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					                                   Northwest High School

                            Honors Women’s Ensemble
                                         Course Syllabus

                                     Beverly Alt, Director
                                      altb@gcsnc.com
                                       605-3300
                            Website: www.northwestchorus.org


Mission:

The Northwest High School Honors Women’s Vocal Ensemble exists to:

Help students develop musical skills such as a precise sense of rhythm, proper vocal tone,
an accurate sense of pitch, proper response to conductor, and a fundamental
understanding of music notation and reading.

Expose the student to a variety of musical styles in order to develop tastes and
appreciation for those styles.

Expose students to advanced choral literature and a cappella singing.

To cultivate in each student a love for singing in a choral situation which will in turn
produce a self- motivation on the part of the student to work and learn in the rehearsals.

Provide concert, festival, and competition performance opportunities.

To provide opportunities which prepare students for collegiate level singing.

Grading:

Honors Women’s Ensemble members will receive a nine-weeks grade according to their
participation, actions, and attitudes in these areas:

Daily Grades: Students will be given a daily grade for class participation. In addition to
class participation students will occasionally have written assignments and/or quizzes.
Students are expected to participate daily in all classroom activities. If students are
unable to perform vocally, they are still expected and required to follow along with
rehearsal with music in hand and participate in all activities possible. If this occurs on an
ongoing basis make up work will be assigned. Each student will be responsible to have
their folder and a pencil at their seat at the beginning of class each day. Folders will be
checked periodically to ensure that materials are in their proper order.
Performances: The essence of our work together is to prepare for performances.
Therefore, ALL PERFORMANCES ARE REQUIRED. Failure to attend will result
in the nine weeks grade being lowered two letter grades for each performance
missed. Excluded from this are excused performances due to illness, death in the family,
or other family emergencies. In order for an absence to be excused, a note to the director
is required. If the absence is not due to an emergency, (i.e., family trips, etc.), please
notify the director TWO weeks in advance.

ABSENCES DUE TO FAMILY TRIPS THAT HAVE NOT HAD PRIOR
APPROVAL WILL NOT BE EXCUSED. EXCUSING THESE AND ANY OTHER
ABSENCE IS TOTALLY AT THE DISCRETION OF THE DIRECTOR. MAKE
UP WORK WILL BE REQUIRED FOR ALL EXCUSED ABSENCES. IT WILL
NOT BE GIVEN FOR UNEXCUSED ABSENCES. PLEASE NOTE THAT
ATTENDANCE AT GRADUATION IS A REQUIREMENT OF THIS COURSE.
Students are expected to arrive at performances ON TIME. If students are late the
director reserves the right to lower the nine weeks grade one letter for students who
are late to performances. The director also reserves the option of not allowing late
students to perform. Nine weeks grades will be lowered two letters for students who
leave performances early without prior permission from Mrs. Alt. Leaving early is
disrespectful to students who have not yet performed.

Occasionally Women’s Ensemble will be required to attend rehearsals during
DELAYED START. If students fail to attend they may their nine week grade
lowered. These will be announced well in advance.

Conduct: There are several guidelines which must be followed. They are:
  1. Follow directions.
  2. Raise your hand to be recognized to talk.
  3. Do not have unnecessary items in class. NO GUM, NO CANDY,! It is entirely
     inappropriate to do homework during a choral rehearsal. Listening and paying
     attention are part of your grade.
  4. Respect all school property. Do not damage it in any way!
  5. Respect the rights of others.
  6. Be in your seat at the appropriate time. At the end of class please wait to be
     dismissed. Tardies will be addressed in the following manner:
     1st tardy-teacher warning
     2nd tardy-teacher assigned consequence may include any or all of the following:
     communication with a parent, After School Detention (ASD) with teacher or Mrs.
     Doner
     3rd tardy-teacher assigned consequence may include any or all of the following:
     communication with parent, ASD with teacher or Mrs. Doner.
     4th and subsequent tardies-teacher refers to appropriate administrator
  7. Use of perfume, (or perfumed lotions, hairspray, nail polish, etc.) during class
     time is STRICTLY PROHIBITED. Your director is asthmatic and highly
     allergic.
     Infraction of this guideline will result in IMMEDIATE office referral.
     8. Cellular phones, ipods and beepers are not allowed. These will be taken and the
        appropriate referral made to an administrator. Refusal to give a phone to a teacher
        or an administrator –up to three days of OSS.
     9. All Northwest and Guilford County School rules apply.
    10. NO FOOD OR DRINK IS ALLOWED IN THE CLASSROOM.
    11. We will follow the Northwest High School Dress code. No spaghetti straps-no
        bare midriffs!
A conduct cut will be given for each infraction of a guideline. Parental contact will be
initiated if conduct cuts begin to accumulate. Office referrals will also be made. Three
conduct cuts will result in a grade of “N” on the report card. If a student consistently
does not adhere to classroom guidelines field trip privileges WILL BE REVOKED.

