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"Into the Woods" Musical Dress Rehearsal and Performance Dates

The 8th grade Musical, "Into the Woods" will be performed at Mabry MS on May 17th, a Thursday evening, at 7 p.m.
Tickets will be on sale prior to the show and also at the door that evening.
Cost: $3 per students; $5 per adult

The story line includes characters like, Cinderella, the Wicked Stepmother and two stepsisters, Rapunzel & the Witch, Little Red Riding Hood, Granny and the Wolf, The Baker and his Wife, Jack, his mom and the beanstalk, Milky White the cow, two princes, a two narrators. It is a comedy musical that weaves all of the characters into one story. You won't want to miss it.

Actors and Stage Crew:
Dress rehearsal: After school - 8:30 p.m. on Wednesday, May 16th. A pizza dinner break will be from 6 - 6:30 p.m.
Performance night: May 17th all cast must report no later than 6:30 p.m. Stage crew be here by 6 p.m.
Cast: Please check the remaining rehearsal dates as posted on the blog and on my door to the chorus room. You must be at all of the remaining rehearsals. No excuses.

posted on: April 20, 2007

Spring Choral Concert

Our final Spring Choral Concert for the 6th, 7th and 8th grade choruses will be on Thursday evening, May 10th starting at 7 p.m. Students need to arrive no later than 6:30 p.m. Please wear your Concert Attire that evening.

At this concert we will also be presenting awards and certificates to our choral students. We will also feature some extra talented 8th grade students that will perform some trios, duets and solos.

Note: The 8th grade musical tickets will be on sale that evening if you wish to purchase them early. Tickets for "Into the Woods" cost $3 for students and $5 for adults. It is a comedy musical based on traditional story characters like, Cinderella, Little Red Riding Hood & the Wolf, The Baker and his Wife, Jack and the Beanstalk, Rapunzel and the Witch. All characters are woven into an extremely comical plot. You won't want to miss it. Tickets will also be sold that night at the door.
"Into The Woods" performance date is: Thursday, May 17th at 7 p.m.

posted on: April 20, 2007

CONGRATULATIONS TO 6TH & 7TH GRADE CHORUS STUDENTS

CONGRATULATIONS TO YOU ALL FOR A JOB WELL DONE!!!!!
The Mabry Singers 6th/7th grade Beginner Chorus scored straight Superior ratings from all 4 judges.
The 7th grade Mixed Chorus scored two Superior ratings and two Excellent ratings from the four judges.
Remember this is not a competition just an evaluation of where you are each year to help you improve the next year in chorus.
Plaques will be ordered for both groups. You have made me and Mabry MS very proud.

Go 8th grade chorus tomorrow morning!!!! Wear your festival attire and bring your lunch if you said you were taking yours. Chaperones please meet me in the chorus room in the morning at 9 a.m. We will depart at 9:15 a.m. sharp. Check in with your homeroom teachers first.
Mrs. Smith

posted on: March 21, 2007

Pre Festival Concert Tonight

All three of our Mabry MS choruses will perform in a Pre-Festival concert at Piedmont Baptist Church tonight, Monday eve. March 19th at 7 p.m. Students are asked to be at the church by 6:30 p.m. so that we can get in our choral lineups and seated to the left side as you face the choir loft. All Mabry Singers will go up and sit in the Choir Loft in concert order.

Wear long blue jeans and a solid colored shirt or T-shirt.

TOMORROW, MARCH 20TH !!! (6th & 7th grade chorus students)
WEDNESDAY, MARCH 21ST !!! (8th grade chorus students)

  1. Girls: Solid black slacks or skirt and black blouse with black shoes.

2. 7th grade girls black dresses and black shoes.
3. Boys: Black dress slacks, white long sleeved dress shirt, long solid tie (6th gr) (7th & 8th gr. vests and bowties) and black shoes.
On your festival day report to your home room teacher by 9 a.m. and then come to the chorus room. We depart promptly at 9:15 a.m.

***Bring your lunch & a drink if you did not want Chick-fil-a packaged lunch.

posted on: March 20, 2007

PRE-FESTIVAL CONCERT CHANGE IN LOCATION

THE PRE-FESTIVAL CONCERT LOCATION HAS BEEN MOVED TO:
Piedmont Baptist Church
570 Piedmont Road NE
Marietta, GA
Office phone: 770-422-2566

The concert begins at 7 p.m. in the sanctuary. Parents are responsible for student transportation. This is a free
concert open to the public. Groups performing: LHS; Mabry MS and Simpson MS.
Students will need to follow the signs as to where we will all meet
prior to the concert start time. Please be at the church by 6:30 p.m.
The concert should only last approximately 1 hour at the most.
Remember: 6th & 7th grade goes to Performance Evaluation on the next morning, Tuesday March 20th.
Wear your concert attire to school. If you are not signed up to eat Chick-fil-a box lunch then you will need to
bring your lunch and a drink with you to Burnt Hickory Baptist Church.
8th grade chorus goes to Burnt Hickory on Wednesday, March 21st. Wear your concert attire to school and
bring your lunch/drink on the bus if you are not eating the box lunch of Chick-fil-a.

posted on: March 07, 2007

Large Group Performance Information All Choruses

Our schedule for the Large Group Performance Evaluation in March is as follows:
6th Grade Mabry Singers: Monday eve., March 19th 7 p.m. Pre-festival concert at LHS Dress in longs blue jeans and a solid colored T-shirt.
Tuesday Daytime March 20th: Large Group Perf. Evaluation Field Trip to Burnt Hickory Baptist Church. Depart school at 9:20 a.m. Come to school dressed in Concert Performance Attire and bring lunch money for the Varsity. We will sing at 10:15 a.m. After the Evaluation is over we will eat at the Varsity at Town Center Mall and be back at school by 1:40 at the latest.

