Welcome to MCHS Choir Info! MCHS Choirs are Concert Choir, Treble Choir, Mixed Choir, Women's Chorale, Varsity & JV Madrigals, Jazz Transit and Essence Choir.

The MCHS Choirs are directed by Mr. Randy Benware. Please come and support our participants whenever possible and enjoy their performances!


2017 Spring Choir Tour Luggage Drop-off and Last reminders!

Good evening Concert Choir, Women's Chorale, Varisty Madrigal and Essence families,
Tomorrow night (4/18) between 5:00-6:15pm at the Choir Room students are to drop off their luggage and do student check-in with their chaperone.  Please encourage students to come no later than around 6:00pm so we can be done with the process by 6:15pm since we have our last mandatory tour rehearsal beginning at 6:15pm in the Choir Room.   Parents do not have to come with tomorrow night, but can if they wish!
A few reminders as you check in with your chaperone:
1) Chaperones will go through the student checklist (attached here) with your student to ask if they have everything and that they have turned in their medication with school nurse.
2) Luggage-Please pack according to the packing list from your tour packet or attached here.  Luggage will go in three rooms (hall practice room, choir library or storage room). Pick one when done checking in!  After you go through checklist students should stay for rehearsal or be back by 6:15! 
3) Make sure students bring a couple long sleeve shirts, a coat & umbrella as well!
4) Student will receive Tues. night their: Green luggage tags for their luggage (they can take an extra one for backpacks if they choose), a BRT blue knapsack, a final tour packet (EVERYONE NEEDS ONE as there are adjustments) their tour t-shirt, and a photo app card. 
5) Remind students they need to be at the MCHS Perf. Arts Center by 3:10pm on Wed. April 19th after they pick up their luggage at Choir Room at the end of the school day. Our goal is to bring out the luggage and to head out to the bus around 3:15pm once everyone has checked in with their chaperones. 
Thanks you SO MUCH for letting your students take this adventure and memorable choir tour with us!  See you tomorrow night!
Randy Benware

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Choir Booster Meeting-Tues. April. 18 6:15pm!

Good evening Choir parents,

I hope everyone had wonderful long weekend off and great Easter with family and friends!
I just wanted to remind you that our Choir Booster Meeting is tomorrow evening, Tues. April. 18 but at an earlier time, 6:15pm in the Central Career Center!
A couple agenda items include:  
1) Booster Award committee needed (for Spring Choir awards), 
2) Officer nominations (elections are next month-please consider running for any of these positions)-Nominated so far:
President-Brenda Bichon
Vice-President-Molly Babyak
Treasurer-
Secretary-Vanessa Holloway
Also, we are in need of Webmaster (to take care of the choir webpage, madrigal dinner program) starting next year.
3) Fundraising 17-18
Hope to see you there!
Randy Benware

April 7 2017 Night of Entertainment Reminders

Good morning Choir parents,
Don't forget A Night of Entertainment is tonight!  You can buy tickets and the door ($10/$7) and Cafetorium seating will begin at at 6:10pm. Show begins at 6:30pm!  Hope to see you there!
If you were going to donate desserts for the evening (students get credit in their account!), please e-mail them this morning at: 
Vanessa Holloway (vanessa1972@me.com) or 
Lauri Rhoades (rhoadesend@cableone.net)  if you are able to help.    Thanks!
Lastly, a couple of addition/changes to our Madrigal/Vocal Jazz schedule.
Due to the Thespian meeting being added to Mon, April 10, Varsity Madrigals will NOT be rehearsing on Mon. April 10th, but will be on Wed. April 12th from 3:05-3:30pm for tour practice (as well as the regularly scheduled Thurs. April 13th rehearsal).
Lastly, Jazz Transit is being added to a Friday, April 28th rehearsal from 3:05-3:45pm as Jazz Transit and Essence will be performing a song together at the Spring Concert and will be rehearsing together some on the 28th, Fri. May 5th and concert day May 9th.
Thanks so much for making those changes to your schedule!
See you tonight!
Randy Benware

2017 Night of Entertainment Reminders

Good morning MCHS Choir parents!
Back in the saddle again…..good to see our students back this morning!
Don't forget to get your Night of Entertainment Reservations in (show is this Friday at 6:30pm in the Cafetorium) when your students come to class this week!  This is a really fun and enjoyable event that many of our students are performing in with great singing, yummy desserts, and light refreshments!  
Early bird reservations expire by the end of the day this Thursday 4/6 
($8 adults/$5 students) with the at the door price kicking in anytime on Friday 4/7 ($10/$7).  
We are still looking for many desserts to be donated for the night.  Quite a few of the students have already signed up, so check with your student tonight to see if they did.  If you are planning to donate desserts for the evening (students get credit in their account!), please e-mail: 
Vanessa Holloway (vanessa1972@me.com) or 
Lauri Rhoades (rhoadesend@cableone.net)  if you are able to help.  
Thanks so much!  
Randy Benware

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Upcoming Week MCHS Choir Info

