Junior Choir Weekly Emails from Director
March 12, 2019
 Dear Students and Parents,

Yaaaaaaaas! ūüėÉ (A frenzied intensity that really drives the point home!)

What a delightful time the JHC staff and chaperones had with everyone on Sunday for our trip to the Naval Academy!! From our morning departure in the rain, to our timely return in the beautiful sunshine of the evening, the staff could not have asked to travel with a more respectful, enjoyable and enthusiastic group of students. We had a WONDERFUL time with all of you!

Mrs. Feldmann and I were thrilled with the way you spontaneously adapted to the Naval Academy Chapel acoustics, logistics and schedule. Whee! I bet you didn't know you could adjust so quickly!! Having been away from each other AND the music for a full month, and walking into an unfamiliar space unrehearsed, you were exemplary!

From walking past the MIA/POW candle and empty pew of the Naval Academy Chapel, to singing the U.S. Navy Hymn, to remembering the 2 marines who lost their lives last week, to singing in worship, to our retired Naval Officer campus tour guides, to the little girl who beamed as we sang Happy Birthday, to serenading our dinner hosts and patrons, to watching our bus drivers turn the buses around on a dime.... ~ the experience will hopefully go with you for a lifetime.

My favorite part of the trip was the bus ride home. Listening to the unending laughter, conversations, singing...... is what makes my heart sing. I love to experience a choir as it bonds!

Parents, thank you for entrusting your child to us. The JHC staff and chaperones do not take that privilege lightly. Each student brought a spark of joy to every person they encountered. Because they treated each other, and everyone around them with respect, they were met with the same in return... plus quite a few comments regarding their amazing behavior and character!

We look forward to seeing the choir for our next concert on Sunday, March 24.

Sincerely, Donna Knott & Sue Feldmann

March 7, 2019

Dear Parents,

A very good question has come to my attention regarding medications for Sunday.

The only medications that your child needs to bring on Sunday, AND give to Lark Ann Waltimyer, are those that need to be administered during the day. Students may not carry these on their person. Lark Ann must administer them.  

Students do not need to bring any medication that they take at home.

Also, please be sure that all medication and insurance changes have been updated with Lark Ann Waltimyer. In the event of an emergency, she will be going off of the medical form given to us in November and discussed in January.

Thank you, Donna Knott

March 7, 2019 - SYNERGY EMAIL

Dear Synergy,

We are hoping to conclude worship on Sunday with You Got Ta Move and Clap Praise. We will be accompanied on organ!!! Should be interesting! Whee! 

Please go over the movement!!!

And, we will open worship with Hlohonolofatsa. (Also singing Da Pacem, Dona Nobis Pacem & Benedictus)

Bring your music for Dona Nobis Pacem & Benedictus.

We will rehearse all of our songs en route to the Naval Academy. Be focused and willing to share your solo/narration/rap.

Nigel, you can place your violin in the seat in front of you with Chase Warner. You will not play on the bus. 

Emma and Josh, you will share the solos at the opening of Hlohonolofatsa because there is no microphone for Josh to improvise over the choir.

Ali & Emily, somehow we'll divide the solo in Clap Praise. Be thinking about it. Mrs. Feldmann is leading your bus. She will help you make the decision en route to the NA.

Caleb, be ready with your narration.  

Xander & Caitlyn, be ready with your narration and rap!

Can't wait! Mrs. Knott

February 26, 2019
 Dear Parents,

The Naval Academy trip is just around the corner. Please read the attached itinerary at the top of this page.  There is a change of meeting and departure time since the last meeting.

Your child will need to be reminded of their bus number and lunch order. Both are attached at the top of this page.


You are welcome to join us at the Naval Academy. Please plan to give the students their space when we eat and tour. Be sure to go onto the Naval Academy website for parking and entrance gate security clearances. Security is VERY tight. This is not a Senior Citizen-friendly location. Again, be sure to visit their website.

February 5, 2019
 Happy Tuesday All!

Saturday is our final rehearsal and then we do not see each other for 1 full month!!! 

Parents, we have some clear guidelines that we will be asking of you as you are observing Saturdays rehearsal. The guidelines are being implemented for the safety of the students, and to keep our rehearsal home clean for the worship services on Sunday morning. Siblings are welcome to attend this rehearsal, but they will not be able to run around or go anywhere else in the facility.  

Please remember to see the ATTACHED updated schedule at the top of this page.

