INFORMATION

Dear Music Students, Parents, and Guardians,

Please read through this handbook and fill out the choir commitment form for the 2019-20 school year.

Welcome to the choir program at Ottawa Township High School! I am beyond excited to be starting another year at my alma mater and look forward to continuing the great tradition of music. I know that this will be a fantastic year full of great music and educational opportunities for the students. I look forward to what this year has in store!

The rewards of being a member of the choir program at Ottawa Township High School are many. They include the opportunity to develop personal singing skills, study varied styles of musical literature, learning the technical and expressive elements of music, and to work together with their peers towards the final product - the performances!

Music programs build bridges of understanding, respect, and appreciation between individuals and groups in ways no other educational experience can duplicate. Students are provided with opportunities for creative and constructive expression through music. Our students need the benefit of an educational program that includes the Fine Arts. Students show that musical study can improve math, science, language skills, and increase spatial I.Q.

After reading through this Handbook, please complete and return the Contract Agreement form on the date assigned in class. I am excited to work with all of you this year! If you have any questions, comments, or concerns, please feel free to text me via Remind, call me at 815-431-2403 (direct school line) or email me at srockford@ottawahigh.com. Remind and email work best for the quickest response.

Thank you and have a great year!

DESCRIPTION OF CHOIRS

CONCERT CHOIR

Traditionally, The Concert Choir is the premiere choral ensemble at Ottawa Township High School. This auditioned group performs mixed repertoire from all musical periods and can be seen in many performances throughout the year. Members perform in three major concerts, sing the National Anthem at Homecoming, participate in the IHSA State Music Contests, participate in the ILMEA District and All-State Music Festivals, participate in the OEHS Music Fest, and provide music for commencement and other ceremonial functions.

FRESHMEN and TREBLE CHOIR

Both ensembles are for anyone interested in singing at Ottawa High School. Although open to those new to choir, music is performed at a high level. Members perform in three major concerts, sing the National Anthem at Homecoming, participate in the IHSA State Music Contests, participate in the ILMEA District and All-State Music Festivals, and participate in the OEHS Music Fest.

JAZZ SOCIETY and JAZZ LAB

Vocal Jazz Ensembles are offered as extracurricular activities at OTHS. Vocal Jazz Society and Vocal Jazz Lab are the two vocal jazz groups offered at Ottawa. Students perform at all major concerts and IHSA State Music Contests, and can be seen performing at various events in the community. If you are interested in having a jazz ensemble at your event, then please contact the director at srockford@ottawahigh.com.

GRADING SYSTEM

Choir is an academic subject at OTHS and members will receive a grade. A comprehensive semester grade is also given which is based on the nine-weeks’ grades and a semester final.

REHEARSALS – 40 points per grading period

  1. Rehearsal procedures followed
  2. Unexcused absences will result in a lowered grade
  3. Excessive absences may require make-up work

INDIVIDUAL ASSESSMENT - 10 points per grading period

  1. Using phone, personal device, or choir iPad, record a specific section as designated by Mr. Rockford
  2. 2 assessments per 9 weeks

PERFORMANCES – 20 points per concert

  1. Punctuality and concert attire
  2. Concert etiquette
  3. Performance of prepared selections

FINAL EXAM – 20% of semester grade

  1. All students report during exam time
  2. Individual singing assessments will take place during allotted time using music department iPads/personal devices and sent to srockford@ottawahigh.com.
  3. Missing final/not scheduling retake will result in a 0

FORMAL CONCERT ATTIRE

TREBLE and FRESHMEN CHOIR

When singing in a choral ensemble, it is about the group rather than the individual. Dressing in the same uniform keeps a unified feeling across the choir. Students who do not follow the uniform guidelines listed below will not be allowed to sing in the concert. Just like the football team, everyone must dress exactly the same or you do not play. If you have an issue acquiring items for which the school does not provide, please contact Mr. Rockford immediately. This will allow us to take care of the situation early in the year rather than the day before the concert. Below is a list of required items:

  1. Black heels or flats
  2. Black skirt length at the knee with solid black-colored pantyhose
  3. Black dress pants
  4. At least ¾ length sleeve white blouse
  5. Silver Jewelry is acceptable

As stated in the OTHS Parent-Student Handbook, “see-through or immodest clothing, short-shorts or skirts, exposed midriffs...will not be allowed.” Please keep in mind that a choral concert is a formal event and choose clothing that is appropriate for such an occasion.

CONCERT CHOIR

When singing in a choral ensemble, it is about the group rather than the individual. Dressing in the same uniform keeps a unified feeling across the choir. Students who do not follow the uniform guidelines listed below will not be allowed to sing in the concert. Just like the football team, everyone must dress exactly the same or you do not play. With this in mind, students in the Concert Choir will be provided a uniform to wear free of charge:

WOMEN

  • Formal black dress will be provided at beginning of year
  • Black Heels or Flats – must provide your own!
  • Appropriate Silver Jewelry is acceptable but not required
  • Students responsible for dry-cleaning fee at end of year
  • Students responsible for the expense of lost or damaged items:

$55 – Choir Dress

MEN

  • Black Tux Jackets, Tux Shirt, Bow Tie, Black Pants, Dress Shoes
  • Black Socks – student responsibility
  • Students responsible for dry-cleaning fee at end of year
  • Students responsible for the expense of lost or damaged items:

$80 – Tux Jackets , $35 – Tux Pants, $20 – Tux Shirt, $30 – Dress Shoes, $10 – Bow Tie