Dear Parents/Guardians of Fourth and Fifth Graders,
Welcome back to Waverly! We hope that you had a wonderful summer! This year Waverly will offer chorus to all fourth and fifth graders who wish to participate during the school day. These two voluntary grade level choruses have already begun rehearsing, but it is not too late for your singer to join us!!! Fourth Grade Chorus singers are meeting on Wednesdays from 1:45 p.m. to 2:20 p.m. Fifth Grade Chorus singers are meeting on Thursdays from 1:15 p.m. to 1:50 p.m. The objectives of the grade level chorus will be to introduce singers to pitch accuracy, correct vocal techniques, unison and simple part singing, and blending with others.
Waverly will continue to have the Early Bird Chorus, too. It is open to all fourth and fifth graders. Singers participating in the Early Bird Chorus MUST also participate in their grade level chorus; however, students who participate in their grade level chorus do not have to participate in the Early Bird Chorus. Early Bird Chorus is for those singers who wish to sing higher level literature, three and four part harmonies, different languages, and learn a deeper understanding of vocal singing.
Early Bird Chorus has also begun rehearsals but again it is not too late for your singer to join us! Rehearsals will be held, every Thursday, BEFORE school from 7:55 a.m. to 9:00 a.m. The chorus will rehearse EVERY Thursday morning, unless school is closed or opens late due to inclement weather. Notifications will be sent through CANVAS for any cancellations. If there is a need to cancel a rehearsal, you will be notified by 7:00 a.m. on the day of rehearsal. Therefore, it is very important that you check your e-mail and CANVAS alerts each Thursday morning. Once we get closer to concert dates, we will have additional before school rehearsals.
The Early Bird Chorus will be the chorus that attends the Cluster Chorus Concert at Marriotts Ridge High School in January. The first Early Bird Rehearsal will be on Thursday, September 6, 2018 at 7:55 a.m. in the music room. For the Early Bird Chorus, it will be the parents’ responsibility to provide transportation to the school. Please do not drop off your child before 7:50 a.m. and leave him/her unattended at the school. There is no one to supervise them at this time. Before Care students will be dismissed from Before Care to attend rehearsal. All singers will be dismissed from the Early Bird Chorus and go directly to their homeroom class at 9:00 a.m.
The music rooms are temporarily in the Villa (portable). Students will need to be dropped off at the end of the car rider lane next to the gym. They will then walk to the end of the gym building and follow the sidewalk to the blacktop towards the Villa, where they will enter via the Villa’s ramp. Mrs. Naill will meet them at the Villa door. Parents do not need to walk them to the door. Singers should not be going into the main building. Those singers in Before Care will walk down the hallway, into the gym, and out the gym door to get to the Villa.
Your child is making the CHOICE and the COMMITMENT required to be in chorus. He/she understands the expected rules and behaviors during chorus rehearsals. Each student:1. Must attend ALL rehearsals, concerts, and CD Recording;2. Must follow the Howard County Public School System’s Code of Conduct; and3. Must follow directions at all times.If students do not follow these sets of rules, they will not be allowed to sing with the group. Each student will be given three warnings before being dismissed from the chorus.
CONCERT DATES: TENTATIVEWINTER CONCERT: ALL CHORUSES: To be determined EXTRA REHEARSALS: To be determined
CLUSTER CHORUS CONCERT: EARLY BIRD CHORUS ONLY! January 4, 2019 – Cluster Chorus Field Trip and Evening Concert at MRHS EXTRA EARLY BIRD CHORUS REHEARSALS: January 2 and 3, 2019 at 8:00 a.m.
SPRING CONCERT: ALL CHORUSES: April 9, 2019 – 2:30 p.m. Spring School Concert ALL CHORUSES: April 10, 2019 – 9:30 a.m. Spring School Concert ALL CHORUSES: April 11, 2019 – ALL DAY CD RECORDING April 11, 2019 - 7:00 p.m. Spring Evening Concert EXTRA REHEARSALS: APRIL 3, 4, 5 at 8:00 a.m. FOR EARLY BIRD CHORUS ONLY APRIL 8, 9, 10 at 8:00 a.m. FOR BOTH EARLY BIRD AND GRADE LEVEL CHORUS
Thank you for your support of the arts here at Waverly!
Mrs. Yung-Soon Naill Miss Alison Schwartz4th Grade Chorus Director 5th Grade Chorus DirectorEarly Bird Director
Waverly Elementary School Chorus Directors