A select choir that performs a cappella repertoire. Audition required.
The Longhorn Legends is an auditioned group of 7th & 8th Grade girls that sing a cappella music (see below for definition) at Lamar Middle School. They perform at Lamar MS choir concerts, area sports games, community events, and Lamar MS events.
Auditions are during the 3rd week of school. A sign up sheet will be put out in the choir room during the 2nd week of school. Students need to prepare a song of any style and genre to perform for Mrs. Tusant. During the auditions, the students will be asked to harmonize in various forms. Students must be able to sing harmony by themselves, and hold their note in order to be a member of this select group.
The Longhorn Legends will rehearse at least 2 times a week out of school time, and have at least 2 Saturday rehearsals during the school year.
This select group will be held to a higher standard of behavior and rehearsal. They work on more difficult music, so commitment level is very important in this group. Contact Mrs. Tusant for more information.
The History of A Cappella Music
The origin and creation of a cappella music is impossible to pin down. After all, cavemen humming to themselves were singing a cappella. What matters most, like languages, is when the music was written on paper (or stone). One of the earliest examples of sheet music was discovered on a cuneiform tablet dating back to 2000 B.C. From what scholars can tell, it describes a piece of music written in a diatonic scale. Just recently, one of the earliest known scores for polyphonic music (music written with more than one vocal or instrumental part), written around the year 900 A.D., was discovered and performed at St John’s College, University of Cambridge.
The use of a cappella music gained popularity, especially in western music, largely in part to religious institutions. Christian churches predominantly performed Gregorian chant throughout the medieval period and well into the renaissance period. Composers like Josquin des Prez (1450-1521) and Orlando di Lasso (1530-1594) expanded beyond chant and composed polyphonic a cappella music. As more composers and artists flocked to Rome (the capital of cultural enlightenment), secular music called madrigals appeared. Madrigals, the equivalent of today’s pop music, were unaccompanied songs sung by two to eight singers. One of the most prolific and perfecters of the madrigal was composer Claudio Monteverdi, one of the top 8 renaissance composers. His madrigals show an evolving compositional style — a bridge connecting the renaissance period to the baroque period. The madrigals composed later in his career became “concerted,” meaning he wrote them with instrumental accompaniments. As time progressed, more and more composers followed suit, and a cappella’s popularity diminished.
Definition of A Cappella
a cap·pel·la - /ä kəˈpelə,a kəˈpelə/
- without instrumental accompaniment.
- (especially of choral music) sung without instrumental accompaniment.
Literally translated: "Like the Chapel"