CHORUS NP
 
This quarter-long non-performing section of Chorus is open to those that want to gain singing experience within the school day, but who are unable to participate in the regular performances required of Advanced Chorus members. Enrollment in this section of Chorus is at the discretion of the directors in consultation with qualifying individuals and their guidance counselors.


ADVANCED CHORUS

The 160-member Spaulding High School Chorus is open to all students who enjoy singing in performance. It is an active choral ensemble which performs at many events throughout the school year. No experience is needed.  

Chorus rehearses daily from 12:35pm-1:25pm during a mini-block. Music styles range from seasonal, classical, popular, gospel, jazz and contemporary. Students are taught to read music and sight sing through vocal exercises, concert music and small and large group rehearsal settings.

Grading in chorus is listed under the curriculum link and is competency based. Assessments are based on the musical preparation of the concert music, work ethic in chorus rehearsal and the student’s ability to sing the concert repertoire.  

The first performance of the school year is the Seacoast Choral Festival in October. This concert is performed with six schools in the seacoast region and is a large exchange concert culminating in two large combined selections.

The second performance of the school year is the November Veterans Service where the chorus sings the Star Spangled Banner and other patriotic selections.  

The annual holiday Village concert is an extensive event which features a floor to ceiling two ton steel Christmas Tree with 60 singers on the tree. There are three concerts and a Good Ole Sports Senior Citizen concert in December.

Other performances include school events such as open house, holiday concerts, elementary school tour, BLAST spring concert, MIOSM, and classical winter concert. Performances are mandatory and help choral students become experienced singers and performers.  

This year the members of the chorus raised money to purchase new uniforms. The women are wearing tea length black dresses and sparkle dress shoes which have proven to look great with all of our singers. Men are wearing black dress shirts and black dress pants with red ties which are pre-tied for ease and uniformity. The men wear black dress shoes and black socks. The chorus members  absolutely love their new uniforms and have received many compliments about their new look.

Chorus is an inclusive vocal music ensemble which welcomes everyone who wishes to be part of a singing group and a large, diverse musical family.  



HOW DOES A STUDENT EARN AN "A" IN CHORUS

Each student is given concert music to read, rehearse, mark appropriately with musical phrases, dynamics, articulations, language translations, note durations, time signatures, and markings that are pertinent to their vocal part.  They are expected to take notes in class as we rehearse the music each day and take the music home to reinforce and personalize the concepts taught in class.  Students who earn an “A” (Advanced) will be able to sing their music individually with proper vocal production and intonation.  Their vocal performance and understanding of the music will showcase their musical excellence with appropriate preparation and attention to detail.



AVAILABLE SECTIONS AND CREDIT OPTIONS

STANDARD CHORUS VS. ENRICHED/HONORS
Chorus is offered at several different levels with differing expectations for each track. As the level of the track increases, so does the weighting of the credit and grade against a student's overall GPA. 

    STANDARD CREDIT
    Standard-level Chorus is the default track at which students are enrolled. At the Standard level all students are expected 
    to meet the base-level criteria for the course in order to gain the basic Chorus credit.

    ENRICHED CREDIT

    In order to take Chorus for Enriched credit, which is weighted more highly in their GPA, students must meet the 

    following additional criteria for the ENTIRE academic year:

  • Enrollment in and regular attendance at one or more of the following additional musical experiences:
    • SHS Group & Private Lesson Program
    • Private Lessons w/ 3rd Party Instructor (evidence must be provided)
    • SHS Select Choir or equivalent 3rd-party choral ensemble
  • Prepare, to a high standard, a level-appropriate piece for performance at the Honors & Enriched Recital held annually in May/June.

    HONORS CREDIT

    In order to take Chorus for Honors credit students must meet the following criteria for the ENTIRE academic year:

  • Apply and Audition for the New Hampshire All-State Festival (Acceptance to the festival is not required, but a good faith effort in audition preparation is!)
    • Enrollment in and regular attendance at one or more of the following additional musical experiences:
    • SHS Group & Private Lesson Program
    • Private Lessons w/ 3rd Party Instructor (evidence must be provided)
  • SHS Select Choir or equivalent 3rd-party choral ensemble
Prepare, to the highest standards possible, a level-appropriate piece for performance at the Honors & Enriched Recital held annually in May/June.

Failure to establish and/or maintain these criteria throughout the course of the year will result in forfeit of the Honors or Enriched credit with the student being moved back into Standard Band.



 MEET YOUR 2017-18 SHS CHORUS LEADERSHIP!

DIRECTORS
Joanne Houston
Cheryl Richardson
Ron Goodwin (Technical)

PRESIDENTS
Nate Hunt
Grace Rouleau

VICE PRESIDENTS
Kyra Bezanker
Jeremiah Richardson

SECTION LEADERS
Soprano 1: Alexa Gagne, Corin Molinaro
Soprano 2: Sophie Adams, Megan Gallagher
Alto: Gabby Ferro, Chloe Molinaro
Tenor: Dominic Lynch, Ben Laine
Bass: Nate Trueworthy, Patrick Stanley
Accompanists: Sophie Adams, Ben Laine

MUSIC LIBRARIANS
Caroline Dillon, Library Chair
Kyra Bezanker
Molly Caplette
Jenny Duong
Olivia Fieldsend
Allison Files
Dominic Lynch
Robert Miles