Concert Choir


FOXBOROUGH HIGH SCHOOL VOCAL MUSIC

Concert Choir Syllabus: General Information and Expectations
Vocal Music Director: Mr. Raymond
www.foxborochoir.blogspot.com
Email: foxborochoir@gmail.com / raymondb@foxborough.k12.ma.us

Introduction:
Hello vocal music students!  For those of you returning--welcome back!  For those of you who are new, my name is Mr. Raymond, and I am your new high school choral music director.  I was a graduate of UMass Amherst and the University of New Hampshire, and I am thrilled and honored to be your vocal music director.  My goal is to help each and every one of you realize and surpass your singing goals, and I will work to provide you as many fun, memorable, and enriching performance experiences as possible through a wide range of music.  Through these performances, we can continue to grow and develop our choral music program. I highly encourage student leadership, and I always welcome your ideas.  You can speak with me either in person or via email if you ever need anything.  Welcome, and I wish you a wonderful school year!

Overview
Concert choir is the primary choral ensemble at Foxborough High School.  During our time together, we will sing a wide variety of music from different styles, time periods, languages, and composers both accompanied and acapella.  We will perform for a variety of audiences including community, peers, middle schoolers, as well as festivals.  Any student who has taken at least one year of Concert Choir may join the "Chamber Choir" section which performs in an additional two concerts.  Any student in Choir (regardless of grade/age), can also join Jazz Choir.  Treble Jazz Choir is non-auditioned, and Honors Vocal Jazz is auditioned during the first week of school.

CP vs Honors Section
Any student may elect to be in either CP or Honors section of Concert Choir.  Honors section students will be held to a slightly higher standard of assessment overall versus CP level.  All Chamber Choir students are in "Honors".

Ensemble/Course Requirements:
-  All students will need to register an email address with Dropbox in order to receive all practice tracks and audio files.  You are highly encouraged to "subscribe" your email address to the website.  Emails and website posts will be the primary means of communication.

-  Always bring your music and a pen/pencil to every rehearsal
-  Required Concert Dress Attire (covered on p.2).  Keep your outfit clean for all performances
-  Maintaining proper Vocal Health to the best of your abilities

Sectionals:
Sectionals will take place bi-weekly during the Fall Term, and will gradually increase to weekly sessions mid-way through the year.  Sectionals run from 2:15-3:00pm.  If you have a sports conflict--I am very flexible and will allow you to either come to a different sectional, setup a time to meet with me, or submit a vocal assessment. 

Required Concert Attire:
The concert attire listed here is required of all Choir Members to be worn at performances and festivals.

There will be a group order at the beginning of each school year for the Women.  Students will bring in a check and your entire Concert Outfit (Blouse, Skirt and Necklace) will be ordered for you.  Female Section Leaders will assist new members in selecting the proper size.

Once you have your Concert Outfit, you may use it throughout all 4 years of high school provided that you don't need a different size.

Women:
Black Knit Blouse from Formal Fashions
Black Knit Skirt from Formal Fashions
Faux Pearl Necklace from Formal Fashions

Men:
Black Suit with Jacket and White Dress Shirt
Black Shoes and Black Socks
Yearly Concert Tie (Section Leaders will select the tie and an order will be placed)

Choir T-Shirt
At the beginning of every school year, any student may opt to create a yearly T-Shirt design using the website: www.customink.com

Students will vote on a design and T-Shirts will be ordered for every choir member.
T-Shirts are to be worn at less formal occasions including recruitment events and fundraisers.

Honors Festivals
Members of concert choir may audition for honors festivals.  The junior district festival is open to freshman and senior district festival is open to any students grade 9-12.  Only 6 singers per voice part may audition for Senior Districts.  Priority will be given to upperclassmen and honors students as well as those that are actively practicing and preparing for auditions.  Audition practice sessions will be held on Wednesdays throughout the Fall.  Additionally, I am available for individual and group practice sessions as well as mock auditions. 

All-State
In order to audition for All-State, students must audition for Senior Districts and achieve a score high enough to get a “recommendation” to audition for All-State.  All-State auditions are in January and the annual festival is in March in Boston.


Leadership 2016-2017
Leadership is an essential part of Choral Program!  Leadership positions in Concert Choir take the form of E-Board Members and Section Leaders.  While there are leadership "positions", we are all part of one big team and everyone's ideas and opinions matter regardless of position, grade, age, or section.  Same is true for the leadership team.  All leadership team members (Section leaders and E-Board) are required to attend weekly Friday morning leadership meetings.

Section Leaders
Section Leaders: upper classmen veteran choir members who were chosen and are available to assist anyone who needs it regardless of grade.  These leaders might call upon members of their section for various reasons including student-led sectionals and optional social gatherings.  They are also available for help on a small group or individual basis

2016-2017 Section Leaders
(note: parts could change)
Sopranos                  Altos                          Bass/Men
Carly Rayburg          Jessica Hoyt            Ryan McCormack
Sophia Isaza            Sophia Mellen          Jack Lovely
Kelli McCarthy          Faith Perry              Keith Pham
Julia Metivier            Sophia Prinos
Caleigh Servaes      


E-Board
Chosen around the end of September.  Anyone may run for a position by doing three things:

1) Submit a letter of intent to Mr. Raymond stating position(s) that you are interested in and why you feel you would be a great fit
2)  Attend Friday morning leadership meetings

3)  Demonstrate leadership both inside and outside of the rehearsal

Definite Positions include:
President, Vice President, Secretary, Treasurer, Librarian

Potential Positions may include:
Freshmen Chair, Social Chair, Technology, (as well as other potential ideas you might have)


GENERAL CHOIR EXPECTATIONS 
-  Be Prepared:  Come to class on time and be prepared for rehearsal with your music and a pencil.  Be focused and ready to work every rehearsal.  Sometimes I move at a fairly quick rehearsal pace and it is important to pay close attention.

-  Listen:  Use the reference recordings to your advantage--listen often and seek out additional recordings

-  Practice:  Set up and maintain a consistent and effective practice routine.  Use the part tracks and audio files to your advantage.  Ask for help and seek me out if you are having difficulty.  Don’t forget to incorporate warm-ups and sight singing in your vocal work to improve your technique and musicality

-  Don’t lose your music: You are responsible for keeping track of your folder and music

-  Concert Attendance: You must be at every required performance in appropriate concert attire. 

-  Take care of your voice:  Maintaining good vocal health is key to effective and tension-free singing.  Try not to strain your voice.  Take care of yourself by drinking lots of water throughout the day and getting proper rest at night.

-  Complete Assignments on time:  There will be occasional vocal assessments (typically about once per term).  These assessments will require you to privately record your singing of the assigned section and submit via email: foxborochoir@gmail.com

-  Be Respectful:  I promise to treat all of you with utmost respect and expect the same from you and your peers.  Your opinions and ideas are valuable to me, and I will always consider them.  If you have any concerns or questions, please feel free to meet with me outside of class.  The success of this group will be a team effort, and I expect all of you to collaborate together in a respectful and positive manner. 

Use the points of balance/effective breathing:  Always strive for eliminating as much tension as possible.  Think about your breathing habits and using your air effectively throughout different musical passages

Have Fun:  I have purposely picked a variety of music to try to offer you the best opportunity to enjoy and learn at the same time.  Singing is a valuable skill that you can take with you everywhere you go.  It is my hope that you will greatly benefit from being in this ensemble, and that you will keep an open mind, work hard, and grow as a musician, student, and person throughout the school year.

Grading System
Performance Grade 60%
Practice, Preparation, Participation 30%
Vocal Assessments (Including Final): 10%


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