Thursday Evenings except where noted!
6:30 – 8:30 in Hillsboro, WI
August 14, 2015
Dear Gloria Choir members and parents,
It’s still summer, but we are beginning to plan our 2015 Christmas Concert Season. Please take a moment to look at the dates at the end of this letter for rehearsal and performance dates. Attendance ateveryrehearsal is important and expected unless you are ill or extenuating circumstances exist. Please consider your commitment to the choir and let us know as soon as possible if you are planning to participateagain this fall. We need to know in advance if we will have enough students on each part, and how much music to order.
We are now accepting new applications for the 2015-2016 Gloria Choir. Feel free to forward this letter to friends who may be interested in joining. The applications are available here. New students will need to do an audition, which as you know can be more fun than scary.
One new and exciting addition to our choir rehearsals this fall is instruction in music reading. Beginning September 17, 2015, the first two rehearsals will be devoted exclusively to this training. The lessons will include rhythm training in the Kodaly method, note reading, and musical terms. We will begin regular choralrehearsals October 1, while the continuing reading lessons for a few weeks. Parents wishing to learn along with the students are encouraged to join the choir for this portion of the rehearsals. This music reading instruction is required for all members. Students who already read music well may “test out” of the first two sessions by taking a written exam. They will be provided with a hand-out outlining the basics of the Kodaly method to review at home so they will be able to participate in rhythm drills when the regular rehearsals begin. We hope this addition to our choir program will help all choir members to learn the music more efficiently, and provided them with a life-long skill.
We are looking forward to a wonderful Christmas concert Season.
Dennis & Jane Baldridge