Vocal

Ms. Susan Burke

Music Education Begins Early

Fine Arts Director Susan Burke says, “Goals in my choral classroom include teaching ideas and concepts to students that will engage them and help develop a love of music. Talent and musical ability from the Lord can be carried through all aspects of life, no matter what path you choose. James 1:17 tells us, “Every good and perfect gift is from above.” What better way to glorify God than to give those gifts back to Him, as we serve and worship Him in music.”

Elementary

Students in third through fifth grade have the opportunity to participate in our elementary chorus groups, which meet once per week. Throughout the year, students learn, review, and expand-on concepts within rhythms and steady beats. Students explore the difference between singing voice and speaking voice, and match notes (or pitch) with our singing voices. They begin to hear and understand melodies and harmonies. It’s exciting to see young vocalists begin to understand how to read a score and discover articulations as they learn to perform as a group! 

Middle and High School Classes and Extracurricular Opportunities 

Middle School Chorus

Students may choose fine arts electives including our Middle School Chorus Ensemble. This group meets every-other day. In addition to two concerts per year, Middle School Chorus students compete in annual NCCSA competition.

High School Chorus

Students may choose fine arts electives including our High School Chorus. This group meets every day. In addition to two concerts per year, High School Chorus students compete in annual NCCSA competition.

High School Chorale

Students may choose fine arts electives including our High School Chorale. This group is selected via audition, and meets every day. Returning students may receive honors credit, beginning in 10th grade.

In addition to two concerts per year, High School Chorale students have competed in annual NCCSA and AACS National competition. This talented group also performs in our local community throughout the year. 

In 2018, our Chorale group performed at Carnegie Hall in New York and was invited to perform in Austria at the Salzburg Choral Festival in June 2020.

Praise and Worship Team

High School Students with vocal or musical instrument experience may audition for our Praise and Worship Team. This group practices outside of school hours, with weekly rehearsals once a week, and performs at both our middle school and high school chapel assemblies.

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