Information From Directors for

JUNIOR HONORS CHOIR NEW CANDIDATES 2019-2020

If you need to contact or reply to Director Mrs. Donna Knott
    please email tdknott@comcast.net

October 15, 2019
Dear JHC Candidates and Parents, 

Thank you for attending the Orientation meeting on Sunday! 

This week’s email:
1. Sunglasses and glasses found
2. Conflicts with the November 9 audition
3. Audition Schedule 
4. Audition Process
5. Music Marking Party (optional, strongly encouraged)
6. Rehearsal (optional, strongly encouraged)

SUNGLASSES/GLASSES FOUND:
• After Orientation a pair of each were found in the pews. They can be picked up at Zion, after calling the church office, 717-843-5261.

CONFLICTS WITH THE NOVEMBER 9 AUDITION:
• EMAIL Mrs. Knott (tdknott@comcast.net) by Wednesday, October 16
• If your child has a conflict with the audition date, please send me the times that they are available.
• Be as generous as possible with their available time.
• I will do my best to schedule them accordingly.

AUDITION SCHEDULE:  On Thursday, October 24 the audition schedule will be posted on the Student Center page of the Honors Choir website.

NOVEMBER 9 AUDITION PROCESS:  
• Parent must be present for the full 90 minutes, or your child may not audition.

• Your child may not audition without the following:
      o Medical form completed
      o A copy (not your original card) of your insurance card (front and back) must accompany your medical form
      o Conflict Form (whether or not you have conflicts) 

• 90 minute audition some time between 9:00 AM & 4:00PM.

• 90 minute audition includes:
      o 15 minutes to warm up
      o 45 minute singing audition
      o 10 minutes photo taken & height measured
      o 20 minutes t-shirt fitting
  RETURNING MEMBERS: you MUST try on a new shirt.

• Evaluated on preparation (marking music, origin in correct rhythm syllables, scales, tonal patterns, rhythm examples, vocal: intonation, tone quality, musicality. Tie breaker will be stage presence.

• No one sings alone; you will sing with approximately 6-8 people on the same voice part, and 8 other people on another voice part.

MUSIC MARKING PARTY:
• October 23 or 24, 6:00 - 8:00 PM
• Bring your music, pencil and a highlighter (one of the songs is on yellow paper so a yellow highlighter won’t be a good choice.)
• Suggest erasable highlighter

MUSIC REHEARSAL: 
• Monday, October 28, 6:30 - 8:00 PM
• Bring your music and a pencil
• We will run through all of your audition music and help you with any problems you may be having. We will mainly work on Benedictus, Sicut Cervus and Alway Something Sings.

Sincerely,
Donna Knott & Sue Feldmann


October 7, 2019
Dear Candidates & Parents,

Mrs. Feldmann, the JHC staff and I are looking forward to seeing you at Orientation on Sunday, October 13. 

Note the small adjustment in the schedule; girls will be finished by 4:20 or sooner.

Orientation Schedule

12:45    Boys arrive (no parents yet)

1:00  Boys voice identification

1:30  Girls arrive (no parents yet)  

1:40 Combined rehearsal begins

2:45  Parents arrive

3:00   Combined student & parent meeting

4:00   Girls voice identification while parents remain
          Boys and their parents leave

4:20  Girls and parents leave

Sincerely,
Donna Knott & Sue Feldmann


October 1, 2019
JHC Candidates and Parent(s)/Guardian(s),

May registrants: If you want to continue with your Junior Honors Choir audition, a registration fee is required by October 6. Payment link is located on the Student Center page.

Mrs. Feldmann, the JHC staff, and I would like to congratulate you on being recommended to audition for the York County Junior Honors Choir (JHC). You have been recommended on character, leadership and musical ability. If you submitted a registration form and fee, we look forward to meeting you at Orientation on October 13.  Registration deadline has been extended to October 6.

This week’s information includes:
• Communication
* Orientation
Rehearsal tracks are on our website 
Honors Choir Handbook

Communication
 It is your responsibility to visit the Student Center page of the York County Honors Choirs website to click on the link for Weekly Information from Your Directors. Emails will soon be discontinued.