7th grade Mixed Chorus:
Monday, March 19th Concert at LHS 7 p.m. Bluejeans and solid colored T-Shirt.
Tuesday, March 20th Large Group Performance Eval. at Burnt Hickory Baptist Church. Wear to school your concert attire as we will depart at 9:20 a.m. Bring lunch money. You will perform at 11:15. After the performance we will depart for lunch at the Varsity at Town Center Mall. We, too, will be back to school by 1:40 p.m. at the latest.

8th grade Mixed Chorus:
Monday, March 19th Concert at LHS 7 p.m. Bluejeans and a solid colored T-Shirt.
Wednesday, March 21st Large Group Performance Eval. at Burnt Hickory Baptist Church. Wear to school your concert attire as we will depart at 9:20 a.m. You perform at 10:15. After performing we will depart for lunch at the Varsity at Town Center Mall and arrive back to school no later than 1:40 p.m.

Transportation to and from LHS is on your own. Parents are invited to hear all three school's groups.
Transportation to festival is by school busses. Your child will need to return his/her field trip permission form in order to attend this event.
HELP!!!!I will need many chaperones for these groups. If you can volunteer your time please send me a note or call me at ext. 458.

posted on: February 07, 2007

7TH GRADE GIRLS ENSEMBLE

Thank you, girls, for a job well done at the Relections Ceremony. You did a wonderful job and I have received many comments.
Check out the Presidents notes on our Mabry Charger News.
Mrs. Smith

posted on: January 31, 2007

CANDLE SALE PRIZE DAY!!!

Our candle sale prize day is Tuesday, January 22nd.
Mabry Singers will collect their prizes during their 8:15 a.m. rehearsal tomorrow morning.
7th & 8th grade choruses will get their prizes during their connection times.
Please make sure that you are here tomorrow to collect your prizes.
Who will win the $100 prize???????
Mrs. Smith

posted on: January 22, 2007

Welcome all new general music students!

Each of you has received a syllabus and the class expectations.
Please make sure that you have a notebook/folder with 10-12 sheets of paper, your syllabus signed and a pen/pencil each day in class. Some of you are still lacking these items. Please have them in class no later than Thursday, Jan. 11.
Drama is starting off with stage terms
6th & 7th grade General music classes are beginning with a unit on the Human Voice.
New Chorus students need to have their concert attire for the next concert:
Girls: Solid 3/4 sleeved top (no tummies showing)
Long (ankle length) solid black dress slacks or same length skirt.
Solid black shoes and hose (open toe is okay)
Boys: Solid long black dress slacks
Black shoes and socks
White long sleeved dress shirt (buttoned with collar)
I will provide vests and bow ties.
Mrs. Smith

posted on: January 10, 2007

CHORUS CONCERT CONGRATULATIONS!

I would like to thank all chorus members for an outstanding job on December 14th. You put us all in the holiday spirit and we even found out that your parents can sing! Have a wonderful winter break and I'll see you in 2007.
Again, I would also like to thank the hard working moms that helped with our candle distribution on December 5th.
Mrs. Smith

posted on: December 15, 2006

HOLIDAY CONCERT DATE

Our next holiday choral concert will be Thursday evening, December 14th at 7 p.m. in the theater. (Students need to arrive between 6:30 -6:45 p.m. for roll call.)This will be a much shorter concert than the fall concert being that we only have a few weeks to prepare. Students may wear holiday Santa hats, antlers or other cute headbands for this concert. Invite your neighbors and friends to this concert to get everyone in the holiday spirit. We will feature a wide variety of holiday songs for the many different traditions celebrated this season. See you all there.

posted on: November 20, 2006

FALL CHORAL CONCERT

Our first Fall Concert is this Thursday, November 16th at 7 p.m. in the theater. Students need to come to the chorus room between 6:30 - 6:45 p.m. for check in and warmups. Wear your concert attire to this concert. It is a free concert and open to the public.
Mrs. Smith

posted on: November 13, 2006

Honor Chorus Permission Forms

Those students going to Honor Chorus on Nov. 9th (evening reh.) and Nov. 10th (All day) need to turn in their permission slip to Mrs. Smith by Nov. 8th. You will not be able to attend this event if I do not have your permission form.

posted on: November 02, 2006

FALL CHORUS CONCERT

Our first fall Chorus Concert is fast approaching. For those that are new to chorus this nine weeks here are some updates for you. The concert is scheduled for Thursday, November 16th at 7 p.m. in the Mabry Theater. All 3 choruses will perform.I feel so blessed to have such wonderful children in my program. They are truly the best.

Concert Attire
Girls: 7th grade girls have their dresses. They should be hemmed by the concert and pressed if they are wrinkled.
6th & 8th grade girls wear solid black. Black dress slacks are allowed or an ankle length skirt. Solid black top preferably 3/4 length sleeved. No sleeveless tops or tummies showing. Black shoes.
Boys: All grades wear solid black dress slacks, a long sleeved buttoned dress shirt, black socks and black shoes. 7th & 8th grade boys will wear vests and bowties. 6th grade boys need to wear a long solid color tie. Your choice of any color.

