Please read this handbook as a family and submit the confirmation at the end.

EDINA CHOIRS HANDBOOK 2018-2019

MISSION AND PURPOSE

The mission of Edina Choirs is to encourage and nurture intelligent musicians, as well as a love for choral music through participation in small and large group activities and performances.

COURSE DESCRIPTION

All six co-curricular choirs at EHS are year-long courses that seek to develop good vocal techniques through rehearsal and performance experience.  Vocal technique, sight-reading skills and music literacy are a regular part of rehearsals. Repertoire includes choral literature of various historical periods as well as contemporary pop arrangements.  Members are required to perform in the Fall Concert, the Winter Concert, and the Spring Concert. Each choir has additional required performances and rehearsals that are part of the course grade; please see the calendar for your choir and make note of your responsibilities.

9th Grade Choirs’ Concert Dates & Times

Varsity Choirs’ Concert Dates & Times

Bel Canto Concert Dates & Times

Concert Choir Concert Dates & Times

EDINA CHOIRS ESSENTIAL STANDARDS (GRADES 6-12):

The Edina Choral Department has adopted the following Essential Standards for all vocal music classes in grades 6-12. Rehearsals, performances, learning experiences, assignments, and assessments are all designed to address these Essential Standards taken from the Minnesota Academic Standards for the Arts (2008):

  • Demonstrate knowledge of the foundations of the arts area (instrumental music, vocal music).

  • Demonstrate knowledge and use of the technical skills of the art form (instrumental music, vocal music), integrating technology when applicable.

  • Demonstrate understanding of the personal, social, cultural and historical contexts that influence the arts areas (instrumental music, vocal music).

  • Perform or present in a variety of contexts in the arts area (instrumental music, vocal music) using the artistic foundations.

  • Respond to or critique a variety of creations or performances using the artistic foundations.

  • Create or make in a variety of contexts in the arts area (instrumental music, vocal music) using the artistic foundations.

SPECIAL NOTE

A quality high school choral music curriculum will include repertoire that is religious and sacred in nature.  Edina School Board Policy 609 concerning the use of sacred/religious music in public schools will be strictly observed.  If any student is uncomfortable with rehearsing or performing a particular selection, he/she should personally contact the choral director.


E.H.S. CHOIR POLICIES     

DAILY REHEARSALS

  • Please be in your seat with your folder and a pencil once the bell rings or be counted tardy.
  • Consistent with Edina Public Schools policy, the use of electronic devices is solely at the teacher’s discretion. Choir is a no-phone classroom: phones should be silenced and put away at all times. Other electronic devices, as well as headphones/earbuds, are only to be used in the classroom with the teacher’s permission.
  • When singing, feet should be flat on the floor and your back should be away from the back of the chair with shoulders straight and music held up, not in your lap. Consistent singing with proper alignment is expected.
  • No gum- chewing or eating is allowed during the rehearsal.  Neither food nor beverages should be brought into the choir room; only water is permitted.  Hats/caps may not be worn during rehearsal.
  • Please use the music folder assigned to you. You are responsible for the condition of your folder and the music in it, and.  You will be assessed a fine if any music or your folder is lost, damaged, or misused.

REQUIRED SUPPLIES AND MATERIALS

In addition to the supplied music and folder, the following materials are required for the choirs listed:

9th Grade Choirs:

  • Composition notebook (7.5 x 9.5 inches) to be left in the classroom
  • Pencil (at all times during rehearsal)
  • One box of tissues
  • School-approved electronic device
  • *Black short-sleeved Edina Choirs polo, worn for various semi-formal choir events.
    • This is the same shirt as was worn by South View and Valley View Choirs.
    • If a student already has one that fits, you do not have to purchase a new shirt.
    • If a student has one but needs another size, we will facilitate a free-of-charge trade.
    • If a student does not have one, an order form will be provided in the back-to-school mailing.
    • If you donated a black Edina Choirs shirt back to the SVMS, VVMS, or EHS choir program last school year, please note this on the mailing you'll receive mid-September. We will return a shirt of the appropriate size to your student. Thank you!

Varsity Choirs:

  • Pencil (at all times during rehearsal)
  • School-approved electronic device
  • *Black short-sleeved Edina Choirs polo, worn for various semi-formal choir events.
    • This is the same shirt as was worn by South View and Valley View Choirs.
    • If a student already has one that fits, you do not have to purchase a new shirt.
    • If a student has one but needs another size, we will facilitate a free-of-charge trade.
    • If a student does not have one, an order form will be provided in the back-to-school mailing.
    • If you donated a black Edina Choirs shirt back to the SVMS, VVMS, or EHS choir program last school year, please note this on the mailing you'll receive mid-September. We will return a shirt of the appropriate size to your student. Thank you!

