December Chorus Calendar

Chorus Calendar: December is a busy month for our chorus!

See the details in our calendar:

 

Date Event What to wear?
Dec 3 Frozen preview for school AM Assemblies 8 & 9 AM See below for who needs to wear costumes this day
Dec 5 Chorus sings 2-3 Frozen songs for PTA 6:30 PM.

Meet in music room at 6:10. Chorus sings to begin the meeting at 6:30.

Wear full chorus uniform: blue uniform shirt (to be sent home Thursday), black pants, colorful tennis shoes.
Dec 6 Frozen field trip to preschools/assisted living 9am-11:45 am Wear full chorus uniform: blue uniform shirt (to be sent home Thursday), black pants, colorful tennis shoes.
Dec 12 Frozen performance 6:30 PM. Call time 5:30. Tickets $5 adult; $3 student All chorus members wear their Frozen costumes.
Dec 13 Frozen performance 6:30 PM. Call time 5:30. Tickets $5 adult; $3 student All chorus members wear their Frozen costumes.

 

 

Only these kids need to wear costumes on Dec 3:

Young Anna…Celia Moudden

Middle Anna…Reese Parkhurst

Anna…Sydney Mitchell

 

Young Elsa…Elvira Anggraeni

Middle Elsa…Lucy Stalcup

Elsa…Anna Grace Love

 

Bishop…Tanmay Kirani

Pabbie…Lauren Mills

Bulda…Ashton Brown

King Agnar…Miles Gonzalez

Queen Iduna…Sadie Collins

Weselton…Heath Miller

Prince Hans…Miles Kleine

Kristoff…Chance Fannin

Sven…Peyton Almanza

Olaf…Reagan Kelley

 

Fall Festival Frozen Fun!

The Eastvalley Eagle Chorus will be selling FROZEN stickers for $1 at the

FALL FESTIVAL

SATURDAY, OCTOBER 19, 2019

3 – 6 PM

Proceeds go to pay for Chorus activities and supplies, travel expenses,
director training, and performance CD’s

The

EASTVALLEY EAGLE CHORUS

will present Disney’s Frozen Kids

December 12 & 13 at 6:30 pm

Tickets $5 adult, $3 Student

Proceeds go to pay for Chorus activities and supplies, travel expenses,
director training, and performance CD’s

Chorus Calendar Revised October 2019

Eastvalley Eagle Chorus Calendar Dates 2019-20

Oct 14 and 16 Early dismissal for conference week: full chorus rehearses 12:30-2:30. (Mon & Wed)
Oct 15 and 17 Early dismissal for conference week: Principal characters rehearse 12:30-2:30. (Tue & Thu)
Oct 24 Begin Principal character rehearsals every Thursday 2:30-3:30.
November 4 Butter Braid delivery 2:30-5:30
Nov 7 District Honor Chorus all day (five 5th graders)
Dec 3 Frozen preview for school AM Assemblies 8 & 9 AM
Dec 4 Frozen field trip to preschools/assisted living 9am-1pm
Dec 5 Chorus sings 2-3 Frozen songs for PTA 6:30 PM
Dec 12 Frozen performance 6:30 PM. Call time 5:30
Dec 13 Frozen performance 6:30 PM. Call time 5:30
Feb 6 Chorus sings two songs for PTA 6:30
Feb 11 Elementary Choral Festival field trip 9am-11:30am
Feb 14-15 State Honor Chorus in Clayton Co (four 5th graders)
Feb 25-29 Disney Performance field trip!
March 24 Two AM Assembly Disney Spectacular performances  8-10:30 AM
March 26 Spring concert Disney Spectacular performance on Eastvalley stage at 6:30 PM.
March 30 Chorus year-end celebration (end of chorus rehearsals for the year) 2:30-3:30 led by parent volunteers
April or May? We will audition to sing the National Anthem for a spring Atlanta Braves baseball game, date TBA.

 

Dates/events are subject to change.

Chorus Seasonal Musical: Disney Frozen Kids!

Disney Frozen Kids

Mark your calendars for December 12 and 13. We will perform Disney Frozen Kids on the Eastvalley stage at 6:30 pm on those two night. Tickets are $5 for adults, $3 for students.

October 2,3,4 Frozen Auditions 2:30-4:30 (main speaking parts Wednesday, smaller roles Thursday, call-backs Friday). All Eastvalley Eagle Chorus members are welcome to audition.

