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!


January 2018 MCHS Choir Newsletter

Good afternoon MCHS Choir families,

Attached below is our Jan. 2018 Choir newsletter.  In this attachment includes:
Director's January Podium
Choir Booster Announcements
Essence Schedule-Updated
Jazz Transit Schedule-Updated
Senior Moment
Other Choir info
Looking forward to seeing you at our Choir Booster meeting Tues. Jan. 23rd and our Mid-Winter Choral Concert Thurs. Feb. 15th!  
Thanks so much!  Have a nice week!
Randy Benware
Director of MCHS Choirs

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Upcoming Choir Schedule

Good afternoon MCHS Choir families,

Well, we are back in the swing of things here to school, so I hope you have had a restful and enjoyable holidays!
I wanted to send this e-mail out with a couple of upcoming reminders and additions to your schedules.  Our January Choir newsletter will also be sent out in a few days so be looking for that:
INCOMING FRESHMAN NIGHT 
Our Incoming Freshman Night at South Campus (which both Madrigal groups will be singing at from 6:00-6:30pm) is being held on Tues. Jan. 16th.  Varsity & JV Madrigal singers should report with their attire (we will bring it over if they need us to) by 5:45pm to Room 125 at South. They need to be dressed there in their performing attire and ready to go at about 6pm. 
An 8th Grade parent/student meeting will happen at around 7:50pm in Room 125 for any 8th grader interested in Choir for next year.

JANUARY CHOIR BOOSTER MEETING
Our next January Choir Booster meeting will be held Tuesday, Jan. 23 at 7pm to be held in the Career Center.  
JAZZ TRANSIT/ESSENCE REHEARSAL
Attached are both the Jazz Transit and Essence schedules for this semester.  Please check both schedules as there were a couple of date edits on each one.  
Thank you parents for writing these practice and important performance dates down!
ADDAMS FAMILY REHEARSALS
Musical times for this upcoming week:
Monday 1/15 6:30-Lead Vocals-Choir Rm. 7:00-8:30-All Cast Vocals-Choir Rm.  8:30-9:00 Lead Vocals (check your Vocal Schedule) 
Tuesday 1/16 NO REHEARSAL-Incoming Freshman night
Wed. 1/17  6:15-8:30 Rehearsal/Blocking-PAC
Thurs. 1/18  VOCALS 5-6:15pm;   6:15-8:30 Rehearsal/Blocking-PAC 
Fri. 1/19  6:15-8:30 Rehearsal/Blocking-PAC
SPRING CRAFT FAIR-Sat. Feb. 24th  CENTRAL CAMPUS
Be on the look out for volunteer forms to come home from your student for this NEW Craft Fair we are hosting at Central Campus and a flyer to come out in the January Choir newsletter.
SOLO and ENSEMBLE AT MCHS SAT. MARCH 3
Thanks so much choir families!  Looking forward to a great second semester with your sons and daughters!
Randy Benware

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Music Department Shirts/Hoodies

Hi MCHS Choir families,

Thank you so much for a great start to our year! I will be sending out upcoming January newsletter choir information right after the first of the year as we start up 2018 so be looking for that then!
Are you looking for a last minute stocking stuffer or Christmas item? Consider getting a loved one a music department  t-shirt or hoody! It won't arrive until January 8th but if you wish to purchase one details are attached below.  T-shirts are under $10 and hoodies are under $25.  Orders need to be placed online by tomorrow Sat. Dec. 23 to be able to receive once we return back to school that first week in January.
I hope everyone has a Merry Christmas and a Happy Holidays!
Randy Benware

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Coldstone Creamery Fundraiser Deadline!

Choir families,


If you have participated in the Cold Stone Creamery ice cream pie sale, money is due NO LATER THAN FRIDAY, DECEMBER 15!
NO LATE ORDERS WILL BE ACCEPTED!! MONEY IS DUE WITH THE ORDERS! WRITE CHECKS TO MCHS CHOIR BOOSTERS!

