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1A: Varsity Women 7:20 - 8:57
2A: Men's Choir 9:03 - 10:45
3A: A Cappella Women 10:51 - 12:57
4A: Concert Women 1:03 - 2:40
1B: Conference 7:20 - 8:57
2B: Chamber Choir 9:03 - 10:45
3B: Concert Women 10:51 - 12:57
4B: Concert Men 1:03 - 2:40
Phone: (936) 276-4177
Conference: B Days 7:20 - 8:57
Greetings Lake Creek Lion!
My name is Cameron Carnley, and I started teaching in Montgomery ISD in 2015. I graduated from Montgomery High School in 2010 and hold a Bachelors of Music Education with a specialization in Voice from LSU. I come from a family of educators, and having the opportunity to build a program in my hometown is a dream come true.
Lake Creek High School Choir has a Twitter page, Facebook page, and Instagram. Please follow and check these regularly to see what your students are doing in the program.
Facebook: Lake Creek High School Choir
Please make sure that you are checking Charms regularly. All of our dates will be on the Charms calendar. We will discuss how to log in to your personal Charms account at the parent meeting on August 28th at 6:30 pm.
Below is my schedule:
1A: Chorale Women 7:20 - 8:57
2A: Men's Choir 9:03 - 10:45
3A: A Cappella Women 10:51 - 12:57
4A: Concert Women 1:03 - 2:40
1B: Conference 7:20 - 8:57
2B: Chamber Choir 9:03 - 10:45
3B: Bel Canto 10:51 - 12:57
4B: Concert Men 1:03 - 2:40
Please check back regularly for scheduled rehearsals and events. Go LCHS Choir!
Course Objectives and Goals
Through this course students will:
1. Gain a greater understanding of the historical style factors of choral music.
2. Develop personal knowledge of a particular genre, style, or, composer through the study of choral compositions.
3. Develop a greater appreciation of the interaction between text, music, and other fine arts.
4. Develop communication skills through the performance of different styles of music.
5. Develop rhythmic, pitch, language skills appropriate for a piece of music.
6. Develop music reading skills appropriate for the level of the students.
Philosophy of Music Education
benefits of a well-rounded education for all students cannot be
overemphasized. One very important area of this complete education is
the study of music. The aesthetic joys of making music cannot be
duplicated in any other art form; it is a communication unto itself. It
also has been found that the study of music strengthens the mind’s
learning potential. Students who are part of a music program tend to
achieve at higher levels in all areas of school. Simply put: music makes better students, and music makes students better.
research continues to offer dramatic statistics concerning young people
who participate in their school music programs. In the 1997
publication, Profiles of SAT and Achievement Test Takers (from The
College Board), it was discovered that, “Students with course work
experience in music performance scored 89 points higher on the SAT tests
than students with no course work in the arts.” This kind of
information positively marks the future of our young musicians.
addition to the educational benefits, music education also teaches
important life skills. Music teaches discipline. Music develops
self-confidence. Music gives students a feeling of pride and
accomplishment. Singing in a choir teaches students the importance of
working with others and helps them develop the social skills necessary
to be part of a performing organization. It instills values,
responsibility, purpose, direction, and devotion to duty, the spirit of
cooperation and sensitivity to the beauty in our world. Not all choir
students become great musicians, but all will certainly become more
mature, cooperative, self-disciplined, hardworking members of their
communities with an appreciation of the arts.
Participation in the Lake Creek High School Choral Program is a privilege and not a right.
Students are expected to demonstrate responsible behavior,
dependability, and dedication. With this philosophy in mind, the
following guidelines of behavior will be expected:
are expected to have their folder at the beginning of each rehearsal,
and to put their folder back into the assigned folder slot at the end of
each rehearsal. Students will be expected to keep a pencil in their
folder at all times. It is the student’s responsibility to replace any
lost or damaged choir department materials at her/his own expense.
in performances outside of class time is part of the choral program at
Lake Creek High School. Concerts are considered curricular activities.
Therefore, attendance and participation in all concerts are mandatory
and part of the student's grade. Concerts are the ultimate culmination
of many weeks of preparation and class work. It is impossible to make up
a choral rehearsal or concert experience. In addition, Choir members
are expected to be present for the entire duration of each performance.