If you can help monitor a room prior to the start of the concert or have any questions please call me ext. 458 or drop me a note/email.
(Irene.Smith@cobbk12.org)

I also want to express my thanks to the hard work the new chorus students are applying to our practice sessions as they are having to learn the music quickly. You all are doing a great job. Pick up your CD from me for practice at home.
Mrs. Smith

posted on: October 19, 2006

Choruses

We are off to a great start. All chorus classes took a basic theory quiz today of the things that we have covered in sightreading these past two weeks. I have some really good sightreaders this year.

We have been learning about good choral posture, using our diaphragm for good breath support, singing with tall vowels, Latin pronunciation, blending when singing as an ensemble, and clear diction. This is an on-going process to improve the quality of each individual voice and the group as a whole.

Our song literature includes some Latin pieces, pop oldies, and lyrical texts. Each type of literature requires a different style of singing which we are learning in class.

Each student will be keeping track of his/her behavior with a rubric sheet for each week. This will go home to be signed at the 4 1/2 week point and again at the end of the 9 week period. Conduct cuts will be noted on these sheets as a part of a student's behavior grade. The 8th grade Disney Trip surveys have been handed out and each student is to return them by the middle of next week so that we can determine if we have enough students going to make the trip cost efficient. Remember that their fund raiser individual profits for this year can go toward the trip payments.

posted on: August 25, 2006

7th & 8th grade Choruses

We are off to a great start with both of our chorus classes. We are in the process of learning how to sightread and choosing the songs we want to work on for our first fall concert. I am happy to see so many new faces in chorus. You all are wonderfull additions to the class.
I am also very proud to announce our officers for this year's choruses. They are:
7th Grade
Co-President is Yara E.
Secretary is Morgan C.
Treasurer is Rachel O.
Librarian is Rebecca B.
Historian is Lauren T.
8th Grade
President is Katlyn K.
Secretary is Adrianne M.
Treasurer is Darion H.S.
Librarians are Westly H.R. and Samantha M.
They are already hard at work and doing a fantastic job!

posted on: August 22, 2006

Welcome back 7th & 8th Grade Choruses

Welcome back! I hope that you all had a wonderful summer. If you signed up for chorus but it is not on your schedule please see me as there may be a mistake in the scheduling. For those of you that are band/chorus or orchestra/chorus students you will be taking band or orchestra and health the first 9 weeks. After that you will be in chorus for the remainder of the year. Should you desire to participate in Honor Chorus or All State you must see me when school starts to get the information letter and meet the registration deadline. Once you miss the deadline cutoff it will be too late to participate. I have a letter in the chorus room explaining everything. Mr. Doemel and I are also planning on taking a chorus/orchestra trip to Orlando if we get enough students to participate. We will be sending home a survey at the beginning of the year to check on interest. The trip will be late April and your fund raiser money can go toward the trip payments. If you are a parent and would like to chaperone the tentative trip there will be a place on the survey for you to check. I'm looking forward to a terrific year with some pretty amazing and talented students. 8th grade chorus will also be deciding on whether or not they want to put on a musical in the spring. Anyone interested in a leading role needs to see me this fall, especially if you are in health class the first nine weeks so that I know that you are interested. See you all on August 14th.

posted on: August 07, 2006

Summer News!

Thank you, students, for another terrific year. Your hard work has really shown in your performances this year. Relax and have a wonderful, safe summer!! See you all in the fall.

For those of you that may have forgotten to sign up for 7th or 8th grade all year chorus 2006-2007, it's not too late. All you need to do is have your parent write a note of your intentions to join and give it to Mrs. Dixon in the front office. Please note for her the grade you will be going into next year. She will schedule you for chorus in the fall. It's a great group and we have a lot of fun while learning to sing beautiful.

Mrs. Smith

posted on: May 31, 2006

6th & 7th Grade Choruses "Broadway Show"

Thank you all for a terrific job on your Broadway Concert this past week. You all had toes tapping and the crowd swaying as you performed your selections. I am very proud of you all and can't wait to see you next year in your new choruses. What great things we can accomplish with such talented groups next year. Have a great summer!!! See you all in the fall.

posted on: May 22, 2006

Thursday Choral Concert for Mabry Singers and 7th gr. Mixed Chorus

Reminder:
Our choral concert is Thursday evening, May 11th at 7 p.m.You need to have your broadway hat by the concert date.
What to wear:
(All wear) Black slacks, black shoes and a longsleeved white shirt
You may purchase any color of broadway hats available.
Report to the chorus room between 6:30 & 6:45 p.m.

*You may also begin purchasing "Cinderella" tickets for $5 to be performed by the 8th grade chorus on Thursday evening, May 18th at
7 p.m. in the theater. See Mrs. Smith for tickets. Make all checks out to Mabry MS.

posted on: May 08, 2006

7th & 8th Grade Festival March 30th

7th & 8th gr. Chorus students will go to Festival on Thursday, March 30th. Come to school in your choral attire. Bring your $11 for Fuddruckers or a bag lunch.
Boys need to get vest and a bow tie from the chorus room.
We will meet in the cafeteria at 10:45 a.m. to take roll and board the busses. After eating at Fuddruckers we will head for Burnt Hickory Baptist Church. Those 8th graders that are also playing for Band Festival that afternoon will depart at 3:30 for Kennesaw Mountain in the two designated cars. The other students that are leaving at 4:45p.m. will meet with their parents in the front entrance for pick up. (I must have a note in order for you to pick up your child early.) A chaperone will need to check your name off before leaving with your parent.
8th grade performance times:Warmup at 2p.m.; Perform at 2:15 p.m.; Clinic at 2:30 p.m. and sightread at 2:45 p.m.
7th grade performance times:Warmup at 3:30 p.m.; Perform at 3:45 p.m.; Clinci at 4 p.m. and sightread at 4:15 p.m.
Best of luck to each of the choral groups!

posted on: March 28, 2006

Chorus Performance Evaluation Festival

6th Grade Chorus will perform at Festival on Tuesday, March 28th.
Come to school for rehearsal at 8;15 a.m. that morning. Please wear your concert attire to school that day as you will have no time to change. Bring your $6 for CiCi's Pizza or a bag lunch. You will report to the chorus room at 12:15 p.m. as we board the busses at 12:30 p.m. Chaperones please arrive 15 minutes early.

