• Fall Concert Videos

    Posted by ELLIE PARKS on 10/28/2020 4:40:00 PM

    Choir Students:

    Thank you for your work in preparing for the Fall Concert! I know this was different from past concerts, but so much remained the same! Most importantly: we joined our voices together as one to create music for our audience. :)

    MIDDLE SCHOOL Parents and Students, please enjoy the videos from our concert here:

    https://www.youtube.com/playlist?list=PLDLWEtwFlHd_c-_dgfgDdpoVZneutxJ6c

    High School Parents and Students, please enjoy the videos from our concert here:

    https://www.youtube.com/playlist?list=PLDLWEtwFlHd-oVjdZQoq08VpDs0yxSv2B

    Also, know that the future will bring more opportunities to work together, sing together, perform for our families, and learn music that is even more challenging and rewarding! This year has been an adventure, and at times very challenging for choir, but I am hopeful the year will become more enjoyable each day.

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  • October 25 Updates

    Posted by ELLIE PARKS on 10/25/2020 9:45:00 AM

    Hello Choir Parents and Students!

    Congratulations to our students who performed at the Volleyball Game Friday! 

    We have some exciting updates/upcoming events! It's concert week!

    • Monday, October 26, Middle School Informal Fall Concert/Retreat, FMS Choir Hall & Band Hall
      • This is an informal event for students ONLY. Here is the info sheet that went home last week.  
      • This concert will be streamed through ZOOM beginning at 5:30 5:45 PM. A recording will also be emailed by Wednesday. Thank you for your flexibility as we navigate these unusual times. ZOOM info is below. You do NOT need a log in ID, or to download an app. You can simply click on the link provided.
        Join Zoom Meeting
    • Tuesday, October 27, High School Informal Fall Concert/Retreat, FHS Choir Hall & Auditorium
      • This is an informal event for students ONLY. Here is the info sheet that went home last week. 
      • This concert will be streamed through ZOOM beginning at 6:00 PM PM. A recording will also be emailed by Thursday. Thank you for your flexibility as we navigate these unusual times. ZOOM info is below. You do NOT need a log in ID, or to download an app. You can simply click on the link provided.
        Join Zoom Meeting
        If you join without the link, here is the Meeting ID: 919 8863 3449 and the Passcode: pW9XrH
    • Friday, October 30, FULL Varsity Choir performance at Home Football Game, Meet in Choir Hall at 6:30 PM

    T-shirt Fees are PAID! Thank you to those who donated generously to make this happen!!! We should receive our shirts this week.  

    Parents: If you think you might like to volunteer at all this year, please fill out this form and turn it in to me. Central office will not accept scanned copies. 

    Some things to keep in mind:

    • FHS Students: As mentioned in the Choir Handbook, Weekly Varsity Rehearsals on Wednesdays from 4:00-4:30 (Tenor/Bass) and Thursdays (FULL rehearsal) from 4:00-4:45 are REQUIRED. Students will receive a quiz grade based on their attendance and participation. These reherasals are SO important because we do not have the opportunity to rehearse together during the school day. If you have an on-going conflict, such as play practice or basketball season, etc. please email me to notify me of the conflict and exactly when the conflict will end, so I can plan accordingly.  
    • If/when you're quarantined, choir doesn't stop! I post our classes to Google Classroom almost everyday, and it's as simple as following along with the videos so you're prepared when you return! 
    • This is also true if you're out sick. As long as you feel well enough to hum along, please do. :-) Even listening is better than coming back not knowing what we've covered.

    Best ways to contact me after school hours:

    1. Through remind (see previous post about how to sign up)
    2. Text 512-387-1466
    3. Through email: elliep@fisd.org
    Ellie Parks
    Choir Director
    FMS / FHS
    Fredericksburg ISD
    997-7551, x 1173 
    512-387-1466 (cell)
     
     
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  • October 19 Updates

    Posted by ELLIE PARKS on 10/19/2020 8:00:00 AM

    Hello Choir Parents and Students!

    Congratulations to ALL students who auditioned for Region! You've gone above and beyond the last few weeks to prepare for this competition, and I am SO proud of your hard work and dedication. Go Singing Billies - you represented FHS well!

    Strong work to the following students who advanced to Pre-Area!

    • Emma Stewart, 11th Grade, Alto
    • Taylor Sublett, 9th Grade, Alto
    • Will Cooke, 12th Grade, Bass
    • Grant Pittman, 11th Grade, Bass
    • William Vorauer, 12th Grade Bass

    We have some exciting updates/upcoming events! 

    • Friday, October 23, FULL Varsity Choir performance at Home Volleyball Game, 6 PM. (Students report to choir room at 5:30)
    • Tuesday, October 20, Middle School Fall Concert POSTPONED/MODIFIED, see event below on Monday October 26
    • Monday, October 26, Middle School Informal Fall Concert/Retreat, FMS Cafeteria (This is an informal event for students ONLY. An info sheet is attached below and will go home today) 
    • Tuesday, October 27, High School Informal Fall Concert/Retreat, FHS Auditorium (This is an informal event for students ONLY. An info sheet is attached below and will go home tomorrow)
    • Friday, October 30, FULL Varsity Choir performance at Home Football Game, Details TBD.

