Performing Arts

 

Performance Ensembles
(ensembles are elective)

Choir 4 & 5 
This ensemble is available to students in grades four and five. It provides an excellent opportunity to learn self-discipline, group cohesiveness, and trust, as students develop their voices within a vocal ensemble. Students will learn to sing a variety of choral literature and styles from around the world in unison and some two-part harmony. Through weekly rehearsals, various musical concepts are taught with an emphasis on those skills relating to singing: correct breathing and vocal techniques (diction, blend, balance, phrasing, intonation, articulation, and tone quality). This ensemble has two main performances: Christmas and Spring Concerts. It also performs at various community events.

Choir 6, 7 & 8
This ensemble is available to students in grades six, seven and eight. It provides an excellent opportunity to learn self-discipline, group cohesiveness, and trust, as students develop their voices within a vocal ensemble. Students will learn to sing a variety of choral literature and styles from around the world in unison, two- and three- part harmony. Through weekly rehearsals, various musical concepts are taught with an emphasis on those skills relating to singing: correct breathing and vocal techniques (diction, blend, balance, phrasing, intonation, articulation, and tone quality). This ensemble has two main performances: Christmas and Spring Concerts. It also performs at various community events.

Young Mens Ensemble 
One of the newest members to our ensemble family, YME is specifically designed for the changing, young male singer in grades seven and eight. It provides an excellent opportunity to learn self-discipline, group cohesiveness, and trust, as students develop their voices within a vocal ensemble. The boys will learn to sing a music suitable for their changing voices. Through weekly rehearsals, various musical concepts are taught with an emphasis on those skills relating to singing: correct breathing and vocal techniques (diction, blend, balance, phrasing, intonation, articulation, and tone quality). The YME has two main performances: Christmas and Spring Concerts.

Chapel Choir
This ensemble is comprised of students selected by the choir director from Choirs 4 & 5 and 6, 7 & 8. The Chapel Choir rehearses to prepare music for St. James School liturgies.

Handbell Choir
Students in the handbell choir rehearse once a week, after school. Various musical concepts are taught with an emphasis on those skills relating to playing an instrument: form, technique, note/rhythm reading and bell maintenance. The Handbell Choir has two main performances: Christmas and Spring Concerts