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Lesher Middle School

Choral Music

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August 19, 2016

Dear Chorister,
Thank you for choosing to be a part of Lesher Middle School Music! I am so excited to get to know you and
your family more as we create music together over the next nine months.
This handbook has been created by the music team to keep you up to date and fully informed about the
events and expectations of our choir. You will find a syllabus, concert/events calendar, and other
information that will help you have the best experience possible. I cannot wait to dig into the year, but I do
want to share with you a little bit about the lady that will be standing in front of you all year.
I grew up in Edmond, Oklahoma where I studied cello all through high school. Growing up, the music room
was my home away from home. It was the place I felt safe and loved, a place where I could truly be me. I
studied music education at Colorado State University and played cello in the symphony (where I met my
husband who is also a cellist). After college, we moved to Ohio were I began to teach choir at a small farm
school in Ohio. I began studying the voice privately and sang soprano in the University Choral Society at
Bowling Green State University. Through the Choral Society, I had the opportunity to sing with the Toledo
Symphony and many esteemed soloists. But, my husband and I missed the mountains, skiing, and Big City
Burrito way too much to stay in Ohio, so here I am! I currently sing Soprano in Laudamus Chamber Chorale
and love making music with Lesher Vikings!
I love every minute of empowering young singers. My goal was and is to create a space where you can be
free to be who you are and make incredible music. Students, I hope to show you how much power you
carry inside. Your voice can change the world! We all struggle a little, we have to overcome fears, but we
will hone our skills and will work as a team to create the beautiful music and beautiful memories.

I want both you and your family to know that I am here if you have questions or concerns. Feel free to
contact me any time. I am here to help you become the best musician and human being possible. You may
contact me via email at or by phone, 970-472-3846.
Lets get singing!
Whitney Stuberg
Vocal Music Director
Lesher Middle School, an IB World School
Excellence is not perfection, but traveling the road of striving to be the best we possibly can be.
Sherri Porterfield, music educator and composer

Lesher Middle School, an IB World School

Choir Syllabus 2015 2016
GOALS: We have many goals for our choral music students as they begin this new school year.
First, we believe that performance ensembles provide students with the opportunity to function
within a community focused on group success in addition to individual success. Therefore, our goal
is to foster a sense of support and teamwork within our ensembles. Secondly, we will be preparing
several pieces of music for performances throughout the year, this requires us to also study
musical concepts to supplement this preparation. These concepts include music theory, vocal
pedagogy, music history, and multiculturalism in music. In the syllabus portion of the handbook,
we will explain policies and procedures that will ensure success in choir this year.
OBJECTIVES: The Lesher music program forms an integral part of the student life at Lesher Middle
School. The music department makes up one of the largest and most colorful departments. The
students involved in the music program form an active, cosmopolitan group. The music
department has four primary objectives:
1. Cultural: To continue the development of music appreciation and understanding through
the study and performance of many genres of music.
2. Educational: To develop interested and discerning listeners and provide a well-rounded
musical background and knowledge to use as a foundation for future learning.
3. Service: To lend color and atmosphere to certain community affairs, while promoting and
enhancing the dignity and reputation of Lesher Middle School, at all performance
4. Recreational: To provide all students at Lesher Middle School with an opportunity for
worthy use of leisure time, emotional release, and good social experiences.


Students who are prepared for class are in their seats when the bell rings with music folder and
pencil under their seats. The rehearsal order for the day will be on the board so that the students
can be prepared for transitions within the class period. We expect students to be respectful
throughout our rehearsals. We would like choir to be fun and exciting classes for everyone
involved. As long as students enter the rehearsal rooms with respect for one another, display an
effort to participate, stay on task, as well as exhibit a positive attitude, they will be extremely
successful in their ensembles.


All behavior expectations can be found on the Rehearsal Skills rubric that is posted on each classes
page on our website. The rubric is also posted on the wall in the choir room.
Redirects are verbal corrections for negative behaviors. We document redirects within a two week
period. One redirect is simply just a friendly reminder to check attending skills and remember our
rehearsal skills. After the second redirect in a two week period, a student will have a one-on-one
conversation with Mrs. Stuberg in the hallway to see what support we can give to reinforce
positive behaviors, help students find solutions, or just be a listening ear to understand why a
problem is occurring. After the third redirect in a two week period, additional support is needed
and the student will be referred to the office and parents will be contacted.
We understand that middle school students get excited, have a bad day, or just need a little
reminder of expectations. Every day, students are allowed a Freebie redirect that will not be
documented towards their three redirects. Additional redirects after the daily Freebie will be
Harmonic Minors students are leaders in our school and expected to set both a musical and
behavioral example. Students who are referred to the office will meet with Mrs. Stuberg and our
guidance counselor to discuss whether or not a demotion to Viking Voices is necessary. Chronic
behavior problems in this ensemble will result in an individual student being removed from this

