Incoming Juniors & Seniors
in 2018-19

EHS juniors and seniors may audition to be considered for one of the advanced choirs, or may elect to sing in one of the non-auditioned Varsity Choirs.

Auditioned Choirs: Bel Canto, Cantemus,
& Concert choir

Juniors and seniors who desire an advanced choral experience are eligible to audition for placement in either Concert Choir, Bel Canto, or Cantemus. Placement in one of these choirs is based upon voice type, skill-level, and ensemble-readiness, as demonstrated through previous choir participation, assessment data, and auditions.


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Bel Canto

Register for 9-12th Grade Choir MU4X02S1, MU4X02S2
PREREQUISITE: Audition
GRADE: 10, 11, 12
LENGTH: Full Year, S1 and S2
MEETS REQUIREMENT FOR: Fine Arts Elective
OUT OF CLASS WORK: Periodically
FEE: None

Bel Canto Choir (10, 11, 12) is a two-semester, auditioned choir designed especially for the rehearsal and performance of three and four-part treble music (soprano I, soprano II, alto I, and alto II). Repertoire for Bel Canto ranges from advanced traditional choral literature to contemporary pop arrangements. Auditions with the directors are required in the spring. Vocal technique and basic sight-reading skills are part of each rehearsal. When applicable and appropriate, fundamentals of music theory and music history are reviewed. Attendance is required at each performance, which includes the Fall Concert, Masterworks Concert, and the Happenin’ Concert or a spring concert featuring only Bel Canto.


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CANTEMUS

Register for 9-12th Grade Choir MU4X02S1, MU4X02S2
PREREQUISITE: Audition
GRADE: 10, 11, 12
LENGTH: Full Year, S1 and S2
MEETS REQUIREMENT FOR: Fine Arts Elective
OUT OF CLASS WORK: Periodically
FEE: None

Cantemus Choir is an auditioned choir designed especially for the rehearsal and performance of three and four-part tenor-bass music (tenor I, tenor II, baritone, bass). Repertoire for Cantemus ranges from advanced traditional choral literature to contemporary pop arrangements. Auditions with the directors are required in the spring. Vocal technique and basic sight-reading skills are part of each rehearsal. When applicable and appropriate, fundamentals of music theory and music history are reviewed. Attendance is required at each performance, which includes the Fall Concert, Masterworks Concert, and the Happenin’ Concert, or a shared spring concert with Bel Canto.


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Concert Choir

Register for 9-12th Grade Choir MU4X02S1, MU4X02S2
PREREQUISITE: Audition
GRADE: 11, 12
LENGTH: Full Year, S1 and S2
MEETS REQUIREMENT FOR: Fine Arts Elective
OUT OF CLASS WORK: Periodically
FEE: None

Concert Choir SATB (11, 12) is a two-semester, auditioned choir for mixed voices that focuses primarily on the rehearsal and performance of advanced standard choral literature from the Renaissance through the Twenty First Century. Auditions with the directors are required in thespring. Vocal technique and sight-reading are stressed in every rehearsal. When applicable and appropriate, fundamentals of music theory and music history are reviewed. Attendance is required at each performance, which includes the Fall Concert, Winter Jubilee, Masterworks Concert, Current Jam, and Commencement.


Non-Auditioned choirs: Varsity Choir SSA
& Varsity Choir TTB

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Varsity Choir SSA

Register for 9-12th Grade Choir MU4X02S1, MU4X02S2
PREREQUISITE: None
GRADE: 10, 11, 12
LENGTH: Full Year, S1 and S2
MEETS REQUIREMENT FOR: Fine Arts Elective
OUT OF CLASS WORK: Periodically
FEE: None

Varsity Choir SSA (10, 11, 12) is a two-semester, non-auditioned choir for 10th-12th graders (soprano I, soprano II, and alto - SSA) that seeks to develop good vocal techniques through rehearsal and performance experience. The study of music theory, music history, vocal technique, and sight-singing are also incorporated into rehearsals. Repertoire for Varsity Choir ranges from traditional choral literature to contemporary pop arrangements. Attendance is required at the Fall Concert, the Winter Masterworks Concert and the Happenin’ Concert in the spring. Additional combined rehearsals may also be held outside the school day in preparation for each individual concert.

Varsity Choir TTB

Register for 9-12th Grade Choir MU4X02S1, MU4X02S2
PREREQUISITE: None
GRADE: 10, 11, 12
LENGTH: Full Year, S1 and S2
MEETS REQUIREMENT FOR: Fine Arts Elective
OUT OF CLASS WORK: Periodically
FEE: None

Varsity Choir TTB (10, 11, 12) is a two-semester, non-auditioned choir for 10th-12th graders (tenor I, tenor II and bass – TTB) that seeks to develop good vocal techniques through rehearsal and performance experience. The study of music theory, music history, vocal technique, and sight-singing are also incorporated into rehearsals. Repertoire for Varsity Choir ranges from traditional choral literature to contemporary pop arrangements. Attendance is required at the Fall Concert, the Winter Masterworks Concert and the Happenin’ Concert in the spring. Additional combined rehearsals may also be held outside the school day in preparation for each individual concert.

CHORAL AUDITION & PLACEMENT INFORMATION

It is our goal to place singers in the appropriate choir based and their skill and readiness.  For students seeking membership in one of the auditioned choirs, the following factors are considered in choir placement:

  • Evaluation of rehearsal skills throughout the school year
  • Evaluation of singing assessments throughout the year
  • Mid-year evaluation
  • Mid-year audition (Jan/Feb)
  • End-of-year audition (May/June)

Choir students will be given feedback periodically throughout the school year, as well as after the mid-year audition to identify strength and weaknesses.  Students will be notified of final choir placement for the following school year via U.S. Mail in early June.

Additional opportunities for juniors & seniors

  • 9th-12th grade TTB Ensemble (weekly extra-curricular chamber choir)
  • 10th-12th grade SSA Ensemble (weekly extra-curricular chamber choir)
  • Chamber Singers
  • All-State Choir
  • Edina Men’s Chorus
  • Spring Concert Special Acts
  • Holiday Season Caroling
  • National Anthem Singers