Music Department Performing Ensemble Handbook  2012-2013


Parkway Central High School
369 North Woods Mill Rd.
Chesterfield MO 63017

Music Department Website: www.musicpch.com
Music Department Fax: 314-415-7941
 

PCHS Music Faculty

    Winifred Crock, Orchestra Director

School Phone: 314-415-7935   Home Phone: 636-391-5821
Email: wcrock@parkwayschools.net

             Susan Hampton, Assistant Orchestra Director

             Doug Hoover, Band Director

School Phone: 314-415-7911   Home Phone: 636-230-5110
Email: dhpchband@hotmail.com

     Matt Beazley, Band Director

School Phone:  314-415-7948
Email:  mbeazley@ parkwayschools.net

    Ben Silvermintz, Choir Director

School Phone: 314-415-7912
Email: bsilvermintz@ parkwayschools.net

             Denise Marsh, Choir Assistant and Accompanist

             Emily Peterson, Choreographer

 

PARKWAY CENTRAL MUSIC DEPARTMENT

Dear Music Students and Parents,

It is with great enthusiasm that we welcome music students and parents to Central High for an exciting year.

This handbook has been prepared for Parkway Central music families.  It contains an explanation of ensemble expectations, ensemble grading systems, performing uniform, tux or robe requirements, an outline of the annual Letter award requirements, and an explanation of the annual departmental music awards.  The explanation of the honors grade ensemble program for juniors and seniors in select ensembles is available separately.

Our home and office numbers are listed below.  Students and parents are encouraged to call especially during office hours.  We encourage communication with parents and students.

We urge you to read this entire handbook carefully.  We ask that you check our department website and calendar regularly (www.musicpch.com) for updates and information.  We look forward to your support and involvement throughout the school year.

 
Sincerely,

Winifred Crock, Orchestra Director
School Phone: 314-415-7935   Home Phone: 636-391-5821
Email: wcrock@pkwy.k12.mo.us

Susan Hampton, Assistant Orchestra Director

Doug Hoover, Band Director
School Phone: 314-415-7911   Home Phone: 636-230-5110
Email: dhpchband@hotmail.com

Matt Beazley, Band Director
School Phone:  314-415-7948
Email:  mbeazley@pkwy.k12.mo.us

Ben Silvermintz, Choir Director
School Phone: 314-415-7912 
Email: bsilvermintz@pkwy.k12.mo.us

Denise Marsh, Pianist and Accompanist

Emily Peterson, Choreographer

 
PCHS Music Ensemble Expectations

Our educational philosophy is based on arts-based education through performance.  We are an award winning, nationally recognized music department and have been designated by the Grammy Foundation as a Grammy Gold Signature School.  We are constantly working to improve and enrich every student’s musical and educational experiences. 

Because music is a performing art, classroom rehearsal and performance attendance is of the utmost importance.  We expect every student to be in every class/rehearsal.

We expect every student to be prepared with music, equipment and instrument at every class/rehearsal.   We expect every student to be focused and attentive at all times.

Participation at all rehearsals and performances is mandatory.  Failure to do so will result in severe grade penalty.  Music is a group endeavor.  Missing a performance can be likened in severity to missing an exam.  Unfortunately, no truly equivalent make-up is possible in that the ensemble performance will not occur again. However students will be required to do a performance jury for the music faculty in case of excused absence from a performance.   Students will not be allowed to makeup grade points in case of unexcused absence.

Every member of every ensemble is important!  In the rare case where it is necessary to miss a dress rehearsal or performance, students must notify a faculty member in advance.  According to MSHSAA rules students must attend classes all day in order to be eligible to participate in an after school or evening event.

You may reach us most easily at the following times.

Winifred Crock:                      Office Hour  5th
Doug Hoover:                         Office Hour  7th
Matt Beazley:                         Office Hour  3rd       
Ben Silvermintz:                     Office Hour  1st

          

-  School Instrument, Equipment and Uniform Loan Regulations  -

Some equipment, some instruments, music, robes, tuxedos and uniforms are available on loan from the Central High School Music Department. Each uniform, tuxedo or robe has an annual usage fee.

The student should treat all loan items with extreme care. Any damage or loss is the responsibility of the student.  Students will be responsible for every day maintenance and care.  (Strings, rosin, reeds, valve oil, etc.)

Students must return any loan item in good condition.  If items are not returned in good condition from lack of proper care, or if items are not returned on time, the student will be charged the repair or replacement cost of the item

Students must surrender any item upon the request of the director.

A $20 uniform, robe and tuxedo rental fee will be charged for each outfit at outfit checkout. Students in multiple ensembles should see their director regarding appropriate fees. Ladies band and orchestra blouses must be purchased thru school.  Gentlemen band and orchestra tuxedo shirts, ties and cummerbunds must be purchased as well and are available through the music department at cost or at local stores.


