Choir

The Choir Program at St. Charles East

The Choir Program at St. Charles East is proud to offer nine different choirs for artists of all skill levels. In addition, there are opportunities to participate in ILMEA events.

Bel Canto
Grades 10, 11, 12 (females)
Prerequisite: Audition
This course investigates the realization of advanced choral music through vocal performance. Standard treble ensemble voicing is utilized: soprano and alto. Students are instructed and assessed in many areas of musicianship, including: sight-singing, tone production, intonation, rhythm, blending, musicality, and music theory. Bel Canto studies a variety of advanced choral music ranging from Renaissance to contemporary styles.

Cecilian Choir
Grades 10, 11, 12 (females)
Prerequisite: Treble Choir or consent of the instructor
This course investigates the realization of intermediate choral music through vocal performance. Standard treble ensemble voicing is utilized: soprano and alto. Students are instructed and assessed in many areas of musicianship, including: sight-singing, tone production, intonation, rhythm, blending, musicality, and music theory. These concepts are applied in the study of a variety of musical styles including Broadway, jazz, classical, and pop.

Chorale
Grades 10, 11, 12
Prerequisite: Audition
This course investigates the realization of advanced choral music through vocal performance. Standard mixed ensemble voicing is utilized: soprano, alto, tenor, and bass. Students are instructed and assessed in many areas of musicianship, including: sight-singing, tone production, intonation, rhythm, blending, musicality, and music theory. Chorale studies a variety of advanced choral music ranging from Renaissance to contemporary styles.

Men‘s Choir
Grades 9, 10, 11, 12 (males)
Prerequisite: None
This course investigates the realization of introductory/intermediate choral music through vocal performance. Standard male ensemble voicing is utilized: tenor and bass. Students are instructed and assessed in many areas of musicianship, including: sight-singing, tone production, intonation, rhythm, blending, musicality, and music theory. Men‘s Choir studies a variety of choral music including Broadway,
jazz, classical, and pop.

Mixed Choir
Grades 10, 11, 12
Prerequisite: Treble Choir or Men‘s Choir
This course investigates the realization of intermediate choral music through vocal performance. Standard mixed ensemble voicing is utilized: soprano, alto, tenor, and bass. Students are instructed and assessed in many areas of musicianship, including: sight-singing, tone production, intonation, rhythm, blending, musicality, and music theory. Mixed Choir studies a variety of intermediate choral music ranging from Renaissance to contemporary styles.

Treble Choir
Grade 9 (females)
Prerequisite: None
This course investigates the realization of introductory choral music through vocal performance. Standard female ensemble voicing is utilized: soprano and alto. Students are instructed and assessed in many areas of musicianship, including: sight-singing, tone production, intonation, rhythm, blending, musicality, and music theory. Treble Choir studies a variety of choral music including Broadway, jazz, classical, and pop.

Vocal Jazz Ensemble
Grades 9, 10, 11, 12
Prerequisite: Concurrent enrollment in a core choir, band, or orchestra class
Vocal Jazz Ensemble is designed for the vocal student interested in investigating the jazz genre. Students will acquire the knowledge necessary for the study and performance of introductory jazz literature. Students are instructed and assessed in many areas of musicianship, including: improvisation, critical listening, and the many styles of jazz, America‘s musical art form.

Vocal Jazz Lab
Grades 9, 10, 11, 12
Prerequisite: Audition and concurrent enrollment in a core choir, band, or orchestra class
Vocal Jazz Lab is designed for the vocal student interested in investigating the jazz genre. Students will acquire the knowledge necessary for the study and performance of advanced jazz literature. Students are instructed and assessed in many areas of musicianship, including: improvisation, critical listening, and the many styles of jazz, America‘s musical art form.

Vocal Jazz Workshop
Grades 10, 11, 12
Prerequisite: Audition and concurrent enrollment in a core choir, band, or orchestra class
Vocal Jazz Workshop is designed for the vocal student interested in investigating the jazz genre. Students will acquire the knowledge necessary for the study and performance of collegiate and professional jazz literature. Students are instructed and assessed in many areas of musicianship, including: improvisation, critical listening, and the many styles of jazz, America‘s musical art form.

Concert Attire

Attire for choir concerts is black pants and white shirts.  Gentlemen should wear a tie, black socks, and black shoes.  Ladies should wear blouses with a collar and sleeves, and black dress shoes. No leggings/yoga pants. Chorale will wear gowns over their dress clothes.