February Updates

1.      Reminder: On Sunday, February 8, 2015 the McQueen choirs will be performing at the University of Nevada, Reno, Church Fine Arts Building, Nightingale Concert Hall as part of the 90th Birthday Tribute in Honor of Iris Maytan and Family for their service to music and music education for more than 50 years.

·         The concert begins at 3:00pm.  For more information regarding the concert, please follow the link:  http://events.publicbroadcasting.net/kunr/events.eventsmain?action=showEvent&eventID=1624816

·         Call time (ie. students must be at the venue and ready to perform) is scheduled for 3:30pm @ Church Fine Arts building.

·         Formal black attire is required for all those performing.  Girls must have their hair “up”.

·         The concert should end at approximately 4:45pm – 5:00pm.

·         Due to the high cost of bus rentals, transportation will not be provided by McQueen High School or the McQueen Choir Boosters.

·         Mrs. Burt may provide additional details to the students during class.  A few days before 2/8/15, please check with your student to determine whether there have been any changes to the schedule.

·         Please note, this concert has been on the McQueen Choir Calendar since the beginning of the school year.

 2.      The next McQueen Choir Booster meeting is scheduled for Wednesday, February 17 at 6:30pm, in the Choir Room.  We hope to see you there.


December Newsletter


Only one day of school left before winter break….  Thanks to everyone who helped with December’s events, Caroling at Meadowood Mall and the Winter Holiday Concert.  Both events were quite successful. Please see the below news items, Ms. Burt has added a required gig and rehearsal during break, plus a meeting for Disney travelers and their families. Please send any inquiries to MBurt@washoeschools.net. The Boosters Club will not be monitoring this email address during Winter Break.

No Booster Mtg Tonight
As was noted in the 11/21/2014 Email Newsletter, the monthly McQ Choir Booster meeting has been cancelled for this month.  There is no meeting tonight.  The next meeting will be on Wed., Jan. 21, 2014 at 6:30pm in the choir room.  We hope to see you there.

Musical Auditions Saturday
 Auditions for this year’s musical, ‘Legally Blonde’, are being held this SaturdayDecember 20.  Any/all students interested in auditioning should have the required information of times, etc.  If your student intends to audition and doesn’t have the information, he/she needs to see Mrs. Burt immediately, audition packets are available in the classroom.

Jan 5th Event – MANDATORY

McQ Choir was invited to perform at the January 5, 2015 Governor’s Inauguration Ceremony in Carson City.  Mrs. Burt has accepted the invitation.  Transportation to/from McQ will be provided. The tentative details are as follows:

a.       All choir students, except Concert Choir, are required to attend both the ceremony & the rehearsal.  Excused absences are to be approved by Mrs. Burt, not through the boosters.

b.      Rehearsal will be held on Sat., Jan. 3rd from 10am – 12pm (at McQ).

c.       All students (and chaperones) need to be at McQ by 8:00am on Mon., Jan 5.  Please come well fed, and bring water and snacks.  (Food/water is not being provided.)

d.      Attire will be FORMAL black (ie. long dresses, tuxes, etc.).  The choir will be performing OUTSIDE on the steps of the state capitol.  Coats, gloves, etc are recommended – but they too must be ALL BLACK AND FORMAL IN APPEARANCE.

e.      The buses should arrive back at McQ between 1:30 – 2:00pm.

f.        McQ choir alumni are invited and encouraged to attend.


Attn: Disney Travelers!
A mandatory meeting for all students who are going on the Jan 2015 Disney Trip is set for Jan. 3, 2015 at 12:00pm in the McQ choir room.  All students and at least one parent/guardian of each student are required to attend the meeting.

