Please fill out and return ASAP

Dear Choir Families,

It was such a pleasure seeing so you all at the spring concert and hearing all the beautiful voices of your children!

If you missed the survey – please copy it from below into an email, fill it out and email it back to us ASAP. (Or you can download a WORD version here and email it to us as an attachment).

If you took home a paper copy and don’t want to type it out, it would be easiest for us if you would take a photo of it and send it along that way.

We would like to be able to review them before our next Board meeting on WEDNESDAY JUNE 21.

Thank you!!

Mary Bella, Co-President, Mimico Children’s Choir

CHOIR FAMILY SURVEY – SPRING 2017

Help the Choir serve this community even better – please tell us about your choir experience.

(PLEASE COPY AND PASTE THE TEXT BELOW INTO THE BODY OF YOUR EMAIL)

  1. Chorister’s name _____________________________________________________
  2. What grade will your child be in next September? _______
  3. We are considering shifting our rehearsal time to increase our membership.
    Please rank your preferred/available rehearsal times: (1 BEST  –  5 WORST)

___ Thursday 3:45 – 4:45pm (current time)
___ Thursday 4:00 – 5:00pm
___ Thursday 5:00 – 6:00pm
___ Tuesday 6:30 – 7:30pm
___ Saturday 11am – 12pm

___ my child will not be returning to choir regardless of rehearsal time

  1. What did your child like best about Choir this year?
  2. What would make the Choir experience even better?
  3. The Choir is in urgent need of new Board members in order to continue operations next season. In particular we are seeking a new Chair and a Treasurer. Are you or anyone else in your family interested in serving on our Board of Directors? [ ]YES [ ]NO
    If yes, please enter your name, email & phone # (or those of the volunteer in question):


Thank you!  Please email your completed survey to us at mimicochildrenschoir@gmail.com

Canadian Opera Company Student Dress Rehearsals – RSVP by this Monday June 20

Dear Parents and Choristers –

With apologies to those who have already received this, we got feedback that some on the list never got it, so we are re-sending with new deadline for responses – MONDAY JUNE 20.

Currently only 7 students have expressed an interest. We need at least 10 to proceed. Please see details below and RSVP by reply email if your child would like to attend.

If we have enough to proceed I will contact those who responded with payment details early next week.

Many thanks!

Mary Bella

Choir President

———- Forwarded message ———-
From: Mimico Children’s Choir
Date: 7 June 2016 at 13:17
Subject: Canadian Opera Company Student Dress Rehearsals

Dear Parents and Choristers,
 
We are very pleased to be able to offer our senior choristers and alumni an amazing opportunity to attend two Student Dress rehearsals next season at the Canadian Opera Company.
 
Our own conductor, Jennifer Robinson, will be performing in the chorus of both shows!
 
Dates & Times:  
  • Mozarts Magic Flute –  Monday Jan 16, 2017 @ 7:30pm
  • Puccini’s Tosca – Thursday April 27, 2017 @ 7:30pm
  • Running time: These are full length performances of the operas, with intermissions – they typically run 3 – 3.5 hours, so finish around 11pm. We will give you a more exact pick up time closer to the performances.
Place:
  • Four Seasons Centre, south-east corner of Queen Street and University Avenue, next to the Osgoode subway station.
Cost:
  • $15 per child, per performance
  • There will be 1 complimentary adult chaperone ticket per 10 students.
  • Additional adult tickets are not available for sale to the student dress rehearsals.
Travel:
  • Choir families will be responsible for organizing their own transportation (ie: carpool/TTC) for students to and from the Four Seasons Centre.
  • The group and chaperone(s) will assemble 15-20 minutes before the show and enter together.
Reserving your tickets:
  • If your child is interested in attending, please reply to this email before Friday June 20 and let us know:
    • name of child
    • which opera(s) your child would like to attend (you can choose both)
  • We need at least 10 choristers for each performance to go forward.
  • We also need to confirm and pay for the group by June 30, so payments will be due Friday June 24.
  • Booking/Payment details will be emailed to families who have indicated their interest by replying to this email by June 20
Thank you!
Mary Bella
Choir President

Welcome to the 2015/2016 year of the Mimico Children’s Choir!

Whether you are a new or returning choir member, we are so excited to have you joining us this year, which promises to be the best one yet! We’ll be practicing every Thursday from 3:45 – 4:45 in the basement of the Mimico Baptist Church at 80 Hillside Ave. With a wide variety of spiritual, classical, folk and musical theatre repertoire – and some exciting special performances – there is something for everyone!

We ask that you please take the time to read through your Registration package carefully, and to fill out every section prior to handing your package back in at rehearsal on Thursday, September 24th.

