Clover Choir

Participation Guidelines

The members of the Clover Choir are expected to set a positive example. Singing in the choir is not only a privilege, but it is also a responsibility. We would like to develop an appreciation for commitment. The following requirements are outlined below:

Auditions Auditions are required for membership in the Clover Choir and the Student Cantor Ministry. The choir is open to students in grades sixth through eighth. (Fifth grade by invitation only) Cantors must remain an active member of the choir. The audition process will take 10 minutes. Potential choristers will be required to sing a song of her/his choice a cappella. Range and the ability to match pitch will be tested.

Citizenship and Academic Policy

Members are expected to act in or out of uniform in a manner which reflects the outstanding reputation and standards of St. John the Baptist Catholic School. The following statement can be found in the Student/Parent Handbook under Academic Policies:

Academic Eligibility for All Extra Curricular:

Recognizing the primary importance of academic success for each student, St. John the Baptist School does not permit any student with less than a “C” (73%) overall average and/or less than a “B-“ (82%) in responsible behavior to participate in ongoing extra-curricular programs such as athletic teams, cheerleading, Clover Choir, drama performances, etc. At the middle and end of each trimester a list of those students not eligible for such activities will be distributed to all teachers, coaches and moderators. Students on the list become ineligible the day the list is distributed and remain ineligible until the next list is issued at the beginning or middle of the next trimester (at which time students who become eligible again may participate in extracurricular pending the approval of the coach or moderator of the extracurricular program). Students who are ineligible at the end of the third trimester may become eligible for the first trimester of the following school year by raising their grades to the required level during summer school.

Note: Student cantors on the ineligible list will be not be scheduled for morning Mass until they return to the choir.

Attendance Policy Rehearsals

Parents must be on time to pick up students after rehearsal. Please review the school daycare policy in the school handbook. Additional rehearsal days may be added as needed to prepare for performances. All choristers play an important role in our success. The group as a whole cannot excel when part of the group is missing, so we ask that all choristers honor their commitment and make every effort to attend all rehearsals and performances.

Members must attend all rehearsals and events scheduled unless prior notice is given by the chorister or parent to the director. All members must sign the attendance log book at each rehearsal and performance. Performances are not optional. All members are expected to be at all performances. Missing performances and rehearsals will be grounds for dismissal. Severe illness is exempt from this policy.

Note: Choir members are able to participate in SJB athletics with coach permission and knowledge of the choir performance schedule. The coaches and the director will work together so that all choristers have the opportunity to participate in school athletic activities and still maintain acceptable rehearsal attendance.

Musicianship

Be on time for rehearsals and performances. Practice good work ethic (no excessive side talking during rehearsals) Disruptive behavior will be met with either a conduct slip or with demerits. Keep music folder neat and orderly. Use the pencil provided to mark the music. Do not deface practice folders, performance binders, or music. Know the music and have confidence and command of the repertoire.

Student Cantor Ministry

All candidates must display responsible behavior, be poised and posses good tone, pitch and diction. Cantors play an important role in the Liturgy by leading the assembly in sung prayer. The student cantor is responsible for proclaiming the daily responsorial psalm. Those selected to be a part of the student cantor ministry must follow the guidelines below:

  1. The Cantor Ministry is for those who are self-motivated. Cantors must be prepared to practice independent of the director. No cantor will be placed on the weekly schedule without demonstrating competent vocal leadership skills. Attend at all scheduled rehearsals is required.
  2. There will be a monthly Mass schedule posted in the music room. Cantors are to be well groomed and dressed in regulation school uniform on scheduled Mass days. (No PE shorts and shirts) Hair is to be pulled back and away from the face and skirts are to be school regulation length.
  3. Pick up any music necessary for the Mass in plenty of time to practice. Cantors are responsible for organizing their own music. Binders will be provided. Contact the director if you need additional help with the music. Any cantor on the ineligibility list will return to the ministry when they become eligible for extra–curricular activities. (See Academic Eligibility for Extracurricular)
  4. Only those 7th or 8th grade cantors who know the order of the liturgy, display reverence, poise and have the highest vocal leadership skills will be asked to cantor the monthly Student Body Mass.

Note: Student cantors on the ineligible list will not be scheduled for morning Mass until they return to the choir.

The Clover Choir Council

Student leadership roles are divided into two categories elected (Officers) and appointed. (Section Leaders) The choir council will be the source of spirit and pride in what the choir does as an ensemble. Choir elections will be held every year in November.

