Category Archives: Parents

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:


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

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 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


South Salem High School

Final Concert Tomorrow Night


Our final concert of the year is tomorrow night.  As you have seen on the calendar, we have 2 concerts tomorrow night.
One begins at 6:00PM and the other begins at 8:00PM.  The choirs that will be performing on the first concert, and in this order are: Southernaires, Girls A Cappella Group, AcaFellas, Bella Voce, Statesmen, and Chanteuse. Call time for students performing on the first concert is 5:15PM.
The 8:00PM concert will feature Chamber Women, Symphonic, scholarship announcements, and the honoring of our senior class.  Call time for students performing on the second concert is 7:15.
If you are planning to attend both performances, please only pay one time.  We look forward to seeing you tomorrow night. Thank you for your support and care!

Jazz Night Fundraiser May 23rd

The Spring Jazz Night Auction Fundraiser is right around the corner.  If you haven’t already purchased your tickets please do so!  They are available to purchase online at  or by filling out an order form and sending it to the school.  We are excited to have several of our Level Tables already sold!  If you are interested in reserving one of these tables please do so ASAP, as there are a limited number remaining.

Another way that you can support this event is by donating an item and/or service to be a part of the silent or oral auction portion of the evening.  We are also in need of items to fill our themed baskets.  We have several themes selected for these baskets.  They include: music, gardening, arts & crafts, sports, family fun night, coffee & dessert, pets, and parents’ night out.  All donations are welcome!  Even if it doesn’t fit a theme, we would love to have your NEW items for the auction.  Please drop them off in the choir room or send them with your student.  In addition if you have an empty basket or bin you would like to donate we would be happy to fill it up with amazing items!

Please contact Molly Brittan at or 503-881-2280 if you have questions or need an item to be picked up. Thank you for considering a donation to our auction. Your sponsorship or donation will enrich the lives of South Salem High School musicians.

All South State Solo Singers Place High at OSAA State Solo Contest!

Congratulations to our South musicians that represented our school at the OSAA State Solo Contest on Saturday! The South student results were as follows:

Clare Burnett finished 6th in the Mezzo-Soprano Voice Category

Nolan Catton and Tyler Bryant tied for 3rd place in the Bass Voice Category

Aaron Satyanarayana finished 3rd place in the Baritone Voice Category

Briargate Curry finished 4th place in the Tenor Voice Category

Dylan Norbury finished 3rd in the Orchestral Snare Category

Way to go South musicians, we are so proud of you!