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All State Chorus

I would like to thank all of you for doing a great job at your auditions Saturday. By taking a peek at the judges scoring sheets you now know what areas you still need the most work for next year's audition. We had scores that varied from high to low. Remember, the lower your score the better chance you have of getting into All State. The perfect score is a "10". Keep watching the gmea.org website to find the cut off scores. We won't know them until every child in the state has had his/her audition. I am keeping my fingers crossed that we have many that make the cut. I will post the cut off scores for those that make All State Chorus as soon as I get word. I am just as proud of each of you for trying as this is not an easy audition.
Mrs. Smith

posted on: October 16, 2006

FINAL ALL STATE HELP SESSION

I will offer a final All State Chorus help session tomorrow, October 12th at 8:15 a.m. in the chorus room. Please bring your sightreading material, your song and CD accompaniment. I will do a mock audition for all of you tomorrow and show you an actual grading sheet. If you will give me your phone number tomorrow I will call you on Sunday with your score.

For the audition on Saturday, October 14th:
Dress nicely in school attire.
Be at Woodland HS 30 min. prior to your audition time.
The audition should only take 15 min. if there isn't a wait.
Check in at the cafeteria. Make any corrections to voice part or spelling of name at the corrections table.
Bring with you your CD accompaniment and know which track you are using.
You can bring in your music & your scale sheet but do not give it to the judges.
They will not give you any indication of how you did at the audition. I will give you your score on Monday or call you if I have your phone number.
Get plenty of sleep and drink lots of water. Good luck and don't be nervous!
Mrs. Smith

posted on: October 11, 2006

2nd All State Help Session

My next help session for those signed up to do All State Chorus will be this Thursday, September 14th at 8:15 a.m. in the chorus room. Bring your music, CD and sightreading sheets to the practice. See you there. Remember All State first audition is the 2nd weekend in October.
Mrs. Smith

posted on: September 12, 2006

All State Chorus Practice for First Audition

Attention students that have paid their $15 registration fee for All State Chorus. The registration fee deadline is today, September 5th. I will hold a special rehearsal for those of you that have registered to audition for All State Chorus.
Meet me in the chorus room at 8:15 a.m. on Thursday, September 7th.
I'll come to the theater to get you.
I will try to hold a rehearsal each Thursday, either morning or afternoon. Watch my blog for postings. Bring your music, CD and sightreading examples that I gave you in your packet. We will be working on these things. You need to practice hard as this audition is the toughest of the two. See you on Thursday morning.
Mrs. Smith

posted on: September 05, 2006

All State Chorus and Honor Chorus Information

If you are a 7th or 8th grader you may want to audition for the 2006 Honor Chorus or 2007 All State Chorus in Savannah, Georgia. You may pick up an informational letter explaining the expectations of both groups. There is a deadline for registration fees due in September. You also have an audition process explained in the letter. See me if interested.
All State Registration fee of $15 is due to the school by 9/5/06 (Please place a check or correct cash in a white envelope and fill in All State Chorus Audition #1) All State auditions are 10/14 & 1/20/07. All State Weekend is February 22-24, 2007 in Savannah, Georgia.
Honor Chorus Registration is $35 for those that pass the audition for Mrs. Smith. Mark your white envelope for "Honor Chorus" and place the correct cash or check in the envelope. Your permission form needs to be returned to Mrs. Smith. Honor Chorus dates include November 9th (night rehearsal) and November 10th (day and evening rehearsal/performance at 7:30 p.m. at a local place TBA.
These are wonderful extra curricular activities that will leave a lasting impression on your musical experiences.

posted on: August 07, 2006

All State Final Auditions are this Saturday

This Saturday, Jan. 21st are the final All State Chorus Auditions. You do not need to bring anything to this audition. Everything will be provided for you, including the music and the CD. The auditions begin at 11:00 a.m. and will go until 2p.m. Those doing both band and chorus auditions that day go first to chorus auditions at 11:00. Have them fit you into the schedule and then head for Macon for the band auditions. (You will probably have to tell them about your circumstances.) Good luck to all of you on your auditions. Wear nice school clothes and come 1/2 hour early to register.Let me know if you need extra help this week. (Wednesday afternoon or Friday afternoon)

posted on: January 18, 2006

All State Chorus 2nd Audition

The second audition for All State Chorus is Saturday, January 21st.
I'll get you directions and your time of auditions this week.
You will need to sing your voice part with only hearing the accompaniment for this audition. The judges will give you your pitch and bring you in at the correct time. They will only pick certain sections of the pieces for you to sing. You can "la" any songs in a foreign language. They are only testing you for accuracy of pitches and rhythm and that you are singing your correct part. You are graded off one point for any mistakes in pitch or rhythm for each measure that is tested. Please see me if you are having any problems learning the music. I can stay afterschool on Wednesday Jan. 18th and Friday Jan. 20th if you need extra help prior to the audition. Make sure that you can sing all songs using the accompaniment only. Do not bring anything to this audition. They will provide the music and the CD accompaniment.Good Luck! Mrs. Smith

posted on: January 09, 2006

All State Chorus and Honor Chorus Fees

For those that were interested, Tuesday, August 30th is the final day of collecting All State Chorus and Honor Chorus Fees. Some of you only paid $13 for All State Chorus and owe $2 more. The All State Chorus fee is $15 this year. Honor Chorus is $35.00. Get those balances into me tomorrow morning. If you have been sick please have your parent bring it to the front office and drop it off at the desk tomorrow morning so that your child does not miss out on this opportunity.

