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This vocal music ensemble course is open to any student interested in singing in a group. Participating students should be prepared to perform several out-of-class and after school concerts throughout the year.
The intent of the class is to advance students’ musical proficiency through the preparation and performance of standard and contemporary choral literature, small ensemble literature, and voice-specific solo literature. The focus of the class is on full ensemble performance but individual singing is also emphasized. Music reading, sight singing, aural analysis, music history, and music theory all are part of the course as well.
Students are offered either a voice-specific private lesson or group lesson every week within the context of the class. Students are expected to improve individually through these lessons as well as prepare and amass a modest program of solo and small ensemble music.
The goal of the course is to provide students with an opportunity to perform in large and small vocal ensembles while building individual musical and artistic competency.
- Attendance and Participation in Class
- Students are expected to be punctual, come with all required materials, and demonstrate appropriate rehearsal etiquette
- Attendance and Participation in Performances
- Students are expected to be punctual, dress appropriately, and conduct themselves in a professional manner
- Progress Checks
- Students are expected to demonstrate progress from week to week during a one-on-one or group lesson with their voice-specific instructor
- Performance Evaluations
- Students are expected to evaluate live and recorded performances of professional, armature, and peer musicians
- Proficiency Evaluations
- Students are expected to demonstrate an understanding of the technical, historical, and theoretical musical concepts covered in class
- Appropriate Performance Attire (as defined below)
- 1-inch three-ring binder to be used as a note book
- Rehearsal Pencil
- Sheet music, method books, and exercise packets (discussed at onset of course)
- Recommended: Etude, solo, and excerpt books (discussed at onset of course)
- Full length black dress or full length skirt/pant and blouse combination
- Flat sensible black dress shoes (no flip-flops, athletic shoes or casual sandals)
- Black Suit (coat and slacks)
- White long sleeve button down dress shirt with a collar
- Black (long) neck tie – plain/no graphics
- Black dress shoes (no athletic or casual shoes)
- Black calf-length socks