Read below for a synopsis of the show and a description of the main characters!

Full Synopsis

The Storytellers introduce the Kingdom of Arendelle, where Townspeople and the royal family – Queen Iduna, King Agnarr, Young Elsa, and Young Anna – celebrate summer (“Let the Sun Shine On”). As the princesses play, Young Anna convinces Young Elsa to use her magical powers to create ice and snow, but Queen Iduna reminds them that magic must stay secret.

Later that evening, the sisters create a magical toy snowman named Olaf (“A Little Bit of You”). As their games grow more adventurous, the Snow Chorus joins in and Young Elsa accidentally strikes Young Anna with her powers. The King and Queen rush to help, and Queen Iduna calls on the Hidden Folk to revive Young Anna. Pabbie and Bulda, the mystical leaders of the Hidden Folk, remove the ice from Young Anna’s head as well as all memories of Young Elsa’s magic.

Young Elsa grows fearful of her powers and isolates herself from her sister until she can learn to control them; the gates to the castle are closed. With no memory of the magic strike, Young Anna wonders why her sister will no longer play with her (“Do You Want to Build a Snowman?”).

Years later, Middle Elsa still struggles to control her powers as her fear grows, while Middle Anna still yearns for her sister’s affection. The King and Queen leave the kingdom to search for answers, but are lost at sea.

On the day of Elsa’s coronation as queen, the Castle Staff reopens the gates. Anna daydreams about how exciting it will be to have life back in the castle while Elsa practices controlling her powers for the coronation (“For the First Time in Forever”).

After the Bishop crowns Elsa, the two sisters finally talk and laugh together. Later, Anna bumps into the charming Prince Hans, and the two immediately fall in love (“Love Is an Open Door”) and decide to marry. The elated couple ask Elsa for her blessing of their marriage, but she refuses. As tensions rise, Elsa accidentally shoots ice into the ballroom, terrifying the guests.

Anna runs out to find Elsa, who has fled to an ice palace of her own making. Elsa lets go of her fear and embraces her powers (“Let It Go”).

On the snowy mountainside, Anna comes upon Kristoff, a local ice harvester, and his reindeer, Sven. They agree to help her find Elsa, and are startled when Olaf, a magical snowman, appears. Olaf vows to help them bring back summer; the snowman and the Summer Chorus fantasize about what it will be like (“In Summer”).

Hans and the Duke of Weselton send out a search party to find Anna and capture Elsa. Meanwhile, Anna, Kristoff, and Olaf finally find Elsa. Anna reveals that Elsa’s powers have set off an eternal winter everywhere. In her panic, Elsa accidentally strikes Anna again. Kristoff seeks a cure for Anna from the Hidden Folk, who think she and Kristoff are a couple (“Fixer Upper”). When Anna faints, however, Pabbie and Bulda inform them that only an act of true love can thaw her frozen heart, so they return to Arendelle to find Hans.

Meanwhile, Elsa is captured and brought back to the castle. When Anna arrives, Hans reveals that he never loved her and was just using her to become King of Arendelle. He leaves Anna to freeze to death, but Olaf helps her escape to find Kristoff.

Hans tells the kingdom that Anna has died and sentences Elsa to death; in her fear, Elsa creates a massive blizzard. As Anna is about to reunite with Kristoff, she sees that Hans has drawn his sword over Elsa. Anna sacrifices herself, stopping Hans’s sword as she turns to ice.

This act of true love between sisters thaws Anna, and Elsa realizes that love can thaw the effects of her powers; the kingdom celebrates while all vow to fill the world with light and love (“Finale”).

 

Character Breakdown

Young Anna

Young Anna, Middle Anna, and Anna are all the young Princess of Arendelle at different ages. Filled with a tremendous amount of light, energy, and love, Anna is a hopelessly optimistic extrovert at all ages, but longs for connection with others, especially her sister, Elsa. Each version of this warm and determined princess requires a strong singer with great comic timing. Because Anna and Elsa share such a close bond, consider auditioning these roles together to get a sense of the performers’ chemistry. Once the actors playing Young Anna and Middle Anna are finished with these roles, consider adding them to the ensemble for the remainder of the show.

