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Thomas Baty

Dear Parents, Guardians, and Choir Members,

It is my sincere pleasure to welcome back our hard-working singers.  I hope that everyone has had an opportunity to resume some kind of normal activity during these last Summer months.  I know how difficult it is to strike the proper balance for living life safely in these times.  I am beyond excited to begin fresh this school year and get back to doing what we love: making music! 

I hardly need to remind anyone of the kinds of challenges we faced last school year.  As a result, there are a great many skills we will be working to catch up on including: music reading, individual and ensemble tone production, and active listening.  This year will definitely be a strange one, but I believe that there is tremendous potential for our singers to dig deep and progress beyond what we have yet experienced.  Throughout the year, it is crucial that all members approach the year with an abundance of patience and grace.  We are all trying our best to pick up the pieces as we simultaneously navigate our recovery from last year and the looming threat of new variants.   

It is always a priority of mine to maintain a cooperative and communicative network with parents.  This helps to ensure that students have premium musical experiences and a solid framework of support both in and out of class.  The best way to contact me is by email.  Please do not hesitate to do so with any questions or concerns: tbaty@helenaschools.org.   

I am so excited to be making music with the Capital High School students again, and I cannot wait to share and experience the musical achievements of another year. 

All the Best,

Thomas Baty

Director of Choirs, Capital High School