Mrs. Karen S. Nevins, M.A.,
LHS Choral Handbook
To conserve paper and taxpayers' money, the LHS Choral Handbook's 24-hour availability online will eliminate the expense of providing a hardcopy to each student this year. The handbook is maintained and updated as necessary by Mrs. Nevins, Director of Choirs.
STUDENT CONTRACT REQUIREMENTSChoir is an elective performance class requiring a clear understanding of classroom and performance discipline, uniforms, and permission to travel. Students must utilize the online choir calendar for scheduling personal events around choir performances. At the beginning of each year and with the enrollment of new students throughout the school year, students will be provided the following contracts which require parent and student signatures. These completed and signed contracts must be returned to Mrs. Nevins promptly to activate the student's participation in LHS choral events. Contracts include the following: Uniform Contract, Health Form and One-time Permission Slip, and a Classroom and Performance Discipline Contract. While these documents will be provided to each student the first week of school in hard copy and MUST BE ON FILE IN THE CHOIR OFFICE FOR PARTICIPATION, a PDF file of each document will be added to this website for printable download should a student's hard copy be lost or damaged or in the event that a student's information changes and must be resubmitted for update during the school year. For the student's safety, Mrs. Nevins will carry these documents to every choir event. Choir is an elective class requiring a solid team effort. Anyone failing to provide required documents will be unable to continue in the choir program as determined by the director.
COURSE DESCRIPTIONSLINCOLN WOMENS CHORUS #263 1 Credit
Length of Course: 1 year
Grade Level: 9-12
Prerequisite: Audition required with approval from director
This is a developmental choral class for the female student. Because of Freshman Academy, all freshmen women must sing in this choir. In this class, students will be expected to develop skills in sigthtsinging, singing diction, improved vocal and choral technique, and rehearsal discipline. Small and large group formats will be offered, along with individual vocal opportunities. Music literature will be appropriate to the female gender, and will include historical and contemporary classical, folk, multi-cultural, pop, and show tunes. At least 4 performances will be required per year. Additional opportunities may be offered. Performance is a formal affair. Flip flops are not permitted for performance when uniformity is essential. Black flats and natural colored nylons are required to be worn with assigned choir robes for performances. Pant legs should not show below the robe hem. Diversion from this concert attire constitutes no performance and no grade, as determined by the director. Natural haircolors are part of the uniformity of this choir. REHEARSAL ATTENDANCE and PERFORMANCE ATTENDANCE IS GRADED and REQUIRED. (See performance make-up options)
MEN OF LINCOLN SINGERS #264 1 Credit
Length of Course: 1 year
Grade Level: 9-12
Prerequisite: Audition required with approval from director
This is a developmental choral class for the male student. In this class, students will be expected to develop skills in sightsinging, singing diction, improved vocal and choral technique, and rehearsal discipline. Small and large group formats will be offered, along with individual vocal opportunities. Music literature will be appropriate to the male gender and will include historical and contemporary classical, folk, multi-cultural, pop, and show tunes. Music is selected by the director as appropriate to the ability of the choir and the performance event. Singers in this choir prepare TTB/B and SA/TB literature. Prior to each performance, singers will be auditioned and selected by the director to sing in Concert Choir. Selection will be based upon music preparation, skill, appropriate and mature self-discipline, and added rehearsal requirements called upon by the director. The Concert Choir audition process intends to create opportunity for those who can work to meet select-choir standards for each concert. Only the best-prepared male singers will be selected as determined by the Director. Selection is not automatic and should not be assumed. Additional opportunities may be offered. Men are required to wear black socks and dress shoes with assigned tuxedos. Shirttails must be tucked in and collars buttoned. Natural haircolors are part of the required uniformity of this choir. Diversion from this concert attire will be as determined by the director. REHEARSAL ATTENDANCE and PERFORMANCE ATTENDANCE IS GRADED and REQUIRED. (See performance make-up options)
CONCERT CHOIR #262 1 Credit
Length of Course: 1 year
Grade Level: 10-12 (Director reserves the right to promote as needed)
Prerequisite: Yearly audition and written director recommendation to counseling staff
This choir is for the serious and well-disciplined singer who has accomplished above-average commitment, self-discipline, vocal technique, sightsinging skills, team effort, and respect for the choral art. Singers in this class are female. They perform both SSA and SA/TB literature with select men of all genres including historical and contemporary classical, folk, multi-cultural, pop, and show tunes. Music is selected by the director as appropriate to the performance event. At least 4 even performances will be required in addition to MSVMA Choral Festival performances. Students will be expected to perform in choral workshops. Students with band, orchestra, or keyboard skills are encouraged to audition for this choir even if prior choral classes have not been experienced. Members of this choir are required to wear assigned school-owned gowns with black low dress shoes and natural-colored nylons. Natural haircolors are part of the required uniformity of this choir. REHEARSAL ATTENDANCE and PERFORMANCE ATTENDANCE IS GRADED and REQUIRED.
