to the Upper Arlington High School Choral Program! We
are excited for everything that the vocal music area
has in store for this year as we continue the programs
tradition of musical excellence. We look forward to
meeting all of the family members at our concerts, booster
meetings, and open house on Wednesday, September
our overarching goal in the choral department is to
give you the tools to become self- sufficient musicians
so that, post-graduation, you have the ability to continue
singing successfully in whatever capacity you choose.
As such, we will not only be preparing music for concerts,
but also learning the foundations of sight-singing,
theory, and history to support our performances. Becoming
musically literate and wellversed opens so many exciting
doors, and we are eager to assist in empowering you
in that way!
handbook has been created to inform you of all of the
events in which the choral students will be involved.
Our hope is that your questions and concerns will be
addressed here. We understand that communication between
students, parents, and directors is of the utmost importance
if we are to maintain our level of excellence.
please take the time to read through the handbook and
discuss its contents with your student. After you are
finished reading, please click on the
Charmsoffice.com link, or find the icon on our homepage,
and register your familys information by September
can also find a calendar of events
for the year, and this calendar should be printed
out and signed and turned in with your $35 choral fee
no later than Friday, September 1, 2017.
an organization with over 300 students is an expensive,
but incredibly worthwhile, investment. Again, we are
very excited for this year, and we look forward to working
Kauffman and Amy
2017-2018 school year is sure to be full of great musical
growth for our students. Mrs. Leacock and I are greatly
looking forward to a very bright and exciting school
year. It is our mission to create musical opportunities
that will challenge our students to achieve the status
of a self-sufficient musician.
first concert season will begin later than usual on
Friday, November 10, Saturday, November 11, and Sunday
afternoon, November 12 with our Fall
Follies Stars & Stripes Forever production.
The Friday and Saturday shows begin at 7:30 pm and the
Sunday matinee begins at 2:30 pm. The Stars & Stripes
Forever theme was intentionally scheduled during Veterans'
Day weekend so that the excitement and enthusiasm of
a cast of nearly 300 students can honor and entertain
our veterans and current military personnel. Follies
will be performed in the style of a true Vaudeville
show with music celebrating our American heritage, complete
with a script and narrator. And lets not forget
the variety of talented specialty acts, so each night
is a completely different show!
Fall Follies is so much later in the season and centered
around Veterans' Day, we will not have enough turn-around
time to get a Winter Choral Concert ready. On the positive
side, this gives us plenty of time to adequately prepare
for our midterm choral exam without the added stress
and pressure of getting a performance ready.
Seasonal favorites can still be heard on Friday, December
1 at the Vocal Ensemble Preview concert, and on Saturday,
December 2 at the Choral Caroling Canvass as the singers
make their way throughout the neighborhoods of UA spreading
joy and good cheer!
you love musical theater then you wont want to
miss the music, dance, laughs, and the age-old tale
of Boy Meets Girl as no musical puts it on stage
better than ANYTHING GOES!
A hilarious shipboard romp, wrapped around one of Cole
Porters most magical scores, ANYTHING GOES
is Delightful, Delicious, and De-Lovely. The show is
full of famous musical theater hits such as Its
De-Lovely, Friendship, I Get
A Kick Out Of You, All Through The Night,
Anything Goes, Youre The Top
and Blow, Gabriel, Blow. Our production
will run Thursday February 22, Friday February 23 and
Saturday February 24 at 7:30. We will have a Sunday
matinee on February 25 at 2:30.
Poetry Concert will be performed
on the evening of Wednesday, March 7 at 7:30pm. The
Poetry Concert is dedicated to repertoire that sets
great poetic text to music, and this year we hope to
continue to expand our boundaries and borders and again
include some of the great poetic works from around the
world in their language
16th annual Wonderful
DAY of Piano Music will take place the following
day (Friday, March 9). These master classes will be
given during class by the world-class pianist Dr. Tom
Scott, from Cleveland, OH. He will perform on the refurbished
Knabe 9 grand piano and the 9 Grotrian piano.
Since it is not an East Coast Tour year to NYC for the
Symphonic Choir, we will not have a ticketed evening
the interest of both honoring our senior class and keeping
our spring concert focused on the music, we are having
the Senior Recognition
and Dessert on Wednesday, May 16 at 7:00pm. The
senior class will be given the opportunity to share
their memorable experiences focusing on their accomplishments
during their high school tenure. Senior solos and specialty
acts as well as the senior video will all be performed
at this event with dessert following in the lobby.
we will close our time together with our Spring
Concert on Thursday, May 17 at 7:00pm. The literature
for this concert will be based off of the favorite genres,
composers, and musical styles that our senior class
has experienced during their 4 years in the program.
I guess you could call it our Senior Show as the senior
class of 2018 will help us choose and program all of
the literature for the concert.
you can see, we have a year filled with tremendous growth
music-making ahead, and this would not be possible without
the tireless work of the Vocal
Music Boosters. They too approach our program with
determination and resiliency, support our students both
spiritually and financially, and have a love and vision
as equally intense
as the director. The past years of success have created
a bond and an expectation. A bond with many of the officers
and committee chairs returning to serve again. And an
expectation that is already being aggressively approached
by our new Booster President Kristy Glaser and staff.
I would personally like to welcome all of the board
members and committee chairs to what I feel will be
a most innovative and exciting year.