Junior Honors Choir Weekly Choir and Synergy Information from Directors
June 19, 2019
 Dear JHC Parents,

I hope you are having a delightful summer! This is my final communication for the season. My office will closed July 1 through August 1.

Next seasons schedule is attached at the top of this page. Please place the dates on your calendar.

Lastly,

The Belmont is holding auditions. If you have any questions please contact the director, Rene Staub at rene@thebelmont.org.
Auditions for The Belmont Theatre’s production of Disney’s FROZEN, JR. A Musical on the Mainstage
Ages 18 & Younger (no younger than 7)
Vocally strong Actors, Actresses as well as Technical Dancers are needed.
Show will be cast age appropriate and older characters will be cast with older teens.

Auditions will be held June 25 and 26 at 3p.m. OR 4p.m.
You only need to audition on one day.

Please call 717-854-5715 or email  info@thebelmont.org to schedule your audition.

For auditions: Please prepare around 16 bars of a song that best shows your vocal range.
Dress comfortably and be prepared to dance. Song can be from the show. Bring your cell phone or iPad with accompaniment for your song. We will have an aux cord and speakers to play your accompaniment.

Show will take place September 13-15, 20-22, & 27-29, 2019.
Tickets will go on sale July 1.

Director is Rene Staub

Roles Available

Young Anna

Young Anna, Middle Anna, and Anna are all the young Princess of Arendelle at different ages. Filled with a tremendous amount of light, energy, and love, Anna is a hopelessly optimistic extrovert at all ages, but as she grows older, she longs for connection with others, especially her sister, Elsa. Each version of this warm and determined princess requires a strong singer with great comic timing. Because Anna and Elsa share such a close bond, consider auditioning these roles together to get a sense of the performers' chemistry. Once your actors playing Young Anna and Middle Anna are finished with these roles, consider adding them to the ensemble for the remainder of the show.
Gender: Female
Vocal range top: D5
Vocal range bottom: A3

Middle Anna

Young Anna, Middle Anna, and Anna are all the young Princess of Arendelle at different ages. Filled with a tremendous amount of light, energy, and love, Anna is a hopelessly optimistic extrovert at all ages, but as she grows older, she longs for connection with others, especially her sister, Elsa. Each version of this warm and determined princess requires a strong singer with great comic timing. Because Anna and Elsa share such a close bond, consider auditioning these roles together to get a sense of the performers' chemistry. Once your actors playing Young Anna and Middle Anna are finished with these roles, consider adding them to the ensemble for the remainder of the show.
Gender: Female
Vocal range top: B4
Vocal range bottom: A3

Anna

Young Anna, Middle Anna, and Anna are all the young Princess of Arendelle at different ages. Filled with a tremendous amount of light, energy, and love, Anna is a hopelessly optimistic extrovert at all ages, but as she grows older, she longs for connection with others, especially her sister, Elsa. Each version of this warm and determined princess requires a strong singer with great comic timing. Because Anna and Elsa share such a close bond, consider auditioning these roles together to get a sense of the performers' chemistry. Once your actors playing Young Anna and Middle Anna are finished with these roles, consider adding them to the ensemble for the remainder of the show.
Gender: Female
Vocal range top: D5
Vocal range bottom: G3

Young Elsa

Young Elsa, Middle Elsa, and Elsa are all the elder Princess of Arendelle at different ages. Next in line for the throne, Elsa has been born with magical powers that can overwhelm her when she becomes afraid and harm others if not handled with care. Fearful of hurting anyone, especially her beloved sister, Anna, Elsa becomes anxious and withdrawn as she grows older, before eventually learning to take control of, and become confident in, her powers which she masterfully uses to manipulate the Snow Chorus. With the exception of Middle Elsa, who has only one lyric, look for very strong singers who can portray Elsa's restrained nature. Once your actors playing Young Elsa and Middle Elsa are finished with these roles, consider adding them to the ensemble for the remainder of the show.
Gender: Female
Vocal range top: C#5
Vocal range bottom: A3

Middle Elsa

Young Elsa, Middle Elsa, and Elsa are all the elder Princess of Arendelle at different ages. Next in line for the throne, Elsa has been born with magical powers that can overwhelm her when she becomes afraid and harm others if not handled with care. Fearful of hurting anyone, especially her beloved sister, Anna, Elsa becomes anxious and withdrawn as she grows older, before eventually learning to take control of, and become confident in, her powers which she masterfully uses to manipulate the Snow Chorus. With the exception of Middle Elsa, who has only one lyric, look for very strong singers who can portray Elsa's restrained nature. Once your actors playing Young Elsa and Middle Elsa are finished with these roles, consider adding them to the ensemble for the remainder of the show.
Gender: Female
Vocal range top: F#4
Vocal range bottom: A3

