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