SPLIT DIMENSIONS #265 1 Credit
Length of Course: 1 year
Grade Level: 10-12 (Director reserves the right to promote as needed)
Prerequisite: Yearly audition required with permission from Director
This class is solely for the accomplished, highly self-disciplined, and committed choral singer. Historically made up solely of treble singers, in the event there are not enough women, the director reserves the option of adding male voices for balance and skill. This group will perform numerous community and school concerts in and out of the normal school day, in at least 2 school concerts per semester, at choral workshops, and in MSVMA Festival competitions as determined by the director. Performance commitment is essential as part of this team. Students can expect to sing in solo and small group formats, and must have the ability to sing and move for the inclusion of choreography and dance. Appropriately, all music styles will be approached, with an Intermediate to Advanced literature. Members of this choir will be expected to purchase a new or slightly used gown as selected by the group and approved by the director. Black character shoes and natural colored nylons are part of the performance uniform as are natural haircolors are part of the uniformity of this choir/ensemble. COMMITMENT IS ESSENTIAL. DEPENDABLE BEHAVIOR AND SELF-DISCIPLINE, REHEARSAL and PERFORMANCE ATTENDANCE IS GRADED are MANDATORY.
POINTS TO PONDERPOTENTIAL - signifies a person's individual growth limits
ABILITY - determines a person's capability
MOTIVATION - required in order to achieve
ATTITUDE - drives a person's level of success
CHARACTER - determined by choices one makes when no one is looking
MATURITY - how one uses her/her free time
INTEGRITY - how we encourage others to utilize their time
COMMITMENT - revealed in loyalty to yourself and your work
SELF-ACTUALIZATION - a person's ultimate level of life achievements
TENACITY - unwaivering persistence toward excellence
THE AUDITION PROCESS
Auditions are required of all students for entrance into the Lincoln High School Choral Program. Students seeking positions in an entry-level choir must demonstrate the ability to match pitch with a clear understanding of beginning singing and musical theory skills. In the entry-level classroom, the audition begins for select choir placement by the student's ability to stay on task, and work cohesively within the choral rehearsal classroom. A student's 1st semester music theory exam will be considered in the audition screening process. In keeping with the high choral standards established at Lincoln, students wishing to progress to Concert Choir must have who demonstrated an excellent level of self-discipline, acceptable attendance, dependability, attentiveness, a respect for others and a working relationship with the Director.
Auditions for Concert Choir are conducted in 2- or 3-parts and are typically conducted utilizing festival musical literature, which all students should have learned, memorized and polished. Students must have demonstrated an excellent ability to read beginning to intermediate music with a clear understanding of music theory and sightreading. Concert Choir students learn music in treble and mixed voicing. Therefore, students must have demonstrated the ability to be self-discipline, positive, and eager to do their work. Students should have demonstrated the ability to be punctual, responsible, and able to work cohesively with his/her peers and the Director within the choral rehearsal classroom. Students represent their school and the LHS Choral Program. Students with any questionable behavioral issues may not be considered for this select choir.