    Choir Fees are way past due. I need to order shirts ASAP, so we have them in time for our concerts! The choir fee is $25 for all grades except for 6th grade, which is $15. Information in the Paperwork Packet details what these fees cover. Please contact me about a reduced fee. 

    Some things to keep in mind:

    • FHS Students: As mentioned in the Choir Handbook, Weekly Varsity Rehearsals on Wednesdays (Tenor/Bass) and Thursdays (FULL rehearsal) from 4:00-4:45 are REQUIRED. Students will receive a quiz grade based on their attendance and participation. These reherasals are SO important because we do not have the opportunity to rehearse together during the school day. If you have an on-going conflict, such as play practice or basketball season, etc. please email me to notify me of the conflict and exactly when the conflict will end, so I can plan accordingly.  
    • If/when you're quarantined, choir doesn't stop! I post our classes to Google Classroom almost everyday, and it's as simple as following along with the videos so you're prepared when you return! 
    • This is also true if you're out sick. As long as you feel well enough to hum along, please do. :-) Even listening is better than coming back not knowing what we've covered.

    Best ways to contact me after school hours:

    1. Through remind (see previous post about how to sign up)
    2. Text 512-387-1466
    3. Through email: elliep@fisd.org
    Ellie Parks
    Choir Director
    FMS / FHS
    Fredericksburg ISD
    997-7551, x 1173 
    512-387-1466 (cell)
     
     
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  • October 13 Updates

    Posted by ELLIE PARKS on 10/13/2020 8:55:00 PM

    Hello Choir Parents and Students!

    Wow! It's been a while since I've sent out an update!

    We have some exciting updates/upcoming events! 

    • Saturday, October 10-Wednesday, October 14, Good luck to our students participating in Region! 
    • Tuesday, October 13, Small ensemble performance at Home Volleyball Game, 6 PM
    • Friday, October 23, FULL Varsity Choir performance at Home Volleyball Game, 6 PM. 
    • Monday, October 26, Middle School Fall Concert, FMS Cafeteria, 5:30-6:30 PM, Details TBD.
    • Tuesday, October 27, High School Fall Concert, FHS Auditorium 6:00-7:00 PM, Details TBD. 
    • Friday, October 30, FULL Varsity Choir performance at Home Football Game, Details TBD.

    Choir Fees are way past due. I need to order shirts ASAP, so we have them in time for our concerts! The choir fee is $25 for all grades except for 6th grade, which is $15. Information in the Paperwork Packet details what these fees cover. Please turn the fees in no later than this Friday, October 17, or contact me about a reduced fee. 

    • Congratulations officers!
      • 6th Grade
        • Secretary: Kathryn
        • Photographer: Bella Luz
        • Representative: Rylee 
      • 7th/8th Grade
        • Secretary: Haylee 
        • Photographer: Astrid
        • Representative: Eden 
      • 6th Period
        • Soprano Section Leader - Kaitlynn
        • Tenor/Bass Section Leader - Grant
        • Alto Section Leader - Emma
        • Secretary - Angelica 
        • Photographer - Brianna H.
        • Representative - Ari
      • 7th Period
        • Secretary - Taylor
        • Photographer - Madi
        • Representative - Nayla
      • 8th Period
        • Soprano Section Leader - Amanda
        • Tenor/Bass Section Leader - William V.
        • Alto Sectional Leader - Cynthia
        • Secretary - Lauren
        • Photographer - Natalia R.
        • Choir President - Will C.

    Some things to keep in mind:

    • If/when you're quarantined, choir doesn't stop! I post our classes to Google Classroom almost everyday, and it's as simple as following along with the videos so you're prepared when you return! 
    • This is also true if you're out sick. As long as you feel well enough to hum along, please do. :-) Even listening is better than coming back not knowing what we've covered.

    Best ways to contact me after school hours:

    • Through remind (see previous post about how to sign up)
    • Text 512-387-1466
    • Through email: elliep@fisd.org
    Ellie Parks
    Choir Director
    FMS / FHS
    Fredericksburg ISD
    997-7551, x 1173 
    512-387-1466 (cell)
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  • September 7 Updates

    Posted by ELLIE PARKS on 9/7/2020 2:30:00 PM

    Hi Choir Parents and Students!

    I hope you all are enjoying your 3 day weekend! We've been focusing on getting to know each other, getting used to Google Classroom, brushing up on our music reading skills, and starting on our Fall Concert Music.

    Below are a few updates, as well as instructions for how parents can join "Remind." Many students have already joined. This is a confidential text messaging service that allows me to send Reminders/Announcments directly to your phone. I can text the whole group, but when you reply it will to only me. So, don't worry, you won't get a million texts everytime someone replies. This is OPTIONAL. You can unsubscribe at any time. 

