This level is an extension of all previously learned concepts. It is open to high school age singers and early college, ages 17-20, and middle school changed-voice boys (grade 8 and up). Singers are exposed to an expanded four-to-eight-part repertoire with an emphasis on a cappella singing.
There are more opportunities for solo, small group ensemble singing, performance of original compositions and accompaniment on musical instruments. Rehearsals are once a week with an added Sunday evening before performances and two Thursday evening rehearsals before performances, so the personal commitment of each singer and his or her family is vital to the success of the ensemble. This ensemble is also open to singers from the outside who have had previous choral singing experience. If a current singer has reached college age and is in the area, he or she is encouraged to stay in the ensemble. Furthermore, this ensemble is open to singers who are interested in studying conducting and rehearsal techniques as a further goal of entering into music education
To exhibit physical and mental stamina in rehearsal situations
To be competent and consistent in all performing demands
To be encouraging and supportive to fellow choristers
To be on time for rehearsals
To consistently bring music folders, pencils and water bottles
To maintain good attendance and be communicative with director
regarding absences and other issues of concern
To balance the demands of school, outside activities with choral
To treat SCC commitment with responsibility and integrity
To play a greater role in the day-to-day operations of the choral
To exhibit a beauty and consistency in vocal quality
To exhibit independence in part singing
To sing a diatonic scale, a chromatic scale and a whole tone scale
To sing with consistency of breath and relaxation of the jaw for
resonance and brilliance in tone production
To have ability to sight-read a simple melody with steps and skips in the treble and/or bass clefs; sight-read a song with words
To have knowledge of the basic rhythmic notations and terms f-loud, p-soft, crescendo, decrescendo, ritardando, treble clef, bass clef staff, barlines, meter (two, three, four, six), repeat signs, first and second endings, staccato, some note names; quarter, whole, half, eighth sixteenth notes and their equivalent rests; dotted rhythms (written test or oral assessment)
Tour: This ensemble is encouraged to tour when applicable.
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