Jason Etten, Director
singer has a spirit and special skills they bring to the room. Each person is vital to the success of the
entire choir. In choir everyone has the
opportunity and the responsibility to make great music!
To develop intelligent young
musicians who take pride and ownership in the music they make every day and in
. Every day every individual is expected to do their best and
work as a team with other choir members to make amazing music!
support, strengthen and encourage everyone in the room
. Be in your assigned seat with your
folder when the bell rings
. Leave all
food, beverages, bags and purses in the front entrance to the room or along the
side wall closest to the door - water bottles are great!
. Ask before you
get up in class to use the pencil sharpener, drinking fountain, wastebasket,
Every singer has the ability to earn an "A" in choir.
The most important thing you need to do is
Attendance/Class Participation: 40%
Choir is a
participation class! Your participation
grade is based on being on time and participating positively. Your participation grade lowers if you are
disruptive in class or are not working to your potential. Your grade also suffers when you are tardy or
absent frequently because you are missing group work time. You will not receive credit for unexcused
absences. A choir improves when everyone
is on time and in attendance so the ensemble can grow together.
School Tardy Policy:
First tardy: warning
Second tardy: may result in a call or letter home
Third tardy (and all subsequent tardies):
referral to the administration for Saturday
Please work to be on time so we
can avoid all of this!
Voice Testing: 10%
concert we have trio or quartet voice testing where you are responsible for
knowing your music. This grade will also
be determined by daily observations during warm-ups, sight reading and regular
class singing. You are evaluated on your
knowledge of the music and your ability to execute the elements of quality
performance: Tone Quality, Pitch accuracy, Rhythm, Articulation and
Expression/musicianship through the use of good breathing, body alignment, tone
Concerts/Special Rehearsals: 25%
attendance is mandatory! Concerts are the final exam in music - when
we show ourselves, our families and our school what we have learned. If you have an excused reason for missing the
concert, you will be given a make-up opportunity such as writing a report. You
are responsible for bringing in a note from home explaining any excused absence
and then obtaining and completing a make-up assignment. Make-up work is due 2 weeks from the day of
the concert. If you have an unexcused
reason for missing the concert you will
not be able to make up the points.
Excused reasons include:
in family/family emergencies
notification in writing to
the director 2 weeks before
the concert for extremely unique circumstances
Sore throat, work, big date, babysitting, picking dad/mom up
at the airport, family vacations, and shopping
Special note: Students must be in school the entire
day on the day of performances. Missing
even one hour for sleeping in or an illness makes you ineligible. If you miss for an excused reason such as a
school field trip you may participate in the concert.
Theory/Written Work: 15%
more intelligent musicians we must spend time learning more about music theory,
the history of music, ways to be more expressive musically, critical listening
skills and our instrument (our body). All
choirs will have work throughout the year that focuses on these areas of
you need to earn 30 Outside Points and turn in the appropriate written forms to
document your work. Following is a list
of ways to earn points (some of these will also count toward a choir letter):
Voice lessons: 30 Concert
attendance + report: 10
Outside choir: 30 Recital/solo
Select ensembles: 30 Solo/Ens performance: 15 per event
Honors choirs: 20 Participation
in musical: 20-30
Student aide: 5-30 Accompanist
(per piece): 10
Written report: 5-30 All-State
Choir: 30 (once per year)
Home Practice: 1 pt/documented hour
Instrumental lessons/group outside of school: 15
* Freshmen (1st Semester Outside Points)*
have two (2) required small group voice lessons first semester instead of Outside
Points. Two times during the semester
you will sign up with 4-5 people to have a half hour lesson. Lessons happen before and after school. Your first lesson must be completed by the
end of October and your second before our holiday break in December.
will have a choir council made up of two co-chairs as elected by the choir and
the director. The co-chairs help with
attendance, collecting money, concert details and are generally hard-working,
special people. When more help is needed
for an event or concert, the council will be in charge of recruiting and
leading other choir members. The council
will be elected in early September.
