FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE Contact: Jonathan Minkoff Tel. 212-480-4240 X238 Email: Jonathan [AT] SingStrong. orgSINGSTRONG A CAPPELLA FESTIVAL FIGHTS ALZHEIMER’S 3 Day A cappella Music Festival Raises Money For Charity RESTON, VA – March 6, 7, 8, 2015 –professional a cappella groups from around the world will perform with collegiate and HS groups at the 7th annual SingStrong International …View full post
There is still time to order your Broadway Night DVD or Blu-Ray Video. Just fill out the attached order form, write a check for the total amount due, payable to PCA and turn it in to Rita Gigliotti at South Lakes High School or Susan Miles at Rachel Carson Middle School. You may also mail …View full post
Bravo to the 45 students who were selected, by audition, on Saturday, November 1, to represent South Lakes High School at All District Choir in February: Treble Choir Irwin, Lindsay TSOPR1 Choi, Alyssa TSOPR1 Thomas, Abby TSOPR1 Brooker, Meredith TSOPR1 Liu, Yuria TSOPR1 Lewis Jade TSOPR2 Schandler, Lila TSOPR2 Kessler, Rachel TSOPR2 Yavari, Shirin TSOPR2 …View full post
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
3 Day A cappella Music Festival Raises Money For Charity
RESTON, VA – March 6, 7, 8, 2015 –professional a cappella groups from around the world will perform with collegiate and HS groups at the 7th annual SingStrong International Charity A cappella Festival. SingStrong, will feature the best professional a cappella singers from around the world at South Lakes High School’s Arts Center. This year’s performers will include the gospel-pop sounds of Resound as featured on ABC and famously tweeted by Arianna Grande; Traces from this season of NBC’s “The Sing-Off“; The international award-winning German swing-pop group Vocaldente; viral youtube sensation and Austrian overtone singer, Anna-Maria Hefele; Broadway Trio, Apollo Link (aka The Spideyboys); Ensamble Fenix, Venezuela’s top latin jazz vocal group; Blue Jupiter, the pop and twisted Broadway quartet featured by Oreo, Nokia, and Nickelodeon; Ball in the House, Boston’s R&B sensations featured on America’s Got Talent; The Alexandria Harmonizers, barbershop multi-medalists; Feedback, NYC’s studio singers turned jazzy R&B group, and dozens more!
The all-vocal event consists of five concerts, an auction, and over a dozen classes and coachings, all featuring nothing but the human voice. Event profits support the Alzheimer’s Association and local music programs. Fans can attend single concerts, or purchase discount weekend passes which offer savings of up to 50% off.
Styles will include pop, jazz, rock, barbershop, Overtone singing, beatbox and more, all performed completely a cappella. Many audience members have trouble believing that the sounds are completely vocal. Groups will use only their voices to perform leads, harmonies and to vocally imitate a virtual orchestra of sounds –including jazz trumpet, classical strings, distorted electric guitar and a full drum set –all without instruments of any kind.
The SingStrong 7PM Friday Night Concert, “ACA-Idol,” is an a cappella competition for professional and collegiate groups in the style of American Idol. Celebrity judges give live feedback. The show is hosted by Jonathan Minkoff (Blue Jupiter, acappella101.com, RARB.org). First place is $1,000 and audience members get to vote using their cell phones to help determine the winner. Competitors include: The BluesTones from JMU, The Seabelles, The Rhythm and Roos from University of Akron, Uncommon, The Lobby, CATCH-22, Pitches Be Crazy and more.
The SingStrong 7PM Saturday Night Main Event Concert features multiple professional a cappella groups including Traces, Blue Jupiter, Anna-Maria Hefele, Apollo Link (aka Spideyboys) and more!
The SingStrong 9:30PM Saturday Night Main Event Concert features an entirely separate slate of professional a cappella groups, including Resound, Ball in the House, Vocaldente, Ensamble Fenix, Feedback and more!
The SingStrong matinee concert on Saturday at 2PM features the Finals of SingStrong’s High School Competition with awards for performance, arranging and composition, as judged by respected a cappella educators from around the country.