7th & 8th Grade Choruses will perform on Thursday, March 30th. Wear your concert attire to school that day also. Bring your $11 for lunch at Fuddruckers Rest. or a bag lunch. You will need to report to the theater at 10:45 a.m. as we board the busses at 11:00. Chaperones please arrive 15 minutes early.

Chaperones: Your help is greatly appreciated. We cannot take these trips without you.
THANK YOU, MRS. H. FOR ACCOMPANING OUR CHORUSES THIS WEEK. YOU'RE THE BEST!!!!

posted on: March 24, 2006

CHORUS CONCERT TUESDAY, MARCH 14TH

Our combined choral pre-festival concert with LHS will be Tuesday evening at 7 p.m. in the LHS theater. This is a graded performance for 7th & 8th grade chorus students. If you do not atttend I will need a handwritten note from mom or dad stating the reason you did not show for this performance. Students need to report to the old chorus room at 6:30, if possible. Definitely no later than 6:45 as we need to line up and go into the theater at that time.Directions to the old chorus room: Enter the main parking lot by the front entrance. (Not the football field side) Enter the doors to the right of the front office main doors. It is where the vending machines are. Turn right and continue down that hall to the third set of doors. I will have one of our students outside the door to guide you. Parents can follow the signs to the theater. I will need all vests and bowties returned to me at the end of the concert.
CONCERT ATTIRE:
GIRLS: Please wear all black (3/4 - long sleeved blouse/long black skirt or long black slacks) A solid black long dress will also be allowed. Black shoes.
BOYS: All boys are to wear black dress slacks, a long sleeved white dress shirt and black socks and shoes. 7th & 8th grade boys will wear the choral vests/bow ties. 6th grade Mabry Singer boys will simply wear a long solid colored tie not the cummerbunds for this show.
I could use a mom or two to help monitor the choir room while we take roll and line up. Have your husband or a friend save you a seat in the theater.

posted on: March 13, 2006

Parents, I need help!!!!!

I am in desperate need of parent chaperones for all three choruses for their festival dates. If you can help out that day, please drop me a note. I have one definite parent for the 7th grade chorus. We cannot go on the trips if we do not get enough chaperones. Thank you for your help.

posted on: March 06, 2006

Pre Festival Combined Concert with Lassiter HS Choruses

COMBINED CONCERT WITH LHS:
On Tuesday, March 14th, our Mabry MS, Simpson MS and Lassiter HS choruses will all perform their Performance Evaluation Festival pieces for a combined concert in the Lassiter HS theater. The concert will begin at 7 p.m. and last for approximately 1 1/2 hours. We will wear our concert attire and all 3 choruses will sing their two selections for festival. You will need to meet me at LHS no earlier than 6:30 p.m.and no later than 6:45 p.m. This is a great way for you to also hear the LHS choruses that you may want to join when you get to high school. All of you need to attend as the ensemble will greatly lack in quality if you are not there to sing your voice part.
Mark your calendars for this event. This is a free concert so invite your relatives. I could use a few chaperones to help out, if you can.Please contact me by phone at 770-928-5546 ext. 458 if you can assist.

posted on: February 23, 2006

Performance Evaluation Chorus Festival Dates

Our dates for our Performance Festival is in March. Each student has or will be given the following written information that they were told to give to their parents. I am in need of many chaperones for each group.

Performance Evaluation Festival Update
Attention Choral Students and Parents,
Our performance evaluation Festival dates have been given to me. It is very important that you all attend this event being that each of you affects the sound of the entire ensemble. Please mark these dates on your calendar.
I will need 3-4 chaperones for each group. Please call me ext. 458 or email me if you can assist in this field trip.

6th Gr. Mabry Singers: Concert Attire!
Date: Tuesday, March 28, 2006
Depart the school at 12:30 p.m. and eat lunch on the way to Burnt Hickory Baptist Church (Bring lunch money for Ci Ci’s Pizza on Hwy 92)
Performance Times: Warmup: 5:15 pm. Sing: 5:30 p.m. Clinician 5:45 p.m.
Sightread: 6 p.m.
We will leave for Mabry immediately after we sightread and get our scores.
Return at approximately 6:45- 7 p.m. I need 2-3 chaperones.

8th Grade Mixed Chorus: Concert Attire!
Date Thursday, March 30, 2006
Depart the school at 11 a.m. for lunch on the way to festival at Burnt Hickory Baptist Church. (Bring $11.00 for Fuddruckers Rest. at Town Center)
Performance Times: Warmup: 2: 00 Sing: 2:15 Clinician: 2:30 Sightread: 2:45 p.m.
We will leave for Mabry as soon as the busses arrive from the end of the day pickup. (Note) If you are in the 8th gr. band festival I will need two –three volunteer drivers to drive our 9 students to Kennesaw Mountain H.S. immediately following our sightreading portion. Please let me know if you can drive them. (770-928-5546 ext. 458) The rest of the students will arrive back to the school at around 6:15 p.m. You will need to find transportation home from Mabry at approximately 6:15 p.m.
We need 3-4 chaperones to stay the entire time.

