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2006-07

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									     Handbook
        F or
    Excellence!
             2007-08



      Discipline       Rehearsal
Attitude     Leadership Appearance
 Relationships          Performance


              ~
           A cappella
       Highlander Chorale
     Calamity & Classicality
 Men’s Varsity & Women’s Varsity
Women’s Chorale & Women’s Select
From Your Directors…………

What a privilege to welcome each of you to the Howell High School Choir program.
We are embarking on another historical year in the life of this exciting group of singers. YOU
represent a vital part of the choirs and we are glad to have YOU singing with us this year

Once again this year, we will find creative ways to connect one choir with the others. Get to
know as many individuals in your class and other choirs as you are able. Encourage one another.
A positive word to others in your class will carry more influence than a negative attitude. Smiles
create echoes. Maintain a positive attitude daily.

Leadership will continue to be an important focus in each choir. Let your actions identify you as
a leader. Demonstrate your dedication to excellence in each rehearsal and performance. Be an
enthusiastic participant. Your enthusiasm will be contagious. Bring that attitude to each
rehearsal.

We need to constantly work to be the best we can be. To earn a reputation of excellence, we
must exhibit excellence in the classroom and in performance. We know our students are all
about winning and being the best. Success can only be achieved if we, as a total program, from
our youngest to our most experienced ensemble, strive to be winners. Develop a successful
attitude to improve yourself through discipline and musicality. You will in turn improve your
ensemble, which will reflect on the entire choral department.

Being a member of the choir program, you assume a leadership role. Here are some important
“leadership laws” from an excellent music educator:

                1.   People are more important than titles and positions.
                2.   We can’t lead until we lead ourselves.
                3.   A positive attitude is 90+% of leadership success.
                4.   We’re only worth what we give away.
                5.   We can only give away what we have…so keep learning!

YOU ARE A CHAMPION! YOU MUST HAVE THE DESIRE TO ACHIEVE!

BE THE EXAMPLE OF EXCELLENCE!!!

See you at the TOP!

Mr. Rod Bushey
Mrs. Kristen Dudzinski
Directors of Choirs
Howell High School
                             PERFORMANCE UNIFORMS
A CAPPELLA CHOIR
        Green robe, matching stole with embroidered “HHS”, nylon garment bag, and hanger assigned to each
        member ($195.00 uniform package) – Robes and stoles MUST be DRY cleaned and returned at end of school year.

        Women:        *Black uniform character shoes, natural nylons
        Men:           Dark dress slacks (navy, black, dark olive…no jeans or khakis)
                       Dark dress shoes and socks (no gym shoes with white markings)
        Tour Outfits: A cappella Choir sweater ($26), dressy black slacks, tour t-shirt
                         (Included in the cost of tour)
WOMEN’S CHORALE
                     Black dress ($100.00) - Used dresses may be purchased as per availability
                   *Black uniform character shoes, natural nylons, pearl necklace (choker/necklace)
                              (Necklaces are available for purchase @ $5.00 each)
      Tour Outfits: Black polo shirt ($12) and khakis
WOMEN’S SELECT CHOIR
                     Maroon dress ($ 95.00) – Used dresses may be purchased as per availability
                    *Black uniform character shoes, natural nylons, pearl necklace (choker/necklace)
                              (Necklaces are available for purchase @ $5.00 each)
     Tour Outfits: Maroon polo shirt ($12) and khakis.
WOMEN’S VARSITY CHOIR
                     Blue robe with white stole
                    *Black uniform character shoes, natural nylons
                     Robes and stoles MUST be DRY cleaned and returned at end of school year.
VARSITY MEN’S CHOIR
                     Black tuxedo (provided) - you have the option to purchase $100.00
                     Tuxedo shirt and bowtie ($20.00) - Shirts must be laundered after each performance
                     Black shoes and black (not white) socks
                     Tuxedo MUST be DRY cleaned and returned at end of school year.
HIGHLANDER CHORALE
     Women:          Dress (purchased by individuals - ordered by group)
                    *Black uniform character shoes, natural nylons
     Men:            Black tuxedo (provided)
                     Vest, tie, shirt (purchased by individual)
                     Black shoes and black (not white) socks

        YOU MUST KEEP YOUR UNIFORM CLEANED AND PRESSED. Shirts MUST be laundered following
        performances.