McQueen Choir Holiday Concert

TONIGHT, December 10, 2014, is the Annual McQ Choir Holiday Concert at 7pm in the Immaculate Conception Catholic Church located at 2900 No. McCarran Blvd Sparks, NV. Tickets are a minimum $5 donation plus a non-perishable food item for St. Vincent’s Food Bank. Doors open at 6:30 and ticket sales will begin then and not before.
Student call time is 4:30 (unless changed by Ms. Burt) at the church in formal uniform dress/tux. Girls remember, hair MUST be in a full updo, you also need black dress shoes and black hose. Boys, don’t forget the black socks and black dress shoes. Please, come to the church well fed and bring water and a snack for your break. All students need to park in the back of the church parking lot away from the church entrance so that our friends and family can park conveniently for the performance. Please remember, the church has very little space to store personal belongings and the Boosters Club cannot provide security for those items. If you don’t ABSOLUTELY need it, leave it at home.
We look forward to seeing you all tonight!
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WCSD Honor Choir Concert Tickets

WCSD Honor Choir Performance – tickets are available on-line at John Ascuaga’s Nugget for November 4, 2014 at 6:00pm.  $5 per ticket + $2 processing fee/ticket.  


FYI: The assigned seating that we have enjoyed during past WCSD Honor Choir Concerts is no more. It is first come, first served seating. The concert planners changed things up on us…Thought you might want to know as we were rather surprised when we found out before posting the link for you.

Craft Faire Volunteer Sign Ups

Please sign up for at least one shift. We need two adults and two students on Friday night. We need 1 adult and 4 kids for each shift in the kitchen, and 1 adult and 2 kids for each shift in the booth.  Remember, students receive points toward their McQ “letter” for volunteering. These sign ups are for the choir portion of the craft faire. McQueen Boosters Club also needs volunteers and expects each parent to help at least once throughout the year. Please contact Carolyn Hansen @ 775-746-8865 or 775-742-4395 or email at health2u2@sbcglobal.net to sign up for that portion of the faire. Let’s prove that choir has the BEST parent volunteers!

Friday Night Setup HERE

Saturday Kitchen HERE

Saturday Booth HERE

Sunday Kitchen HERE

Sunday Booth HERE

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Core – This info is for you…


Choir Calendar 2014/2015

McQueen Choir Calendar



Aug. 26 – Mass Rehearsal 3-4:30PM

27 – Open House 6-8:30 PM

*Sept.  2 – Honor Choir Auditions @McQ

9 – Parent Meeting (Mandatory for all parents) 6:30PM – Theatre

12-13 UNR Practicum Project (Core//Mus. Theatre/Women’s Only) 3:00-4:15

13 – Bartley Ranch Gig – Core only – Time TBA

16 – Honor Choir begins – 6-8:00PM Reed HS

19 – Paul Sperrazza in classes all day

20 – “A Capella-Con” Workshop 8:15AM-2:30PM

30 – Mass Rehearsal 3:00-5:00PM (Cafeteria)

*Oct. 1 – Disney Deposits Due

Man Jam – 2:40-3:30

4-12 – Fall Break

13 – Man Jam – 2:40-3:30

15 – 3-Hour Delay  PSAT

17-18 – Craft Faire

20 – Man Jam – 2:40-3:30

21 – Mass Rehearsal 3:00 – 5:00 (Cafeteria)

31 – Nevada Day – no school

*Nov.  3 – Honor Choir Rehearsal w/Guest Conductor 4:00-9:00PM

Nov. 4   8 am – 2:30 pm (Rose Ballroom/ John Ascuaga’s Nugget  )

Nov. 4  7 pm Performance at Rose Ballroom/John Ascuaga’s Nugget  ) (Call Time T.B.A.)

5 – Man Jam – 2:40-3:30

11 – Veteran’s Day – No School

218 – Mass Rehearsal 3:00 – 5:00 (Cafeteria)

19-20 – Musical Auditions

26-30 – Thanksgiving – no school

*Dec. 2 – Mass Rehearsal 3:00 – 5:00 (Cafeteria)

4 – Man Jam 3:00-4:00

6 –Caroling for Cash/Pizza Party 12:00-4:00PM

9 – Mass Rehearsal 3:00 – 5:00 (Cafeteria)

10 – Holiday Concert @ Immaculate Conception Catholic Church

13 – Sacramento State Jazz Festival 9 Core Only)

15- Dead Day

16-18 – Final Exams

20 – Progressive Dinner – Core

20- Jan 11 Winter Break

*Jan.9-11 – Disneyland Trip

– Back to school

*Legally Blonde in Production*

19 – Martin Luther King Day – no school

21- Allstate Auditions in Reno

27 – Mass Rehearsal 3:00 – 5:00 (Cafeteria)

