Information From Directors for JUNIOR HONORS CHOIR 

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

November 11, 2019
Dear JHC Parents and MEMBERS, 

Congratulations! The 2019-2020 York County Junior Honors Choir roster is posted in the blue box at the top of this page. Mrs. Feldmann and I look forward to seeing the choir at the MM Party on Wednesday evening, November 13, 6-8 PM. Bring a pencil/eraser and 3 different color highlighters (erasable is suggested). Music packets will be distributed.

Every choir member should go to the Student Center Page TODAY to sign-up for your fitting time on SATURDAY, November 16.
  • RETURNING members MUST come in concert attire. If you come without wearing your concert attire you will need to go home and get it. Your outfit must be approved each year.
  • Used outfit donations are welcome. However, they will not be offered until next year.
  • T-shirts will be handed out AND worn on Saturday.
  • Parents must attend fitting and trip meeting.
  • BRING:
  •         Tuition/Outfit Order Form AND check (please do not fill out check before fitting)
  •         Trip Permission Form (even if you are not going)
  •         $80 non-refundable trip deposit (financial concerns or questions, please contact Executive Director Bill Lytle at honorschoiryc@hotmail.com. Trip Scholarship Request Forms are located on the FORMS PAGE of the YCHC website.)

Please view the updated schedule at the top of this page or on the Schedules page of this website.

  • Bring your own LUNCH and water on Saturday if you are staying from rehearsal through the Ice Breaker.

Go to the Student Center Page TODAY (“Snack Signup”) to sign-up for volunteering to set up/serve/clean up snack in the middle of our 5 rehearsals. PLEASE, sign-up only once to volunteer.  
You may also sign-up to donate snacks or paper products.

Saturday, November 16, Mandatory Parent Trip Meeting:  
  • 2:00 please arrive
  • Those who will be arriving late from the YYSO should still attend. 
  • Executive Director, Bill Lytle and Nurse/JHC Coordinator, Lark Ann Waltimyer will run the meeting. 
  • The meeting will conclude at the same time the Ice Breaker concludes.

Sincerely,
Donna Knott & Sue Feldmann



November 4, 2019
Dear JHC Candidates and Parents,

Please share all details of this email with your child TODAY! 

AUDITIONS SATURDAY, NOVEMBER 9

Returning members:  Wear your t-shirt!  

PARENTS: Please arrive with a completed 
Medical Form 
Conflict Form
Front AND back of Insurance card.  
Conflict Forms must be handed in even if you do NOT have conflicts. No forms, no copy of insurance card ~ no audition. Oh dear!

PARENTS: If possible, this is not the best day to bring young children. You will be seated quietly in the back of the audition room.

If you should wake up ill on Saturday, or have car trouble on your way to the audition, please text Mrs. Waltimyer immediately, 717-880-6555.

AUDITION SCHEDULE: See the schedule on the Student Center Tab and at the top of this page. Arrive 15 minutes before your audition time to warm up; verify the start of your audition time and the length of your stay, which includes audition/t-shirt fitting/photo/height time; verify the spelling of your name; verify that your voice part is correct.

AUDITION PROCESS:  
  • A parent must be present for the full 90 minutes, or your child may not audition.
  • Students evaluated on preparation: how well the student has prepared their music.
  • Evaluated on marking music: highlighting vocal part, correctly, completed required rhythms & Latin
  • Evaluated on preparation of scales & tonal patterns with correct hand signs, and solfege
  • Evaluated on clapping and counting out loud rhythm examples
  • Evaluated on vocal ability: intonation (singing in tune), tone quality (beauty of the sound), musicality (feeling phrasing, changing dynamics, etc.). The tie breaker will be stage presence.
  • NOTE: 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.

PARENTS: If you know NOW that you have a conflict with the formal outfit fittings on Saturday, November 16, please attend the additional fitting this Wednesday, November 6, 6:30 - 7:30 PM at Zion UMC. If you have a conflict, returning members should wear your outfit to the November 6 fitting for size and wear check, and new members will be fitted for a complete outfit. Please bring your tuition and outfit order form that was included in your orientation packet or found on the FORMS page of the Honors Choirs website. Do not fill out check until after fitting. 

Sincerely,
Donna Knott & Sue Feldmann & the JHC Staff
(A link to this page is located on the Student Center Page of the YCHC website - www.theYCHC.org.)


October 29, 2019
Dear JHC Candidates and Parents,  

Our Music Marking Parties, as well as last night’s rehearsal proved to be just what our students needed. NOTE: parents, please share this information with your child TONIGHT. 
Last night we learned that: 

Returning Candidates are not spending enough time on:
  •   Tonal syllables
  •   Guys learning Why We Sing, Benedictus and The Star-Spangled Banner  
  •   Sing counting AND Latin for Sicut Cervus
  •   Pages 4-6 of Sicut Cervus this week and all of Alway Something Sings next week!!!