7th Grade Mixed Chorus: Concert Attire!
Date Thursday, March 30, 2006
Depart the school at 11 a.m. for lunch on the way to festival at Burnt Hickory Baptist Church. (Bring $11.00 for Fuddruckers Rest. at Town Center)
Performance Times: Warmup: 3:30 Sing: 3:45 Clinician: 4:00 Sightread: 4:15
We will depart for Mabry immediately after the busses arrive from taking home our Mabry students. We will listen to other groups perform while we wait. If you have another activity Immediately after school that your child needs to attend you may come to the festival site and pick up your child after we are done with sightreading. I will need this in writing on your field trip permission form as to the person picking up your child. All of the rest of the students will need to find transportation home from Mabry as we will not be back to the school until 6:15 p.m.

posted on: February 23, 2006

Possible Pre-Festival Concert with LHS Choruses

I just wanted to let you know that Mr. Williams from LHS, Simpson M.S. and Mabry M.S. are trying to coordinate a combined Pre-Festival Concert tentatively set for March 14th, a Tuesday. We will perform our Festival Concert song selections and come dressed in our concert attire. This will be for all three grade level choruses. When I get the date, time and place totally confirmed I will update my blog. Please keep this date open until further notice. He has tentatively set the concert for 3/14/06 at Sandy Plains Baptist Church beginning at 7 p.m. The concert should run approximately one hour in length. By Tuesday of next week I will able to confirm the place and time for sure.

posted on: February 16, 2006

Chorus/Orchestra Trip

The Chorus/Orchestra trip that we had planned to take this spring will most likely be cancelled due to not enough participants being able to fill the bus. We needed 53 students and chaperones and only got approximately 29. The cost would be too great to take so few. I'm sorry for the disappointment of not being able to go this year. Who knows, maybe next year!!!

posted on: February 06, 2006

Cinderella Scene Rehearsal Dates Change Update

Check below for the two changed rehearsal dates due to My attending the GMEA Conference in Savannah and the moving of the Talent Show date.Main characters must be a the following rehearsals. Only come to the rehearsals for your scenes. You do not stay for the scenes that your character is not involved.
Print these dates and keep them for future reference:I will post any changes to this schedule, should they occur.
Jan. 12th Thurs. Scenes 1 & 2
Jan. 17th Tues. Scenes 3 & 4
Jan. 24th Tues. Scenes 5 & 6
Feb. 1st Wed. Scenes 7 & 8
Feb. 9th Thurs. Scenes 9 & 10
Feb. 14th Tues. Scenes 1 & 2 (Have lines memorized from this point forward.)
Feb. 23rd. Thurs. Scenes 3 & 4
Feb. 28th Tues. Scenes 5 & 6
Mar. 7th Tues. Scenes 7 & 8
Mar. 16th Thurs. Scenes 9 & 10
Mar. 21st Tues. Scenes 1, 2, 3, 4
Mar. 31st Friday Scenes 5, 6, 7
April 13th Thurs. Scenes 8, 9, 10
April 20th Thurs. Scenes 1 - 5 inclusive
April 25th Tues. Scenes 6 - 10 inclusive
May 2nd Tues. Scenes 1 - 5
May 9th Tues. Scenes 6 - 10
May 17th Wednesday: Major dress rehearsal (all students) 4:30 p.m. - 8p.m. in the theater. Pizza/drinks and cooke break.
(I will need lots of parental help for this evening.)
May 18th Thursday: Final Performance in the theater at 7 p.m.

posted on: January 12, 2006

All State Location

The All State Auditions on Saturday, October 15th will be at Woodland High School on 800 Old Alabama Road in Cartersville, Ga. 30121. Plan on giving yourself at least 45 minutes to get there and you will need to arrive 30 minutes prior to your audition time to allow for registration check in. I will get you the exit number off of I75 when I receive my packet. There will be students at the site to direct you to the registration area (usually in the cafeteria) and onto your audition hall. Parents wait in the cafeteria registration area for your child while he/she is auditioning.
Students please wear some nice school clothes, nothing fancy, to make a good impression on your judge. Bring your CD with the accompaniment on it to your audition. Do not bring in your musical score. You will bring your two white registration forms to the judges and thank them for listening to you when you are finished auditioning. They will not be able to tell you anything after your audition. I will pick up your scores at the end of the day and will be happy to call you with your score. I will not know the cut off scores until the entire state of Georgia has auditioned. You can keep checking the GMEA.org website to see when cut off scores are posted.
The audition times should be here any day now and I will get them to you. See me on Friday, October 7th for some additional sightreading examples to practice this coming week. I'm holding an extra help session at 8:20 a.m. if you are interested.

posted on: October 06, 2005

7th Grade Choral Officers for 2005-2006

Our 7th grade chorus has voted in our new officers for this school year. Congratulations to the following students...
PRESIDENT: Cassie Broussard
SECRETARY: Westly Hatfield-Reavis
TREASURER: Darian Hugh Sam
LIBRARIANS: Rachel Hogle and Kayvan Sofastee
HISTORIAN: Stephen Robin

posted on: August 18, 2005

All State Chorus News Update!!!!

There has been an increase in the first audition amount. My All State letter originally said to send in $13.00. The new fee is $15.00.
If you already sent in the $13 just send in $2.00 more. I am sorry for any inconvenience but we just found out from the Saturday meeting.

posted on: August 12, 2005

Choral Information Sheet 7th Grade

Here is the information that I need from each of you.