(If you don't have these things, BUY THEM NOW!!!)
MEN: Black dress shoes, socks and pants; a dress shirt
and tie for some events
WOMEN: Black dress shoes (low or no heels); shorts, skirts (school appropriate
in length) or black pants, a dress shirt/blouse for some events
Treble Choir: New!
Black dresses! Black dress shoes with
low or no heels.
Fundraising is necessary to pay for music, trips, guest
clinicians, musicians or groups, busing to special events, folders, cleaning
robes and all sorts of other items we need to make the choral program
work. For all fundraisers the choir
program keeps 50% of the profits and individual student accounts receive 50% of
the profits. Student accounts may be
used to pay for tours, choir shirts or other expenses students may have for
choir during the year. This money cannot
be given out in cash or used for purposes outside the choir program. You are not required to do any
fundraisers. All fundraising helps improve your choir experience! Thanks!
On September 4 we kick off our Happenings Book fundraiser. People can purchase Happenings Books for $30. The Happenings Book contains fantastic deals
and should be a great, easy seller for you!
The sale ends October 3. All
books not sold must be returned by that date or students will be charged $30.
New! Fruit and
Candy Fund raiser
On November 6 we kick off the Fruit and Candy sale. This is a joint fund raiser with the band
program. This fundraiser is nice because
it provides you with an opportunity to buy food or housewarming gifts for the
holiday season. The orders are due Monday,
November 17. Delivery is set for Tuesday,
We are always happy to accept direct donations to the choir
program if family and friends are not interested in buying something.
Concert Choir Tour
Every year the Concert Choir takes a
tour. This is a very special and unique
year with the tour going to Germany
and Austria. Students and families have already committed
to this tour and should look for announcements in class and over email as the
year progresses. Please especially look
for important calendar dates (on the back of the calendar in this packet) and
extra fund raising opportunities that are being organized to help defray the
cost of the tour.
As part of our new yearly tradition, the Irondale Choirs will
make CDs again with Legacy Productions.
This is a great opportunity for our singers to do a professional
recording session and have a CD as a musical memory of their year! Last year's CD was very good and well received
by choir members and families. Look for
details later in the year.
Voice lessons are
a great way for students to make quick improvements in their singing skills,
develop as a musician and develop confidence.
I would encourage any student who wants to make big improvements to
consider taking voice lessons. One
frequent concern is cost. Voice lessons
can be written off on your taxes as an educational expense! I am including a list of some of the voice
studios and private teachers in the area.
Private Voice Studios-Teachers
Name Phone #
Son-Sheim Music School 763-784-2920
Northwestern College-Academy of Music 651-631-5108
Metroplitan Music Conservatory 651-636-4835
Melody Johnson 651-695-1252
Marian Hoffman 651-484-3940
Geneva Eschweiler 763-574-9024
Jean Remus 651-208-7408
Robin Heggen 651-227-6358
Mariellen Grossinger 763-785-9609
Opportunities in Choir
Guyz Group (grades 9-12 MEN)
This is a fun
(sometimes crazy) group singing music written for men. We rehearse once per week before school with
additional rehearsals near performances.
Guyz Group performs for school concerts, local
churches and community organizations.
Triple Trio (grades 11-12 Concert
This is a highly
select ensemble singing music written for women. All members must be in 11th
or 12th grade and in Concert Choir. We rehearse once per week before school with
additional rehearsals near performances.
Triple Trio performs for school concerts, local churches and community
State Solo and Ensemble Contest
This is an
opportunity for you to push yourself as a solo or ensemble singer. Contest this year is Tuesday, April 21 in Maple Grove. At contest you perform for a judge who rates
you in 8 categories including tone quality, rhythm and technique. If you need help finding a piece I am
available to help you. You should have a
piece selected by mid February so there is adequate time to prepare. You prepare your piece mainly on your own
time. Contest is not required but it is
a superb opportunity that I highly encourage you to take! All students taking private voice lessons
should plan to perform at contest.
