Spring Trip:
To sign up for the Spring Trip to New Orleans, scroll down 2 postings and you will see the link to sign up. Sign up closes on Friday, September 23.

Fall Concert:
The Fall Concert is NEXT WEEK. The handout that went home can be found under the “documents” tab on the website menu. Look for “Fall Concert 2022”

Be sure the choir fee has been paid or at least $10 of it has been paid so your student receives their choir shirt to perform in next week’s concert.

Be sure you have completed the Handbook Acknowledgement Form from August.
(Found under documents on the choir website)
Be sure the green, emergency form has been filled out and returned to the directors.
(This green paper was given out at the parent meeting and sent home with students)

District Audition Results

This past Saturday we had 18 choir students audition in the first round of the All State Choir process. Out of those auditions, 15 students will be advancing to round two in October.

Congratulations to the following students:
Ashley Ball – Soprano 2 – 6th Chair
Ethan Beam – Bass 2
Rheana Collins – Soprano 2
Joshua Davis – Bass 1
Anna Garner – Soprano 1
Sydney Hoard – Alto 2
Rusetsa Karamagi – Soprano 2 – 1st Chair Chair
Anna Reeves – Alto 1
Peyton Rogers – Bass 1
Ashley Samic – Soprano 1
Kayley Singkhek – Soprano 2 – 9th Chair
Abigail Sullivan – Soprano 2
Jane Sundy – Soprano 1
Emmett Winn – Tenor 1
Ellie Yarbrough – Soprano 1 – 4th Chair

Choir Social

We are having our first choir social of the year on September 12! We will meet after school until 4:30 pm. We will play games, hang out, and eat ice cream! To attend you must sign up using the google form below. Answer all of the questions so we make this the best social we can.

The homecoming parade is also the same day at 6:00 pm. We will have a choir float in the parade and everyone is invited to help decorate and be in the parade. To be in the parade you must meet the following criteria:

  1. Sign up on the form
  2. Decide on which decade you will dress up for (music is timeless)
  3. Purchase and bring a few bags of candy to throw
  4. Bring a bag to hold your candy that your are throwing
  5. Help decorate the float after the choir social (4:30-5:30)
  6. Be okay with possibly walking in the parade instead of being on the float
  7. Have a ride home after the parade (most likely close to 7:00 when done)

**Booster club will provide pizza and drinks for the homecoming parade participants**

Choir Social and Parade Sign Up


August Reminders

Can you believe we are starting our third week of school and second full week? 10 days already gone by for 22-23 school year! Read the information below so you can check off all that needs to be done for you and your student regarding all things choir to start the year off strong.

The handbook, travel permission form, and choir calendar were all handed out last week. If your student has not given those to you, please ask.
– Review the handbook and choir policies with your student
– Fill out the green travel permission form and return by FRIDAY 8/26
– Look over the choir calendar and put in dates that pertain to your student

Handbook Acknowledgement Form:
Visit Canvas or the “Documents” Tab on the website to find the form and fill it out. This form also has a spot for shirt size for your choir student. We need this information to order choir shirts by Friday afternoon (8/26) to have shirts in for the Fall Concert in September.

Choir Fee:
The choir is now open to pay. It is $60 for all students (Chamber Singers have a different fee). You can pay in full online (schoolcashonline) or at school. If partial payment needs to be made, that can only be done at school by cash or check. Please have at least $10 paid by September 1.

We currently have a small amount of students and parents signed up for Remind101. This is the quickest way of reaching out with reminders and important information that isn’t a lengthy email or website post. Please have yourself or your student signed up by Friday 8/26. Codes are in the handbook or can be found on the website under “communication”. The booster has a Remind as well and joining that along with your student’s class would be beneficial.

All State Auditions:
If your student is participating in All State Auditions on Sat. Sept 10, they should have turned in a Form B registration with the directors. If they didn’t, it may have gone home with them. Please make sure that comes to the directors before Friday so they can be registered in the contest. Students not turning in the form will not be entered even if they forget to turn it in by Friday! If you aren’t sure if your student is participating, please ask them.

Voice Lessons:
Dr. Morris was here last week giving free trial lessons to students. If your student wants to take from him, please make sure you respond to the messages he sent out. If he does not have enough students he will not be coming out to Grand Oaks. Don’t wait!

If he does fill up and has no spots remaining we do have another teacher coming soon that will be accepting students.