If you are having any computer problems, please remember that my emails can always be found on the Student Center page of the Honors Choirs website.

6 volunteers needed to help with snack Saturday: 

  6:45 - 7:30 PM: 3 volunteers needed
     Email Donna with name and time
  8:10 - 8:45 PM: 3 volunteers needed
     Email Donna with name and time

Saturday Details:

  • ¬† Students arrive in hair, make-up and concert attire.
  • ¬† EAT, please EAT prior to coming!!
  • ¬† Do not bring: PHONES, MONEY, MUSIC
  • ¬† Bring WATER BOTTLES
  • ¬† See the updated schedule for all arrival times.
  • ¬† Parents may not wait in the building prior to, or after the start or end of rehearsal ~ a safety precaution.
  • ¬† Parents and siblings only please. No other guests please.¬†

Donna A. Knott
Save the Date and Join Us on May 3, 2019


Dear Students and Parents,

Mrs. Feldmann and I had our hands full over the past 3 weeks trying to select from a large number of VERY talented young ladies and gentlemen. Thank you to everyone who auditioned ~ it was our joy to hear you. Auditioning is a learning process. You learn how your body will react in the midst of nerves ~ loss of breath, overcome by emotion, rush of blood to your head, pit in your stomach (some can become physically ill), drawing a blank, loss of appetite, or desire to talk.......to name a few. Each time you audition you learn to conquer those fears and gain confidence. Your willingness to put yourself out there requires inner strength. Hats off to every one of you. 

The soloists and talent show selections are attached at the top of this page.

If you were not selected, this does not mean you do not have talent. Soloists are not just selected on talent, but stage presence and the style of singing required for each piece.  

Donna A. Knott
Save the Date and Join Us on May 3, 2019

February 4, 2019 - SYNERGY EMAIL
 Dear Synergy Parents and Students,

Wow! Wow! And, wow! Wait 'til you hear this group!!!! They are amazing! Whoop! Whoop! They brought me to tears! Mrs. Feldmann and I are extremely pleased with this group of singers! Thank you to those who have been juggling school conflicts and still getting to the Synergy rehearsals! Wow!!!!

The Photo Order Form for the Synergy photo being taken on Saturday at 6:00 PM is attached at the top of this page. The Honors Choir provides the photo for the full choir photo, but not the Synergy photo. All payments and orders are dealt directly with the photographer, not Lark Ann. Please do not give her orders or money.

I am in need of 1 more father to help tear down the sanctuary on Saturday evening at the end of rehearsal. Presently, Dan Tyson, Aji Kane and Jim Snelbaker are helping.

 You are welcome to observe this Saturday's 2/9 rehearsal. You won't want to miss it. This group will amaze you!

Parents and siblings only please. No other guests. 

You main remain in the sanctuary during the photo, on one condition. Out of respect for the professional photographer, and our contract with him, please do not take any photos with your phone. Thank you for respecting our request.

Donna Knott & Sue Feldmann

February 1, 2019
 NO t-shirt SATURDAY.
WEAR Sunday.

January 29, 2019
 Dear Parents,

There is solo audition information on the updated schedule ATTACHED at the top of this page.
Your child will want to see it today.

As I type this email I'm looking outside ~ it's a winter wonderland today! Hope you and your family will be tucked safely into your homes this evening! Parents, thank you for attending the meeting yesterday. We want to do all we can in the best interest of your child. We are looking forward to the Naval Academy trip. It's a great time for the choir to bond as we begin our season together!

5 Synergy fathers are needed to reset the sanctuary THIS Sunday, after Synergy rehearsal, 4:30 - 4:50 PM. Please contact Donna Knott if you are able to help.

This week's email:

  • ¬† Updated schedule ATTACHED
  • ¬† Email problems
  • ¬† T-shirts worn in rehearsal with sweatshirts, etc. underneath please
  • ¬† Naval Academy lunch sign-up
  • ¬† Missed a solo audition?
  • ¬† Snack donations are needed Saturday. Plus update.

Email problems:
  I contacted my email provider. The email problems were with gmail accounts.
  My provided has corrected this, but suggested you check on your end too.

T-shirts in rehearsal
  Please wear clothing under your t-shirt, not over top
  No exceptions please ~ need a bigger shirt? See Mrs. Waltimyer when you arrive.