Daily Attendance: Each student is encouraged to be aware of the Guilford County High
School Attendance Policy for the 2009-2010 school year. Please be familiar with the
attendance policy. Students will be totally responsible with keeping up with their
absences. It is a requirement that grades in this class be influenced by this policy.
STUDENTS WHO ARE CHRONIC ATTENDANCE PROBLEMS WILL NOT BE
ALLOWED TO PARTICIPATE IN ANY FIELD TRIPS OR PERFORMANCE
ACTIVITIES. ABSENCES WILL BE ASSESSED BEFORE STUDENTS ARE
PLACED IN HONORS LEVEL COURSES.

Performances and Events:
All evening concerts (one/two per quarter) are required. (See Grading). Remember-this
course is for Honors Credit so more performances will be required for you. Performances
set up at this time are listed below. Details will be given for each event as soon as they
are available. Any changes in this schedule will be announced as soon as possible.

Required concerts are in BOLD PRINT.

September-Sept. 25, 2009-NC Honors Chorus Auditions-selected students
Mars Hill Auditions-Oct. 15, 2009-Trinity High School-Selected students
Guilford Co. All County Chorus, October 16 and 17, 2009-Smith High School (note that
this is a Friday/Saturday festival)-Concert-Sat. Oct. 17 at 3 pm
Fall Concet-October 19, 2009-7:30 pm. NWHS Auditorium/Cafeteria
NC Honors Chorus Festival-November 7-8, 2009-Winston Salem, NC
December 9-Concert – West Market Street United Methodist Church-after school
until about 8 pm. Required for Honors Vocal Ensemble, Honors Women’s
Ensemble, and Men's Ensemble. Transportation is provided.
Community/Elementary School Holiday Concerts-times/dates TBA
Winter Concert-December 21, 2010, 7:00 pm. NWHS Auditorium
January 29-30, 2010-Allstate Chorus-Greensboro Coliseum-zone rehearsal-Jan. 7.
February 5 and 6, 2010-Mars Hill Choral Festival
Contest Concert-March 2, 2010-NWHS Auditorium-7:30 pm
March-Large Ensemble Festival-March 10, 2010, Wake Forest University-our times
TBA
April 15-Dress Rehearsal-Spring Follies-required for all solo acts only-4-7 pm
April 16, 2010 (Friday)-Spring Follies-REQUIRED for all students. Students here
from 6-9:30 pm. NWHS Auditorium and Cafeteria.
Spring Trip-April 21-25, 2010-New York City
Combined Music Department Concert-Sunday, May 23-3 pm
May-Spring Concert-May 25, 2010-7:00 pm
Graduation TBA-Required for Concert Choir, Honors Women’s Ensemble and
Honors Vocal Ensemble

Students are expected to arrive at the concert call time that is announced before
each concert. Students may expect to be in place up to 45 minutes before the start of
the concert in order to rehearse group pieces. The director reserves the right to
lower the grade of any student who is late to a concert call time one letter. These
gathering times are announced well in advance.

Festival Chorus Participation: Throughout the year selected students will be offered
the opportunity to audition for state and county wide festivals such as Mars Hill Choral
Festival, Allstate, NC Honors Chorus, All-County Chorus, etc. The director will offer
opportunities for students who display a proper attitude, students who are willing to put
in extra time to learn the selected music, and to students who show an interest in learning
advanced choral repertoire. Selected students will need to pay the registration fee for
these festivals. If students are selected to participate in these festivals they will be
expected to attend all rehearsals and concerts. They will wear our concert dress in all
festivals. Often, auditions by statewide judges are required for student to participate in
these festivals.

Concert Clean Up

Each class is expected to stay after one concert each year to assist
with clean up. In years past a few parents, students, and the
director have done this. This is not feasible. This is considered
part of the total grade for that quarter.
Schedule:
Fall Concert-Honors Vocal Ensemble (Zero Period)
Winter Concert: Concert Choir (3rd period)
Winter Follies-Men’s Ensemble (4th Period)
Festival Concert: Honors Women’s Ensemble (5th period)
Spring Concert: Women’s Chorus (2nd Period)

Attire:
Any performance group that is uniformly dressed looks better and
receives a more positive response from listeners and judges alike.
All ladies in the choral program at Northwest will need to make
arrangements to purchase a formal dress. Gentlemen will wear
tuxedoes and will need to purchase a wing-collar tuxedo shirt, tie,
and cummerbund. In addition, new choral students will need to
purchase a Northwest Chorus polo shirt to wear in more casual
performances. The director and the Choral Booster Club will assist
students in obtaining the proper attire. Please refer to the mailing
you will receive very soon. Students who are new to the program are
required to attend a uniform fitting on Sept. 8 from 5:30-8:30 pm
(drop in) to order concert attire. Returning students will be fitted in
class for our new polo shirt.