        MEN MUST TURN IN TUX OR BE ASSESSED A PENALTY of $100.00 or diploma withheld if not returned in
        condition received
CALAMITY/CLASSICALITY
                Individuals in these ensembles will purchase uniforms
              *Uniform Shoes: We are attempting to develop a consistency with the women’s shoes. We will
                         provide an opportunity to purchase black “character shoes” for a price of $ 27.00 or used shoes for
                         a reduced price (Approx. $15.00).
                                EXCELLENCE
   “Excellence produces excellence…This puts a tremendous responsibility on each of us, but it also

serves as a checkpoint in seeing we do not let down our own standards. Excellence is not something

which is seen on the surface. In fact, it is something quite the opposite of this. Excellence stands for the

depth of quality by which a group came out in first place or received a superior rating. It is not measured

by trophies, ribbons, one’s best plaques, and awards. Excellence comes from the individual and is

generated through and all-out effort to do. If this goal is met, then the rankings or ratings are

insignificant as they relate to personal gratification.

   Excellence is not a place of arrival! We don’t “get to” excellence. It is a process we go through each

and every day. It is a point of departure as well as the journey. It is an unending quest for personal and

group achievement. It is the day by day unending practice which is our opportunity to bring all our gifts

and talents to fruition to share with others. It is (for those who are ready to hear this) a reflection of

our expression for life!”

                                                                                     Tim Lautzenheiser
                                GRADING SYSTEM
                                GRADING SYSTEM


PERFORMANCES
PERFORMANCES                          30%

                            These performances are a part of the class and are a result of many hours of
                            preparation. They are equal to major tests in other classes. Circumstances
                            such as family emergencies, death in the family, or illness constitute a reason
                            for missing a performance. A WRITTEN NOTE, from the parent or guardian is
                            required to explain the absence.

                            E-mail:
                            busheyr@howellschools.com                            (phone) 517-540-8340
                            dudzinsk@howellschools.com - freshman campus -       (phone) 517-548-6267

                            NEW POLICY: If a student misses a performance for ANY reason, they will be
                            required to spend two (2) hours AT SCHOOL rehearsing their music, or
                            assisting one of the officers, (for example: Librarian, Robarian, or Publicity)

TESTS//WORKBOOKS
TESTS WORKBOOKS                       40%

                          Singing tests will be done in small groups on a regular basis. Students absent
                          will be given opportunity to make up the test.
                          Daily music theory workbooks will be completed in class and collected and
                          graded on a periodic basis.

PARTICIPATION
PARTICIPATION                         30%

                          Choir is a TOTAL GROUP EFFORT. No one “sits on the bench” in this class. We
                          all work together for a common goal-------------------- EXCELLENCE!!! This can
                          only be achieved if all are working together as a “team” effort. Lack of
                          participation includes: Talking, gum chewing, tardiness, lack of materials,
                          disruptive classroom behavior, and NOT BEING IN YOUR ASSIGNED SEAT. After
                          four offenses, your grade will be reduced by 1/3 and for every three thereafter.


