The Hudson High School Swing Choir will travel to New York City April 26-29 to participate in the Heritage Festival Choral performance at Carnegie Hall. Twenty seven HHS student singers have been preparing to sing in a mass choir of 300 voices from all over the United States. The concert will be under the leadership of accomplished guest conductor, Eph Ehly. In addition to New York rehearsals for the concert at Carnegie Hall on Sunday, April 28th, the group will see a Broadway show, sight see and attend Mass at St Patrick’s.
“The trip came about with the Swing Choir submitting a recording to the festival committee as their audition/ petition to be accepted for the mass choir. Once we were accepted the students and parents geared into fundraising mode. Perhaps you have heard the Q & A: How do you get to Carnegie Hall?.....Practice, practice, practice! I think the second portion of that answer is …….Fundraise, fundraise, fundraise! Each family has contributed many talents toward the financial demands of this trip. We have held raffles, bake sales, holiday caroling, donations for and from Yoga Lounge , Marcelita’s Fiesta night, and more.”
As the Swing Choir learns the literature, selected by Dr. Ehly, the group has performed it for their Hudson Choir concerts. “I have found the repertoire to be challenging and varied. We have all thoroughly enjoyed learning the pieces and are very anxious to hear them performed with the large group in New York.” While other students have been sleeping in, the chamber students have been diligently attending extra rehearsals on Wednesday mornings in preparation for the trip.
“This is a once in a lifetime experience for the students and I am glad that I could be a part of process” Mrs. Amy Foulkes, Director Choral Activities
Important Choir Information
Groups: Concert Choir – All students who have chosen to enroll in choir Women’s Chorus – Women of Concert Choir. Men’s Chorus – Men of Concert Choir Chamber Ensemble – A select group of singers from Concert Choir who audition in the first 9 weeks of school. Swing Chorus – A select group of singers who audition for the group in the spring of the preceding school year. The group is extracurricular and performs as a public relations tool.
Grading: Students will be responsible for class and concert attendance. Concert Attendance is Mandatory. Periodic testing and quizzing will take place along with a semester exam for each semester. Student conduct and attitude as well as effort and class participation will be graded.
Parent support: Parents of choir members are part of the Hudson High School Music Association. The HHSMA is a support group for the band, choir, and orchestra. The HHSMA meets in the choir room, D 100 the second Tuesday of each month at 7:30pm. Parent support and involvement is key to the grand success of the HHS music department. Please get involved!
Concert Dress: The choir members wear choir robes with… Ladies: Dark shoes, natural stockings, a skirt or dress, hair from face, no earrings larger than a quarter, NO hair bows. Men: Dark pants, socks and shoes, a light shirt with a collar.
If you need to get in touch with me please call or e-mail anytime and I will get back to you at my earliest convenience. Phone: 330 653-1416 ext. 3373 Email: Foulkesa@hudson.edu
Thank you for your continued support. Mrs. Amy Foulkes Director Choral Activities
To find out how you can help or for upcoming opportunities, please contact Joan Byers at firstname.lastname@example.org or at 330-655-5007