Concert Attendance Policy
Concert attendance is mandatory. Consider each concert a final exam to all the study introduced each quarter.
Dealing with Absence
If a student knows he/she is going to miss an extra rehearsal or performance, he/she must obtain, fill out and turn in an “EXCUSED ABSENCE FORM” in advance of the absence. This forms can be found from Mr. Finkbine in the choir room and below. Examples of excused absences: serious illness, death in family, family emergency. Non-school activities, trips, camping, shopping, etc. are NOT considered excused absences. Communication of the absence must be made to the director. If no communication is forthcoming, the absence will be considered unexcused. The difference between an excused absence and unexcused absence is not whether or not a students is required to recover the unearned grading points, but rather whether or not the student is offered the opportunity to recover the points.
Requirements for Performance
In order to participate in activities at RHS, each student must have passed at least two (2) classes during the previous semester and must not have any drug, alcohol, or other activity violations. Each student represents Ross High School during any activity and must demonstrate acceptable behavior as a student AND as a citizen.
Two weeks prior to a performance, all participants must satisfy at least a 70% rehearsal attendance rate in order to perform. If attendance does not meet or exceed 70% the student may be asked to perform the concert material for the director before being allowed to perform. If the student is not allowed to perform because he/she is not familiar with the material, they must make up the concert points by completing two of the concert make-up assignments.
Concert Point Recovery Assignments
Missing a concert is sometimes unavoidable if there is an emergency or if illness strikes. Even if an absence is excused, however, the points not earned must be recovered to ensure a successful grade in the course. Remember, the difference between an excused absence and unexcused absence is not whether or not a student is required to recover grading points, but rather whether or not the student is offered the opportunity to recover the points. Concerts are a third of your quarter grade and a most beneficial experience toward your learning as a musician/performer.
The following are assignments available to you to recover points from your missed extra rehearsal and/or concert performance grades. If you are recovering a concert performance grade, you may do so by completing 1 of the options below.
- Write a one page paper comparing one of your concert pieces to another song of a different style (not a concert selection). Details below.
- Attend a vocal concert and write a one page review. Details below.
- Perform your part of the concert selections in front of your choir period. Details below.