I will be picking up the orders and money after school Friday, December 15. I will have pie card information for pickup by the students to Mr. Benware on Monday am. Pick up will be Tuesday, December 19 from noon- 9 pm at the Shorewood store: 1153 Brookforest (near Portillo’s).
Any questions, call Vanessa Holloway at 815-791-2419.

Thank you!

Vanessa Holloway

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Madrigal Dinner servers for TONIGHT!

Good afternoon Choir parents,

We are in a bit of a bind as I have had 9 students or parents in the past 24 hours inform me that they are unable to come serve tonight from Concert Choir and Treble Choirs.  Those groups are supposed to sing their own song selection tonight as well but our biggest need is to have enough servers for our 180 people coming to the dinner tonight.
If your student or an older sibling is free tonight (a Sunday server) and can come help us this evening and can be there between 4:30-5:00pm, we would really appreciate it and they will get extra money in their student account for helping at the second dinner.
If your student or son or daughter can be there, please e-mail me ASAP so I can give their name to the Parent Server heads so they can be assigned a table.
Thank you so much!
Randy Benware

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Treats and Video-Madrigal Dinner

Good evening Choir Parents,

Some last minutes Madrigal Dinner needs….
TREATS FOR STUDENTS

The student workers on Saturday and Sunday are provided food for the madrigal dinner on Saturday and Sunday.  The boosters have kindly offered to provide beverages and chips. We are in need of parents to provide dessert type items (cookies, brownies, granola bars, etc…). If you are willing to provide something please bring it this evening (Friday) during setup or Saturday by 6:00, or Sunday by 12:30. Thank you very much for your support of this event.
MADRIGAL VIDEO
I just found out that our Video editing group is now not able to come video the Madrigal Dinner, so I am in need of anyone who could bring a video camera to video the dinner Sat. night 6;30pm or Sunday during the day at 1pm.  If it could just be started and left to run on a tripod, that would even suffice.  Thank you for letting me know if you are able to assist in this way!
Students dinner call time:4:30pm Sat./11:30am Sun. 
Thank you to all the parents and students who came and set-up our "castle" for the madrigal Dinner in record time.  It was many and helpful hands, and it looks terrific! We hope you have reservations and are able to join us this weekend.
See you at the castle!!  Drink hail!!
Randy Benware

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Madrigal Dinner volunteer positions and descriptions

Good morning MCHS Choir families,

Our Madrigal Dinner is 3 days away and we have over 325 people attending our Madrigal Dinners this year so we are very exited for the opportunity to share our music and our revelry with our community!
With that in mind, please check below for your name on the Volunteer jobs list and your Madrigal Duty list (for you job description) as a reminder for what you have signed up for to help with the dinner.  Thank you so much for everyones help in making this another wonderful Madrigal Dinner!
Friday set-up (you can arrive in the Choir Room) can start at 5;30pm to unload bins and things from the choir closets and then move to the PAC to help load up the set in our moving truck.  We are hoping to be finished by 9:00pm.
Sunday tear down should start around 3pm.
If you are attending, doors open Sat. and Sun. 30 minutes before the event so please consider arriving as early as possible so we can start on time and get you settled in your seats.
Thank you so much everyone!  See you this weekend!
Randy Benware

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Concert Bake Sale and Madrigal Dinner Volunteer last push!

Good morning choir families!
Click on the links below if you can help! Thanks!
CONCERT BAKE SALE
We are still in need of bakers for the winter concert bake sale 
These students had already signed up on the clipboard in class to bake (or have you bake!!) just so you are aware:
Jordan Swinney       Bianca Persicketti  (turtles)    Hannah Engle  (Ch. Chip cookies)
Jacob Village Center       Amelia Ewing         Heather Horvath
MADRIGAL DINNER VOLUNTEERS
We also are still in need of few more volunteers for Madrigal Dinner! Please sign up!
Especially in need of: 
1) A kitchen worker (Wassail, Coffee) 1 each day (Sat. 6:00pm and Sun. 12:30pm) and 
2) Dishes (Sat.)
3) 1 person-Clean-up Sat.
4) As many to help set-up Friday and Sun. clean-up as we can get!
Thanks so much for your help for both events!
Randy Benware
 