*Feb. *Legally Blonde in production*

3- Mass Rehearsal 3:00 – 5:00 (Cafeteria)

8 – UNR Concert – Iris Maytan 90th Birthday

16 – Presidents’ Day – no school

21 – Solo & Ensemble festival

24 – Mass Rehearsal 3:00 – 5:00 (Cafeteria)

25 – BDB Zone Concert

26 – Clayton Zone Concert

*Mar.  *Legally Blonde in production*

11 – 8th Grade Parent Night

14 – Prom

16 – UNR Choral Festival

25-28 –Legally Blonde Show Nights

29-April12 – Spring Break

Apr.   13 – Back to School

15-18 – Allstate

21 – Mass Rehearsal 3:00 – 5:00 (Cafeteria)

24 – Reno Jazz Festival (McQ participation TBA)

May  7 – Man Jam 3:00-4:30

12 – Mass Rehearsal 3:00 – 5:00PM (Cafeteria)\

14 – Man Jam 3:00-4:30

15 – Fine Arts Dessert Night

25 – Memorial Day – no school

26 – Mass Rehearsal 3:00 – 5:00 (Cafeteria)

29 – Varsity Showcase (Mus. Theatre & Core)

*June 2 – Spring Concert/Awards Banquet

3 – Global Studies Senior Presentations Night

??? – Baccalaureate

10-12 – Final Exams

??? – Graduation Rehearsal (gym) Time TBA

???– Graduation – Call time TBA

Lawlor Event. Center Downbeat TBA



*Musical rehearsal schedule will be released in December*

*Honor Choir and Allstate rehearsal schedule are published separately*


*Lunch, Man Jam and smaller after school sectionals may be added when the need arises. Students will have a week’s notice of such rehearsals.*


**After school Jazz Choir rehearsals with the rhythm section will be scheduled according to the musicians’ schedules. Students will have at least one week’s notice of such rehearsals.**