Types of Excused Absences:
Personal illness - If personal illness prevents you from attending a
scheduled event, call the choir office (936) 276-4177, and leave a
message. Please call even if you are absent from school that day.
Family Emergency/School Conflict - The student is responsible for
notifying the director of a family emergency or school conflict. School
conflicts MUST be approved prior to the event. For an illness-related
absence, a written note from a doctor is required. For family
emergencies, a note from a parent is required.
In the event of an excused missed performance (for choir classes), the following policy will be observed:
will be given the opportunity to make up the missing grade for an
excused absence. Part of completing this makeup assignment is singing
the musicperformed at the concert for a choir director outside of regular rehearsal time. A student will receive a zero if they do notcomplete
the Concert Makeup Assignment and sing the music performed for the
director within 7 school days of the missed concert. It is the student’s
responsibility to request a makeup assignment.
will receive a zero for any missed concert if their absence is
unexcused by their director. There is no makeup assignment for an
times there will be outside-of-school rehearsals throughout the school
year. You will be given timely notice of these rehearsals. The number of
these rehearsals is dependent on level of the class; i.e. Varsity
classes will have more after school rehearsals than non-varsity classes.
addition, there are heightened expectations on rehearsals the week of
any production. Failure to attend any of the rehearsals without approval
from a director will result in a grade deduction and possible removal
from the ensemble.
General Attendance Guidelines
NOT wait until the last minute to work out conflicts…be PROACTIVE. Many
conflicts can be prevented if you make plans in advance.
should be communicated no less than 72 hours in advance for rehearsals
and no less than two weeks in advance for performances.
advance notice is given for concerts and extra rehearsals, a job will
not be considered an excused absence. Also, Driver's Education will not
be considered an excused absence for concert or rehearsal attendance. In
the event of a missed performance or rehearsal students may forfeit
their position in these ensembles if they miss a performance or
rehearsal without being excused prior to the event by their director.
Please plan ahead.
WE VALUE YOUR ATTENDANCE AND CONTRIBUTION IN CLASS. EACH
STUDENT IS EXPECTED TO CONTRIBUTE ON A DAILY BASIS. SINCE EACH CLASS IS
PERFORMANCE BASED, DAILY ATTENDANCE IN CLASS IS ESSENTIAL. STUDENTS
WITH ATTENDANCE PROBLEMS WILL BE REMOVED FROM THE PROGRAM.
Excused absences are family emergencies and severe illness. There will be a make-up for this absence.
Unexcused absences are
work, babysitting, transportation issues, driver’s education courses,
doctor’s appointments, performances unrelated to school events, etc.
There is no make-up assignment for this absence.
Community Performing Groups
the event that a club or community performing schedule conflicts with
the Lake Creek HS schedule or practice, Lake Creek choir members are
expected to give preference to the school schedule. This type of absence
is of vital importance to the choir program, so please be on time. The
time given is the start time…not the arrival time. On time is late.
Choir Calendar is online and can be found on the LCHS Choir website
www.charmsoffice.com. Please check it regularly as it is updated
frequently. YOU MUST LOG IN TO SEE THE ENTIRE CALENDAR!
will have the most current and specific information regarding upcoming
events. Also – BE ON TIME! To be right on time is to be late!
THE LOGIN IS LAKECREEKHSCHOIR
The Password is your child's id number
ISD will provide every choir member with a curricular choir uniform.
These uniforms will be checked out, and must be turned in at the end of
the year in the condition received. Any student who fails to turn in
their choir uniform in the condition it was checked out to them will be
responsible for the cost of replacing their uniform.
are expected to have a garment bag labeled with their name on it to
transport and store their uniform. Bags will be supplied by the LCHS
is a performance based course. Proper rehearsal skills are essential to
the performance process, and will be graded as such. Classroom
infractions that affect student performance will result in deductions
YOU WILL BE GRADED ON THE FOLLOWING:
Daily Exams, Weekly Performance Grades, Sightreading Benchmarks Each 6 weeks
Folder/Pencil Checks Concert Dress Rehearsals, Exam Review/Assignments
Concert Performance/Analysis, After School Rehearsals
CONCERTS ARE MANDATORY
REHEARSALS ARE MANDATORY
Concerts and Rehearsals are graded.
concerts/performances are graded assignments and are required. Each
concert is evaluated by: Punctuality and Proper Attire, Performance and
All choir members are expected to attend all performances, required rehearsals and choir-related functions.
your classes!! Students who pass their classes benefit from the many
rewarding opportunities choir presents. Those who fail their classes let
down the group and lose out on these experiences. It is the student’s
responsibility to maintain academic eligibility and the parents’
responsibility to hold their students accountable by checking their
grades online regularly.