President
Eight Grade Choristers
Duties:
Serve as a student representative of the choir when needed at festivals and on performance tours. Help promote choir activities and coordinate the duties of all student officers of the choir. Advise the director of problems and provide suggestions for improvement of the choir program. Vice President Seventh Grade Chorister Duties: Perform duties of the President when necessary. Check uniform apparel for uniformity before performances. Assist with concert formation Secretary Open to all Choristers Duties: Check weekly attendance book. Help with correspondence newsletters. Take notes during information meetings. Organize the morning prayer schedule. Librarian Open to all choristers Duties: Help file, sort prepare binders and pass out music Help secretary with miscellaneous jobs Section Leaders Section leaders are appointed by the director

Vice President
Seventh Grade Chorister
Duties:
Perform duties of the President when necessary. Check uniform apparel for uniformity before performances. Assist with concert formation.

Secretary
Open to all Choristers
Duties:
Check weekly attendance book. Help with correspondence newsletters. Take notes during information meetings. Organize the morning prayer schedule.

Librarian
Open to all choristers
Duties: Help file, sort prepare binders and pass out music Help secretary with miscellaneous jobs

Section Leaders
Section leaders are appointed by the director

Snack Sign-up Sheet

Singing is an aerobic activity because it exercises major muscle groups in the upper body. Singing can even increase mental alertness through oxygenation. After a long day of school most of the students are hungry. In order to maintain energy and concentration we have a healthy snack and plenty of water for rehearsals. We ask that each family take a turn in providing a snack for rehearsals. There is a snack sign-up sheet included in the guidelines. Parents please review the dates and sign-up for two days.

Clover Choir Updates

Choir update will be e-mailed to all choir parents. Fill out the parent email address request on the Choir Contract Form so that e-mails can be received in a timely manner. Updated information such as revised rehearsal and performance event schedules can be found on the school website. Contact the director via e-mail yitano@sjbschool.net or phone (714) 557-5060 ext 324

Choir Participation Fee

Participation Fee

$75.00 for the year.

Uniform Accessories - Norman's Uniforms
SJB School Plaid Skirt Regulation length
White Button-down Oxford Shirt
Navy Blue Knee Socks

Clover Choir Uniform  
Navy blue blazer, gray slacks/plaid SJB skirt knee length, white oxford blouse/shirt, navy blue knee socks for girls, black shoes (Plain black, loafer style hard shoes no heels) NO ATHLETIC SHOES

Concert Attire 
Girls/ Long black dress, pearl necklace, black dress flat shoes, Junior high girls are allowed to wear light makeup. Hair is worn up and way from the face. Boys wear the choir uniform with gray ties black dress shoes and socks. Black tuxedos are worn only for out of state performance tours. Dress slacks and tie for boys are purchased through the music room. 

Grooming
While in uniform girls should wear long hair in a low ponytail and away from the face. Shorter hair may be worn down but must be away from the face. No hair bows, head bands, visible jewelry such as earrings, watches, or bracelets may be worn.  No wrinkled uniforms.

Note: There are a limited number of new and used uniform accessories and black dresses in good condition available.   Please contact the director for sizes.

Summer Sing Week 

Guests for the week are Dominic MacAller, composer, conductor, music director, Patrick Williams, Mater Dei High School Director of Performing Arts and Musical Theater, The Improve Kids and CS Dance Factory.

What to bring:  A smile each day and a lunch Monday through Thursday.  

Lunch will be provided on Friday

What to wear: athletic shoes no sandals, PE t shirts, shorts or appropriate clothing to exercise. There will be movement activities each day.  

Note: If you need to drop off your child early in the morning just let us know.

Daily Schedule
We will be at school at 8 AM each day.

Monday August 4

Please arrive no later than 9:15

9:00 Early Birds (optional) Meet and Mingle with a light morning snack
9:30 Opening Prayer Service/ Father Claude
10:00 Orientation/ Warm ups & Vocal T
11:15 Jump Rope
11:30 Jenson
12 Noon Lunch (Bring your own lunch)
12:30–2:00 New Music

Tuesday August 5

9:30 Meet and Greet
9:45 Warm up /New Music
10:30 CS Dance Factory Workout
11:15 Jenson
11:45 Lunch (Bring your lunch)
12:15–2:00 New and Old Music

Wednesday August 6

9:30 Jump Rope
10:00 Theater Small Group Workshop
10:00 Sectionals
Noon Brown Bag Theater Performance by The Improv Kids
1:15–2:00 New and Old Music

Thursday August 7

 (Choir Blazer Fitting)

9:30 Fitness Fun
10:00 Warm up and Jenson
10:30 Music
11:00 New and Old Music
Noon Lunch (Bring your lunch)
12:30 Sectionals
1:15–2:00 New and Old Music

Friday August 8

9:30 Jump Rope Challenge
10:00 Warm up
10:15 Jenson Challenge
10:30 New and Old Music 
11:30 Girls Only 
11:30 Boys Only  
Noon Lunch Provided