7th & 8th Grade Choir – Spring Concert Attire Information

Part of our Spring Concert program takes us back to the late 1940’s/early 1950’s Malt Shop days. We need to look the part!

Here’s what we are asking the students to wear. There are pictures at the end.

Tops: Everyone will wear the official show T-Shirt. Order forms for the shirts are available in the “paperwork” section of this website. They are $10 each. If this is a hardship, please let us know.
If anyone has an old style cardigan or letter sweater, they may wear it over the show shirt.
Guys can wear jeans or loose pants that can be rolled up with wide cuffs.
Girls have two options, and I need your replies ASAP.
Option 1: a swing skirt with shorts beneath. We will purchase or make these for the girls who want to wear them. The skirts are fairly short, so they must wear their own shorts underneath (P.E. shorts are an option, or bike/exercise shorts).
Option 2: jeans rolled wide cuffs to capri length.
PLEASE REPLY with the following information:
1. Which Option your girl would like to wear – skirt or jeans
2. If they are choosing the skirt, we need their waist and waist-to-knee measurements: take a soft tape measure or piece of string and wrap it around their natural waist. Then measure from their waist down the outside of their leg to where their knee bends. Include both measurements in your reply.

Socks: Plain white tall socks for the guys (no logos), white over-the-ankle socks for girls.
Shoes: saddle shoes or loafers were all the rage with the cool cats. Real saddle shoes are expensive, but you can make look-alikes with a pair of cheap white sneakers and a Sharpie pen. The “saddles” can be either black or brown. An easy tutorial may be found here: DIY Saddle Shoes  Walmart has the sneakers for about $6, and Michaels has some for about that price when you use their coupon.
Alternately, if your child already owns brown boat shoes or loafers, they may wear those. Brown or black dress shoes are also acceptable for the boys. What we do NOT want to see are any modern-day sneakers, sandals, or pumps.
Hair: girls may wear a solid colored headband, or a headscarf.
Other: Some of the students will have specific character roles to play which may require some additional attire or accessories. We will work with them and make sure they have what they need.
Any questions, concerns, or difficulties, we are here to help. Please email us as soon as possible so we may move forward with the skirts.
Thank you!
(all pictures from Disney’s Make Mine Music ©Disney)

If you haven’t seen the original “All the Cats Join In,” it’s on YouTube here.

6th Grade Choir – Schedule for Rest of your Year

*spring break*
Tuesday 4/24 dress rehearsal at 3:15 p.m. 
*** added dates

Spring Concert:

Tuesday, 4/24 at 7:00 p.m., TPMS Theater. Call time 6:30 p.m.

Reception immediately following concert to celebrate their year – please join us for light snacks. Contributions to the snack table will be welcome!
6th Grade Choir will be done for the year after the 4/24 concert.

Solo Auditions for 6th Grade Choir

Auditions for soloists in the April 24th concert will take place on Thursday, March 8th during our regular rehearsal. There will be a total of 7 soloists chosen.

Things to know for Your Audition

  1. You will be judged on, in order of importance: confidence, volume, enthusiasm/stage presence, correct pitch and rhythm, and correct lyrics from memory. How you look singing is almost as important as how you sound, so be prepared to show off!
  2. Go to the “Resources” tab on this website and find the videos of each solo clip and the piano-only versions. Use the clips to learn your part and then practice with just the piano version.
  3. You may sing up to three of the solo clips at your audition. Choose the ones you sound best on. Although you may audition for up to three different parts, no one will be chosen for more than one solo in the show.
  4. If you are not able to commit to being at all rehearsals and the concert, please do not audition. Soloists will be expected to attend every rehearsal between now and April 24th (unless they are also absent from school and a parent emails us. Sick happens!)
  5. We only have time for one day of auditions. IF YOU ARE ILL and can not attend the audition, your parent MUST email us at TPMSChoirDirs@gmail.com BEFORE the end of rehearsal on March 8th. ONLY then will we consider a make up.
  6. There are a lot of choir members and only a few solos. If you are not chosen for a solo, it does NOT mean that you do not sing well. It only means that the solos available this time are not the best fit for you. Don’t be discouraged!

If you have any questions, email us!


Updated Attendance Policy

We’re back to rehearsing and are preparing music for the upcoming season. The music selections for these concerts will be the most challenging we have attempted this year, with the most to learn about choir performance.
Because there is so much to learn and so little time to prepare, we are making some modifications to our attendance policies.
1) If your student is ill or going to be late or absent, please email us on the day of the rehearsal. They will receive an excused absence for that day.
2) If your student is absent and we have not received an email, they will receive an unexcused absence.
3) If your student is LATE by more than 20 minutes, they also will receive an unexcused absence.
Students with 3 or more excused absences will be tested on the music before the performances to be sure they know their part. This is consistent with the original attendance policy.
Students with 3 or more unexcused absences will not participate in the performances.
This policy will be enforced now through the end of the choir year.
The problems we have been experiencing with attendance and lateness have only increased this year and it has had a significant effect how well we are able to perform. Please understand that we know there are circumstances beyond their control (illness, car trouble, etc) and a simple email will be enough to excuse them when these occur.
Choir is a team sport. It only performs well if the whole team is present at practices.
If you have any questions or concerns about these changes, please email us.