Naval Academy Lunch Sign-up:
  Deadline is Sunday
  Go to the website: www.TheYCHC.org
  Visit the "Student Center" Tab

Missed a solo audition?:
  There are solo make up dates this weekend at 12:30 PM, Saturday AND Sunday.  
  You cannot audition for anything after Sunday.

Snack donations update:
 The weather has played havoc on our snack sign-up and parent volunteers! Whee!

We need snack donations for THIS Saturday:
  6 ripe bananas, 1 bag or container of seedless grapes, 25 individually wrapped string cheese, Doritos 25 individual bags, Cheetos 25 individual bags, Chips 25 individual bags

I will send reminders to both THIS Sunday, and February 9 volunteers and donations.

Donna Knott & Sue Feldmann

January 25, 2019
Brrrrrrrr! Happy winter! I hope Sunday kept everyone at home resting your weary bodies and minds. We'll not discuss the beautiful sunshine and dry roads that were not forecasted.ūüė£ Better safe than sorry!

This week:
  • Friday night Talent Show Auditions
  • Update Schedule ATTACHED
  • Solo auditions
  • Naval Academy

Friday night Talent Show Auditions:
  • 7:00 - 8:00 Synergy rehearsal
  • 8:00 - 9:30 9th grade Benedictus auditions & Talent Show auditions
  • Perform from memory
  • Only the best 90 seconds of your song
  • If Carol is accompanying for you (no need to have asked her first), place your music on the FRONT side only of cardboard to lay across the piano.
  • We'll have snacks! Yum!

Update Schedule ATTACHED:
  • Throw all previous schedules away
  • All questions can be answered by seeing the ATTACHED schedule at the top of this page

Solo Auditions:
  • See the attached schedule
  • If you are absent the day of the audition, come the following week at 12:30. We'll fit you in. No auditions after February 3.

Naval Academy:
  • Students must begin signing up on the¬†Student Center¬†page of our website for their choice of lunch. There is a deadline.¬†
  • Each person will receive a sandwich, chips, drink and dessert
  • Choices are: Chicken Salad sandwich, Ham sandwich, tuna salad sandwich, turkey sandwich, roast beef sandwich, veggie wrap, gluten free chicken sandwich

  • Mandatory Parent Meeting Sunday, 1:30 - 2:30¬†
  • Executive Director, Bill Lytle will run the meeting.
  • After the meeting final payment, $70 will be collected. ¬†
  • Checks made payable to: York County Honors Choirs
  • After the meeting parents pick up concert attire that does not need hemmed.

Donna Knott & Sue Feldmann

January 20, 2019
 Dear JHC Families,

Today's rehearsal is canceled. This is another very difficult decision, but I must err on the side of caution. The wind and temperatures are to freeze starting between 11 AM & noon. Roads are fine now, but wet. We cannot take a chance that they will dry and not become icy.

Make up date: the concert on February 9 will change to a rehearsal (time on the schedule will remain the same). Parents only will be welcome to attend. It will truly be a rehearsal, lots of stopping and starting, snack/social break, vocal technique, lots of logistics. You may find it quite interesting.

There are many details that we were proactive in planning for this past week ~ hemming, solo auditions, photo, etc.. But, I want to double check all of these details again before sending this weeks email. I will send the updated plan to you on Tuesday. Please, kindly hold your questions until that time.

The mandatory parent meeting for the Naval Academy trip remains on January 27 at 1:30 along with the final payment due on that date.

Thank you everyone for your patience. There's always a first for us ~ this is the first time 2 rehearsals have been canceled!

January 17, 2019
 Dear Parents and Students,

Let's cross our fingers that weather on Sunday does not deter our rehearsal plans again. Whee! Stay tuned.

January 25 information is important for your child to hear about TODAY.

Updates/reminders for this week's email:

  Updated Schedule Attached
  Talent Show Audition Night
  9th Grade Benedictus Audition Night
  Naval Academy Payment Due

Updated Schedule Attached at the top of this page:

  • ¬† We have a trouser/pant, hem make up day ~ January 27 at 1:00 PM¬†
  • ¬† The Naval Academy trip is still on the schedule

Talent Show Audition Night ~ Friday, January 25:

  • ¬† 8:00 - 9:30 PM Everyone is welcome to audition. This is a fun night for students to share their talent with each other. Some talents are selected and shared at each of our concerts throughout the season.
  • ¬† Select the best 90 seconds of the song.
  • ¬† Singers should memorize the song, and audition as if you are performing.
  • ¬† Instrumentalists, singers, dancers, groups, duets, you-name-it-we've-experienced-it, are all welcome!!
  • ¬† If you need Carol to accompany for you, bring the music on SUNDAY.
  • ¬† ¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†The music must be attached to the frontside (ONLY) of cardboard.
  • ¬† You may not use accompaniment tracks.
  • ¬† Come to participate, or just listen. It's a great night of fun!