Gender: female

Vocal range top: B4

Vocal range bottom: A3

 

Middle Anna

Young Anna, Middle Anna, and Anna are all the young Princess of Arendelle at different ages. Filled with a tremendous amount of light, energy, and love, Anna is a hopelessly optimistic extrovert at all ages, but longs for connection with others, especially her sister, Elsa. Each version of this warm and determined princess requires a strong singer with great comic timing. Because Anna and Elsa share such a close bond, consider auditioning these roles together to get a sense of the performers’ chemistry. Once the actors playing Young Anna and Middle Anna are finished with these roles, consider adding them to the ensemble for the remainder of the show.

Gender: female

Vocal range top: B4

Vocal range bottom: A3

 

Anna

Young Anna, Middle Anna, and Anna are all the young Princess of Arendelle at different ages. Filled with a tremendous amount of light, energy, and love, Anna is a hopelessly optimistic extrovert at all ages, but longs for connection with others, especially her sister, Elsa. Each version of this warm and determined princess requires a strong singer with great comic timing. Because Anna and Elsa share such a close bond, consider auditioning these roles together to get a sense of the performers’ chemistry. Once the actors playing Young Anna and Middle Anna are finished with these roles, consider adding them to the ensemble for the remainder of the show.

Gender: female

Vocal range top: D5

Vocal range bottom: G3

 

Young Elsa

Young Elsa, Middle Elsa, and Elsa are all the elder Princess of Arendelle at different ages. Next in line for the throne, Elsa has been born with magical powers that can overwhelm her when she becomes afraid and harm others if not handled with care. Fearful of hurting anyone, Elsa becomes anxious and withdrawn before eventually learning to take control of, and become confident in, her powers which she masterfully uses to manipulate the Snow Chorus. With the exception of Middle Elsa, who has only one lyric, look for strong singers who can portray Elsa’s restrained nature. Once the actors playing Young Elsa and Middle Elsa are finished with these roles, consider adding them to the ensemble for the remainder of the show.

Gender: female

Vocal range top: B4

Vocal range bottom: B3

 

Middle Elsa

Young Elsa, Middle Elsa, and Elsa are all the elder Princess of Arendelle at different ages. Next in line for the throne, Elsa has been born with magical powers that can overwhelm her when she becomes afraid and harm others if not handled with care. Fearful of hurting anyone, Elsa becomes anxious and withdrawn before eventually learning to take control of, and become confident in, her powers which she masterfully uses to manipulate the Snow Chorus. With the exception of Middle Elsa, who has only one lyric, look for strong singers who can portray Elsa’s restrained nature. Once the actors playing Young Elsa and Middle Elsa are finished with these roles, consider adding them to the ensemble for the remainder of the show.

Gender: female

Vocal range top: F#4

Vocal range bottom: A3

 

Elsa

Young Elsa, Middle Elsa, and Elsa are all the elder Princess of Arendelle at different ages. Next in line for the throne, Elsa has been born with magical powers that can overwhelm her when she becomes afraid and harm others if not handled with care. Fearful of hurting anyone, Elsa becomes anxious and withdrawn before eventually learning to take control of, and become confident in, her powers which she masterfully uses to manipulate the Snow Chorus. With the exception of Middle Elsa, who has only one lyric, look for strong singers who can portray Elsa’s restrained nature. Once the actors playing Young Elsa and Middle Elsa are finished with these roles, consider adding them to the ensemble for the remainder of the show.

Gender: female

Vocal range top: D5

Vocal range bottom: G3

 

Hans

Hans is the ambitious Prince of the Southern Isles and overlooked thirteenth son of a king. He boasts an exceedingly charming facade that fools everyone – including Anna and, ideally, the audience! – into believing he’s Prince Charming, when really, he’s just a jerk. Cast an actor who can play both sides of this two-faced prince with relish as well as confidently sing “Love Is an Open Door.”

Gender: male

Vocal range top: C5

Vocal range bottom: G3

 

Kristoff

Kristoff is a hardworking ice harvester with a sarcastic veneer and a rough-around-the-edges exterior that hides a big heart. Taken in by the Hidden Folk when he was young, he loves Pabbie and Bulda dearly, but is a bit of a loner – until he meets Anna. Look for a performer who can balance a cynical sense of humor with charming banter.

Gender: male

 

Olaf

Olaf is a magical snowman created by Anna and Elsa when they were young and is endearingly delighted by everything – especially the idea of summer. Goofy and sweet, Olaf should possess a childlike innocence and excellent comic timing.

