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It’s summer music lesson planning time!

Build your child’s music or vocal skills during the summer months!

July 1 – August 9

1) Read the parent packet,

2) complete the online application form from the link below, and

3) mail the check by May 17 (extended to May 23). If you haven't mailed the check, please do so now so the teacher can call you and schedule the lessons. Thank you!

2024 Clarence Summer Music Lesson Parent Packet - amended 5/21 for page 3, list of teachers

2024 Clarence Summer Music Lesson Program Form


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Each year, the Erie County Music Educators Association (ECMEA) holds a conference to engage in professional learning. To showcase the talent that exists in the region, the organization typically selects one or two student groups to perform for its members. I’m pleased to share that this past week, the ECMEA invited Mr. Vitello and the High School Wind Ensemble to perform four different pieces. The best part? For the fourth and final piece, Mr. Vitello invited the Buffalo Philharmonic Orchestra’s legendary Maestro JoAnn Falletta to conduct our students. As they played a movement from Alberto Ginastera’s ballet Estancia, the whole room of educators were blown away by the expertise of our Red Devil Musicians. For a taste of what ECMEA members heard, check out this video from the performance.

Teachers Heidi and C.Douglas Kohler, center right, hold up a certificate announcing their selection as Educators of the Year

CONGRATULATIONS! Heidi and Doug Kohler have received the first ever “Educator of the Year Award” from the Clarence Chamber of Commerce!


A group of seven Clarence High School students will join some of the most talented high school musicians from across the state at the New York State School Music Association’s Winter Conference in Rochester. 

The students selected for All-State musical ensembles during the conference, running from November 30 to December 3, include Justin Fan (clarinet), Samantha Gawron (violin), Lucy Hereth (percussion), Victoria Ieda (horn), Caroline Johnson (clarinet), Laura Kreher (horn) and Marissa Persons (oboe). Five additional students were chosen as alternates for the event. 

Louis Vitello, music department chairman for the Clarence Central School District, said the number of students selected was higher than usual, and credited the dedication of students and music instructors across school buildings. Vitello also noted that the selected students represent both the Clarence High School Wind Ensemble and the Orchestra. 

“It's a nice verification that what our faculty works towards is paying off, especially through the pandemic,” said Louis Vitello, music department chairman for the Clarence Central School District. “As a district, we worked really hard to make sure our students didn't lose out on instruction.”

The students’ selections come following auditions in the spring, and the conference will challenge students with a whirlwind of high-level rehearsals leading into a concert on Sunday, December 3. Being a part of the ensemble can help students connect with other talented musicians from different communities and backgrounds. 

“They bring a whole different perspective to the ensemble,” Vitello said. “It's a nice way for them to meet their peers and perform at a very high level.”

The All-State selections, reserved for juniors and seniors, becomes a major goal for students as they develop as musicians. 

“This is something that students look forward to when they come to high school,” Vitello said. “It's really a milestone that students try to achieve.”

For more than 10 years, the Clarence Central School District has received the Best Communities for Music Education award from the NAMM Foundation, which reflects schools that demonstrate exceptionally high levels of commitment and access to music education.

Are you buying your coffee every morning at Tim Horton’s or Starbucks?  Well, no need to fumble around for change anymore.  Simply use your gift card and you’re on your way!

Do you shop at Target, Tops, or Walmart on a weekly basis?  Use a gift card at check-out instead of cash or a credit card.

Do you give tips to delivery people?  We have $5 and $10 gift cards.

Last-minute gift ideas all in one shop, and you don’t have to go anywhere!

Remember, you’re not being asked to buy anything you don’t need.  Simply use your gift cards to do your normal monthly shopping!  $25 cash/check = $25 gift card.



How does it work?

Each time you purchase gift cards from our program, your child receives a profit. CHS Choirs buys gift cards at a discount.  You buy them at face value. 

For example: CHS Choir buys a $100 Tops card for $95; you buy that card from your child (aka CHS Choir); your child just made $5 and you still have $100 to spend at Tops!!!

Do this 52 weeks a year, and that contribution adds up to $260!  Remember, you’ve done nothing differently – just used a gift card instead of cash/credit / debit / check.

How do I place an order?

Raise right gift card program QR code

Simply scan the QR Code, and the Chorus Booster’s Enrollment code will auto-populate, and click “Join a Program”.
Or you can go to

Click on Join a Program and enter our enrollment code: 8A6AFB8149986

Please be remember to enter your student’s name so we can ensure that funds are allocated appropriately. 

You can also download the Raise Right APP on the App Store and Google Play to have immediate access on the go!

How quickly do I receive my order?

Orders will be submitted on the 15th of every month. It will take 4-5 days to get the gift cards.

How do I receive my order?

eCards are available immediately.  Your child will bring physical cards home after they are delivered.

Who do I contact with questions?

The gift card coordinator is Reija Godlove.  You can contact her by email at

How can I help?

SPREAD THE WORD!  Share the website with your relatives, friends, and neighbors!  They will need to shop under your account for your child to get the rebate money.