All Conference Choir (Concert
All-Conference selection is a high honor. Select singers from each school in the
conference come together for two days of singing under the direction of a top
regional conductor. This year's festival
is at Fridley High School. There is an all-day rehearsal on Friday, January
30 and an afternoon rehearsal and final performance on Monday, February 2. This opportunity requires outside individual
St. John's Men's and Women's Honors Choir
This all-day select honors choir
happens Saturday, October 25. Both
choirs are excellent opportunities to perform with other great singers under
the direction of regionally known choir directors. This opportunity requires outside individual
9th and 10th
Grade Mixed Honors Choir (VC, TC, CC)
This is an opportunity for those who want
to perform high quality music with some of the best 9th and 10th grade singers
in the state. You will perform on
Thursday, February 12 as part of the Music Educator's Mid-Winter Clinic. You must audition with me and then it is
decided whether we will make an audition CD to send in to the state. Sending in the CD is not a guarantee of
making the choir. This opportunity
requires outside individual practice time.
All State Choir (grades 11-12)
This is an opportunity to sing
some of the best music in the world with top musicians from around the
state. State auditions are held in
March. Auditions require preparation of
a solo, tonal memory and sight reading.
Irondale Choir Letter Awards
Choir award system is designed to reward students for continued participation
and quality of work. Letter awards are
based on a point system that gives numerical credit for participation in
curricular and co-curricular events. It
is possible for all students to letter in choir.
Letter (150 points)
an Irondale "I." The "Choir" patch is
purchased separately by the student.
Letter (350 points)
Student adds a
Letter (550 points)
Student adds a
Letter (750 points)
Students adds a letter "bar"
|Group/Event||Semester I||Semester II||Total|
|Varsity Choir(1st year)|| 20|| 20|| 40|
|Varsity Choir (2nd-4th year)|| 25|| 25|| 50|
|Treble Choir (1st year)|| 25|| 25|| 50|
|Treble Choir (2nd and 3rd year) || 30|| 30|| 60|
|Concert Choir (1st year)|| 30|| 30|| 60|
|Concert Choir (2nd & 3rd year)|| 40|| 40|| 80|
|Triple Trio/The Guyz|| 20|| 20|| 40|
|Miscellaneous Choirs|| 20|| 20|| 40|
|Musical|| 20 lead|| 15 chorus|
|S&E (per event)|| 15|| 15|
|MMEA All State Audition|| 10|| 10|
|MMEA All State Group|| 20|| 20|| 40|
|Honors Choirs|| 20|| 20|
|Private Voice Lessons|| 20|| 20|| 40|
|Piano/Keyboard Lessons|| 15|| 15|| 30|
|Lessons on other Instruments|| 10|| 10|| 20|
|Choir Officer|| 15|| 15|| 30|
|Choir or solo accompanist|| 5 per piece|
|Teaching Lessons|| (TBD on an individual basis)|
|Volunteer Service Hours|| (music, set-up, etc.) (TBD on an individual basis)|
|Practice Hours|| .5 per hour up to 50 hrs per semester|
|Miscellaneous Performances|| (TBD on an individual basis)|
Point totals will be added up at the end of each semester. Letters will be awarded at the final concert of the year.
Irondale Choir Calendar 2008-2009
September 4: Happenings Book kick off!