9th Grand Benedictus Audition Night ~ Friday January 25:

  • ¬† You may audition to conduct and/or accompany.
  • ¬† Those present at the Talent Show Auditions will be your choir.

Naval Academy Payment Due ~ Sunday, January 27:

  • ¬† $70 is due as you arrive to the Naval Academy trip mandatory parent meeting.

Donna Knott & Sue Feldmann

January 13, 2019
JHC will be canceled today. 

NOTE: February 2, on our original schedule will become the snow make-up date.  


The parent meeting date will remain the same. 

Donna A. Knott

January 8, 2019
 Dear Students and Parents,

Synergy Roster is attached at the top of this page.

Parents, please share the solo audition details below with your child TODAY.

Wonderful rehearsal on Sunday everyone!!! What fun! Mrs. Feldmann and I are pleased with the progress you made, and looking forward to the next 4 weeks of rehearsals.  

This week's email:

  • ¬† Solo auditions Sunday
  • ¬† Alterations Sunday
  • ¬† Parent Volunteers
  • ¬† Snack Donation & Parent Volunteer Reminder for Sunday

Solo auditions SUNDAY, 12:30 PM: Dona Nobis Pacem (violin solo) and My Girl (p. 5, 8-9).

Alterations Sunday:  
  BRING CONCERT SHOES. You must have them for hemming.

‚ÄčParent volunteers needed:
  • ¬† January 13: 2:00 - 3:30 Set up/serve/clean up snack, 1 parent
  • ¬† January 13: 2:00 - 3:30 1:10 - 4:40, 1 parent
  • ¬† January 20: 2:00 - 3:30 Set up/serve/clean up snack, 2 parents
  • ¬† January 20: 12:30 - 5:30 PM
                    * Must have proof of PA clearances.
  • ¬† January 27: 2:00 - 3:30 Set up/serve/clean up snack, 3 parents¬†
  • ¬† February 5: 2:00 - 3:30 Set up/serve/clean up snack, 4 parents
  • ¬† March 24: 12:30 - 4:45¬†
                    * Must have proof of PA clearances.

Snack Donation & Parent Volunteer Reminder for Sunday:
  • ¬† 2:00 - 3:30 set up/serve/clean up snack: Stahlheber, Lindsey, Thomas
  • ¬† 18 ripe Bananas: Metzler
  • ¬† 1 bag or container seedless grapes: Fortson, Horn, Kessler, Natale Smith, Strayer, Wertz, Michele White, Woods
  • ¬† 25 individual bags of Doritos: McQueen, Smock
  • ¬† 25 individual bags of Chips: Stahlheber
  • ¬† 25 individual bags of Cheetos: Hilt
  • ¬† 24 sticks of string cheese (individually wrapped): Fortson, Keehner, Stahlheber, West, Michelle White¬†
  • ¬† 100 strong napkins: Bradley
  • ¬† 50 STRONG SNACK/DESSERT-SIZE plates: Hilt, Wynkoop
  • ¬† 100 SMALL, clear plastic cups to hold grapes: Danczyk
  • ¬† 100 SMALL, clear plastic cups to hold water: Lindsey

December 19, 2018
Dear Parents and Students,

JANUARY 5 AUDITION SCHEDULE: Attached at the top of this page ~ please mark your calendar. 
JANUARY 5 PARENT/STUDENT SCHEDULE WITH TIMES: Also attached is a schedule for parents and students including times.

Students may not audition without a completed medical form (attached) - include a copy of the front and back of your insurance card. Parents will personally hand the completed form to Lark Ann Waltimyer during your one-one-one meeting during your child's January 5 audition.

JR CHOIR 2018-19 SCHEDULE: Attached, and will continue to be attached in all future emails.


SYNERGY CANDIDATES: NOTE, NOTE, NOTE ~ Included in your packet of music is a stapled, "Music Marking Instructions". The last page has instructions for your Synergy song. 