7TH Grade Information Sheet:
2005-2006
Student Name:_________________________________________________
Student Address: ______________________________________________
_______________________________________________________________
Student Home Phone Number: _________________________________
Dad’s Name: ____________________________ WK#: ________________
Mom’s Name: ____________________________Wk#: ________________
Student’s Past Musical Experiences:
________________________________________________________________
________________________________________________________________
Parent volunteers: (Our program cannot work without you.)
___ I can help with calling students or parents.
___ I can help with field trip chaperoning (with notice)
___ I can help with concert monitoring (all/some/one)
___ I can play the following instruments:
____________________________________________________________
___ I am artistic and can help with backdrops for a musical
___ I can type/design programs for concerts.
___ I can sew for a musical production
___ I can sell tickets for a musical production or talent show
___ I can pass out programs at concerts
___ I can work a sound system for the concerts (actual
experience)
___ I can help build sets for a musical
___ Misc. ______________________________________________________
Please read and sign:
My child, __________________ and I have read the syllabus and behavior rules regarding performances, rehearsals and trip/special event opportunities for the 2005-2006 school year.
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Student signature Parent Signature

posted on: August 09, 2005

Honor Chorus for 7th & 8th Graders

If you would like to be in the GMEA District 12 Honor Chorus than you need to review the information and see Mrs. Smith.

2005-06 Honor Chorus Information
Fall of 2005
Dear Parents and Students,
I am happy to offer your child the opportunity of singing in the 6th Annual District XII Middle School Honor Chorus scheduled for November 18, 2005. As your choral director, I am invited to select qualified students to perform in this group. The guidelines used for this selection include their ability to sing on pitch and in their voice part independently. Participants must be outstanding choral students, committed to memorizing the Honor Chorus music and they must attend the Honor Chorus after school rehearsal on Thursday, November 17, 2005 at Kell High School. Registration for Thursday begins at 5:30 p.m. with the rehearsal lasting till 9:00 p.m. They must also be committed to attend the Friday, November 18, 2005 all day rehearsal (registration 8:30 a.m.) and evening performance at Kell High School at 7:30 p.m. Parents are responsible for your child’s transportation to and from the Thursday rehearsal, November 17th and the Friday, November 18th rehearsal and performance. If you cannot attend this school excused absence event please contact me immediately as I have alternates that would love to participate. He or she must be able to be there both days. Your child will be assigned to either the Treble or Mixed Chorus by the coordinator. Please sign and return the attached permission form or let me know if your child cannot attend.
The application fee per student that qualifies is $35.00 (non-refundable). This covers:
1. Honor Chorus T-Shirt (to be worn at the concert with long jeans)
2. A professionally prepared rehearsal CD with enhanced voice parts
3. Rental/Custodial fees at the venue
4. Set-up and recording for the performance
5. Clinician/Accompanist fees
6. Lunch-paper plates, cups, etc. (pizza, drink and cookies)
7. Certificates, Programs, Invitations, etc.
8. Music for the Treble Chorus or the Mixed Chorus
This year the choral groups will be smaller in size so your commitment to this event is very important. I need these forms back ASAP.
I could use a parent to assist on November 17th (afternoon/eve) and 18th with lunch, bathroom breaks, etc. Please let me know if you can spend the day with us. We will also get a dinner break. I would like to take them somewhere to eat on Friday, Nov. 18th if I have enough chaperones that can come at 5:00 p.m. to drive them prior to the start of the concert. Let me know if you can assist for the dinner break. (If not, they will have to bring a bag dinner.)
This is truly like a mini local All State Chorus event and the concert performance will blow you away. The students also get to meet other singers from the District 12 area. Please fill out the permission form for your commitment to this event. Finally, place your $35 in a school envelope marked Honor Chorus Registration and place it in the drop box for your grade level. We had a wonderful time last year so I hope that you will consider being a part of this rewarding experience.

Sincerely,
Irene Smith

posted on: August 09, 2005

Choral Calendar for 2005-06

Here is the chorus calendar for 2006-2006.
Mark these important dates on your calendar at home.


