Wednesday, December 21, 2016

Musical Audition Information

Auditions for the NCHS Spring Musical, Big Fish, will take place January 17-18 and callbacks on January 19. Visit the Musical Page for information on auditions, including lead audition music!

Wednesday, November 9, 2016

Madrigal Dinner Tickets Now on Sale!

Tickets for the 16th annual Madrigal Dinners are now on sale to the general public!  The event will be taking place on Friday, December 2 at 6:30 pm and Saturday, December 3 at 1:00 pm (dessert only) and 6:30 pm.  
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As of this posting, the Saturday dinner has been sold out, but there are still tickets remaining for the Friday dinner and Saturday dessert show.  Price is $18 for the dinner performance and $9 for the dessert performance.

To reserve tickets, please follow this link and you will be contacted with availability by our ticket coordinators.  We hope you can join us!

Spaghetti Supper Performance Information

The annual Unit 5 Music Parents Association Spaghetti Supper is this Monday, November 14!  The spaghetti meal will be served from 5:00 - 7:30 pm.  NCHS Choirs will be performing at 8:30 pm in the Auditorium.  If you don't have tickets to the meal, a limited number will be sold at the door for $10.  The concerts in the auditorium are free of charge.

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Students need to report to either the Choir Room (Treble & Men's Choir) or Room 52 (Women's Chorale & Chamber Chorale) at 8:00 pm.  They should wear their choir t-shirt and jeans.  Tennis shoes are fine to wear for this performance.

Monday, October 24, 2016

Spaghetti Supper Tickets On Sale Now!

The annual Unit 5 Music Parents Spaghetti Supper fundraiser will be taking place on Monday, November 14 at NCHS.  Dinner will be served in the Cafeteria from 5:00 - 7:30 pm, and performances by music ensembles from Chiddix, Evans, and NCHS will take place in the Auditorium beginning at 5:30 pm.  The NCHS Choirs will begin performing at 8:30 pm.  This year's theme is Broadway musicals!  The concert portion of the evening is free, but tickets for the dinner need to purchased ahead of the event, as only 150 will be sold at the door.  Ticket order forms were handed out in class, but can also be found here.  All forms and money are due by Friday, November 4.  Checks should be made payable to Unit 5 Music Parents.  Proceeds from the event benefit all secondary music programs in Unit 5!

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Parents: we are scheduled to help in the Cafeteria from 6:00 - 7:00 pm, and they also need parent help for food prep from 3:00 - 5:00 pm.  Please visit the Sign-Up Genius page to sign up, and thanks so much for your help!

Thursday, October 20, 2016

Iron Choirs Gear Now On Sale!

NCHS Iron Choirs t-shirts and sweatshirts are now available!  Order forms are due to Mr. Luginbuhl no later than Friday, October 28.  Parents and Iron Choirs supporters are welcome to order!  Also, students will be wearing either the long or short-sleeved t-shirt for the Spaghetti Supper performance.  Students who bought a shirt last year can still wear theirs if they don't want a new one - they are the same as last year.

Tuesday, October 18, 2016

Homecoming National Anthem Details

The 225+ singers of the NCHS Choir program will be combining their voices to perform the national anthem at the Homecoming football game this Friday night, October 21!  Here's the details:
  • Students should report to the Auditorium no later than 6:30 pm*
  • Wear casual clothes - orange and black school spirit wear is preferred!  It's supposed to be cold on Friday (high of 60, low in the 40s), so dress warm!
  • We will walk as one large group to the stadium.  Students in choir will get into the game for free.
  • The anthem is scheduled to be sung sometime between 6:50-6:55 pm.  We'll sing it from the track on the 50-yard line.
  • Once we're done performing, students are free to stay for the game or leave.
  • This is a required performance!
*Students involved with marching band, cheerleading, Homecoming tailgate, etc. should meet us on the field when they see us walking out there.

This is one of my favorite events of the year!  See you Friday night!

Saturday, October 1, 2016

Fall Concert Reminders

The Fall Choir Concert is on Monday, October 3 at 7 pm in the NCHS Auditorium!  Admission is free.  

