Category Archives: Concert Choir

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














Members of the 2019 Concert Choir announced! Congratulations!

Hello Everyone,

Thank you to all who auditioned for Concert Choir this year. It was a very competitive year. In the end, 62 students were chosen, 32 Soprano/Alto, 30 Tenor/Bass.

All auditions are conditional, pending successful completion of the semester and maintaining OSAA eligibility. (You must be on track to graduate, passing no less than 5 classes and enrolled in no less than 5 classes in the Fall/Spring semesters of next year!)

If you were not selected for Concert Choir, know that you have an important place in the choir program.  All the choirs are looking very strong for next year. Everyone has an opportunity to learn and grow and to express leadership by bringing your best work ethic and openness to learning. Looking forward to working with ALL the choirs in the Fall!

(1) Email me your acceptance tonight at
In the email subject say, “I accept”
(2) Show up to Concert Choir class TOMORROW (Friday, period 6). Teachers have been notified.
(3) Bring Stars and a pencil!
(4) BE HUMBLE! Being boastful or prideful does not serve the greater good.

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Concert Programs for May 23, 24 at 7 pm

Night in the City
an evening of Vocal Jazz

1 Jet Set                                                                                 Choralation
          Emily Schneider, soloist
2 Fly me to the moon                                                                   Cantus
3 The Way you look tonight                                                   Camerata
4 My Romance                                                                 Concert Choir

DUET: Dream a little Dream
          Emily Peterson and Dryden Raschdorf

5 L-O-V-E                                                                                     Cantaré
6 Steppin out with my Baby                                                        Cantus

Pass the Hat

7 A million dreams                                                                      Cantaré
    Kailee Ott and Jessie White, soloists
8 Unforgettable                                                                        Camerata

Underclassmen Awards
Outstanding Vocalist, Most Inspirational, Most Dedicated, Selfless Leadership

DUET: In a Crowd of Thousands, from Anastasia
          Aisa Larsen and Daniel Hill, soloists

9 All the things you are                                                        Choralation
10 It don’t mean a thing                                                  Concert Choir

THURSDAY, May 24th
Under the Savanna Sky
music from the continent of Africa

1 Kwela, Kwela                                                                         Concert Choir
2 Dubula                                                                                            Camerata
3 Kuimba                                                                                               Cantus
4 Bonse Aba                                                                                        Cantaré
5 Ndikhokhele Bawo                                                                    Choralation
          Abby Soderquist and Ali Mehdikhan, soloists
6 Ukuthula                                                                                        Camerata
          Ajae Kadel, Mackenzie Guentert, Emily Peterson, Addi Green, soloists
7 Tshosholoza + Boot Dance                                                             Cantus
          Van Tran, soloist

Pass the Hat

8 Thula, thula ngoana                                                                        Cantaré

 SOLO: Can you feel the Love tonight
          Ali Mehdikhan, soloist
9 Jenga Imani Yako                                                           Cantus/Camerata
10 Trashin the Camp                                                                   Choralation

Senior Awards/Recognition/Letters
National School Choral Award, Outstanding Vocalist S/A, Outstanding Vocalist T/B, Most Dedicated, Most Inspirational, Selfless Leadership

11 Senzenina                                                                        SENIOR SONG
12 Famine Song                                                                       Concert Choir

Concert Choir at OSAA State Choir Championships on Saturday, May 5th!

Parents, family and friends are welcome to come watch and support THS Concert Choir at State. The competition is held in Baumann Auditorium on the north side of the George Fox University campus in Newberg.

Our performance time is 9:20 AM. There is a general admission fee of $8 for Adults and $5 for students.

STUDENT CALL TIME IS: 7:00 AM SHARP in the THS Choir Room. We will have an extensive warm-up, robe, and be on the bus by 8:00 AM. 

Students wear their Black Concert Choir T-Shirts and Black Pants/Socks/Shoes

Eat Breakfast!

We return to THS by 12 noon.

See you there!

Mr. H