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Choral Department

SFHS School Of Arts Logo in red with pictures representing each departmentPurpose: To provide all high-school chorus students of Cumberland County an environment where they can develop their musical skills and knowledge to the fullest in all possible musical genres.

Participation: Participation in the Academy is open to all high school students in Cumberland County. Students must meet the following requirements for admission to the 71st Arts Academy in Chorus:

  • Students must complete an application.
  • Students must complete a placement audition.
  • Current principal, guidance counselor and/or teacher must fill out recommendation letter.
  • Students may continue to participate as long as they complete all requirements of the program. This will include successful progression through the performance requirements of the orchestra program.
  • Each student will be required to take at least one chorus class per year and fulfil all the requirements. The director will assign the class.
  • Participating students will also maintain a 3.0 average in Arts classes while in the Program and a 2.7 overall average while in the program.
  •  Students will be expected to demonstrate proper behavior within the entire educational environment.
  • Academy students will be required to take the Honors Level Chorus classes usually in Grades 11-12.
  • Students that fall short of any of the academy requirements may be removed from the program. In most instances, the student will be placed on probation and given a chance to improve any deficiencies first. This includes student conduct.

Auditions: Auditions will be held in March for the next school year. Each student will:

  1. Sing a selection from two different musical periods demonstrating various styles. (Accompaniments are allowed but not required. The Arts Academy will not provide accompaniment for you. If you choose to use a pre-recorded accompaniment, sound equipment will be provided.)
  2. Complete a short written theory test that will help to determine the student’s musical knowledge and ability.
  3. Sight-read to demonstrate current sight-reading ability.
  4. Complete an application, including an essay.

Reassessment: Students will be re-evaluated each year based on their growth in their technique and performance.

Classes and Ensembles: Chorus students at 71st High School may participate in the following classes.

  • Vocal Music I – Available to all students who show a desire to enhance their music ability through choral music
  • Vocal Music II – Available through audition only
  • Vocal Music Honors III and Vocal Music IV Honors -These classes are open by audition only to students who have demonstrated a desire to continue enhancing their vocal skills through public performances as an individual and in a group. This is a required class for AEA students
  • Vocal Music III & IV – These classes offer the student further knowledge and application of choral techniques and sight-reading skills.
  • Vocal Ensemble I & II – Only for students who have developed an acceptable level of vocal techniques and sight-reading skills.

Travel, Enrichment and Honors: Academy participants will be given an opportunity to participate in special educational trips and performances to enhance their musical knowledge. Students will receive special graduation recognition at graduation from the Academy. Students may also become a member of the Tri-M National Honor Society.

Published by Betty Houghtaling on October 15, 2019