The West Chorus has 2 busses with 56 seats each for our Cedar Point trip – and all seats have been filled at this time. A waitlist has been started, and as previously reserved seats are vacated, the spots will be filled from the waitlist (with 6 students on it already.). Here is what you need to know:
WAIT LIST (4/8/19, 10am)
If you are on the wait list, you may request a refund. I will hold funds until they are moved into empty seats or when parents request. Alternately, you can request a ticket only if you want to drive separately.
Money owed by April 12
A reminder that being suspended out of school during the rest of the year will disqualify students from the trip – it is essential that each student exercise good behavior choices or risk losing their trip!
The West Chorus just attended the Michigan Opera Theater Children's Chorus performance of "The Secret World of OG," which featured two West Chorus students, Elizabeth Garcia and Elizabeth Pryer. If you are interested in auditioning to be a part of the MOTCC's 2019-20 season, here's the information you need. Once you have decided to audition, Mr. Martin can help you prepare your audition, and if you are accepted, he will work to find scholarship options to help fund your tuition. Act soon, because preparation is key!
From the MOTCC: Have you ever dreamed of singing in front of an audience? Have you wondered what happens behind the curtains backstage? Are you a young vocalist who would enjoy the opportunity to learn from professional instructors? This incredible experience could happen for you right here at the Detroit Opera House!
The choristers of the Michigan Opera Theatre Children’s Chorus (MOTCC) represent a diverse range of backgrounds and experience, but all share a passion for singing and music. As a member of MOTCC you’ll connect to our “musical family” and make new friends.
We rehearse every Monday night from September to April. MOTCC mounts two major performances each season: A Winter Fantasy, the annual December showcase concert, and a full scale opera in the spring, which is performed solely by the children’s chorus. Frequently, opportunities arise for choristers to perform with the MOT mainstage international singers, directors, and conductors too!
Children between the ages of 8 and 16 who love to sing are invited to audition for the Michigan Opera Theatre Children's Chorus.
Auditions will take place on May 18, May 20, and June 2 at the Detroit Opera House.
Register for an audition with the MOTCC
As of Wednesday 3/27 at 12:30, there are 20 open spots on our busses to Cedar Point. If you haven't sent in your payment and forms, you can get details and print forms at our Cedar Point Trip page. The due date is April 12, but the trip may sell out before 6th graders who just fundraised (Jescenia B., Shania C., Emma F., Aaralyn L., Cora M., Jordyn M., Cody P., MiaLynn R., and Savannah R.) all have spots reserved even though we don't have final profits calculated yet.
Our updated Calendar has now been posted to the website, and I'm handing out printouts at our conferences. Here's what's coming up:
Friday, April 12 Grades 6,7,8 During School CEDAR POINT MONEY AND FORMS DUE
May 1, 2, or 3 Grades 7,8 State Choral Festival - Holt HS. Date and time TBA
May 5 Grade 8 1pm Cardinal Singers & 8th Men @ Toledo Mudhens Game
Tuesday, May 14 Grade 8 6pm Honors Banquet, West Honors Choir, Taylor Knights of Columbus Hall (Invited 8th graders only)
Tuesday, May 2 Grade 8 6,7,8 6-7pm Spring Concert, WCCCD
Wednesday, May 29 Grades 6,7,8 During School Spring Daytime Concert, West Gym
Monday, June 3 Grades 6,7,8 All Day Music Department Trip to Cedar Point
On Friday, March 22, members of the chorus who turned in permission forms will be traveling to the Detroit Opera House to see the Michigan Opera Theater Children's Chorus production of "The Secret World of Og." The students will leave West at about 9:30, arrive at the DOH about 10. We will have a snack for kids on the bus. The show starts at 11, and is about 65 minutes long. Schools are excused bus-by-bus, and this takes some time, so we will return to West at about 1pm. The cafeteria is then serving lunch to all students (It's Mancino's pizza day), or students may bring their bagged lunch to the cafeteria. They will return to class after eating.
No cell phones may be brought on the trip (leave in lockers) and they will be taken if they are seen. In the Opera House, no food or drink is allowed. Audience behavior should include clapping or yelling "BRAVO," keeping feet off chairs, remaining quiet during the show, staying with your bus group at all times, and being kind, courteous, and showing gratitude at all times.
The field trip is made possible by a grant from donors to the Michigan Opera Theater, and includes 175 student tickets as well as busses to transport students to and from school - in other words, thousands of dollars!
Students interested in auditioning to be a part of next year's MOTCC should contact Mr. Martin for audition details, which I'll publish at WestChorus.com when they're available.
If you're participating in the spring fundraiser, please make your final sales this weekend, and then collect all money for each purchase. Here are some steps to check off before your turn in your orders:
The Festival Day Concert, originally scheduled for March 14, has been cancelled. There are a number of field trips, as well as difficulty with the setup for band that have made it difficult to reschedule. We will be performing new music for the school on May 29. As always, the latest Calendar updates are here.
6th Graders received a fundraiser packet today. It runs from today until Monday, March 18. If you choose to participate, 40% of your sales will be applied to your Cedar Point trip. Items will arrive the week after spring break. If you need print more order forms or want to place an online order with a credit card, visit the Spring Fundraiser page.
On Friday, March 22, the West Chorus will attend a field trip to the Michigan Opera Theater Children's Chorus dress rehearsal of "The Secret World of Og." The field trip is free, thanks to grants we've been given for both tickets and transportation. The show stars children from the Metro Detroit area, including Cardinal Singer Elizabeth Garcia and former Cardinal Singer Elizabeth Pryer. The permission form must be filled out, no hand-written permission will be accepted. If your child has lost their form, you may print another out here. See the video below for more information on the opera.
DVD orders are still being accepted. Here's a preview of the edited DVD. The cost is $10 to Mr. Martin by Friday, March 15.
Robert J. West Middle School Chorus