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High School Chorus Program

Belmont High School choruses have performed at the state house on numerous occasions and have also competed in National and International competitions where they have scored consistently with Gold and Superior ratings. Students are dedicated to their art and represent Belmont’s finest vocalists.

Sean Landers, director

In addition to numerous performances per year at BHS and the surrounding communities, the BHS Choruses have performed in exciting cities across the world, including Spain (2007), England (2010) and Ireland (2012).  In 2014 the BHS Choruses will travel to Austria, where students will perform for audiences in Vienna and Salzburg.

Curricular Ensembles (meet during the school day)

Freshman Women’s Chorus

The Freshman Women’s Chorus is open to all women in grades 10-12. Previous singing experience is not necessary and no audition is required. In this ensemble, students study choral repertoire written specifically for women’s voices, representing various periods and styles of music. Special focus is placed on the work of female composers. Students will also study challenging repertoire for mixed voices to sing combined with Men’s Chorale. Emphasis is placed on development of choral sound, blend, balance, style, diction, phrasing, dynamics, tonal production support, and sight reading skills. The Freshman Women’s Chorus performs at festivals such as MICCA and ACDA, in addition to Singarama, the BHS Winter Concert, Spring Concert and the “Pops” Concert.

Women’s Chorale

The Women’s Chorale is open to female vocalists in grades 10-12. Previous singing experience is not necessary and no audition is required. In this ensemble, students study choral repertoire written specifically for women’s voices, representing various periods and styles of music. Special focus is placed on the work of female composers. Emphasis is placed on development of choral sound, blend, balance, style, diction, phrasing, dynamics, tonal production support, and sight reading skills. The Women’s Chorale performs at festivals such as MICCA and ACDA, in addition to Singarama, the BHS Winter Concert, Spring Concert and the “Pops” Concert.

Men’s Chorale

The Men’s Chorale is open to all men in grades 9-12. Previous singing experience is not necessary and no audition is required. In this ensemble, students study choral repertoire written specifically for men’s voices, representing various periods and styles of music. Students also study challenging repertoire for mixed voices to sing combined with the Women’s Chorale. Emphasis is placed on development of choral sound, blend, balance, style, diction, phrasing, dynamics, tonal production support, and sight reading skills. The Men’s Chorale performs at festivals such as MICCA and ACDA, in addition to Singarama, the BHS Winter Concert, Spring Concert and the “Pops” Concert.

Chamber Singers

Chamber Singers is an auditioned choir that studies advanced level music literature from all time periods. Students in this ensemble consistently exhibit high level musical skills, including the ability to blend, sight read, and sing with well developed vocal technique. In addition to learning the music for this ensemble, Chamber Singers also learn the literature performed by the other choral ensembles for combined performances. The Chamber Singers perform at festivals such as MICCA and ACDA, in addition to Singarama, the BHS Winter Concert, Spring Concert and the “Pops” Concert.

Co-Curricular Ensembles (after-school activities)

Madrigal Singers

The Madrigal Singers are the most active performing ensemble in the choral department with as many as twenty performances a year for community and school functions.

Jazz Choir

 

A Cappella groups

These student-led ensembles typically meet for two hours each week after school.   

 

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Our mission is to educate all students in a supportive, nurturing and challenging environment by providing them with the skills, knowledge, and opportunities for expression in art, music, drama and dance that enable them to participate actively as consumers and makers of the arts in a diverse global community.

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