Only those who have demonstrated superior levels of self-discipline, respect, and musicianship will be considered for the rigors of progressing to Split Dimensions where advanced Treble and mixed literature will be learned. Intermediate to advanced vocal skills and music reading skills are required. Grade point average eligibility is also a serious consideration because Split Dimensions are frequently released from school for day-time and evening community performances. Split Dimensions singers typically score A's on theory examinations and carry GPAs of 3.0 or better. Students being considered for Split Dimensions will audition by the Director's invitation. Auditions are conducted after school for the Director and a panel of veteran Split Dimension seniors. Being invited by the Director to auditon for Split Dimensions, a student must have exceptional vocal discipline and a superior level of commitment for every performance.
The Director reserves the right to make final decisions on all auditions and placements for the good of the students and the Lincoln Choral Program.
REQUIRED DAILY MATERIALS
YOUR CHOIR/MUSIC TEXT
Your choir's choral music is your classroom text. All music is the property of the school unless it is borrowed from Mrs. Nevins or another school. LHS octavos are purchased with budgeted funds, inventoried, and stored in our choral library for future use. All distributed music will be documented. Students are responsible for the return of original sheetmusic. Returned music will be credited to the student; and lost or damaged music will constitute that the student's choir account be charged a current replacement fee. These fees will be added to the students personal debt to be settled at the end of the year. Assigned music can be taken home for rehearsal, but must with the student for each classroom rehearsal. Students are required to have music for rehearsals until the week prior to a performance, as designated by the Director. In preparation for a performance, music must be fully memorized unless otherwise designated by the Director. Students have proven that errors are learned when music is put away too soon.
American Choral Directors Association/M.S.V.M.A. Philosophy on Sacred Music
For the past thirteen plus years, Lincoln H.S. Choirs have followed the American Choral Directors Association and Michigan School Vocal Music Association philosophies on sacred music. This philosophy is also followed by the Michigan School Vocal Music Association. In representing the historical and cultural aspects of the history and development of music through the ages, choral music cannot be taught without the inclusion of historical and cultural sacred choral literature. In representing historic composers and the various styles and forms of music, the use of sacred music is essential to the curriculum and is introduced without teaching and/or promoting specific doctrines. Since 80% of choral literature today is sacred and 20% is secular, that ratio could be performed at any given LHS concert or festival performance.
PERFORMANCE ATTIREUniforms provided by the school remain the property of Lincoln. Students issued a uniform are responsibile for cleaning and repairs throughout the year and before returning uniforms at the end of each school year. Uniforms should always be stored on a hanger and in a plastic bag to alleviate wrinkles and damage. Students and parents should check for hemming and mending repairs prior to all performances. Select choir gown hems should be at least 1" off the floor (in bare feet). Hems should be hand sewn (not machine sewn) to allow the next person the ease of adjusting the hem without damage to the fabric. In the process of altering and hemming, fabric shall NOT be cut except with written permission from Mrs. Nevins. (i.e., a short student may require an unusually deep hem. DO NOT CUT). A student who arrives for a performance with a dragging or partially sewn hem or missing uniform parts will not be allowed to perform. The student's grade will be lowered for this negligence. (See uniform guidelines below)
YEAR-END UNIFORM RETURN
All uniforms must be turned in laundered (or drycleaned with dated drycleaning receipt) at the end of each school year. Anyone failing to do so will expect his/her student account to be charged a non-credited drycleaning fee of $20 per uniform. The cost of the uniform parts will be charged to the student's account until all parts have been returned to the choir office. Students who are re-issued a larger sized uniform will be charged additionally until the original uniform part is cleaned and returned. In the event that a uniform is damaged beyond repair or not turned in at all, the replacement value of the uniform and a dry cleaning fee will be posted to the student's school debt. Lost or damaged items are the responsiblity of the student and will be charged to the student's school debt for the replacement value. Students and parents are expected to examine uniforms at least a week prior to a performance to assure that the uniform is prepared for performance.
