The Georgia All-State Chorus is run by the GMEA, Georgia Music Educators Association. Singers from all over the state audition in regional auditions held in November. The highest scoring singers earn a place in one of the All-State Choirs, Intermediate Mixed, Senior Mixed, Senior Women or Senior Men. To retain the place in the choir, singers must pass another music check audition in January. Being selected to participate in the Georgia All-State choirs is one of the highest honors a student may achieve.
American Choral Directors Association (ACDA):
Dr. Williams and Mrs. Allyn are active members of this world-wide organization whose purpose is to promote choral excellence.
This is our annual Awards night held in May. Any chorus student and parent may attend with a paid ticket. Awards, Letters, and Scholarships are given out, while we enjoy a dinner and talent performances by chorus members. The banquet is followed by a dance.
Students may sign up to go with us to a Braves game in the Fall. Students in grades 10 – 12 will sing the National Anthem. (SEE CALENDAR)
A group of parent volunteers responsible for aiding in the success of the choral program. There are currently 14 board positions.
The Walton Chorus Booster Club is the parent organization that supports the chorus. For more information CLICK HERE.
Parent volunteers attending off-campus events to help manage/organize students.
The Chorus Directors and Booster Board members use CHARMS to keep track of students, lettering points, contact information, calendar events, volunteers, and much more. To log in to your CHARMS account:
School Code: WaltonHSChoir
Where it says “Student Area Password” enter your student’s ID NUMBER (this is your student’s lunch/textbook number). This will bring up the main parent page, which allows access to the public calendar, event list, handouts, and other files.
Walton faculty members in charge of the choral program.
Chorus: What chorus am I in?
Women’s Concert Choir: Women (usually Freshmen) singing in a chorus for the first time
Raider Singers: Freshmen women who have performed in a chorus previously and Freshmen men
Bel Canto: Sophomore women
Camerata Singers: Junior and Senior women, Sophomore, Junior, and Senior men
Varsity Women’s Chorus: Women in Camerata and A Cappella
Men’s Ensemble: all men (Freshmen, Camerata Singers, and A Cappella)
Select Women’s Ensemble: Sophomore, Junior, and Senior women by auditions only (which take place in April)
A Cappella: Sophomore, Junior, and Senior men and women by auditions only (which take place in April)
Weekly email sent to parents with important dates or events.
Concerts: Where and when are the concerts?
The concerts are held at Johnson Ferry Baptist Church, 955 Johnson Ferry Rd, Marietta, GA 30068. Students wear chorus t-shirts to school on concert days.
There are usually 3 concerts a year and are listed on the website calendar. Everyone also sings at the Homecoming pep rally.
The concerts are free, but there is no reserved seating unless you have made a donation to the Booster Club of $250 or more.
Students arrive at the assigned time for their choir in order to rehearse before the concert. Rehearsal is closed door, meaning no audience. Doors open for audience seating about 15 minutes before the concert.
The Fashion Show is held in conjunction with the Silent Auction in January. It is part fashion show and part talent show put on by the chorus students and organized by a Booster Committee.
Fine Arts Diploma Seal:
Seniors who have been in chorus, band or orchestra all four years are eligible to earn the State of Georgia’s Fine Arts Diploma Seal. This impressive designation is helpful for colleges to appreciate a well-rounded student.
The two primary means of fundraising are through the Booster Club donations and the Fashion Show & Silent Auction. We also have a small “fun”draiser selling lollipops at the home football games. Donations and fundraisers support classroom needs, events, field trips, and activities for ALL chorus students.
Boys perform the National Anthem at an Atlanta Hawks Basketball game in the Spring. Anyone may attend the game.
Johnson Ferry Baptist Church.
Chorus students have the opportunity to earn points throughout the year toward a letter in Chorus. 100 points are required to letter, 45 of which are earned by supporting the Booster Club. For more information about the requirements please see the HANDBOOK.
Large Group Performance Evaluations (Choral Evaluations) are held in February by the Georgia Music Educators Association. These evaluations are the equivalent of an “end of course” exam. This is mandatory for every choral student and counts as an exam grade. For more information see the GMEA LGPE website.
National Association for Music Education:
The organization of music educators in the United States that promotes excellence in all music education. GMEA (Georgia Music Educators Association) is a part of this national group. Dr. Williams and Mrs. Allyn are active members. Dr. Williams serves GMEA as a Head Adjudicator.
The Robert Shaw Choral Scholar Scholarship is awarded each year to one (1) senior choral student, $1000. The Walton Choral Booster Club Scholarships are awarded to two (2) seniors each year. All scholarships are announced at the Choral Awards Banquet.
The Silent Auction is held in conjunction with the Fashion Show in January.
Not required but lots of fun and helps support the Booster Club. for more information CLICK HERE.
Student officers that assist in chorus events, daily chorus classroom activities and the encouragement of other chorus students. Student leaders help make many decisions and are an integral part of the success of Walton Chorus.
Singers in grades ten through twelve in good standing are eligible to be a part of Walton Tour Choir. We alternate between international and domestic performance opportunities. Students who have been a part of Walton Tour Choir often say the experience was the highlight of their high school career.
The Treasurer’s Box is located in the Chorus room (by the exterior exit door). If you need to turn in payment for any activity please completely fill out the provided envelope and seal your cash or check and deposit into the lock box.
National Music Honor Society of the National Association for Music Education. Seniors who have been in chorus, band or orchestra all four years are eligible for membership and earn an honor cord to wear at graduation.
Uniforms: what is required?
The informal uniform is the chorus t-shirt.
The formal uniform for ladies is the gown, black concert shoes, and pearls.
The formal uniform for men is the tux, bow tie, black socks, and black dress shoes.
Volunteers: How can parents help with Chorus?
Chaperones are needed for each concert, trip, and Performance Evaluations. You will be assigned to a specific chorus or group of students for a specific time. Sign up is done via Sign-Up Genius.
Programs are handed out before each concert.
Refreshments are needed for specific events such as field trips, Fashion Show, Silent Auction, and Performance Evaluations.
Uniform fittings take place in August in the chorus room.
Photographers are designated to take photos at concerts and events for the archives.
Lollipops are sold at each home football game and parent volunteers monitor student volunteers.
Fashion Show & Silent Auction: Many volunteers are needed to help with our big fundraising event at the end of January. Volunteers help organize auction items, work the auction set-up and check-out, sell show and raffle tickets, help with managing the models, performers and stage crew, chaperone rehearsals and help with refreshments.
Banquet takes place in May. Volunteers are needed to help with decorating, tickets, set-up, and clean-up.
Please see the Volunteer Form to sign up.
Zwischenspiel: Interlude. Short music used to bridge the acts of a play, or the verses of a hymn.