North Lamar High School Choir Department
August 20, 2009
Greetings to the Students and Parents of NLHS Choirs!
I am so excited to welcome you to a new year at North Lamar High
School and our award-winning choir department. You have chosen
to be a part of an organization that can offer you many opportunities
for growth and provide experiences in music that you will remember
for a lifetime.
This handbook is designed to introduce you to the many facets of the
NLHS Choral Department and to answer as many questions as
possible. In an active program like this one, your cooperation helps
insure a successful experience for all. We know that parent support
and involvement in the choir program is the greatest asset we have.
We have had many great years of performances and experiences, as
well as awards. Last year the Ladies Chorale and Chamber Singers
both received superior ratings at UIL Concert & Sight Reading for the
outstanding concert performance. I am confident that this year we
will bring home sweepstakes awards.
Thank you for your interest and support of choir at North Lamar High
School. I am excited to work with you and I look forward to many
enriching experiences throughout this year.
Rebecca Hildreth, Director
The student’s six-week grade will be averaged as follows:
I. DAILY GRADE – 50%
II. CONCERT & REHEARSAL ATTENDANCE – 30%
III. ASSIGNMENTS & TESTS – 20%
I. DAILY GRADE 50%
Each week is worth a total of 200 points. 100 points is
determined by the student’s level of participation during class (on-
task behavior, posture, singing, etc. and 100 points is determined by
the student following the classroom rules. The two grades will be
averaged together to determine the grade for the week. Each week’s
grade will be averaged together to determine the 6 weeks grade.
Common deductions from the daily grade are:
tardy (10 pts) no music (15 pts)
no pencil (10 pts) gum (10 pts)
unexcused absence (50 pts)
II. CONCERT & REHEARSAL ATTENDANCE 30%
Participation in rehearsals and performance outside normal
school hours is a necessary part of choir courses. Attendance is
required for the entirety of all performances and pre-scheduled
rehearsals. Performances are listed on the calendar of events.
Rehearsals either before or after school will be few and scheduled
with plenty of advanced notice. Please be aware that we have a
minimal number of performances and it is of the utmost importance to
be in attendance and on time.
An excused absence from a choir rehearsal or concert will require the
same criteria as an excused absence from school—personal illness
where the student has been absent from the entire school day, death
in the family, or family emergency. The absence will not be
excused if the parent has not communicated with the director
PRIOR to the event. It is imperative that the parent contact the
director regarding the absence, as these rehearsals and concerts are
a part of the student’s grade. The choir office number is 903-737-
2003 ext. 1028.
*AN UNEXCUSED ABSENCE FROM A PERFORMANCE WILL
RESULT IN A SIGNIFICANT REDUCTION OF THE SIX-WEEK
*In the event that a student has an EXCUSED absence from a
rehearsal or concert, it will be the student’s responsibility to
complete an assignment determined by the teacher.
III. ASSIGNMENTS & TESTS 20%
Assignments will be completed and tests administered to
monitor the progress in the subject. Special emphasis will be placed
on monitoring individual sight reading skills. Choir concerts will count
at 2 test grades. An assignment will be given to students who have
an excused absence from concerts.
Only those students who are academically eligible may participate in
competitions. By Texas state law, academic eligibility requires
students to earn a “70” or above in ALL classes on the report card (or
progress report) prior to any competition. Any students who are
academically ineligible will be given an alternate assignment to be
completed in class that will take the place of the competition grade.
This rule also applies to Songs of the Season concert.
USE OF FINE ARTS FACILITIES &
CARE OF THE CHOIR ROOM
We are fortunate to have a very nice facility. We need to make the care and
maintenance of our choir room a daily priority. Remember, there will be no food
or drink in the room, with the exception of water.
There are two closets and one office within our choir room. Do not enter these
rooms without permission. Likewise, we are fortunate to have several practice
rooms along the band hallway for our use as well as the band program. Do not
enter these rooms without permission.
You are not to be on the stage or in the auditorium unless you are accompanied
by one of the fine arts directors or teachers.
The portable stereos can be used by students with these guidelines. You must
use it for rehearsal purposes or for specific listening work once you have
obtained the director’s permission. Students are encouraged to rehearse All-
State music in the practice room with the stereo. Only serious practice will be
allowed. No radio music, please.
Do not play the piano without permission. The piano gets tuned at the beginning
of each school year and it is our responsibility to maintain it.
I have an open door policy for all students. It is my goal to not only be their choir
director by to become a mentor and someone that they feel they can come to in a
time of need. Please respect my office by not sitting behind my desk or use my
If the phone is not in use, and it is an emergency, you may use the phone with
the director’s permission.
The mirrors in this room were intended for students to check posture and stage
presence when they sing. These mirrors are NOT to be used for grooming
purposes and. The curtains will remained closed unless used for specific
purposes to benefit the choirs performance.
UNIFORM AND T-SHIRT INFORMATION
Students in the North Lamar Chamber Singers and Chorale will be
provided a formal uniform for performances within the choir
Ladies: formal dress
Ladies will need to provide appropriate, comfortable black dress
shoes. Flip-flop sandals are not appropriate nor allowed on stage. A
pearl necklace will be provided. No other jewelry is to be worn.
Men will need to have black dress shoes and black dress socks to
wear with their tuxedo.
Do not hem or alter your dress/tuxes. We have a professional
seamstress that can make any needed changes.
CHOIR SHIRT INFO
The choir department will be purchasing a polo style shirt which will
be monogrammed with our choir logo. The cost will be approximately
$20.00. This shirt will be worn for informal performances throughout
the year. All students enrolled in choir will need to purchase this
School dress code is enforced at all activities, including choir
trips and competitions.
Student Activity Calendar
Please make sure that you reserve the following dates on your calendar.
Should a date change, notice will be given ASAP.
4th – All Region Mixed Choir fees due ($10)
26th – All Region Mixed Choir auditions at Mt Pleasant HS
2nd – Treble Choir fees due ($10)
24th – Treble Choir auditions at Pine Tree HS
7th – All Region Clinic/Concert at Mt. Pleasant HS
19th – Pre Area auditions at Mt. Pleasant HS
22nd – Songs of the Season rehearsal
23rd– Songs of the Season performance
Veteran’s Day Performance (details later)
Pre Area Clinic (details later)
Nursing home Christmas caroling (details later)
Holiday in Paris concert at the fountain (details later)
MS winter concert
Area auditions (All-State Choir)
6th – UIL Solo & Ensemble at TAMU-Commerce
10th-13th – TMEA (All State Choir concert)
25th-Dinner Theater @ 1st UMC
6th – HS UIL Concert & Sight Reading
4th – Spring Concert