Here at Lesher we are proud to be an IB MYP school. Per school-wide policy to adhere to our MYP IB
requirements, our music students will be graded on an eight-point scale system that will correlate with the
four IB Criteria (see below). We have listed our most important categories of assignments below under
their corresponding criteria. After reading through the table, please see a description of each
Criteria A
Knowing and
Singing Challenges
Dress Rehearsal
(evening rehearsals)

Criteria B
Developing Skills

Criteria C
Thinking Creatively


Written Assignments

Written Assignments

Rehearsal Skills Grade


Post Concert Reflections

Playing Tests
Written Theory

Criteria D

Dress Rehearsal
(evening rehearsals)

Peer Performance

Learning Target


Written Theory

REHEARSAL SKILLS GRADE: For a choir to be successful, all singers need to hone a few skills. These skills
include bringing the correct materials, arriving to the rehearsal on time, staying quiet while the director is
working with another section, as well as speaking to other choir members when it is appropriate and
helpful. Choir members will also work on interpersonal skills like encouraging other singers, resilience
through challenges, giving and receiving helpful criticism, etc. The Rehearsal Skills Grade will be a
combination of information your section leader collects (attendance, bringing music and pencil, etc.),
observed behaviors by your director (participation, preparedness, and appropriateness), and your own selfevaluation. We will be recording this grade every week. The rubric for this assignment will be posted on the
choir room wall as well as on the website.
PRACTICING: Students are required to practice their choral repertoire regularly. We can only learn so much
in class it is the students responsibility to recognize what sections need individual work. All learning
tracks will be posted on our choir website:
SINGING CHALLENGES: Singing Challenges will occur once or twice per quarter. Students will be graded on
their individual performance using our singing challenge rubric. If you would like to see one of these
rubrics, please visit our choral music website or contact Mrs. Stuberg. Singers will perform in small groups
of two to four to check several musical elements (correct notes, rhythms, dynamics, tone, or diction).
WRITTEN ASSIGNMENTS/QUIZZES/TESTS: In addition to the daily rehearsal routines, choir students will
have various classroom and journal writing assignments, as well as periodic quizzes and tests. These
assignments will supplement the music theory curriculum we will be learning throughout the year.
PERFORMANCES AND REHEARSALS: There are several required events for music students throughout the
year. An unexcused absence from a concert will negatively affect the overall grade of the student. Excused
absences include conflicts with prior commitments (i.e. sports or other performances), sickness, or family
In the case of an emergency (sickness or family issues), we MUST receive a phone call or email as soon as
possible to let us know that your student will be absent. Regarding prior commitments, we will do our
best to collaborate with your coaches, sponsors or coordinators to compromise between your schedules. If
this sort of situation arises, written communication should occur AT LEAST ONE WEEK in advance. At that
time, the student will arrange to complete the concert absence assignment (with a due date one week prior
to the concert date) in order to make up the grade that will be missing by not participating in the concert
performance. This arrangement will also apply to absences caused by last minute sickness or emergencies.
We will NOT accept any make-up projects for unexcused concert absences. Students are responsible for
checking in with Mrs. Stuberg to get the make-up assignment (please see the Concert Absence
Assignment page on our website

After school rehearsals are vital to the success of the group for a final performance. These rehearsals are
REQUIRED and will follow the same attendance policy as per concert performances.
absent, they will have one week from the day of
their return to turn in or complete any missing
assignment (this includes, but is not limited to
SINGING CHALLENGES, written assignments,
theory worksheets, etc.) students should
communicate with their section leaders or
directors to receive information on assignments
they have missed. If assignments are not turned
in during this time frame, the student will receive
a 0 Insufficient Evidence on the assignment.
Students turning in late work or make-up work
must submit their completed assignment
accompanied by the Late, Redo, or Absent Work
Slip (photo, right) that is signed by a parent or
guardian. Get one of these forms from Mrs.
WORK HABIT GRADES: Included in quarterly
grades are the IB Learner Profile Work habits.
These are not weighted towards the final grade,
but inform you of your students work
throughout the quarter.

Concert Etiquette/ Dress

An excellent concert begins with being properly dressed and well behaved. Good musicians want the
audience to stay focused on the music and not them as individuals. This can be accomplished with these
simple rules.
Concert Etiquette:

Make any and every effort to arrive at the proper call-time. This is generally 30 minutes before the
start of the concert.


Absolutely, Positively, NO GUM ON STAGE!!! End of story, no questions NO EXCEPTIONS!

When you are on stage you should be performing to the best of your ability and representing
yourself in a professional manner. It is UNACCEPTABLE to draw unnecessary attention to yourself.
Example: Yelling out to your mother, while waving your arms, HEY MOM! IM OVER HERE!

Even though we are trying to look our best for our concerts, please refrain from dousing on that
favorite cologne or perfume. You have to remember that we will be on stage with VERY hot
spotlights pointed at us. That potent perfume mixed with the heat could make it difficult for those
around you to perform.

