It’s time to get going on tour issues.
The dry run of the tour is the trip to Whitewater. So far it has shown that we are not functioning well as an organization. Your children are preparing to perform at a higher level than almost anyone would think possible. The music we are preparing for Whitewater and for the Indiana trip is in 3 and 4 parts and in the extreme ends of elementary school choir range. Every member of the choir is needed to pull this off, especially in Indiana as we will not have the 3rd graders. The Soprano 1 section has been dealt a huge blow as we have lost several 5th graders leaving a huge hole. Only one of the families had the courtesy to tell me they were dropping, which I find very rude and don’t mind saying so. I have to ask everyone to review the commitment you made at the beginning of the year by reading the “Gifford Choirs” page on this blog. This event will not survive any surprise withdrawals beyond this point. We are right at the break over point for whether or not we need one bus or two. I hope to keep the costs to you as I had originally stated, around $150. I am seeking a couple kids by invitation only to fill in the gaps but it is a very risky process. None of your children are replaceable. No other children at Gifford have received the level of preparation in the process of divisi part singing that they have.
There are about 10 4th and 5th graders who have not turned in their $75 deposit for Indiana. I will email out a list early this week. If you know you didn’t kick in yet please do. There are 50 singers I expect to be going.
I am asking you to step up your commitment to the choir over the next two months. Many of you have told me you will help, all I have to do is ask. I don’t have time to ask. Please read the “Parent Help” page carefully and sign up for one or more of the still unclaimed jobs for the choir. A small way to help would be to check the blog several times a week.
Please read the choir calendar and note the May 7 performance and YouTube taping.
Why do I need help? I spoke to you in September about my personal limitations due to ADD. Lists are extremely hard for me to deal with. It took me several hours to sift through the lists of who committed to the Whitewater trip and to email and finally call those that did not respond. In addition to finishing writing the musical and rehearsing it I also just started taking a Research in Music Education class and have begun work on my masters thesis. I had my first class today and it is going to be a lot of exactly the kind of thing I struggle with. It is going to be a huge draw on my time.
Don’t forget to start helping your child choose an act for the talent show. If they are singing, you need to get them print music and get a copy to Miss McCormick soon. Auditions are March 28 and 29. If you buy music from sheetmusic.com (recommended) would you consider clicking on the link at http://www.choralnet.org? I am the editor of the Choral Composer’s Community there and you will be supporting my organization. Enter http://www.choralnet.org in your browser, then click on the sheetmusicplus link in the lower right hand corner.
For those that would really like to chaperone the Indiana trip, having read this far will give you an advantage. Email me if you want to chaperone and i will put together a list. If you are a doctor, nurse or EMT be sure to tell me. I will choose a couple people to go along and then put the other names in a hat. Chaperones will have to pay their portion of the trip just as your student does. You will be sharing a room with one other adult. We need a couple men as well. I will make the decision for who is going to chaperone by this Thursday.