CHS VOICE Newsletter - September 2006

Welcome to VOICE!

CHS VOICE (Volunteer Organization Investing in Choral Excellence) welcomes you to the 2006 -2007 choral music program of Central High School. VOICE is the "booster" organization for vocal music. As parents and guardians of Central vocal music students, you are already members of VOICE (no dues!). Membership is welcome to non-parents, as well.

VOICE offers support, encouragement, and the hands of volunteers throughout the school year. Funds will be raised, decorations will be displayed, guests will be welcomed, students and directors will be enabled - and great choral music will be performed and enjoyed.

Central's vocal music achievements are second to none. Great amounts of time and effort are required to develop and maintain this fine program. The involvement of parents and other supporters will "free-up" our directors, Mrs. Bouma and Mr. Brown, to concentrate on developing their students. Here is a sampling of expected VOICE activities:

  • Award summer study scholarships at the Fall Choral Concert.
  • Serve a meal between Saturday performances of the Fall musical production, My Fair Lady ("Eliza's Lisson Grove Cafe" is expected to be a significant fund raiser.)
  • Winter "Scrapbooking for Vocal Music" will be back by popular demand!
  • "Madrigal Dinner" in March will be a major choral showcase event, and fund raiser sponsored by VOICE.
  • Award scholarships this Spring, to qualified seniors who will continue choral music participation in college.

VOICE general membership meets in room 145 (choir room) 45 minutes before each scheduled Choral concert. VOICE officers meet monthly. Parents, guardians, and lovers of choral music (and the youth who perform it) are urged to join in the work of VOICE.

Deb and Scott Albright
VOICE co-presidents


This past July 9 - 11, several members of the CHS Singers participated in a Madrigal Singers Workshop, hosted by the Nebraska Choral Directors Association. The group of approximately 24 high school and college age singers rehearsed Sunday evening, all day Monday and Tuesday and performed for the convention banquet on Tuesday evening. The singers were directed by David Batter, conductor of the Omaha Chamber Singers. Half of the music that the students learned was of a holiday nature, in order to fit the convention theme which was "Christmas in July".

Students that participated from Central High School were: Sopranos Adrienne Anderson, Maggie Baumann, Erin Bottger and Sarah Potts; Altos Elizabeth Erikson and Debra Ramirez; Tenors Joe Albright, David Rubio, Aaron Smith-Shull and Kendall Taylor; Basses Aaron French, Patrick Kilcoyne, D'Antae Potter and Matt Waszak.


Saturday, September 16 members of the A Cappella Choir gathered at the Omaha Home for Boys' Cooper Farm for their annual retreat. 46 of the 64 choir members participated in the event. When the students arrived, they were given their class T-shirt to wear. The morning was spent setting sectional goals, learning the parts to "Salvation is Created" and getting acquainted through group games. After eating the pizza lunch, we even had a pińata!

The retreat was planned by the A Cappella Council. Those students include: Joe Albright, president; Jackie Pirtle, secretary; Aaron Smith-Shull, treasurer; Jordan Wagner and Emily Waldo, co-historians; Maggie Baumann and Kendall Taylor, senior reps and Elizabeth Erikson, Debra Ramirez and David Rubio, underclass reps.

Special thanks to Teri Anderson, VOICE secretary, for delivering and serving the pizza and to Stephen Bouma for helping lead the men in their "Salvation is Created" sectional.


The A Cappella Choir will once again be performing with the Omaha Symphony in their Celebrate Creativity Concert Series to be held at Joslyn Art Museum on October 24, 26, 27 and 31. Each performance will begin at 1:00 p.m. in the Witherspoon Concert Hall. The series is geared to Junior and Senior High School music students. This year's theme is the Art of Composition.