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Madrigal Dinner Schedules and Meetings

Good evening Madrigal parents,

We are less that two weeks away from our Madrigal Dinner!  Get excited!  
The first attachment below is for our upcoming Madrigal performances for the rest of this year, including this week (Tues. 11/28-Vars. Mads and Fri. 12/1 & Sun. 12/3-JV Mads).  I will be feeding Varsity madrigals pizza on Tuesday before we leave and they will need Madrigal outfits for the evening. JV will not need outfits  for either event this week but will need coats and hats and gloves to keep warm as they sing. Please make sure students have what they need! Thanks!
Don't forget…our very important last Madrigal Dinner parents meeting is Tuesday night November 28th at 7pm in the Choir Room.  This meeting is only for the committee heads and their assistant and our Madrigal Dinner Chairs, but feel free to attend if you wish. If you have any reservation forms ready to turn in that evening, you can give them directly to Joann Maruszak, our Reservation chair that evening (or in class)

Also, below you will find the following that will be helpful in your preparation for the dinner:
1) Madrigal Dinner reservation form
2) Madrigal Dinner Parent Checklist
3) Madrigal Dinner Meeting Updated Agenda (11-14-17)
4) Madrigal Dinner Flyers
5) Server Info 
Feel free to pass any of this information along to people who need it.
I will add other announcements in future e-mails, as well as to our MCHS Choir website these last couple weeks so that people can look there if needed for any updates.  
 
If you are on Facebook, thank you to those who have passed along the dinner info to your friends and family.  We really appreciate it!  Please continue to share on social media as we make our final push!
Thanks so much!  See you on Tuesday night!
Randy Benware 

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Thankful…..

Happy Thanksgiving MCHS Choir families!

I would like to take this moment on this special day to say how thankful I am for all you, our choir students, choir families and staff members!  
Rick, Gina, and Tyler, your friendship and professionalism is second to none and I am very thankful for you.  There is no one else I would rather do this journey with!
Students, thank you for giving a 100% effort singing in and out of rehearsal this year and promoting our choir program. You are a joy and a blessing to serve every day and each one of you is an important part of our program!  I love you guys! 
Parents, thank you for the time and energy you have invested in our choral program this year through fundraising, working behind the scenes and attending all of our choir concerts and events!  We enjoy performing for you and could not do much of what we do without your help!!
Choir Booster Officers, you are an amazingly hard working group and your countless hours supporting and running our Booster program goes beyond thanks! I look forward to a great rest of the year working side by side with you!
Leigh, Holly, Janis, Kathy, Jeff, Anne and Hillary….your support and assistance with our program and the investment you have made in our students is amazing.  We could NOT do it without your endless support.  Thank you for all you do to make my job a little bit easier!!
Choir families... a bit of info this morning…..
I have attached the working schedule for your students for our Madrigal Dinner weekend and their role for the dinner.  Please look this over as a reminder and for needed info with times and dates for your student to sing and serve at this year's Madrigal Dinner.   This is a REQUIRED event (1/2 concert grade) so everyones attendance is really important to ensure the success of this great event!
Don't forget to put your reservations in for our 21st Annual Madrigal Dinner for either Sat. Dec. 9 (6:30pm) or Sun. Dec. 10th (1:00pm) by going on the Webstore at www.mchs.net by the end of the evening Tues. Dec. 5th (or use the attached paper reservation).  This weekend is a great time to invite your family and friends to!  We would love to see you at this special holiday tradition!  
Lastly, we hope to see you at the Winter Concert Tues. Dec. 5th which begins at 7pm!  This year's concert is entitled  "Celebrate Around the World" and I hope you will invite some of your family and friends to enjoy the songs of the season! 
Enjoy your Thanksgiving with your family and friends!
Grateful for you all,
Randy Benware

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