LCHS Choral Wardrobe FAQs
- How do I get my child fitted for his/her choral attire?
- How much does choir wardrobe cost?
- Will I need to alter the wardrobe?
- How do I clean the choir wardrobe?
- What shoes and socks should my singer wear?
- How should my child’s hair be styled for concerts?
- Should my daughter wear jewelry?
- Will my child need to bring wardrobe to an event, or will they always wear it to concerts?
- Any further questions?
Most wardrobe fittings will take place during class. If necessary, we will announce a fitting day after school or on a Saturday. This will be communicated through Constant Contact and to students in class. At the end of the school year, singers should turn in their cleaned attire only if they are graduating, moving to a new choir with a different dress or vest, or if they need a new size. A clothing rack will be available in the choir room on which students may hang their cleaned outfits.
We ask that families donate $35 per singer per year to the wardrobe fund. The system is basically a rental program, whereby a singer is fitted with attire, and can update size as need be through the year. Used items are returned to our inventory. In addition, the fund will pay for new clothing items needed for our inventory, buttons, dress pins for the Chamber and Concert Choir girls, and any other wardrobe expense incurred over the course of the school year.
Families with financial concerns should speak to Dr. Brookey to discuss accommodations.
You will likely need to HEM the dress, pants legs and/or Jacket sleeves. Do not cut the hem, but fold and stitch it gently. Local dry cleaners will hem the clothing for a reasonable fee if you are not handy with needle and thread. If you feel more alterations are needed, please contact the wardrobe chair to see if better fitting attire can be found for your singer.
DRESSES should be hemmed 1.0 inches above the floor with shoes on.
PANTS should be hemmed .5-1.0 inches above the floor with shoes on.
Please clean wardrobe after each use, and also before turning them in to be added to our inventory of used items.
All dresses can be machine washed and dried.
Please have tux jackets, tux pants, vests, and ties dry cleaned.
All singers must wear BLACK formal shoes. NO SNEAKERS! Women’s shoes must be CLOSED-TOED and can be either pumps with a low heel or flats. Women must wear BLACK tights (not knee highs), and men must be in BLACK socks.
6. How should my child’s hair be styled for concerts?
All singers’ hair must be away from their faces and up, if long enough for that. If possible girls should put hair in a bun or top knot. Ladies, if your hair is long enough for a 3 inch or longer pony tail, it’s enough for a bun. Please take some time to practice in advance of a concert, and it’s best to have these key items before you start:
- ponytail band/holder
- styling hair pins/”bun pins” (U-shaped, used to conceal edges of bun and connect it to the rest of your hair)
- standard bobby pins, of a color close to your hair color (used to keep shorter, layered, or fly-away hair flat)
- hair spray or hair mousse, also to keep hair smooth and flat
One suggested technique is described in the video to the right. Note: you don’t need to use a hair net, since the girls won’t be dancing!
If pony tail is too short to twist, you can try gathering the ponytail a little lower on the back of the girl’s head. If it’s too short still, you can make a “fountain” by letting the hair in the pony tail fall evenly on all sides of the ponytail holder, then tuck the ends underneath and pin down – a hair net would help with this.
Concert Choir and Chamber Singers have custom earrings as part of their wardrobe. Women’s Ensemble has a custom necklace. Jewelry costs $25. Details will be available at the beginning of each school year. There is no custom jewelry for 7/8 girls, but they may wear simple stud earrings if they choose.
There are times your child will need to CARRY all wardrobe items with him/her. This may be for a tour or a festival. Each singer must have a garment bag with his/her name on it, and ALL pieces of their wardrobe should fit well in that bag, INCLUDING SHOES and SOCKS/TIGHTS.
The CPA provides each singer with a garment bag with our choral department logo on it. This is a gift to each student, and he or she may keep the bag after they leave the program as a souvenir of their time singing at LCHS. If your child loses his or her bag, a replacement bag is available for $20.
Mona Massabki, Wardrobe Chair
mona *AT* massabki.net