Wednesday, May 30, 2018

Thank You

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I wanted to write a simple note to say “thank you”.
The sheer volume of kind words and gifts overwhelms me each year.
Thank you, parents for your generosity, kind hearts, and for entrusting your precious ones into our care.


Rachel Boswell

Thursday, May 17, 2018

Concert DVDs

If you ordered a concert DVD, they will be available for pickup starting on Monday, May 21st.

Monday, April 30, 2018

Phoenix Children's Chorus

Phoenix Children's Chorus

for the 2018-2019 season are here!

Do You Know A Child That Loves To Sing?

Let them know about our upcoming auditions

In Phoenix:  May 9th, 19th, and June 5th @ The Phoenix Center for the Arts
In East Valley:  May 5th & May 21st @ Chandler-Gilbert Community College

What Do You NeedTo Know?

Who is able to audition?
Auditions are open to all boys and girls that will be in 1st through 12th grade in Fall 2018. Students entering first grade must turn 6 before September 1, 2018 in order to be old enough to participate in our Poco Voce class in Phoenix.

Where do the auditions take place?
The Phoenix Children's Chorus rehearsals take place at one of our two sites in either Phoenix or East Valley. The Phoenix Center for the Arts is located at 1202 North 3rd Street at the crossroads of 3rd Street and Moreland on the east end of Hance Deck Park just south of McDowell in Phoenix. A sign on the front door will give the room where the auditions take place in the building. Our new East Valley location is at Chandler Gilbert Community College 2626 E. Pecos Road Chandler 85225 in the Performing Arts Center.

Does my child need to prepare anything for the audition?
No. The child will go before the Music Directors who will ask the child to match pitch by playing a few notes on the piano for the child to repeat a cappella (without accompaniment). We now teach the child a new song that they sing for their audition. Then if the child can read music they will be given the opportunity to demonstrate that ability.

Does my child need to have a music background?
No, we are looking for children who have a clear and pleasant singing voice, love to sing and can match pitch. We are a choral music education organization and teach the child how to sing chorally.

May I go into the audition room with my child?
We prefer to hear the child alone. The music staff specializes in working with children and will put the child at ease, so that the child can do their best and have a fun experience.

How long will the audition last?
The audition process takes 1 1/2 hours. It includes an orientation about our program, a group sing and an individual audition. We ask that parents fill out some information for our files and be available to answer any questions about the organization that you might have. Please be on time so that we may keep to the schedule.

How will I be notified of the audition result?
Everyone who auditions will receive an email giving the audition results and possible choir placement for your child.

© 2018 Phoenix Children's Chorus

Friday, April 6, 2018

Courage, Perseverance, and a Job Well Done

It seems silly for me to say that last night was amazing because I say that pretty much every time. But I have to say, last night was really something special. Being at the Higley Center for the second time was a different experience than the first. This time, it did not seem as daunting or frightening. The feeling seemed to translate to the students as well. They were so ready to shine and show off their hard work. As the music teacher, you come to expect that the students will just get up there and perform- whether singing, speaking, playing instruments or adding that comedic touch to the music. But when I really think about it, I am amazed at their courage to stand in up in front of hundreds of people and do all those things.We have such brave scholars at Archway Lincoln! Another beautiful virtue that comes to mind is perseverance.  The weeks leading up to the concert are difficult for the students and they become frustrated at times when we have to practice over and over again. This is when I have opportunity (over and over again)  to remind them that having an amazing concert cannot happen without hard work! 
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And I think after last night, they know that it was worth it. 

Thanks to Esthetics in Motion, DVDs of the concert are available for purchase.
Click here to purchase a DVD:
Click here to purchase a digital copy:

Have a great weekend! 

Friday, March 30, 2018

EDIT Concert Logistics

Greetings from the Music World!
There has been a last minute change in logistics concerning the Spring Concert on Thursday. We had made arrangements to use the Higley High School's cafeteria to house some of the students during transition times, and to spread out the grade levels to make pick up more efficient. A scheduling error on the part of Higley High School has made the cafeteria unavailable for our use. Because of this, there are a few changes to note.

-Kindergarten pickup: KA and KB from the Green Room; KC and KD from the stage of the Little Theater (coming out of the auditorium into the lobby it is to the right)

-1st grade pick up: from the seats in the Little Theater (coming out of the auditorium into the lobby it is to the right)

-3-5 students will check in at Portal G (enter from outside and go to the right in the lobby)

-3rd grade pick up: from the Little Theater (coming out of the auditorium into the lobby it is to the right)

-4th grade pick up: from Portal G (coming out of the auditorium into the lobby it is to the left)

-2nd and 5th will be dismissed from the auditorium stage as previously communicated

There will be signs and faculty present to direct the flow of traffic to and from these locations. We apologize for the changes and thank you for your flexibility and patience.
See you on Thursday night!

Wednesday, March 21, 2018

Concert Logistics

The first combined rehearsal went so well! Your students are hard at work, getting ready for the Spring Concert. Below are the logistic details. A hard copy will be sent home by the end of the week on yellow paper. 

K-2 Concert Night Logistics- Thursday, April 5th
·       Parking Lot Assignments:  K Lot 1           1st Lot 2               2nd Lot 3
·       Students arrive at 5pm and enter through doors closest to the Box Office- only students will be admitted into the building at this time
·       Kindergarteners report to the front of the Auditorium and are picked up from the Cafeteria
·       1st Graders report to the Little Theatre and are picked up from the Cafeteria
·       2nd Graders report to the back of the Auditorium and are picked up from the Stage
There will be staff members in the parking lot and in the lobby to assist the students in reporting to their appropriate locations. Only students will be admitted into the building from 5-5:15pm. Doors open at 5:15pm. Please plan on staying until the end of the entire K-2 concert out of respect for all of the students. Please refrain from bringing recording devices as the concert will be recorded by Esthetics in Motion. DVDs can be ordered for purchase after the performance.
Note to families with multiple students: Please keep 3-5 students with you in the audience during the K-2 concert and pick up the K-2 students before the 3-5 concert begins.
A Note from the Higley Center on Concert Etiquette:
·       Please be patient in the parking lot because of the high volume of traffic and be aware of your surroundings at all times
·       Cellphones should be turned off upon entering the auditorium
·       Please wait until the end of the song to applaud
·       Late comers will be asked to wait to enter the auditorium until the end of the current song
·       Out of respect for the performers, please utilize the lobby if your small child is causing a distraction
·       Food and drink are not allowed in the auditorium

Thursday, March 1, 2018

Spring Concert 2018 Letter

Greetings Archway Lincoln Parents
and Guardians,

Believe it or not, the third annual mandatory Archway Lincoln Spring Concert is fast approaching. It will be held onThursday, April 5th at the Higley Center for the Performing Arts located at 4132 E. Pecos Road Gilbert, AZ 85295.

The K-2 concert will be 5:30-6:30 p.m. with students arriving at 5:00 p.m.

The 3-5 concert will be 7-8 p.m. with students arriving at 6:30 p.m.

The attire for concerts is as follows:

Boys: Black pants, white dress shirt, black dress shoes, and black socks. Hair should be combed neatly.
Girls: Black skirt (black tights optional), or black dress pants, white top, and black dress shoes. Hair should be styled neatly.
Working with your children is a delight and privilege. We look forward to enjoying this beautiful event with you. If you have any questions, please reach out to us at  or
Thank You,
Rachel Boswell and Sharon Rockmaker
K-2 Music Teacher and 3-5 Music Teacher
Archway Classical Academy │Lincoln