Notations – October 14, 2019

UPDATE: Broadway Night Casting Reveal – rescheduled for October 29 at 7:00 PM

Congratulations on a Fabulous Concert Last Week!

Bravo to all our Ensembles – and the student soloist, speakers, and instrumentalists on beautiful performances at the first concert of the year! 

Professionally done audio and video recordings of this concert will be available on our website soon: Performance Archives 

Thanks to the generosity of SLHS Chorus families, we raised $767.31 for the Coral Restoration Foundation™ at the concert!

If you didn’t have a chance to do so at the concert, you can still make contributions to CRF through its website: (Please enter “South Lakes Chorus” in the comment line.)

A Special Thanks to the Parent and Student volunteers for helping make this concert a great success!

2019 Senior Honors Choir Audition Results

Congratulations to Aidan Smith for being selected into the VMEA Senior Honors Choir!  And BRAVO to each of the students who auditioned on Saturday! We are very proud of their hard work and beautiful singing!

The Senior Honors Choir event will take place in Hot Spring, VA, November 21-23, 2019.  Senior Honors Choir is one of the most elite honors choirs you can be a part of in your high school career. The choir is only open to 12th grade students enrolled in Choral programs throughout the State of VA, and selection is made by audition.

South Lakes Chorus & Oakton Chorus present A Cappella Bootcamp on 10/19

Join us for a one-day immersive experience in all things Contemporary A Cappella this Saturday, 10/19 from 10 am to 4 pm at SLHS.

Workshops feature clinicians from two DC-based A Cappella Groups:

  • The District
  • Atlas

Workshops to include:

  • Beatboxing 101
  • Arranging (how to select music and what to consider)
  • Staging
  • Rehearsal Process
  • Group Identity, Expectations, Organizations and Structure
  • Audition Process
  • Group Coaching

The day will conclude with showcase performances by The District and Atlas.

Important details to participate:

  1. Complete Online Registration Form
  2. Cost is $10 per student: payable online, in cash or by check payable to SLHS PCA
  3. Complete the online payment form: Activity Payment Form
  4. Check in between 9:40 and 10:00 am
  5. Bring your own lunch & water

Disney Trip Update

REMINDER: If you have not already paid Payment #2 and #3, please go to or make checks payable to SLHS with Chorus Disney Trip in the memo line.

NOTE: Scholarship recipients will have to pay by check since your amount due is not an option in MySchoolBucks

LOOKING AHEAD:  We will send an email with instructions for the final payment (#4), which will be due by Friday, 10/25/19.  

If you have any questions, please contact

Save the Date: Next Chorus Fundraiser – Wednesday, 10/30, 5-9 pm

Chipotle (12152 Sunset Hills Road in Reston)

Make dinner a selfless act by joining us for a fundraiser, sponsored by PCA, to support South Lakes High School Chorus!

Chipotle will donate 33% of the proceeds to SLHS Chorus when you:

  • Bring in the flyer
  • Show it on your smartphone OR
  • Tell the cashier you’re supporting the cause

PCA Membership Campaign Update

Are you new to the SLHS Choral program? Welcome!  

We hope you enjoyed the first concert of the year! As you can see, a lot of work goes into the performances with support from professional musicians and technicians, equipment, printed programs and more.  

The PCA (Parents for the Choral Arts) supports these efforts, and we wish to continue to fund this excellent program! Naturally, the more members we have, the more we can do!

So, if you have not joined the PCA this year yet, ACT NOW!  Click Join PCA

Already a PCA Member?: Thank You for Joining!

With PCA Membership at Gold level or higher, you are entitled to Reserved Seating at our concerts. If you did not receive an email entitled “Your Reserved Seating for Thursday’s Concert” with a link to Eventbrite, please contact Juliana Carter at

Membership/Fundraising Goal: Our overall goal for fundraising is $24,000 as shown below:

We are getting close to hitting our PCA membership goal and would love to reach our goals by having 50 more members join at the $30 level to raise at least an additional $1500! 

Friends and Family (F&F) Campaign:  You can also start fundraising now by sharing the link with your friends and family!

Urgent Need for Parent Volunteers:

  • Friends & Family Campaign: Are you interested in administering this campaign?
  • Corporate Sponsors: Do you work for, own or know of local or other businesses who would be interested in sponsoring the Chorus?
  • Membership Chair: Are you interested in learning more about the role or willing to lead the Membership and Fundraising efforts this year and beyond?

If so, please email Juliana Carter at 

Gown Alterations

We let our students pick up their gowns after the concert last week so that they can get necessary alterations done to their gowns well before the next concert on 12/18.  Therefore,

  • If you have not made payment yet, please do so through MySchoolBucks ASAP.
  • Those students who have not picked up their gowns should do so ASAP.

ALTERATIONS: Students must arrange/pay for alterations themselves.  A list of approved Alterations Services & Specific Instructions is provided with the gowns.  The cost of alterations is around $25 -$50.

Please contact Mitsuyo Sprague at if you have any questions.

All Chorus Forms & Fees – Due Immediately

FORMS: If you still have not turned in one or more of the required forms, please do so ASAP.  You should have received an email with a list of form(s) still missing and links to these forms on our website.

Hard copies of these forms are available for those who do not have access to a printer.

FEES: If you have not done so yet, please pay these fees through MySchoolBucks ASAP.

  • South Lakes HS Chorus Course Materials Fee: $160 for All Students
  • Choir Gown Fee: One-time payment of $75 for All New Students and those returning students who need a replacement
Important Information About Fees

If you receive free/reduced lunch AND have submitted the Consent to Share Form, the county will waive and pay your course and/or uniform fees. See Consent-to-Share-Info for details.

If you are not receiving free/reduced lunch but would like to budget Course Fee payment or Gown payment, you can complete Chorus Financial Aid/Payment Plan Form

If you have any questions and/or concerns about these fees, please contact Mrs. Gigliotti at

Broadway Night 2020

PARENTS: The mandatory casting reveal meeting has been rescheduled for Tuesday, 10/29, 7-8 pm at South Lakes HS.

More info to come soon! If you have any questions or are looking to take on an active volunteer role this year, please contact

Support South Lakes Chorus through Amazon Smile!

Parents for the Choral Arts (PCA) is now a registered non-profit with Amazon Smile. Therefore, you can support the South Lakes Chorus with your everyday Amazon Purchases!

Click on to select PCA as your charity for Amazon Smile.

And don’t forget to visit amazon smile for all your purchases to keep donating to South Lakes Chorus!

A Cappella Announcement

View the constitution so students can understand what the groups require for attendance and participation: SLHS A Cappella Groups Constitution

Enrichment Opportunities

Robert E. Simon Music Scholarships

The Reston Chorale is continuing to offer Robert E Simon Music Scholarships to high school and college students.

Choral Arts Society of Washington Youth Choir

The ensemble is comprised of 9th grade 12th grade “all-star” singers from area high schools.  And it is currently looking to expand the scope of the group and extending an invitation to our Chorus students.  

Visit  Choral Arts Youth Choir  for more information, including audition details.

The gospel choir at United Christian Parish of Reston

Their information can be found here.


This Week:

  • Tue, 10/15 (6:30 – 7:30 pm): PCA Meeting at 11504 Drop Forge Lane, Reston VA 20191
  • Sat, 10/19 (10:00 am – 4:00 pm): A Cappella Bootcamp, SLHS


  • Tue, 10/29 (7:00 – 8:00 pm): BWN Cast Reveal Meeting
  • Wed, 10/30 (5:00 – 9:00 pm): Chorus Fundraiser at Chipotle, 12152 Sunset Hills Rd, Reston