There are costs for each student’s participation in the choral music program that are not covered by the school budget. Costs may be covered by fundraising, ASB monies, and other donations. Families are asked to donate toward or voluntarily pay for the following:
Students can, and will, be required to attend/participate in fundraising events throughout the school year but they cannot be required to raise funds nor can they be excluded from an educational activity if they do not.
Student Accounts: Choir cannot maintain individual accounts for students. All monies earned from fundraising activities will go into one “choir” account.
Donations: Donations are not only accepted they are encouraged!
Field Trip(s)/Tour: This includes Disneyland/Tour, etc. As always, any student who wishes to participate in an outside activity regardless of their ability to pay will be allowed to attend. Finances are NEVER a reason to miss out an activity. Families are asked to donate the cost of tours, although fundraisers and scholarships are usually available to help defray these costs to some extent.
Outfits: Students will still need performance attire for formal concerts and festivals. Detailed information about outfits for the school year can be found in the “Concert Dress” section. Students who wish to purchase their outfits may do so, otherwise you will be provided with an outfit that must be returned to the SDHS Choral Dept. at the end of the school year.
No permanent alterations can be made to loaned outfits.
Tour: Tour can be an exciting and educational experience where students get the opportunity to travel to new places, learn more about choir and other fine arts, bond with classmates, meet and hear other choirs from around the country, and make music in a variety of venues. In the past, total participation from the entire group has been mandatory in order for an ensemble to go on tour. While I prefer that every student participate in the tour, unavoidable conflicts exist. Because the main focus of any tour is educational and musical, a balanced ensemble is absolutely necessary. In order for any group to go on tour at least 80% of each section must participate. This means that not only must 80% of the entire ensemble participate but; 80% of each section (soprano, alto, tenor, bass, etc) must participate. Without a balanced ensemble there is no reason to go on tour.
No student will be denied the opportunity to participate due to financial constraints. Please contact Mr. Pugh ASAP to discuss possible payment options (payment schedule, sponsorship, fundraising, reduced payments, etc).
*More specific information regarding tour will be sent home in the coming weeks.