Parkway Central Music Parents Association

Music Parents is a parent support organization whose goals include volunteer support and monetary assistance to the entire PCHS music department.  It holds 501(3)c status as a not for profit organization. The Music Parents is an umbrella organization with subcommittees for each of the individual performing ensembles. The governing board meets regularly throughout the year and represents all of the PCHS music performing ensembles. The Music Parents provides support for a number of special projects, performances and activities, which would not be possible otherwise. Much of the excellence of our department is possible because of this extraordinary organization. Parents, friends and relatives are encouraged to join the Music Parents and support in anyway possible.  One of the benefits of joining the Music Parents is ticket passes to our general concert series.

Music Parents sponsors several departmental fund-raisers such as the annual fall citrus sale.  Proceeds from this and other fund raisers go directly to benefit the students enrolled in the music program. Music Parents have provided stereo equipment, library and uniform storage, special clinicians and technology assistance. Parent support is crucial to our continued excellence.

Please contact a Music Parents board member or ask a faculty member for more information.



President                    David Rosenstock

Past President           Rob and Debbie Becker

President Emeritus   Sarah Needles

Treasurer                    Sandy Jacobs

 
Other Board Members can be contacted through the Music Department

 
Music Performing Ensemble Dress Code

Chamber Choir/Concert Chorale/ Concert Choir

                                    (Unless other instructions are given)

            Men:  Black slacks, white shirt, white undershirt and black tie

                                    Black socks and black dress shoes (no tennis shoes)

                                    Robe and stole

            Ladies: Dress with hem shorter than robe

                                                (no halter or spaghetti straps, or strapless dresses)

                                    Black hose and black closed toed, 1-2” heeled black pumps

                                    Robe and stole

Chorus                    (Unless other instructions are given)

            Ladies  Black slacks or skirt, White shirt

                                    Hose and dress shoes

            Men:  Dark slacks, white shirts, dark tie, black socks and dress shoes

Swing Choir              (Unless other instructions are given)

                                    Uniform

 

Orchestra                  (Unless other instructions are given)

            Men:               Orchestra tuxedo coat and tuxedo pants

                                    White pleated wing tipped collar tux shirt,

                                    Black strap bow tie & Black satin Cummerbund

                                    Black dress socks and black dress shoes

            Ladies: Black velvet orchestra shirt

                                    Ankle or floor length black formal skirt                                

                                    (Cellists may wear black dress pants.)

                                    Hose, black dress shoes

 

Band                          (Unless other instructions are given)

                                    Uniform with all parts, band shoes & appropriate socks.

                                    or Tuxedo outfit and concert black

Men:               Tuxedo coat and tuxedo pants

                                    White pleated wing tipped collar tux shirt,

                                    Black strap bow tie & Black satin Cummerbund

                                    Black dress socks and black dress shoes

            Ladies: Black velvet orchestra shirt

                                    Ankle or floor length black formal skirt

                                    Hose, black dress shoes

 

 

All Ensembles:

Informal department uniform for traveling or other out of school activities is khaki pants and polo type shirt with collars.

When traveling with a music department ensemble, students may not wear jeans, sweat clothes or running attire.  T-shirts may be worn but should be plain with no emblems or writing unless they are the PCH ensemble shirt. Tennis shoes may be worn but should be in good condition. Clothing must be in good condition with no tears or rips. Khaki or Dockers and polo type shirts are encouraged. Grade points will be deducted if a student is missing all or part of their uniform/tux or robe for a concert or other occasion.

 
Music Ensemble Grading Explanation

 
35 Percent - Participation in Rehearsal and Class Preparation

-Students will earn participation points for each rehearsal.

Full points will be awarded to students who are on time, demonstrate adequate preparation, have all music, instruments and equipment and participate for the entire rehearsal in an intent and focused manner.

-Participation on an A or B day will be worth 35 points.

-Participation on a C day will be worth 30 points.

-Failure to participate in rehearsal due to illness, injury, missing music, equipment or instrument etc. will result in a reduction in points.

-Excused absences will result in daily point reduction.

Makeup work for classes or sectionals is possible but must be done in a timely manner and is up to the discretion of each teacher.

-Unexcused absences will result in point reduction, without possibility of make up.

-Tardies will be handled at the discretion of the teacher, but will result in partial  loss of daily participation credit and/or detention.     

35 Percent - Performance Tests, Class Work, & Sectional Participation

30 Percent - Participation Concerts, Performances , Dress Rehearsals

-Attendance
Parkway Central High School Music Department
369 North Woods Mill Road
Chesterfield, MO 63017 - Fax: 314-415-7941