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Choral Music

Singing at CRLS has taken off in the past two years, and everyone is invited to join in. During the school day for credit are Chorus and Vocal Ensemble, and we also have a number of student-directed a cappella groups. Please see Dr. Stefanov for more information.

I070 Chorale
ChorusThe CRLS Chorale is open to all students in grades 10,11,12 with or without singing experience. It is designed for students who are interested in learning the fundamental principles of ensemble choral singing. We will explore two-, three-, four-part and a cappella singing formats from a variety of periods and styles of choral literature, including classical, jazz, gospel, and popular music. Emphasis will be placed on proper singing techniques. Students will also develop music theory and sight-singing skills. Students electing this course will be expected to participate in events at which the CRLS choruses perform including concerts, festivals, competitions and assemblies. Students are encouraged to repeat this course in consecutive semesters and over multiple years to continue development of their vocal performance skills. Grade: 10, 11, 12; Length: One Semester (students are encouraged to take it for continuous semesters); Credits: 10

I945 Vocal Ensemble HN
Vocal Ensemble is an advanced choir for students with above-average singing ability. It is designed for students who can sight-sing and perform advanced-level choral literature. Auditions for Vocal Ensemble are held in the spring. Students new to CRLS may audition in September. Emphasis will be placed on the study and practice of advanced singing techniques. Students will regularly perform at civic functions, school assemblies, concerts, competitions and festivals. Students are encouraged to repeat this course in consecutive semesters and over multiple years to continue development of their vocal performance skills. Grades: 9, 10, 11, 12; Length: One Semester (students are encouraged to take it for continuous semesters); Credits: 10; Prerequisite: By audition with Dr. Stefanov.

I071: Freshman Chorus
CRLS Freshman Chorus is open to all 9th grade students with or without singing experience. In this class, students will learn the fundamental principles of ensemble choral singing. The class will explore music from variety of historical periods and musical styles. Emphasis will be placed on proper singing techniques. Students will be expected to participate in events at which the Freshman Chorus performs including concerts, festivals, and assemblies. Following the completion of this class, students are encouraged to take Chorale or audition for the Vocal Ensemble. Grade: 9; Length: One semester; Credits: 10

A Cappella Choir
This student-run after school/before school course meets all year, for at least two hours per week. A cappella is vocal music performed without instrumental accompaniment. A cappella performance has enjoyed tremendous growth in popularity over the course of the last two decades because of its compelling harmonies. Groups leading the contemporary A cappella renaissance include The Persuasions, Bobby McFerrin, Rockappella, and Boyz II Men. Students are encouraged to take this course over multiple years to continue development of their vocal performance skills. Interested students should sign up with Dr. Stefanov.