September 15: Open House - 6:45 pm - CC
September 8-19: Select ensemble and Honors Choirs auditions (CC , TC and VC)
September 8: Drama Department info - 2:15 - Auditorium
Speptember 10: Fall Musical Auditions - Little Shop of Horror - 2:15 - Auditorium
October 13: Fall Concert - 7:30 pm (CC ,TC and VC - EW and HV 8th grade Choirs)
October 25: St. John's Men's and Women's Honors Choir-day (SG)
October 28: All-Conference Choir Festival - 8 am - 5 pm- (CC) - Benilde St. Margaret
November 6-8: Fall Musical
November 6: Fruit Fundraiser kick-off **NEW**
November 8: Europe Tour Pancake Breakfast - Moe's - 9-11 am
November 14: Concert Choir retreat 2-6 pm
November 17: Fruit Fundraiser orders due
November 20: Home Free A Cappella men's group - clinic and performance - Irondale (All)
November 21: Triple Trio/Guyz Group Fall Retreat 11am-3 pm (half day of school)
December 9: Fruit Fundraiser delivery
December 12: Seniors to Seniors Concert-11:00 am (CC, CO, CB)
December 15: Holiday Concert - 7:30 pm (CC, TC, and VC)
January 16: Outside Points Due (CC, TC)
January 30 and February 2: All-Conference Choir - (SG) - Fridley
February ??: Women's Choir Festival - 8 am - 5 pm - (TC) - St. Francis
March ?: All-State Choir Auditions (SG) (Date/Site TBD)
March 10: Spring Concert - 7:30 pm (CC, TC and VC)
March 13-20: Germany and Austria Tour! (CC) (See back for rehearsals)
March 25: CD recording sessions - Irondale Auditorium (CC, TC, VC, Guyz, Triple Trio)
April 17: Region Large Group Contest - 8 am - 2 pm (CC, TC and VC) - Anoka
April 21: Region Solo and Ensemble Contest - 3-9 pm - Maple Grove
May 20: Scholastic Recogniton Program - 5:30pm (CC)
May 21: Pops Concert - 8:00 pm (CC, TC and VC)
May 27: Outside Points due
June 9: Graduation - 7:00 pm (CC)
Key: CC=Concert Choir TC=Treble Choir VC=Varsity Choir SG=Select Group
Special Germany/Austria Choir Tour Rehearsals and Meetings
January 22: Europe Tour Choir rehearsal - 10:30-1:00 (half day)
January 31: Europe Tour Choir rehearsal - 6-8 pm
February 6: Europe Tour Choir rehearsal - 2-4 pm
**February 28: Europe Tour Choir rehearsal and required parent meeting- 6-8 pm**
March 5: Europe Tour Choir rehearsal - 8-noon (day off)
March 12: Final Europe Tour Choir rehearsal - 2-5 p.m.
****Please put these dates on your family calendars now - participation is required! ****
Any date or time changes will be made well in advance - please watch for updates.
The number of rehearsals will depend on the progress of the ensemble in the early rehearsals. We may add or remove rehearsals or change the length.
There will be opportunities for additional tour fund raising this fall and winter. Please watch for more information soon.
Please return this form, signed, by Monday, September 8
I, ____________________________, understand all of the dates, expectations,
guidelines, grading, and opportunities listed in the handbook. I also recognize the fact that I am capable
of Great Singing!
Signed (student): _______________________________ Date: __________
I, ____________________________, understand all of the dates, expectations,
guidelines, grading and opportunities listed in the handbook. I also recognize that my student is capable
of great things and will support her/him in their pursuit of quality musical
Signed (parent/guardian): _____________________________ Date: __________
*Parent email address(es): _____________________________ ____________________________
I look forward to seeing you on September
15 for Open House!
During the year we need many volunteers. Parents are a valuable resource in helping
make a project or activity work. If you
are interested in helping, please fill out this form. If you're not sure if you can help, check any
area you think you may be able to help with and I will contact you later - you
can turn me down then if you want to - no pressure! Thank You!
Please check any area
which you feel you would like to help with:
____ Chaperoning (day trips/festivals, concerts)
____ Technical Assistance for Concerts (recording, sound or light
____ Piano Accompaniment
(rehearsals, solo/ensemble contest, other)
____ Concert Program Typing/Graphics
____ Robe care (checking in
and out, sewing/repairs)
____ Treble Choir dress care (checking in and out, sewing/repairs)
____ Other: _______________________________________
All Parents working directly with students in
their volunteer role (i.e. chaperones or accompanists) need to go through a
background check. There is a simple form
to fill out and then the district runs the background check at no charge to
you. This is an important step in
ensuring that all students are safe.