To Contact Mr. Bushey:
Phone:    517-540-8340 (Please do not leave a message on the automated voicemail system.)
Email:    busheyr@howellschools.com

To Contact Mrs. Dudzinski:
Phone:    517-548-6267
E-mail:    dudzinsk@howellschools.com
                      SCHEDULE OF CHOIR CLASSES
                                          Mr. Rod Bushey, Director of Howell High School Choirs




Hour                          Time                 Room                   Class                     Grades

First Hour                    7:40-8:40                                   Women’s Select             9   (Fr. Campus)



Second Hour                   8:45-9:40              D123                 PREP/TRAVEL

Third Hour                    9:45-10:40             D123                 Women’s Select            10-12

Fourth Hour                   10:45-11:40             D123                A cappella Choir          10-12

Fifth Hour                    12:20-1:15             D123                 Women’s Chorale           10-12
                                                                          Women’s Varsity*           9   (Fr. Campus)



Sixth Hour                    1:20-2:20              D123                 Varsity Men’s Choir        9-12


*Mrs. Dudzinski’s 5th hour class, Women’s Varsity, is instructed at the Freshman Campus.




“At the core of a leader must be the desire to serve rather than be served.”

                                                                                                  ---Mary Kaufmann



Character
        Loyalty
           Self-Image
                  Relationships
                            Attitude
                                  Desire
                                     Goals
                                      WORK
“…our rewards in life will depend on the QUALITY and amount of the contribution WE make!”
                                                                                Dennis Waitley


               Be a positive influence in the success of the
                Howell Choirs this year and be constantly
                     IN PURSUIT OF EXCELLENCE!

                                              Rod Bushey
                                             Kristen Dudzinski
                                             Directors of Choirs
                                             Howell High School


                        WHO ARE
            THE HOWELL HIGH SCHOOL CHOIRS???
They are students!
         -   Among the finest citizens in our school!!!!
         -   Leaders--------------------Involved---------------Caring--------------Disciplined
         -   MUSICIANS!!!
         -   Members of an elite and prestigious program
         -   Proud representatives of the Howell High School Choirs

You encompass a group of individuals who have made a decision to be
a member of this program. Make daily choices that will move you
forward musically in your ensemble.


They are Parents/Family/Friends!
These are the individuals who encourage and provide the resources to make their
son/daughter, relative, or friend successful. This is attained through attendance at
concerts, chaperoning tours, festivals, and field trips. The strength of family/friend support
at performances and choir events is necessary for the choir’s success.


They are the Music Staff!
Mr. Bushey, Mrs. Dudzinski, Mrs. Ives and Mrs. Jones are dedicated to your success as
individuals and within your ensemble. If you are committed to musical excellence, the
leadership you bring to rehearsals and performances will enhance the expertise brought by
Mr. Bushey, Mrs. Dudzinski, Mrs. Ives and Mrs. Jones.




             Attitude will be the characteristic that moves an individual from mediocre to outstanding.




                                        CHOIR OFFICERS
                                        CHOIR OFFICERS
PRESIDENT
Each class elects a president who is their leader for the year. Choral students are encouraged to select a student who
exemplifies a model character, both in and away from the choir classroom setting. This person should be a symbol
of the choral program as a whole, as well as the general school climate. This outstanding student should portray an
individual that students respect, as well as someone with strong leadership skills and an overall knowledge of the
choral program.
VICE-PRESIDENT
This office not only operates in the absence of the president, but is in charge of most social activities of the choir.
The V.P. forms a committee to plan and organize parties, picnics, ect. In addition, this officer oversees and assists
in hosting guests or choirs from other schools.
SECRETARY
The secretary is responsible for their choir’s daily attendance, concert attendance, and record keeping. The secretary
will also assist the other officers where help is needed in regards to other tasks.
TREASURER
One of the most demanding jobs is that of treasurer. Each choir student is assigned an account. When there is a
fundraising project, a percentage of the profit is placed in each student’s account to offset the costs for uniforms,
tours, concert tapes, etc. This position is apprenticed to an underclassman in A cappella choir and the treasurer with
the most experience holds a training seminar at the beginning of the year to help answer questions.
PROGRAM
The program officer is an apprenticed position as well. A great deal of responsibility is placed on this position and
should be managed by a person who is considered to be attentive to detail, and capable of working on a deadline for
each concert. This student leader needs to be responsible and reliable in getting the program to the printer, prior to
concert. This program officer is also responsible for the huge undertaking of the “A cappella Annual” at the end of
the school year.
PUBLICITY
The publicity chairpersons operate out of a committee and are in charge of alerting the newspaper, radio stations, as
well as informing the office of any needs regarding the marquee at both the 10-12 and Freshman Campuses. The
publicity officers are also responsible for maintaining and creating bulletin boards (inside choir room and any
showcases available).
ROBARIANS
This position is apprenticed to an underclassman in the A cappella choir. The robarian with the most experience
oversees the process in the delegation of the robes. The robarians are responsible for the inventory of the robes that
uniform their choir. They make certain that everyone is assigned a robe, insuring that the length of that robe is
correct, and that the stoles are in good shape. They are also responsible in seeing that all robes are dry-cleaned at
the end of the year. This job is not elected, but assigned by the director. This position requires a student who is
highly organized and capable of managing the organization of these uniforms in high-stress situations. A great deal
of time, particularly at the beginning and end of the school year is required.

