Summer Update

posted Jul 15, 2019, 5:37 PM by Marcus Jauregui

Greetings, Pershing Families! 

I hope you are all in the midst of enjoying a wonderful and relaxing summer vacation! All singers who returned signed placement letters in the spring have been placed into the correct choir class--either intermediate or advanced. This year, we will welcome the largest incoming sixth grade choir class we have seen since I arrived in the fall of 2016, including a first period of class of more than 50 boys! Please watch the choir website and the main school website for updates as school gets closer! 

As always, if you have questions, feel free to reach out via email! 

January 23 Update

posted Jan 23, 2019, 6:22 AM by Marcus Jauregui

Parents and Students, 

This is the time of year when our advanced and intermediate choirs prepare for the UIL Conert & Sight Reading Assessment and our beginning choirs prepare for the Katy Sixth Grade Choir Festival--both of which are held in March. Seventh and eighth graders will attend UIL the week before spring break (March 5-7), and sixth graders will attend their festival two weeks after spring break (March 26-27). 

Although UIL may seem like a field trip, it is an assessment of our performing arts students’ musicianship, performance skills, and music literacy abilities. The concert pieces performed at UIL are selected from a state list that is graded by level of difficulty, and directors must select concert pieces from the prescribed list. This is to ensure that students throughout the state of Texas are held to the same level of rigor, whether they attend a fine arts school in an urban school district or a small school in a rural district. In addition to concert pieces, each performance ensemble is given a timed music reading assessment. Students are handed a piece of music they have never seen and are given six minutes to review the piece (without aural assistance from the director or accompanist). This portion of UIL is a true assessment of the literacy skills taught in our music classrooms. 

Both portions of the contest are assessed by three adjudicators who each assign ratings ranging from 1-5. UIL judging standards are listed as follows: Division 1: Superior, Division 2: Excellent, Division 3: Average, Division 4: Below Average, Division 5: Poor When all six judges score the choir with a 1, they "sweep both categories" and earn the sweepstakes designation. While trophies are awarded, this is not competative in that only one choir can earn a sweepstakes. All choirs who meet the requirements can and do earn this designation in the same way that multiple students in a class can earn a 100 on a written assessment. 

The sixth grade festival is designed to give the students the feel of the concert portion without the weight of the literacy assessment. We will be looking for chaperones to attend both UIL and the Katy Festival, so please be on the lookout for information as those events get closer.

Congratulations on a great spring show!

posted May 10, 2018, 12:47 PM by Marcus Jauregui   [ updated May 10, 2018, 12:50 PM ]

Parents and Students,

It's been a week since all 180 members of the Pershing Choir took the stage to present this year's spring show, Silver Screen Spring Sing. I could not be more proud of all the work that went in to making such a top-notch production! From student performers to parent volunteers, our show would not have happened without a lot of team work! Thanks for all you do to support the choir and your child's pursuits. 

Lyle Ross, parent volunteer and photographer extraordinaire, took photos at both shows, and the link is accessible here. Additionally, all videos from the seventh and eighth grade show have been uploaded to the choir's YouTube channel, Unfortunately, the sixth grade show did not record correctly, but we are trying to see what we can do to troubleshoot this issue. 

Lastly, assessments are taking place this week for placement into next year's choirs, Notification letters will be delivered before school is out.

Summer is almost here; let's finish strong!   

Solos, Rehearsals, and Costumes, Oh my! - April 27, 2018

posted Apr 27, 2018, 12:26 PM by Marcus Jauregui   [ updated Apr 27, 2018, 2:15 PM ]

Greetings, Parents!

The Silver Screen Spring Sing is almost here, and I want to make sure you have the all the information you need to help guide your son or daughter next week. Please review the highlights below, or click here for the rehearsal/costume letter. Additionally, please click here for solo results. 

Monday, April 30 - Sixth Grade Rehearsal at 4pm-6pm in the auditorium
Tuesday, May 1 - Seventh/Eighth Grade Rehearsal at 4pm-6pm in the auditorium
Thursday, May 3 - Sixth Grade Spring Show at 6pm (arrive by 5:30pm)
Thursday, May 3 - Seventh/Eighth Grade Spring Show at 7pm (arrive by 6:30pm) 

Thank You! 

April 2018 Update

posted Apr 3, 2018, 8:27 PM by Marcus Jauregui   [ updated Apr 3, 2018, 8:30 PM ]

Three of our choral ensembles attended the UIL Concert & Sight Reading Assessment March 6-8. In the same manner that STAAR aims to measure student mastery through various subject tests, UIL assessment for music courses provides a framework for teaching that ensures daily instruction is geared toward student mastery of our TEKS. Each ensemble must perform three selections of choral literature from the state-approved list, followed by a formal music literacy assessment. In the same way that an individual school does not “win the STAAR test,” an individual school cannot “win UIL.” The fact that ensembles who earn perfect scores receive a trophy is misleading because UIL for music courses is not a competition where there are winners and losers. Any ensemble that meets standards can earn a first division score. I am proud to report that our Men’s Chorale, Women’s Chorale, and Women’s Chorus each earned a first division score in performance and music literacy. For those who are interested, please visit the "Our Choirs" section to listen to their recordings. 

Furthermore,  our Boy’s Cantare and Girl’s Cantare attended the Katy Sixth Grade Choir Festival. This festival includes sixth grade choirs from Houston and Katy ISDs, and both of our choirs earned a first division superior rating. Choir assessment season is finally over for us, and I would like to thank each of you for your continued support of these students. Please mark May 3 on your calendars—this year’s theme for the choir spring show is MOVIE MAGIC, and the students will perform songs from many of their favorite films. See you then! J  

August 2017 Update

posted Aug 9, 2017, 12:46 PM by Marcus Jauregui

Greetings, Pandas! 

I hope you had a restful summer holiday and are revving up for an exciting new school year! Our first day of school with students is August 28, but preparations are well underway in the choir room. In addition to our new seated risers that were delivered at the end of last school year, we received a new acoustical sound shell over the summer, as well as a new folder cabinet to house our music binders, and a long overdue fresh coat of paint! 

As the first day of school gets closer, I will have more updates, but in the meantime, please enjoy your last few weeks of summer. I am available by email if you need me. See you soon!

Pre-UIL Date Change

posted Jan 19, 2017, 6:56 AM by Marcus Jauregui

Our pre-UIL assessment with adjudicators was originally scheduled for Thursday, February 23 and has been moved to Thursday, March 2. Please mark your calendars! This is for students in Men's Chorale (B2) and Women's Chorale (B6).

February 18 Magnet Auditions

posted Jan 18, 2017, 11:49 AM by Marcus Jauregui

We will host our final round of magnet auditions for incoming sixth graders on Saturday, February 18. Please visit our magnet auditions page for additional information! 

Grades updated

posted Sep 9, 2016, 4:03 PM by Marcus Jauregui

Parents, grades have been updated with our first two notation quizzes covering the quarter note and rest, half note and rest, dotted half note and rest, and whole note and rest. I will drop the lowest quiz grade at the end of Cycle 1. I have also included a grade for the construction of our social contract, which was student generated and outlines the expectations we have established for treating each other this year. Progress reports will go home on Friday, September 16, and there will be additional grades between now and then. 

Subscribe to choir reminders for 2016-17!

posted Sep 3, 2016, 1:12 PM by Marcus Jauregui   [ updated Sep 3, 2016, 1:15 PM ]

Parents, I am in the process of updating the choir website and putting some systems in place for effective communication this year. Please visit the Forms & Documents tab to view a PDF of instructions to subscribe to choir parent updates throughout the year via Remind. You may also visit the following link for instructions:

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