"Take Note"

Carmel High School Choir Newsletter - November 14, 2022

Big picture

Lots Going On This Week

Monday, 11/14 - Accents at the Butler Treble Choir Festival & evening rehearsal

Tuesday, 11/15 - Choir Dine-Out Fundraiser at Blaze Pizza

Wednesday, 11/16 - (Late Start), Select Sound recording carols at Mercy Road Church, Ambassadors evening rehearsal

Thursday, 11/17 - Blue & Gold/Rhapsody All-Day Mini Tour

Friday, 11/18 - Middle School Musicals (Carmel, Clay & Creekside). Last day to turn in Silent Auction Class Basket Donations. Poinsettia Delivery during SSRT

Saturday, 11/19 - Holiday Spec Rehearsal for all choirs, bring donations for the Backpack Program Food Drive (ugly holiday clothing spirit day), Don't forget about your Spec Buddy! Poinsettia pick up in field house before 1pm. Select Sound caroling at the opening of Christkindlmarkt.

Holiday Spectacular Volunteers Needed

-Over 400 singer/dancers from TEN choirs!

-Over 40 instrumentalists in the Spec Pit Orchestra

-Over 30 students on tech crew

-5 rehearsals outside of school

-5 sold out performances of over 1,000 people

The combination of all of the above means that we need A LOT of volunteers to pull this off! We need ALL choir parents to find at least a small way to help during this most wonderful time of the year. Please click on the sign-up genius below and volunteer to help with at least one thing for this year's show. With five performances, you can enjoy just being a spectator for a night or two, and then give a bit of time during another show to allow other parents to relax.

Thank you in advance!

Holiday Spectacular Volunteer Sign-Up Genius:


Big picture


Ticket Purchase Link:


Parent Volunteer Sign-Up Genius:


Rehearsal dates, details, & Info:


Food Drive Flyer: Bring Donations to 11/19 Rehearsal


Spirit Day Info:


Performance Home Room Information:


Holiday Spec Buddy List:


Performance Order of Show:


Excused Absence Notification:

If students will miss any of the required rehearsals or performance, they MUST let their directors know ASAP. For foreseeable absences, students must submit this form at least two weeks in advance, and they will be expected to complete a make-up assignment for each day they miss. For last minute, emergency absences, students or parents MUST notify the director ASAP via email, canvas message, or even by texting or calling the director. It is imperative that we know in advance if a student will not per at a performance or rehearsal. Students will have until the last day of the semester to submit make-up assignments for their absences. They can speak directly to their individual choir director for details regarding make-up assignments. Excused absence form: Excused Absence Request Link: https://www.cognitoforms.com/CarmelChoirs/ExcusedAbsenceOrTardyRequest

Big picture
Big picture

Silent Auction Donations Needed

We are looking for donations of items for this year’s Holiday Spectacular Silent Auction. If you have anything to donate or have connections to businesses who might donate please email Melissa Neglia at mneglia@sbcglobal.net. We are tracking all donation requests so reach out first to see if that business has already been contacted. We are collecting items, experiences and gift cards. Smaller donations will be combined in baskets so anything is appreciated. You can share the attached donation request letter that includes the tax ID number with anyone who might be interested in donating.

Each choir will sponsor a themed basket as seen in the photo below. We ask each student to either donate one NEW item that fits their class theme, or if they would prefer, they can Venmo a donation instead. We recommend a Venmo donation of between $10-$20 per student. See your class theme below, as well as the Venmo code for the volunteer parent willing to do the extra shopping for each choir. DUE BY NOVEMBER 18


Big picture


Tickets for this year's Holiday Spectacular will go on sale this week for the general public will go on sale starting at 9am on November 9th. We expect all five performances to sell-out as usual, so do not wait to get your tickets to this popular event. All details about how to purchase tickets can be found in the document linked below. If you have any trouble with your ticket orders, please email the Performing Arts Secretary, Natalie Cook, at ncook@ccs.k12.in.us

Ticket purchase link: https://secure.payk12.com/school/Carmel---Performing-Arts/671/2544/13105

Big picture
Big picture

Saturday, November 19 - Spec Rehearsal Schedule



Saturday, November 19, 2022 -



First day to connect to your Holiday Spec Buddy!

