The Choral Program at Hamber has enjoyed a long legacy and continues to be a bright light in the community. Students have opportunity to develop their confidence in singing and to experience music-making in an ensemble setting. The Choral classes are performance focused; that is, all classroom efforts will ultimately be shared through concerts in the school and community. Deposit: There is a deposit of $15.00 which covers wear, damage, or loss of our Choir Music.
Fine Arts 8 Rotations
Art & Choir (XAT- -08AC)
Choir & Drama (XAT- -08CD)
These are pairs of five month courses. In Chorus 8, students will develop their vocal skills and general musicianship within a choral ensemble. Emphasis will be placed on making a confident sound, singing with solid tone, and ways of offering a musical performance. Songs will be selected from popular, folk and classical music, culminating with a performance one of the Choral Department Concerts as well as at the District Festival in March.
Chorus 9 (MMU- -09CHO)
Chorus 9 is offered to students with some musical ability, interest, and experience. Students will develop their knowledge and skills in singing, including breathing, tone, confidence, and part singing. Students will also build strategies for strong performances. Emphasis on professional standards will be encouraged through concerts, both in and outside the school.
Chorus 10 (MMCC-10)
Chorus 10 further develops musical ability, interest, and experience. The student will broaden their knowledge and skills in singing, including tone production, three to four-part harmony, and sight reading. Students will be taught professional responsibilities and approach as they engage in more performance opportunities.
Vocal Jazz Ensemble 11/12
Vocal Jazz 11 (MCMJV11)
Vocal Jazz 12 (MCMJV12)
Vocal Jazz is an enhancement course for experienced singers. Singers in this auditioned group (auditions held in early February) will develop style and musicianship skills through jazz, Latin & pop repertoire. Small ensemble and solo opportunities are encouraged, with emphasis on improvisational techniques. This vocal group has an active performance schedule, providing many concerts in our city and community. Students entering this course must have some sight-reading skills and all members must be simultaneously enrolled in Concert Choir, Chamber Choir, or Women’s Chorale. Instructor approval is required.
Women’s Chorale 11/12
Women’s Chorale 11 (MIDS-1C)
Women’s Chorale 12 (MIDS-2C)
The Women’s Chorale focuses on advanced repertoire for the female voice. Singers in this auditioned group (auditions held in early February) will expand their vocal technique to accommodate the challenging demands of the music which can range from unison singing to 8-part voicings. Professional manners in performance will be pursued as students share their artistry through select concerts in the school and community.
Senior Concert Choir 11/12
Senior Concert Choir 11 (MCMCC11)
Senior Concert Choir 12 (MCMCC12)
The Senior Choir is the largest Concert Choir of the school. The course is designed for senior students who are eager to express artistry through singing. Students will fine-tune their vocal skill, develop four to eight-part singing, embrace professional standards of performance, learn standard musical terminology, and proudly represent the school at many performances throughout the year. Opportunities for solo and small ensemble will be given. High caliber performances are a regular part of the course curriculum.
Advanced Choir Classes
There are three senior choral ensembles that are advanced in nature – Chamber Choir, Women’s Chorale, and Vocal Jazz. These classes focus on high-calibre repertoire, advanced singing technique, and focused performance practice. Entrance to these enriched choral classes is by audition which is scheduled in late January or early February.
Chamber Choir 11/12
Chamber Choir 11 (YVPA-1C)
Chamber Choir 12 (YVPA-2C)
Chamber Choir is for experienced singers who want to embrace high-caliber performance. Singers in this auditioned group (auditions held in early February) will highly develop singing skills and musicianship through a variety of advanced repertoire. This ensemble has a very active performance schedule, providing many concerts in our city and community. Students entering this course must have some sight-reading skills and/or experience in choir. Instructor approval is required.