The SingStrong Sunday matinee concert at 2PM features professional a cappella groups, including Resound, Traces, Ensamble Fenix, The Alexandria Harmonizers, Feedback, Apollo Link (aka Spideyboys) and more!
Beginning at 9:30AM on Saturday and 10AM on Sunday, SingStrong will present over a dozen classes on such topics as recording techniques, stage presence, forming and directing an a cappella group, beatboxing, copyright law, and musical arranging. From beginners to pros, these classes are designed to help anyone interested in a cappella take their skills to the next level. Attending a cappella groups will also enjoy free private coachings with their weekend passes.
For singers who attend without a group to perform with, SingStrong offers an open a cappella group, The Single Singers. Attendees sign up, get their music online, briefly rehearse together at the festival, and then perform on the mainstage. The Single Singers welcome members from ‘tween to octogenarian, and garner a standing ovation each year from the sold-out crowd.
“Where else can you find an audience giving a standing ovation to both urban street performers and classically trained singers in the same show?” asked Jonathan Minkoff, the producer for the all-vocal festival.
“My students are inspired both musically and personally. It’s hard to believe we get to have this much fun for such a great cause!” said South Lakes High School Choral Director, Rita Gigliotti.
Read quotes from over 100 SingStrong Festival attendees here. Get an overview of the SingStrong festival experience here. Still have questions? Try our FAQ.
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There is still time to order your Broadway Night DVD or Blu-Ray Video. Just fill out the attached order form, write a check for the total amount due, payable to PCA and turn it in to Rita Gigliotti at South Lakes High School or Susan Miles at Rachel Carson Middle School. You may also mail it in to:
Parents for Choral Arts – BWN Video
South Lakes High School
11400 South Lakes Drive
Reston, VA 20191
All Orders Due by: Sunday, February 15, 2015
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Dear Choral Parents and Students,
I am excited to announce that our Spring Trip this year will be to Nashville, TN. If we have enough student interest, we will travel April 16 thru April 19, 2015. We are doing a joint trip this year with Oakton High School’s Choral Department. We have done this trip together in the past and it was a wonderful experience!
There was a Spring Trip Interest Meeting: Monday, October 20.
We covered the itinerary, payment schedule, contract and answered any questions. Those interested in Chaperoning should attend and/or let Mrs. Gigliotti know by November 7. Chaperones go at half price. It is critical that we have all deposits and contracts for those participating by Friday, November 7th.
The working itinerary is linked below. We will be visiting Vanderbilt University and participating in a choral workshop there with their school of music professors.
In addition, you will see that we will engage in many cultural and musical activities throughout the weekend including a recording session at RCA studios and a backstage tour of the Grand Ole Opry prior to the live show. We will leave South Lakes High School on Thursday morning, April 16th and travel to Nashville via charter bus.
We will leave Nashville on Sunday morning and drive back to Virginia, arriving back at South Lakes around midnight. The school has approved this class absence as long as students plan ahead and complete all 3rd quarter assignments before departing on April 16th , which is the 2 hour early release day. This will be the only school day students would miss.
Transportation, workshop fees, tickets to events, most meals, night security, and lodging will be provided as part of the trip package. The cost will vary slightly depending on the total number of participants. The trip is estimated to cost between $750 -$800 per student. The more students that participate, the less the trip will cost per student.
Payments will be divided into small installments throughout the year: November, January and March. The Choral department will sponsor at least two optional student fundraisers to help offset the cost of the trip. Students will be able to fund-raise directly through the Scrip program for their own trip costs. Students in need can also apply for a limited number half tuition scholarships which will be funded by the PCA.
Rita Gigliotti, SLHS Choral Director
*Should there not be enough students to meet the minimum number required for the trip, money will be fully refunded.
* A hard copy of this letter and itinerary was passed out in classes to students this week.
