I heard I don't have to pay to participate in the show choir program anymore. Is that true?
Not exactly. There is no fee associated with our music classes during the instructional day. These classes teach students to sing, offer skill-based learning in music, and result in an academic grade on a student's report card. This class does have an extra-curricular element, which requires students to participate in several shows during the year: Bucco di Burbank, Night of Magic, the Winter Concert and the Spring Concert. Students may also audition for solo or group acts in the Winter Concert and in Pop Show. There are four choir classes offered, and students are placed in the class most appropriate for their vocal abilities. The classes are Chamber Choir (advanced mixed), Madrigals Choir (advanced women), Mixed Choir (intermediate mixed) and Treble Choir (intermediate women).
How are expenses for the instructional day class covered?
Our district provides on teacher, Brett Carroll, and a small annual budget of approximately $2000 for expenses. All additional funding is provided by the Vocal Music Association Booster Club, a 501(c)3 non-profit organization, through fundraising methods bearing no costs to the students. The VMA boosters provide additional educational materials and supplies to assist the skill-based learning required by the State of California.
My student would like to participate in the competition/traveling show choir. Is that different than the instructional day class?
Yes, the competition choirs are different. Participation in the traveling/competition choirs is completely voluntary and will not affect a student's class learning or grade. To be eligible for the extra-curricular competition/traveling choirs, a student must be enrolled in one of the four music classes offered during the school day. There are five competitive choirs, and membership in each of them is voluntary: In Sync (advanced mixed), Impressions (advanced women), Sound Dogs (advanced men), Out of the Blue (intermediate mixed) and Sapphire (intermediate women).
Is there a cost involved to participate in the competition/traveling show choir?
Yes. When you join one of the competiion choirs, the student and family are required to sign a Choir Acceptance Agreement that outlines the expenses associated with being part of a competition/traveling show choir. Family contributions only offset a portion of the costs incurred by the program as a whole. The rest is fundraised by our shows and by the Vocal Music Association Booster Club. These costs include costumes, camp, clinicians, choreographers, music arrangements, bus transportation, show earings and hair, partial makeup and out of state expenses.
What if my family cannot afford or have the time to be a part of the competition / traveling show choir?
Student with limited time or interest in participating in competition choir may take the instructional day class. If time is an issue, please be aware that your student will still be required to participate in the mandatory performances listed above. To help with the family contribution required by the competition chiors, there are personal fundraising activities offered to students throughout the year. There are also a ery limited number of partial or full scholarships available. You must file a scholarship form with Brett Carroll by June 29 to be considered for a scholarship.
When will I know about this year's trip and what it will cost?
Decisions about each year's trips are made by Brett Carroll. He takes a number of factors into consideration and then plans the trip to estimate expenses. This process takes time, and no information about potential trips is announced until the planning is complete. News of the trip will be announced at a VMA meeting, and posted on CHARMS.
What is CHARMS
CHARMS is a website used by the Burbank High School Vocal Music Association to track students' financial information and contact information. It is also used to send emails to choir members, parents, alumni and supporters, and to post information to choir members and their families.
What can I do on CHARMS?
As a student member of one of our choirs, you can download forms, check news announcements, look up contact information for VMA officers and chairpersons and get information about advertising sales in our programs. In the private section, you can look up financial information about your choir account, including fees owed and fees already paid. You can also pay your fees using PayPal and update the contact information used by the choir program to reach you.
How do I get onto CHARMS?
From within this site, go to INFO--LINKS and click on CHARMS, or you can navigate to www.charmsoffice.com in your web browser. Click the green ENTER buton on the upper right portion of the screen. Under the PARENTS/STUDENTS/MEMBERS area, enter BurbankHSChoir and click the ENTER STUDENT/PARENT button. To access your private account information, enter your BHS Student ID in the STUDENT PASSWORD field and press the ENTER PASSWORD button.
What is the Ralphs Community Contribution program? What is eScrip?
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The Ralphs Community Contribution program is how Ralphs Grocery stores support local school and community organizations. Once you've registered for this program, Ralphs will contribute a percentage of each purchase you make to the community group of your choice (hopefully, Burbank High School's VMA!). You can find out more information about the program here.
eScrip has a different approach with the same result. You sign up by registering one or more of your credit/debit cards or grocery club cards with eScrip. When you make a purchase at a participating merchant using one of your registered cards, the merchant will make a contribution to the community group you've designated. While eScrip has a wider variety of participating merchants, the one you're most likely to patronize in Burbank is Pavillions. More information about eScrip can be found here.
You can sign up for both of these free programs in just a few minutes via their websites. Special note: The Ralphs Community Contribution program requires members to renew their application each year in late August. If you participated in this program last year, you must submit a new application in August for the BHS VMA to continue to receive your support.
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