Three quick notes:

  • Fees: If you are a returning choir member you will notice that in an effort to facilitate participation there has been no change in fees for this year. We ask that families who are able to, to please consider giving an added donation to the choir to help offset rising costs, and to allow us to continue to offer bursaries for qualifying families.
  • Volunteering: The Mimico Children’s Choir is a largely volunteer-run organization, and we rely on all of our choir families to participate in volunteering over the course of the year. While we understand that not every family will be able to participate equally, please take the time to carefully fill out the Volunteer Form and let us know what kind of roles suit you best.
  • Chorister Guidelines: Prior to returning this package, please take a moment to review our chorister guidelines, found at mimicochildrenschoir.com/guidelines-for-being-a-great-chorister/

Also, please save the following important dates (more details to come):

  • Saturday, October 17th at 1 pm for our Annual General Meeting and Parent Orientation, taking place at the Mimico Baptist Church
  • Saturday, November 7th for our first ever Choir Camp Day, also taking place at Mimico Baptist Church.

If you have any questions about fees, volunteering, or anything else about this package or the choir at large, please feel free to contact us at mimicochildrenschoir@gmail.com.

Thank you for joining us this season! We are so excited to have you!

Sincerely,

Kim Schemeit & Jennifer Robinson, Directors

Judy Verseghy, Community Engagement Manager

Welcome to Choristers September 13, 2015

Hello Choristers,

We hope that you had a wonderful summer, and that your first week of school
has allowed you to reconnect with old friends and discover some new ones!

As a reminder, our first choir rehearsal will be happening next *Thursday,
September 17th* from 3:45 – 4:45 in the basement of the Mimico Baptist
Church. We hope to see all of your smiling faces that day, and every
Thursday for the year ahead.

Also, please *save the date* for our new and exciting initiative – Choir
Camp Day, happening on November 7th! Featuring a variety of fun and
educational activities, Camp Day will help the choir come together both
socially and as a musical ensemble. More details to come soon.

See you next Thursday!

Kim and Jenn, Choir Directors

Details Final Choir Performance June 24 (private function)

Sent via email  June 12 –

Dear Choir Families! Please note…

Final Choir Performance –
Opening Ceremonies of the Canadian Paediatric Society Convention
Date: Wednesday, June 24, 2015
Time: Meet at Mimico Baptist by 2:45. Bus departs 3pm, Return ~5:30pm
Location: Westin Harbour Castle (bus transport to be provided from Mimico Baptist)

As many or most parents are working during the day, Jenn will meet the kids at John English and escort them to the Church, and Kim will arrange a carpool from Seventh Street.

It is important for us to gain written permission to sign your children out from their school. If kids at St. Leo’s or other schools further north need an escort, please let us know how we can help – we may be able to connect you with other parents.

** Please fill out and sign the appropriate form(s) and send to school with your child(ren) on the day of the performance to show to their Teacher. Don’t forget to pack their Choir Shirts and black bottoms that day!
Download Permission Slips: John English JMS | Seventh St. PS

Some of the Seventh Street forms were mistakenly sent home June 11 with Jenn’s name. Please use the appropriate form above. Also if you have two children in the Choir, they will need separate forms to show their respective teachers – please print  if you need another copy.

Next Thursday June 18’s rehearsal (usual time and place) is mandatory for all those performing on June 24th.

If you have not already done so, please let us know if your child cannot do the performance on June 24 so we have an exact count for everyone’s safety, and the bus doesn’t leave anyone behind!

May 26th Queensmen Concert Details, Tickets and Extra Rehearsal on May 19

Attention Choir Families

On Tuesday, May 26th the Mimico Children’s Choir will be guests of the Queensmen Male Chorus for a concert at The Assembly Hall. (details below)

EXTRA REHEARSAL MAY 19

There will be an EXTRA REHEARSAL for this performance next Tuesday, May 19, from 7:00pm (arrival) until about 7:45 pm at the Assembly Hall (Kipling & Lake Shore Blvd. W). This is not a mandatory rehearsal but we would appreciate those who can make it (especially older choristers) attending to practice the joint pieces, plan our standing and seating arrangements etc.
We also need a parent volunteer to supervise this rehearsal – if you are available please reply by email.

TICKETS

The Queensmen have offered one discounted ticket of $15 per family for the Concert. These tickets must be purchased in advance and are not available for purchase online or at the door. If you would like one of these tickets, please return the form sent home 2 weeks ago (or print the attached PDF) with your name and $15 cash or Cheque (made out to Queensmen Male Chorus) to choir rehearsal on May 14th or May 21st.

We now have the tickets on hand – please see Kim to get yours!

If you have other guests attending, advance tickets are available on the Queensmen’s website (queensmen.net/shows/spring-concert/) for $20 or at the door for $25. (Children in the choir will have seats provided).

CONCERT DETAILS

Flying Free! with the Queensmen of Toronto
Date: Tuesday May 26
Location: The Assembly Hall (Kipling and Lake Shore W)
Choristers Arrive: 7:00pm (note change)
Concert Starts: 7:30pm
Concert Attire: Red Choir T-shirts with black dress pants/skirt, black tights, black socks
Attendance: As it is a weekday evening, this concert is optional for Grade 1s & 2s. Please let Kim know whether your grade 1 or 2 child will be performing (email kim@schemeit.ca or speak to her person after rehearsal).
All other choristers, as always let us know ASAP by reply email (if you have not already done so) if your child will be unavoidably absent on May 26. mimicochildrenschoir@gmail.com