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General Discussion / Revolving door in MS Choir
« Last post by bmartindale on March 26, 2014, 07:58:32 AM »
I have a 7-8 grade middle school choir of about 30.  The schedule, at the moment, is the lesser of two evils. I see all of the choir on M W F and on T Th about 12 of them go to PE.  This is not too bad. However, students get pulled for remediation and or PACE during the 9 weeks and filter back in later.  At the 9 week change, I may lose 8-12 due to remediation and gain 4-6 just out of the blue.
My question is; Should I even try to form this group into a CPA worthy choir?  Should I attempt to offer All-Region tryouts?  Or, should I relax and teach a little sight singing, theory, and try to learn some choral lit. of substance?
Daily Announcements / January 8, 2014
« Last post by tomstreet on January 08, 2014, 09:55:19 AM »
1. There has been a change in the Soprano 1 section in the Southwest Region list of all state eligible students. Please login to the Communications Center if you wish to view it.

2. Speaking of All State eligible students - any student who participated in your all region mixed choir and scored from chair 20 down to your all state allotment is shown as an alternate unless you notify me to delete them. That means in some cases you may have a student shown as a 6th alternate - or even higher. These students will remain listed as alternates until and unless you ask that they be deleted. Unless you plan to bring them for the alternate pool please notify me to drop them before January 31st.

3. I have set up an area on the website where all All State information will be posted. As we get closer to tryouts and clinic please keep an eye on that area.

3B. ALL STATE ERRATA - My Spirit Is Uncaged - On page 12, measure 47, the bass part enhanced incorrectly plays an E natural on the & of beat 2 (syllable "-lant") instead of the written D natural. This will be added to the errata list.

4. I notice in looking at the online submissions for CPA approval that several have already posted requests. YAY! More and more folks are scanning music an attaching it as a pdf. Convenient no? If you're interested in a scanning app for your phone just check your app store. There are several free and commercial apps that work well. I personally use Scanner Pro. I'm told that TinyScan is also good.

Related to that; the deadline for submitting music for approval is February 1.

Also, please don't bury the section chairs with a large number of requests hoping that one will stick. They have choirs to prepare too.

5. The list of previous all state titles will be repaired and online later today. Currently it isn't available.

6. For Ron Guess (Pocahontas) - Are you aware of any High School Choral Music programs in our state that may be offering concurrent credit with colleges and universities in their area?  Also, do you know of any Choral programs in our Northeast Region that may have Advanced Placement (AP) Vocal Music classes? You can contact Ron at
Daily Announcements / December 16, 2013
« Last post by tomstreet on December 16, 2013, 10:08:13 AM »
Hoo-Wee! This past week or so really played havoc with a ton of holiday performances. I know for many of you it's been a scramble trying to reschedule, or, in some cases, cancel. Makes the break all that more a relief.

As the semester ends a couple of things;

1. Going into the break please touch bases with your all state people to make certain they are on track. Once we get back from the break the roller coaster takes off again.

2. Speaking of tryouts, as the date gets closer please touch bases on the website to make certain you are keeping current on info as it is posted.

3. Remember that the spring AAA eligibility lists and certificate will be due on February 1st. I'm not certain how that might impact those of you who missed a lot of school but we'll handle those as needed. The main thin is to get the all state people certified before tryouts.

4. I posted a couple of links on the website under the Christmas decorations. One is the CPA primer that has been posted for several years for the new folks. Another is to something we're going to look at doing with tryouts. If you're going to be working at tryouts please check that out and respond if interested.

OK. 4 is more than a couple.

As we wrap up the fall semester take time to reflect on your accomplishments and gear up for a great spring!

Daily Announcements / September 30, 2013
« Last post by tomstreet on September 30, 2013, 05:26:29 AM »
WHOOSH! Tomorrow is October 1st. Lots'a deadlines.

