Chorus FAQ

What if I am too sick to sing in class?

Posted by: Ms. Flook
In my experience, the general rule of choral directors with regard to one's ability to sing is this:
"If you are well enough to speak, you are well enough to sing."

If a student is too ill to sing, a written note is required from the parent/guardian in order to excuse the student from singing. The note should include a valid reason (what is the illness) and the expected date(s) the student will need to be on vocal rest. Vocal rest is only beneficial if the vocal chords are truly rested (minimal to no talking).
The written notification will excuse the student from singing for the specified number of days. It will not excuse him/her from participating.

Students who claim to need vocal rest but do not have a parent/guardian note are given one "grace day" of vocal rest before points are deducted.

What if I can’t attend a concert/performance, after-school rehearsal or other required event?

Posted by: Ms. Flook
Written notification from the parent/guardian is required in advance (4 weeks prior to a performance; 2 weeks prior to a rehearsal).
That note must include: a valid explanation, the date written, parent signature, phone number & email address (if applicable).
Turning in a note DOES NOT excuse the student. This note is reviewed by Ms. Flook (and administration if necessary) in order to determine whether or not the absence is legitimate (approved). Absences are handled on a case-by-case basis.
Excused absences require the student to complete a written assignment (for a maximum of 89% credit) in lieu of the performance grade.

What kinds of absences are not excused?

Posted by: Ms. Flook
Some examples of unacceptable excuses: lack of transportation (make arrangements in advance. If no solution can be found, contact the teacher to discuss a solution); some sporting events/practices, lack of appropriate concert attire (see p. 6); failure to communicate; etc. Unexcused absences do not have the option of completing a written assignment.

Why do I have to turn in a note in advance?

Each chorus member plays a vital role in the ensemble. If you cannot attend a rehearsal or performance, the teacher may need to reassign voice parts, adjust choreography/riser positions, select new music and/or cancel. Last minute changes create difficulty and confusion so communicate in a timely manner.

What if I have a last minute, unforeseen, emergency resulting in an absence?

A note including the same information listed above is required. Situations will be dealt with on a case-by-case basis. Full credit (100%) cannot be received by the student even if the absence is excused. Excused absences require the student to complete a written assignment (for a maximum of 89% credit) in lieu of the performance grade.

What if I have a CTMS/JCS curricular conflict?

If an agreement cannot be made, in the case of a conflict between curricular school activities and/or sporting events, the school principal will have the final say as to which activity the student is to attend.

What if I have a CTMS athletic conflict?

A general rule of thumb is: conflicts between rehearsals and sporting practices usually result in students splitting time; sporting games/meets take priority over chorus rehearsals; choral concerts take priority over sports.

What do I wear to a concert?

Posted by: Ms. Flook
As a chorus, the goal is for the group to look uniform. This means no one student should receive more visual attention from the audience than the other students.

Formal Attire
Bottoms:
Solid BLACK pants (or a FULL-LENGTH skirt)
Solid BLACK dress shoes (Please make sure shoes are comfortable to stand and walk in.)

Tops:
(boys) A WHITE collared shirt (ie: dress shirt or polo). Tie: Dark, Solid-colored (or minimumly patterened). Suit jackets are not permitted. Please remember an undershirt. (girls) A WHITE blouse. Sleeveless shirts and/or spaghetti straps are not permitted.

Casual Attire:
Bottoms: Jeans (shade of blue. no holes.)
Tops: White shirt

Other things to think about when dressing for a concert:
1. Do not wear perfume or other strong smells.
2. Do wear deodorant.
3. Represent yourself professionally in your attire and appearance. The audience will judge you by the way you look before they ever hear you sing.
4. Do not wear flashy jewelry or hair accessories.
5. If you question your attire, ask yourself the following, "Have I followed the requirements above?" and "Do I look dressed up?"

I can't get/afford my concert attire. What do I do?

Posted by: Ms. Flook
Many students in the past have borrowed something from a friend for the concert. If this is not a option, please first check the Good Will or another consignment shop.
Families who are struggling financially may request assistance from the CTMS Music Boosters in order to purchase concert attire. This request must come at least one month prior to the concert. Requests of this nature are kept confidential.

What if I come to a concert without proper concert attire?

Any student not wearing the appropriate outfit will have points deducted from his/her performance grade. In extreme cases, students may not be allowed to perform.

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