LIBRARIANS
Because of the overwhelming responsibility in regards to the amount of music that is issued throughout the school
year, there is more than one person who holds this position. This job is assigned along with an apprentice. The
library is catalogued on the computer, and all the music boxed and filed. Librarians also assist in preparing new
music for distribution. This includes stamping each copy with our school names, assigning a library number,
entering those numbers on the computer, and 3-hole drilling the music for use in the various classes. The librarian
also makes certain that the music (already in our library) is properly labeled before distribution to the students.

“If one is to be effective, the effort to lead with honesty is the overwhelming stamp of approval needed. Honesty is the revealing quality of authenticity.”
                                                                                                                                         ~Rod Bushey




To Contact Mr. Bushey:
Phone: 517-540-8340
E-mail: busheyr@howellschools.com

To Contact Mrs. Dudzinski:
Phone: 517-548-6267
E-mail: dudzinsk@howellschools.com


                  EXPECTATIONS OF ALL CHOIRS
                  EXPECTATIONS OF ALL CHOIRS
Rehearsal Rules
The choir room serves not only as an educational room, but a
safe learning environment that is used by many students
throughout the year. Listed below are expectations for members
of the Howell HS Choirs.

 Absolutely... Positively NO GUM!!!
            Gum is a health hazard in singing, there are too many breathing
            exercises and controlled breathing techniques that may cause
            accidental inhalation of gum-or anything else in your mouth.
            Nothing is allowed in your mouth except what nature or your
            dentist/orthodontist put there. This rule is strictly enforced.
     Enter the room in a     respectful way.
     Be ready to go when     the bell rings.
      Listen attentively,     be polite, and respectful.
     Provide proper care     for your music and folder.
            Do NOT write on your music except in pencil.
     Assignments will only receive a grade if done in pencil.
     All folders get put away after each rehearsal.
     Piano and audio/visual equipment is off limits!
            Please do not bang on the piano unless you     have   been   given
            specific permission to be playing the piano.
 Sit in your assigned seat in your assigned section.
   NO FOOD OR DRINKS IN THE CLASSROOM AT ALL!
    NEVER EVER! DON’T EVEN ASK!




Choir Member Responsibility
    1. Perform to the best of my ability at ALL rehearsals and
       concerts.
    2. Do the best I can to encourage and assist fellow choir
       members
    3. Provide proper care for my music folder and music, making
       sure it is not damaged and that it is put away after class.
    4. Show proper respect and consideration for my fellow
       students, directors and guest teachers.
Disciplinary Consequences
All rules and standards in the choir Handbook will be followed
strictly in the choir room and at activities scheduled by the
choir director. It is the belief of the music department that
the students participating in any musical activity represent the
school, the district, the administration and the director.
Students who are involved in any performance, trip or activity
are expected to demonstrate excellent behavior. If a student has
behavioral problems, there will be consequences for their
actions.