Gender: male

Vocal range top: D5

Vocal range bottom: F#3

 

Sven

Sven is Kristoff’s loyal best friend and a reindeer of few words. Look for a performer with terrific physical acting skills who can devise a strong movement vocabulary to bring this furry charmer to life. Consider auditioning potential Svens and Kristoffs together as the two should share a visible bond.

 

King Agnarr

King Agnarr is the warm-hearted ruler of Arendelle. He is committed to protecting both his family and his townspeople from his eldest daughter’s powers. With no singing solos, focus on casting an actor who can play this father figure convincingly.

Gender: male

 

Queen Iduna

Queen Iduna possesses a sense of rightness and kindness that guides her in her protection of her two young girls. Born with her own powers, this queen has the ability to communicate with the Hidden Folk of the mountains and so understands Elsa more deeply; look for an actor who can portray this sense of compassion.

Gender: female

 

Bishop

The Bishop officiates the coronation and crowns Elsa. This spiritual supervisor must communicate to the townspeople of Arendelle in a serious and formal manner.

 

Weselton

Weselton is an overbearing visiting duke who possesses a huge inferiority complex. Look for an actor who can portray the narrow-minded naysayer with over-the-top gusto.

Gender: male

 

Pabbie

Pabbie and Bulda are the open and warm- hearted mystical leaders of the Hidden Folk. Ever-benevolent, these parental figures want what’s best for Kristoff, even if they are a bit misguided in their efforts. Look for amiable performers who will endear themselves to the audience in the crowd-pleaser, “Fixer Upper.”

 

Bulda

Pabbie and Bulda are the open and warm- hearted mystical leaders of the Hidden Folk. Ever-benevolent, these parental figures want what’s best for Kristoff, even if they are a bit misguided in their efforts. Look for amiable performers who will endear themselves to the audience in the crowd-pleaser, “Fixer Upper.”

 

Ensemble

Ensemble roles include:

 

Storytellers,

Townspeople,

Snow Chorus,

Castle Staff,

Housekeeper,

Butler,

Handmaiden,

Cook,

Steward,

Guard,

Summer Chorus

Exciting Chorus News!

Dear Chorus Parents,

We have exciting news! Three things:

  1. Seasonal Musical;
  2. Butter Braid online/credit card ordering;
  3. Disney Performance update.

 

  1. Seasonal Musical: On Friday, Music Theatre International released a new title: Frozen Kids! Mrs. Steinheimer and I read it, discussed it with Ms. Brown and York, and thought it would fit our chorus. We met with the student Section Leaders and they chose it as our December musical! We will have to work diligently to make this a fabulous show, but I am confident that our students will rise to the challenge. Mark your calendars for December 12 and 13. We will perform the show on the Eastvalley stage at 6:30 pm on those two night. Tickets are $5 for adults, $3 for students. For our December 5th PTA performance we’ll sing a few songs from the show as a teaser.

 

  1. You’ll soon be getting a personalized link (unique for every student) from our Butter Braid distributor, Daily Bread Fundraising. This link will allow you to input orders online and pay by credit card. The braids/cookies will be delivered to Eastvalley on November 4th whether or not you order online. Share the link with your family and friends. This link will give YOUR child credit for the order… the link is different for every child. If you enter the order online, do not duplicate it on your paper order form. Remember to send me a picture of your order form by this afternoon if you have sold at least five—five by today gives your child the right to eat their prize candy in music class! Let me know if you need downloadable order forms.

 

  1. Disney Performance Update: We have about 12 boys, 18 girls, and over a dozen parents interested in the Disney trip. We can still fit in a few more kids and chaperons if we’re taking one charter bus. If you haven’t already, please complete the new Disney Performance interest survey from Saturday at: https://forms.gle/7Npu2EqhXHmXLEsd9

As soon as we have the full results of this survey, we will formulate the final details. Deposits will need to be made soon to lock in our rates, busses, and hotel.

Feel free to email me with your questions, concerns, or comments.

 

 

 

Butter Braid Sales!