Grades and Participation – No Pass…No Play.
play a crucial role in the student’s ability to participate in
extracurricular activities. Directors have absolutely no discretion when
a student is declared academically ineligible. U.I.L. Guidelines
restrict ineligible students from participating in the following events:
TMEA Auditions, U.I.L. Solo and Ensemble Contest, all competitions, events that charge admission, and events
off campus. The directors reserve the right to deny the opportunity to
participate in NON-U.I.L. events based on a student’s academic standing
at any time. Future choir placement will reflect in your ability to pass
your classes! We want our singers to be academically successful!!!!
Renaissance Festival Competition
Creek High School Policy states that all visitors must register at the
front office during the school day. All Visitors (parents, other
students, etc.) must contact the choir director prior to any visits
during rehearsals both during and after school. LCHS Choir Rehearsals
are CLOSED REHEARSALS to ensure focus and student success. Visitors
without director approval will be asked to leave. In addition, parent
conferences must be scheduled. At no time will a director meet with a
parent without prior planning.
Concert Attire for Women
Jewelry: No bracelets, necklaces, rings, or watches may be worn for a performance. NO facial jewelry will be permitted. Women MAY wear one small stud in each ear.
Shoes: Women will be expected to wear closed toe, black dress shoes. Flip-flops, high heels and sandals will not be allowed on stage. All women should wear nude colored hosiery when wearing a choir dress.
Hair/Make-Up: Hair MUST be up and out of the face. NO unnatural hair colors will be permitted onstage. Enough makeup should be worn to avoid the “washed out” look, but it should not be overdone.
Concert Attire for Men
Jewelry: NO JEWELRY of any kind is permitted. (Men may NOT wear earrings during performances.)
Men will be expected to wear black dress shoes with black socks with
their tuxedos. Tennis shoes, Doc Martins, or boots in general, etc. will
not be allowed on stage.
Hair: Hair MUST be up and out of the face. NO unnatural hair colors will be permitted on stage. It is recommended that men wear plain white t-shirts under their tux shirts.
Please avoid wearing cologne or fragrances, and please do wear deodorant. The goal is to create a uniform look that does not distract or hamper the choirs as they perform. Plan to arrive
and leave each performance wearing your entire uniform. If you are
staying after school, you are not to wander the building. You must stay
in the choir room or designated area.
Choir Students will be required to pay a choir fee. In addition, a black choir polo is required for
purchase at $25.
Fundraising Opportunities for Trips and Beginning of the Year Choir Expenses
In an effort to communicate effectively with parents, we will present up-to-date choir information in the following ways:
CHARMS Emails and CHARMS Website for Financial Tracking – www.charmsoffice.com
verify that you and your student(s) data is up-to-date in CHARMS so
that we may send you choir information on an as-needed basis.
Social Media Information
is the goal of the LCHS Choir Program to use Social Media outlets like
Facebook, Instagram and Twitter to enhance our communication with
parents and students. Directors will indirectly (through groups, etc.)
communicate with students.
Students are encouraged to make
wise choices when posting in the choir group pages or publically on
Twitter and other social media. Negative public comments toward
directors, ensembles or other students is damaging to the choir program
and can effect ensemble placement and may lead to other consequences. We
encourage students to resolve conflicts and frustrations through face
to face communication or by phone.
Lake Creek Choir Facebook Page
Lake Creek Choir Twitter Page
Lake Creek Choir Instagram
All Parent Meeting and All State Choir Meeting.
