• August Updates (Varsity Only)

    Posted by ELLIE PARKS on 8/4/2022

    Hi! It's come to my attention that many of you did not receive the email I sent out on Tuesday morning, so I'm re-posting it here.

    Hi, Varsity Choir Parents and Students!

    I hope you’ve all had a wonderful summer! I sure have, but I’m very excited to be back and gearing up for an amazing year.

    After you've read this email, please send me a quick email or text to let me know you received it. :) 

    Here are our important updates for August:

    • Wednesday, August 10, 5-6 PM:  (New date) Catch up and rehearse the National Anthem
    • Friday, August 12, 7:45 AM - 9:15 AM: (New date) Warm-up and sing the National Anthem at FISD Convocation.
    • Friday, August 19-Sunday, August 21: All-State Camp at John Knox Ranch. This is an amazing opportunity! The info sheet/permission slip is attached. Please read. It will also be sent home on the first day of school.
    • Friday, August 26: Represent Choir on a float at the Gillespie County Fair.
    • Thursday, September 1, 4-5:30 PM: First after- school rehearsal 

    Please see the attached schedule, which has had some updates since it was sent home in May. Items in bold will not change. All other items are tentative pending school and district approval. A few dates will also be added within the next couple weeks, such as singing the National Anthem at a football and volleyball game(s). 

    Finally, I am looking for a group of parents to meet with myself and the student officers on a monthly basis this year! This group will help with all aspects of the choir program that are not instructional: fundraising, meals and snacks for events, volunteers for field trips, decorating at concerts and events such as the banquet, UIL uniform sizing, etc. Please let me know if you are interested in being on the Choir Parent Committee! This group will also lay the foundation for a future Choir Booster Club. 

    Please let me know through text or email that you received this email. As always, reach out to me if you have any questions or concerns! Thank you so much for supporting your child on his or her choral journey. I am so proud and grateful to be their teacher.

    Ellie Parks, Choir Director, elliep@fisd.org, 512-387-1466  

    22-23 Varsity All State Camp

    2022-2023 Varsity Dates.pdf

     

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  • Final (?) Updates

    Posted by ELLIE PARKS on 5/17/2022

    Hello, Choir Parents and Students!

    The last day of school is rapidly approaching, and our final concert of the 2021-2022 school year is on Friday. I simply cannot believe how quickly this year has gone by, and how truly wonderful it has been!

    Please see our final updates for this school year!

    Remember, only bold and underlined events are REQUIRED for all choir students. However, some events are required for certain groups. Read carefully to see which events affect you/your child. 

      • Tues. May 17, A Cappella Rehearsal, 4-5:00 PM
      • Wed. May 18, Tech Rehearsal for Pop Show Soloists, 4-7 PM (See Google Classroom for specific schedule, posted this morning)
      • Thurs. May 19, Pop Show Dress Rehearsal, 4-7 PM, Required for ALL Choir Students (Schedule & Attire detailed below)
        • 4-5:30 FMS Students and FHS 9th-11th Grade
        • 5:30-5:45 Pizza Break
        • 5:30-7 ALL FHS 
        • 7-7:15 Seniors only (if needed) 
        • Concert Attire (please wear TO the dress rehearsal)
          • 6th Grade: Choir Shirts and blue jeans/black pants
          • 7th/8th Grade: Beach/Hawaiian 
          • JV Treble: 70s/hippie
          • Varsity TBD
      • Fri. May 20, Pop Show, 6:30-8:30 PM, Required for ALL Choir Students. Students must arrive by 5:45 PM.
      • Fri. May 27, GCHS Graduation, Required for 2022-2023 Varsity Choir Members, 4:30-6:00 PM
      • Fri. May 27, FHS Graduation, Required for Current Varsity Members and Seniors. Rehearsal at 10 AM and performance/ceremony from 7-9 PM

    Thank you for all of your support of the choir program! As always, please call/text/email me with any questions or concerns.

    Have a wonderful week!

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  • Banquet

    Posted by ELLIE PARKS on 5/15/2022

    Click here for reminders about tonight's Banquet. 

    Remember, non-senior Choir Officers and Members of the Student Banquet 
    Committee: please plan to arrive by 3:15 PM to help with set-up and stay until 8 PM to help with clean-up. 

    Please message me through Remind or text me at 512-387-1466 if you have any further questions. Make sure to read over the info sheet carefully first!