Orientation:
• Arriving 10 minutes early is on time; arriving on time is late
Dress comfortably
Students may not bring phones
Students will receive their November 9 audition music, instructions and voice part
Parent(s)/Guardian(s) note your time of arrival is different than your child's

Orientation Schedule - October 13
12:45 Boys arrive (no parents yet)

          Volunteer fathers strike the sanctuary and set with risers

1:00  Boys voice identification

1:30  Girls arrive (no parents yet)

1:40 Combined rehearsal begins

2:45  Parents arrive

3:00 Combined student & parent meeting

4:00  Girls voice identification while parents remain

         Boys and their parents leave

        Volunteer fathers strike the sanctuary and return it to its original glory :)

4:40  Girls and parents leave

Rehearsal Tracks on the Website:
Auditions are going to be more competitive than ever due to our trip to Carnegie Hall.
In preparation for your November 9 audition you may wish to begin listening to the music.
The following Audition Rehearsal tracks can be found on our website Student Center page: Benedictus, Why We Sing, Star-Spangled Banner and I Was Here.  

Honors Choir Handbook:
This can be found on our website Student Center page.
Encourage those who are interested in the choir to review this new handbook.
It will help to answer questions you or they may have.

See you October 13!
Donna Knott & Susan Feldmann



September 3, 2019
Dear JHC Candidates and Parents,

May registrants: If you want to continue with your Junior Honors Choir audition, a registration fee is required by October 1. Payment link is located on the Student Center page.

If you submitted a registration form and fee, Mrs. Knott, Mrs. Feldmann, and the JHC staff are looking forward to seeing student and parent(s)/guardian(s) at Orientation on Sunday, October 13. Please, carefully review the schedule for the day. While our focus is teaching and preparing each candidate for your November audition, we work diligently on scheduling so as not to waste precious parent(s)/guardian(s) time.

Orientation Schedule:

12:45 Boys arrive (no parents yet)

          Volunteer fathers strike the sanctuary and set with risers

1:00  Boys voice identification

1:30  Girls arrive (no parents yet)

1:40 Combined rehearsal begins

2:45    Parents arrive

3:00 Combined student & parent meeting

4:00  Girls voice identification while parents remain

        Boys and their parents leave

        Volunteer fathers strike the sanctuary and return it to its original glory :)

4:40  Girls and parents leave

Please take note 🎶 of the additional parent meeting on Saturday, November 16 during the last hour of the Ice Breaker, 2:15 to 3:15 p.m. The focus of this meeting will be on the trip to Carnegie Hall.

Sincerely,
Donna Knott & Sue Feldmann


August 27, 2019 - FOR MAY/JUNE SPRING REGISTRANTS
​Greetings from York County Junior Honors Choir (JHC). Our new season is upon us so it is time to finalize your registration.

If you have already submitted your Junior Honors Choir registration form last May/June, a non-refundable registration fee of $40 is required to audition for the choir, due by October 1. A payment link is located on the Student Center page of the York County Honors Choirs website, www.theYCHC.org. If you do not submit the registration fee by October 1, we will remove your singer's name. 
For scholarship forms, please visit the Forms Page of our website. www.theYCHC.org

The JHC schedule can always be found on the Student Center page of our website. Please pencil the dates into your calendar.

Weekly information from the director will be posted on Tuesdays or Wednesdays on the Student Center page of the York County Honors Choirs website, www.theYCHC.org starting September 3. Please remember that it is your responsibility to stay informed.

A mandatory parent/guardian and student orientation meeting will be held on Sunday October 13, 1:00 – 4:00 p.m. at Zion United Methodist Church, 1030 Carlisle Road, York, PA 17404. Audition materials will be handed out.

Thank you for your interest in York County Junior Honors Choir. For more information about the choir, please see the Junior Honors Choir handbook located on the Student Center page of the York County Honors Choirs website, www.theYCHC.org