Mark these dates at home. (* = only for those that wish to participate)
August
TBA Purchase your choral concert attire for the first concert. See your syllabus.
30; Tues. *Register for District 12 Honor Chorus (7th & 8th gr.) $35.00
Includes: t-shirt; music; folder; lunch and performance hall cost
See Mrs. Smith if your name was chosen by the Honor Chorus Chairperson. This
is a total commitment. You must be able to be at the excused school absences of
Nov. 17 (evening) and Nov. 18 Day and evening performance; 7:30 p.m. at Kell High
School.
30; Tues. *All State Chorus Registration fees due ($15) Make check payable to Mabry
MS. (There are no refunds for this event. Be sure you want to commit)
Mark white envelope accordingly. This pays for the first of two auditions. Open to
7th & 8th grade choral students only. See Mrs. Smith, if interested.
September
TBA Cheesecake fund raiser begins. This money goes to the choral department.
October
TBA Fund Raiser Forms due back on your assigned day
15; Sat. *All State Chorus Audition #1 For directions to site location see Mrs. Smith
Times TBA
November
10; Thurs. Fall/Winter Choral Concert (All choruses) Formal Concert Attire
Mabry Theater at 7 p.m.
17, Thurs. *All State Chorus Acceptance Registration for 2nd audition in March See
Mrs. Smith to sign form. Any additional fees due prior to Nov. 9th
Wk of 14th Cheesecake Distribution week (Probably Tuesday 11/15)
17 & 18; Thurs./Fri. *Honor Chorus Rehearsals and evening performance
17th evening reh. 5:30 – 9 p.m. & 18th 8:30 a.m. check in and rehearse 11/18/05 Evening concert
at 7:30 p.m. at Kell High School. (Only for those selected to be in Honor Chorus) I
could use a few chaperones for this event. Call me if you can assist with dinner break. Parents
take students home after the concert.
December
16; Fri. Holiday Choral Concert for the 6th graders (Theater during the day.)
January
21; Sat. *All State Audition #2 Times/Place TBA at Hightower Trail M.S.
March
2 – 4 *All State Chorus in Savannah, Ga. Those passing 2nd audition. Inform. to follow.
22; Wed *Mabry AStar Search@ Talent Show Auditions (Theater 4:20 - 5:30 p.m.) Perm. forms must be turned in ahead of time to stay after school. See Mrs. Smith
28, 30 District 12 GMEA Choral Festival (Held in a local location TBA) I will need (Tues/Thurs) chaperones for 7th & 8th grade chorus) (6th Gr. Chorus, too, if quality & interest is there.)
April
13; Thurs. *Mabry AStar Search@ Talent Show (Dress Rehearsal 4:20 - 5:30/Showtime 7p.m.)
27–30 Thurs. – Sun. Possible Orlando, Florida Festival Trip. (If county approves.)
Installment payments would begin in the fall, if approved.
May
11th Thurs. Mabry Singers and 7th Grade Chorus “Broadway Review” Mabry Theater 7 p.m.
17th & 18 Wed. Dress Reh. Thurs. Musical Performance 8th grade Chorus 7 p.m. theater
(Tickets for the musical are $5 presale & at the door.)


posted on: August 09, 2005

7th Grade Chorus Syllabus

Here is a copy of the syllabus for this year.

7th Grade Chorus Syllabus
Irene Smith 770-928-5546 ext. 458
Sings with correct tone production and intonation:
• Proper breath support
• Correct posture
• Purity of vowels
• Clarity of consonants
Develops music reading skills:
• Match pitch and sing melodic patterns with good intonation
• Sing major, minor and chromatic scales
• Develop beginning sight-reading skills by singing melodic intervals and rhythmic patterns from written notation
Demonstrate proper musical interpretation:
• Knowledge of tempo, dynamics and symbols found in music
• Knowledge of various musical styles and cultures
• Singing expressively through musical phrasing
Develop good ensemble awareness:
• Singing a vocal part correctly, both individually and in a group
• Demonstrate good habits of self-discipline which includes giving attention to the director, responsible use of materials, and being courteous to other students during rehearsals
Grading Profile:
Students will be expected to master different parts of the music each week. There will be occasional spot checks (individual/small groups) on their progress as well as daily teacher observations. Students will be required to keep a notebook filled with paper for daily notes and theory assignments. This notebook stays in the classroom. It is your child’s responsibility to put it in the bin. Bring pencils to class daily.
30% singing, music reading tests, theory tests, written notes
50% written/oral participation, effort in class, self responsibility
and a positive attitude in class
10% Concert attendance or written report done while group is rehearsing on stage
(If your child has an emergency death in the family or illness I am to get a
written note from you prior to or immediately following the concert explaining
the absence.)
10% Notebook, pencil and paper in class each day for class theory notes
Concert Etiquette
Students will be extremely self-disciplined before, during and after all concerts. They will treat the director and all parent chaperones with respect. No whistling or hollering during a choral concert or festival performance. It has been requested by the administration that two chaperones from each group be available to help monitor students in their seats during the concerts. These adult volunteers need to be visible and walk around the group’s area in the theater. (You will be seated during your child’s performance.) Please call me if you can monitor. I could use a choral mom chair to help me with phone calls as needed this year.


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Classroom Expectations
1. Be on time with notebook, paper and pencil
2. Be in proper seat at the start of class with necessary materials
3. Respect school property (music, folders, chairs, instruments) and others
4. Give attention to the director with no unnecessary talking during rehearsals or performances.
5. No eating gum or candy while singing in the chorus room or in a performance.
6. Handle your music with care and use a pencil only for marking musical reminders. You will be charged for music you deface or lose.
7. Attendance at all performances and rehearsals is necessary for the success of our chorus.

Behavior Grades:
Conduct cuts will be given for any disruption in class or infraction of the above expectations. Your behavior grade will be determined by these cuts. Progress reports will go home at the four and a half week point, along with phone calls, if behavior changes drastically. Progress reports must be signed and returned. You will have a chance to bring up your conduct grade with improved behavior for the remaining four and a half weeks. For your child to participate in away trips, festivals, or take a major role in a musical he/she must not get more than 4 conduct cuts for the year. Students cannot attend away events with an OSS.
Conduct Cuts: 0-1 cuts per 9 wks= “S” 2-3= “N”
4 or more = “U” and placed on a behavior contract and cannot go to away events.


7th Grade Concert Attire:
Boys: Black dress pants; white dress shirt; black socks and shoes
(Vests/Bowties will be provided)
Girls: Long (ankle length) black skirt; ¾ or long sleeved black blouse; black
hose and shoes. Please purchase these items prior to the first concert.

Your child will receive a concert calendar at the start of school. Dates are subject to change with plenty of notice. I will let you know as soon as possible. Please mark your home calendars early so that conflicts can be avoided. Any SPORTS, DANCE OR PRIVATE LESSONS that conflict with the performances need to be worked out with coaches or teachers early. (They usually understand being that it is only one concert per season. I can give you a letter if needed.)