GRADING POLICYREHEARSAL SKILLS - 50% of grade
Students will be evaluated based upon all facets of the rehearsal preparation. Rehearsals serve to provide education in the elements of music, sightreading, vocal technique, and preparation for performances. A grade is issued the second week of school for submission of choir health forms and permission slips. Each student must provide a spiral-bound notebook for music theory notes, a solid black (not white or colored) three-ring binder for music bearing the student's name inside the cover, and a sharpened pencil for each rehearsal. For the safety of the student, GUM CHEWING DURING REHEARSAL is strictly prohibited to avoid choking, aspiration and potential death.
Rehearsal preparation supplements individual growth and unification of each choral section. Other rehearsal-grade factors include: following classroom rules, having music and pencil, and paying respect toward peers, student teacher (when applicable), accompanist, and director. Rehearsal attendance is essential and is a major factor in the preparation process. Points will be relinquished for non-compliance with rehearsal expectations at the discretion of the director. The best singer cannot be promoted if he/she is not dependable. Excessive socialization or behaviors that disrupt the education process will greatly lower a student's rehearsal grade. If, after two warnings, a student fails to co-operate with a directive from the director, a student may be removed from the choral seating arrangement and the parent will be notified of the problem. (For add'l information, please refer to CLASSROOM REHEARSAL CONDUCT.)
PERFORMANCE - 50% of grade
In the classroom and on the stage is our main objective for this course. This being an elective class, each student makes a performance commitment when he or she registers for the class. Students are encouraged to stay healthy and avoid passing illness on to other singers. Missing voices greatly affect our performances goals. If, for whatever reason, a student misses a performance, he will not receive a grade. A performance cannot be replicated and can only be made-up in time by a director-approved written make-up assignment due the Friday following a performance. A student who, for whatever reason, misses a great deal of school prior to a concert may be required to perform an vocal examination for the director prior to the concert to determine his/her preparedness to perform. The director may require an unprepared student to sit out of the concert for the good of those who have fulfilled their rehearsal obligation. The student's grade will be determined by the director based upon individual factors. Because every voice is critical to sectional balance, students must be in class the day of a performance. Any student who misses school on the day of a concert or competition risks being disallowed permission to perform, as determined by the director. The director reserves the right to make some performances optional to some singers when selecting a subgroup from a choir for special events. Transportation is an invalid excuse for missing a performance when there are so many students who are willing to provide transportation when a student plans ahead. If a student does not have a ride, the teacher and other students will do their best to assist in transporting the student to the school. School disciplinary policies regarding language, dress, behavior, sex, drugs, and alcohol are strictly followed at all performance events. Behavior, concert conduct, and self-discipline are always part of the performance grade.
OTHER GRADING FACTORSWRITTEN EXAMINATIONS
Writing is an essential educational tool and the handwriting process instills the informational gathering process. The Lincoln School Board established that all students must write for their semester exams. All choir students will take a written examination at the end of each semester to meet classroom and school board policy. A missed exam constitutes a failing grade to be averaged in with the student's Marking Period grades.
To further support writing in the classroom, students will be required to evaluate their own performance recordings and/or the performances of other choirs through a listening exercise followed by a written evaluation. Because music theory is an essential part of reading and performing music, students can expect assignments involving written worksheet materials. Such written assignments are graded and averaged into the Rehearsal grade.
For the safety of the student, gum chewing is strictly prohibited in the choral classroom warm-ups (vocalise), rehearsals, and at performances (on-and off-stage). Students who elect not to follow this policy should expect his/her grade to be lowered one mark (A to A- to B+) with every three events. Students are given ample opportunity to dispose of gum prior to the taking of class attendance, vocal warm-ups, and the rehearsal process. In the event that a student refuses to comply with this essential safety precaution, the student may be required to stay after school with the teacher for a detention at the Director's discretion. There will be no exceptions to this rule.
Tardies disrupt the rehearsal and the learning process. A school policy for tardies has been established. That policy will be followed in the daily attendance system. Tardys affect the grade as follows: for every three tardies to the choir classroom, the student's grade is lowered by one mark (i.e., from A to A-). Changing school administrative tardy policies are followed.
