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Choirs

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The WOHS choral program offerS a sequentially structured ARRAY of choirs that meet students of every level.

 

Women's glee

 
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description

For female students, grades 9-12, who are new to the WOHS Choral Program. Gives new students an opportunity to learn program policies and standards, as well as develop musicianship skills based on the program's academic rigor. This choir is a pre-requisite to the auditioned choirs. 

 

details

  • Directed by Mr. Yasay
  • Rehearses 1st period and a few days after-school
  • Performance obligations include Fall Concert, Winter Concert, MPA, A Cappella Show, and Spring Concert
 
 

male chorus

 
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description

For male students, grades 9-12, who are new to the WOHS Choral Program. Gives new students an opportunity to learn program policies and standards, as well as develop musicianship skills based on the program's academic rigor. This choir is a pre-requisite to the auditioned choirs. 

 

details

  • Directed by Mr. Yasay & Dr. Redding
  • Rehearses 4th period and every Thursday after-school
  • Performance obligations include Fall Concert, Winter Concert, MPA, A Cappella Show, and Spring Concert
 
 

women's chorale

 
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DESCRIPTION

For female students, grades 10-12, who have demonstrated an intermediate level of musicianship at choir auditions. This choir rigorously prepares our female singers for the advanced level by studying challenging literature and performing in competitions and festivals. 

 

details

  • Directed by Mr. Yasay
  • Rehearses 2nd period and every Tuesday after-school
  • Performance obligations include Fall Concert, Winter Concert, MPA, A Cappella Show, Spring Competition, and Spring Concert
 
 

noise complaint

 
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DESCRIPTION

For male & female students, grades 10-12, who have demonstrated an advanced level of musicianship at auditions, as well as demonstrating the ability to sing popular music. This ensemble performs contemporary a cappella music, and maintains an extremely large time commitment, with several extra rehearsals to prepare for recording media projects and performing in large-scale competitions. 

 

details

  • Directed by Mr. Yasay
  • Rehearses 3rd period and every Friday after-school
  • Performance obligations include Fall Concert, Winter Concert, A Cappella Show, Spring Competitions, Spring Concert, as well as special community performances
 
 

bel canto

 
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DESCRIPTION

For female students, grades 10-12, who have demonstrated an advanced level of musicianship at auditions. Bel Canto is one of two flagship choirs of the WOHS Choral Program. Along with Concert Choir, they have maintained an extremely high standard of choral excellence that has earned them national recognition. They have performed at several State, Regional, and National conferences of the American Choral Directors Association (ACDA), as well as winning first place in several competitions including Heritage Festivals of Gold, and the International Music Festival in Verona, Italy.

 

details

  • Directed by Dr. Redding
  • Rehearses 5th period and every Monday after-school
  • Performance obligations include Fall Concert, Winter Concert, MPA, A Cappella Show, Spring Tour, and Spring Concert 
 
 

CONCERT CHOIR

 
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DESCRIPTION

For male & female students, grades 10-12, who have demonstrated an advanced level of musicianship at auditions. Concert Choir is one of two flagship choirs of the WOHS Choral Program. Along with Bel Canto, they have maintained an extremely high standard of choral excellence that has earned them national recognition. They have performed at several State, Regional, and National conferences of the American Choral Directors Association (ACDA), as well as winning first place in several competitions including Heritage Festivals of Gold, and the International Music Festival in Verona, Italy.

 

DETAILS

  • Directed by Dr. Redding
  • Rehearses 6th period and every Wednesday after-school
  • Performance obligations include Fall Concert, Winter Concert, MPA, A Cappella Show, Spring Tour, and Spring Concert 
 
 

conducting

 
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DESCRIPTION

For all students who have passed Music Theory AP.  Topics of study include conducting time-beating patterns, score study and form/phrasal analysis, understanding composers and time periods, expressive gestures, baton technique, choral and instrumental conducting.

 

DETAILS

  • Directed by Dr. Redding
  • Practices 6th period and on select days after-school
  • Conducting opportunities include Fall Concert, Winter Concert, and Spring Concert 
 
 

Auditions

 
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DESCRIPTION

     Our choral program endeavors to touch and change lives through the power of music, prioritizing the whole over the one (unity). In order to inspire our audiences with transparent performances, students of all choirs, but especially auditioned choirs, must continuously exemplify:

  • Characteristics of having a servant’s heart (humility, selflessness, caring, non-arrogant, non-self-righteous)
  • Behaviors of excellence (takes initiative, rigorous work ethic, maintains high grades in all classes, impeccable attendance, obeys rules)
  • Highest-level of musicianship (proficient in advanced levels of music theory and sight-reading)

      Students qualify to audition after successfully completing one full year of either Women's Glee or Male Chorus, where they will have learned to consistently demonstrate characteristics and behaviors aligned with our choral department's vision, as well as having developed their musicianship skills to be at the advanced level. Auditionees must be mentally, emotionally, behaviorally, and musically prepared to make a sizable commitment to our choral program, as the auditioned choirs demand a much larger time and financial commitment. Auditionees must also maintain the understanding a spot in our auditioned choirs is an earned privilege, not a deserved right, being grateful for being placed in any choir.
     Students accepted into the auditioned choirs must understand that they will be expected to participate in every performance, competition, trip, and tour, for that choir, and will be held financially responsible for completing all payments. There are absolutely no exceptions to this rule, which is why the choral department provides several fundraisers to supplement these finances. 

the audition process 

Audition Process for Women’s Chorale, Bel Canto, and Concert Choir

  1. First, the student must be in good academic standing (minimum of 2.0 GPA), financial standing (does not owe any balance to the department), attendance standing (has missed little to no classes, after-school rehearsals, and performances)
  2. Second, the student will complete the Musicianship Assessment displaying knowledge of music literacy
  3. Third, the student will sight-sing a challenging excerpt of music in a trio/quartet maintaining their voice part
  4. Fourth, the student's character and behavior will be evaluated by the directors in an interview setting


Audition Process for Noise Complaint

  1. First, the student must sing 30-45 seconds of a pop solo that best showcases their voice (no classical nor musical theatre)
  2. Second, if a student is called back after solo auditions, they will be assessed in a group setting to see how fast they can learn music and sing as part of a group