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Key of She & Voice Male:  5:50 pm, Auditorium (sound check)

Treble Choir & Men's Choir:  6:30 pm, Room 52
Women's Chorale:  6:40 pm, Room 50 (Orchestra Room)
Chamber Choirs (both): 6:40 pm, Choir Room

ALL students need to be wearing black dress shoes and socks (where applicable). No tennis shoes or flip flops should be worn.  Treble Choir ladies will pick up their robe in Room 52, and should be wearing all black from the knees down.  Everyone else either their tux or dress.

I am very excited for our first concert - see you there!

Thursday, September 22, 2016

September Newsletter

The September Choir Newsletter is now available.  Information on the Fall Concert, Homecoming, and several other upcoming events is included.  See you all at our first concert, which will be here before we know it!

Friday, September 2, 2016

ILMEA Practice Tracks Now Available

Students auditioning for ILMEA can now find practice tracks for Alto, Tenor, and Bass parts.  Soprano parts will be added as soon as I receive them.  You can access them by clicking here. 

Monday, August 29, 2016

Get Involved! Unit 5 Music Parents Meeting

The Unit 5 Music Parents are having their first meeting of the year on Tuesday, August 30 at 6:30 pm in the Normal West High School IMC. All parents of music students in Unit 5 are invited to attend and get involved in supporting the Unit 5 music program! For more information, visit their website at

Friday, August 26, 2016

Choir Parents Meeting Monday, Aug. 29

Our Choir Parents organizational meeting will be taking place on Monday, August 29 at 7:00 pm in the choir room.  I apologize for confusion on the date...another place says it is on Sept. 1, but the meeting is actually taking place on Monday night.  If you are unable to attend but would like to be involved in Choir Parents, please send me an email with your interest.  See you there!

Court Singers Auditions

Congratulations to our 2016 Court Singers!  First rehearsal is this Wednesday, August 31 from 3:40 - 5:30 pm.  Thanks to all for auditioning.

Friday, August 19, 2016

Football Concessions - Help Needed!

    Image result for help neededWe have the opportunity to raise some money for the choir program by running the concession stand at the first home football game of the year, which is FRIDAY, AUGUST 26!  This is coming up quickly and we need volunteers to help!  Parents are asked to help with the majority of the jobs - students are only allowed to be runners of food.  We are sharing the evening with the Drama Club.  It's a great time - thanks in advance for your help with short notice!

If you are able and willing to help, please sign up at this link on Sign-Up Genius.  Thank you!

Monday, August 15, 2016

Text Reminders

Image result for remind appStudents and Parents: I use the Remind app to send out texts to students, and this year I am adding a "class" called "Choir Parents."  I will use it (sparingly!) to send out information as needed via text message.  If you don't have the app, it's fantastic!  Go to your app store and look for "Remind" (it was formerly called "Remind 101").  Here's the codes to join a class:

1. Enter this number for the recipient:  81010 (same number for any class you're joining)

2.  Enter this message for whichever class you're joining:

  • Concert Choir Women (Treble Choir): @mrlugi
  • Concert Choir Men (Men's Choir): @mrlugin
  • Women's Chorale: @mrluginb
  • Chamber Chorale: @chambchor
  • Chamber Singers: @nchsmads
  • *NEW* Choir Parents:  @mrlug

3. Hit "Send." You should receive a text right away, asking you to identify yourself and your role (student or parent).  Fill that out, send it in, and you're all done!

4.  RETURNING STUDENTS:  if you've switched classes, go ahead and switch yourself on the app if you would like.  You should leave the class you were in last year and then add the class you're in this year.

If you have any questions on the Remind app, feel free to contact me!

Thursday, August 11, 2016

Newsletter - Welcome Back!

Welcome to the 2016-2017 school year!  I hope you had a fantastic summer and are as excited as I am to be making music again!  Below, please find a copy of the first issue of the choir newsletter, as well as links to the Handbook and Signature Form.  There is a separate tab for these above for future reference.  I look forward to meeting our new singers and welcome back the veterans!  See you soon!

Choir Handbook
Handbook Signature Form - DUE by August 31!

Highlights of 2015-2016

We had a great year in Iron's a recap of 2015-2016.  Congratulations to our graduating seniors - we wish you the best of luck in the future, and hope that you'll always continue singing!