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Carmel High School Choir Newsletter - May 22, 2023

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23-24 School Year Information

There are some important things for students to take care of prior to this Fall. Please see the list below and get started on the forms and requirements. The student DATA form is by far the most important one for us to have ASAP so if all students who are continuing in Carmel Choirs next year can complete this form right away, that would be a huge help to us. We look forward to another great year of making wonderful music and memories together.

Recording of Parent Meeting and all files for 23-24 School Year:


23-24 Parent Resource Folder

23-24 Required Forms & To-Do’s

(hyperlinks to all forms available in the

parent resource folder linked above)

1) Complete all required forms below by August 14, 2023

· Student Data Form (please complete this form ASAP!!)

· Contract and Permission Slip

· Travel Code of Conduct

· Parent Volunteer Form

· Travel Code of Conduct (ONLY required for AMB, ACC, SS, & students in the International Italy Choir)

· Angel Sponsorship (optional)

2) Submit initial fees according to Payment Selection by August 31, 2023

3) Subscribe to Carmel Choirs Google Calendar (see directions in Parent Resource Folder)

4) Sign up for Raise Right and start shopping and earning money to offset choir fee RaiseRight Info

5) Notify directors of any foreseen conflicts with performances or rehearsals outside of school

Excused Absence Request Form

6) Social Media & Communication:

Follow Carmel Choirs Facebook Page

Follow Carmel Choirs Instagram

Students Join Remind: Text your class code to 81010 or join through the Remind App

(groups will begin in June of 2023)

Accents @23acc24

Allegro @23all24

Ambassadors @23amb24

Blue & Gold @23bg24

Counterpoints @23cp24

Expressions @23exp24

Greyhound Sound @23gs24

New Edition @23ne24

Rhapsody @23rhap24

Select Sound @23ss24

Applied Music @23apm24

Italy Choir @23italy24

7) Get involved this summer:

Help with the Summer Spectacular Show Choir Camp May 30.

Participate in the July 4 Parade.

Sign up for Show Choir Camps of America!

Take voice lessons or participate in other camps to improve your skills.

Work those sight-reading skills!

8) Get choir shoes & undergarments:

Black compressions shorts

White v-neck undershirt

Black tall dress socks

Black slip-on dress shoes

Sheer to waist pantyhose in your skin tone

Strapless, skin-tone bra with waist coverage

High-waist, black dance brief

So Danca Caramel 3” heel Character Shoe

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Summer Camp Helpers needed May 26, 30 & June 2

We are in need of some additional student & adult volunteers to assist with registration for our annual Summer Spectacular Show Choir Camp. Help is mainly needed between 8-9am and 12-1pm on May 30, and again at the final concert on Friday, June 2. If you can consider spending an hour or two with us, please sign up at the link below. Thank you

We are also looking for volunteers to come up to school on Friday, May 26 from 10am-12pm to assist with setting up risers on stage, cleaning up and organizing E157, assembling camper folders, and sorting t-shirts. Please come by to lend a hand!

Click here for the Sign Up link

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Spring Concert Photos Wanted

If you took photos before, during, or after the Spring Choir Concert and would like to share them with our choir family, please upload photos and video to the link below. Thank you!

Click here to upload your AMAZING Spring Choir Concert photos!

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ALL-STate Show Choir Auditions open till 5/26

After a few years hiatus, the Indiana All State Show Choir has returned! We HIGHLY encourage students who love to sing and dance to audition for this great opportunity!

Details for the Event:

-August 31st - September 2nd

-Chesterton High School in Chesterton, IN

-$75 per selected student participant

-Top 60 students for the entire state of Indiana will be selected from all audition applications with no more than five coming from any given school. All auditions will be reviewed by an unbiased (non-Indiana) panel.

-The audition will consist of both a dance and vocal audition (and all of that material can be found on the website linked below).

-Auditions must be submitted between 5/12-5/26 so don't delay!

-You can find audition information for your students via the website

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Carmelfest 4th of July Parade 2023

Join us this summer to sing and dance down Rangeline in the 2023 Carmelfest 4th of July Parade. We have a great time every year and all current, incoming, and former Carmel Choir students are welcome. Sign up to participate at the link below and you'll get a free t-shirt to wear in the parade. You also must complete the City of Carmel Waiver and bring it with you to the parade on July 4th. More info to come, but for now, sign up so that we can get the tshirt order going.

Click here to Sign Up!

Click for the Parade Waiver Form

PArade donations needed

Donations of candy, water, ice & coolers are needed for the annual Carmelfest Fourth of July Parade! Please consider donating. All donations can be brought to the start of the parade route on July 4. More details will be given closer to the time. Thank you for your generosity.


