I know many of you have questions and concerns about your grades.
As a general rule, first timester I grade the chorus as a group, on your ability to come together as a community and create music. (In 2nd and 3rd trimester I do give weight to performance, but not 1st trimester.) As a group, this chorus is not there yet- the grade that the vast majority of you received was a B+. I gave slightly higher grades to students who noticeably put in extra effort, and slightly lower grades to students who noticeably put in less.
If you received a B, you have been a frequent source of distraction in your section or frequently tardy. As soon as you becomes the singer and leader I know each of you can be, your grade will reflect that.
If you received and A- or higher, thank you for going above and beyond. You have stood out because of your commitment to chorus.
If you received a B+, you're doing just fine. Don't freak out. I still think you're great. But I bet if you think about our rehearsals so far, you'll agree that we haven't quite made it to the top of our game.
There are 75 people in chorus. If we aren't performing at an A level, then most people- not 2 or 3 or 5- most people aren't yet stepping up quite enough just yet. But it's just first trimester. We haven't even hda a concert yet. There's still time. So let's step it up!
(Today, many of you did- rehearsal was great! When most rehearsals are like today's, we will be an A choir.)