• Zoom Link and Final Reminders

    Posted by ELLIE PARKS on 5/19/2021

    Our Concert is TOMORROW from 7-8:30 PM! Admission is FREE and you do not need to reserve your seat in advance. 

    If you would prefer to watch from home, here is the zoom link. You should NOT need to download Zoom or use a password. 

    https://zoom.us/j/98244788372?pwd=WGoyK2pkRFUvM3lOSitNVGY4bXp0dz09

    FMS Students are wearing choir shirts and dark pants. FHS Students are wearing black and/or white. The schedule for the evening is below. 

    Please email or text me with questions or concerns. Can't wait to see you all there!

    • Thursday, May 20, Spring Show, FHS Auditorium 7:00-8:30 PM. 
      4:00-5:00 FHS Rehearsal
      5:00 FMS students arrive
      5:00-5:45 FMS / FHS Combined Rehearsal
      5:45-6:30 FHS Dinner Break (healthy option provided - off campus is allowed as well)
      5:45-6:45 PM FMS Rehearsal
      7:00 Concert Begins
      8:30 Concert Ends
      Ellie Parks
      Choir Director
      FMS / FHS
      Fredericksburg ISD
      997-7551, x 1173 
      512-387-1466 (cell)
      Website: www.fisd.org/choir
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  • Spring Show Reminders

    Posted by ELLIE PARKS on 5/15/2021

    Hi Choir Parents and Students!

    Here are some reminders and minor changes for our last two weeks! Remember, our Spring Show is Thursday, May 20! This is a FREE event and you do not need to reserve your seat. As soon as I have streaming information available, I will post it here. Remember, only bolded items below are required for ALL Choir members. Please read carefully, and text/call/email me if you have any questions or concerns. 

    • Monday, May 17, Varisty Full Rehearsal, Quiz Grade, 4-5
    • Monday, May 17, Spring Show Rehearsal, JV & Varsity Spring Show Rehearsal, Quiz Grade, 5:30-7:00 PM
    • Tuesday, May 18, FHS Spring Show Dress Rehearsal, FHS SOLOISTS Only 4:15-6:30 PM. See Google Classroom for schedule (FMS Soloists are no longer needed on this day. We will have time on Thursday after school to mic check for solos)
    • Thursday, May 20, Spring Show, FHS Auditorium 7:00-8:30 PM. 
      4:00-5:00 FHS Rehearsal
      5:00 FMS students arrive
      5:00-5:45 FMS / FHS Combined Rehearsal
      5:45-6:30 FHS Dinner Break (healthy option provided - off campus is allowed as well)
      5:45-6:45 PM FMS Rehearsal
      7:00 Concert Begins
      8:30 Concert Ends
    • Friday, May 28, Graduation Performances, FHS & GCHS
      • FHS Graduation, May 28, 8 PM (Required for Varsity Members)
        • Monday, May 24: Rehearsal from 4-5 PM

        • Tuesday, May 25: Record Lonesome Road with Mr. Hext, and practice National Anthem on the field, 4-5 PM

        • Friday, May 28: Meet at 10 AM to practice on the field with seniors. Meet at 7 PM to rehearse. Performance at 8 PM

      • GCHS Graduation, May 28, 6 PM (Strongly encouraged for Varsity Members)
        • Monday, May 24: Rehearsal from 4-5 PM
        • Friday, May 28: Meet at 5 PM to rehearse in the choir room. Performance at 6 PM
    Ellie Parks
    Choir Director
    FMS / FHS
    Fredericksburg ISD
    997-7551, x 1173 
    512-387-1466 (cell)
    Website: www.fisd.org/choir
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  • Post-UIL Updates

    Posted by ELLIE PARKS on 4/23/2021 6:00:00 PM

    Hello Choir Parents and Students,

    It was so wonderful meeting many of you at our concert at April 13. I was extremely proud of the students professionalism, unified sound, and musicality. The concert is still available at this link if you would like to view it again. www.fredumc.org/live (It's a little further down on the page, on the right hand side.) 

    To add to the excitement of this semester, BOTH Junior Varsity and Varsity received Sweepstakes at UIL Concert & Sightreading last Tuesday! This is the highest honor a choir can receive, and I simple couldn't be more proud of the hard work the choir students have put in this year. They absolutely deserved this honor, and I am so pleased the judges agreed! The judges had many positive comments to share on their judges sheets and with me in person. What an amazing accomplishment. Well done, students!

    We will have one more concert this year! Our Spring Show will be on Thursday, May 20 in the FHS auditiorium at 6:30 PM. Please see the current details below for the remainder of the year!

    Please read carefully. Only BOLD events are required for all students. 