Concert Dress:


(6/7th Grade)

(6/7th Grade)

Black Pants (NO

Black Skirts (Floor

Black Dress Pants (NO

White Dress Shirts
(polos are acceptable)

White Blouses (please

have shoulders

Dark colored ties are


BLACK Dress Shoes

BLACK Dress Shoes

(they are see-through
on stage)

Viking Voices

Harmonic Minors
(Audition Required)

WOMEN will purchase

We are in the process dresses that will cost
of voting to approve a $60 each. Please wear
new uniform. Updates
black shoes.
coming soon.
MEN will purchase
vests and ties that will
cost $50 per set.
Please wear black
dress pants, black
shoes, and a white
dress shirt with your
vest and tie.

Commitment Form Due by September 1, 2016

We have read, discussed and understand all of the Choral Music policies for Lesher Middle School and we are
committed to follow the contents of this handbook. If a problem arises where we cannot fulfill responsibilities
detailed, we will discuss the problem with Mrs. Stuberg. We will do this in advance (if possible) and will accept any
action that she may need to take.
Students Signature: _______________________________________

Date: _______________________

Students Printed Name: ____________________________________

Date: _______________________

Parent/Guardians Signature: _________________________________ Date: _______________________

Parent/Guardians Printed Name: ______________________________ Date: _______________________

There is always a great need for parents to help with various activities within the music program. If you feel you could
help in some way with our program this year, please fill out the form and return it to Mrs. Stuberg ASAP! Thanks so

Serving at after-concert receptions.

Helping with clean-up for after-concert receptions.

Helping with our annual Poinsettia Fundraiser (First week of December)

Chaperoning on field trips


Other ways you could help the program __________________________________





Parent/Guardians Name: ___________________________________________________

Students Name: __________________________________________________________
Home Phone #____________________________________________________________
Work Phone#_____________________________________________________________
E-mail Address: ___________________________________________________________


2016-2017 Vocal Music Calendar of Events


Description and Time of Event


*If you are going to miss an event for an excused absence,

please contact Mrs. Stuberg ASAP so you can complete the
make-up assignment.

Harmonic Minors = HM Viking

Voices = VV
Singing Sevies = 7
Sixth Grade = 6

September 7, 2016

Parent Informational Meeting for the Musical at 7 PM in the Choir


September 13, 14, 15

September 24, 2016

Musical Auditions 2:30 PM to 5:00 PM, sign up for a time

8th Grade parents and

students interested in
auditioning for the musical
8th Graders

Lock-In for Harmonic Minors from 10 AM to 4 PM at Lesher


All-State Auditions are Due See Mrs. Stuberg to audition

7th and 8th Graders

Dress Rehearsal for Fall Concert

6th Grade 5:00 PM to 5:45 PM
7th Grade 6:00 PM to 6:45 PM
8th Grade - VV, 7:00 PM to 7:45 PM
HM, 7:45 to 8:45
Fall Concert
6th/7th Grade Call Time 5:30 PM, Performance Time 6:00 PM
8th Grade Call Time 7:00 PM, Performance Time 7:30 PM

All Ensembles

Choir Night at the Opera University Center of the Arts and Wild Boar
from 5:30 PM to 10:30 PM, $1 Tickets, Chaperones Needed
Vocal Music Invitational Time and Location TBA, Chaperones Needed

8th Grade Choir Students

Dress Rehearsal for Winter Concert

6th Grade 5:00 PM to 5:45 PM
7th Grade 6:00 PM to 6:45 PM
8th Grade - VV, 7:00 PM to 7:45 PM
HM, 7:45 to 8:45
Winter Concert
6th/7th Grade Call Time 5:30 PM, Performance Time 6:00 PM
8th Grade Call Time 7:00 PM, Performance Time 7:30 PM

All Ensembles

Elementary Recruiting Day Entire School Day


Get Music for All-State Choir and begin preparing.

Accepted 7th/8th Graders

MS All-State Choir at Denver Convention Center, Chaperones Needed

Musical Performance of Singin In the Rain at 7:30 PM

Accepted 7th/8th Graders

All Students

October 5, 2016
October 12, 2016

October 13, 2016

All Ensembles

November 4, 2016
November 9, 2016


December 19, 2016

December 12, 2016

December 21 and 22,


All Ensembles

January 5, 2017

February 2, 3 2017
February 23, 24, 25

March 2 and 3, 2017

PSD Honor Choir Auditions

Interested 7th and 8th

Grade Students

Fort Collins High School Choral Festival, Time TBA, Chaperones Needed
CHSAA Choral Festival , Chaperones Needed

6 and 7 Choirs

Dress Rehearsal for Spring Concert Location TBA

6th Grade 5:00 PM to 5:45 PM
7th Grade 6:00 PM to 6:45 PM
8th Grade - 7:00 PM to 7:45 PM
Spring Concert Location TBA
All Ensembles have a 5:30 Call Time

All Ensembles

April 6, 2017

May 11, 2017

May 17, 2017

All Ensembles

*Mrs. Stuberg is working on a few special activities for students

throughout the year. Keep a look out for letters home, emails, and/or
phone calls for additions to this schedule.