(See the prior choir uniform outline noted above for more detail). The assigned formal uniform is the property of the school district. Choir uniforms are not to be worn to non-choir events. All uniform parts are to be worn for choral events and returned to the school. Replacement and/or professional quality repair of lost or damaged uniform parts are the responsibility of the student and damages or loss will be added to the student's debt. Arriving to perform in full uniform is a required of every performer. Should a student arrive with missing uniform parts, the student may be disallowed the opportunity to perform with the choir. In this event, the student will receive a lowered grade for the performance at the teacher's disgretion.. Natural hair colors are part of the uniformity of each choir for the performance. Diversion from natural hair colors constitutes the inability to participate, and will result in a lowered or lost grade at the discretion of the director.
The student knows the when registering for choir, he/she is registering for a PERFORMANCE CLASS. Performance is a required. Students are informed far enough in advance to allow for personal and family scheduling. Music is instantaneous, and a missed performance can be made up only in time. Thus, a large portion of a marking period grade will be missing. (ANALOGY: If a student misses a math or science test, the grade can only be acquired if the test is completed.) The 2007-08 LHS Choir concert and festival competition schedule is posted and updated on this website and in the classroom from the beginning of the school year. Changes to the initial performance schedule will always be posted on the website calendar, on the website announcements, and announced to each choir well in advance of the performance. The lhschoirs.com website and the "announcement" link will be your means of receiving performance notes, fundraising, festival and/or trip announcements and notifications, and directions to events.
It is the student's responsibliity to keep track of the official choir calendar posted on our website. Arrange for his/her choral commitments with parents and employees early! Drivers ed instructors, athletic coaches, and employers are accustom to accommodating the student who needs to meet graded performance requirements. Additional performances are frequently added to our schedule as invitations are received. Students should speak with employers about these potential changes and be prepared to arrange to attend performances accordingly. Should a concert grade be lost through absence for any reason, arrangements for meeting grade make-up requirements and deadlines are the sole responsibility of the student. Except for the mandatory Commencement performance, a research report can be submitted to make-up for a missed concert grade. (See make-up report guidelines). In some instances (physical injury or illness with the inabaility to sing) as determined by the Director, a student may be allowed to attend a performance (without singing) for partial or full graded credit based upon the student's level of work and commitment prior to the performance and circumstances leading to the performance.
CONCERT MAKE-UP REPORTS
Handwritten (not word processed) make-up reports must be pre-arranged with the Director for an appropriate topic. A written make-up assignment is by no means to be interpreted as PUNISHMENT, but should be viewed as an OPPORTUNITY to receive the individual's lost grade. Written assignments must be three (3) to five (5) pages--handwritten and single spaced. The more complete the research, the higher the grade. They are due the Friday following a performance unless otherwise arranged by the director. In some cases, a student's illness encompasses a performance and cannot be made-up within the required time limit. The Director will determine an appropriate submission deadline. If a paper is not submitted by marking period grade deadlines, a grade will be assigned without the addition of the paper. Once a make-up report is completed and submitted, the grade can be changed for the next mark. If a papere is not completed and submitted, the student will forego the make-up opportunity and the unraised performance grade will stand.
MAKE-UP REPORT GUIDELINESA three- to five-page single-spaced and handwritten (in ink) report can produce a make-up grade of between a "C" and an "A" based upon the quality, quantity, and neatness of a report. A minimal report will produce a minimal grade. Each voice in the choir is critical to the performance. A missed competitive festival event grade requires an exceptional paper to receive full make-up, as determined by the Director. If the student has participated responsibly in rehearsals leading to the performance, bear in mind that a rehearsal "A" averaged with the report "C" will provide a "B.".
All make-up reports MUST BE PREPARED OUTSIDE OF THE CHOIR CLASS since the student is making up concert time. MEDIA CENTER PASSES WILL NOT BE PROVIDED FROM THE CHORAL CLASSROOM TO COMPLETE THIS MAKE-UP WORK. Students must plan to visit the school or city library and/or research online. Plagerism constitutes the grade of "E." (Please note that in most other districts, a missed competitive festival event constitutes an "E" for the marking period with no opportunity for raising the grade. To assist further, please do the following:
Reminder - Any written make-up assignments turned in after teacher grades submission deadlines may constitute a grade change on the next report card.
