Concert Choir (CP)
Grades 7-8 (one-semester or full-year option)
Students in Concert Choir learn to read and understand music as well as develop a higher level of choral musicianship in various styles and languages. The course prepares singers for more advanced levels of choral singing, advances their vocal range and production, and equips them to sing choral music in unison in two-, three-, and four-part harmonies. Choral repertoire includes sacred, popular, gospel, spirituals, and classical styles. Students use their talents to serve the Lord in concert, festival, ministry, and performance opportunities. The course is designed to help students grow in the grace and knowledge of Christ through the study of His creation of music and memorize significant portions of his Word through the means of sacred music.
Chamber Singers (CP) 1/2 or 1 credit
Grades 9-12 elective
This High School mixed choir is a performance-based class for students with an interest in singing developing their abilities. This course functions as preparation for Choral Ensemble or as a rich choral opportunity for students who are beginning their study of the choral arts. Students discuss and listen to singers/choirs of jazz, gospel, and classical musical idioms. Performance events include the winter and spring concerts, school assemblies, competition performances at a regional amusement park, area schools, and nursing homes. Singers also receive instruction in ear training, music fundamentals, sight-reading skills, and vocal production.
Choral Ensemble (CP) 1 credit
Grades 10-12 elective
Admittance to Choral Ensemble is by audition only and exists to provide our advanced singers an opportunity to sing a wide variety of choral literature in four-part or more harmony, with and without accompaniment. The course provides the opportunity to sing expressively from memory and perform authentically in different languages. The students develop skills in choral blend and balance, basic music theory, and sight-reading. The ensemble has opportunities to represent the school and our Lord through public performance in chapel services, regional and state choral festivals, winter and spring concerts, a concert tour, community civic events, TV appearances, and area churches, schools, and nursing homes. The class also helps prepare students to enjoy singing in college, church, and community choirs, and throughout life. (Additional fees: Interim trip $750; tuxedo/formal dress required.) Prerequisite:Audition; participation in Chamber Singers recommended.