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.  If your campus does not have choir available to you this year, you are still eligible to audition.

How do I audition?

Auditions for the choir are at each elementary campus, on November 5th or 8th. Your campus music teacher will send home a flyer to fill out and return to him/her if your child is interested. Auditions forms must be turned in by Friday, October 29th.  You can find the audition material HERE.

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 11th.) 
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.

2021-2022 Calendar

October  12th- Recruiting begins. All eligible students in GCISD schools will receive an audition form to complete, if interested.

November 5th or 8th  - Honor Choir Directors travel to elementary schools for auditions

November 19th- New choir members and parents notified by letter distributed by each campus music teacher

January 11  - Rehearsals begin at GES, 5-6:30

January  11th- Mandatory choir parent/guardian meeting at Grapevine Elementary, 6:30-7:00 pm (Fees are due at this time.) 

January 18th  - Rehearsal at GES, 5-6:30

January 25th - Rehearsal at GES, 5-6:30

February 1st - Rehearsal at GES, 5-6:30

February  8th - Rehearsal at GES, 5-6:30

March  1st- Rehearsal at GES, 5-6:30
March 8th - Rehearsal at GES, 5-6:30

March 15th - NO REHEARSAL due to spring break

March  22nd- Rehearsal at GES, 5-6:30

March  29th- Rehearsal at GES, 5-6:30

April  5th- NO REHEARSAL DUE TO STAAR

April  12th-Rehearsal at GES, 5-6:30
April  19th- Rehearsal at GES, 5-6:30

April 21st - THURSDAY DRESS REHEARSAL at CHHS Auditorium, 5-7:00, Rehearsal attire required

April 22nd - FRIDAY PERFORMANCE at CHHS Auditorium, 6:30

May  17 - Choir Festival at The Cove at the Lakefront 

The Director

LambertThis is Ms. Lambert's 4th year as director of the GCISD Elementary Honor Choir. She serves GCISD as the Music Specialist at Grapevine Elementary, and represents the 11 elementary campuses as the district's Elementary Music Coordinator. Ms. Lambert holds a BS in music from Texas Woman’s University, and is certified in Orff-Schulwerk. She has two beautiful daughters and 3 adorable grandchildren. 
 Email Ms. Lambert
     

Ashley BensonAshley Benson is the Music Specialist and Piano Instructor at Bransford Elementary.  This is her first year serving as a director to the District Honor Choir.  Mrs. Benson has a BS in Music Education from Texas A&M University-Commerce.  She also is certified in Orff-Schulwerk and is working toward her levels in Kodaly.  Mrs. Benson lives in Euless with her husband, Andrew, and two boys Collin (8) and Liam (4). 
Email Mrs. Benson

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.