   Here are your audition spots for January 5. You will audition the final 15 minutes of your time slot.
  Movement only NO CLAPPING!!!!! Yeay!
           m. 9 -112 ~ sing, but your singing will not be evaluated at the same time
  Singing & clapping
           m. 27-33, m. 85-89, m. 113-122, m. 230-end
  Clapping only:
           m. 137-169

Merry Christmas & Happy Chanukah from the Junior Honors Choir staff. We wish you many blessings in this season.

www.TheYCHC.org, "Student Center Tab": All paperwork and emails can be found on the Honors Choirs website.

Donna Knott, Director
Sue Feldmann, Associate Director

December 3, 2018
 Dear Parents and Students,


Yesterday's optional rehearsal for Synergy candidates and the full choir was WONDERFUL! I think everyone was VERY glad they came. A great teaching morning.

JANUARY 5 AUDITION SCHEDULE: Attached ~ please mark your calendar. A schedule for parents and students also attached. Students may not audition without a completed medical form, including a copy of the front and back of your insurance card.

SCHEDULE: Attached, and will continue to be attached in all future emails.

SYNERGY CANDIDATES: We discovered yesterday that not all of you have read the page of instructions regarding this song.  

  NOTE: Here are your audition spots for January 5. You will audition the final 15 minutes of your time slot.
  • ¬† Movement only NO CLAPPING!!!!! Yeay!
  • ¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬† m. 9 -112 ~ sing, but your singing will not be evaluated at the same time
  • ¬† Singing & clapping
  • ¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬† m. 27-33, m. 85-89, m. 113-122, m. 230-end
  • ¬† Clapping only:
  • ¬† ¬† ¬† ¬† ¬† ¬† m. 137-169

Merry Christmas & Happy Chanukah from the Junior Honors Choir staff. We wish you many blessings in this season however you may choose to celebrate.

www.TheYCHC.org, "Student Center Tab": All paperwork and emails can be found on the Honors Choir website.

Donna Knott, Director
Sue Feldmann, Associate Director
Lark Ann Waltimyer, Coordinator & Nurse
Carol Heagy, Accompanist
Dana Gaetjen, Logistics Coordinator
Missy Carpenter, Logistics Coordinator

November 28, 2018
Dear JHC Families,

We trust you had time with family, and a chance to catch your breath over the Thanksgiving break. Mrs. Feldmann and I are looking forward to helping students on Saturday.

SATURDAY: Optional Rehearsal
  • ¬† Location: Aldersgate UMC, 397 Tyler Run Road York 17403
  • ¬† ENTRANCE DOOR: The entrance door on the OPPOSITE side from the portico, CLOSEST to South Queen Street and the Price Rite strip mall.
  • ¬† T-shirt: Wear your t-shirt. If you get cold wear something under it, not over it.
  • ¬† Schedule: 9:00 - 10:00 AM Synergy candidates

  • ¬† Updated schedule attached. Please throw away all prior schedules.
  • ¬† When an updated schedule is sent, main information does NOT change.
  • ¬† NOTE: the addition of a snow date rehearsal. This rehearsal will take place ONLY if there is a prior rehearsal cancelation. This will NOT count towards attendance.

www.TheYCHC.org, "Student Center Tab":
  All paperwork and emails can be found on the Honors Choir website, www.TheYCHC.org, "Student Center Tab".

Donna Knott & Sue Feldmann

November 19, 2018
Dear Parents & Students,

Thank you for your time and energy on Saturday! It was delightful to see everyone. We are officially up and running! Yeay! So exciting!  

 Ice Breaker: It was a joy for the JHC staff to watch the students getting acquainted with each other at the Ice Breaker. It really is one of the most important events we have all year. It sets the tone for the season. Can you imagine trying to sing beside someone you do not know. It's intimidating!  

Mentors: Every new student has been assigned at least 1, 2 or 3 mentors (returning members) for the season. This way, no one new should ever feel alone or uncomfortable. Parents, as the next few weeks progress, your child's mentor(s) may wish to text them. They like to check in on their mentees to see if they have any questions about practicing the music, anxiety about the audition, or just to offer them a word of encouragement. If you do not know your mentors name, you may see the attachment at the top of this page.

JHC t-shirt: Students, you have officially received your JHC t-shirt. Plan to wear it to all rehearsals, auditions, etc. If you tend to get cold wear something underneath, but not overtop.

Saturday, December 1 will be our final Help Session/Optional Rehearsal before the January 5 audition & theory evaluation. Mrs. Feldmann and I would strongly encourage your child to come. 

