Music - Choral

Honors Chamber Singers

Membership is open to students who demonstrate superior singing and sight-reading ability via audition. Honors Chamber Singers allows select singers to refine their vocal skills in the highly demanding small ensemble setting. Students sing a variety of music written for small vocal ensembles, often without accompaniment. Students learn and practice advanced music reading skills, sight-reading music at a minimum difficulty level of 4 on a scale of 6, and gain an increased understanding of music theory. They perform small ensemble music in many styles and languages, and use critical listening skills to evaluate and refine their performances. The ensemble has a very active performing schedule and offers leadership opportunities for student conductors and soloists.

Honors Concert Choir (Women's Ensemble)

Membership is open to female students who demonstrate superior singing ability via audition. Honors Women’s Ensemble allows select female singers to refine their vocal skills in the highly demanding small ensemble setting. Students sing a variety of music written for treble vocal ensembles, often without accompaniment. Students learn and practice advanced music reading skills, sight-reading music at a minimum difficulty level of 4 on a scale of 6, and gain an increased understanding of music theory. Emphasis is on the continuing development of vocal technique and includes a review of posture, breath control, vocal range and flexibility, and diction. A broadened exposure to 3- and 4-part treble choral literature, both acappella and accompanied and of various historical eras and cultures is provided.

Chorus

Membership is open to all students without audition. Previous choral singing experience is not required. This course provides the foundation necessary for singers to progress through successive levels of choral offerings. Emphasis is on the fundamentals of singing, including tone production, intonation, and diction, and includes the development of sight-reading skills. A variety of choral literature from various cultures and historical eras is rehearsed and performed. Several evening performances are required.

Piano 1A / 1B

Course Code 6520 – 6521

Piano 2A / 2B

Course Code 6535 – 6536
Prerequisite: Piano 1A / 1B or permission of teacher

These courses are open to all students regardless of musical background. Students acquire standard piano technique and learn to read music written for the instrument. In an instructional setting that allows individuals to receive assistance as needed, students develop effective practice habits so they will be able to progress independently. Students learn to perform musical selections of gradually increasing difficulty, while also gaining skill in creative uses of the keyboard. Aspects of music theory relevant to piano performance are presented, and students will complete written theory work as part of their course requirements.

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