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  • Banquet and Other Updates

    Posted by ELLIE PARKS on 5/8/2022

    Here are our upcoming events. Remember, only bold and underlined events are REQUIRED for all choir students. However, some events are required for certain groups. Read carefully to see which events affect you/your child. 

      • Wed. May 11, A Cappella Rehearsal, 4-5:30 PM
      • Thurs. May 12, FMS Fine Arts Showcase, required for 7th/8th grade, 4-5:45 PM (The kids have known about this for at least two weeks. However, somehow it was left off the last update! Please let me know if your child will not be able to attend. The event itself is from 5-6:30, but our portion will be complete by 5:45. Parents are invited and encouraged to attend.) 
      • Thurs. May 12, FHS Pop Show Rehearsal, 5-8 PM, REQUIRED for HS Students 
        • 5-6, JV Tenor/Bass & Varsty
        • 6-8, ALL HS Choir
      • Fri. May 13, 6th Grade Choir Trip to John Knox Ranch, 3:45 PM - 5 PM May 14
      • Sun. May 15, FHS Choir Banquet at Holy Ghost, 5-7 PM -

    See this info sheet for more information and to reserve your ticket. 

      • Tues. May 17, A Cappella Rehearsal, 4-5:30 PM
      • Wed. May 18, Tech Rehearsal for Pop Show Soloists, 4-7 PM
      • Thurs. May 19, Pop Show Dress Rehearsal, 4-7 PM, Required for ALL Choir Students
      • Fri. May 20, Pop Show, 6:30-8:30 PM, Required for ALL Choir Students. Students must arrive by 5:45 PM
      • Fri. May 27, GCHS Graduation, Required for 2022-2023 Varsity Choir Members
      • Fri. May 27, FHS Graduation, Required for Current Varsity Members and Seniors. Rehearsal at 10 AM and performance/ceremony from 7-9 PM

    Thank you for all of your support of the choir program! As always, please call/text/email me with any questions or concerns.

    Have a wonderful week!

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  • May Updates

    Posted by ELLIE PARKS on 4/28/2022

    Hello, Choir Parents and Students!

    The Seniors had an amazing time at the opera, Fidelio, yesterday! Everyone is looking forward to Six Flags on Saturday. It's our busiest (and most fun!) time of year and I'm so happy you are all a part of it.  

    Here are our upcoming events. Remember, only bold and underlined events are REQUIRED for all choir students. However, some events are required for certain groups. Read carefully to see which events affect you/your child. Also, some dates that are in red are DIFFERENT from the calendar that was sent home in January, so please note those as well.   

    • Sat. April 30, Post-UIL Celebration Trip to Six Flags
    • Mon. May 2, Beethoven Rehearsal, 4-6 PM (Required for certain HS students. Notifications were emailed, sent home and posted in Google Classroom in early April) 
    • Wed. May 4, Auditions for Pop Show Choir Song solos start in class
    • Wed. May 4, A Cappella Rehearsal, 4-5:30 PM
    • Thurs. May 5, Beethoven Performance at 175th Community Worship in FHS Auditoritum, 4-7 PM (Required for certain HS students. Notifications were emailed, sent home and posted in Google Classroom in early April) 
    • Wed. May 11, A Cappella Rehearsal, 4-5:30 PM
    • Thurs. May 12, FHS Pop Show Rehearsal, 4-7 PM (Different date from original calendar) 
    • Fri. May 13, 6th Grade Choir Trip to John Knox Ranch, 3:45 PM - 5 PM May 14
    • Sun. May 15, FHS Choir Banquet at Holy Ghost, 5-7 PM (Different date from original calendar) 
    • Tues. May 17, A Cappella Rehearsal, 4-5:30 PM
    • Wed. May 18, Tech Rehearsal for Pop Show Soloists, 4-7 PM
    • Thurs. May 19, Pop Show Dress Rehearsal, 4-7 PM, Required for ALL Choir Students
    • Fri. May 20, Pop Show, 6:30-8:30 PM, Required for ALL Choir Students. Students must arrive by 5:45 PM.
    • Fri. May 27, GCHS Graduation, Required for 2022-2023 Varsity Choir Members
    • Fri. May 27, FHS Graduation, Required for Current Varsity Members and Seniors

    Thank you for all of your support of the choir program! As always, please call/text/email me with any questions or concerns.