Note the location of our rehearsal on Dec. 1: Aldersgate Church, 397 Tyler Run Rd., York, PA 17403

Parents, some of your children need encouragement to practice. Some may need your help carving out 20 minutes of uninterrupted practice time in a room (with a mirror if possible) a minimum of 5 days each week. This age group does not like to be where others will hear them sing ~ that's very normal.

Those who attended Saturday's optional rehearsal had a rude awakening. It was a very good "teaching moment" for all who were present. Many students are 2 weeks behind in their practicing. We discussed how to practice having QUALITY time, not quantity.

I went over the page included in their packet (Learning to Practice Efficiently). It will help them to learn time management. If they follow my guide each day and each week, they will not become overwhelmed with the challenging music. BUT, they must practice 5 days a week for 10-20 minutes. (If your child has already missed the last 2 weeks of practicing.........well...............it's like a rolling stone that gathers moss!)  
Donna Knott & Sue Feldmann

November 13, 2018
 Dear Students & Parents,

Please be sure you have the attachments above for Saturday, AND, AND, AND have signed-up for a fitting time ~ found on our website located on the Student Center page.  

NOTE the change in times for Saturday as indicated on the updated schedule sent last week, and attached in the blue box at the top of this page.

In this weeks email:

  • ¬† Details for Saturday
  • ¬† Car pool to SHC Pullo Concert at 4:00 PM Saturday
  • ¬† Attachments ~ Code of Conduct Form has been added.

Saturday Details:

  • ¬†¬†¬† Parent Volunteers: needed in the fitting area on Saturday:¬†
  • ¬† ¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†9:30 - 11:00; 11:00 - 12:30; 12:30 - 1:30
  • ¬† ¬†Parent attend: Parent must attend fitting only
  • ¬† ¬†Payment:¬† Do NOT fill in the amount of your check prior to arriving. You may combine tuition.outfit/trip deposit on one check.
  • ¬†¬† Returning Students should: Wear your concert attire and performance shoes TO your fitting. ¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†Your outfit must be approved.
  • ¬† ¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†Bring comfy shoes and JHC shirt to change after fitting.
  • ¬†¬† Used Outfits: We are unable to store used outfits. You are welcome to sell your outfit on your own. Used girls tops may not be approved because of a lack of sparkle.
  • ¬† ¬†Schedule: Please arrive 10 minutes early for JHC events of any kind. We always start and end on time. ¬†
  • ¬†¬†¬† Lunch: If student is staying all day they need to bring a lunch
  • ¬†¬†¬† T-shirts: Students will receive and WEAR their JHC t-shirt on Saturday.¬†
  • ¬† ¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬† They may want long sleeves to wear under it.¬†
  • ¬† ¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†Nothing is to be worn over the t-shirt.
  • ¬† ¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬† Jeans and sneakers are best for Saturday's Ice Breaker event.
  • ¬† ¬†Mentors: New students will receive a mentor for the season.
  • ¬†¬†¬† Code of Conduct: Please discuss this with your child prior to Saturday. It will be discussed with the group and students will sign the form. Parents will be given this form to sign on January 5.

 9th Grade Meeting:

  • ¬† ¬†All 9th grade members should attend this meeting to discuss leadership.
  • ¬† 3:45 PM Parents, please be timely when picking up your 9th grader. The staff is leaving¬†immediately¬†for the SHC concert at the Pullo center.

Saturday Car Pool:

  • ¬† Mrs. Feldmann, Mrs. Waltimyer, Carol and I are leaving Zion at 3:45 PM, and attending the SHC concert at the Pullo on Saturday, 4:00 PM.
  • ¬† We will be going to the concert in our jeans and t-shirts and sitting in the back. ¬†
  • ¬† I am happy to bring your child to the Pullo with me. However, I will need an email that includes your consent for your child to ride with me. Presently, I have one student joining me.


  Code of Conduct ~ this form was added today. You do NOT need to print. Your child will be given a copy to sign on Saturday. Please take a moment to go over the information with your child PRIOR to Saturday.

  All forms and weekly emails are also located on the Student Center Page of our website.

Donna Knott & Sue Feldmann

November 5, 2018
 Dear Students & Parents,

This is our first official email to all 2019 JHC members! Yeay! You are officially in my mass emailing system! My email format will most often look the same ~ short and sweet as possible. I know you do not have a lot of time to read paragraphs.

