First Colony

Homeschool Ensembles

 
ABOUT US

First Colony Homeschool Ensembles was launched in January 1998 to provide homeschoolers the opportunity to make music together. Our mission is to share God’s Word through music, nurture faith, and inculcate in our children a joyful appreciation for the gifts of God, equipping them to make an impact on the world in which we live. We believe that God gave us music for worship, service, and evangelism, enabling us to express in song the joy and hope of the Gospel and the saving grace of Jesus Christ.

 
 
INSTRUCTORS

Jennifer Dunham

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Jennifer has a B.M.E. from Harding University, has sung with the Houston Symphony Chorus, and has several years' experience teaching elementary music. Jennifer also offers private voice and beginning piano lessons. 

Ryan Penney

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Ryan is a lifelong musician, having performed and competed in ensembles across Texas since his childhood. An alumnus of FCHE, Ryan enjoys giving back to the choir which instilled in him a love of choral worship. Ryan currently works for Maverick Political Consulting, and will receive his BA in Music this summer from Houston Baptist University.

 
EXPECTATIONS

Attendance

      Each student is an integral part of the ensemble(s) to which s/he belongs and has made a commitment to that ensemble by joining.  Students should make every effort to attend each rehearsal.  Consistent attendance at rehearsal (no more than two absences per semester) is essential to the success of each ensemble.  While all parents are grateful when ill children remain at home, please honor ensemble instructors and fellow members by regular and consistent attendance.  Parents, please inform the instructor in advance, if possible, if your student must miss class.

Conduct

Students should:

  • be dropped off no earlier than ten minutes before class begins, and should be picked up promptly at the end of class.

  • be supervised at all times, either by instructors during rehearsal, by monitors between classes, or by parents during co-op study hall.

  • treat instructors, monitors, parents, and other students with respect and consideration.

  • dress appropriately and modestly.

  • treat the church facilities with care and respect.

Rehearsal Etiquette

  • Students should arrive at least five minutes before the beginning of rehearsal.

  • Students should give respectful attention to the instructor during rehearsal.  Unsolicited comments and conversation are not appropriate. 

  • Students should ask permission to leave the rehearsal.

  • Gum, food, and flavored drinks are not permitted in rehearsals.  Choristers are encouraged to bring bottled water, as there is no easily accessible water fountain. 

  • Parents are always welcome at rehearsals.

 

Discipline

      Because our class time is limited, it is vital that students be attentive, cooperative, and respectful.  Disruptive behavior and talking wastes time and is discourteous to both teachers and students.  Parents, please communicate to your children the importance of attentive cooperation.  Students who are disruptive in class will be warned by the instructor to stop the disruptive behavior.  If the behavior continues, they will be sent to the  monitor for the remainder of the class and parents will be notified of the behavior.

Study Hall

      Only registered FCHE students are allowed to be left at rehearsals, and they must be supervised at all times.  Students who are on campus but not in classes must be in study hall.   Students should bring a quiet activity for the time they spend in study hall, but are not allowed to bring rollershoes, skates, skateboards, or other toys.  Inappropriate items will be confiscated and returned to parents.  Students in study hall must remain in the assigned room.

Lunches & Personal Belongings

      Students should keep personal belongings such as purses and backpacks with them at all times.  Snacks and lunches may be eaten outdoors between classes, or in the monitor area in case of inclement weather. Please be sure to clean up. Food or drink (except bottled water) is not allowed in the rehearsal rooms. Students are encouraged to bring a bottle of water, as there is no easily accessible water fountain.

Music

       Each choir student is issued a choir folder containing the music for the semester.  The folders and music are the property of FCHE.  It is the responsibility of the student to whom it was issued to take care of it throughout the semester and return it in good condition at the final rehearsal.   Students may mark on the music in pencil only.

WARDROBE

Concert Dress Order Form

 

All Concert Dress clothing may be ordered at the Kick-Off Meeting in August.  A few samples will be available to try on at this meeting.

1.  Print and complete a wardrobe order form  - 2017 Wardrobe Order Form

2.  Use size charts and measuring guidelines on the order form to select sizes:

Boys' Size Chart         Girls' Size Chart

3.  Attach a separate check for the full amount. 


4.  Bring form and check to the Kick-Off Meeting or turn it in to the collection box at Friday rehearsals. Ordering deadlines will be announced via email. 

Concert Dress Resale

Families wishing to sell any current Concert Dress clothing items should bring them to the Kick-Off Meeting on hangers.  We will have a form for you to fill out with the price and your contact information. 

Later, if you would like to advertise the purchase or sale of used wardrobe items, send the email to fche.music@gmail.com  and it will be forwarded to the group.

 
 
SCHEDULE + CALENDAR

Ministry Concert Days

Ministry Days are planned for once a semester. Locations include Richmond State School, nursing homes, and other community groups.  Students should plan to be busy most of the day (9:00-3:00). The purpose of these days is to bring music to people who might not otherwise have an opportunity to hear. Students are encouraged to reach out to listeners through a handshake, a kind word, and a smile.

All students are required to wear concert dress.

Picture Day

Date, time and location to be announced.  Students should arrive already dressed in concert dress

Concerts

 Invitations with directions to concert location will be available a few weeks before each concert.  Feel free to invite your friends and family to our concerts.

The warm up schedule for each concert typically starts at 4 P.M.; precise instructions will be announced close to concert time.  In order to have sufficient time for all Ensemble members to warm up, it is  imperative that each member arrives at the scheduled time.

 
REGISTRATION

To Register

  1. Print instructions and (3) forms below  (4 pages total).

  2. Read Instructions completely. 

  3. Complete Registration Form. 

  4. Read and sign the FCHE Guidelines Form.

  5. Complete the Medical Release Form.

  6. Mail all forms and a check for registration fee to the address noted on the registration form (or bring to class).

Early registration: Save on registration fee before June 30 - see below for details.

 

      *** See "Wardrobe" tab for wardrobe purchase requirements. ***

 


FORMS FOR 2019-2020

 

Registration Instructions:  FCHE Reg Instructions.pdf

Registration form:  FCHE REG 2019-2020.pdf

Guidelines form:  Guidelines Form.pdf

Medical form: Medical Release.pdf

 

 

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Fees and Tuition

 

Registration Fee:

$30.00 per family before June 30  - register early to save!!

$50.00 per family after June 30th

Registration fee is due at registration and is non-refundable.

Yearly Tuition:

$320.00 per class for first 2 classes in a family

$200.00 per class for any additional classes over 2

Paid in two installments, half due at the beginning of each semester.

Semester Tuition:

Students beginning mid-year pay the $50 registration fee and half the yearly tuition.

Tuition amounts do not include instrument rental or purchase or wardrobe.

 
CONTACT

Email:  fche@fchemusic.org

P.O. Box 351, Sugar Land 77487

 

We are located at Christ Church Sugar Land

 

 3300 Austin Pkwy, Sugar Land, TX 77479