Congratulations to All-State Members!

Congratulations to our three Florida All-State Choir Members! Isabella Sbarra Michelland and Mackenzie Wolf are making their second trip to all-state and Andrew Darden is making his first appearance. All three members are in the 9-12 Mixed Chorus and will be traveling to Tampa this week to sing with the best singers in the state.

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TAG Auditions

Choir Room, 6740 Panther Lane, Fort Myers

TAG Auditions will be virtual only this year. The audition requirements will be the same, but you will post your audition on Flipgrid no later than Friday, September 4. This is the end of the first week of school. When we get closer to the audition, detailed posting instructions will be given along with a posted audition that will show you exactly what your audition should look like.

All Cypress students may audition regardless of whether you are returning face to face or virtual. I have developed a plan for the group to rehearse safely and will post it as soon as I have approval from the administration.

The auditions for the 2020-2021 edition of The A Cappella Group will be held virtually.  Any student that wishes to be a member must audition.  YOU MUST TAKE THE TIME TO READ THE FOLLOWING INFORMATION CAREFULLY IF YOU WISH TO BE CONSIDERED FOR THE GROUP. 12 of the 22 members of the 2019-2020 graduated, so there are lots of spots to fill.

Audition Requirements: 1. Sing an unaccompanied solo that is 1 minute or less.  This should be a contemporary song and not classical or musical theatre in nature.  The song should show off your voice in both style and range.  If you are a high soprano, don't sing a song that is really low.  You must also PERFORM the solo.  Don't just sing it.  You need to demonstrate a connection to the lyrics and really be expressive in your performance.

2.  Perform your part with other singers.  You must learn two pieces of music that will be available on this site by July 1.  Hard copies of the music will be available at Cypress starting August 17 and also the first day of school.  Choose a part and learn the music.  If you are a soprano, most songs have two soprano parts and you can choose which one that you want to learn.  If you are an alto, there are usually two alto parts and the tenor 1 part is also sung by altos.  If you are a very low alto, you should go for the tenor 1 part.  The guys have either tenor 2, baritone or bass to choose from. Both part songs will be performed by you with just you singing while the mixdown plays in the background.  Both part songs will be recorded on Flipgrid.  This is the most important part of the audition.  Part singing is the main thing that you will do in the group and you must be able to be independent and hold your part.  Devote most of your time to this part of the audition.  Students have been selected to be members of the group with an average solo and great part singing.  No student has ever been selected that had an amazing solo, but couldn't hold a harmony part.

The learning tracks for the audition pieces are in the TAG Learning Tracks section of the MUSIC page and the sheet music is available in the DOCUMENTS page. All parts of the audition will be recorded on Flipgrid and posted no later than Friday, September 4 If you have any questions about the audition or the audition music, please contact Mr. Stroh using the contact info in the CONTACTS section.  Please contact Mr. Stroh early with any questions that you might have.  Make sure you give yourself enough time to prepare for your audition.  This is a nationally known group and you must take the audition seriously.


Senior Tribute

CLHS Auditorium, 6750 Panther Lane, Fort Myers, FL 33919

The class of 2020 will be honored in the Center for the Arts Graduation Ceremony and Performance. Each department will perform or showcase their work and the seniors for each class will be honored with their graduation cords and Center for the Arts Certificates.

TAG Going to Italy

This has been quite the week for the Vocal Department.  Cypress Chorale and Intermezzo sang at the FVA Choral MPA on Thursday, Feb 20. Chorale received straight superiors from the judges and Intermezzo received an overall superior rating from the judges, including a superior in sight reading.  TAG competed in the ICHSA South Quarterfinal in Tampa on Saturday, Feb. 22 and came out with the win, besting 8 other groups.  Wedler Lordeus won the award for best Vocal Percussion and Isabella Sbarra won the award for Best Solo.  Congrats to all members for an amazing week!