Awards:

Chorus members may earn a Northwest Letter at the end of their second full year in
chorus if they have accumulated no unexcused absences from any required performances.
At the end of each following year they will earn a pin. Additional pins and recognition
may be earned by participating in the following:

All-County Chorus
All-State Chorus
NC Honors Chorus
Mars Hill Choral Clinic
Governor’s School
Classroom piano accompanying

Fund Raising:

Fundraising activities are necessary to provide adequate resources for the Choral
Department to be successful at Northwest High School. Although participation is
appreciated, NO STUDENT IS EVER REQUIRED TO PARTICIPATE IN FUND
RAISING ACTIVITIES. Students who participate in fundraisers will be allotted 30% of
the profits they raise to be held in an account for their Spring Trip. If students elect to
participate in fundraisers the following guidelines will apply:

-All monies must be turned in on time.
-Students may not transfer the money in their account to another student even if the
student is a family member.
-If students choose not to use their funds this academic year these funds will revert back
to the Choral Department. Funds may only be used for the Spring Trip.
-Any student who owes any money to the choral department may not:
        -PARTICIPATE IN ANY FIELD TRIPS AT ALL
        -Participate in any out side activities funded by the choral department (for
        example, Festival Choruses, etc.)
        -Receive any awards or letters.
-Students must make all payments on time in the correct order. For example, a trip
payment would not be accepted if a student still owes for a fundraiser. Any money
collected would be applied to balance owed by the student.
ALL CHECKS SHOULD BE MADE OUT TO THE CHORAL BOOSTER CLUB.
-There has been a problem in the past with the collection of checks that are returned
because of insufficient funds. If this occurs the following measures will be taken:
       -The check will be returned to you and you will be asked to pay in cash.
       -Checks will not be deposited a second time because of the service charge to us
       -You will be asked to pay insufficient check charges.
-Students must turn in money to designated booster officers or Mrs. Alt personally.
Neither the Booster Board nor Mrs. Alt will take responsibility for money given to
someone else. Students must turn in money themselves-for example, do not give it to
a friend to turn in. DO NOT TURN IN MONEY TO THE FRONT OFFICE!
THEY WILL NOT TAKE YOUR MONEY NOR BE RESPONSIBLE FOR IT!

IF STUDENTS ARE NOT ALLOWED TO PARTICIPATE IN FUND RAISING
ACTIVITIES IT IS THE PARENTS’ RESPONSIBILITY TO LET MRS. ALT OR
MRS. DUPREE (643-3136) KNOW. IF STUDENTS PARTICIPATE AGAINST
THEIR PARENTS WISHES AND WE HAVE NOT BEEN INFORMED, THE
STUDENT WILL STILL BE RESPONISBLE FOR THE BALANCE DUE.

Health Forms:

Please complete and return the attached health form. If you did one last year or in the
years past it is kept on file and does not have to be done again. Please note that it must be
NOTARIZED. Students may not travel with the chorus unless the health form has been
completely filled out a notarized. These forms are due by October 23. Students who do
not have this form in place by this time will have their nine week grade lowered one
letter. A notary will be provided at our fall functions to assist you with this.

The Choral Booster Club:

Each year families have the opportunity to join the Choral Booster Club. The Boosters
help with planning trips, events, student supervision, fund raising, etc. All parents are
encouraged to join the Choral Booster Club for a small membership fee of twenty dollars
per family. Please refer to the letter from the Booster Club which is attached to this
syllabus. We will have a kick off meeting for all members in conjunction with the Fall
Concert on October 19.

Teacher Contact Information:

You may contact me at school (605-3300). My email is altb@gcsnc.com. Feel free to
email me with concerns or suggestions at any time. Check out our website-I will keep all
activities posted on it this year. In addition the Choral Booster Club sponsors a monthly
mailing which will keep you updated on all activities. It is also posted on our website.
Please fill out the syllabus form carefully-we want to keep you informed of all of our
events.
Please detach and return this page to school tomorrow.



I HAVE READ AND UNDERSTAND THE INFORMATION CONTAINED IN
THIS LETTER. I AND MY CHILD UNDERSTAND THE CONCERT
ATTENDANCE POLICY AND FUND RAISING GUIDELINES.


SIGNED,_______________________________________________________________



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REQUIRED UNIFORM FITTING: SEPT. 8 FROM 5:30-8:30 (DROP-IN).
REQUIRED FOR ALL STUDENTS NEW TO THE PROGRAM AND MEN.

Dear Parents and Guardians:

In an effort to provide timely and cost effective communications from our Choral Booster
Board to you, we are asking that you provide us with your email address where we can
communicate with you (not necessarily your child) concerning upcoming events,
important announcements, and other helpful information. The NW Choral Boosters will
use this address only. No email addresses will be shared with any other organization or
business. We hope that this form of communication in addition to our regularly mailed
newsletter will be an additional successful tool to help keep you informed of our
activities and events.


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  In an effort to keep us healthy this year please send in a box of Kleenex, a small
                    bottle of hand sanitizer or antibacterial wipes!