Category Archives: Choir Program

Gift Cards pouring in for Paradise!

Thank you to the following contributors to the Paradise High School Benefit that Tigard Choirs are sponsoring:

Dianne and Tom Hart
Adam and Kristina Smelley
Mark and Shelley Flannery
Brad and Debbie Avakian
Patricia Anderson
Leann and Richard O’Neill
Brian and Karen McKenney
Margaret and Jeff Kean
Doug and Barbara Burke
Denise Davidson
Kevin Brown
The Matheson Family
Evan Rubio
The Burris/Jackson Family
Shari Balcom
Michael Weizhandler
Robert and Wendy Hawthorne

Total so far: $1,525.00

All but two of the choir members at Paradise and all but a handful of faculty lost their homes in the Campfire in Paradise, California. If you can help as an individual, family or friend of Tigard Choirs, please send:

Target and Safeway Gift cards in the amount of $25 or greater, marked on the card for easy clarification or,

Debit/Visa Cards of $25 or greater or,

Checks of any amount made payable to Tigard Choir to be bundled together and converted into gift cards or,

Cash of $1 or more that can be bundled to purchase gift cards.

Deadline is December 20th at the 7 pm Concert in the Auditorium. We will pass the hat for final contributions to benefit the Paradise High School Choir and Faculty. All contributions will be boxed up and sent on December 21st to Mr. Shawn Howell of Paradise High School for distribution to the families in need.

Let’s raise a ton of money for these needy families!

Mr. Hawthorne

Grotto – Tuesday, Dec 4th, 8 pm

Tigard High School Concert Choir and Choralation will be singing at the Grotto at 8 pm.

Call time is 5:00 pm in the THS Choir Room for warm-up.

Buses will leave at 5:30 pm.

2018 Prices
General:                             $12.00
Senior(65+)/Military:      $11.00
Children (3-12):                 $6.00
Children (2 & under):         Free

The Grotto accepts all major credit cards: VISA, Mastercard, American Express, Discover.

Visitors are encouraged to bring a donation of canned or dry food benefiting Snow-Cap, an East-county food bank.

Looking forward to seeing you there!

Tigard Choir Plans Benefit Concert for Paradise HS

I have been blessed to be in touch with the choir director of Paradise High School. As you are aware from the news, Paradise was destroyed in the Camp Fire. Shawn Howell has a choir of 35. All but two lost their homes in the Camp Fire. Of the 50 faculty members, almost all lost their homes. Shawn fortunately lives outside of Paradise and was spared.

Shawn has suggested that gift cards to Target and Safeway would really help.

There is no postal service to Paradise right now. Would you consider sending gift cards to: Robert Hawthorne c/o Tigard High School, 9000 SW Durham Road, Tigard, OR 97224. Or, bring gift cards or cash to the December 20th Choir Concert at Deb Fennell Auditorium. Consider cards of $25, $50, $75, or $100 or more. Any cash given in any amount will be converted into gift cards.

We will forward all the cards from you and our benefit concert on December 20th to the Paradise High School Choir Director Shawn Howell to distribute to the choir and faculty members in need.

Pass the word to friends, colleagues, businesses, business partners and family.

Let’s raise a massive amount of money! Blessings!

Mr. Hawthorne

Choir Concert on Thursday!

All Choirs sing in concert this Thursday, October 18th, in the Deb Fennell Auditorium at Tigard High School.

Call time for all choirs is 6 pm.
Concert starts at 7 pm.

All members wear:
black dress shoes
black socks
black dress pants
Simple t-shirt for top is worn under the robes or dress shirts.

Admission is free. We pass the hat in support of the choir program.


Mr. Hawthorne

THS Choir Handbook is here! Read and Sign!

Hello All,

In order to create clear expectations and guidelines, this year we are using a Choir Handbook to get everyone on the same page. It is lengthy and comprehensive in nature. You will need to read it all. You will find it in the Documents and Forms section of the website. Here is the link:

Students and parents need to sign the two pages at the end of the handbook, print out and return to Mr. Hawthorne by September 12th. 

If you do not have access to a printer at home, copies of the back pages can be printed out.

