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:


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


South Salem High School

2017-2018 Advanced Choir Rosters

We are incredibly proud of every student that we have here at South Salem HS.  Congratulations to each student as they have gone through the rigorous audition process for next year’s choirs. Below you will find a link to the rosters.  Please check meeting times for the end of the year meeting. Thank you to everyone who auditioned this year!

2017-2018 Advanced Choir Rosters