrated their commitment to choir-related activities outside of the classroom. Recipients will be selected by the directors of the CHS Choral Department. Minimum GPA = 3.5
3) CHS Choral Department Peer Recognition Award ($1000 scholarship, 1 award given) - this scholarship is available to a senior in a CHS choir whose peers believe they have exemplified leadership, outstanding commitment, and dedication within the program. A list of qualified applicants will be presented to peers in the choir program to vote on. Minimum GPA = 2.5
If you are interested in applying, please fill out your application through the link below. All applications are due by midnight on March 17th.
Please direct any questions to firstname.lastname@example.org
"Evening of Show Choir" VOLUNTEERS NEEDED
1. We need a parent, or a team of parents, to head up the VIP Hospitality Suite for our incoming Freshmen who attend the concert. This entails purchasing refreshments (paid for by OVATION), setting up a refreshment area during intermission, passing out raffle tickets for prizes, and helping current CHS Choir students to be hosts for the 8th graders. Please contact Katie Kouns ASAP if you would be willing to help with this. email@example.com
2. 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.
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.
"Songbook Academy" Summer Intensive Applications Now Being Accepted
Summer Camp Registration Continues
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/
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
SENIOR CEF SCHOLARSHIP APPLICATIONS
Potential International Choir Trip 2024
ON-LINE MUSIC THEORY CURRICULUM
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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Contact the Choir Directors
Mr. Kyle Barker (Ambassadors, Allegro, Greyhound Sound, Counterpoints)
Mrs. Anna DeBard (New Edition, Rhapsody, Applied Music)