Ford Elementary Music 678-594-8092
Dear 4th & 5th Grade Parents,
Welcome back to the new school year! You are receiving this note because your child is interested in auditioning for a Ford Elementary Music Ensemble. YAY!
Purpose: Dedicated to excellence, the Ford Music ensembles have a two-fold purpose. Membership offers professional-level music instruction as well as exposure to a variety of music styles. Involvement also enhances young people’s lives, helping them to develop qualities of self-reliance, personal integrity, responsibility, compassion and confidence in their abilities. The Ford Music Ensembles are performance groups that require teamwork to meet their objectives.
The Ford Chorus consists of 65 students that rehearse each Monday from 2:30–3:30 from August-February. The Ford Chorus will perform for two winter Concerts in December (one with Durham Middle School and one with the Atlanta Women’s Choir) and the GMEA Elementary Choral Festival (ECF) in February. Our first rehearsal will be Monday, August 27.
The Ford Tone-Chime Ensemble (very similar to hand-bells) consists of 22 students and will rehearse each Wednesday morning from 7:15-7:50 from August–December and will perform during the Winter Concert & Chick-Fil-A night in December. Our first rehearsal will be Wednesday, August 29.
*Students may participate in one or both ensembles.
We will have a Percussion ensemble again, but auditions will not be until January.
Requirements for Membership
- Student must have good behavior recommendations from homeroom teachers.
- Students and Parents must commit to be a part of the ensemble for the entire season.
Chorus – August-February
Tone-Chime – August – December
Percussion Ensemble – January – May
- Student must pass an audition.
Due to limited space each student will need to audition to be a part of an ensemble this year. Auditions for Chorus and Tone-Chimes will take place at the same time. Students may audition for one or more ensemble. Auditions will take place between 7:15-7:45 on August 13-15. Please arrive no later than 7:30 AM. You only need to come one day.
Chorus – echo sing, sing Twinkle, Twinkle Little Star
Tone-Chimes – read & clap simple rhythmic example
Students will be assigned a number and auditions will be recorded. The recording will be given to another music teacher and that teacher will score the auditions. To give an unbiased opinion, the judge will not know the students’ identities. Mr. Hurley WILL NOT score the auditions. Please know that each group must be a manageable size so unfortunately everyone who tries out will not be accepted. As director, I provide a positive tryout atmosphere and each student, whether they are chosen or not, is encouraged to keep working on his/her musical skills.
Music ensemble participation can be a tremendous opportunity and can provide some invaluable life-long experiences. I am looking forward to a great musical year at Ford! If you have any questions, please e-mail me at [email protected].
Please sign and return this sheet to the box outside Mr. Hurley’s door or bring it with you to your audition. Students without a signed permission form will not be allowed to audition.
____ Yes, my child has permission to audition for the 2018-2019 Ford Elementary Music Ensembles.
My child would like to audition for: (students may choose more than one)
______ Tone-Chime Ensemble
Child’s Name Homeroom Teacher/Grade
Parent’s signature Email address (please write legibly)