Mar 01

SingStrong DC 2015


Feb 09


Sing Strong


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 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 HefeleBroadway 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 Harmonizersbarbershop 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,, 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! 

Sat at 8:30PM,  between concerts, is a silent charity auction to benefit the Alzheimer’s Association.

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.

Tickets range from $15 to $35. Discounted passes available for Seniors, Students and groups of 10 or more. Free Parking. Tickets and complete info at

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Jan 26

Broadway Night Video Orders

BWN X LogoThere 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

Download Order Form

Dec 21

Chorus Documents Updated

updateThe following chorus documents on the Welcome to Chorus 2014/2015 page have been updated:

Nov 10

District XII Chorus Selections

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
Beckner, Olivia TSOPR2
Chaves, Paula TSOPR2
Sather, Lilly TSOPR2
Spar, Lauren TALTO
Flemings, Sarah TALTO
Ganesan, Naeha TALTO
Crump, Ellie TALTO
Low, Audrey TALTO

Mixed Choir

Doebrich, Brigid SOPR1
Jenkins, Emily SOPR1
Evans, Catherine SOPR2
Buckley, Kaylee SOPR2
Eubanks, Jessy SOPR2
Lintner, Madison SOPR2
Planton, Maddie SOPR2
Barkhordari, Arianna SOPR2
Delcoco, Sarah ALTO1
Salama, Vanessa ALTO1
Dayian, Tamar ALTO1
Cooper, Emma ALTO1 Alternate
Medvid, Catie ALTO2
Monfredo, Alyssa ALTO2
Nkomba, Nathan TENOR1
Branson, Hale TENOR1
Quinn, Charlie TENOR1
Alexa, Evan TENOR2
Rudison, Alex TENOR2
DeWolfe, Harrison TENOR2
Valenzuela, Jair TENOR2
Auman, Luke TENOR2
Riley, Colin TENOR2 Alternate
Fetter, Rhett BASS1
Moy, Mac BASS1
Brown, Alec BASS1
Danaher, Sean BASS1 Alternate
Gurley, Daniel BASS2 Alternate

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)


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 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

Aug 24

Welcome to Chorus 2014/2015

SLHSCP_Logo_ColorSummer Greetings from the South Lakes High School Choral Department!

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:

This year is packed with important dates.  Check out the calendar here:

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:

See you at the Block Party and Back-to-Chorus Night!

Jun 04

Congratulations to the 2014-15 Chorus Officers

electionThe election results are in.  Congratulations to the 2014-2015 Chorus Officers!

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

Apr 02

Shop with Scrip

ScripLogoDear Chorus Students and Parents,

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 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 feel free to contact me if I can answer any questions or assist in any way.

Micki Moravitz

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