Vocal Music/Choir Strand

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Hear Credo – Schubert, Mass in G Recorded June 13, 2009, Isaac Stern Auditorium, Carnegie Hall, New York (mp3)

There is no better place to study music than the Fine Arts Academy. In addition to vocal technique and sight-singing, students also learn to play the piano and take AP Music Theory. Having piano skills is invaluable to vocalists. Here at the Academy, singers also have the exciting experience of singing with an orchestra. Vocal ensembles frequently perform masterworks with our award-winning McCallum Chamber Orchestra. Most recently, the choir and orchestra performed Schubert's Mass in G in Dell Hall at the Long Center in Austin and in June 2009 on the stage of Carnegie Hall. Some of the other major works our choirs have performed with orchestra are Vivaldi's Gloria, Faure's Requiem, and Handel's Messiah. .

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Though many members of the choirs are Academy music or theatre majors, there are five different levels, and Mr. Nelson welcomes any McCallum students who want to learn to sing. Mr. Nelson takes all five choirs to participate in the UIL Concert and Sightreading Competition. In the Spring of 2010, all five choirs earned very high UIL ratings. The two JV Girls Choirs both earned a Sweepstakes Trophy for singing a First Division Rating on the Concert Stage and in the Sightreading Room. The Advanced Girls Choir earned a Sweepstakes Trophy for the same accomplishment. The Boys Choir performed beautifully and received a First Division Rating on the Concert Portion of the contest and received a plaque for that performance. And finally, the Concert Mixed Varsity Choir received a Sweepstakes Trophy for their UIL performances. Four Sweepstakes our of five choirs -- that's certainly ending the UIL season on a high note.

beehiveSingers also have many opportunities to perform in staged productions. Once a year, every choir student performs in a staged and costumed musical review of Broadway style show tunes. On this performance, many students have a chance to sing a solo or be in a small ensemble. The musical review (called Cabaret) is a tradition and a favorite.

Students may also audition for the annual Academy musical (a collaboration of all the performing arts strands--theatre, dance, vocal and instrumental music) and several smaller musical theatre productions. These have included Music Man, Chicago, South Pacific, Beehive, Once on this Island, You're a Good Man, Charlie Brown, Anything Goes, Evita, and Fiddler on the Roof. The varsity choir and orchestra also recently performed the operetta Amahl and the Night Visitors. Additional important works that the choir has performed are Ceremony of Carols by Benjamin Britten with harp accompaniment and The Christmas Cantata by Daniel Pinkham accompanied by Brass Quintet.

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