Our Chorus ButterBraid fundraiser begins on Monday, September 9, 2019! All Eastvalley chorus students have the order forms. See the attached presentation for more info: Butter Braids Intro 2019

Butter Braids cost $14 and the delicious cookies cost $16. The items come to us frozen and must stay frozen until you are ready to use them. Braids must defrost over night, and cookies defrost for a short while before baking. They are processed in a factory that also processes products with nuts, so advise your child to avoid them if he/she is allergic. See the Butter Braid website for product details: Click on the item picture for nutrition info: https://butterbraid.com/nutrition_ingredients_braidedpastry#.W23XTGeov5p

Please begin selling ASAP! You can read more and get some fantastic “seller” ideas on the Butter Braid website: http://butterbraid.com/seller-resources   I particularly like the “Top 10” list and the “Sell To” list (attached to this email). They also have nutrition information on the website.

If you will be seeing family over the holidays, you may want to plan on ordering some extra Butter Braids for your gathering! Delivery is Monday, November 4th, so you will have them in plenty of time for the holidays!  Remember to collect the money when you make the sale.

Checks are payable to Eastvalley Elementary or parents can collect the money and write one check to cover the total amount.

If you are attending the Disney Performance Field Trip, 100% of your profits ($6/braid) goes toward your final payment.

 More details and selling tips:

People love Butter Braid pastries, but if they are ordering for the first time, let them know a little bit about the product.

  • It is a light and flaky pastry that is hand-braided and comes in a variety of mouthwatering fillings.
  • It is made with 100% real butter and other high-quality ingredients.
  • The pastry comes frozen and will keep for many months in the freezer.
  • Butter Braid pastries are great for holidays and other special occasions.

 Butter Braids cost $14 each (our chorus keeps $6 from every braid sold). They are delivered frozen and need to thaw/rise 10-12 hours before baking. Checks are payable to Eastvalley Elementary. Proceeds go towards chorus activities and supplies such as stage renovations, lights, sound system improvements, sheet music, director training, and backdrops.

As if the Braids weren’t enough in themselves, the students win prizes for selling Butter Braids:

  • If they show me that they have sold at least five by Wednesday, September 11, they get a giant candy to eat in music class. (Show me the order form Wednesday or send me a picture of the orders as proof. Candy delivered Nov 4.)
  • If they sell 10 by October 4, they get a second candy plus a “Teach for 10.”
  • Sell 15 and get a specialty braid plus the above prizes.
  • Sell 20 and they get to step into the money machine on November 4th and grab as much cash as they can in 20 seconds, plus the above prizes!
  • Sell 30 and win a huge bag of Gummies, plus the above prizes!

Our goal is for every student to sell at least 10. Because of the success of this annual fundraiser, we can keep chorus fees down as low as they are ($30 for the entire year this year)! So, we need your help in selling as many Braids as possible. Many parents find it easy to sell them to friends at work because once you taste a Butter Braid, you want more every year! Thanks for your support!

Honor Chorus Auditions!

Dear Chorus Parents,

Auditions for the 5th grade honor choruses are this Thursday, August 29 at 2:30. If your 5th grade child is interested in being a part of these thrilling experiences, make sure s/he attends the audition on Thursday in the Eastvalley Music Room! Read the two entries below for information on the District and State Honor Choruses.

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DISTRICT HONOR CHORUS INFO:

Dear 5th Grade Chorus Parents,                                                                           August 27, 2019

As Choral Director, I have the privilege of announcing upcoming auditions for the Georgia Music Educators Association (GMEA) District XII Honor Chorus. Only four students from each elementary school (plus two possible alternates) may attend the District Honor Chorus, so selection is a great honor. The District Honor Chorus is a 1-day event on Thursday, November 7th, and is held at North Cobb High School, 3400 Old 41 Hwy NW, Kennesaw, GA 30144. After Nov. 7th, District Honor Chorus is done for the year. Auditions will be after school on Thursday, August 29th from 2:30-3:30. The Honor Chorus audition will be the standard chorus audition as posted on my website.

Students chosen for the District Honor Chorus first learn the music here at school in before-school rehearsals and at home by rehearsing daily with a practice CD. The students then combine with other skilled singers and a renowned director to rehearse all day and then present a free public concert at 6:00 PM on Nov 7. There is no competition involved, just the joy and challenge of singing beautiful music with other gifted musicians!

Parents must provide transportation to and from the event the day of the District Honor Chorus. (Parents of students selected are also responsible for all transportation to before-school rehearsals.) Eastvalley is required to have at least one parent chaperon at all times for the District Honor Chorus—we will try to cover this in at least two shifts. I will be there the entire time but will have meetings and supervisory duties.