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Sign Up For RaiseRight

RaiseRight is an AMAZING way to earn funds towards paying off choir fees and trips. 100% of the profit earned by you goes towards your child's account. Multiple people can earn for one student so even out of town friends and family can sign up to support your child. We HIGHLY recommend this great program. All of the details can be found in this google folder at the link below. Natalie Oehler is the parent in charge of this program and she can answer any questions you may have.


Typically, when you spend with RaiseRight you are using an e-card or code, but a couple of times a year, we order hard gift cards that people can buy as gift for others, or to use as a reloadable option. Natalie will be ordering gift cards, physical gift cards and reloadable gift cards this week, but orders must be in by May 15th at midnight. Cards will be available to pick up at the spring concert May 18th.

Contact Natalie Oehler with any questions about this program.


Support the Prism Project

One of our Carmel Choir alumni, Megan Walawender, is working with the Prism Project this summer. See the graphic below to find out how you can volunteer if you're interested.
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Year-end slideshows

If you weren't able to attend our awards ceremony last week, check out these wonderful slideshows that were shown. Take a look back at our fantastic school year and check out the amazing Senior Class of 2023!

2022-2023 Year In Review:


Class of 2023 over the past four years:


Introducing each of our 2023 Seniors:


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Recommended Voice Lessons

Summer is a great time to start voice lessons! We cannot recommend private lessons enough. We have seen so many of our students benefit greatly from one on one coaching as they move through the natural vocal changes and challenges that occur during adolescence. Voice lessons can also help students with posture and body alignment, relaxed breathing, overall confidence on stage, communication in public, and even stress management. Check out the list of recommended teachers below.
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Show Choir Camps Of America REMIND Group

If you are attending one of the summer sessions of Show Choir Camps of America in either Illinois or Ohio, please join our SCA Remind group to get up to date information and reminders about camp this summer. Text @sca23chs to 81010 to join.
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Carmel Show Choirs Chosen as Guest Performers at SCA 2023

We are thrilled to announce that both the Carmel Ambassadors & Accents have been chosen as this year's "host" choirs for the 2023 Show Choir Camps Of America. There are two sessions of SCA, one in June at Millikin University in Decatur, IL and one in July at Heidelberg University in Tiffin, OH. Each year, one choir from around the country is chosen to perform their competition show from the previous season during the Opening Ceremonies of the camp. This year, the Accents will perform their show, "Live Your Dash" at the opening ceremony of the Illinois Camp on June 18, and the Ambassadors will perform their show, "Water Tower Town" at the opening ceremony of the Ohio Camp on July 9. It is not only an honor to be chose, but also very exciting for these students to get to share their exciting shows with audiences one more time.
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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!

-Monday, May 22 - ITALY Tour Choir Rehearsal 8am - 9am E157

-Monday, May 22 - Accents 23-24 Leadership Meeting 4:15pm E153

-Monday, May 22 - Ambassadors 23-24 first rehearsal 4:15pm E157

-Monday, May 22 - ITALY Tour choir participant and parent meeting 7pm Auditorium

-Tuesday, May 23 - Accents 22-23 Rehearsal to prep for SCA Performance 10am E157

-Tuesday, May 23 - Meeting in E157 with all students who will be attending Show Choir Camps of America this summer 12pm E157

-Tuesday, May 23 - Accents 22-23 Rehearsal to prep for SCA Performance 4:15pm E157

-Wednesday, May 24 - Accents 23-24 first rehearsal 10am - 11:45am

-Wednesday, May 24 - Summer Spec Show Choir Camp Volunteer Meeting for all counselors & students signed up to help with registration day 12pm E157

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

-June 1 - Accents 22-23 Rehearsal for SCA Performance 6-8pm E157

-June 15 - Accents 22-23 Rehearsal for SCA Performance 5-9pm E157

-July 3 - Carmelfest Parade Rehearsal and T-shirt pick up 12-1pm

-July 3 - ITALY Tour Choir Rehearsal 1-4pm

-July 4 - Carmelfest Parade 8am - 12pm

-June 18 - Accents perform at Show Choir Camps of America - Millikin University

-July 9 - Ambassadors perform at Show Choir Camps of America - Heidelberg University

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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 23-24 choir calendar, the 23-24 choir handbook, and choir fee information.


Support Carmel Choirs

Become an ANGEL Sponsor

Link your Kroger 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

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Subscribe to the 23-24 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:


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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)