    • Officer Elections will take place in ALL classes this week. Students have gotten information in class, and can also view the Info Slides in Google Classroom
    • Ice Cream Social (FHS Choir) has been moved to Tuesday, September 15 from 3:50-4:45 in the Choir Hall
    • 7th/8th Grade Sectionals start this week and are required
      • 7th Grade, Tuesdays, 7:15-7:45AM
      • 8th Grade Sopranos, Wednesdays, 7:15-7:45 AM
      • 8th Grade Altos, Thursdays 7:15-7:45AM
    • Varsity Choir Rehearsals start this week and are required
      • Tenor/Bass Sectionals, Wednesdays from 4:00-4:45
      • FULL Choir Rehearsal: Thursdays from 4:00-4:45 
    • Remind Instructions - Text the following codes to 81010 and then follow the prompts. (81010 is the phone number) Make sure to use the @ symbol!
      • 6th Grade Parents/Students
        • @g9e2bc
      • 7th/8th Grade Parents/Students
        • @f7k9kc9
      • Treble Choir (7th Period) Parents/Students
        • @8fce9dh
      • Mixed Choir (6th & 8th Period) Parents/Students
        • @8fa9h8

    If you have any questions, my contact information is below. Have a great week!

    Ms. Parks

    elliep@fisd.org

    997-7551 ext. 1173

    512-387-1466

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  • We Had a Great First Week!

    Posted by ELLEN PARKS on 8/28/2020

    Hi Students and Parents!

    It's been a great first week back. We've spent some time singing, getting to know each other and adjusting to the ways in which choir during the time of Covid-19 is a little different. 

    It was my intention to get all of this paperwork out this week. Depending on your child's class period, that may or may not have happened. I've attached electronic copies here, in case you would like to get a head start on it this week. Otherwise, you can expect them to come home Monday. 

    You may also submit any of this papework electronically, if you prefer, by scanning it and emailing to elliep@fisd.org.

    The Choral Handbook and Paperwork Packet need to be signed and returned by Wednesday, September 2. I wish it was less papework, but I've condensed it as much as I can. 

    Have a fantastic weekend! Updated Calendars have also been added to the Calendar section of the website. 

    Paperwork Packet

    Handbook

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  • Choir Socials Next Week!

    Posted by Ellie Parks on 8/14/2020 11:15:00 AM

    Hello, Everyone!

    Let's get together next week! I'll be hosting a "Choir Camp/Social" at each school next week!

    Middle School - Thursday, Aug. 20, 4-6 PM, Cafeteria

    High School - Friday, Aug. 21, 4-6 PM, Choir Hall

    This will be a chance for me to meet you, for you all to catch up, and for us to sing karaoke. It will also be a chance for us to practice the safety measures we will use in the Choir Hall such as: social distancing, always wearing a mask, not sharing materials and using hand sanitizer often. More information about these safety measures will be posted next week.

    Due to social distancing, everyone MUST RSVP using the Google Form below, or by sending me an email.  If we reach capacity, I will set up a distance option as well. If you would prefer a distance option, please let me know on the final question of the google form. 

    Middle School RSVP Form - the deadline to RSVP has passed. Don't worry. we'll have more socials throughout the year. Thanks for understanding!

    High School RSVP Form - the deadline to RSVP has passed. Don't worry. we'll have more socials throughout the year. Thanks for understanding!

    Also, students, if you haven't completed the Welcome Back survey for your school, please take some time to do so. The link can be found in my previous post.

    Have a great day, and feel free to call/text/email me with any questions!

    Ellie Parks

    Choir Director
    FMS / FHS
    Fredericksburg ISD
    997-7551, x 1173 
    512-387-1466 (cell)

     

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  • Welcome Back!

    Posted by Ellie Parks on 8/11/2020

     

    I am so happy to join the Fredericksburg ISD Fine Arts team, and cannot wait to meet my students and their families. Teaching 6th-12th grade choir has been a long time goal of mine, as has spending more time in the Texas Hill Country. I am pleased to be closer to family and the most beautiful landscapes of Texas.

    ​I grew up in Georgetown, Texas where I was very involved in High School choir. I learned how rewarding it is to work intensely with a group of singers who are passionate about music and are striving towards the goal of musical, professional, performances.

    I graduated from The University of Texas at Austin in 2010, and have a Bachelor of Music in Choral Music Studies. I then had the great privilege of studying at the Kodaly Institute in Hungary on a Fulbright Scholarship. At my previous school in Austin ISD, I was awarded Teacher of Promise, served as Fine Arts Director, and also helped to develop the district-wide choral curriculum and train other choir directors

    I am eager and willing to get to know all of my students and their parents. Please feel free to contact me at any time regarding any questions, concerns, or feedback.

    You are an essential part of this program!

    -Ms. Parks

    Middle School Welcome Back Survey

    High School Welcome Back Survey

    Ms. Parks

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