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posted on: August 09, 2005

Welcome back 7th Grade Chorus Students!!!

I hope that all of you had a wonderful summer! Chorus will be very exciting this year as we prepare for our future concerts. Don't forget to take your syllabus home and return the calendar and information sheet that is attached. You will need to have your choral attire by the first concert date. See you in class.

posted on: August 09, 2005

7th grade Chorus Performance Festival Reminder

Reminder: 7th grade Chorus Performance Evaluation Festival is Tuesday, March 8, 2005

You will need to come dressed in your concert attire to school that day. We need to depart the school at 9:15 a.m. so please try to get to school no later than 9:00 that day. Check in with your homeroom teacher first before reporting to the theater. Do not bring anything with you other than a jacket, if it is cold. All bookbags need to be left at school.

Remember to bring your bag lunch to school if you did not purchase the Chick-fil-a lunch earlier in the week. All permission forms are due no later than Friday, March 4, and you must have paid for your Chick-fil-a order no later than March 2. If you missed the deadline bring a sack lunch that day to eat when we get back to the school.

Thank you to the parents who have volunteered to chaperone this event. Chaperones need to report to the chorus room at 9:00 a.m. and then proceed to the theater to wait with the students. I do need one of you parents to drive so that after the group performs you can drive to the Sandy Plains Chick-fil-a to pick up our order and bring it back to the school. Please drop me a note if you would be willing to do this.I'll have a school check for you to take with you.

posted on: March 02, 2005

MABRY "STAR SEARCH" TALENT SHOW

MABRY STAR SEARCH TALENT SHOW

Talent show auditions are on Wednesday, March 23, 2005 in the Mabry theater. It will last from 4:30 - 5:30 p.m. (You will need to find transportation home.) Those chosen to be in the show will be posted on Mrs. Smith's door that week.

You must return a signed permission form to Mrs. Smith in order to audition. Pick up this form in the chorus room. No one else will be allowed to stay that day.

The Talent Show will be on Thursday, April 21st in the Theater. The dress rehearsal will be from 4:30 - 5:45 that day. Performers will then go home, eat and come back to perform by 6:45 p.m.

Tickets may be purchased at school or at the door for $3.00 each. Invite your relatives to come and see this special event.

posted on: March 02, 2005

The Music Man

Our Music Man Rehearsals are going great. We have some budding actors and actresses in this group.

Special thanks to Miss Amanda Mitchell for helping out as my Assistant Director. You are a great asset to this production and your help and time dedication is greatly appreciated by the cast.

Reminder: If you are a main character you are expected to be at all play rehearsals.

We start over with scenes 1 & 2 next Tuesday. Characters need to bring their scripts but have all of their lines memorized. We will rehearse on stage this next week.

Get memorizing.

posted on: February 15, 2005

Performance Evaluation Festival

Mabry's 7th grade Chorus is going to Festival on March 8, 2005

Depart at 9:10 a.m. from Mabry

Head to Burnt Hickory Baptist Church in Powder Springs.

Warm-up at 11:45

Perform at 12:00 noon

Clinician workshop 12:15

Sightreading at 12:30

Depart for Mabry MS arriving back around 1:30 - 1:45 p.m.

(Students will then go to a pod to eat their Chick-fil-a meal and head on to classes.) Urgent:**I need a parent volunteer chaperone to drive and come back early to pick up the Chick-fil-a order or just pick up the order to get it to Mabry for them to eat at 1:30 p.m.and not go as a chaperone. Let me know if you can help out with this.

They will need to return their permission form to me ASAP along with their field trip cost of $6.54 for a Chick-fil-a lunch (sandwich, fries and a drink) If they usually bring their lunch to school and would rather not eat Chick-fil-A then they do not owe anything.

They need to wear their concert attire to school that day but may change when we get back to school.

Girls: Long solid black skirt or dress slacks; sleeved solid black blouse or top (no tummies showing), black hose and black shoes.

Boys: Long black pants, white long sleeved dress shirt, black socks and black shoes. (vests and bow-ties will be provided)

***HELP!! I need at least 3 chaperones to go with us to Festival. Please send in a written note if you can help out that day. Thank you !!!!

posted on: February 15, 2005

Choral Outfits

Our choral performance attire for Festival (Performance Evaluation) is as follows:

Girls: Long solid black skirt; 3/4 to full length solid black blouse/top, black hose or tights, and black shoes

Boys: Long black dress slacks; long sleeved white button/collared dress shirt; black socks and black shoes.

I will provide the long ties for the 6th grade boys and cummerbunds/bowties for the 7th & 8th grade boys.

You must have these items by the time we go to festival March 8th or 10th.

posted on: February 03, 2005

7th Grade Chorus Syllabus

Welcome to Mrs. Smith's 7th Grade Chorus Blog

Click below to view the 7th Grade Chorus Syllabus

Download 7th_grade_chorus_syllabus.doc

We are currently working on our Performance Evaluation pieces. This festival will be either March 8th or March 10, 2005. I will need some chaperones for this event. Please let me know if you can help out that week. My Mabry extension is 458 and my email address is Irene.Smith@cobbk12.org

This spring we will be putting on the musical, The Music Man.

I will need many parents to help out with this production on the dress rehearsal night in May and the two May performances that are listed on your chorus calendar.

The next rehearsal is Tuesday, January 25, 2005 for scenes, 3, 4 and 5. Bring your scripts and be ready to rehearse from 4:30 - 5:30 p.m. in the chorus room. Check the schedule that I gave you for future rehearsal dates.

posted on: January 24, 2005

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