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)387-2208 Ext: 27252 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. Students with "fun" hair dyes will be asked to use a 24 hour natural hair color for all concerts. These kits are uner $20 at your local stores. Fair share will cover the cost of the Pops t-shirt. Girls will also need long solid black pants (no leggings) or an ankle length solid black skirt for the pops concert. Uniformity in look is the key. The audience needs to be focused on the singing and not with distractions.
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 October 1 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. Checks written to APAB or you can use PayPal. Pay Pal info will be emailed to you soon.
Treasurer: April Swales [email protected]
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 our pops concert. These are big events. 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, 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 $65 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 $65 to the Apex Performing Arts Boosters (APAB). Fair share is due Oct 27 . Fair share does not include ticket sales, trips, CD orders or uniforms. Below is the fair share break down. Ticket sales will pay for instrumentalists and music.
Fair Share $65
$10 Chorus T-Shirt
$20 Meredith Festival Registration & Bus Rental Fees
$10 Pops Concert Meal
$10 Pops Concert Sound Rental
$15 Spring Banquet (End of Year Awards & Fellowship)
Chorus Trip: April 1-April 9, 2017
Europe---Germany, Austria and Venice 1st and 3rd periods only. Our Tri-High Choral Festival with the Advanced Mixed Groups from Apex, Garner, and Middle Creek will be doing Tri-Fly! Interest meeting August 31 7:00 Middle Creek Auditorium
Apex High School Honors Women Auditions for the 2018-2019 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!
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.