Choir

2012 MMEA Program

The 2011-2012 chamber choir, Una Voce, was honored to perform an outstanding concert at the Missouri Music Educators Conference and Workshop. The concert featured music from Nelhybel, Janequin, Britt, Delarmente and an arrangement of True Colors by Matthew Brown.

FRESHMAN WOMEN’S CHOIR
The freshman Women’s Choir is a select auditioned ensemble. A variety of musical styles is presented. Work includes singing exercises to build and strengthen the voice, improve diction, breath support and resonance. Music Theory and Music History are also included in daily instruction. Sight singing technique is practiced on a daily basis. Additional work includes singing in small ensembles, written tests, singing tests, and required evening performances. Several early morning rehearsals will also be required. This class meets 3rd hour daily.

MEN’S CHOIR
The Men’s Choir is a select, auditioned ensemble of men grades 9-12. The curriculum is designed to help young singers understand and develop the changing male voice, ear-training, sight singing skills, and competency in reading three and four part voicing. A variety of musical styles is presented. Work includes singing exercises to build, strengthen, and carefully guide the voice through its change to improve diction, breath support and resonance. Music Theory and Music History are also included in the daily instruction. Sight singing technique will be included on a daily basis. Additional work includes: singing in small ensembles, written tests, singing tests, and required evening performances. Several early morning rehearsals will also be required. This class meets second hour daily.

WOMEN’S CHOIR
The women’s choir is a select, auditioned choir of women, grades 10-12. The curriculum is designed to help young women further develop freedom, beauty and maturity in the singing voice. It is also designed to empower singers with more advanced ear training, sight-singing skills and competency in reading four part and double choir voicing. Phonetics of various languages and a variety of musical styles are presented. Work includes singing exercises to expand the range and flexibility of the voice, improve diction, breath support and resonance. Music Theory and Music History are also included on a daily basis. Additional work includes singing in small ensembles, written tests, singing tests and required evening performances. Several early morning rehearsals will also be required. This class meets 6th hour daily.

CONCERT CHORALE
The Concert Chorale is an advanced mixed choral ensemble for the dedicated and serious musicians, grades 10-12. Concert Chorale provides opportunities for the further development of a mature singing voice and sight singing independence. Students perform a variety of choral compositions of contrasting periods and styles: major works and double choir works are included. Students continue to expand their musical knowledge through the study of Harmony, Melodic and Harmonic Dictation, and Music History. Guest performers and clinicians are occasionally utilized in the rehearsal setting. Expectations include a sincere desire to improve understanding and technique. Some out of school rehearsal and activities occur though out the year. Students are required to attend all performances. This class meets 4th hour daily.

CHAMBER CHOIR (UNA VOCE)
This choir meets during their lunch period (for 20 minutes) and one evening a week. Students must be enrolled in Concert Choir to audition and are selected by the director. These students are auditioned in February of the previous year. This class is for the highly motivated and talented choral musician. Students are required to purchase a tuxedo and evening gown for this ensemble. Only the most advanced choral music is performed. It requires many outside performances for the community; therefore, the singer must maintain an exceptionally high grade point average. Optional credit is granted for this course.

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