Jayden Lapointe is a senior at Danvers High School and member of Falconize this year. As the Recording Secretary of the Chorus Executive Committee, she takes minutes at all of the meetings and writes the monthly Chorus Newsletters.
By Guest Blogger: Jayden Lapointe '20
Hi everyone! Hopefully you’re all staying safe and healthy during these unexpected three weeks off. Some of you may or may not know me already, but my name is Jayden and I am a senior here at DHS. I am thrilled to have been invited to be a guest blogger this week! I’m going to take this opportunity to fill you guys in on what the Chorus Executive Committee (CEC) has been up to this year.
Last Spring, the CEC planned and coordinated the first annual Open Mic Night for chorus students. With this being such a huge success, we decided to bring it back in December as a cozy winter get-together. Putting this event together not only once, but twice a year will give students something to look forward to and build an even stronger chorus community!
As the year moved forward, even more creative ideas started flowing. We all know that chorus class is very enjoyable, and for me, the most exciting class throughout the school day. But with exciting classes like these, there is direction in order to stay on task and keep things moving. The Criteria for Success was created to do just that. This year, the CEC came up with an idea to make these guidelines more prevalent to show what it means to do a good job in chorus. Each member of the CEC took on a different section of the criteria, and bulleted down the most important suggestions. From there, I had the role of creating a poster for each. Stay tuned; these will be hung up in the chorus room soon!
In 2016, the Chorus Program Student Handbook was created, “by students, for students”. At one of our meetings, Mr. Grover made the suggestion of revising it to make the content more up to date. We were each given a different task, and edited anything as needed.
At our most recent meeting on March 10th, we decided it would be a great idea to celebrate St. Patrick’s Day! As fun as CEC Meetings are in themselves, turning it into a festivity definitely made people even more excited. The plan was to wear green, bring snacks, and a green gift to be included in our St. Patty’s Day version of a Yankee Swap. There was even an Irished themed music playlist that we listened to throughout the party (Thanks, Juliet!).
The Chorus Executive Committee primarily works to represent each and every person in chorus, and to maintain a cohesive and interesting program. I’ve been a member of the CEC for two years; one being a representative of Ingrid Sound, and this year I was appointed as the Recording Secretary (very exciting). Throughout my time here, I’ve learned that this committee is great for people who want to be actively involved in the chorus program. This is exactly why I love being a part of it. Each meeting brings along new tasks or ideas, and being able to participate in everything unfolding is very rewarding.
At the beginning of each meeting, we all put together a newsletter to keep students informed and up to date about any happenings in the committee or chorus as a whole (see the latest newsletter below!). These are then read to chorus classes by a member of the CEC so that everyone is in the loop. I am looking forward to what the remainder of the year will bring!
Katie Miraglia, class of 2022, is a member of Falconize and Deception at DHS and can be frequently seen in the school's theater productions. She is also Drum Major of the Marching Band and plays bass clarinet. She took over the Danvers High Chorus Blog for the 2021-22 school year.