Who are we?

The GCISD Elementary Honor Choir is an auditioned ensemble of 4th and 5th grade students from all 11 elementary schools in GCISD. We rehearse on Tuesdays during the Spring semester in the Grapevine Elementary School music room from 5:00 p.m. to 6:30 p.m. Students have the opportunity to sing challenging repertoire, make new friends from across the district, learn from GCISD choir faculty, and perform at a concert and choir festival. Students must participate in their campus choir to be eligible to audition for the honor choir.

How do I audition?

Auditions for the choir are November 1st and  5th at each elementary campus. Your music teacher will send home a flyer to fill out and return. 

What will the choir wear?

Black pants, solid black sneakers (no white soles), black socks, and a GCISD Elementary Honor Choir t-shirt.

What does being in the choir cost?

There is a $35 fee to cover a t-shirt, binder, and sheet music expenses. (A $5 late fee will be applied if fees are paid after January 7th.) 
We plan to attend a festival in the spring that will require an additional fee. 
No student will be excluded from the GCISD Honor Choir or any related event for financial reasons.

2019-2020 Calendar

October 7 - Recruiting begins. All eligible students in GCISD schools will receive a flyer.

November 1 & 5 - Directors travel to elementary schools for auditions

Mid-November - New choir members and parents notified by letter distributed by each campus music teacher

January 7 - Mandatory choir parent/guardian meeting at Grapevine Elementary, 5:00 or 6:30 pm (Fees are due at this time.) 

January 14 - Rehearsals begin at GES, 5-6:30

January 21 - Rehearsal at GES, 5-6:30

January 28 - Rehearsal at GES, 5-6:30

February 4 - Rehearsal at GES, 5-6:30

February 11 - Rehearsal at GES, 5-6:30

February 18 - Rehearsal at GES, 5-6:30

February 25 - Rehearsal at GES, 5-6:30

March 3 - Rehearsal at GES, 5-6:30

March 10 - NO REHEARSAL due to spring break

March 17 - Rehearsal at GES, 5-6:30

March 24 - Rehearsal at GES, 5-6:30
March 31 - Rehearsal at GES, 5-6:30

April 7 - NO REHEARSAL due to STAAR

April 14 - Rehearsal at GES, 5-6:30

April 21 - Rehearsal at GES, 5-6:30

April 28 - Rehearsal at GES, 5-6:30 May 4 - MONDAY DRESS REHEARSAL at CHHS Auditorium, 5-7:00

May 5 - TUESDAY PERFORMANCE at CHHS Auditorium, 6:00

May  20 - Choir Festival at Alley Cats 9:00-5:00

The Directors

LambertGayle Lambert serves as the Music Specialist at Grapevine Elementary, where she has worked to develop young musicians for 13 years. She also has the honor of representing the 11 elementary campuses as the GCISD Elementary Music Coordinator. Ms. Lambert holds a BS in music from Texas Women’s University. She has two beautiful daughters and 3 adorable grandchildren.  Email Ms. Lambert

Valerie Rogers
Valerie Rogers has spent a lifetime in a music education career including Elementary School Music Teacher, Junior High Choral Director, High School Choral Director, Children's Choir Director, Church Choir Director, and Choral Mentoring. She has had the support of her husband of 30 years, Tim, and her two children, Caitlin, 29, and Derek 27.       
The Accompanist            

Bernadette Vigiletti

Bernadette Vigiletti is a native of Fort Worth and a retired middle school math teacher. She holds a Bachelor of Arts in Mathematics with a minor in music from The University of Texas at Austin, and a Master’s degree in Math education from The University of Texas at Arlington. Ms. Vigiletti started playing the piano at the age of 12 when she played for a service at her church. She has been accompanying choirs and cantors as well as conducting many other performing groups over the past 40 years.