Elsa

Young Elsa, Middle Elsa, and Elsa are all the elder Princess of Arendelle at different ages. Next in line for the throne, Elsa has been born with magical powers that can overwhelm her when she becomes afraid and harm others if not handled with care. Fearful of hurting anyone, especially her beloved sister, Anna, Elsa becomes anxious and withdrawn as she grows older, before eventually learning to take control of, and become confident in, her powers which she masterfully uses to manipulate the Snow Chorus. With the exception of Middle Elsa, who has only one lyric, look for very strong singers who can portray Elsa's restrained nature. Once your actors playing Young Elsa and Middle Elsa are finished with these roles, consider adding them to the ensemble for the remainder of the show.
Gender: Female
Vocal range top: D5
Vocal range bottom: F#3

King Agnarr

The warm-hearted ruler of Arendelle is committed to protecting both his family and the Townspeople from his eldest daughter's powers. With only one singing solo, focus on casting an actor who can play this father figure convincingly.
Gender: Male

Queen Iduna

The queen possesses a sense of rightness and kindness that guides her in her protection of her two young girls. A daughter of the Northern Nomads, this queen has the ability to communicate with the Hidden Folk of the mountains and so understands Elsa's powers deeply; look for an actor who can portray this sense of compassion.
Gender: Female

Pabbie

Pabbie and Bulda are the mystical leaders of the Hidden Folk who have a soft spot for "strays." Ever-benevolent, these parental figures want what's best for Kristoff, even if they are a bit misguided in their efforts. Look for amiable performers who will endear themselves to the audience in the crowd- pleaser, "Fixer Upper."
Gender: Any

Bulda

Pabbie and Bulda are the mystical leaders of the Hidden Folk who have a soft spot for "strays." Ever-benevolent, these parental figures want what's best for Kristoff, even if they are a bit misguided in their efforts. Look for amiable performers who will endear themselves to the audience in the crowd- pleaser, "Fixer Upper."
Gender: Any

Bishop

The bishop officiates the coronation and passing of the crown to Elsa. This spiritual supervisor must communicate to the Townspeople of Arendelle in a serious and formal manner.
Gender: Any

Kristoff

Kristoff is a hardworking ice harvester. Kristoff has a sarcastic veneer and a rough-around-the-edges exterior that hides a big heart. Taken in by the Hidden Folk when he was young, he loves Pabbie and Bulda dearly, but is a bit of a loner with a reindeer for a best friend- until he meets Anna. With only a few short singing solos, focus on casting a performer who can balance a cynical sense of humor with charming banter.
Gender: Male
Vocal range top: A3
Vocal range bottom: G2

Sven

Sven is a reindeer of few words, fiercely loyal pal to Kristoff, and loves giving the ice harvester a hard time. Look for a performer with good comic timing and terrific physical acting skills who can devise a strong movement vocabulary to bring this furry charmer to life. 
Gender: Any
Vocal range top: A4
Vocal range bottom: A3

Hans

The ambitious Prince of the Southern Isles and overlooked thirteenth son of a king. Hans constantly strives to find a way to make good and stand out. He boasts an exceedingly charming facade that fools everyone - including Anna and, ideally, the audience! - into believing he's Prince Charming, when really, he's just a jerk. Cast an actor who can play both sides of this two-faced prince with relish as well as confidently sing the moments of harmony in "Love Is an Open Door."
Gender: Male
Vocal range top: B3
Vocal range bottom: G2

Weselton

A visiting duke who possesses a huge inferiority complex. A bombastic, overbearing sycophant, Weselton's sole purpose is to hobnob with influencers and royalty. Look for an actor who can portray the narrow-minded naysayer with over-the-top gusto.
Gender: Any

Olaf
The Magical Snowman Created By Anna And Elsa When They Were Young. Olaf Is Endearingly Delighted By Everything - Especially The Idea Of Summer. Goofy And Sweet, Olaf Should Possess A Childlike Innocence And Excellent Comic Timing.
Gender: Male
Vocal range top: D4
Vocal range bottom: F#2

Oaken

An exceedingly cheerful and convivial wandering salesperson and ardent devotee to all things cozy and comfortable. Oaken's "Hygge" is a showstopper, so cast an actor who can portray the peppy peddler's infectious warmth with flair and good humor.
Gender: Any

