Pie Sale Has Begun!

The South Music Department has opened our annual Pie Sale with the Willamette Valley Pie Company!  This has been a hugely successful sale in the past and we know that you enjoy it, too!  This is a great way for our students to raise funds into their student account for things like fair-share charges, trips, private lessons, and many other things. The sale starts now, October 3rd and runs until October 25th.   You can find extra order forms to print in CHARMS or below.  Pies will be delivered on Wednesday, November 15th.   There you will find pricing information, additional order forms, and details on each product and by following the link below (this document will be posted in Charms).  We have consistently been the number one seller of pies in the state of Oregon, so let’s keep the tradition of excellence going!

Pie Fundraising Forms

First Day of School Info

Welcome to the 2017-2018 school year! We couldn’t be more excited to get started with you!  Below you will find an assignment and vital information!

New Music Student Assignment –  If you are new to the Music Program at South, please fill out this form with a parent/guardian by Friday, September 8.  Link to Form: Information Form This information is for our communication and record keeping systems we use in the South Music Program.

Choir Handbook/Syllabus – We have a Choir Handbook that students need to review with a parent.  This includes information on uniforms, classroom expectations, and forms that must be turned in by September 20.  The forms can be found at the end of the handbook.  Link to the handbook: Choir Handbook/Form

Remind – We use the Remind App to Contact Students and parents about daily happenings/announcements that need to be made.  Students and parents will get these via text message or the Remind App (app not required to receive information).  Each class has a specific code.  Link to the instructions for sign up and Remind Codes: Remind Codes

In Class Voice Lessons – We have a number of highly qualified private voice teachers that teach private lessons during our classes at South.  These are not required but are highly encouraged of all singers in our program.  Space is limited and students are assigned with a teacher on a first come first serve basis.  Students will not be assigned unless a form has been turned in.  These forms can be turned in to Mr. McLean via email or in class. Link to the Voice Lesson Packet: 2017-2018 Voice Lesson Packet.

Teacher Contact Information – We are fortunate enough to have two Choir Directors at South Salem who work with our wonderful students.  With these unique set up, each class will have a lead teacher and an assisting teacher.  The names that you will see on your schedules are Ms. Jenna Hernandez (hernandez_jenna@salkeiz.k12.or.us) and Mr. Will McLean (mclean_william@salkeiz.k12.or.us).  Please contact by email or you can reach us by phone at (503) 399-3252.

We can’t wait for another great year!

2017-2018 Voice Lessons Packet Available

We are excited to be returning so many great singers and welcoming many new choir members this year at South! As we have the last three school years, we are offering voice lessons during class.

We have added some outstanding new private voice teachers and singing opportunities for singers at South.  With the large number of students, it is recommenced that these forms be turned in ASAP to reserve a place in a voice studio.  Students are scheduled on a first come, first serve basis.  To ensure your place in lessons, please review, complete, and send the Voice Lessons Packet (see below) to mclean_william@salkeiz.k12.or.us as soon as possible.  Even if you have confirmed with your instructor that you will be continuing lessons with them, you will not be scheduled until you have submitted the packet.  Forms can be dropped off at the school office or scanned and emailed.

Voice Lesson Packet

South Choir Camp: August 28-30

We will be holding our annual South Choir Camp from Monday, August 28 to Wednesday, August 30! This camp will be held at South and meets from 4:00PM-8:00 PM.

This camp is free and open to all South Choir members (incoming and returning) from grades 9-12.  At camp we will be working on some great music, getting to know our new choir director, Ms. Hernandez, meeting fellow singers, working with voice teachers, playing some great games and getting back into the swing of things!

We will be taking a short dinner break each night and while we will have some snacks, we recommend students bring a dinner to enjoy with their peers during the break! Additionally, it is encouraged that students bring the following:

Pencil

Water Bottle

Comfortable Clothing and Footwear

Choir Friends (especially incoming students!)

