Oct 21

Nashville Spring Trip Information

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.

VanderbiltThe 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.

GrandOleOpryWe 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.

Scholarship Application 2015
SLHS Spring Trip 2015 Contract – Chaperones
SLHS Spring Trip 2015 Contract – Students
Working Tour Schedule – Nashville – Apr 2015 (as of 14-Oct-2014)


Oct 16

Music Theater Audition Workshop & Master Class

BWNThe Musical Theatre Audition 101 Workshop & Master Class is a great opportunity to enhance your audition skills for for the upcoming Broadway Night Audition.  Come prepared to sing 32 bars of a Broadway style Up-tempo or Ballad that you know well.  A professional accompanist will be provided.

Date: October 21, 2014
Time: 6:00-8:00 PM
Place: Chorus Room

For More Information:
Musical Theatre Auditions 101-Take Away Tips
Musical Theatre Audition 101 Workshop

Oct 16

Run the Diner Fundraiser

SilverDinerFun! Food! Fundraising!

Wednesday, November 12

TIME: 5:00 – 8:00 pm

PLACE: Reston Silver Diner

Join us as we “Run the Diner” All you have to do is eat!  All proceeds to the Pyramid Concert!

Here is the Run the Diner flyer.





Oct 09

Raise Some Dough at Flippin’ Pizza!

FlippinPizzaOur next restaurant night fund raiser is at Flippin’ Pizza. Here are the Details.

DATE: Monday, October 20
TIME: 2:30 – 10:00 pm
PLACE: South Lakes Flippin’ Pizza
Bring the Flippin’ Pizza Flyer or mention South Lakes Chorus when you make your purchase.

Sep 25

WNO Young Associates Program

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.

I am available to answer any questions from students, teachers, parents, principals, or any others.  I  can be reached at akday@kennedy-center.org or (202) 416-8846.

WNO Young Associates Flyer
WNO Young Associates Teacher Recommendation
WNO Young Associates Program Student Application


Ashi Day
Program Coordinator
Events for Students
Education Division
The John F. Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts

P:  202.416.8846
F:  202.416.4843


Sep 25


Summer 2015 Program

Who: All Sophomores & Juniors in the Music Department

What: Governor’s School for the Arts Auditions

Where: Chorus Room

When: October 16, 2014 @ 2:30 PM

Governor’s School for the Arts is a 6 week summer music enrichment program. It takes place annually at Radford University. Students are selected to attend by audition. The first step is a school based audition. Then names are submitted to the governor’s school and they will contact you for a second audition to determine if you qualify for their program. It is very important that you prepare adequately for both auditions and turn in all paper work on time.

For more detailed information on what the Governors School for the Arts is about, please visit their website:



Audition requirements for October 16th:


2 contrasting vocal solos (Art Song, Folk Song, Aria, Broadway) from memory

Sight Reading exercise (provided at the audition)



Two short solos in contrasting styles or one movement from a concerto or sonata.

Major- and melodic minor scales up to 3 sharps and flats in two- or three octaves as appropriate.



Two short solos in contrasting styles

Major- and melodic minor scales up to 3 sharps and flats in two- or three octaves as appropriate.


Sep 23

GMU Workshop and Open House




  • ​Vocal Master class
  • Vocal mock auditions
  • Instrumental Mock auditions
  • College Pre-Sessions “what to work for and how to prepare!”
  • Jazz styles workshops for all instruments
  • Grand finale performance featuring our own faculty and selected university students​
  • All workshops, clinics and events are free and open to the public.

To register – click HERE 

For more information – clinic HERE​

You may also contact Prof. John Kilkenny, Recruitment Coordinator at 703-993-5637 or jkilken1@gmu.edu

Sep 23

2014 AAMS Voice Competition

aamsnewThe 2014 AAMS Voice competition for high school students will be on Saturday, October 25th at the Bethesda Presbyterian Church, 7611 Clarendon Road, Bethesda, MD 20814.  The competition time will be assigned after we receive the applications.

The application deadline is Saturday, October 11th.

The first place winners of each divisions will be performing on Wednesday, November 12th, 6 pm at the Millennium Stage, Kennedy Center.

Visit: www.aamsopera.com,   then go to the International Competition.

Here is the application form!

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Thank you very much,

Mira Yang, Competition
ChairJeongseon Choi, Assistant Competition Chair

Sep 21

Chorus Reminders

Thanks to everyone that attended Back-to-Chorus night on Thursday 9/18 and turned in all of their forms!  In case  you missed Thursday…

Students: In order for you to be a part of the Choral program you must complete the following items and turn them in to Mrs. Gigliotti.  Print This Checklist.

FORMS to be completed and turned in immediately (Drop dead date is Friday, September 26)

FEES are due by or before October 15th:

  • All Students: Course activity fee is $100 payable to South Lakes High School and handed in to Mrs. Gigliotti. If the fees not paid by October 15, the finance office will be notified, and students will lose privileges to school activities.
  • NEW Students: Uniform fee $90 (includes alterations), payable to South Lakes High School and handed in to Mrs. Gigliotti.

Sep 02

Senior Honors Choir Auditions 2015


Seniors Honors Choir Auditions will be October 11, 2014 at Longwood University.

Senior Honors Choir is a Virginia Music Educators Association Honors Choir. It is one of the most elite honors choirs you can be a part of in your high school career. The choir is only open to 12 grade students enrolled ClassOf2015in Choral programs throughout the State of VA.

You should start working on the designated audition piece over the summer months. The state requires me to do pre-screenings for the audition. The deadline for the audition registration will be during the first week of school. This means, I will be hearing pre-screenings and collecting your forms and fees no later than September 5th.

This year the audition is on October 11. Yes – I know, it is an SAT date and our homecoming. Every year the audition date is either over homecoming weekends or SATs for many schools across the state. There is nothing we can do about this conflict, as this is a state mandated date. If you are planning to take the SAT that day, you may want to do it at a site near Longwood University (drive down the night before, take your test and then go to the audition in the early afternoon).  The honors choir chairperson is very good about honoring requests for audition times so that you can take your SAT (even if planned in NOVA) and get to your audition (you would just be going to youraudition later in the day…somewhere between 4 and 8 PM). I have had students in the pastaudition for honors choir on an SAT date and it has worked out.

 As more details become available regarding audition times, I will let you know.

 In the meanwhile, please PLAN AHEAD.

 Audition piece: http://www.vcda.net/honors-choir-downloads.html

 You will perform with a live accompanist and in front of a panel of judges.

 Sight reading is worth 20% of your overall score.

 Let me know if you have further questions.


 Mrs. Gigliotti

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