There is always information in weekly emails that is important for your child to receive in a timely fashion ~ immediately if possible.

Students will receive another packet of music to be learned for their January 5 audition. The music is more challenging. If you or another parent can pick it up Wednesday evening, I would encourage you to do so. The sooner your child can get started the better. Rehearsal tracks will be found on our website by Thursday 11/8 - located on the Student Center page. New members will also need to learn the remainder of the songs from their audition this past Saturday.

In this weeks email:

  Confirm email
  Music Marking Parties
  Picking up music
  November 17 paperwork due
  Sign-up for November 17 fitting

Confirm email: 

  Respond if you received Donna's email with child's first and last name. That's all. tdknott@comcast.net
  This will establish that you are in my system correctly for the season.
  I am not copying father's on emails. I am limited to sending 200/day. I often surpass that.
  If a father lives in a separate household and needs the emails, please send me child's name and father's email address. 
  Short and simple in your replies would be much appreciated. I receive more than 50/day.

Music Marking Parties & Picking Up Music:

  Pick up music packet for January 5 audition
  Parent may pick up for another students, but peers may not pick up packets for each other.
  There is a LOT to be covered in this session. It will help immensely.
  Same material will be covered.
  Wednesday, November 7, 6:30 - 8:00 PM
  Tuesday, November 13, 6:30 - 8:00 PM

Attachments: PRINT all of them - located in the blue box at the top of this page

  Updated schedule included: throw all others away.
  Voice Part ~ it is crucial that your son/daughter has this page to be sure they are learning the correct 
       voice part.
  Naval Academy Permission Form (due 11/17), Outfit & Tuition Form (due 11/17), Medical Form (due 1/5)

November 17:

  Fitting: the link to sign up for a performance attire fitting time is located on the Student Center page.
        (Returning and New students must sign up for a fitting time.)
  Naval Academy Permission Form & $25 non-refundable deposit due
  Outfit Order Form & tuition due

Donna Knott & Sue Feldmann

November 4, 2018
 Congratulations! Those that have been selected for the 2019 JHC are listed in the attachment at the top of this page.

NOTE: There will be a lot of information coming your way tomorrow evening. Mrs. Feldmann and I were soooooo proud of all of you! Your preparation and leadership at auditions yesterday were superb!

Music Marking Party (OPTIONAL)
  6:30-8:00 PM 
  Wednesday, November 7 OR Tuesday, November 13. 
  This is the time NEW music packet are distributed. 
  Another parent may pick it up for you, but it will not be handed to another student.

Rehearsal tracks: uploaded to the website Student Center page by Wednesday evening.

Mrs. Feldmann and I realize this will be an evening of elation for some, and sadness for others. We wish we could take you all.  

I will be in touch by late Tuesday evening with feedback for each student who was not selected this year.

Mrs. Feldmann and I hope to have the opportunity to work with you in the future.

Donna Knott & Sue Feldmann

October 29, 2018
 Happy Monday Students and Parents,

Saturday's auditions will be competitive. Please do not rest on your participation last year. As much as I would love to have you all return for this season, you must earn your spot for the new season!! You will be scored on preparation (all music, not just some or parts), tone quality (beauty of the sound), intonation (singing in the center of the pitch ~ not sharp or flat), musicianship (phrasing, dynamics) and stage presence.

You will be asked if you are planning to audition for Synergy Vocal Ensemble on January 5. Your response will have no bearing on the results of this Saturday's audition. We are asking so that we know how many copies of the Synergy song we will need for the next packet of music.

The audition times schedule for Saturday is attached at the top of this page. Please read it carefully. 

  Above your scheduled audition time on the attachment is your full schedule for the morning:

  • ¬† Warm up (arrive 5 minutes prior to that)
  • ¬† Height measured
  • ¬† Photo taken (for the staff to put your name with a face)
  • ¬† T-shirt fitting
  • ¬† Bring your completed Conflict Form ~ return it whether or not you have any conflicts
  • ¬† Wear your JHC t-shirt.
  • ¬† There is no written theory evaluation.
  • ¬† Bring your music and a pencil.
  • ¬† Bring a parent, who must remain for the full 90-minutes.
  • ¬† If you cannot open the attachment, please go to the Honors Choir website, www.TheYCHC.org under the "Student Center" tab to find the schedule.

Practice! Practice! Practice!