The WNO Young Associates program seeks to support students in the DC metro area who are interested in exploring vocal performance and other potential fields within opera by offering the opportunity to observe and interact with a world-class opera company throughout the process of putting together a professional production. This program is designed for students interested in pursuing opera or related fields in college or as a career. The WNO Young Associates program is well-suited to dedicated classical singers interested in vocal performance, but is also appropriate for vocalists of any genre who would benefit from exploring opera and to students who may be interested in other areas of opera.
Events for Students
The John F. Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts
As the new school year approaches, we want to keep you informed of the choral department calendar and activities. The up coming events you need to know about include:
8/29/2014, 4:00 PM: SLHS Block Party – Visit the Chorus Booth!
9/10/2014, 2:20 PM: Department Meeting – All Chorus Students
9/18/2014, 6:00 PM: Back-To-Chorus Night – Required Parent/Student Event.
- 6:00 – 7:30: Forms, Fees Turn-In
- 7:30 – 8:15: Meeting
11/15/2014: Community Fund Drive – Required Student Event.
Please take a moment to read the following information about the department:
- Mrs. Gigliotti’s Welcome Letter
- Back to Chorus Night Details
- Choral Department FAQs
- Description of Chorus and Uniform Fees 2014-15. These fees can be waived for those eligible for free and reduced-price lunch. This form is used to request a waiver of activity fees: Activity Fee Waiver Form (coming soon).
- Student Handbook 2014
- New this year, the Choral department will be using the Remind101 texting service for communicating with students and parents.
This year is packed with important dates. Check out the calendar here:
- South Lakes Chorus Calendar (Combined Men’s, Womens, Advanced)
- Men’s & Women’s Choirs Calendar
- Advanced Choirs Calendar
The following Back-to-Chorus Packet forms are required to be completed and will be collected at the Back-To-Chorus Night meeting. To make this go more smoothly, please fill them out in advance:
- Volunteer Opportunities – Please help us plan for the year and consider your volunteering abilities for next year.
- FCPS Emergency Care Form – This form must be provided separately for Chorus.
- FCPS Extra Curricular Participation Policy And Acknowledgement Form 2014-2015.
- FCPS Driver/Vehicle Authorization Form for various field trips. If parents or students plan on driving for any events in the coming year, complete one driver form for the year for each driver.
- Over-the-Counter Medication Form – This form must be notarized. A notary will be at Back-to-Chorus night.
- Student Information Policies and Release Form. New chorus students only. For returning students, we will use the form on file from last year.
- Student T-Shirt Form - Included in Activity Fee. Complete this form Online. No need to print for Back-To-Chorus Night.
- PCA’s Membership Letter and Form.
- Community Fund Drive
- Information (coming soon)
- Permission Slip (Updated 9/21/2014)
- Parent Driver Sign Up (online form coming soon).
See you at the Block Party and Back-to-Chorus Night!
President: Evan Alexa
Vice President: Levi Prudhomme
Secretary: Brigid Doebrich
Spirit Leader: Lyric Venable
Music Historians: Ellen Huber & Caitlyn Maginniss
Music Librarians: Alexander Carpenter, Arlene Bouttavong, Daniel Gurley, Sarah Delcoco
Publicity: Havisha Annamreddy & Denisha Sheppard
I am Micki Moravitz, the Scrip Coordinator for our SLHS Chorus.
Attached is the Scrip Ordering schedule and program instructions for you to raise money for your student’s Fundraising account. Please note that all rebates earned by your purchases are applied to your student’s account. This program is a very easy and cost effective way to lower the cost of the Spring Trip.
If you order and pay online using the Paypal system there is no paperwork needed. If you would like to pay by check, your order confirmation sheet and your check is due to the chorus room by noon of the Monday order due dates. Your scrip cards will be ready for pickup no later than Friday.
Go to www.shopwithscrip.com to see all the options and their respective rebates. It all adds up quickly, and the idea is that you already spend money at these merchants anyway….why not get a rebate for spending it?
Our orders are placed every two weeks. If you have any questions you can email me, Micki Moravitz, at firstname.lastname@example.org.Please feel free to contact me if I can answer any questions or assist in any way.