In keeping with the theme, A Cappella will be performing a piece that was written especially for the choir to perform for the Regional MENC/NMEA conference. The composer, Stephen Bouma, is the husband of the A Cappella Choir's director, Lyn Bouma. The symphony's resident conductor, Ernest Richardson, was pleased to have a new composition to highlight for this concert series. Mr. Bouma was thrilled to have the opportunity to orchestrate the piece he had written for the choir.

In addition to the new composition, 'Danza, Danza!', the choir will also perform the first two movements of the Vivaldi "Gloria" and Beethoven's "Hallelujah" from Mount of Olives.


The A Cappella Choir will perform for the North Central Regional Music Educators National Conference Convention, which will be held in Lincoln, NE on November 16, 17 and 18 on the University of Nebraska-Lincoln campus. The North Central region of MENC consists of 10 states, including the Dakotas, Iowa, Minnesota, Wisconsin, Michigan, Illinois, Indiana, Ohio, as well as Nebraska. This convention is being held concurrently with the Nebraska Music Educators annual Fall Conference Clinic. The CHS A Cappella Choir is the only choir from Nebraska to be selected, through competitive taped audition, to perform. The choir's performance time will be Saturday, November 18 at 10:30 a.m. in the Kimball Recital Hall.


First Semester

September 16: A Cappella Retreat

October 9: UNL Men’s Chorus Festival All day in Lincoln

October 19: Fall Vocal Concert…7:30 p.m. (CHS VOICE will meet in Rm. 145 at 6:45 p.m.- all parents are asked to attend)

October 24, 26, 27 and 31: Celebrate Creativity Concerts with the Omaha Symphony @ Joslyn . . .1:00 p.m.

November 3&4: My Fair Lady. . . 7:00 p.m. (Saturday Matinee 2:00 p.m.) Admission fee charged CHS VOICE hosting meal between matinee and evening performances on Saturday

November 16: Tri-M Convention in conjunction with the NMEA convention. . . all day in Lincoln (Tri-M members and all-state participants only)

November 18: Regional MENC/NMEA Convention A Cappella to perform @ 10:30 a.m. in UNL’s Kimball Recital Hall in Lincoln

December 18: Honors Credit Recital…7:00 p.m.

December 21: Winter Vocal Concert. . .7:30 p.m. (CHS VOICE will meet in Rm. 145 at 6:45 p.m.- all parents are asked to attend)

Greeting from the new vocal music director!

I am writing to introduce myself to you. My name is Colin Brown and I am teaching vocal music here at Central High School along with Mrs. Lyn Bouma. My duties include teaching Junior Chorus, Treble Chorus, assisting with A Cappella Choir, voice lessons, and I teach students music in the self-contained Mentally Handicapped room. After school, I direct the Men's Chorus and assist with all musical aspects of the musical, My Fair Lady. This season I am also performing with Opera Omaha. I will be involved in the fall production of Tosca, September 27, 29, and October 1, as well as the production of An Evening with Stewart Robertson in November and a new production of Wakonda's Dream by Anthony Davis in March.

I am married to Joi, who is the Vice-President of Programming for the Omaha Performing Arts Society. Our daughter, Monica, (16) was born in Milwaukee, WI and our son, Alex (14) was born in Sheboygan, WI. They both attend Central High School and are involved in volleyball and football, respectively. We have recently relocated here from Green Bay, WI where we lived for the past five years. Joi and I have lived in Wisconsin for the past eighteen years. Evanston, Il; Washington D. C.; and Pittsburgh, PA.; are all cities where Joi and I lived during our young romantic years.

Although we have traveled and lived in many places, we are looking forward to making Omaha and Central High School part of our lives for many years to come.


Colin Brown


The Music and Drama departments will once again collaborate to present this year's fall musical, My Fair Lady. Dates for the production will be November 3 and 4, 2006. The performances will be held at 7:00 p.m. on Friday and Saturday, with an addition matinee performance at 2:00 p.m. on Saturday afternoon.

Playing Eliza Doolittle will be junior Sarah Potts. Henry Higgins will be played by senior Aaron Smith-Shull and Colonel Pickering will be played by senior Sam Agree. 42 talented singers and dancers will complete the cast of the show.