New Candidates need to spend focused rehearsal time on
  •   Sicut Cervus sing counting AND Latin
  •   Alway Something Sings solidly 

This week’s email:
1. Audition Schedule 
2. Audition Process

AUDITION SCHEDULE (Located at the top of this page and a link is on the Student Center page):  Arrive 15 minutes before your audition time to warm up, verify the start of your audition time and the length of your audition time, verify the spelling of your name, verify that your voice part is correct.

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:
  •   Medical form completed
  •   A copy (not your original card) of your insurance card (front and back) must accompany your medical form
  •   Conflict Form (whether or not you have conflicts) 

90 minute audition includes:
  •   60 minute singing addition
  •   10 minutes photo taken & height measured
  •   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.

Sincerely,
Donna Knott & Sue Feldmann


October 22, 2019
Dear JHC Candidates and Parents, 

Mrs. Feldmann and I hope that you are finding success with the suggested rehearsal plan. You are now on week #2.

This week’s email:
1. Music Marking Party (members wear JHC t-shirt)
2. Audition Schedule 
3. Audition Process
4. October 28 Rehearsal (optional, strongly encouraged)

MUSIC MARKING PARTY: Wednesday 10/23 or Thursday 10/24, 6:00 - 8:00 PM
• JHC members wear your JHC t-shirt
• 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

AUDITION SCHEDULEDATE CHANGE - the audition schedule will be posted on the Honors Choir website Student Center page on Tuesday October 29.

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 addition
  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 REHEARSAL:
• October 28, 6:30 - 8:00 PM
• Bring your music and a pencil
• We will mainly work on Benedictus, Sicut Cervus and Alway Something Sings

Sincerely,
Donna Knott & Sue Feldmann


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:
        Medical form completed
        o A copy (not your original card) of your insurance card (front and back) must accompany your medical form
        Conflict Form (whether or not you have conflicts) 

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

90 minute audition includes:
        o15 minutes to warm up
        o45 minute singing audition
        o10 minutes photo taken & height measured
        o20 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 Returning Candidates & Parents,

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

  •   Please wear your JHC t-shirt. 
  •   Bring your music for Benedictus, Why We Sing & The Star-Spangled Banner.  
  •   Be prepared to welcome the new candidates and be willing to watch over them and anticipate their needs.
  •   Note the small adjustment in the schedule; girls will be finished by 4:20 or sooner.
  •   We are still seeking 1 more Logistics Coordinator for the season. This is a paid position. If you are interested, please complete the form on the Forms Page of the Honors Choir website.

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



September 9 and 17, 2019
Dear JHC Parents & Singers,

Orientation on October 13 is just around the corner. We hope you will register this week!

This week’s information includes:
Seeking Logistics Coordinators
  Communication
Orientation
Rehearsal tracks are on our website 
Honors Choir Handbook

Seeking a Logistics Coordinator:
This is a paid position.
See the website Forms page for the job description and application.
We are seeking a present 7th or 8th grade parent.

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: 
FIND YOUR MUSIC ~ Benedictus, Why We Sing, Star-Spangled Banner
         oGuys ~ new music will be given to you because of your voice change
         oGirls ~ new music will not be given to you
Wear your JHC t-shirt
Girls: hair up and off of your face
Guys: bangs away from eyes

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:
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.  
2-3 more songs will be added at a later time for the November 9 audition.

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,

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 28, 2019
Welcome Back JHC Parents & Returning Candidates!!!

Mrs. Feldmann, Mrs. Waltimyer, Mrs. Carpenter, Carol and I are looking forward to seeing everyone (parent and singers) at Orientation on October 13. The weekly information is now officially beginning. By now you know it will be your responsibility to check our website Student Center page for the weekly communication. The information can be found there each Tuesday or Wednesday. It will no longer come from my personal email address.

We are so anxious to get our season rolling. The Honors Choirs office and JHC staff have been cranking out plans and details since August 1.  

This week’s information includes:

  •   Registration begins
  •   Seeking Logistics Coordinators
  •   Rehearsal tracks are on our website 
  •   Honors Choir Handbook

Registration:

  •   Returning candidates (you) must register again this year.  
  •   Registration packets and registration link can be found on the website Student Center page.
  •   Make note of the SCHEDULE that is included with registration packets. Mark you calendar now with these dates!
  •   You should NOT receive your information from your school choral director, private teacher, church director.  
  •   If you have someone to recommend, send their name AND email address to Donna Knott (tdknott@comcast.net). We cannot communicate without their email address. Please be sure that their character, passion for singing, level of musicianship and willingness to work as a team member are above average.

Seeking a Logistics Coordinator:

  •   This is a paid position.
  •   See the website Forms page for the job description and application.
  •   We are seeking a present 7th or 8th grade parent.

Rehearsal Tracks on the Website:

  •   Auditions are going to be more competitive than ever due to our trip to Carnegie Hall.
  •   You may wish to begin preparing for your November 9 audition.
  •   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.  
  •   2-3 more songs will be added at a later time for the November 9 audition.

Honors Choir Handbook:

  •   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