  Rehearsal Etiquette
To ensure the BEST rehearsal possible, everyone MUST WORK
TOGETHER AS A TEAM with a POSITIVE attitude and BEST behavior.
Rehearsals must start on time. Look on the board each day for
announcements and assignments. Proper behavior in rehearsal
includes: attention to proper posture, breathing, MINIMAL
talking,   being  polite,   being  prepared   daily, and being
respectful and considerate of those around you.




“The Quality of a person’s life is in direct proportion to their commitment to
excellence, regardless of their chosen field of endeavor.”

                                                                                  ------Vincent T. Lombardi




                     DESCRIPTION FOR INDIVIDUAL CHOIRS
                     DESCRIPTION FOR INDIVIDUAL CHOIRS



Varsity - Women’s and Men’s
This is an entry level choir that performs four (4) major concerts each year and attends Choral Festival. Students are expected to
attend performances and festivals as a continuation and demonstration of the classroom instruction. These mandatory
performance dates and times can be found in the HHS choir calendar that is distributed within the first week of school, or on the
HHS choir website. Varsity choral students will perform a variety of literature from various historical periods and cultures while
emphasizing rehearsal and performance etiquette.

Students will learn and demonstrate mastery of skills in ear training, sight singing, and music theory. The classes will be
evaluated in one or all of these areas on a quarterly basis. At semester, the students will be tested individually to determine
placement in the choral program for the upcoming year.        They will be notified of their placement following the year’s final
concert.

Women’s Select Choir (Grades 9-12)
This is an auditioned choir that must demonstrate the basic ability to sight read, perform rhythm, and respond to ear training at
the intermediate level. This ensemble performs four (4) major concerts, attends Choral Festival, and participates in a two-day
tour prior to festival, as per the choir calendar. Students are expected to attend performances and festivals as a continuation and
demonstration of the classroom instruction. These mandatory performance dates and times can be found in the HHS choir
calendar that is distributed within the first week of school, or on the HHS choir website. Women’s Select choral students will
perform a variety of literature from various historical periods and cultures.

Students will learn and demonstrate mastery of skills in ear training, sight singing, and music theory. The class will be evaluated
in one or all of these areas on a quarterly basis. At semester, the students will be tested individually to determine placement in the
choral program for the upcoming year. They will be notified of their placement following the year’s final concert.


Women’s Chorale (Grades 10-12)
This is an auditioned choir that must demonstrate a better than average ability to sight-read, perform rhythm, and respond to ear
training at the intermediate-advanced level. This ensemble performs four (4) major concerts, attends Choral Festival, and
participates in a two-day tour prior to festival. Students are expected to attend performances and festivals as a continuation and
demonstration of the classroom instruction. These mandatory performance dates and times can be found in the HHS choir
calendar that is distributed within the first week of school, or on the HHS choir website. Women’s Chorale students will perform
a variety of literature from various historical periods, cultures and genres.

Students will learn and demonstrate mastery of skills in ear training, sight singing, and music theory. The class will be evaluated
in one or all of these areas on a quarterly basis. At semester, the students will be tested individually to determine placement in the
choral program for the upcoming year. They will be notified of their placement following the year’s final concert. This choir is
expected to rehearse and perform at the level commensurate with the literature and expectations of professional musicians.


A cappella Choir (Grades 10-12)
This is an auditioned choir that must demonstrate the ability to sight read with good intonation, perform rhythm, and respond to
ear training at the advanced level. This ensemble performs four (4) major concerts, attends Choral Festival, participates in a
three-day out-of-state tour, and performs for various functions within and outside the community. Students are expected to attend
performances and festivals as a continuation and demonstration of the classroom instruction. These mandatory performance
dates and times can be found in the HHS choir calendar that is distributed within the first week of school, or on the HHS choir
website. A cappella choral students will perform a variety of literature from various historical periods, cultures and genres.

Students will learn and demonstrate mastery of skills in ear training, sight singing, and music theory. The class will be evaluated
on a periodic basis. This choir is expected to rehearse and perform at the level commensurate with the literature and expectations
of professional musicians.

								
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