South Salem Capitol Performance – 12/12

Tuesday is the day that our South Choirs are scheduled to sing at the Oregon State Capitol from 12:30-1:30PM.  This performance will include the upperclassmen choirs at South and will be broadcast on CCTV throughout the holiday season.  If you are hoping to get a quality seat for this performance, we recommend arriving by 12:00PM.  Detailed student/parent information has been sent directly to students and will be covered in class on 12/11.

We can’t wait to see you at this memorable performance!

South Salem Musical: The Little Mermaid – Volunteers Needed!

This week, our 2017 Musical will be on the Rose Auditorium Stage! We have had a great time preparing it and we can’t wait to see you this weekend and the next!  Below you will find a message from one of our parent volunteers about helping out with the show!  Thank you in advance for your willingness to help.

Sign up for ticket sales on days you don’t plan to see the show as you need to stay at the ticket box until after the show begins. I have notes that I’ll share with you once you’ve signed up for a specific spot.

Along with the sign-up genius we have need of a few additional things that aren’t included there:

Shuttle/errand team:

Transport items/pickup items/ run errands/ return borrowed or rented items.

Helpful: clean vehicle (for costumes) or a van/pickup truck (for set pieces).  Be available to help students load and unload items (reasonable weight)

From Costco:

Battery packs for Body Mics

Concession items

*Ms. Gibbons will provide a list of her needs and you can be reimbursed if needed

Second or third week of JANUARY:

Return costumes to CENTRAL HIGH SCHOOL in Independence

* need 1 person

Return costumes to SKIT THEATER in Salem

*need 1 person

Return costumes and many large set pieces to CENTRAL HIGH SCHOOL (will need to be delivered daytime/afternoon)

*need 1 person


AA batteries

AAA batteries

spools of thread in neutral colors

safety pins

bobby pins

cans of super hold unscented aqua net hairspray

unscented baby wipes

simple black hairbands

“armpit protector pads” (available on Contact Ms. Gibbon’s for link

sharpie markers

unscented Febriz

unscented deodorant sample sizes (male/female)

gallon jugs of water or larger (for actors/crew during shows)

water cups

bottled water

plain cold cream (Ponds – for makeup removal)

unscented super hold gel

clear or flesh tone Tegaderm/first aid tape (1/2″ or 3/4″ thick) used to adhere body mic cords to face/neck of actor (Contact Ms. Gibbon’s for link)



Poster hanging – post the show posters in businesses/visible locations

*several people

Please let us know if you have any other thoughts regarding advertising the show as we’re always looking for new opportunities!

Thank you so much!  It’s going to be a great show!!

Jodi Trammell (Contact Here)

All City Audition Sign Up Is Open!

Sign ups for the All-City Honor Choir Auditions are now open!  Please fill out the electronic form below by Thursday, December 14.  Auditions will be held at South on Thursday, January 4th.  Below you will find a rehearsal schedule and instructions on auditioning and we will go over in every class.  We would love to have a large number of students audition so we can be well represented in the All-City Choir!  If you have further questions, please email

Audition Form

Audition Instructions

Audition Scales

Audition Excerpt

Rehearsal Schedule:

At South Salem High School

Rehearsal 1/31; 3:45 – 6:00

Rehearsal 2/7; 3:45 – 6:00

Rehearsal 2/14; 3:45 – 6:00

At North Salem High School

Rehearsal 2/15; 6:00 – 9:00

Rehearsal 2/16; 8:00 – 3:00

Rehearsal 2/17; 8:00 – 3:00;

Concert 2/17;7:00 p.m.

Thank you to the many students who auditioned for the All-State Choirs this year! Please know this process is just a snapshot of you as a musician and has helped you grow, regardless of the outcome.  Congratulations to the following 7 students were selected to the Oregon Music Educators Association All-State Choirs:

Aharon Garcia
Ariel Garcia
Taylor Leveck
Eric Lin
Taylor Paluska
Avery Sinks
Isaac Taylor

Students and parents of students will have an email coming shortly about the financial information, dates, and other important information about singing in an All State Choir.

Our next opportunity is All-City Auditions!  Auditions are January 4 at South HS.  Information can be found in the Choir Handbook and more details will be coming out soon.  We would love to see as much blue and red representing South this year.

Statesmen and Bella Voce – OSU Field Trip Information

Bella Voce and Statesmen will be representing South HS at the Oregon State University Festival of Voices on October 30 in the LaSells Stewart Center.  This will be a great opportunity for our students to be exposed to a college campus, singers from all over the state, and grow in musical rehearsals and performances.
They will be excused from school all day and have an evening concert in Corvallis.  CLICK HERE FOR the information that has been covered with your students regarding location, itinerary, attire, what to bring etc.  Please feel free to email us if you have any questions.

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 ( and Mr. Will McLean (  Please contact by email or you can reach us by phone at (503) 399-3252.

We can’t wait for another great year!