If you do not have access to a smartphone or internet at home, a paper copy can be made available to you.

This is going to be a wonderful year! See the scrolling calendar on the right of the website. The calendar is active and will be updated throughout the year.

Looking forward to a GREAT year!!!

Mr. Hawthorne

My Approach to Audition Results and the Results of Choralation 2019 Auditions

Hello All,

Concerning the posting of audition results: If you have questions — A part of our work as teachers is teaching students how to handle auditions: how to handle good news with grace, how to handle bad news with dignity, how to ask for feedback in a constructive and professional way, how to make future decisions carefully and as dispassionately as possible, and so on. It is in this spirit that the following procedures are set in place. Anyone with questions about his/her audition can contact Mr. Hawthorne, via e-mail, beginning 48 hours after the audition results have been posted; such emails should be sent to

Feedback will be provided to those that send e-mail requests; this is so that detailed and thoughtful information can be provided, which serves as a better teaching and diagnostic tool. The 48-hour “cooling off” period allows for a chance for a student to more carefully consider what it is that they want to know in order to learn from the audition. This also provides ample time for those who auditioned to honestly assess their performance in choir this year and throughout the audition process. Please be patient in waiting for a response; each email is given careful consideration. Also, all audition results and related information will be destroyed on June 16th, so all audition questions must come prior to that day.

Parents – while I understand your eagerness to act as your child’s advocate, I respectfully ask that you let your child sort this out on his/her own first. Soon enough, most of these students will be interviewing for college admission, interviewing for jobs, and/or auditioning as adults: they will need to learn how to gather information and ask the right questions, in the right way.

Students – in the case of most auditions, few people actually achieve the complete result for which they hoped. Some get part of what they want, some fall short. No one can decide for you what you do next if you don’t achieve what you wanted; it is the hope that, whatever you decide, you do so after having carefully considered what choir and music at Tigard means to you, and what you might accomplish regardless of the ensemble you are placed. Remember that every single student is going through “audition pains”; the over-celebration of good news can be very hurtful to those who don’t have as much to celebrate. On the other hand, one can be disappointed with his/her own results and still happy for a peer. Please be as sensitive to others as you want them to be to you. Be aware that your reaction, particularly via social media, may affect your placement in any Tigard High School music ensemble for next year.

I am fiercely proud of every student in my care, and promise to give each student in each choir that same extraordinary care and attention!

Best regards,

Mr. Hawthorne


Dear Members who Auditioned for Choralation 2019,

Thank you to everyone who auditioned. And thank you for your patience in waiting for the results. It was a very competitive tryout. 40 auditioned, 26 were selected.

Congratulations to the membership of Choralation 2019!

We will have our first rehearsal on Thursday, June 15 at the end of school from 11:30 – 1:00 pm. You will received your music for the Fall Concert, sing through some literature, get to know each other a bit and eat some pizza.

Please note that next to your name is your vocal assignment, and for some, an alternate vocal assignment.

Members please join the Choralation 2019 Remind app: 81010 @g32ggg and send a text message to me with the line, “I accept”. Thank you.

Some of you may need to meet with your counselor to adjust your Fall class schedule.

Again, thank you to all who auditioned and congratulations to those selected for next year’s Choralation 2019.

Best regards,

Mr. Hawthorne


                                                CHORALATION 2019

S1 Addie Green
S1 Ajae Kadel
S1 Millie Webb
S2/S1 Emily Peterson
S2 Aisa Larsen
S2 Claire Minor
S2 MacKenzie Guentert

A1 Cat Terrell
A1 Riley Green
A1/A2 Abby Soderquist
A2 Emerson Mitchell
A2 Linnea Hill
A2 Selena Li

T1 Cameron Williamson
T1 Sabastian Alcobendas
T2 Evan Rubio
T2 Nguyen Dinh
T2/B1 Xander Dean

B1/T2 Daniel Hill
B1 Andrew Jackson
B1 Truong Nguyen
B1 Zyrus Zaragoza
B1/B2 Daniel Au
B2 Dane Stevens
B2 Ethan Wattman Oshima
B2 Hugo Vazquez