    • Tuesday, April 27, FMS Honor Choir, 3:45-5 PM
    • Wednesday, April 28, Spring Show Auditions (solos, duets, small groups), FMS 3:45-5:00 (Students will sign up for a specific audition slot and may be picked up once they have auditioned)
    • Thursday, April 29, NO Varsity Full Rehearsal, Spring Show Auditions, (solos, duets, small groups) FHS 4:00-6:00 (Students will sign up for a specific audition slot and may be picked up once they have auditioned)
    • Friday, April 30, Spring Show Audtions for families, FHS 4:00-6:00 (Please email me to sign up for a specific audition slot, elliep@fisd.org)
    • Tuesday, May 4, FMS Honor Choir, 3:45-5 PM 
    • Thursday, May 6, Varsity Full Rehearsal, Quiz Grade, 4-5
    • Monday, May 10, Varsity Full Rehearsal, Quiz Grade, 4-5
    • Tuesday, May 11, NO FMS Honor Choir due to STAAR Testing 
    • Thursday, May 13, Varsity Full Rehearsal, Quiz Grade, 4-5
    • Friday, May 14, JV & Varsity Spring Show Rehearsal, Quiz Grade, 4-6 PM
    • Monday, May 17, Varisty Full Rehearsal, Quiz Grade, 4-5
    • Monday, May 17, Spring Show Rehearsal, JV & Varsity Spring Show Rehearsal, Quiz Grade, 5:30-7:00 PM
    • Tuesday, May 18, FMS & FHS Spring Show Dress Rehearsal, SOLOISTS Only 4:15-6:30 PM
    • Thursday, May 20, Spring Show, FHS Auditorium7:00-8:30 PM (FHS stays after school - will have a break - FMS arrives at 5:00)
    • Friday, May 28, Graduation Performances, FHS & GCHS, Details TBD
    Ellie Parks
    Choir Director
    FMS / FHS
    Fredericksburg ISD
    997-7551, x 1173 
    512-387-1466 (cell)
    Website: www.fisd.org/choir
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  • Stream Our Concert!

    Posted by ELLIE PARKS on 4/10/2021 10:20:00 PM

    Hello Teachers, Choir Parents and Students!

    We have already received 150 reservations for our concert THIS Tuesday at 7 PM! If you weren't able to get a reservation, don't worry, you can watch the concert LIVE by going clicking on this link: https://fredumc.org/live/

    If you believe you reserved a seat for the concert, you will receive confirmation via the mode of communication you chose on the Google Form by 5 PM, Sunday, April 11. When you arrive, look for the sign with your choir students' last name and check-in your attendance. 

    Our Concert will be held at Fredericksburg United Methodist Church. It is located at: 1800 North Llano: From Main Street in Fredericksburg go 1 1/2 miles North on Highway 16 (Llano St.) past the American Bank of Texas. The church is on the left at Driftwood and Hwy 16. 

    For your convenience, here is the permission slip/info sheet once again. Spring Concert Permission Slip Please email me with any questions or concerns. Have a nice day! 

    Ellie Parks
    Choir Director
    FMS / FHS
    Fredericksburg ISD
    997-7551, x 1173 
    512-387-1466 (cell)
    Website: www.fisd.org/choir
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  • Concert Reservation Form

    Posted by ELLEN PARKS on 4/6/2021 1:05:00 PM

    Hello Teachers Choir Parents and Students!

    Please use this form to reserve your spot for our upcoming concert next Tuesday, April 13 at 7 PM at First United Methodist Church!

    https://forms.gle/v2GYRax3keEyFkaE6

    We can accept the first 150 reservations. The concert will also be live-streamed, and I will send out that info as soon as I have it. Please see the info sheet/permission slip below, and email me with any questions or concerns at elliep@fisd.org. 

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  • UIL & Spring Concert Update

    Posted by ELLIE PARKS on 3/28/2021 3:30:00 PM

    Good Afternoon, Choir Parents and Students!

    Please see our exciting updates below! We have two in-person concerts to look forward to finish out the year, as well as an in-person UIL Concert and Sight-reading for our High School Students! Attending the concerts in-person will be possible by reserving your spot ahead of time. Details on how to do that coming ASAP.

    Our high school students, especially those in Varsity, need to show their commitment to choir by practicing at home and attending our after school rehearsals these next few weeks. A contract is going home tomorrow that details the specific responsbilities we all MUST uphold in order to be successful at our next concert and UIL. I've attached it here as well.

    Varsity UIL Contract

    JV UIL Contract

    Please email me with any questions, comments of concerns.

    I couldn't be more excited to finally perform and compete with you all in-person!