Bel Canto & Concert Choirs:

  • Pencil (at all times during rehearsal)
  • School-approved electronic device
  • *White long-sleeved Edina Choirs polo, worn for various semi-formal choir events.

*Beginning in 2018-2019, EHS Choirs are transitioning from the white long-sleeved choir polos to the black short-sleeved choir polos. Students who already own one of these shirts will not be asked to purchase another. Instead, we will facilitate swaps as needed.

PERFORMANCES AND EXTRA REHEARSALS

CONCERT ATTENDANCE POLICY:

  • Dress rehearsals and concerts should be thought of like a type of final exam.
  • ATTENDANCE AT THE CONCERTS THROUGHOUT THE YEAR IS MANDATORY. It is a responsibility of choir membership.
  • The directors will provide as much advance notice as possible for these events. Rehearsal schedules for each concert are usually posted at least a month in advance.
  • In the event of illness or family emergency, the following procedure must be followed in order to be eligible for make-up opportunities.

CONCERT & DRESS REHEARSAL ABSENCE CHECKLIST:

1. Speak with your director as soon as you are aware that you must miss a dress rehearsal or performance; your director will provide you a Performance/Rehearsal Absence Form.

2. Complete the form, obtain a parent/guardian signature, and return it to your director as soon as possible..

3. In most circumstances, students who arrange a pre-excused absence will be offered an alternative assignment to earn full credit; this assignment must be successfully completed to earn credit for the missed event.

Excused absences include illness or family emergency. All other absences will be considered unexcused unless deemed otherwise by the director. Unexcused absences result in a lowered course grade.

PERFORMANCE ATTIRE

All choir members will be issued a choir robe and stole for use at the Fall Concert and Winter Concert. The following should be worn under the robe:

  • Women: Shorts and t-shirt, black flat dress shoes

  • Men: Black dress slacks, black dress shoes and socks, t-shirt

Attire for the spring concerts includes several creative and inexpensive costumes that will be announced at least a month in advance, as well as the spring concert t-shirt purchased at the beginning of the year.

All choirs also wear Edina Choirs polo shirts at various semi-formal events during the year. Please see the explanations about these shirts above. Ordering information can be found in the back-to-school mailing.

GRADING

1. DAILY MUSICIANSHIP ASSESSMENT (DMA)

A significant portion of each student’s grade is based upon daily work in the classroom rehearsal setting. Evaluation in this area happens daily and is considered an assessment of the following benchmarks:

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The Edina High School Attendance Policy will be strictly followed.  Excessive absences and tardies will have to be cleared with the director for point clarification and make-up work.  Choir is a participation class:it is almost impossible to “make up” a series of missed choral classes.

**A reminder that school policy states that students who arrive more than 10 minutes late for a class and are unexcused will be counted as absent.

2. SMALL GROUP SINGING ASSESSMENT

Each student will be asked to demonstrate his/her singing ability in a small group at least once per quarter. You will be tested on a section of one or more of the choral selections that we have been working on in class.  You will be graded on note accuracy, blend, intonation, dynamics, and diction. Effort and overall progress are also taken into account.

3. QUIZZES, TESTS AND OTHER WRITTEN ASSESSMENTS

Written assignments such as music listening responses, rehearsal reflections, music theory assessments, self-evaluations, and concert reports are factored into the course grade.  

4. SPECIAL REHEARSALS, SECTIONALS, EVENTS, AND CONCERTS

A detailed schedule will be presented in advance of each choral event. Combined rehearsals will be held outside of the school day in preparation for each concert; these may be before school, after school, or in the evening. Attendance is required at all events scheduled for the organization.  

BREAKDOWN OF THE SEMESTER GRADE:

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The Edina High School Choir Department adheres to the EHS retake policy.

LETTERING

Students have the opportunity to earn an EHS letter and other awards by accumulating points for extra-curricular choral involvement. Lettering forms are available from the directors, and will be collected on or before May 1 each year; however, you should use this form throughout the year to record points as you earn them. Points are earned for activities during the current year only, with the following exception: 2018-19 seniors, juniors, and sophomores will have the opportunity to retroactively track points from their years in choir at Edina High School.


Parent Confirmation

Please fill out the following form and submit by Friday, September 28, 2018. Students will receive credit in the grade book for completing this assignment with you. Thank you!

Student's Name *
Student's Name
Choir & Period *
Confirmation Statement *
Please submit first and last name.