We continue to work on sight reading, vocal technique, vocabulary, reading a music score and choreography in class.
Please make sure your child has brought in their 2 pocket folder. Thank you! :)
red 8th grade
green 7th grade
blue 6th grade
Congratulations to the 2017
All-District Honors Choir Members!
Sopranos: Lauren Pabico, Shannon Gagarin, Kendal Vasquez
Altos: Michelle Ishanzai #1 , Katie Callahan, Aidan Driscoll,
Tenors: Mario Suarez, Alex Fuentes, Moris Ruiz
Cristian Melgar, 1st alternate: Anthony Madorma
Basses: Caleb Serrano #2!, Andrew Parsons, Jeremiah Wright
The students are starting to get back in the swing of things as we begin working on new music and vocabulary words. They are working their vocal technique through scales, warm-ups and rounds. We are beginning to put more emphasis on sight reading and this concept is now part of their grade. Sight reading is a Virginia state standard.
Reminder to 6th grade students:
Your concert is Wednesday, January 18th at 6:30pm. You should arrive between 6:00 and 6:10pm.
Line up is in the cafeteria, parents go to the gym.
Please remember to wear your concert black and white.
The 7th and 8th grade chorus concert will be on:
Monday, December 12.
This is a change! It is no longer Wednesday, December 7th.
7th grade should arrive at 6:30pm, and concert will begin at 6:45pm.
8th grade should arrive at 7:30pm, and the concert will begin at 7:45pm.
ALL students should be dressed in their appropriate concert attire.
All students will begin working on the risers next week in preparation for our concerts. Memory work, vocal projection and choreography are our focus.
Show Choir rehearsals: Tuesday, November 29 and December 6 for preparation Wednesday, December 14 School Board performance and December 15 Senior Citizens Luncheon and National Christmas Tree.
Congratulations to all of our All-County Honors Chorus Members who represented Parkside at Freedom High School
Soprano I: Tenor I
Lauren Pabico Alex Fuentes
Mitzy Prieto Nick Cotton
Kendall Vasquez Cristian Melgar
Soprano II Tenor II
Samantha Mateu Anthony Madorma
Shannon Gagarin Mario Suarez
Katie Callahan Moris Ruiz
Aidan Driscoll Caleb Serrano
Guneet Kaur Noah Simpson
Michelle Ishanzai Jeremiah Wright
We are working on our concert music and continuing our vocabulary focus with Cambridge words and music theory. The sight reading is being worked on each class. It will be part of their grade very soon so they are being encouraged to particpate while we work on it.
We are continuing to build on our music theory skills and Cambridge vocabulary words knowledge.
Every class we work on correct singing posture(no squishing the diaphragm), proper breath support, articulation of consonances, and pure vowel sound. They know what their hinge and "ah" placement is supposed to be for a good, fully engaged sound. They are learning some fun warm-ups, their concert music and working hard every day!
7th and 8th grade: Wednesday- December 7 th
6th grade: Wednesday, January 18th
Spring Concert: 6th,7th and 8th grade Wednesday, May 10th
Concert Attire for Chorus Students
Boys: solid white polo style(collar) short sleeve shirt, black pants, black socks and black shoes
Girls" White solid blouse or shirt, black pants, black trouser socks/knee highs, black shoes
Men's Choir - white pleated tux shirt, black dress pants, black socks, black dress shoes - Your son should have brought home the order form and information sheets. Money is due no later than October 7th.
Show Choir- Your child should have the order form and information.
Women's Choir information will be coming home the beginning of October. ( They rent the blue concert gowns and purchase pearls. )
What a fast 1st week of school!
I hope your child had a great first week and they will remember their schedules. :)
In chorus class, they will need a pencil and :
6th grade- a blue 2 pocket folder
7th grade - a green 2 pocket folder
8th grade- a red 2 pocket folder
Please use the class grades color. This helps us all stay organized, especially if the folder is misplaced.
We will do music theory work throughout the year and journal on Fridays. We will also work on our music vocabulary and the Cambridge vocabulary.
Please remember to sing in the shower. It's great for your vocal chords and lungs! :) Happy Singing. Mrs. Schlechte :)
Welcome to the best school in Prince William County, Parkside!
I am so glad to have your child in my chorus class this year. They will be learning a lot about music and about themselves. We will strive together to make the most of every minute and hopefully have fun doing it. My lessons will help them achieve professional musicianship skills to include vocal production and sight-reading. They will also learn and practice vocabulary words and strategies so they become a confident, well-rounded learner. I want to get the very best from your students!
Parkside has done very well at competition winning the overall champion 3 years in a row, and 6 out of the last 12 years! Parkside is also well represented at all of the county, district and state honors choirs. It all starts with being focused, engaged and enthusiastic learners in the classroom , every day.
I look forward to meeting you and seeing you at our concerts this year. Thank you for investing in your child's learning and their music education.
Debbie Schlechte :)