Apex High School Choral Department
Dear Parents and Students,
I hope that the beginning of the school year has been smooth and that you are settling into a routine that works for your family. I am so excited about beginning a new year. There are 3 chorus classes that we offer here at Apex. 1st period is Men’s Chorus, 2nd period is Intermediate Women’s Chorus and 3rd period is Honors Women’s Chorus. The classes perform alone and as SATB Mixed Choirs. Being in chorus is a privilege, and one that many schools are currently doing without. Chorus is hard work and definitely a group effort. In order to maintain the success of our program, I need your help and support. Please read the following contract, sign and return by September 2. If I do not have a signed contract from your family, your child will be asked to have their scheduled changed.
EMAIL IS MY #1 SOURCE OF PARENT COMMUNICATION. It is crucial that you PRINT your email address on the bottom of the contract. All grades are accessed via Powerschools only. Interims will not be printed, sent home, or emailed. I will notify you by email when I have updated the grades. Parents and students can check grades anytime using Powerschools. If you do not have email, you may list a close relative, your child’s or your phone number. You may also use our website. Updates will also be posted there. I am in my office 4th period if you need to contact me by phone. (919)387-3016 Students will also join my remind group for reminders and updates.
To access your child’s grade……..Please note that you may not be able to do this until after open house. If you have trouble, please ask someone at open house.
Students will be required to sing a variety of choral literature both sacred and secular. Students will not be expected to believe, practice or worship any of the sacred literature, but will be asked to sing and study it as a part of our world’s music history. Music originated in the church. It is simply another style of music that is crucial to learning. Most of the sacred selections that we sing are state adapted.
Each student is required to purchase or fundraise the money for a uniform. You keep that uniform and you do not have to purchase another one unless you grow. Tux pieces may be bought separately. Students are fitted for the uniforms here at school. Dresses are $60 and Tuxes are $145. Students will need to purchase closed toe black dress shoes on their own. If a girl needs to replace her bling-bling, they are $8. I have a few used dresses for those in financial need, but not in every size. Kids also post flyers up in the room for used dresses. Feel free to take one if needed. If there is a financial need, please contact me ASAP. No contact means you can do this with fund raising opportunities. Fair share will cover the cost of the Pops t-shirt. Girls will also need long solid black pants (no leggings) or a m ankle length solid black skirt for the pops concert.
Apex Performing Arts Boosters (APAB):
Each parent of an AHS chorus student is a member of the Apex Performing Arts Boosters. You will receive more information on how you can get involved at our informance on September 15 at 6:30 in the auditorium. You will also meet our Booster Board. They will be your go to people for account balances, volunteering and fund raisers. Any other questions or concerns should be directed at Mrs. Copley.
Cheesecake/Cookie dough: Mr. Cremmins [email protected]
Plant sales: Mrs. Elmore [email protected]
Fair Share and Finances:
Our school funds do not exist. It takes quite a bit of money to keep our program going. We have 400-700 people in attendance at every concert, and over 2000 at the pops concert. Our auditorium seats 230 on a good day. Because of this, we are forced to use outside facilities for our concerts. The school does not pay for this. Even if we use another Wake County auditorium, we still have a fee. To offset the cost, the majority of our concerts have admission fees, but this did not pay for everything that we needed. Several years ago, I came up with the idea of having a fair share. I was having thousands of dollars in my possession at a time, whether it was taking money up for pizza before the concerts, or collecting for festival money. It was everywhere and I felt like I was nickel and diming the parents to death. The Booster Board and I sat down, looked at those expenses, totaled the money spent and divided it amongst the kids in chorus. The fee each year is different, based on the total of kids we have. This year, we are asking each student to fund raise $90 for their fair share. I will never ask for money unless there is a fund raiser attached with it. If you do not wish to fund raise, you may write a check for $90 to the Apex Performing Arts Boosters (APAB). Fair share is due November 10. Fair share does not include ticket sales, trips, CD orders or uniforms. Below is the fair share break down.
Fair Share $90
$15 Chorus T-Shirt
$5 Winter Concert Meal
$5 Spring Concert Meal
$20 Meredith Festival Registration & Bus Rental Fees
$12 Pops Concert Meal
$20 Pops Concert Facility Rental Fees
$13 Spring Banquet (End of Year Awards & Fellowship)
Chorus Trip: November 30-December 4, 2016
By audition, we were chosen to perform at Disney’s Epcot Candlelight Christmas Processional…this year with Whoopi Goldberg. $250 deposit was paid before school got out in June. Another $250 is due Sept 13. I have 4 spots for students left. 1st come 1st serve. Still have slots for chaperones. The price is $650 and covers 5 parks, bus, hotel, and 2 meals per day. Itinerary will be distributed at our Sept 15th meeting. Kids will miss 2 days of school. Save up for spring break 2018---Europe (Advanced Mixed only) more details to come in the semester.
Apex High School Honors Women Auditions for the 2017-18 school year:
Honors Auditions for next year will be held in the Spring. Rising Freshmen are not allowed to audition. Honors credit is based on work ethic, behavior, dependability, responsibility, music literacy scores, written tests, and trio/quartet test grades. The cut off scores for quartet tests and sight reading tests are usually an 85+ and some years 90+. This depends talent in the program and space availability in the class. A boy that wishes to receive Honors credit, must have completed 1 full year of Chorus with me along with the qualifications listed above.
Tri-M National Music Honor Society:
Tri-M is a National Music Honor Society for Chorus, Band and Strings. Students must be currently enrolled in an Honors Music class at Apex all year and must maintain a B average in their academic classes and an A in all music classes. Dates for the application process and induction ceremony are on the calendar. To apply go to tiny.cc/ahsorchestra Mr. Miller’s google site!
ALL CHECKS MADE OUT TO APEX Performing Arts Boosters APAB. There is a box in the chorus trailer. Any money turned in during the year must go in the locked box in an envelope. Please write your name and what the money is for on the memo lines of the checks. Cash is not the best option! You can’t track it. No coins!
I have read and understand the parent/student contract and calendar. I agree to abide by all rules set in this info packet. I also understand that I am able to access Chorus grades in SPAN using the steps above. If I do not have access to the internet at home, my child will log in to SPAN at school and print Progress Reports to bring home. I also understand that if I cannot abide to these rules that I will have to get my scheduled changed. It will not include chorus. If there is a financial need in my family, I will communicate with Mrs. Copley privately ASAP.
I also give permission to Mrs. Copley to distribute my email to the Booster Board in order to receive info and reminders. I also give permission to use my child’s chorus picture on our website.
Student Name ____________________________ (print)
Student Signature _________________________
Guardian’s Name __________________________ (print)
Parent Home Phone___________________
Parent 1 Cell Phone___________________
Parent 2 Cell Phone____________________
Parent’s Email:_____________________________ **required
Contract due Friday September 2!
Heather Copley has been the director at Apex High School for 19 years. She holds a Bachelor of Music in Education and a Bachelor of Arts in Voice from Meredith College in Raleigh, North Carolina. Each year Mrs. Copley is the Music Director for the Apex Fine Arts Department's Musical Productions and is the advisor to the Apex High School Tri-M Honor Music Society. She is also a member of NCMEA, MENC, and ACDA. Mrs. Copley serves as member at large on the NCMEA High School Chorus Executive Board.