Please Read: Semester 2 Starts Tomorrow!

Tomorrow we start the second half of the 2014-2015 school year!  There are a number of new faces in Choir this semester and we will continue to add more in the next two weeks!  Here are some reminders for everyone!

-Review our Choir Handbook for expectations, opportunities, and information.  Remember that all Handbook Forms must be completed to perform at any concert.

-Check the Choir Calendar for dates, times, and upcoming events.

-Follow us on Twitter, @Saxon_Choir, to get updates and reminders.  Don’t have Twitter but want updates? Click here

-We would love to have more of you in voice lessons.  With Solo Contest on the horizon, this would be a great way to jump-start your technique and performance.  If you would like to start up lessons, please review and fill out the voice lesson packet.

-All-City Choir Rehearsals begin this Wednesday.  We will have one more review session on Tuesday from 3:30-5:00Pm in the Choir Room.  Check the All-City schedule to be sure you have those rehearsals accounted for as they are mandatory for All-City singers.

-Chanteuse will meet at 2nd period and no longer 1st period, please plan accordingly! Please review your music tonight as we need to hit the ground running tomorrow!

-Southernaires will not meet this week.  Please look at “I Like the Sunrise” and have it prepared for Monday.  All singers should look at the solo as it will be sung by different members.

-Symphonic Choir has their January retreat this Saturday, January 31st from 9AM-4PM.  Please bring your music, pencils, water, lunch and comfortable clothes!

-Symphonic Choir will take 2nd lunch this Thursday, January 29th as we have Dr. Steve Zielke from Oregon State coming for a visit!

-We are also looking for donations of any concert attire that you may have: Black dress shoes, socks, black flats, button-down black or light blue shirts.

If you have any questions on this information, please email Mr. McLean at

Southernaires Chosen to Sing on the Groove for Thought Concert

After a performance and clinic today, Southernaires was chosen to sing as one of the groups to open for Groove for Thought tonight at West Salem High School!  They will be singing at 7:00PM.  Be sure to come support them in this great performance with one of the best vocal groups in the country.  Tickets are $12-15 at the door.  Be there to support our South singers!  Southernaires will report to the back hallway near the choir room at West High School dressed and ready at 6:15!

Southernaires January 24

Southernaires will be singing at West Salem High School on Saturday where they will be working with Groove For Thought!  Groove for Thought is a vocal group that was featured on NBC’s The Sing Off.  Any eventthroughout the day is open to the public that have purchased a ticket.  Please click HERE to purchase tickets.  Feel free to join us, we would love to see you there.  Below will be the schedule for their day.

10:45AM – Arrive at West Salem

11:00AM – Group workshop with Groove for Thought

12:00PM – Group Lunch

2:00PM – Arrive back at West Salem

2:15PM – Warm Up for Performance and Clinic with Groove for Thought

2:30-3:15PM – Performance and Clinic with Groove for Thought

6:30PM (possibly earlier if we sing on the concert) – Arrive at West Salem

7:00PM – Groove for Thought Concert

Southernaires should be dressed in concert attire when they are in West Salem High School.  Lunch will not be provided so please bring some money for lunch! See you there!

All-Stater Information

Students traveling to OMEA for All-State tomorrow are to meet at the Howard Street entrance at 8AM with everything they will need for the trip.  Please remind your parents about the concert time at the Hult Center.  You will have a ride down to Eugene and are to arrange your own travel home.  Some important musical things to remember to pack:

-Music in a black folder with pencils and a highlighter

-Choir Robe & Full Concert Attire

-Water Bottle

-Some cash for CD’s, Shirts, etc.

District Solo Contest Information

District Solo Contest is coming up!  CLICK HERE to get signed up! Below you will find information about the contest.
Who: Any student interested and prepared that has signed up and been approved by Mr. McLean
What: Students prepare an accompanied solo selection, rehearse it with their accompanist, and perform it.
When: March 14, 2015 (times TBD)
Where: McNary High School
How (much does it cost): $15 registration fee and an accompanist fee
Why (should I do this): This solo performance is a huge growth opportunity for our singers to receive constructive feedback and a performance rating. This contest gets students performing in a formal setting for a knowledgeable judge who will rate them. If students are rated high enough, they will then advance on to the OSAA State Solo Contest in Portland at Lewis & Clark College on May 2, 2015. Many of our students compete, and fair very well in this contest.  If students are taking voice lessons, their private teachers can assist them in choosing the music for this contest.  If they are not taking lessons, Mr. McLean will assign them a solo to sing.

National Anthem Friday Night

Symphonic Choir has been asked to sing the National Anthem at the Chamber of Commerce’s Ag Banquet and we are limiting the spaces to 20 singers!  If you are interested, please fill out THIS FORM. The commitment is as folllows:

-Sing the National Anthem at the Ag Banquet Friday night at the Salem Convention Center, arrive at 6:30PM, sing at 7:00PM

-Rehearse Thursday during lunch on the National Anthem together.

Symphonic Choir Concert Info

Here is the details available at the moment for Symphonic Choir’s concert this Saturday, January 10, at Williamette University’s Hudson Hall.  The concert begins at 7:00PM and is free to the public!  So, get there early to ensure you get a great seat as the North Nordic Choir, Williamette Singers, and Williamette Chamber Choir will all be singing on the program.  Detailed information for singers and families can be found below.

-Call time is 6:15PM and students are to meet in the Old Band Hall, FAW Room 133 (Click here for campus map, #21 is our meeting area).

-Students are to come dressed in concert attire, please leave everything (cell phones, purses, wallets, phones, etc.) at home or in your car as the holding rooms may not be locked.

-Please take robes home on Friday and hang them up so they are presentable for Saturday’s concert

-Symphonic Choir will perform Grace Before Sleep, Lux Aurumque, Hymn to the Eternal Flame, and Dwijavanthi in their solo set and will sing the Lord Bless You and Keep You at the end of the concert.

See you there!