Chorus Department

Sarah Owens

Mrs. Sarah Owens - Director

Courses offered:

Chorus 1 - Grade Level: 9-12; Prerequisite: None

This course emphasizes the development of basic vocal techniques and skills including good posture, tone quality, breath support, diction, and attack and release. Attention is given to the elements of music including music reading. Students may have the opportunity to sing in Latin and other foreign languages. Vocal independence is emphasized and the elements of music are reinforced through the performance and study of quality literature.

Chorus 2 - Grade Level:9-12

This course is a continuation of Chorus 1. Students continue to concentrate on elements of tone, production, music reading, sight reading, ear training, and perform music of various styles and periods, utilizing the basic musical skills that have been developed previously. Students have the opportunity to sing in small chamber ensembles and develop vocal independence.

Chorus 3H - Grade Level: 10-12; Prerequisite:Chorus 2 and Instructor Approval

This course is an advanced study of vocal techniques and skills. Students continue to develop sound vocal techniques, improved tone quality, music reading , sight reading , and ear training. There are opportunities to perform solo and ensemble literature, and to rehearse and perform advanced choral works. Students may participate in county and state choral events, sing individually and in ensemble, and perform literature in foreign languages. Students in this course will be required to work with more intensity, at a deeper level, and produce a wider range of more difficult and complex material.

Chorus 4H - Grade Level:11-12; Prerequisite: Chorus 3H and Instructor Approval

This course emphasizes the study and performance of advanced choral literature from numerous stylistic and historical periods. It stresses the development and mastery of sound vocal techniques. Students continue to perform in foreign languages, participate fully in class and in numerous performances, and develop leadership skills. Students in this course will be required to work with more intensity and produce/perform more difficult material.

Vocal Performance 1 - Grade Level: 10-12; Prerequisite: Instructor Approval

This course is for the serious student who may consider a future in vocal performance. It emphasizes the development and mastery of sound vocal techniques, comprehensive musicianship, and vocal independence. Students may perform in county and state choral music events, continue to perform in foreign languages, and develop sectional leadership skills.