Students must learn the music prior to the event, so students chosen for the Honor Chorus will have before-school rehearsals every Wednesday morning from 7:05-7:45 beginning October 2 in the Eastvalley music room. The morning rehearsals are mandatory—students who miss a rehearsal/are tardy more than once will be removed from the District Honor Chorus. Students are expected to practice the music at home almost EVERY DAY with the provided rehearsal CD. The $40 District Honor Chorus fee includes the Honor Chorus sheet music, practice CD, event t-shirt, medal, and an afternoon snack at the event. If you are interested in this event, please return the bottom of this form at the audition.

I have read the schedule above and give (student name) ______________________________ my permission to participate in the audition and in the District Honor Chorus if selected. Should my child be selected for the District Honor Chorus, I understand that all rehearsals are required, and that the fee is $40.

 Parent Signature ______________________________________________________________

Circle T-shirt size: (they only come in adult sizes)   adult small      adult medium       adult large

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STATE HONOR CHORUS INFO:

Dear 5th Grade Chorus Parents,                                                                      August 27, 2019

As Choral Director, I have the privilege of announcing upcoming auditions for the Georgia Music Educators Association (GMEA) STATEWIDE Honor Chorus. Only four students from each elementary school may attend the State Honor Chorus, so selection is a great honor. The State Honor Chorus is a 2-day event on Friday and Saturday, February 14-15 (beginning of our winter break) and is held in Jonesboro, Ga. After Feb 15, State Honor Chorus is done for the year. Auditions will be after school on Thursday, August 29th from 2:30-3:30. The Honor Chorus audition will be the standard chorus audition as posted on my website.

Students chosen for the State Honor Chorus first learn the music here at school in before-school rehearsals and at home by rehearsing often with a practice CD. The students then combine with other skilled singers and a renowned director to rehearse Feb 14-15 to present a free public concert on that Saturday late afternoon. There is no competition involved, just the joy and challenge of singing challenging music with other gifted musicians!

Parents must provide lodging and transportation to and from the State Honor Chorus in Jonesboro. (Parents of students selected are also responsible for all transportation to before-school rehearsals.) Eastvalley is required to have at least one parent chaperon at all times for the State Honor Chorus—we will try to cover this in at least two shifts per day. I will be there but will have meetings and supervisory duties.

Students must learn the music prior to the event, so students chosen for the State Honor Chorus will have before-school rehearsals every Wednesday morning from 7:05-7:45 beginning January 15th in the Eastvalley music room. The morning rehearsals are mandatory—students who miss a rehearsal/are tardy more than once will be removed from the Honor Chorus. Students are expected to practice the music at home almost EVERY DAY with the provided rehearsal CD. The $60 State Honor Chorus fee includes the Honor Chorus sheet music, practice CD, event t-shirt, and medal.

If you are interested in this event, please return the bottom of this form at the audition.

I have read the schedule above and give (student name) ______________________________ my permission to participate in the audition and in the State Honor Chorus if selected. Parents must provide their child’s transportation to/from the Jonesboro event and to all before school rehearsals. Carpooling is recommended. Should my child be selected for the State Honor Chorus, I understand that all rehearsals are required, and that the fee is $60.

Parent Signature ___________________________________________________________

Circle T-shirt size: (they only come in adult sizes)   adult small      adult medium       adult large

Disney Performance Field Trip 2020 Eastvalley Eagle Chorus

Dear Chorus Parents,

I’ve attached my presentation from the August 20 Disney Performance Field Trip 2020 Parent Information meeting. Please email me if you have questions, suggestions or concerns.

Click on the link below for the presentation. It will open on a phone or tablet but the formatting may not look as good as it does on a computer.

Chorus Disney Information 2019 20

The Eastvalley Eagle Chorus is planning a trip to Disney World in Florida. The yearly cost for chorus ($30) plus the Disney Performance field trip ($650) is about the same as an after school FAST activity for the year. I think it’s a good value.

No later than THIS Tuesday (September 10th) we need to know if you are interested in your child participating in the performance field trip. We are not yet asking for a commitment, but this is our final interest survey so we can narrow down the details. If there are siblings in the chorus, please respond for each separately. This is different from the Spring survey we sent last year. Please complete the new interest survey at: https://forms.gle/7Npu2EqhXHmXLEsd9

As soon as we have the full results of this survey, we will formulate the final details. Deposits will need to be made soon to lock in our rates, busses, and hotel.