COMPETITIVE OPPORTUNITIESMultiple competitive opportunities are available for the enthusiastic student who seeks individual growth! Individual competitions are ultimately the responsibility of the student. The Director and accompanist will assist the learning process, but time constraints make the student's commitment an essential to his/her success.. The student must commit to daily practice and memorization outside of the choir classroom..
ONE-TIME PERMISSION SLIP AND HEALTH FORM ESSENTIAL
Every effort has been made to make paperwork as simple as possible. Therefore, students are provided a "One-time" permission slip and health form to maintain emergency information at all choral events for the entire year. Students must turn in a completed and signed form by the second week of school. Permission slips will be maintained and carried by the Director to every performance event within and out of the Lincoln School District. Parents are asked to read both thoroughly and provide accurate information. Please fill out both sides of the form completely. Students will return them to class for a grade. As information or personal information changes, it will be imperative that the information is provided to update the student's records.
At at competitive events it is important to impress upon parents and students that we are performing even when we are not on stage. Appearance and behavior represents the Lincoln Consolidated School District. Impeccable student and parent behavior will be expected enroute to and during these events. Anyone behaving inappropriately may be unable to participate that and in future events. In the event of a preoblem, appropriate disciplinary action onsite and will be reinforced when we return to the school. The student will be personally responsible for any damage of which he may be responsible. At events where uniforms are being worn, uniforms must be kept neat and in order at all times. Likewise, when we are not in uniform, appropriate street dress (i.e., wholesome school code attire). School disciplinary policies regarding language, dress, behavior, sex, drugs, and alcohol are strictly followed at all choral events.
MSVMA REGIONAL, STATE, and ALL-STATE HONORS CHOIR
Students with a 2.5 GPA or better and an outstanding tenacity for learning and memorizing detail should take part in the most honorable and gratifying MSVMA Honors Choir program. Auditions begin in the early fall, and students are responsible for their Regional audition fees. To avoid showing partiality, your director will provide music and preparation will begin after school begins. Fee and form deadlines are posted on the choir calendar. The Regional audition will take place on October 13th. The audition will require that you learn and memorize one specified piece. You will also be required to sight read for your voice type. Pitches will be provided in the audition room.
Students winning seats inthe Regional Honors Choirs traditionally receive booster scholarships to cover State and All-State fees. Peraonal items such assweatshirts, rehearsal CDs, and performance CDs are the responsibility of the student. The State Honors choir rehearsals and performance take place at Grand Rapids in January. The All-State rehearsals and performance are at W.M.U. Youth Arts Festival in May. Travel and overnight arrangements are the responsibility of the student/parent. See the 2007-08 calendar for specific dates and details.
MSVMA DISTRICT AND STATE SOLO AND ENSEMBLE FESTIVAL
Every select choir student should consider participating Solo and Ensemble Festival. Anyone who prepares well can succeed! In partnering with others for small and large ensembles. Remember that your best friend may6 NOT always be your best singing partner. Always strive to allow your director to help you match singing partners based upon voice timbre and level of musicianship and commitment. The director's goal is ALWAYS to avoid potential disappointments. The best festival experience is important for your personal progress and encouragement.
FEES AND FORMS
Solo and Ensemble Festival Fees, forms and music selections are due at the time of application. All Solo and Ensemble fees are the responsiblity of the singer. Small Ensemble fees are divided equally among each ensemble member. Large ensemble fees paid by the school are those made up of LHS Choir classes (i.e., Split Dimensions, Men of Lincoln) are paid for by the school and are considered mandatory performances. All other large ensembles are paid collaboratively by members of the ensemble. Extra credit is provided for all participants. Solo and Ensemble Festival travel arrangements are the responsiblity of the student. School transportation may be arranged for large ensembles; however, transporation budgets may limit this option.