Good afternoon MCHS Choir families,
I hope you have been enjoying your Spring Break! It is a great time to re-group, rejuvenate and relax, so I hope you have taken advantage of at least one, if not all of these, over the past few days!
I wanted to mention that we have a scheduling change this upcoming week that will affect only the students who take voice lessons with Mrs. Hunt on B-DAYS and our Jazz Transit students.  Due to PSAT/SAT Testing on Wed. April 5th during the school day, we have decided we would bump voice lessons up to Monday (a B-DAY) April 3, instead of Wednesday, since the students would be missing these due to testing, and since Mrs. Hunt will be here on Monday for voice lessons, Jazz Transit will also now meet on Monday after school until 4:15pm, as well as on Tuesday during their normal rehearsal time.  Essence will still meet on Tues., Thurs, and Friday after school
Friday 4/7 is "A Night of Entertainment", so our schedule for that afternoon and evening looks like this:
Essence Rehearsal-Choir Room 3:05-4:00pm
N of E Sound Checks (acts)-Cafetorium  3:45-5:45pm
Essence/Jazz Transit Call Times 5:30pm
Essence sets up Cafetorium stage 5:30-5:45pm
Jazz Transit Warm-ups/Rehearsal-Choir Room  5:30-6:00pm
Essence Sound Check-Cafetorium stage 5:45pm
N of Entertainment Tickets Sales/Dessert drop off-Cafetorium 5:45-6:30pm
Jazz Transit Sound Check-Cafetorium stage 6:05pm
N of E. Seating begins-Cafetorium 6:10pm
Show begins 6:30pm
Don't forget to get your Night of Entrainment Reservations in when your students return to school! Early bird reservations expire Thursday ($8/$5) with the at the door price kicking in anytime on Friday ($10/$7).  We are still looking for desserts to be donated for the night.
Thanks so much!  Enjoy the rest of your Spring Break!!
Randy Benware

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A Night of Entertainment Audition Results

Good afternoon parents,
I have attached the results of our "A Night of Entertainment" auditions here below.  Congratulation to those who made the show!  Continue to keep working on your songs over break!
We would love to see you at the show!  I have attached reservations here and a flyer that we would love to have put up in your schools, community, church or community centers.
Thanks to everyone who auditioned and I hope everyone had a wonderful Spring Break!
Mr. Benware

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March 2017 Choir Newsletter

We are on our way into our final quarter of the year and there is still a great deal happening!
Check out our March Choir Newsletter attached below.  Special thanks to Vanessa Holloway for putting the newsletter together for us again this month.

Inside the newsletter includes:
Director's February Podium
Choir Booster News
February Choir Booster minutes
A message from the Treasurer
Spring Choir Tour Dates and News
Night of Entertainment Reservation
Night of Entertainment Flyer
Please note that the MCHS Graduation date Concert Choir is to sing at is tentatively set for Sunday, May 21 at 7pm, not Fri. May. 26th.
Thanks so much!  Hope to see you at "Seven Brides for Seven Brothers" this upcoming weekend!
Randy Benware

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Mar 4th Solo and Ensemble Results and thank you!

A good day at Solo and Ensemble today at MCHS. Congratulations to all the singers and to our wonderful judges who worked with our students.  Thank you much to Lisa Burgess, our Choir Booster Officers and Choir Booster parents for you help with concessions today.
Scores for our students are live using the link below (Band Blog):

Thanks so much!  Have a wonderful weekend!
Randy Benware

Mar 4, 2017 Solo and Ensemble Contest Final Info and Sr. Citizen prom

Good afternoon MCHS Choir parents,

Our March newsletter will come out in a few days but I wanted to give you some deadlines and some upcoming event information:
1. Sr. Citizen Prom  Saturday, March 4th  Central Cafetorium 6-7:15pm      
Call time is 5:15pm at the Choir Room, and is set to start at 6:00pm. Students should come in their vocal jazz performing attire (if they have it at home) if not, they should change into their outfits when they arrive.  Students will warm-up and do run throughs starting at 5:15pm (5:15 Essence; Jazz Transit 5:35pm in the Choir Room)
ORDER TO PERFORM  
Ellie Rivera  6pm
Jazz Transit 6:15-6:30pm
Kathy P. 6:30pm
Essence 6:45-7:10pm
Students will need to tear down equipment and change and should be done with their evening around 7:15pm so please aim for pick up of your student at that time.  Thanks!
2. Solo and Ensemble ContestSat. March 4th   8:15am-3:30pm  MCHS
Some last reminders about contest:
1) Workers for door monitors and concessions should wear the black choir polos, Minooka Wear, or be dressed up from singing at contest. They should arrive 5 minutes early to their post.  Below is the final worker lists!
2) Parents can take and pick up student at contest that day, and are welcome to come watch in various rooms (Bistro by Career Center or Choir Room).
3) Students need to number their original music for the judges to be used.
4) Pay their accompanist $40 (they can take money out of their account to do this if they have enough) before the contest day. They should have let us know in class or they should have, or will bring a check or cash brought in this week to hand to them.
5) Dress nicely for their contest event and arrive early for their contest time.
6) Concession wil lbeserved and baked items should bd dropped off between 5-7pm at Choir Room Friday night or between 8:30-9:00am on Saturday morning at Concession table.
I hope you are able to come support the students at contest!
3.  Seven Brides for Seven Brothers tickets still available!   Visit the
 www.mchs.net School Webstore for more details to purchase!  Opening night is less than 2 weeks away!
4. Choir Booster meeting this month will be Tues. March 21 (with the Mandatory Tour meeting at 8pm and Tour choir rehearsal form 7:15-8:00) in the Career Center, Central Campus at 7pm.
Thanks!  Have a great weekend!  See you at contest tomorrow!
Randy Benware

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