    • Tuesday, March 30 NO Honor Choir
    • Wednesday, March 31, A Cappella Club at FHS, 4-4:45
    • Thursday, April 1, Varsity Full Rehearsal, Quiz Grade, 4-4:45
    • Tuesday, April 6, NO Honor Choir due to STAAR Testing
    • Wednesday, April 7, A Cappella Club at FHS, 4-4:45
    • Thursday, April 8, Varsity Full Rehearsal, Quiz Grade, 4-4:45
    • Monday, April 12, JV and Varsity Dress Rehearsal, Required Test Grade, 4-5:30
    • Tuesday, April 13, Pre-UIL / Spring Concert FMS & FHS, 7 PM (Test Grade. Students stay after school to rehearse. More details coming soon. First United Methodist Church. Info Sheet is attached here)
    • Wednesday, April 14, A Cappella Club at FHS, 4-4:45
    • Thursday, April 15, Varsity Full Rehearsal, Test Grade, 4-4:45
    • Monday, April 19, JV and Varsity Rehearsal, Required Test Grade 4-5:30
    • Tuesday, April 20, UIL Concert & Sight-reading Required Test Grade Details TBD
    • **Looking ahead** Thursday, May 20, FMS / FHS End of the year Pop Show, 6 PM FHS Auditorium 

    Spring Concert Permission Slip

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  • Quick Update

    Posted by ELLIE PARKS on 2/25/2021 5:00:00 PM

    Hello Choir Parents and Students!

    I will send out a more in depth update by early next week.However, I wanted to share with you a clip for our latest performance, Singing Valentine's performance. 

    Choir Officers from Treble Choir and Mixed Choir, along with some volunteers from each group came to before and after school rehearsals to prepare an a cappella arrangement of "Can't Help Falling in Love." We then shared our performance with classrooms around FHS. 

    Thank you to all students who put in the extra time to prepare for this performance. We did an amazing job, and your peers and teachers enjoyed the performance and we're really impressed. Great job! 

    Singing Valentines Video

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  • January 10 Update

    Posted by ELLIE PARKS on 1/10/2021 2:00:00 PM

    Happy New Year! 

    I hope you are all enjoying this snowy day. It is so beautiful!

    We will have Yearbook Pictures on Thursday! For 7th Period, this will be during class. For Varsity, this will be at our after school rehearsal. Please wear/bring your choir shirt!

    (FHS This message is for FHS Varsity Choir Parents and students. FMS Info is Below)

    I want to take a moment to remind you all about our weekly after school rehearsals: Tenor/Bass Sectionals, Wednesays from 4-5 and Full Varsity Rehearsal, Thursdays from 4-5. 

    Each rehearsal will be entered into the gradebook as a Quiz Grade. This is not news to the students. They have known about this since October. Furthermore, since we are preparing for more performances and competitions this semester, participation in these special events is dependent on at least 90% participation in these rehearsals. 

    Please let me know if you have any questions or concerns about this!

    FMS Honor Choir:

    I'm very exctied to be starting this optional group this semester! Our first rehearsal is THIS Tuesday, from 3:45-5:00 in the choir room. Snacks will be provided. Please bring the attached/linked agreement to the reheasal. Let me know if you have any questions!

    FMS Honor Choir Agreement

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  • Merry Christmas!

    Posted by ELLEN PARKS on 12/22/2020 9:35:00 AM

    Hello, Choir Families!

    I hope you are all on your way to enjoying some well deserved time off. As I told the students, I know this semester posed many challenges, but I have been honored to experience this unusual time making music with them!

    I think more than ever, we can all appreciate the true gift of singing together.

    Merry Christmas, Happy New Year, and please enjoy our Christmas Concert at the link below. Make sure to watch all the way to the traditional closer for FISD Choirs, "Night of Silence" with "Silent Night."

    See you in 2021!

    FMS/FHS Christmas Concert

    Ellie Parks
    Choir Director
    FMS / FHS
    Fredericksburg ISD
    997-7551, x 1173 
    512-387-1466 (cell)
    Website: www.fisd.org/choir
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  • December 9 Update

    Posted by ELLEN PARKS on 12/9/2020 5:00:00 PM

    Hello, Choir Families!

    Thank your for your patience we navigate these tumultuous times at the middle school and high school. 

    I'm happy to report that each class has at least one song prepared to share with you all! We will do so by way of in-class performances that we will record and share out here on the website and through social media. Please feel free to email me if you have any questions about why we are presenting the Christmas Concert in this way. elliep@fisd.org

    We are carrying on our traditions of Christmas Concerts past to the best of our abilities. My goal is to have all of these ready to share with you throughout next week, but it will be an editing adventure, so we will see! The details for each group are below. Please help your child remember their concert day information.

    Middle School Performance Days

    When: Monday, December 14 & Wednesday, December 16, DURING CLASS

    What: Please wear Choir Shirts, jeans, and any Christmas/holiday accessories you have! If you can, please bring extra to share. You must wear your choir shirt and jeans to school, but you may add your accessories during class. 

    High School Performance Days

    For all high school groups, please wear/bring concert black with any holiday accessories. (We will have time to change inot our performance outfits.) Ugly Christmas Sweaters are great too!

    6th Period - during your 6th period final time, 11:10-12:40 on Thursday, December 17

    7th Period - during your 7th period final time, 2:15-3:50 on Thursday, December 17

    8th Period - during your 8th period final time, 11:00-12:30 on Friday, December 18

    Varsity - Carol of the Bells performance (lunch/holiday party provided!) 12:30-2:00 on Friday, December 18

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elliep@fisd.org, 997-7551 ext. 1173