posted on: August 29, 2005

All State Chorus Registration Fee Reminder

Attention 7th & 8th graders interested in auditioning for All State Chorus. Don't forget to get your $15.00 in by the deadline of Tuesday, August 30th. That is the definite cut off for all money. If you originally paid $13.00 you need to send in an additional $2.00. Also get me your blank CD for me to record your song accompaniment and scale/tonal memory excerpts.

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

All State Chorus 2005-06

Here is the information you will need if you are interested in auditioning for All State Chorus this year. Watch the deadline for turning in your money.

2005-2006 All State Chorus Information
7th & 8th graders only (Keep for reference)
Dear Students & Parents;
Fall is the time of the year when GMEA holds auditions for those that wish to be a part of the Georgia All State Chorus. This chorus consists of the top singers from all over the state that pass two auditions. Those that pass both auditions meet in Savannah, Georgia in the spring to rehearse and give a free community concert on Saturday afternoon, March 2-4, 2006.
To be selected for the All State Chorus the first audition requires you to prepare a selected solo (from a required list), sung with a taped accompaniment (I’ll provide), scales (major, minor & chromatic), tonal memory, and three sight-reading examples (major, minor, major). I will hold a few practice help sessions to prepare you for this first audition. The best score you can attain is a “10”, and the cut off for each vocal part depends on how all of the students score at this audition throughout the state. The first audition is Saturday, October 15, 2004 (usually in Cartersville). The registration fee is $15.00. Please make your checks payable to Mabry MS or send the exact amount as soon as possible. (Place money in the school’s white envelope, mark it All State Chorus Aud. #1 and place it in the drop box located in your pods. The deadline is Tuesday, August 30, 2005. No monies can be accepted after this point, as I need to send one school check to GMEA. The bookkeeper will give me a list of those that have met this deadline. Only those students will get to audition. Please bring me a “new” quality (Sony, TDK or Maxell) 60-minute blank cassette or a new blank CD in a case and I will duplicate the audition song accompaniment, scales and tonal memory examples. I have made some CD’s that you can check out and please return when you are finished with your audition. The more you practice the better your chances of passing the first audition. Sight-reading is the hardest part so please come to me for help.
If you pass the first audition cut you are eligible for the chorus as long as you learn your vocal part to the spring concert songs. I will help you prepare for the second audition after school resumes in January. There is a commitment form/fee that you must sign before leaving for winter break that insures you will continue on to the second audition. We will know your score the last week of school prior to winter break. This second audition of the district level is on Saturday,
January 21, 2006 (TBA local site). If you have learned your part to sing in front of the judges, you receive the honor of participating in the treble or mixed Jr. High chorus. Only parts of each song will be tested. (No sight-reading, scales or tonal memory for this audition.) The January form is for the committed student to fulfill his/her obligation to the choir he or she is placed in so that parts will be balanced for the performance. If you back out at this point, you will not be allowed to audition for All State Chorus the next year.
The cost for being in All State Chorus includes: all registration fees, music, tape of parts/accompaniment purchased with your music and your stay in Savannah. Each student will be responsible for getting to Savannah on your own with a parent to supervise you and take you to rehearsals. A list of hotels and All State Schedule of rehearsals will be given to you if you pass the second audition. Call early to hold a room, even after you have passed the first audition. You can always cancel if you don’t pass the second audition. The hotel rooms are hard to come by if you wait too late. Some are cheaper than others are so it pays to call around. Students have numerous rehearsals on Thursday through Saturday with breaks for lunch and dinner. (Possible time to shop on the River Walk)
The concert attire consists of a long black skirt/long sleeved black blouse (no tummies showing), black shoes and black hose for the girls. The boys wear long black slacks, black shoes and socks and a long sleeved white dress shirt. (Bring a black bow tie.)
I hope that you will consider auditioning for this chorus and the commitment involved.
Audition registration refunds are not given and these dates must be set aside, as there are no make up auditions. I have had wonderful representatives from Mabry in the past and look forward to another great trip to Savannah. I hope that you will accept the challenge.

Sincerely,
Irene N. Smith (Choral Director)

posted on: August 09, 2005

All State Reminder

If you are attending All State I must have your permission forms and medical forms in this next week. Mrs. Rosengren in the front office can notarize them for you.

If you are staying at the Fairfield in and riding down with Mrs. Smith than I also must have your money for the hotel this next week. Mark the envelope All State Chorus Hotel. The school will cut a check for the hotel prior to us leaving. If you are staying with your parents in Savannah you do not need to send in any money but I do need your forms.

posted on: February 03, 2005

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