By Laws

Please review the below proposed bylaws. They are open to comment until Oct 1, 2014. Please send any comments or suggestions to McQueenChoir@gmail.com.
The name of this organization will be the McQueen Choir Boosters (hereinafter referred to as the Boosters). The Boosters will maintain affiliation with both Robert McQueen High School and the Washoe County School District. The Boosters will abide by all Washoe County School District and McQueen High School policies.
The Boosters is a voluntary, non-profit corporation, incorporated under the laws of Nevada and section 501 (c) (3) of the Internal Revenue Code. The Boosters is an organization of choir parents and the McQueen Choir Director.
The mission of the Boosters is to provide a forum that fosters effective communication, cooperation, financial support, physical assistance and good fellowship among all parties involved with the Boosters. The stated goal is the implementation, support and fulfillment of McQueen Choir activities that are necessary for a successful and healthy choir program.
All parents of students currently enrolled in the McQueen Choir program are eligible to vote upon topics presented at monthly meetings, special meetings, and at other such times as deemed necessary by the executive board and the McQueen Choir Director
A quorum shall consist of the President or First Vice President, one additional officer, and five (5) voting members present at a regular or special meeting.
Regular meetings will be held monthly unless the executive board (Officers) and the Choir Director decide otherwise, in advance.  The day, time and location of the regular meeting will be determined at the beginning of each school year and may be changed at the discretion of the Officers and Choir Director.  Notifications of the regular meetings will be provided via one or more of the following sources: The McQueen Choir Boosters website, Emails from the McQueen Choir Boosters, and/or as announced during class and the student is instructed student to advise his/her parent(s).  A minimum of seven days advanced notice of a Regular Meeting is anticipated.
Officers’ meetings will be held on an as needed basis.
The elected officers of this organization will be President, Vice President, Secretary, and Treasurer.  The Choir Director (and his/her designee) is a member of the executive board.
  • The term of office for the each elected position will the one (1) year, ie. May 1st through April 30th.
  • Minimum qualification of elected officers:  Each officer must have at least one student enrolled in a McQueen High School Choir class throughout the officer’s term in office.  The officer’s student(s) must be current on all Choir fees.
  • Each officer, with the exception of President, will be elected in April by the voting membership.  Nominations will be accepted in March during the Regular Meeting and by email to the McQueen Choir Boosters.  A slate of nominees will be presented to the members and voting will be occur, during the April Regular Meeting, by secret ballot.  Each member has one vote.  The outcome will be determined by a simple majority of votes cast. If a nominee is running unopposed, he/she will be deemed elected without a vote.  The newly elected officers will assume their offices as of May 1st.
Vacancies in an elective office will be filled by appointment by the Officers and the Choir Director. Each member so selected will serve out the unexpired term of his/her predecessor.
  • Officer’s Duties:  All officers will perform the duties specified in the by-laws and/or delegated to them by the voting membership.
  • Choir Director of McQueen High School
a.(Pending input from Mrs. Burt)
  • President
a.Will be the chief executive officer of the McQueen Choir Boosters.
b.Will preside at all meetings of the voting membership.
c.Will be a standing member of all committees.
d.Will assist the incoming President during the transition months of May and June
  • Vice President
a.Will perform the duties of the President in his/her absence.
b.Will assist with the nominating of officers for the following school year.
c.Will become President of the McQueen Choir Boosters the following May 1st.
  • Secretary
a.Will record the minutes of all Boosters meetings.
 b.Will have custody of all papers and records belonging to the Boosters unless otherwise specifically provided for.
c.Will have the right to delegate any of these duties.
  • Treasurer
a.Will have general charge and custody of the Boosters financial books and records.
b.Will receive, deposit and/or disburse funds as directed by the voting membership.
c.Will keep and maintain adequate and correct accounts of the financial transactions of the Boosters and provide an accounting of the finances at each Regular Meeting.
d.Will prepare and present a proposed budget at the regular meeting in September.
The Boosters’ principle office is fixed and located at Robert McQueen High School, Choir Department, 6055 Lancer Street, Reno, NV 89523. The mailing address is also 6055 Lancer Street, Reno, Nevada 89523.
The fiscal year of the Boosters shall be from January 1 through December 31.
The properties and assets of this non-profit organization are irrevocably dedicated to charitable and educational purposes. No part of the net earnings, properties, or assets of this Boosters, on dissolution or otherwise, shall inure to the benefit of any private person or individual or any member or director or officer of this organization. On liquidation or dissolution, all properties and assets and obligations shall be distributed and paid over to an organization dedicated to charitable and educational purposes, provided that the organization continues to be dedicated to the exempt purposes as specified in Section 501 (c) (3) of the Internal Revenue Code of 1954.
All funds received by/for the McQueen Choir Boosters will be deposited to the credit of its accounts in depositories designated by the voting membership. Monies received will be used for defraying the expenses of the Choir and Boosters activities under the direction of the voting membership.
  • All reimbursement funds should be disbursed by check within 10 days of receipt of a properly executed and submitted Booster Expense Voucher.
  • All requests for reimbursement must be submitted within 30 days from the date the expense was incurred.  Unless prior written approval by the McQueen Choir Boosters has been obtained, vouchers or expenses submitted after 60 days will be deemed to have been donated and the Boosters will provide you with tax deduction receipt upon request.
  • All purchases using the Booster’s bank debit card must be accounted for with an Expense Voucher and a copy of the receipt(s).
  • All checks, drafts, or other order for the payment of money, and all notes or other evidences of indebtedness issued in the name of said Boosters in excess of $200.00 will be signed by the Director or Treasurer, and any one (1) of three (3) other officers.
  • All primary expenses will be voted upon at regular Boosters meetings.
  • At the discretion of the majority vote of the Executive Board, including the Choir Director, the Treasurer may make a one-time emergency disbursement of funds between regular monthly meetings. The authorizing officer may not sign the check.
The rules contained in the latest edition of Robert’s Rules of Order shall govern the Boosters in all cases to which they are applicable and in which they are not inconsistent with these By-Laws and any special rules of order the Boosters may adopt.
Subject to the limitation of the laws of the State of Nevada, the Articles of Incorporation may be amended, new By-Laws may be adopted, or these By-Laws may be amended or repealed by a majority vote of the voting membership at any session at which a quorum is present and voting, according to the provisions of these By- Laws.
These By-Laws and future amendments thereto, unless otherwise specified, shall become effective immediately upon adoption.
Reno, Nevada
October 2014