I posted a link on the website to a list of schools that have incomplete AAA
eligibility. These are schools that sent either their list or the
certificate but not both. If your school doesn't show up on the list of
eligible schools please check to make certain it's not on that list. If so,
these must be corrected before your students will be allowed to participate.

Adding yourself to the online directory is REALLY important. The list of
last years' members will be deleted in a week or so after giving time for
the late registrations. If you've not added yourself yet please do so.

I love 'em all (well, maybe not so much July and August), but October may
very well be my favorite month. Here's to a colorful fall!
Daily Announcements / September 26, 2013
« Last post by tomstreet on September 26, 2013, 06:33:53 AM »
The trouble with being gone for 3 days is what's waiting for you work-wise
when you come back; 86 emails and a stack of mail about 5 inches tall. I
WILL get to each one. Just please be patient.

If you are having issues with registering students for tryouts please take a
moment to view the video on the website. Got to Videos, How to Register
Students for Tryouts (clever title huh?). It's about 9 minutes long. The
visual aspect is different from the video but the process is the same.

Fixin' to get serious isn't it?
Daily Announcements / September 16, 2013
« Last post by tomstreet on September 16, 2013, 05:56:21 AM »
Two weeks from today is (druuuuuummmmmmrrrrolllll) OCTOBER 1. Please make
certain your eligibility and fees are taken care of by that date.

This week has some of the deadlines for entering students for tryouts in
certain regions. If you're like me you assume that something will go wrong
when you have to do something on a computer. So please don't wait until the
absolute last minute to enter your students. If you haven't done so, at
least log in to your account(s) to make certain that you will have access
when the time comes.

Big thanks to those who completed the social media survey on the website. I
will leave the link there through this week. If you've not yet completed it
please take a moment. I'd like to have as many participants as I can get
before publishing the results.
Daily Announcements / September 9, 2013
« Last post by tomstreet on September 09, 2013, 08:43:46 AM »
Three weeks from tomorrow!!

Both things (Fees and AAA) are obviously important. There's one big
difference though. If you haven't sent in your fees yet there is a
delinquent fees form that you will be asked to sign that says it will be
paid before the next event or your students won't be allowed to participate
further. So there's a safety valve.

With the AAA eligibility there's not. If that's not been properly submitted
by the time of your first interscholastic event your students will not be
allowed to participate. No late forms, I promises, etc. Remember
Daily Announcements / September 6, 2013
« Last post by tomstreet on September 06, 2013, 07:19:44 AM »
The Voting Booth closes at noon today on the two motions from the board that
were presented in Hot Springs. If you've not yet voted please do so before
noon. You will need to log in to the Discussion Center to see the ballots.
If you're not registered there you can do that also.

As you might imagine, this time of year our Divisions of Membership and AAA
Eligibility Management are receiving a considerable amount of communications
as schools get registered and eligibility forms are received. We have hired
several temporary workers (not) to help with the workload but sometimes
things may fall through the cracks.

If you know that you sent your fees or AAA eligibility but your school
doesn't show up as paid/eligible please contact us at CHQ so we can follow

Because as we ALL KNOWŠŠ. October 1ŠŠŠ

Daily Announcements / August 30, 2013
« Last post by tomstreet on August 30, 2013, 07:32:01 AM »
Friday and a long weekend!

I have posted a link to the first reported errata in the all region/state
music and/or cd. Please send me those as you learn of them. I will let
everyone know when they are reported to me.

I have also posted a link to an important announcement about the core arts

If you haven't voted on the two board motions please try to do that asap.
The polls will close next Friday.
Daily Announcements / August 28, 2013
« Last post by tomstreet on August 28, 2013, 06:16:22 AM »
Wow. August is almost gone. Wish I could say the same for the heat!

Reminder that the voting booth is open in the Discussion Center. To view and
cast your vote you will need to register in the Discussion Center and then
log in. The poll will stay open through next Friday (September 6).

Speaking of the Discussion Center
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