Please call 557-3332 to reserve your tickets for this production. Price of the tickets will be $5.00 per person. Children under 5 will be admitted for free. No other discounts of any kind will be extended due to the lower ticket price.


CHS VOICE will once again serve a meal between the two Saturday performances of the musical. Come to "Eliza's Lisson Grove Café" and enjoy a chicken dinner with all the fixin's for just $5.00 per person. Advance ticket sales can be made through any musical cast member. Reservations for the dinner can be made by calling Teri Anderson (556-4274). Please leave your name and number of meals in the message. You will pay for your meals at the door.


The CHS Men's Chorus will be performing for the UNL Men's Chorus Festival in Lincoln on October 9, 2006. In addition to their solo performance, the men will be working with Dr. Pete Eklund in a massed choir setting with other high school men from around the state.

Current members of the men's chorus are: Joe Albright, Brandon Contreras, Macklin Emas, Tony Evans, Adam Hankins, John Hogan, Darryl Johnson, Patrick Kilcoyne, Ben McGuire, Geoffrey Miles, D'Antae Potter, Aaron Shull, Kendall Taylor, Rontai Tutt, Matt Waszak, Mark Wilder.


VOICE is planning to host the second annual Scrapbooking Workday on January 20, 2020 (scheduling is still in process at this printing). There will be vendors on site to give guidance to the work time. Each person will be given his or her own workspace. For $25.00, each participant will be assigned a table in the cafeteria, and will be allowed a full day of organizing memorabilia into scrapbooks. Those parents and friends of graduating seniors will be especially interested in this event.

Monies raised from this event will help support scholarships and activities for the vocal music students at Central High School. More information will follow in the coming months. Start organizing the pictures and mementos that you need to fill your books.


At 7:15 a.m. on Friday, September 15, CHS Singers performed for the Omaha School Administrator's Association Breakfast. The event was a kick off the Omaha Public Schools Education Week. A crowd of several hundred including many community leaders, as well as former Central High administrators, was present for the performance. The CHS ROTC and CHS Singers began the event by conducting the flag presentation and singing the National Anthem. Following a performance by the OPS Mini Singers, CHS Singers performed three selections.

CHS Singers will be performing for Immanual Hospital's Founders Day Luncheon on October 13, 2020. If you are interested in having CHS Singers or Bel Canto perform for a civic event, please contact Mrs. Bouma at 557-3361 or by e-mail at: The holiday schedule is filling up, so call early.

Second Semester

February 2 & 3: Roadshow. . .7:00 p.m. Admission fee charged (Saturday Matinee 2:00 p.m.)

February 8, 9, 10: All City Music Festival Admission fee charged (TH: 7-9 p.m., F: day, S: a.m. reh. & 7: 00 p.m.)

February 8, 9, 10: Wesleyan Honor Choir (Selected students only)

February 24: Singing Youth of Nebraska Festival (CHS hosts 7-9th grade masses chorus – Jr. Choir members only)

March 24: Madrigal Faire. . .7:00 p.m. Advanced tickets required (CHS Singers, Bel Canto and Men’s Chorus only)

March 26: Choral Adjudication @ Benson Performance time TBA

April 12: Pre-Contest Recital. . .7:00 p.m. (Honors Credit Students only)

April 20 & 21: District Music Contest @ North Performance times TBA

May 8: Awards Concert. . .7:30 p.m. (CHS VOICE will meet in Rm. 145 at 6:45 p.m.- all parents are asked to attend)

May 10: Chamber Ensemble / Solo Honors Recital. . . 7:00 p.m.

May 15: Jr. Choir and Treble Chorus Concert. . . 7:00 p.m.

May 17: Meeting for parents of 2007-08 CHS Singers and Bel Canto Singers. . . 7:00 p.m. in Rm. 145
Last Updated: Monday, April 30, 2020