Tour 2015: The Gulf



The Choirs of Champlin Park have a 22-year tradition of biennial tours to share a music and culture exchange with important destinations outside of Minnesota.

DESTINATION
The Gulf of Mexico, Austin, and San Antonio, Texas

TRAVEL DATES
Departing from Champlin Park on Friday, March 27.
Returning Thursday, April 2.

PARTICIPANTS
All choir students in Concert, Treble, and Chamber Choirs and Bel Canto and Rebel Men are eligible to participate in the tour.

Participants must complete and return the following forms:
A single choir made up of all participating students will rehearse outside of school according to the schedule below to prepare four to eight pieces to share with tour audiences. Performances, exchanges, and clinic opportunities will be posted here as they’re arranged.
  • Tour Choir Rehearsal - Sunday, March 1, 2:00 - 4:30 p.m., Choir Room
  • Tour Choir Rehearsal - Sunday, March 8, 2:00 - 4:30 p.m., Choir Room
  • Tour Choir Rehearsal - Thursday, March 12, 6:00 - 8:00 p.m., Choir Room - CANCELLED (Go Rebels!)
  • Tour Choir Rehearsal - Thursday, March 19, 6:00 - 7:30 p.m., Choir Room
  • Tour Parent Meeting - Thursday, March 19, 7:30 - 8:30 p.m., Auditorium
  • Tour Choir Rehearsal - Tuesday, March 24, 6:00 - 8:00 p.m., Choir Room

TRIP DETAILS
  • Road Trip – A pair of coach buses will take us 24 hours across the Great Plains.
  • Hotel Stay – Students will room with three friends at a nice hotel with a pool.
  • Food – About half of your meals will be on your own, but breakfasts and most evening meals will be included.
  • Activities – The Gulf of Mexico area plus Austin and San Antonio have countless opportunities for fun, adventure, and great experiences. Watch this space for more details.

WHY GO?

Because it’s fun. You’ll learn a few things. And you get to hang out with your friends for a week! We’ll see some cool stuff, share some great music, and return home safely with great memories.


CHAPERONES
Ms. Tempel and five other adults will chaperone the students throughout the tour.

COST
Tour cost: $975.

FUNDRAISING OPPORTUNITIES
  • Asking family and close friends to support your tour is the best way to raise funds. They care the most about you having a good experience and may be willing to help you pay for a great trip. Gifts from family and friends give you 100 percent profit.
  • Group activities like grocery bagging, car washes, and carol singing also give you 100 percent profit, but tend to raise fewer dollars and need to be divided among the number of students participating. These types of fundraisers require good organization from parent volunteers. If you’d like to help organize such group activities, please contact Ms. Tempel. 
  • Several product sales will be available during the fall and winter, including poinsettias, fresh fruit and candy, and frozen pizzas and desserts. Product sales are great opportunities to ask your neighbors and co-workers, your parents’ friends and co-workers, and other acquaintances to help support your trip. Profits on these items range from 15 to 40 percent, so it is recommended that you not ask family and close friends to participate in these sales if they are not very interested in the products. Consider asking for a donation instead.
PAYMENT SCHEDULE
  • Deposit Due Monday, June 9, 2014, $100
  • Payment Due Monday, September 8, 2014, balance up to $350
  • Payment Due Tuesday, October 21, 2014, balance up to $500
  • Payment Due Tuesday, December 2, 2014, balance up to $700
  • Payment Due Tuesday, January 6, 2015, balance up to $800
  • Payment Due Thursday, February 12, 2015, balance up to $975
  • Continue Saving for Spending Money before March 27, 2015, about $150
All deposits and payments are made to CPHS Vocal Music Association.
Individual student balance information will be posted regularly on the choir room bulletin board.