Does singing make you happy? Do you have a nice voice? Do you enjoy making friends & becoming part of a strong team? You don't have to have a solo voice to be in Choir. All those voices blended together make beautiful music!!!
Choir at DMS is offered to students in the 6th, 7th and 8th grades. The course is designed to be a full-year endeavor. Many auditions are held during the Fall semester, but Festivals for All-State, Honor Choir, State Performance Assessment, and Solo & Ensemble are not held until Spring semester. This allows students time to learn how to use their voices appropriately and to sight-read.
Beginner Chorus is designed for 6th grade students who enjoy singing but who do not take private music lessons. Intermediate Chorus is for 7th and 8th graders. Students in 6th, 7th or 8th grade may audition for Advanced Chorus. The audition will consist of vocal warm-up to determine voice range, a simple sight-reading example and a song of your choice (2 minutes or less). Students are welcomed and encouraged to sign up for Chorus. In DMS choir we sing music of all types; come join us!
For more information, please view the course descriptions provided below.
6th Grade Students
The Beginning Choral Music program is designed to enhance the musical creative and expressive qualities of all students. Beginning Chrous is a yearlong ensemble open to all sixth grade students. Students in this choir will learn the fundamentals of singing and music theory through daily activities and practice. Students will also gain basic musical and historical knowledge. Students participate in daily rehearsals and perform in one evening concert per semester as well as various school assemblies and State Choral Performance Assessment. Optional Honor Choirs are available.
7th and 8th Grade Students
Intermediate Chorus is open to all 7th and 8th grade students. This course allows students who enjoy singing to strengthen and explore their voice through performance. The core curriculum emphasizes the basics of vocal technique, sight-reading, music theory, and music history while broadening listening skills and experiencing the interrelated nature of music with other cultures and content areas. Mandatory graded performances include one evening concert per semester, school assemblies and State Choral Performance Assessment. Optional Honor Choirs/All-State auditions are available.
6th, 7th and 8th Grade Students
Required Fee: $40
Advanced Chorus is a course designed for highly motivated choral students to apply musical skills as they continue to create and experience performance through a choral ensemble. Students will continue developing master of solfege, major and minor scales, sight-singing and multipart harmonies. Students will convey musical interpretation with the use of dynamics and phrasing, while incorporating facial expression and movement for refined presentation. Mandatory graded performances include one evening concert per semester, school assemblies and State Choral Performance Assessment. Optional Honor Choirs/All-State auditions are available.