    Have a wonderful week!

    Ellie Parks, Choir Director, elliep

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  • Mid-April Updates

    Posted by ELLIE PARKS on 4/11/2022

    Hello Choir Parents and Students!

    The students did wonderfully at our First Annual Fine Arts Night - thank you and great job, A Cappella, Varsity and Tenor/Bass Choir! 

    Here are our upcoming events. Remember, only bold and underlined events are REQUIRED for all choir students. However, some events are required for certain groups. Read carefully to see which events affect you/your child. 

    • Mon. April 11, HS Pop Show Auditions, 4-6 PM
    • Tues. April 12, MS Pop Show Auditions, 4-5 PM
    • Wed. April 13, A Cappella Rehearsal, 4-5:30 PM
    • Thurs. April 14, MS Pop Show Auditions, 3:45-4:45
    • Thurs. April 14, HS Pop Show Auditions, 5:00-6:00 
    • Wed. April 20, A Cappella Rehearsal, During A-Lunch and from 4-5 PM
    • Fri. April 22, MS/HS Spring Choir Social, 4-6 PM in HS Choir Room 
    • Mon. April 25, Beethoven Rehearsal, 4-6 PM (Required for HS students. See Google Classroom for more details)
    • Tues. April 26, A Cappella Rehearsal, During A-Lunch and from 4-5 PM
    • Wed. April 27, NO A Cappella Rehearsal.
    • Wed. April 27 - Thurs. April 28, Senior Night at the Opera, times TBD
    • Sat. April 30, MS/HS Trip to Six Flags, 9 AM - 7 PM
    • Mon. May 2, time TBD, Beethoven Rehearsal (likely 5-7 PM) (Required for HS students. See Google Classroom for more details)
    • Thurs. May 5, Beethoven Performance, 7-8 PM (Required for HS students. See Google Classroom for more details)

    Thank you for all of your support of the choir program! As always, please call/text/email me with any questions or concerns.

    Have a wonderful week!

    Ellie Parks, Choir Director, elliep@fisd.org, 512-387-1466

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  • April Updates

    Posted by ELLIE PARKS on 3/27/2022

    Hello, Choir Parents and Students!

    Happy Spring! I love this weather.

    Here are our upcoming events. Remember, only bold and underlined events are REQUIRED for all choir students. However, some events are required for certain groups. Read carefully to see which events affect you/your child. Also, some dates that are in red are DIFFERENT from the calendar that was sent home in January, so please note those as well.  

    • Mon. March 28-Wednesday March 30, Auditions for Varsity (for current JV students), during class.
    • Wed. March 30, A Cappella Rehearsal, During A-Lunch and from 4-5 PM
    • Wed. April 6, A Cappella Rehearsal, During A-Lunch and from 4-5 PM
    • Thurs. April 7, Fine Arts Night, Rehearsal starting at 4:45, Performance from 6-7:30 PM (Required for A Cappella, Varsity and Tenor/Bass Choir - New Event)
    • Mon. April 11, HS Pop Show Auditions, 4-5 PM
    • Mon. April 11, Family Pop Show Auditions, 5-6 PM
    • Tues. April 12, MS Pop Show Auditions, 4-5 PM
    • Wed. April 13, A Cappella Rehearsal, During A-Lunch and from 4-5 PM
    • Thurs. April 14, MS Pop Show Auditions, 3:45-4:45
    • Thurs. April 14, HS Pop Show Auditions, 5:00-6:00 
    • Wed. April 20, A Cappella Rehearsal, During A-Lunch and from 4-5 PM
    • Fri. April 22, MS/HS Spring Choir Social, 4-6 PM in HS Choir Room 
    • Tues. April 26, A Cappella Rehearsal, During A-Lunch and from 4-5 PM
    • Wed. April 27, NO A Cappella Rehearsal.
    • Wed. April 27 - Thurs. April 28, Senior Night at the Opera, times TBD
    • Sat. April 30, MS/HS Trip to Six Flags, 9 AM - 7 PM (new date)

    Thank you for all of your support of the choir program! As always, please call/text/email me with any questions or concerns.

    Have a wonderful weekend!

    Ellie Parks, Choir Director, elliep@fisd.org, 512-387-1466

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  • UIL Results - 3 Sweepstakes!

    Posted by ELLIE PARKS on 3/11/2022

    Hello, Choir Parents and Students!

