Kennesaw Elementary School

James Brett Ward, Principal

Katrina Shirley, Assistant Principal

3155 Jiles Road
Kennesaw, GA 30144
Phone: 678-594-8172
Fax: 678-594-8174


Director - Catherine White KES Music Teacher

Chorus is an extracurricular activity available to all KES 2nd graders. However, due to a large interest in chorus, auditions are required and only 50 students will be selected to join. Auditions will be held on September 4th, 5th, and 6th from 7:15-7:45 in the music room (drop in, no sign up required). Parents must complete the permission form on-line ( ) prior to the assigned audition date (below) or have students return the paper form (sent home August 19th) to Mrs. White during their audition.
Wednesday, 9/4: Albright, Harris, and Hardwick
Thursday, 9/5: Forde (Montante), N. Smith, and Daugherty/AU/FOCUS
Friday 9/6: Dunn, Sisk, and Zimmerman
During the audition students will echo simple rhythmic clapping and sing the 1st verse of “My Country ‘Tis of Thee” from memory. We will practice this during music specials, but you can also practice at home with the video recording on Mrs. White’s blog. (
Students tardy or absent on their assigned audition date can choose another audition date. Acceptance letters will be sent home Monday, September 9th and the first day of rehearsal will be Thursday, September 12th from 2:20-3:30 in the music room.
Chorus FAQs
Tentative Performances 2019-2020
October11th KES/Big Shanty Fall Festival @BSES
October 17th KES Fall Book Fair @KES
December 6th Lighting of the Trees @Legacy Park
December 14th Christmas at Piedmont @Piedmont Church
March/April National Anthem at the Braves Game with Big Shanty Chorus @Suntrust Park
April 18th Big Shanty Festival @Downtown Kennesaw
April 23rd KES Art Show @KES
May 7th Big Shanty Garden Gala @BSES
May 8th 2nd Grade Folk Dance

Additional performances may be scheduled throughout the year.
After School Rehearsals
Chorus rehearsals are held each Thursday from 2:20-3:30 pm in the music room, starting on Thursday, September 12th. Rehearsals may be canceled or rescheduled due to early release dates or major events (Jump Rope for Heart, Field Trips, etc.).
Chorus Uniform
Chorus students are required to wear a uniform for performances. This includes: navy polo ($15 paid to the school), black pants with solid black belt, and solid black dress shoes. Students will also need a red chorus t-shirt ($10 paid to the school) to wear for outdoor performances with khaki shorts or skirt and tennis shoes. Many of these items have been donated back to the KES chorus program by previous members and are available for free as a “rental” for those families in need.
Dismissal Protocol
Car riders/walkers must be picked up promptly at 3:30 in the bus port. Students not picked up by 3:45 will go to ASP and parents will be required to pay the fee ($10 registration, $7/day). Regular attending ASP students must be registered at KES only. Some daycares pick up after rehearsals if you coordinate. Check with your daycare provider for more information.

Are rehearsals/performances required?
Yes! Not only are students learning the songs, but they are also learning the importance of fulfilling a commitment. Chorus gives the students something to be proud of; performing gives them a chance to show off all their hard work from rehearsals! 2 unexcused absences from rehearsal or 1 unexcused absence from a performance will result in being dismissed from chorus. To be excused, a written note or e-mail must be received prior to the absence (when possible) explaining the reasoning (dr. appt, illness, out of town, etc.)


Cat White, M. Music Ed.

Kennesaw Elementary

Music Specialist


“The fact that children can make beautiful music is less significant than the fact that music can make beautiful children.” - Cheryl Lavender