Poteau High School


PHS Choir Dates 2016-2017


August 15

Class Time

Choir Council Elections

All Students

August 17


Tumbler Fundraiser Begins

All Students

August 31

3:15-4:30 p.m.

Fall Follies Solo/Ensemble Auditions

All interested choir students 6th-12th

September 1

Class Time

EDHC Audition Fee Due

All interested choir members 7th-12th

September 9

Class Time

All-State Try-out $15 Due

All interested choir students 9th-12th

September 17


EDHC Auditions

All registered choir students

October 4

10:50 a.m.

Cook Dough/Rada Sale Begins

Quarternote Club/Choir Students

October 18


EDHC Rehearsal/Concert- Muskogee

All Honor Choir Members

October 19

3:15-5:00 p.m.

Fall Follies Rehearsal

ALL Choir Members

(100 points)

October 20

3:15-5:00 p.m.

Fall Follies Rehearsal

ALL Choir Members

(100 points)

October 21

5:30-? P.m.

Fall Follies

ALL Choir Members

(250 points)

October 22

5:30-? P.m.

Fall Follies

ALL Choir Members

(250 points)

October 29


1st Round All-State Auditions- McAlestar

All interested choir students

November 12


10th-12th grade 2nd round All-State Auditions (OMEA)-Edmond

All qualifiers

November 15


7th-9th grade 2nd round All-State Auditions (OCDA)

All qualifiers

December 4

2:00 p.m. – BLK Center

Christmas Pageant


(500 points)

December TBA


Christmas as CSB


(100 points)

December 29


All-State Practice Day

All All-State Choir Members

January 11

Class Time

District OSSAA Solo & Ensemble $ Due

All interested members

January 12-14

All Day

OCDA JH All-State Choir

All JH All-State Choir Members

January 19-21

All Day

OMEA HS All-State Choir

All HS All-State Choir Members

February 7


Auditions Spring Musical

Any interested PHS Students


6:00 p.m.

Basketball Senior Night-National Anthem


(250 points)



Chamber Banquet National Anthem

All Choir Members

(250 points)

February 28


Reserve entire day

District Choir Contest-Talequah

ALL CHOIR MEMBERS (500 points)

March 4


District Solo & Ensemble Contest- Talequah

All registered choir members

March 31

(possibility of the 30th)


Reserve entire day

State Choir Contest-Shawnee


(500 points)

April 21

(possibility of the 20th)


State Solo and Ensemble Contest- Shawnee

All who qualify

April 27-30


Spring Musical Performances

Cast members

May 8

6:00 p.m.

Spring Concert and Desserts


(500 points)

May 26

8:00 p.m.

Graduation Performance

Choir Seniors



Sponsor: Alisha Smedley 

Quarternote Club (Choir Booster Club, meets the 2nd Tuesday of the month at 6:00 pm)
President: Kathy Dalton
Vice-President: Kim Cobb
Treasurer: Melanie Thomas
Secretary: Trisa DuBois
Choir Council
President: Natalie Darby
Vice- President:

FAQ's See Syllabus:


Advanced Choir Syllabus


Grade Levels: 9-12


Instructor: Alisha Smedley




Course Purpose and Goals:


The purpose of choir is to gain musical excellence through cooperation, teamwork, practice, musical analysis and performance.  My goal is to provide enjoyable rehearsals, outstanding performances and in turn, pride in choir, our school and community.




Choir Expectations:


1.       Attend ALL concerts and contest performances


2.       Actively participate in rehearsals


3.       Learn their individual parts in order to enhance the group choral experience


4.       Learn to sing a varied repertoire from different historical periods and in different languages


5.       Take advantage of solo and group competition opportunities including District and All State Choirs as well as District/State Solo and Ensemble and choir Contests


6.       Be on time; Be focused; Be eligible


7.       Show respect to each other, the directors and the facilities


8.       Take pride in their personal appearance remembering that their actions and attitude reflect on themselves and their school.




Grading Process:




1.       Weekly grades will be based upon participation during rehearsals and listening journal entries. These are 50 points each.


2.       Performance grades:  This is a performance based class, and the grading system reflects this.  Performances are mandatory and can’t be made up except in the case of a medical emergency, eligibility, or a conflict with another OSSAA event. Some performances are the same each year and are worth 500 points each.  Any performance that varies from year to year will only be mandatory if students are given at least 2 weeks notice.  They are also worth less points (100-200 depending on difficulty).  Performances that are mandatory each year and worth 500 points each include: The Christmas Pageant, Basketball National Anthem, District Contest, State Contest, and our Spring Concert.  Should a student miss a performance, it is their responsibility to see the instructor, explain the situation, and if deemed an acceptable reason, complete a make-up assignment.




*Emergency or OSSAA Conflict make-up stipulations:




1. Any medical emergency that prevents student participation in any performance will require a note from a medical professional before the assignment may be “made-up.”


2. Most conflicts between choir and other OSSAA activities can be resolved between myself and other sponsors and coaches.  The only time that a student is excused from a performances based on another activity conflict is when no resolution can be made between myself and the other sponsor or coach.  Students should notify me of conflicts as soon as they arise.  Failure to notify me of a conflict will result in a “0” for the assigned performance.


Classroom Rules:


1. Be respectful of yourself, others, and the classroom following rules stated in Student Handbook


2. Be on Time


3. Bring necessary materials to class daily (writing utensil, folder)


4. No Food or Drink in the Choir Room


5. Absolutely no phones out during rehearsal time (see consequences)




Steps for consequences of violations are as follows:


1. Verbal Warning


2. Written Warning (signed by teacher and student) OR in the case of phone usage, will loose your phone for the rest of the day


3. Detention


4. Parent Contact


5. Office Referral






·         Parents are welcome to contact me through the school (918) 647-7716, my school e-mail This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. or the choir e-mail This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. should a problem arise.  My planning period is from 10:00 a.m.-10:50 a.m. each day.


·         All parents and students are encouraged to join the following groups and social media as they are used frequently for student/teacher/parent communication!


Ø  Quarternote Club (Choir Booster Club made up of and led by Choir Parents)


All choir parents and students are welcome at meetings! They meet the 2nd Tuesday of each month in the PHS Choir room unless otherwise announced.  Officer meeting time is 5:30 p.m. Regular meeting begins at 6:00 p.m.


Ø  Remind101 (Led by Mrs. Smedley)


To join the Quarternote Club group via cell phone, text @quarternot to 81010


To join the Freshmen group via cell phone, text @9thgrdsing to 81010


To join the Upperclassmen group via cell phone, text @uppercla to 81010


Follow the instructions to complete the set up and you will receive reminders        for all Choir performances, rehearsals, and assignments!


Ø  Facebook (Led by Mrs. Smedley and Choir Council Reporter)


Friend us on Facebook! Our profile name is Alisha C. Smedley (Poteau Choirs)


Ø  Twitter (Led by Mrs. Smedley and Choir Council Reporter)


Follow us on Twitter! @Poteau_HS_Choir