Donna Knott & Sue Feldmann

October 22 and 23, 2018
 Dear JHC Returning Members & Parents,

This email contains information your child needs today. These are questions that came up during the Music Marking Party last Wednesday.

Preparations for November 3 Audition:

  • ¬† Everyone: To prepare for your audition make sure you are using the Nov 3 Audition Rehearsal Schedule (attached in the blue box at the top of this page), in addition to "Instructions for Marking Music".
  • ¬† Tenor 2: NOTE ~ learn the Baritone part for Benedictus & Why We Sing.
  • ¬† Tenor 1 & 2: learn the top staff of Da Pacem.
  • ¬† 9th graders do not have to highlight your music. It is your personal decision.
  • ¬† S1 and MA: listen to the ALTO track when learning Da Pacem.
  • ¬† DA PACEM: Correction in the Latin pronunciation ~ domine (doh-mee-neh) NOT domini (doh-mee-nee)

        Male Altos: your voice part jumps from the alto part to the tenor/baritone part at m. 37-51 and m.         72-78 and then back to the alto part.

Audition Day: (Parent information)
  • ¬† AUDITION SCHEDULE: Will be sent later in the week. ¬†
  • ¬† AUDITION 60-75 MINUTES: You do not stay 9:00 - 1:30 PM.
  • ¬† CONFLICT FORM Due on November 3. Due whether or not your child has conflicts

Donna Knott & Sue Feldmann

October 15, 2018
 Dear Students and Parents,

Thank you for attending Orientation yesterday. Your child should begin practicing for their November 3 audition.


In the email this week:

  Audition time needed due to school conflict?
  1 attachment
  Wednesday Music Marking Party
  Parents coming inside

November 3 audition time:

  Contact me TODAY (Monday) if your child needs a specific audition time due to a school conflict on November 3.

1 attachment: (in blue box at top of page)

  "November 3 audition rehearsal schedule"
  There are instructions on this page that are important to your practicing.
  This is a suggested plan to help you practice each day, over the next 3 weeks.
  Use this in conjunction with "Instructions for Marking Music"

Wednesday Music Mark Party:

  You do not need to attend.
  However, if you wish to come and help, you are welcome.
  If anyone is able to set up tables at 6:45 PM, please let me know.

Parents coming inside the building:

  For safety reasons we now ask that parents do not enter the building with the students. 
  For safety reasons, please do not drop off or pick up at the front door under the portico. This is a walking path for students.

Donna Knott & Sue Feldmann

October 5, 2018
 Dear Returning JHC Singers & Parents,

Orientation Sunday, October 14, 3:00 - 5:00 PM ~ 

  • ¬† Parents and students attending.¬†
  • ¬† Wear your JHC t-shirt. ¬†
  • ¬† 10 School District Hosts still needed for the following:¬†
  Central, Christian School/Home School/Keystone Christian Academy/Logos/, Dallastown, Eastern, Northern, Red Lion, South Eastern, Southern, York City, York Country Day
  • ¬† Arrive at 2:15 PM
  • ¬† Leave at the close of the meeting
  • ¬† Greet parents from your district as they arrive, answer questions, get people talking
  • ¬† Parking lot attendant ~ 1 more needed (dress for weather)

See you all on October 14! We will be singing and welcoming new candidates! Yeay!

Donna Knott & Sue Feldmann

September 25, 2018
Dear Returning JHC Singers & Parents,

Welcome back! What a joy to know that our time together is just around the corner!!! Yeay! I hope by now you have completed your on-line registration and paid your non-refundable deposit. If you have not, please go to our website for all details. The deadline is October 1.

Orientation Sunday, October 14, 3:00 - 5:00 PM ~ Parents and students attending. Please plan to wear your JHC t-shirt. Student and parent volunteers will be needed for the afternoon. You're a group of enthusiastic volunteers, so I will take volunteers as they appear in my inbox. ūüėä

   Parent Volunteers:
      * 19-22 School District Hosts: 
              Arrive at 2:15 PM
              Leave at the close of the meeting
              Greet parents from your district as they arrive, answer questions, get people talking
      * Outdoor Portico entrance welcome & direct
      * Parking lot attendants (dress for weather)

Student Volunteers:
  Hand out packets to NEW parents and NEW students: arrive at 2:15 PM.
  Direct students into Music Suite.
  Welcome students into Music Suite.

See you all on October 14! We will be singing and welcoming new candidates! Yeay!

Donna Knott & Sue Feldmann