    As we prepare for a restful Spring Break, I want to congratulate all of the choir students again on their Superior performances yesterday at UIL. Every single student who participated performed musically, thoughtfully and with so much heart. Our efforts in the sight-reading room were especially impressive. The judges reported that the students were focused and confident. I'm so proud of the choir students! 

    The FMS Choir students made FMS history yesterday. We have only earned one other Sweepstakes (at least as far back as UIL results go - 2005), and we have NEVER before earned a "Clean Sweep" which means that all 6 judges gave us a Superior rating. However, we earned a clean sweep yesterday. Please congratulate your child again!

    The FISD Choirs combined also made history yesterday. We have never returned from UIL with all 3 groups that participated earning Sweepstakes. 

    Thank you for supporting your child in their love of music and singing. Have a wonderful weekend and Spring Break!

    Ellie Parks, Choir Director, elliep@fisd.org, 512-387-1466

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  • UIL Week Reminders

    Posted by ELLIE PARKS on 3/3/2022

    FHS (NOT FMS) Choir Students:

    IMPORTANT:

    You will miss A lunch through 7th period on Monday to work with our UIL Clinician, Dr. Arredondo. (Guys will only miss A lunch through 6th period.) 

    ALL music must be memorized. You have had plenty of time and access to all tracks for weeks, but this is the weekend to finalize memorization if you haven't yet. We are NOT UIL ready, and the only way to get there is to get memorized. 

    I believe in you all and I think Monday will be a really great rehearsal. Just please put the time in on your own between now and then.

    UIL is one week from today. 

    Also, your dinner order form is due by the end of 4th period tomorrow (Friday).

    You are welcome to come in for extra practice during lunch and 7th period (girls only) between now and UIL. Guys are welcome to come in during lunch and 4th period for extra practice.

    March 10, Day of UIL Schedule

    • Thurs. March 10, 7th/8th Grade UIL Concert & Sight-reading at Boerne HS, 6:30 AM - 11:30 AM (Required for eligible 7th/8th graders)
      • 6:00 AM Arrive at FMS Choir room
      • 8:00-9:05 AM Competition at Boerne HS
      • 9:30-10:30 AM Brunch at Denny's
      • 11:30 AM Arrive back at FMS:
    • Thurs. March 10, High School UIL Concert & Sight-reading at Boerne HS,12:15 PM - 7:00 PM (Required for all eligible FHS Choir members)
      • 11:40 AM (A lunch/5th period) Bring lunch to choir room and quickly eat. Change clothes and warm-up. 
      • 12:15 PM Depart FHS
      • 1:35-2:40 PM Treble Choir Competition
      • 3:15-4:20 PM Mixed Choir Competition
      • 4:45-6:00 PM Dinner at Sauced
      • 7:00 PM Arrive back at FHS
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  • Concert Week Reminders

    Posted by ELLIE PARKS on 2/25/2022 4:00:00 PM

    Hello, Choir Parents and Students!

    Here are some reminders for next week.

    Dress Rehearsal, FHS Auditorium, Monday, 2/28

    • FMS Students - 4-5:30 PM
      • 6th Grade: please wear your choir shirt and blue or black pants
      • 7th/8th Grade: Please bring your black, close-toed dress shoes with you. I will have your UIL Uniform at FHS for you to change into. 
    • FHS Treble - 5-6:15
      • JV and Varsity Girls, please arrive by 5 and change into your dress. Remember, you must have black, close-toed dress shoes. Rehearsal will start no later than 5:15.
    • Varsity Mixed - 6-7 
      • Please arrive by 6 and change into your uniform. Remember, you must have black, close-toed dress shoes. Rehearsal will start no later than 6:15.
    • All students will leave their UIL Uniform at FHS.

    Pre-UIL Concert, FHS Auditorium, Tuesday, 3/1

    • All students, arrive by 6 PM
      •  6th graders, wear choir shirts and blue/black pants. 7th/8th grade students will change into UIL uniforms in the auditorium bathrooms. FHS students will change into UIL uniforms in the Choir Hall area bathrooms.
    • Warm-up begins at 6:15 PM
    • Doors open at 6:40 PM
    • Concert is from 7-8 PM.  

    Please call, text or email me if you have any questions or concerns. Have a great weekend! 

    Ellie Parks, Choir Director, elliep@fisd.org, 512-387-1466

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