The dates are Tuesday February 25 through Saturday Feb 29.  Students will be counted present at school because this is a school field trip.

The trip includes performing at Disney, round trip motor coach transportation, three meals a day, Hoop-Dee-Doo Musical Revue and buffet, 3-day Disney Park Passes, hotel, and all taxes and fees.

The total cost will be approximately $650. Chaperons pay the same as students.

 

Opera!

The kids have enjoyed listening to opera at Eastvalley, and several have asked me to share a song or two. Parents, search for Babatunde Akinboboye on YouTube or search for his website and let your child know which videos are appropriate for them to watch. Enjoy! A singer of diverse talents, Nigerian American Baritone, Babatunde Akinboboye is known for his enthralling stage presence. He has performed with the Los Angeles Opera, Opera San Jose, Opera Santa Barbara, Long Beach Opera, and Utah Opera.” 

This is a class favorite: Largo (Figaro) by Mozart,  Hip Hopera Music Video

 

Chorus Rehearsals Begin Monday the 19th!

The following information is for families of children who passed the chorus audition. Chorus is an extracurricular extension activity. The directors volunteer their time to lead the chorus.

Dear Chorus Parents,

We are excited for our first rehearsal on Monday the 19th and about our Disney Parent Informational Meeting on Tuesday at 6:45 pm.

We still have a few families who haven’t yet completed the Chorus Registration Packet online for this year. I need the info so I can complete the seating chart before our first chorus rehearsal this Monday. Please follow the link and complete it today.

Returning Members: https://forms.gle/qPrezcqbwvVAikdY7

New Members (passed the audition last week): https://tinyurl.com/evnewmember

If your child will be a car rider after chorus on Monday, please pull up the curb and we’ll walk her/him out to you at 3:35. There’s no need to come into the building for chorus pick-up.

We’ll have a parent informational meeting about our Disney Performance Field Trip on Tuesday August 20 right after the EV Foundation meeting at about 6:45 PM. Please remember that children who decline to participate in the Disney trip will still perform our Disney Spectacular concert for the home audience on the Eastvalley stage on March 26th. This will be a fantastic year for all the kids!

We are changing one aspect of our uniform this year. The kids will wear colorful tennis shoes (any color/s as long as they are clean)! I think this will give us an exciting new look!

All the best for a fantastic school year!

2019-20 Chorus Auditions!

Dear Parents of 3rd, 4th and 5th Graders,

The Eastvalley Eagle Chorus is holding auditions for the 2019-20 school year!

August 5-9 Morning Chorus Auditions 7:15-7:45 (returning members do not have to audition)
August 5, 7, 8 Afternoon Chorus Auditions 2:30-3:00

Register your child to audition at this link: https://tinyurl.com/EVaudition

If you’d like your child to audition during one of our before-school time slots (7:05-7:45), please have them reserve a time on the audition sheets outside the music room door.

After school auditions are first-come, first-served, no reservation necessary. Please ensure that your child has practiced with the video and audio files below before the audition, because it is very challenging.

The award-winning Eastvalley Eagle Chorus is an auditioned group of 3rd, 4th and 5th graders. The chorus regularly stages a holiday musical production and a spring musical event, and participates in other performances throughout the year. Past performances include PTA meetings, the District XII Large Group Choral Performance Evaluation Festival, Broadway Junior Theater Festival, Eastvalley’s International Night, Eastvalley’s Summer Celebration, and the “America Sings!” event at Stone Mountain. The chorus also appears in assisted living centers and preschools, and often sings the National Anthem at community and sporting events such as Kennesaw State and Georgia Tech Men’s Basketball games and for the Atlanta Braves at SunTrust Park!

The 2019-2020 chorus will rehearse every MONDAY beginning on August 19 from 2:30 until 3:30, except as noted on the calendar. Chorus practice is canceled only on days when there is no school (holidays or inclement weather). Students are expected to attend every rehearsal in full. Routine appointments (medical, orthodontist, dentist, etc.) must be scheduled at times other than during chorus rehearsals.

The Eastvalley Eagle Chorus has outstanding potential. If your child would like to audition for this acclaimed group, try-outs will be held before and after school on the dates listed above! Returning Eastvalley Eagle Chorus members do not re-audition.

