Junior Choir Weekly Emails from Director
January 13, 2019
JHC will be canceled today. 

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

PLEASE TOSS OUT ALL PREVIOUS SCHEDULES. THE ONE ATTACHED AT THE TOP OF THIS PAGE HAS BEEN UPDATED.

The parent meeting date will remain the same. 

Respectfully,
Donna A. Knott
www.TheYCHC.org 



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.

​Parent 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.

PLEASE GIVE YOUR SYNERGY CANDIDATE THE INFORMATION INCLUDED IN THIS EMAIL.

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.

Sincerely,
Donna Knott, Director
Sue Feldmann, Associate Director


December 3, 2018
 Dear Parents and Students,

PLEASE GIVE YOUR SYNERGY CANDIDATE THE FOLLOWING INFORMATION TODAY.

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.

​Sincerely,
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

SCHEDULE:  
  •   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".


Respectfully,
Donna Knott & Sue Feldmann
www.TheYCHC.org 



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!)  
Respectfully,
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.

Attachments:

  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.

Respectfully,
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
  Attachments
  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

Respectfully,
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.

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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.

Respectfully,
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)
  •   BRIDGE OVER TROUBLED WATER:

        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

Respectfully,
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.

PLEASE PRINT THE ATTACHMENT (In blue box at top of page) FOR YOUR CHILD TODAY.

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.

Respectfully,
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!

Respectfully,
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. 😊

   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!

Respectfully,
Donna Knott & Sue Feldmann