Students take choir for a lot of different reasons, but those students all have on thing in common: the like the challenge and reward that comes from singing and making music. Becoming a musician takes a lot of work, but in the end it is worth every bit of effort. The Choral Program here at HHS is designed to give you all the necessary tools and opportunities to improve your skills, knowledge, and confidence as a singer.
The HHS Choral Program has a place for everyone, regardless of grade level, previous music experience, or “natural talent.” The only requirement is that you show a sincere commitment to singing, a readiness to learn, and an attitude of tolerance, respect, and cooperation.
We know that the harder you work at becoming a musician, the more rewarding it gets and the more you achieve. Our foremost expectation is that you take charge of your own progress, that you always put forth your best effort and attitude, and that you become an expert at knowing how to learn. With these three skills in hand, you will achieve great things.
In the HHS Choral Program, the teaching and learning process is directed toward producing three primary outcomes. Like the three legs of a stool, your success as a choral musician rests equally on all three outcomes:
- You will learn the language of music.
- You will learn to use your voice as an instrument.
- You will learn the skills needed to participate in an ensemble, or group.
Acquiring the musical skills you can use throughout your life takes daily individual effort. In your choir class, you will learn the elements of musical language and will practice using that language independently through sight-singing with excellent phrasing, pitch, and rhythm. You will learn to sing with good breath support and create full, free and open vocal tone. You will practice the craft of ensemble singing through daily exercises and preparation for performance.