About the Program

URBANA SINGERS
  • This class will prepare students for involvement in choral music while covering the beginning levels of music fundamentals and good vocal production. Urbana Singers will give the students an opportunity to sing music specifically designed for the beginning choral music student. There are required evening performances for concerts, festivals, community activities, and rehearsals that affect a major portion of the student’s assessment. Students are encouraged to utilize this entry-level vocal experience to its fullest. Upon completion, students are eligible to audition for one of the advanced choral ensembles.

CONCERT CHOIR
  • This course is designed for students who are serious about performing choral literature suitable for advanced high school singers. Intermediate vocal music techniques, music theory, and sight singing techniques will be studied in this course. Students who sing in this choir are eligible to sing in a variety of engagements on the local, state, national, and international levels. There are required evening performances for concerts, festivals, community activities, and rehearsals that affect a major portion of the student’s assessment.

HONORS CHOIR
  • Prior choral or instrumental music experience is REQUIRED. The course is designed for students who are serious about performing choral literature suitable for advanced high school singers. Many singers choose this class because they have a desire to continue with music in some way after high school. Advanced vocal music techniques, music theory, and sight singing techniques will be studied. Students who sing in this choir are eligible to sing in a variety of engagements on the local, state, national, and international levels. Participation in solo/ensemble contest, organizational contest, and IMEA is STRONGLY encouraged. There are more required outside performances in Honors Choir than in UrbanaSingers and Concert Choir.

VOCAL CHORDS REQUIRED
  • Prior choral or instrumental music experience is REQUIRED. Placement is by audition. This is an extra-curricular choral ensemble designed for students who are have an interest in performing more challenging vocal ensemble literature. This group usually is comprised of the most talented musicians in the choral program performing popular literature arranged for acapella ensembles. Rehearsals are held either before or after school for about an hour. Students in this ensemble will have the chance to tour around the country, record albums, and also perform at each high school concert.