MSVMA DISTRICT AND STATE CHORAL FESTIVAL
Generally, if we register to participate in choral festivals, participation is mandatory. Generally, fees and travel are paid for by the School. Each singer is critical to the culmination of excellent choral tone and quality performance. Choral festival performances require full uniform (hemmed and repaired uniforms) and are mandatory/graded events. Individuals with a history of low levels of self-discipline or musicianship may be asked to sit out of an event as determined by the Director. Anyone who is ill and unable to sing may be granted special permission to receive credit if the student can attend the festival (with a parent) to audit performance(s). Missed festival events require a written report to receive credit. (See Make-up Report guidelines). Students must travel with their choir to and from choral festivals. In special instances, a student may be permitted to travel home from festival if permission slips are provided to the director from both the parent of the rider and from the parent driver. These notes must be provided to the director prior to departing from LHS to the event. These notes release the school from further liability. A student over the age of 18 may qualify to drive only in specified circumstances as determined by the Director and pre-approved by the parent. Students who do not follow policy may face disciplinary referral.
SERVICE AND MERIT AWARDS
FALL MUSICAL THEATRE PRODUCTIONAuditions are posted onthe Lincoln Drama Website. The LHS Drama (Jacobs), Music (Nevins/Waldenmyer), and Dance (Wilson) directors work collaboratively to produce a fall music each year. This year's production is "Beauty and the Beast." Students who love to act and sing, must consider auditioning! GPA requirements are outlined on the Drama website.
NOTE Directors carefully assess acting, singing, and dance auditions before posting the cast list. Even though a musical must be carefully selected to assure that voices will cover required parts, each year we are surprised by new and unexpected talent! Competition improves the standard each year! The following is taken into consideration when casting: musical, vocal, acting, dance, stage presence, and physical characteristic appropriate to each part. It is highly inappropriate to challenge final casting decisions. Please refer to the Lincoln Drama website for additional explanation of policies and Drama Club expectations.
The Choral Boosters sole purpose is to assist and support the Director, the students, and the choral program. Booster meetings are occur monthly and require the Director's attendance. Additional meetings may be called as necessary; however, no decision making occurs without the presence of the executive board and the Director. Personal concerns must be handled by private appointment with the Director and are inappropriate at a booster meeting. Fundraising events must be pre-approved by a forum of boosters and the Director.
For the past ten years, the boosters have been highly active in assisting the Director in hosting MSVMA festivals and events. Historically, Lincoln has hosted MSVMA SSA State Honors Choirs, Regional Honors Choir auditions, and MS Choral festivals, State Solo and Ensemble Festival (South Site). The past four years, they have assisted the hosting of MSVMA State Solo and Ensemble Festival - South Site. Every parent of a choir student is considered a choral booster and may be called upon to assist with various choir events and fundraising projects. Parent involvement increases student's opportunity Some fundraising is specified for purchase of equipment, for student travel accounts, and for scholarships and year-end awards. All monies earned through Choral Booster fundraising is the property of the boosters and is managed by them. Concert ticket sales support student scholarships and year-end awards. Sponsorships and donations are considered tax deductible and may be deducted from your income tax.
Traditional fundraising opportunities are depended upon by members of the community, such as the annual Holiday Greenery sale, which has been provided the past 20 or so years during October and November. Delivery is always the Saturday prior to Thanksgiving. Orders must be pre-paid so that wreaths can be delivered without the need of collection. This year we will again offer new and highly improved Entertainment booklets and Cookie Dough from a new company than utilized the past three years.
TRIPS AND STUDENT TRAVEL ACCOUNTS
Trips are planned every other year for student enrichment and reward. A year-end Amusement Park trip is planned each year. Non-profit performance trips are paid for by the student and all payment deadlines must be met. Except inthe case of trip cancellation, there are no refunds for trip withdrawal once money has been paid to the travel company. Travelers are prioritized as follows: Select choirs, upper classmen, non-select upper classmen, non-select under classmen. In all cases, disciplinary dependability is a factor and may affect a student's ability to travel. On all trips, travel company and school displinary policies will be strictly followed. Any student found in non-compliance may be sent home at the expense of the parent. Parents should explain their behavioral expectations to the student prior to registration and again prior to departure.
