students

Please review each section of this page to learn what is expected of you as a member of the Choirs of W.A. Hough High School:

  • Expectations
  • Handbook
  • Google Classrooms

EXPECTATIONS FOR CHORAL STUDENTS

Punctuality

  • Come to class, rehearsals, and performances when expected to be there. Plan ahead. Get in the practice of being early. On time is LATE!


Participation

  • Proper attire, music, notebook, pencil, recording device, water bottle, etc. and full participation are required for each class and the group's success. Be mindful of others who may be affected by absences or unavailability to participate in rehearsals or performances. Communicating needs, health issues, transportation issues, etc. is vital to each individual's success and the group as a whole. If too ill to sing, each singer is still expected to be actively involved in the rehearsal process'NOT doing work for another class. Watching/listening is sometimes the best way to improve! Gum chewing and food are not allowed in the chorus room.


Good mental health

  • Maintain a positive attitude about the group, school, and life. To get something positive out of each class, be willing to give cheerfully!


Good physical health

  • Eat right. Each person is expected to get enough rest to remain alert and at his/her best. The use of drugs is taboo - tobacco and alcohol are very hard on the throat and lungs.
  • The body is each singer's instrument!


Preparation/planning

  • Record dates on home calendars and communicate required dates to other family members. It is each student's responsibility to communicate conflicts to the Director well in advance. Most rehearsals outside of class will be required and the Director will notify the students well in advance. This includes staying for the duration of the rehearsal or event. Plan work schedules and appointments around the importance of a required event for each class. Furthermore, please adhere to deadlines that are given for memorization.


Respect for leaders

  • Students, parents, teachers, judges, etc. who will be in place throughout the year to help each group excel to its fullest potential. If there is a personal issue with someone, please see the Director immediately. It is not appropriate to 'call-out' fellow peers during the scope of a rehearsal, nor is it a good idea to do this behind the back a peer or Director. Communication is very important to maintain and foster harmony within our ranks. Do so with respect for all involved.


Be a team player


INTRODUCTION TO THE HHS CHORAL HANDBOOK


Being a member of a chorus is a wonderful musical and personal experience. The main emphasis of a choral group is, of course, singing. Musicians must be disciplined, self-motivated, passionate about their art, and dedicated to work hard to improve their skills. You are now a member of an elite group of singers here at HHS—a “Howlin’Husky!” The chorus classes at Hough are built around the concept of giving and sharing as we give and share our talents with each other, and our audiences. Through this giving and sharing we receive many rewards of self-satisfaction and praise for accomplished excellence. The standards by those singers from years past has been highly set, therefore, membership in any of our choirs should be respected, taken seriously, and pridefully! Welcome!


A variety of music repertoire will be explored throughout the year, including music from other cultures, regions of the world, and songs sung in a variety of languages. The foundations of good vocal techniques, vocal health, sight reading, musicianship, etc. will be built upon previous skills learned as we progress through the year. Opportunities for solos, regional choruses, and smaller specialty groups both on and off campus will exist for students in good academic standing. As we strive to continue to build a choral music “legacy” here at Hough, expectations for members of this class will be at a very high standard.


For some of you this will be a totally new experience. Some of the veterans already know what to expect. You are an individual talent, but you are part of a much greater body of sound called a chorus. Although being in chorus is a lot of fun and very rewarding, it is a PERFORMANCE class, and requires a lot of hard work, commitment, and perseverance. Chorus requires outside work by the student, including memorization of lyrics and music, vocal exercises and music theory homework. Students need to realize that chorus is both a learning class AND a performing class.


Students are expected to perform in all concerts and related events


National & North Carolina HS Choral Music Standards

  1. Singing, alone and with others, a varied repertoire of music
  2. Performing on instruments, alone and with others, a varied repertoire of music
  3. Improvising melodies, variations, and accompaniments
  4. Composing and arranging music within specified guidelines
  5. Reading and notating music
  6. Listening to, analyzing, and describing music
  7. Evaluating music and music performances
  8. Understanding relationships between music, the other arts, and disciplines outside the arts
  9. Understanding music in relation to history and culture

google classroom sites

Choral online classrooms in google.classroom

  • Chorus 1:
  • Chorus 2:
  • Concert Choir:
  • Women's Chamber: