The Concert Choir is a group for students who want to be part of a choral ensemble made of all 3 grade levels (instead of our separate 6th, 7th, and 8th grade choruses) who enjoy singing and can attend rehearsals during homeroom 2 days per week. This is also the group for students in band, orchestra, general music, or music appreciation to be able to sing since students can only be in one music class in their regular schedule. Concert Choir typically learns 2 or 3 songs of their own that they perform at our chorus concerts, and last year they traveled with the band and orchestra to HersheyPark to sing in the Music in the Parks festival.
Anyone interested in joining Concert Choir should plan to attend a meeting on Tuesday, September 19 during homeroom, and make arrangements with parents for a ride to stay after school until as late as 4:00. During homeroom, we will meet in the auditorium to go over the song and discuss the meeting times and attendance policy for being in the group. We will then go downstairs to the hallway outside of music room A011 for auditions. Students may leave once they have done their audition or work on homework in the hallway until a ride arrives.
ScHEDULE & ATTENDANCE POLICY
Most rehearsals will take place during Homeroom on Tuesdays or Thursdays, with a few exceptions depending on the school calendar and high school commitments for Mr. Cloonan. There will be an attendance check in form to verify attendance each rehearsal. If a student misses more than 3 rehearsals that are not excused (absent from school, another teacher needs them for homeroom), they may be asked not to perform with the group.
Rehearsal dates are as follows during homeroom (2:30-2:50PM) in Room A011:
Tuesday, September 26
Thursday, September 28
Tuesday, October 3
Thursday, October 5
NO TUESDAY, October 10 (HS students at County Chorus festival)
Thursday, October 12
Tuesday, October 17
Thursday, October 19
Tuesday, October 24
Thursday, October 26
Tuesday, October 31
Thursday, November 2
Thursday, November 9
Tuesday, November 14
Thursday, November 16
Tuesday, November 28
Thursday, November 30
NO TUESDAY, DECEMBER 5 (HS students performing in afternoon)
Thursday, December 7
Tuesday, December 12
Thursday, December 14
Tuesday, December 19 MORNING during period 3 in Auditorium on stage
Perform Tuesday, December 19 on Chorus Concert
Students will be asked to sing the first verse of "America (My Country 'Tis of Thee)." They may come in with a partner to give them confidence, but each person will sing alone. Students will be scored on ability to: match pitch, sing in tune, and use good breath support.
Here's a video with a children's choir singing the melody:
This is a video of the music on the screen with just the piano playing in the background for you to practice singing alone:
Concert Choir is an auditioned ensemble, open to all students in grades 6, 7 and 8, and includes students in chorus, band, orchestra, and music appreciation classes. The Concert Choir has minimal rehearsal time – meeting only 20 minutes during homeroom two days per week. We also meet at least once a month after school! Concert Choir performs during each of the regular choral concerts as well as at Arts Alive, Veteran's Day assembly, and for the School Board. Additionally, they participate in the High Note Festival at Carnegie Mellon University each year and consistently earn superior ratings for their performances.