Notations – September 30, 2019

Fall Benefit Concert – Next Thursday, 10/10 at 7 pm

The South Lakes High School Chorus raises money for a charity selected by our Student Chorus Officers at its Fall Concert.

For this year, they have chosen the Coral Restoration Foundation™, and we will accept a free will donation to the Foundation after the concert in the lobby.

Coral Restoration Foundation™ (CRF) is the world’s largest non-profit marine-conservation organization. It is dedicated to restoring coral reefs to a healthy state, in Florida and globally. 

Volunteer Sign-ups

As many of you know, each ensemble will be responsible for providing volunteers for at least one concert each year, and Select Treble will support this concert.

We need your support! If you sign up to volunteer during the concert, we will make sure that you can see your students perform.

So, please sign up to help: Volunteer Sign-up

Rehearsals & Concert Call Times

Mrs. Gigliotti will send a separate email in the next few days to confirm the details of rehearsal times for each ensemble. General time frame is listed below (no one will be called for the entire time):

  • Monday, 10/7: 3-6 pm
  • Tuesday, 10/8: 3-4:30 pm

PCA Membership Campaign

A PCA membership/fundraising update will be sent separately this week.  But so far, we have 32 members with $5000 raised! Thank you to our new members who are generous donors!

Our goal is to have 100 members and $8,000 raised.  Therefore, we are striving for 68 more PCA members that contribute an average of close to $50 to hit our goal!

If you have not done so, please Join the PCA by Friday 10/4 to be recognized in the fall concert program! It’s as easy as 123: just visit Join PCA

We are currently looking for people to help with the Friends & Family campaign, and a future Membership Chair. If you are interested, please contact the interim Membership Chair, Juliana Carterat  

All Chorus Forms & Fees – DUE IMMEDIATELY

FORMS update: 82 (or 51%) out of 160 students have turned in all required forms as of 9/27.

  • Camerata: 12 (34%)
  • Chorale: 18 (45%)
  • Bella Voce: 12 (57%)
  • Select Treble: 18 (56%)
  • Chamber Singers 22 (69%)

If you have not turned in your forms, please do so ASAP.

Required for ALL STUDENTS:

  1. FCPS Emergency Care Form
  2. FCPS Parental Authorization for Field Trip
  3. Review the 2019-20 Chorus Syllabus and complete:

IF you will be driving/carpooling ANY students for a chorus activity, you must complete the following form(s):

Parent/Chaperone DriversFCPS Parent-Chaperone Driver’s License & Auto Insurance Info

All Student Drivers:

  1. FCPS Student Driver’s License & Auto Insurance Info AND
  2. FCPS Student Driver Certification Form

NOTE: We do have hard copies of these forms if you need them.

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:

The county will waive and pay for the uniform fees for any student who

  1. receives free/reduced lunch AND
  2. has done the consent to share form: Consent-to-Share-Info

If you are not receiving Free/Reduced lunch but would like to budget your Course Fee payment or Gown payment, please complete SLHS Chorus Financial Aid or Payment Plan Form and submit it to our Choral Director, Mrs. Gigliotti.

For concerns and/or questions about these fees, please contact Mrs. Gigliotti at

A Special Thanks

A Special Thanks to the students blow for representing SLHS Chorus Department and performing National Anthem at Reston Multicultural Festival on Saturday:

  • Rita Ajit
  • Margarita Gamarnik
  • Jaelyn Gilmore
  • Kita Shah
  • Lauren Skinner
  • Catherine Sklar
  • Corrine Wellman
  • Rebecca Yakobson

2019 Winter Chorus Trip to Disney – Wed, 12/ 4 – Sat, 12/7, 2019

Reminder: Payment #2 is due 9/30/19

  • Pay through
  • OR make checks payable to SLHS with Chorus Disney Trip in the memo line.

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

  • Oct 11 is the last day for Scrip rebates to count towards payment #4


Disney Updates:

EVERYONE will be performing at Disney Springs on Thursday, 12/5.

We will prepare a set of music 15-20 minutes in length.

The students will also perform these selections at the winter concert. Thus, parents can enjoy it then if they are not traveling with us to Orlando. 

BRAVO and THANKS to all who auditioned for the Candlelight Processional performance. 

We were able to accept 75 singers who scored 155 points or higher on their audition.  More details will be forthcoming regarding music this week. 

If you have any questions, please contact

Broadway Night 2020 Update

We are excited that 99 High School students participated in Broadway Night auditions last week!  The creative team is in the process of casting the show!

PARENTS:Please SAVE THE DATE for the mandatory casting reveal meeting on Thursday, 10/17 from 7-8 pm at South Lakes HS!

More info to come soon! If you have any questions or are looking to take 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!

Gown Alterations

Students who have made payment may pick up their gowns. If you have not made payment yet, please do so throughMySchoolBucks ASAP.

Alterations: Students must arrange/pay for alterations themselves. 

A list of approved Alterations Services & Specific Instructions will be provided with the gowns.  The cost of alterations is around $25 -$50.

Please contact Mitsuyo Sprague at if you have any questions.

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

A Day with Natalie Weiss!

Saturday, 10/12, at Union Stage in SW DC

LaVoce Studios is bringing Natalie Weiss to DC for a full day of instruction: a vocal & acting masterclass, a dance class, & a career advice talk! For more information, including ticketing, go to: A Day with Natalie Weiss

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.  Now, it is 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.

About PCA

Parents for Choral Arts is a 501(C)(3) non-profit booster organization supporting the South Lakes High School Choral Department.  Federal Tax ID: 26-3487105

Corporate Sponsorships page is LIVE! Check it out: Become a Sponsor

If you would like to help volunteer to raise funds or have leads for corporate sponsorships, please contact the interim Membership Chair, Juliana Carter at