Snap Raise:
Next week on Monday and Tuesday, we will be starting SNAP Raise! Many of you have done this in the past. This is a wonderful and quick fundraiser to help raise money for the choir program. We appreciate your willingness to allow your student(s) to participate. All funds we raise come back to the choir program to keep it running and enjoyable for all students.

Booster Club:
Please see the attached graphic and get plugged in with Booster Club. Membership is currently going on and information can be found on their website. There will be a spirit store coming soon with several options for different shirts, sweatshirts, and car decals!

Parent Postcard Quarters

Spring Trip:
As stated at the parent meeting and to the kids, the spring trip is to New Orleans. We are currently still waiting on an updated itinerary for prices. Once we have that and it is approved by the district we will send out sign up information. Thank you for your patience while we get the best trip planned for the students.

GO Flags

Our first round of GO Flags is for Labor Day Weekend! Placement will be 9/3 and pick up will be on 9/17. The flags will stay out for two weeks (Patriot’s Day is the week following Labor Day). To help with GO Flags, follow the link below to find a time slot and sign up. You will need a car or truck that can hold 10 foot flags to carry on a route and place them in their holders for flag subscribers. (Sticking them out a window is just fine) At max it should take an hour or less for placement between a driver and a student. Pick up is even faster. The more participants we have, the more money we receive from GO Flags! Students that participate also receive a letter jacket point towards earning a choir letter.

GO Flags Sign Up 2022

22-23 Starting Information

There will be a choir parent meeting on Tuesday, August 16, 2022 at 6:30pm in the GOHS Auditorium. We realize this is the night after in person Open House but we will be discussing all of the choir information, booster information, possible spring trip information, passing out the choir calendar and handbook, and answering questions you may have for the upcoming school year. (10 minutes of open house is not enough time)

Parents will check in by initialing next to their student’s name on attendance rosters. This is to know who was in attendance and to let us know which students will need to receive the handbook and calendar in class to bring home.

Chamber Singers:

The roster of students that auditioned and made Chamber Singers for 22-23 will be posted here and on the Instagram (@grandoakschoir) on Monday mid-morning. Any student on the roster that cannot commit to the requirements below will need to e-mail Mr. Smith by Friday, August 5 so your spot can be replaced. We understand that the requirements stated below may not be doable by all in the ensemble and that is okay. Though you will be removed from Chamber Singers, you will still be in either A Cappella or Statesmen during the school day.

Chamber Singers Requirements:
– Most rehearsals will be on Monday evenings from 5:30 – 7:00 pm in the choir room (a detailed rehearsal schedule will be out when school begins)
– Depending on holidays/concerts/etc some rehearsals may be moved earlier or to a different date. This will be on the calendar specifically for Chamber Singers.
– Students that frequently arrive to rehearsal late will be removed from the ensemble.
– You must notify Mr. Smith 24 hours in advance if you are going to miss a rehearsal. Students that fail to make contact and miss rehearsal will only be allowed 2 unexcused rehearsals and will then be removed from the ensemble.
– Students that miss frequently even with contact, may be removed from the ensemble.
– As a member of the top ensemble you will perform at pep rally’s, concerts, and extra events.
– We will be traveling to San Antonio March 3-4, 2023 for Madrigal Festival. This is a required trip for the ensemble. Information on this trip and the cost will be out when school begins.
– Members of this ensemble must maintain academic eligibility. Failure can result in removal.
– Members of this ensemble will not have discipline issues in any class.

**Contact Mr. Smith by Friday, August 5 if you are unable to be in Chamber Singers**

CISD All State Clinic

Friday, July 29 from 10 am to 12 pm there will be an All State Clinic at Oak Ridge High School 9th grade campus (The clinic will now be at Irons JH located off of 242). Students will be able to start learning the repertoire for the first round of auditions. If you need music, the directors will have extra packets with them. Bring water and a pencil!

To register use the link below:

GO Flags 4th of July

GO Flags has our last placements for the 2021-2022 season over the summer. We need spots filled ASAP! Remember, you receive a point towards your letter jacket when you participate in GO Flags. Thank you to those that have helped and continue to do so. Choir Officers for 22-23 or those interested in running for officer the following year should consider participating. Thank you for leading by example. The more people that participate, the more money we receive for the choir. Use the link below to sign up. Information is found on that website and the organizers will reach out to you over the summer once you sign up. Once again, thank you for helping!

Flag posting: July 2
Flag pick-up: July 9

GO Flags July 4th