2018-2019 Chorus/Design and Intro to Singing Classes

The 2018-2019 Phillips Preparatory Chorus continues the tradition of fun and excellence in singing that has been evident  for many years at PPS.  Two groups of students make up the 7th & 8th grade PPS performance chorus:  an 8th grade chorus/drama class of girls and a mixed 7th/8th grade chorus/drama class of both girls and boys.

In addition to these performing classes, PPS has added something new this year: a music/chorus elective for 6th graders called Intro to Singing!  Two classes of sixth graders will learn about music and experience singing together.  

In May 2018, approximately 75 students auditioned for the performing chorus/drama group for this school year.  Students came to the auditions with a prepared A Capella solo and readiness to do some simple pitch matching.  Applications were completed, grades checked, and teacher recommendations received.   It was obvious that most students had prepared for the auditions, thus illustrating the conscientious attitude Phillips students bring to all they do.  After long and careful consideration, 29 students were chosen for the 7th/8th grade mixed chorus/drama class, and 31 8th grade girls were selected for the advanced chorus/drama class, making a grand total of 60 performing SINGERS this year!  Way to go, PPS students!

Concert Schedule

The PPS tradition has been that each year several school programs and big winter and spring shows are devoted to the performing arts.  This year will be no different.

Veterans Day Program 

PPS holds our annual Veterans Day Recognition programs in November when the chorus and band perform and students speak.  Two different assemblies allow for all PPS students and guests to experience this very meaningful program.  Here is the URL for our program from November 2017: https://youtu.be/25dri1JTZgQ

Winter Holiday Concert

Our performing chorus presents its annual winter holiday concert with the Davidson High School Warrior Sound chorus at DHS each year in December.  This is a great way to begin the holiday season and enjoy the tunes you know and love as well as hear some new ones. And admission is free.  Our December 2017 performance can be seen on YouTube: https://youtu.be/Qt2e6DyrG90 and https://youtu.be/KGf0-BeIn6Q

Annual Spring Chorus Show

Each year we present a thematic spring show of song and dance.  OUR 2018 Spring Show - Disney Old and New -  was at Davidson High School on THURSDAY, APRIL 19, at 7:00 PM.  We sang songs from Aladdin, Beauty and the Beast, The Little Mermaid, The Lion King, Mary Poppins, Cinderella, The Hunchback of Notre Dame, 101 Dalmatians, Toy Story, Pocahontas, Song of the South, Hercules, Moana, and Teen Beach Movie. We appreciate all who came and supported us as we sang and danced in this hour-long concert. If you missed the show, you can see it on Mrs. Sheets' YOUTUBE channel:  https://youtu.be/tJ9OzntXSdU

Chorus Class Details on Mrs. Sheets' Webpage

Details about our chorus classes may be found on Mrs. Vera Lynn Sheets' webpage of this PPS website.  Class handouts, forms, requirements, calendar dates, etc. are located there.

Why is Music Important?
In thinking about the importance of music in the lives of young people, we want to share with you excerpts from a March 3, 2005 press release from WASHINGTON, D.C.— The U.S. House of Representatives, acting on the recommendation of the House Committee on Education & the Workforce, expressed unanimous support for the value of school-based music education when it passed a Concurrent Resolution Tuesday that says music instruction “is an important component of a well-rounded academic curriculum….  Research has consistently shown the wide-ranging value of music education to the full academic and social performance of young people. Specifically, studies show, that early music training has a profound influence on children’s ability to think critically and to reason. From reading scores to math performance to the ability and willingness to fend off use of illegal substances, music education, as well as participation in music-making programs, has proven to be central to a successful academic experience. 

Local budget cuts are depriving approximately 30 million students of an education that includes music.  It is not only at the local level that is forcing schools to abandon music education, but the lack of federal funding as well.
Past Holiday Concerts

If you want to enjoy some of our other past holiday concerts, here are links so that you can see and hear them now.  Our part of each program begins in a more traditional concert style and ends with several choreographed selections. In 2015 and 2014, PPS's portion of the program is the first 25+ minutes of each program and the Davidson High School chorus is the next 30+ minutes. Enjoy! 

2016 Winter Holiday Concert

 We begin at the 0:02:35 mark.

 https://youtu.be/R-5BhIi4u34



 2015 Winter Holiday Concert

We being at the 0:01:45 mark.

https://youtu.be/mOZVNVmmpqY



2014 Winter Holiday Concert

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=R5jMQNOqsfY&list=PL81xBucZsDrHcYE9Xf8G9ovVlWeCFbA4F&index=6