Music Department Travel: Orlando 2020!

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The school board has approved a trip to Disney World in Orlando, FL for the combined DGS bands and choirs with the D99 orchestra for Spring 2020! This trip will provide performance and workshop opportunities for all ensembles in addition to some good old-fashioned fun exploring the various theme parks in Orlando.

Who: any student in choir (or band or orchestra) at DGS in the 2019-2020 school year

When: March 28-April 1, 2020

Cost: $1699 (All students in quad occupancy)

What: Tentative itinerary is available at:Downers Grove South HSBC & District 99 Orchestra Orlando Itinerary

This link will take you to a Google folder with current information about the trip. Instructions on how to sign up are in the document titled “IPS Registration Form.”
Please direct questions to myself (mwinchell@csd99.org) or Mrs. Belt-Roselieb (jbelt@csd99.org).

Raffle Underway to Support Student Accounts. The raffle will be drawn during the choir show on Friday, March 8, 2019.

Hello choir students and families,

Each year, the DGS Choir Boosters organize a raffle for several sporting and theater events – they’re amazing! The person buying the ticket gets to choose which raffle item they want to put their ticket in the drawing for.

Cost: $10 per ticket. Of that total cost, $9 per ticket will be going into the student’s music account for future expenses of choir trips, ensemble attire (dresses, ties, tuxes), or voice lessons. Because students keep 90% of every sale, this is a great fundraiser for students to earn money that they themselves can use!

Incentive: The choir directors are currently pursuing the opportunity to travel sometime in the spring of 2020. This raffle fundraiser is the best opportunity for students to earn money toward their own trip.

Deadlines and Drawing: Raffle ticket order forms and money are due to the choir mailbox by 3:30 pm on Thursday, February 28, 2019. Boosters Raffle Flyer 2019_B Winners do not need to be present to win, but it’s really fun if they are! Invite your ticket-buyers to see our choir show (Motown)!

The six raffle items include:

1) 4 tickets for Wolves vs Colorado Eagles game on Saturday April 6th, 2019 at 7pm, All State Arena

2) 4 tickets for Bulls game – winner will pick a two-game option depending on availability

3) 4 tickets for Cubs vs Miami Marlins game on Wednesday, May 8 in the 200 level at 7:05pm

4) 2 tickets for Drury Lane Theatre, show TBD

5) 2 tickets for Paramount Theatre, show TBD

6) 2 tickets for Broadway in Chicago show, Cruel Intentions: The 90s Musical, at Broadway Playhouse Theatre on April 2, 2019 at 7:30pm

Order Form Logistics: The order form is attached. When a person buys a “ticket,” they will not actually receive a physical ticket. Like Girl Scout Cookies, they fill out a line in the form with the number of tickets they want to enter for each item. If I want four chances to win the Cubs tickets and two chances to win the Drury Lane tickets, I put “4” in the Cubs box and “2” in the Drury Lane box, and I write a check for $60. Checks should be payable to DGS.

Raffle questions? Contact Dorothy Foster at dupageshow@gmail.com or Shelly Davenport at sdavenportarch@gmail.com.

DGS Choir Spirit Wear Available Now! Orders due by Monday, November 19th!

The order form is below with details, color options, and new logo designs. All costs are included in the listed price; no additional taxes or fees will be added. Please place your completed order form (you do not need to return the second page) in an envelope labeled DGS Choir Spirit Wear, c/o Shari Vasko, and include a check made out to DGS Choir Boosters. Place it in the mailbox in the choir room (near the white cubbies) no later than Monday, November 19th.

Spirit wear should be available for pickup at school during the week of December 10 (details to follow). If you have any questions, please contact Shari Vasko at sharivasko@yahoo.com or 630-310-1219. Thank you for your support!

November 20th Chipotle Fundraiser – 5-9 pm

Support Downers Grove South High School Choir Boosters.
Come in to the Chipotle at 750 Janes Avenue Suite A in Bolingbrook                            on Tuesday, November 20th between 5:00pm and 9:00pm.

Bring in the flyer, show it on your smartphone or tell the cashier you’re supporting the cause to make sure that 33% of the proceeds will be donated to Downers Grove South
High School Choir Boosters.

Welcome to the 2018-2019 Choir Year!

Greetings, DGS Choir Parents!

It was great to meet so many of you recently at Open House, and we hope it is only the beginning of your involvement this year in your students’ musical lives. As promised, here’s a grab bag of important info relevant to students in the choral program.

Boosters: Our choir boosters support the program through funding scholarships, organizing fundraisers, serving concessions at performances, and distributing spirit wear. The first booster meeting is tonight, Monday, September 10 at 7pm in the choir room, and all are welcome. We are actively seeking to grow the boosters, particularly with parents of freshmen and sophomores. Even if you choose not to attend monthly meetings regularly, support the boosters and the choirs by returning the attached membership form. Commitment is scalable, and we love keeping you in the loop.

Communication: Join our Choir Remind group by texting @dgsch to the number 81010. Here, we’ll remind parents and students about concerts and call times and direct you to any important long-form communication (like this email!).

Concert Attire – Curricular Choirs (Freshman Girls Choir, Concert Choir, Treble Choir, A Cappella Choir): Start prepping now! For our October 11 concert students will wear robes – these hit about mid-calf. Under their robes, students should wear something presentable but cool – dress slacks and dress shirt, a dress, etc. The guideline here is that we should be able to tell you were in the concert even after you remove the robe. Students also need to wear black shoes. No sneakers, no boots, short or no heel. Any hair accessories (headbands, ribbons, etc.) should be neutral colors.

Concert Attire – Select Ensembles (Chamber Singers, Treble Ensemble, Madrigals): Students should be looking for information coming from their director soon, as some elements of attire vary with each group. That being said, we are moving to one ensemble dress for women this year (the same for each ensemble), which is $65, and students will also need black character shoes, which we purchase for $40. Madrigals and Chamber Singers guys will purchase attire through the school as well (tuxes and ties, respectively) – details and costs on these coming soon. Payment for all ensemble wear is due September 30. (Checks payable to DGS.) Scholarship is available for families in need; please let us know soon if this might be the case for you.

Voice Lessons: Your student has the opportunity to take voice lessons at school once each week during their choir class at a rate of $20-25, depending on the teacher. Spots are filling up very quickly, so if you meant to turn in the form and haven’t yet, it is attached!

Thanks, always, for supporting your singer in the fine arts at DGS!

Joy Belt-Roselieb and Margaret Winchell