Preparation for a trip requires a huge amount of time expended in pricing, planning and in securing administrative and school board approval. On at least two occasions, trips had to be cancelled due to inadequate travelers after being approved by the School Board. Multiple and frequent fundraising opportunities are provided by the Boosters each year to support travel. Students are usually able to pay for an entire trip with fundraising monies. While some parents wish to pay their child's entire trip tuition, it is recommended that students take responsiblity for earning some of the money. Most fundraisers provide at least 50% profit for the student account. Fundraising dealdines and delivery dates can be found on our lhschoirs.com website calendar. On the website, you'll find lots of additoinal information and LHS Choir History.
Student travel accounts support choir trips, choir sweatshirts and some fees. Diversion from these indications must be approved by the Booster Board. Dropping from the choral program or graduating from LHS automatically rolls travel account balances over to the Choral Booster's General account and can be tax deductible. Upon departure from the program, by deliberate request, a student's travel account can be transferred to only another sibling or a traveling parent.
DROPPING FROM THE CHORAL PROGRAMMaintaining one's musical and vocal skills is essential. Dropping out of the choral program (for whatever reason) for even one semester, can affect your singing. On the other hand, if dropping is essential, a student may continue working to maintain tone and sight reading skills. Students in good standing may re-audition to be readmitted in a future semester. The ability to register will be determined by the Director. A person risks being placed in a lower choir. A student with a history of missed concerts and/or lack of self-discipline in the rehearsal may be denied the ability to re-audition. The following will be considered in the audition process: vocal technique, musicianshipo, sight reading, past show of commitment and the ability to fully re-commit. Any student failing to comply with classroom and performance expectation may be instructed to drop out of the choral program.
CARING FOR THE MUSIC FACILITY
Students are expected to care for and maintain all school properties, choral text, Lincoln choir materials, music department equipment, and furnishings in an appropriate manner.
CLASSROOM CHAIR RISERS are new this year and must be cared for in an appropriate manner. We have waited thirteen years for them. Therefore, NO FOOD OR COLORED BEVERAGES of any kind will be permitted on the risers. Students will be permitted to use closeable water bottles within the seating arrangement. Shoes should be clean and free of mud and debris for appropriate care of the risers.
RESTROOMS have been conveniently located in the music suite hallway. These are co-ed facilities and all students should be considerate of others utilizing them, keeping personal items picked up. Men, please lower seats and leave them clean for the ladies.
Although it was part of the original building plan and again later in at least one bond issue, SOUND PROOFING is minimal in the music suite. Acoustic doors do not exist on entrances to the classroom, the instrumental office, the piano lab, or the practice room hallway on either the band room or choir room. The human voice simply cannot compete with instruments. Additionally, the choir room is far too alive, which contributes to the problem. Therefore, all classroom doors are to be closed upon passage within the department. Any local corporate contributions made to the choral program could certainly be utilized toward repairing this huge acoustic problem.
TRASH belongs in the appropriate receptacles. Anyone caught discarding trash in the classroom or music suite hallways, may be required to return for after-school custodial clean-up at the directors' discretion. Bottled water is permitted in closeable containers; however, pop, juices, and other soft drinks are NOT permitted.
TELEPHONES are in the classroom for use in contacting teachers, parents or guardians. Students must request permission to make a phonecall. Anyone caught abusing the use of these phones will be sent to the office on referral.
UNIVERSITY STUDENT TEACHERS
We have hosted student teachers from both the University of Michigan and Eastern Michigan University. In addition, Music Education students have visited us from other colleges such as Adrian College and Michigan State. These young teachers are to be treated with the utmost respect as we assist them in their final preparation for stepping out into their own classrooms. Likewise, they will be required to present in the presence of their University supervisor(s) and the utmost respect should be shown to assist the Student Teacher in this process. Once again, your behavior is a reflection on your choir, your peers, and your school. Be sure to make yourself proud!