MHS Concert/Chamber Choir

Mashpee High School Concert and Chamber Choir 
2014 GOLD METAL RATING - Great East Music Festival

Welcome everyone to the Mashpee High School Choir Page!  Here you will find a repertoire list, festival information, classroom expectations, and grading policy.  Students will receive this information on the first day in a syllabus.  If there are any questions, please contact me!  Please check the site often for news and updates.

2015-2016 Repertoire List
Please consult the links to the right as a reference to practice and learn your parts!  The selections may change as the school year progresses; however this list will give you the basic idea of some of the music that we will be looking at this year. 

Concert Choir: 
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 Chamber Choir:
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For detailed information, please click the "Festivals" Tab on the home page.
There will be several choir festivals that you may choose to audition for.  These include All-Cape, Junior and Senior Southeast District, and All-State.  This is an exciting opportunity for you to potentially work with a variety of incredible conductors and participate in an honors ensemble outside of the school district.    In order to audition, you must either see me or write your name on the signup sheet.  There will be weekly group practice sessions outside of school and eventually “mock auditions” that are highly recommended if you plan on auditioning.  Anyone may audition for a festival regardless of experience or ability.  Consult the calendar for audition dates and locations.  Please see me if you have any questions!


You are to wear a classy all-black outfit.  Either 1) full length dresses or 2) dresses/skirts that are knee length or lower with black tights or 3) black dress pants with a black top. 
Black dress shoes/flats.
No Sleeveless tops. NO Yoga Pants.  No Sneakers.  No low-cut shirts. No Bare midriffs.

Black dress pants, black shoes, black socks.  White dress shirt with a dark tie.  
No White socks.  No Sneakers.  No Sandals.

1--Be Prepared:  Come into class on time and be prepared for rehearsal with your music and a pencil.  Be focused and ready to work every rehearsal.

2--Don’t lose your music: You are responsible for keeping track of your folder and music…if you feel that you may lose it, leave it in the chorus room!  If there is a problem, please see me.

3--Be Respectful:  I promise to treat all of you with utmost respect and expect the same from you and your peers.  Your opinions and ideas are valuable to me, and I will always consider them.  If you have any concerns or questions, please feel free to meet with me outside of class.  The success of this group will be a team effort, and I expect all of you to collaborate together in a respectful and positive manner. 

4--Actively Participate:  Be attentive and actively involved in rehearsal.  Follow along in the music even when a different part is being rehearsed.  If a part is giving you a hard time, feel free to ask me to go over it again or see me outside of class for help!

5--No Phones/Ipods during rehearsal

6--No Food/Drinks other than water: You are encouraged to bring water to rehearsal.  If you need to use the bathroom or get a quick drink, please do so discretely.

7--Concert Attendance: You must be at every required performance in appropriate concert attire. 

8--Complete Assignments on time: Assignments will be given periodically throughout the year.  All students must complete the assignment on time.

9--Have Fun:  I have purposely picked a variety of music to try to offer you the best opportunity to enjoy and learn at the same time.  Singing is a valuable skill that you can take with you everywhere you go.  It is my hope that you will greatly benefit from being in this ensemble, and that you will keep an open mind, work hard, and grow as a musician, student, and person throughout the school year.
Grading System

Class Participation Grade (60%)

Each student begins with 100 points at the beginning of each term.  Points are deducted when students fail to comply with music policies/classroom expectations as stated in the syllabus.  At the end of each quarter the point total determines the class participation grade.  Major problems such as continually forgetting or losing music will deduct up to 5 points.  Smaller behavioral problems will deduct 2 points.

Performance Grade (30%)

Students are REQUIRED to be present at all performances including concerts, community performances, assemblies, graduation, and any other event that arises throughout the school year.  Students will come to performances in appropriate concert dress.  If this is a problem, please see me way in advance! It is essential that we establish a reputation of excellence and professionalism throughout the school and community.  In order to accomplish this, full attendance is essential at all performances!  In the circumstance that you must miss a performance, you must request permission and submit a signed letter from your parents.

Assignment/Exam Grade (10%)

There will be various assignments as well as a midterm and a final exam.  The mid-term and final exams will cover basic concepts discussed over the course of the term.  There will be a review prior to each exam.  Assignments may vary and can take the form of student created warmup exercises, evaluative reviews, topic research, sight singing, and theory.

Letter Grading System:
90%-100% = A
80%-89%   = B
70%-79%   = C
60%-69%   = D
0%-59%     = F

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