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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.

    • Beginning Chorus
    • Intermediate Chorus
    • Proficient Chorus
    • Advanced Chorus

Travel, Enrichment and Honors: Academy participants will be given an opportunity to participate in special educational trips and pe

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Published by Betty Houghtaling on August 28, 2020