All Distance Learning will be done through Google Classroom. Please use the following sign up codes to enter your respective class:
Concert Men's Choir: 4kxezrv
Bel Canto: tbqhixs
Chamber Choir: kfvq4zu
For assistance during Hybrid Learning, please attend my Google Meetup the last 15 minutes of your class period on Thursday and Friday. While all students are remote, my office hours will be M-F 3-4.
For assistance with Remote Learning Information for students, including resetting passwords for Office 365, Google Classroom, visit:
We will be using Zoom for class meetings. If you are opposed to your child using Zoom, please fill out the following form.
Texas All State Process 2020-2021
Due to the global pandemic that is COVID-19, the TMEA Executive Committee has decided to do online auditions for the Texas All State Choir. They have also regulated the amount of auditions we will have. Please see the plan below for All State Auditions 2020-2021.
Dies Irae from Requiem, Mozart
Wie lieblich sind deine Wohnungen, Brahms
Threads of Joy, Brent and Quist
Ride in the Chariot, Waddles
Les Papillons, Valverde (Treble)
Benigne Fac Domine, Hasse (Treble)
You Do Not Walk Alone, Hagenberg (Treble)
Now Let Me Fly, Gibbs (Treble)
O Sing to the Lord, Davison (Tenor-Bass)
Dance from Invocation and Dance, Conte (Tenor-Bass)
Jaglied, Mendelssohn (Tenor-Bass)
I Will Be a Child of Peace, Hagenberg (Tenor-Bass)
Texas Large School All State Packets can be purchased from JWPepper. Here is the link: https://www.jwpepper.com/Texas-All-State-2021-Large-School/11204357.item#/submit
Auditions will be held online. Chairs 1-50 for each male voice part and chairs 1-75 for each female voice part will move on to the next audition.
Threads of Joy
Ride in the Chariot
You Do Not Walk Alone (Treble)
O Sing to the Lord (Tenor-Bass)
November 28 - Dec 2
Auditions will be held online. Chairs 1-5 in each voice part will move on to the Area audition. There will be no sightreading component.
Wie lieblich sind deine Wohnungen
Les Papillon (Treble)
Now Let Me Fly (Treble)
I Will Be a Child of Peace (Tenor-Bass)
Auditions will be held online. Chairs 1-4 make the Texas All State Mixed Choir, men in chairs 5-8 make the All State Tenor-Bass Choir, women in chairs 5-10 make the All State Treble Choir.
Wie lieblich wie deine Wohnungen
Benigne Fac Domine (Treble)
Texas All State Process - Normal Year. For 2020-2021 Please See Other Tab.
The Texas All State Choirs are some of the most prestigious choirs in the nation. Each year, students have the opportunity to compete for a spot in one of these choirs. Students all over the state generally start learning music for this competition in the summer at one of the many All State Camps offered by State and Private Universities.
In Region 9, we have 3 rounds of auditions before the final round that determines placement in an All State Choir.
The first is the District audition. At this level 75 girls on each voice part (Soprano 1, Soprano 2, Alto 1, Alto 2) and 50 boys on each voice part (Tenor 1, Tenor 2, Bass 1, Bass 2) advance to the Region Audition.
The next audition is Region, where students not only advance, but earn a spot in the Region Choir. Chairs 1-20 advance to the Pre-Area audition and make the Region Mixed Choir, and girls placing 21-45 earn a spot in the Region Treble Choir. The Region Concert is usually held in late November.
At the Pre-Area audition, a sightreading element is added to the audition and counts for 20% of the overall score. Chairs 1-5 advance to the Area audition for each voice part.
The final audition is the Area audition, and this is the one that determines placement in an All State Choir. At this level, the top 5 from 4 regions compete for a spot. Chairs 1-4 make the All State Mixed Choir, men that place 5-8 make the All State Tenor-Bass Choir, and women that place 5-10 make the All State Treble Choir. All State Choir performances are held during the Texas Music Educators Association Convention in February in San Antonio.
Choir Forms and Documents Page. Each student must have a Choir Forms and Document Page completed and on file.
All State Entry Form
Montgomery Independent School District, with an unyielding commitment to excellence, will provide a premier academic program that recognizes the unique potential of each student and integrates the intellectual, social, cultural and physical aspects of learning. This program will empower each student to become an eager lifelong learner committed to academic excellence, integrity, responsible citizenship and service to others.
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