8:30am - All choirs arrive (except for Counterpoints & Expressions)

9:40am - Counterpoints & Expressions arrive

12:10pm - Expressions & Counterpoints dismissed

1:00pm - All other choirs dismissed

Performer Spirit Days for Spec Rehearsals & Performances

Big picture

Support our CCS Middle School Musicals

Big picture

Solo & Ensemble Registration

The Indiana State School Music Association (ISSMA) Solo & Ensemble Festival will be on January 28, 2023. This is a wonderful opportunity for advanced students to sing a prepared "classical" or "folk" song for a judge and receive a critique, feedback, and rating. Students can enter as a soloist or join with others and enter as an ensemble. Students who register for this event must find and prepare an appropriate song on their own or with their own private voice teacher. They must also find their own accompanist for the event. We do not recommend this event unless students have a private voice teacher, or a trained adult who can help coach them through preparation.

Mrs. Anna DeBard is the contact teacher for this event. Students can see her in the choir office, P116, to find out more details about the registration cost, and to pick up registration materials.

Deadline to Register: November 18

Solo & Ensemble Event: January 28, 2023

Big picture

Donations of Door Prizes Needed

In between the two performances of Holiday Spectacular on Saturday, December 3, we will host a holiday party/dinner for the cast and crew of the show in the cafeteria at CHS. Each year, we draw names during dinner and give away little door prizes to the students. We are seeking donations of little prizes for this year's giveaway. These should be $5 and under in value and must be wrapped so that we cannot see what they are. Items from 5 Below, or the dollar bins at Target are perfect! (candy, chapstick, socks, $5 Starbucks cards, fidgits, etc.).We prefer that items are not gender specific, but if they are, please mark the outside of the item appropriately. We need all items dropped off to the choir office P116 by Dec. 1. Thank you in advance for your donations!

Performance Opportunity

Rachel McClellan is the traditional worship director of Christ the Savior Lutheran Church in Fishers. She would like to give local high school students a performance opportunity on Christmas Eve. The church choir will be singing Jazz Gloria by Natalie Sleeth and the first section of Vivaldi’s Gloria on Christmas Eve. Vivaldi will be sung with a professional brass quintet. They would love the choir to have some boost in singers for these special pieces for Christmas Eve. Anyone can be involved!

Here is the run down: Rehearsals are on Sundays from 10-11 am and Wednesdays from 6:30-8 pm. There is a rehearsal with the brass Saturday morning, December 17 (time TBA). If students can make 4 rehearsals (out of the 11) that would be great! No rehearsal the following Wednesdays – November 23 and 30.

Christmas Eve service is at 9 pm (call time 8 pm).

If any local high schoolers are interested, please reach out to Rachel. They would love to have you!

Rachel McClellan

Traditional Worship Director |Christ the Savior Lutheran Church

10500 East 126th St. | Fishers, IN 46038

Church phone and email: (317) 842-5649, ext. 222


Cell Phone: 636-222-1853

Big picture


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/

Big picture

SAVE THE DATE - HALF NOTES January 27 (registration begins at the end of November)

Big picture

Mark Your Calendars!