The chorus audition consists of intonation/pitch-matching skills, tonal memory, and singing one verse of the song “America” demonstrating good tone quality, pitch and breath control. The audition is rigorous and only the students who earn at least 10 out of the 11 possible points on the audition are allowed into chorus. (We practice the audition in music class so the students are familiar with the process.) Often, students who don’t pass the audition in 3rd grade will try again at the beginning of 4th or 5th grade and earn a spot in the chorus after the additional year or two of vocal practice in music class.

The ten pitch-matching challenges will include three 2-note examples, five 3-note examples, and two longer melodies. Click on the black video below to practice for the chorus audition:

I have included the lyrics to America for individual practice, and the music may be found on many websites. If they don’t open in your browser, try another search engine (Chrome, Firefox, Internet Explorer, etc).

“America” sing-along with lyrics video

http://www.hymnsite.com/lyrics/umh697.sht electronic piano part

My country tis of thee,

Sweet land of liberty,

Of thee I sing.

Land where my fathers died!

Land of the Pilgrim’s pride!

From every mountain side,

Let freedom ring!

 

Register your child to audition at this link: https://tinyurl.com/EVaudition

Auditions are:

August 5-9 Morning Chorus Auditions 7:15-7:45 (returning members do not have to audition)
August 5, 7, 8 Afternoon Chorus Auditions 2:30-3:00 (returning members do not have to audition)

We look forward to your audition! Good luck!

Watch Dr Bernard tell a 4th grade class about the audition process and practice with a recording of a 4th grade class. Chorus Audition Info-2ebxctl

Eastvalley Eagle Chorus Calendar Dates 2019-20 Revised 8/8/2019

Eastvalley Eagle Chorus Calendar Dates 2019-20 Revised 8/8/2019

August 19 First Chorus rehearsal 2:30-3:30
August 20 Disney Performance Trip Informational Meeting
August 29 5th Grade District and State Honor Chorus Auditions 2:30-3:30
Sept 9-Oct 4 Butter Braids Fundraiser (delivery on November 4)
October 2,3,4 Holiday Musical Auditions 2:30-4:30 (main speaking parts Wednesday, smaller roles Thursday, call-backs Friday) probably an Elfis musical
Oct 14 and 16 Early dismissal for conference week: full chorus rehearses 12:30-2:30. (Mon & Wed)
Oct 15 and 17 Early dismissal for conference week: Principal characters rehearse 12:30-2:30. (Tue & Thu)
Oct 31 Begin Principal character rehearsals every Thursday 2:30-3:30.
November 4 Butter Braid delivery 2:30-5:30
Nov 7 District Honor Chorus all day (four 5th graders)
Nov 23? Possible performance with the Georgia Philharmonic Orchestra at Lassiter—I’ll send a survey about your availability
Dec 3 Chorus Musical and Holiday Sing-along at AM Assemblies 8 & 9 AM
Dec 4 Chorus Holiday Field Trip to sing traditional carols for preschools, etc.
Dec 5 Chorus Holiday Musical and Concert to sing a few traditional carols at PTA 6:30 PM
Feb 6 Chorus sings two songs for PTA 6:30
Feb 11 Elementary Choral Festival field trip 9am-11:30am
Feb 14-15 State Honor Chorus in Clayton Co (four 5th graders)
Feb 25-29 Disney Performance field trip!
March 24 Two AM Assembly Disney Spectacular performances  8-10:30 AM
March 26 Spring concert Disney Spectacular performance on Eastvalley stage at 6:30 PM.
March 30 Chorus year-end celebration (end of chorus rehearsals for the year) 2:30-3:30 led by parent volunteers
April or May? We will audition to sing the National Anthem for a spring Atlanta Braves baseball game, date TBA.  Rev 8/8/2019

Dates/events are subject to change.

Eastvalley Eagle Chorus 2019 Recordings

Dear Friends and Families,

The Eastvalley Eagle Chorus had a very busy year last year with performances and events every month of the school year! A parent graciously shared a few performance videos with me, and I’m passing them along to you. Click the links to see and hear the Eastvalley Eagle Chorus!

When I Sing, February 2019

When I Sing Eastvalley Eagle Chorus February 2019

 

One Nation, February 2019

One Nation Eastvalley Eagle Chorus Feb 2019