VOcal Ensembles

BULLDOG MEN'S CHORUS

Yearlong

This ensemble is open to any men who are interested in learning how to sing. In this ensemble students will acquire skills in in vocal production and musical literacy. Students in the course will gain vocal experience through ensemble singing as well as individual vocal coaching. Through singing, students will express themselves creatively, gain historical and cultural perspective by studying, analyzing, and performing music from across the historical spectrum. By working with various other vocal and instrumental ensembles in concert and by working with guest conductors and vocal coaches, students will gain an understanding of the vocal art in relation to other performance disciplines and will develop an awareness of the various facets of the music.

Prerequisite: None


TREBLE CHORUS

Yearlong

This ensemble is open to any women who are interested in learning how to sing. In this ensemble students will acquire skills in in vocal production and musical literacy. Students in the course will gain vocal experience through ensemble singing as well as individual vocal coaching. Through singing, students will express themselves creatively, gain historical and cultural perspective by studying, analyzing, and performing music from across the historical spectrum. By working with various other vocal and instrumental ensembles in concert and by working with guest conductors and vocal coaches, students will gain an understanding of the vocal art in relation to other performance disciplines and will develop an awareness of the various facets of the music.

Prerequisite: None


CANTA BELLA

Yearlong

Students in the Canta Bella are taught advanced choral and vocal technique. The ensemble performs music of all styles including classical, musical theatre, multi-cultural, pop, and jazz. Participation in this ensemble includes many performances throughout the year. A high degree of proficiency in vocal technique and advanced music reading abilities are requirements for entrance into this ensemble.

Prerequisites: None


VOCAL PERFORMANCE ENSEMBLE

Yearlong

This vocal ensemble focuses on the study and performance of the music of theatre. Students will have the opportunity to rehearse, perform, songs from the Broadway genre. Students will obtain training and skills associated with Musical Theatre singing, both in soloist and ensemble settings. Students will learn and use correct theatre and music terminology and vocabulary in written and oral discussion.  Students will achieve understanding of the historical, creative, artistic, and aesthetic aspects of musical theatre. Students will gain knowledge and understanding of the social and cultural impact of the musical theatre vocal genre on society and culture. Students will achieve a professional and personal understanding of the arts through rehearsals, auditions, performances and presentations (both written and aural).

Prerequisite: Vocal audition required


PORTOLA SINGERS

Yearlong

Portola Singers is an advanced mixed-voice singing ensemble that specializes in the performance of challenging literature of diverse genres. Membership is by audition only. Students will acquire skills in reading music notation and in vocal production. Through singing, students will express themselves creatively. During the course of the year, students will gain historical and cultural perspective by studying, analyzing, and performing music from across the historical spectrum. Through written and oral analysis of texts and music being performed, students will connect and apply analytic skills learned in other courses. Through participation in concerts and festivals, singers will respond to and assess the technical and aesthetic aspects of choral performance. By working with varied instrumental ensembles in concert and by working with guest conductors and vocal specialists, students will gain an understanding of the choral art in relation to other performance disciplines and will develop an awareness of the various facets of the music profession. Members of this ensemble are required to commit time outside of class including rehearsals, festivals, concerts, master classes, and other related events.

Prerequisite: By audition only


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