Monday, November 14: Accents - Butler Treble Choir Festival Field Trip 11am - 6pm

Thursday, November 17: Blue & Gold/Rhapsody Mini-tour around Indianapolis 8am - 10:30pm

Friday, November 18: Due Date for Class Auction Basket Donations

Saturday, November 19: Holiday Spectacular Rehearsal and Poinsettia Pick-Up

Monday, November 21: Holiday Spectacular Rehearsal 4:15-6:30pm

(wear performance shoes)

Tuesday, November 22: Holiday Spectacular Rehearsal 4:15-6:30pm

(wear performance shoes)

Monday, November 28: Holiday Spectacular DRESS Rehearsal 5:30-9:30pm

(Costumes, but no hair and make-up required)

Tuesday, November 29: Holiday Spectacular DRESS Rehearsal 5:30-9:30pm

(Full hair & make-up for publicity photos)

November 30 - December 4: Holiday Spectacular Performances

Wednesday: 7pm performance, 6pm performer call-time

Thursday: 7pm performance, 6pm performer call-time


Saturday: 2pm & 7pm performances, 1pm performer call-time

(dinner and holiday party between shows)

Sunday: 2pm performance, 1pm performer call-time

Big picture

Holiday Spectacular 2022 - "Peace, Love, Joy"

This is our largest production of the year and it is exciting to be back in the auditorium. Over 5,000 people will come to see this show in one week! Mark your calendars for these important dates, and remember to complete an excused absence form if students will miss any of these. https://www.cognitoforms.com/CarmelChoirs/ExcusedAbsenceOrTardyRequest

Saturday, November 19 - Mass music rehearsal 8:30am - 3pm (specific schedule TBA)

Monday, November 21 - Blocking rehearsal 4:15-6:45pm

Tuesday, November 22 - Choir with Orchestra rehearsal 4:15-6:45pm

Monday, November 28 - Dress Rehearsal with costumes & performance shoes 5:30pm - 9:30pm

Tuesday , November 29 - Dress Rehearsal, with hair/make-up, publicity photos, 5:30pm - 9:30pm

Wednesday, November 30 - Performance #1 7:00pm, performer call-time 6:15pm

Thursday, December 1 - Performance #2 7:00pm, performer call-time 6:15pm

Friday, December 2 - NO PERFORMANCE Due to Basketball Game

(Select Sound performs at St. Luke's UMC Christmas Concert)

Saturday, December 3 - Performance #3 2pm, performer call-time 1:15pm, Cast and Crew Dinner and Holiday Party between shows, Performance #4 7pm.

Sunday, December 4 - Performance #5 2pm, performer call-time 1:15pm

Big picture

Physical Gift Card Sale

Nov. 17 & 18 Physical Gift Card Sale:

The physical cards will hopefully be here the following week and Natalie Oehler, our Raise Right Chairperson, will contact everyone on how to get them to you. These make amazing gifts for the holidays and are sold at face value, just as if you purchased them in a store, except a small percentage of the amount you spend on the cards, will go directly back to your child's choir account and will be deducted from their choir fee balance.

This is an easy way to make money to pay for choir fees and trips. Just head over to the Raise Right website sign up under the CHS Ovation Club, Carmel IN and make sure your choir member's name is added to your account. You can have your friends and family members sign up and add to your account. Just make sure your choir members name is on their account to be applied correctly.

Once you are signed up, Raise Right is very good at sending out emails when companies will increase their percentage and you will make even more money for your choir member's account.

REMEMBER: Ecards can be ordered anytime and can be used immediately.

If you have any questions please either call me at 317-690-2157 or email me at Nataliejoehler@gmail.com

Happy ordering


Natalie Oehler


Big picture

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.


Support Carmel Choirs

Become an ANGEL Sponsor

Link your Kroger Card to OVATION

Link your Amazon Smile Card to OVATION

Become a corporate sponsor or advertise in our programs


Choir Fee Information

Click here to see choir fee information. First payments due by August 31.


Contact chsovationfinance@gmail.com with questions about fees and payments

Contact your individual director with requests for financial aid or alternate payment plans

Big picture

Subscribe to the 22-23 Carmel Choirs Google Calendar

Click here for instructions on how to subscribe to the Carmel Choirs Google Calendar



Contact your OVATION Chairperson by finding their contact information at this link:


Big picture
Big picture

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)