 

Saxon Start Up Day Tomorrow

We can’t wait to see all of our new and returning Saxon Choir members tomorrow at Start Up Day.  We will have a table in the Upper Commons where you can:

-Meet and welcome Ms. Hernandez

-Get new members signed up and meet their directors

-Check your classes

-Audition for Collegium

-Get parent volunteers signed up for Music Day

-Get Choir Camp Info

We will be at the table from 8:00AM-12:00PM and 1:00PM-6:00PM and would love to see students and parents!

Program Info – Choir Camp, Calendar, Collegium, Voice Lessons, AcaFellas Roster

We hope that you are enjoying your summers!  Below you will find some information regarding dates, a new extra-curricular choir being added for next year, and AcaFellas roster.

Summer Choir Camp –  From 4:00PM-8:00PM Monday, August 28-Wednesday, August 30 is our South Choir Camp!  This camp is free and open to South Choir members in grades 9-12.  At camp we will be learning some music for the upcoming year (including the All-City Honor Choir audition music), playing games, learning sight-reading techniques, getting to know out new choir director, Ms. Hernandez and fellow singers, understanding how to audition for honor choirs, working with voice teachers, and getting back in the swing of things!

Calendar – The Choir Calendar is current and up to date with the dates that we have for the 2017-2018 school year.  Please be sure to check the dates that apply to you/your student. Click here for the Choir Calendar

New Mixed Chamber Choir – Collegium – We are adding a new ensemble to the South Salem Choral Program: Collegium.  This ensemble will consist of 10-12th grade advanced singers who demonstrate outstanding citizenship, advanced vocal technique, excellent sight-reading skills, and commitment to their individual musicianship.  This ensemble will meet once a week for 2 hours on Monday afternoon/evenings. Auditions for this group will take place  prior to school starting by appointment only.  To set up an audition, please email southsalemchoir@gmail.com.

Summer Lessons with Ms. Hernandez – Our new Choir Director Ms. Hernandez will be offering voice lessons this summer.  To get signed up, please email her at southsalemchoir@gmail.com to setup summer lessons. She would love to work with you and get to know you!

AcaFellas Roster – We are incredibly proud of every student that we have here at South Salem HS and are thrilled that we had a great turnout for AcaFellas auditions! Congratulations to each student that went through the audition process for this great group. Click here for the AcaFellas Roster

Message from Principal Tiffin: Choir Director Announcement

Dear South Choir Students and Parents,

 

Thank you for your time and dedication to choral music at South High School! We are fortunate to have a thriving, and well-supported, choir program at South. It is due to your hard work and care that we have arrived where we are today. 

 

I am thrilled to say we are planning to take our choir program to new heights. Beginning in the fall of the 2017-2018 school year, we are adding a second choir director.  Over the past few weeks, we have had several quality candidates interview with administration, district arts faculty, and South students. It was our goal to find the right fit for the South students and community, and we have met that goal.

 

It is my pleasure to introduce, and welcome, our new choir director, Jenna Hernandez, to the South High faculty.  Ms. Hernandez comes to us from Baylor University and is a Dallas, TX native.

 

During her time at Baylor, Ms. Hernandez spent time assisting the Youth Chorus of Central Texas, served as the alto section leader for Bella Voce and the A Cappella Choir, and recently finished her student teaching at Colleyville-Heritage High School.  Additionally, she was recognized with numerous awards and honors such as the American Choral Directors Association National Student Award, the Texas Music Educators Association Collegiate Educator Award,  the Kenneth Howard Outstanding Music Education Award and Scholarship, and the Baylor University  Outstanding Music Educator Award.

 

We could not be more excited about Ms. Hernandez joining the Saxon family and look forward to Mr. McLean and Ms. Hernandez leading our choirs to all-new heights.  Thank you for your support and care!

 

Go Saxons!

Lara Tiffin

Principal

South Salem High School