Arts

Choir

Program

Monthly mass would not be complete without the angelic voices of our choir leading us in songful prayer.  All year the ND choir works hard to perfect their tone and overall sound as they perform at masses, concerts and school events such as open house.

Courses Offered

List of 6 items.

  • Chorus

    Chorus provides Notre Dame with a skilled vocal ensemble which represents the entire community in competition, civic events, fundraisers and Liturgies, including some at the Cathedral of Our Lady of the Angels. The course is open to all styles of vocal music and some students provide instrumental back-up. No prior knowledge of music is needed for this class, and it is open to all grade levels.

    Prerequisites/Comments - This is a performance course open to grades 9 through 12. This course may be repeated for credit. (UC “f” VPA)
  • Advanced Chorus

    For students with more extensive vocal experience, Advanced Chorus, in addition to all of the school performances, represents the school in off-campus events and enters competition in its own category. Students are encouraged to submit arrangements for the class or even arrange music themselves. Prior musical study and a basic understanding of music are expected, and an audition is required. Students will develop their technique through voice training, music theory, and sight-reading. Solo opportunities are not mandatory but are encouraged to develop individual musicianship and performance technique.

    Prerequisites/Comments - This is a performance course open to grades 9 through 12. Requires audition and instructor approval. This course may be repeated for credit. (UC “f” VPA)
  • Acappella Choir

    This ensemble is part of the Choral program and performs at competition, civic events, fundraisers and Liturgies, including some at the Cathedral of Our Lady of the Angels. This choir focuses on the style of a cappella music (no instruments) and uses voices to create the effect of a full accompaniment. This style is emulating that of Pentatonix, Straight No Chaser, Home Free, etc. Prior musical study and a basic understanding of music are expected. Solo opportunities are not mandatory but are encouraged to develop individual musicianship and performance technique.

    Prerequisites/Comments - This is a performance course open to grades 9 through 12. Requires instructor approval, and at least one semester of prior enrollment (including Middle School) in an ensemble. This course may be repeated for credit. (UC “f” VPA pending)
  • Voice Techniques

    This course is designed to teach students how to use their instrument to expand your range and expression, and how to become more confident in performances. This course is designed to be for all skill levels from beginner to the seasoned performer, as it includes beginning, intermediate, and advanced pedagogy of the voice and music theory. This course also includes much performance time in the styles of Pop/Rock, Jazz/Blues, Musical Theatre, and Classical.

    Prerequisites/Comments - Open to all students. (UC “f” VPA pending)
  • AP Music Theory

    This advanced placement course is designed to provide students with a learning experience equivalent to that of a first-year college course in music theory. Students will develop the ability to listen, notate, perform, create, and analyze the cognate areas of music as presented in a musical score, following the precepts of the Common Practice period of music.

    Prerequisites/Comments - Grades 11-12/ Prior training in music through lessons or participation in instrumental or vocal ensembles or private lessons. All students interested in taking this course must take an entrance exam to validate skill level. Instructor permission required. (UC “f” VPA pending)
  • Music Technology

    This course will introduce students to the uses, concepts, techniques, and terminology associated with technology in music composition and recording. The student will gain experience with current hardware and software for music sequencing, notation, synthesis, recording, sound design, and music performance practice. This class is also designed as an introduction to music fundamentals, notation, and theory through computer technology, such as MIDI, online and software applications, and digital recording. Students will produce original compositions, arrangements, and compilations using Garageband, Finale, and Audacity software.

    Prerequisites/Comments - Open to all students. No prerequisite needed. (UC “f” VPA pending)
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