Winter Concert Tickets Now On Sale

Tickets are now on sale for the December 12th Winter Concert at the PCPA. This concert has reserved seating, and tickets must be purchased through the Poway Center for the Performing Arts’ box office.
You may purchase your tickets online at this link: Winter Concert Tickets GOOD NEWS: the PCPA has eliminated the service charge on ticket orders, so order online today to get the best seats!
If you do not want to order online, tickets may be purchased in person at the PCPA box office during their business hours: Fridays from Noon to 5:00 p.m. and Saturdays from 10:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m. You can also order by phone during those same hours by calling 858-748-0505. Any remaining tickets will be sold at the box office the evening of the concert.
Tickets are $12 for adults, $8 for student/senior/military, no matter where or how you purchase them. We strongly recommend ordering online as soon as possible to be able to select your seats! NOTE: If you are interested in wheelchair seating please contact the Box Office at (858)748-0505 Friday noon-5pm and Saturday 10am-3pm.
Performance starts at 7:00 p.m. (choir member call time is 5:45 p.m.)
Thank you and enjoy the show!

Rehearsal Schedule Updates!

A few changes to our upcoming rehearsal schedule:

6th Grade Choir: Thursday, October 5th – rehearsal will be from 7:15 to 8:10 a.m. There is no late start that morning, so we’ll see you bright and very early!

Thursday, October 12thall choirs will join for a full run through starting at 7:45 a.m. 7th & 8th Grade Choir please join the 6th Grade Choir during their regular rehearsal.

Thursday, October 12th – all choirs we are to be on stage at the PCPA at 5:45 p.m. for warmups. Please arrive by 5:40 to get signed in at the Artists Entrance.

CONCERT: Thursday, October 12 at the Poway Center for the Performing Arts. Tickets are on sale now at PowayChoir.com.

7th & 8th Grade Choir: Friday, October 13th – no rehearsal. We will resume on Tuesday, October 17th with new music.

Thank you!


Fall Concert Tickets Now On Sale

Tickets for the October 12th concert are now available to purchase online!

Please go to: PowayChoir.com  to order.

Concert Date: Thursday, October 12th

Concert Time: 7:00 p.m.  (Choir students must be ready to warm up at 5:45)

Location: Poway Center for the Performing Arts, Espola Road, Poway

Seating: General Admission

Ticket Price: $12/adults, $8 student/senior/military

Performing: Twin Peaks Middle School 6th Grade Choir, Twin Peaks Middle School 7th & 8th Grade Choir, and all Poway High School Choirs.

This year, tickets will be the same price online and at the door. Buying online saves you time and reduces the wait time to get in to the theater. Tickets purchased online will be available for pick up at a table outside the PCPA doors on the evening of the performance.

Tickets will also be available for purchase at the door. Please have cash or check for purchase that night.

Volunteers who chaperone the choirs will receive free admission. Look for a volunteer sign-up email coming soon.

We look forward to seeing you there!

Please note, we are not taking any preorders at choir rehearsals. Please do not send money or ticket requests to TPMS Choir. This is a change from previous years. All preorders must be made at PowayChoir.com




The New Year is Underway!

It was great to welcome so many new faces – and to welcome back so many returning choir members – at our first rehearsals last week!

We are also happy to welcome Ms. Anna Lettang aboard as our Assistant Director this year. We’ll share more about her in a future post. Mrs. Marsha McDowell has also returned as our accompanist, much to the delight of the sixth graders who moved up from Tierra Bonita.

Sixth Grade Choir has room for a few more voices, so spread the word to your friends!

7th & 8th Grade Choir is at capacity. We know there will be some fluctuations in the first few weeks, so if any one is still interested in joining, please email us and we’ll add them to the wait list.

Rehearsals are Tuesday and Friday at 7:15 a.m. for the 7th & 8th (remember – Monday was a holiday, so rehearsal starts the week!) and Thursday at 7:45 a.m. for the 6th Grade.

If you did not return all your forms (ASES, Student Info, and Contract), please do so at the next rehearsal. We also distributed Shirt Order forms and Permission Slips that also need to be completed and returned. All forms and handouts may be found under “The Paperwork” on this site.

We look forward to a fabulous year!