Ensemble

Includes the following roles: Townspeople, Snow Chorus, Hidden Folk, Castle Staff, Housekeeper, Butler, Handmaiden, Cook, Steward, Guards, Summer Chorus, Oaken's Family
Gender: Any



June 3, 2019
Dear JHC Singers and Parents,

CONGRATULATIONS to our amazing choir! Wow! What a night. The JHC staff and directors were so proud of you! Mrs. Feldmann nor I could have asked more of you! What a fearsome force of fabulous singers! ☺ It was a thrill to experience your exuberance and delight when you walked off of the stage! Woo hoo!

FINAL EMAIL: Sadly, this will be the final email of the season. As we bring this season to a close, we are already working on next season. We hope you will all be returning for your audition in the fall.  

We could not send the 9th graders off without a huge "note" of appreciation. Thank you for the strong leadership role you each played in bringing this choir to the heights we reached last night. You have left a mark on the hearts and minds of your younger peers, as well as the staff. The future JHC has big shoes to fill, just as you did. But, you filled those shoes to over flowing this year! We will miss you all!!  

RECOMMENDATIONS: Your recommendations for present 6, 7 and 8 grade singers would be greatly appreciated. Please include their name, grade and email in an email to Donna Knott at tdknott@comcast.net. We will send them the registration materials.

PLEASE SEE THE ATTACHED SCHEDULE for the 2019-2020 JUNIOR HONORS CHOIR SEASON at the top of this page. Please place these dates on your calendar now.

CARNEGIE HALL: If you were unable to attend the Carnegie Hall meeting last week please see our website. A link to preliminary info about Carnegie is with the invitation on our homepage. Click on the picture.

From the JHC staff, Sue Feldmann and myself, thank you for an amazing season! We look forward to seeing the 7th and 8th graders next year and the 9th graders in SENIOR HONORS CHOIR! Have a delightful summer! 

 Sincerely, Donna Knott & Sue Feldmann.



May 29, 2019
Hello JHC Families!

Last nights meeting regarding the trip to Carnegie Hall was full of good information. I will be sending that information out next week.  

Tonight's email:
Sunday's concert
9th Graders "pass it on" speech
Next Season’s schedule 2019-20
Recruiting
Registration


June 2 Appell Center concert 6:30 - 8:30 PM: 
The Call Time, entrance door and exit door are ATTACHED at the top of this page.  
Reminders: 
oI'm needing to reiterate these because too many have been pushing the limits. 
oPlease SHOWER and wash your hair before coming on Sunday.
oGirls, please wear make-up ~ blush and lip stick. The make-up is much heavier than what you would wear everyday. The lights wash it out.
oGirls, ALL hair in a bun please. Please, no pieces of hair hanging down.
oGirls, please no athletic or colored bras. You will be asked to take it off.
oGentle, bangs off of your eyebrows.
oEveryone, you must wear black socks, not ankle socks, no skin showing please.
oEveryone, no jewelry of any kind ~ not even earrings. Sorry, the limit has been pushed too far.  

9th Graders "pass it on" speech:
Each year the 9th grade class selects 3 people to speak to the present 7th & 8th graders during dinner. 
The staff steps out of the room.
You are passing on wisdom and encouragement as you prepare the future 2019-2020 leaders.  
Think about who should speak on behalf of the 9th grade class.
Do you wish to speak ~ plan on 2 minutes of a prepared speech.

2019-2020 Season Calendar: It is attached.  
Please mark these dates and times on your calendars now. This is the final schedule.

Recruiting:
Please share the names of present 6th graders whom you know would be a good candidate for next year's JHC.
Parents, if you have contact with other parents, please encourage their child to audition.  
I am trying to gather the names of 6th graders BEFORE they switch to a new building and a new choral director.  
If we don't catch them now they will fall through the cracks.
All 6th grade teachers in your school district received the registration materials for their 6th grade students last week.  
Their deadline to register is next week.

Registration
7th & 8th graders in September. 
oYou will receive an email from the Honors Choir office with registration information.  
oPlease do not get your registration materials from your music teacher in September.
9th graders register NOW for SHC. You will find the information on the Honors Choir website Student Center page.
oThere is a deadline for registration.T

The JHC staff, Mrs. Feldmann and I are looking forward to sharing Sunday's concert with you!  
Sincerely, Donna Knott & Sue Feldmann