Category Archives: Cantaré

Choirs are stunning at Fall Concert!

Congratulations to all of the choirs for a job well done last night. Successful singing, awesome sight singing, great stage discipline! Excellent solos from Arianna North and Abby Soderquist! All in front of a capacity crowd!!! And Pass the Hat netted $1,387!!! Thank you THS Choir family for your generosity! And great to see alums, Libby Kerns, Teki Kinikini, Alex Lopez, Son Nguyen, Derek Neese, and Delon Klotz!

Thank you for the flowers, Dasha and Emily! Proud of all of you, and this is only the first concert! Love my Tigard Choirs!

Mr. H

Fall Choir Concert October 12th 7 pm, Outfits, Reserved Seating and Program Support Update!

We are off to a marvelous start this year! All the choirs are working hard and doing great work.

We will be presenting our first concert of the year on Thursday, October 12th at 7 pm. Call Time for the students is 6 pm. They need to be dressed and pressed and IN Deb Fennell Auditorium at 6 pm.

Outfit Requirements:

Cantus Members: Provide your own Black Dress Pants, Black Dress Shoes and Black Socks. Black Shirt and Tie provided.
Cantaré Members: Black leggings, Black socks/nylons, Simple Black closed toe dress shoes with no more than 2 inch heel or flats. Robe provided.
Camerata Members: Black leggings, Black socks/nylons, Simple Black closed toe dress shoes with no more than 2 inch heel or flats. Robe provided.
Concert Choir Members: Black Dress Pants, Black Dress Shoes and Black Socks. Robe provided.
Choralation Members: Black Shoes, Black socks/nylons. Formal Wear Provided.

Program Support: Reserved Seating

We would like to offer you the opportunity to reserve seats for $10 each so you can get the best seats in the house!  With as many students as we have in choir, this is a for sure way to get a seat!  There were many times we were standing room only last year!  So reserve a seat and avoid the rush.

Contact Marie Johnson at marie.a.johnson@gmail.com to reserve your seat.  Payment is due that evening.  Thank you and Happy Fall!

Program Support: Pass the Hat

Our tradition is to pass the hat at the concert to support the choir program. We will be doing this again this year and thank you in advance for your generous support. You will see at the Fall Concert the fruit of your contributions from last year as Camerata takes the stage in their brand new robes. We will be looking to work on the same project for Cantaré for the coming year. Contributions also help purchase music and pay for our wonderful accompanist! Thanks you!

Program Support: The Power of 3 Campaign

As a parent, I despise fundraising. I never want the product and I don’t like giving half of my money away to some company in New Jersey. I want 100% of my money supporting my kids. That is what this campaign will do.

We are initiating a fundraising campaign to help us with annual operational expenses and capitol purchases. Operational expenses include: Transportation costs ($-0-), Dry Cleaning and Apparel ($3,131), Accompanist fees ($1,500), Piano tuning ($660) and clinician workshops ($1,500). Capitol Purchases include: Cantaré Robes ($7,500), djembe drums ($1,200) and Concert Choir stoles ($4,680). Our goal is $20,680.

We will be inviting choir families to find 3 people/businesses to give a 100% tax deductible contribution of any amount to support the choir program in meeting our needs.

$20+ (Friend)
$50+ (Contributing Member)
$100+ (Supporting Member)
$250+ (Sustaining Member)
$500+ (Bronze Benefactor)
$1000+ (Silver Benefactor)
$2,500+ (Gold Benefactor)
$5,000+ (Platinum Benefactor)

Donor names are published annually in a Power of 3 Honor Roll in our May Spring Concert program. Giving to the choir program helps promote the choir program as a whole, and does not buy or curry favor for any one individual.

We look forward to an outstanding year for the members of the Tigard High School Choir Program. See you at the concerts!

Best regards,

Mr. Robert Hawthorne
Choir Director

SING, SING, SING A SUCCESS!!!

What a night! Glorious, energetic, tuneful singing from choirs and soloists!!! Congratulations to everyone for a job well done. Here are a list of things that come to mind:

  1. Honored call time! Everyone showed up, dressed and pressed. It made a difference. Thanks you!!!
  2. Everyone looked great in your outfits!
  3. Soloists were sensational! Kudos to Daniel, Amanda, Emma, Andrea, Suzie, Ali, Nia and Maiah! You set the bar high for future soloists and you made it look so easy!
  4. All Choirs sang with energy and focus!
  5. Tech Crew were spot on!
  6. James Pick played the piano brilliantly for everyone including the interludes which softened the transitions.
  7. Full House! Got to love singing to a full house of enthusiastic and support family and friends!
  8. It was professionally videotaped and recorded!
  9. We made $1,031.84 in Pass the Hat!!! Robes get ordered next week!
  10. Only 1 hour and 15 minutes in length! Perfect!
  11. We get to do it all over again tomorrow night with new repertoire! YAY!

Concerts/Reserved Seats on May 24 and 25 @ 7 pm

Don’t miss out on two fantastic choir concerts at Deb Fennell Auditorium on the Tigard High School Campus! All choirs sing both nights with soloists each night! The cost is free. Pass the Hat will be for the benefit of the Camerata Robe Fund. We only need $1,000 to finish the project!

WEDNESDAY, May 24  
Sing! Sing! Sing! (a night of vocal jazz and musical theater highlighting Cole Porter!)
Choir Call Time is 6 pm SHARP! in the Auditorium. Dressed and Pressed!
House opens at 6:45 pm
Concert Start Time is 7:00 SHARP!
Includes the Underclassmen Choir Awards

THURSDAY, May 25
Under the Island Sky (a night of music from the South Pacific Islands including Moana and Lilo and Stitch!)
Choir Call Time is 6 pm SHARP! in the Auditorium. Dressed and Pressed!
House opens at 6:45 pm
Concert Start Time is 7:00 SHARP!
Includes the Senior Choir Awards and Next Steps Recognition
If you would like to reserve a seat and show up at 6:55😊 you can do so by contacting:

Tiffany Kerns: ltkerns@gmail.com or text at 541-513-7360

Each seat is $10 and there will be a “RESERVED for _______ ” on the chairs. All funds raised go toward the choir department. Cash or Checks made out to Tigard High will be collected Wednesday/Thursday night at the concerts.

Gossip and Cyber Bullying: Not Acceptable. Ever. Period.

It has come to my attention that there are issues in the choir program around malicious gossip and the use of cyber bullying to ridicule and tear down other members of the choir. The evidence has been shared with me and I have forwarded it on to the administration and counseling. This is not okay and will not be tolerated in any way! Membership in the choir program is dependent upon demonstrated good character.

The choir program at Tigard High School is a safe place. We defend the right for people to be safe in the choir program.We don’t put people down, ever!

As I stated in a previous blog posting, what I look for in singers includes this:

A Generous Human Being someone who is kind, accepting, treats people with dignity, refrains from gossip. A humble and self-reflective person. Someone who takes constructive criticism.”

Everyone is welcomed here. Everyone is valued here. Everyone has the opportunity to grow and become the best self that you are. Everyone has the opportunity to take risks in the development of their voice.

This is who we are:

We are kind. We are gracious. We are humble. We are supportive. We collaborate. We strive for excellence. We acknowledge our diversity of membership and honor all who come to the table to be their best self. We celebrate each other. We embrace the goodness in each other. We have each other’s backs.

We are a family. 

We are Tigard High School Choirs. 

And for this reason, I am proud to be your director.

Good character matters!

Mr. Hawthorne