This course is to instruct students who are interested in singing a varied style of music in a vocal ensemble Students will be instructed in becoming musically literate, introduced to proper singing technique, and asked to utilize all aspects of this course in a concert setting.
Upon completion of this course, students will be able to:
- Be musically literate; read note names of the treble and bass clef, know and understand key signatures, know and understand time signatures, and know and understand basic rhythmic patterns
- Sing with proper vocal technique, including expression, phrasing, breathing, and diction
- Analyze and articulate how a vocal ensemble functions
- Interest and commitment to Chorus (I do not believe this is “Just an elective.” You are committed to bettering the school environment, willing and able to participate in events that reach out to the community, and are a role model within the school.
- Acceptance of all program- related responsibilities, including:
- Preparation of assigned part in all musical selections in the repertoire
- Completion of all sung and written assessments
- Leadership responsibilities, where appropriate(especially for upper classmen)
- Consistent effort to fulfill all requirements as listed above
- Attendance at rehearsals (In order to participate in outside of school activities you must participate in the extra rehearsals)*
- Attendance at ALL performances
- Proper behaviors in rehearsals, at public performances, and whenever representing CHS Chorus
- Appreciation and consideration for all peers, directors, and teachers associated with CHS Chorus
Activities and Expectations
CHS Chorus provides numerous opportunities for performance, travel, and festivals throughout the year.
Festivals include: Junior and Senior District (auditions and festivals) & Junior and Senior SEMSBA (auditions and festivals) Please see Mrs. Shaw if you are interested in either event.
All rehearsals and concerts can be found on the the "Calendar" Page
For all Concerts:
Concert Dress: All black
Gentleman should wear: a black collared shirt, tie, and black dress pants. These items are important in your wardrobe and will be used at every concert and are a great investment!
Ladies should wear: black dress pants or skirt and top, or dress. Nothing above the length of your arms straight down. No heels higher than an inch and no yoga pants.
- Note Names (Literacy 40%): Identifies correct note names of the treble clef: (4) perfect accuracy, (3) notes are identified correctly with one or two minor mistakes, (2) consistent pattern of errors in identifying note names, (1) there is no relation between identifying notes of the treble clef and their correct names
- Key Signatures (Literacy 40%): identifies correct key signatures: (4) perfect accuracy, (3) key signatures are identified correctly with one or two minor mistakes, (2) consistent error in identifying key signatures, (1) there is no relation between identifying key signatures and their correct names
- Time Signatures(Literacy 40%): identifies correct time signatures: (4) perfect accuracy, (3) time signatures are identified correctly with one or two minor mistakes, (2) consistent error in identifying time signatures, (1) there is no relation between written measure lines and time signatures
- Rhythm (Literacy 40%): identifies correct rhythm: (4) perfect accuracy, (3) identification and written form of rhythms are mostly accurate with one or two minor errors, (2) identification and written form of rhythms are consistently inaccurate, (1) there is no relation between identification and written form of rhythms
- Sight Reading/Singing (Literacy 40%): Identifies and can play/sing an unknown piece of music: (4) over the course of the class has the ability to play/sing an unknown piece of music with little to no error (3) over the course of the class has the ability to play/sing an unknown piece of music with few errors (2) over the course of the class has the ability to play/sing an unknown piece of music with many errors (1) over the course of the class has the ability to play/sing an unknown piece of music with no accuracy
- Posture, Mouth, Eyes (Technique 25%): Displays proper singing technique during rehearsal: (4) torso is high, when singing, and ability to move air and sing is done correctly, mouth is creating proper vowel shapes, and eyes are always focused on the conductor (3) torso is high but requires one reminder during class time, mouth is often creating proper vowel shapes, and eyes are on the conductor the majority of the time (2) torso is sometimes high and requires several reminders during class time, mouth is sometimes creating proper vowel shapes, and eyes are infrequently on the conductor (1) torso is rarely high and often shows lack of proper singing posture, shows lack of proper vowel shapes, and eyes are rarely on the conductor
- Engagement (Social/Civic 25%): (4) Demonstrates collaboration, exemplary questioning skills, seeks feedback, and provides help to other, (3) demonstrates adequate collaboration, questioning skills, often seeks feedback, and provides help to others when asked, (2) poor collaboration skills, demonstrates few questioning skills, rarely seeks feedback, does not provide help to others, (1) does not collaborate, fails to question, seek feedback, or help others. Does not understand the importance of ensemble singing
- Social interaction (Social/Civic 25%): (4) Uses appropriate language and holds peers to the same standard, leads by example daily, and encourages others to be respectful, (3) often uses appropriate language and is disrespectful to everyone
- Tardiness (Social/Civic 25%): (4) arrives on time for all classes, (3) arrives on time for many classes but is tardy once or twice, (2) arrives on time occasionally but is mostly tardy, (1) is always tardy
- Performance Assessment
- (Performance 10%): (4) Attends performance; exhibits exemplary attire, behavior, and technique throughout the performance, (3) attends performance; exhibits proper attire, behavior and technique through the performance, (2) attends the performance but exhibits some proper attire, poor behavior, and poor technique throughout the performance (1) does not attend performance; exhibits poor choice in attire, behavior and technique