Concert Choir

150th Schnitz
 St. Mary's Concert Choir performs at the Arlene Schnitzer Concert Hall, April 2009

Concert Choir is a class for credit (1.0 credit per year) that meets before school from 7:10-7:50 am on Mondays, Wednesdays, and Fridays. Concert Choir is open to all 9-12th grade students who like to sing. There is no audition!! The only requirement for Concert Choir is that you like to sing! 

A special note for the 2013-2014 school year:

Wednesday, September 18, 2013

 Dear Parents of Concert Choir Students,

 There are 131 beautiful girls enrolled in Concert Choir this year!  This is the biggest group we’ve ever had and I am so excited that so many girls want to sing and be a part of this group.  That being said, our rehearsal space only can seat about 110.  This being a non-auditioned choir open to everyone who enjoys singing, I am not about to hold auditions or “cut” girls who want to sing.

 Here’s the plan:

9th & 10th grade students will rehearse on Mon & Wed mornings, 7:10 -7:50

11th & 12th grade students will rehearse on Tue & Thu mornings, 7:10 – 7:50

We will alternate Fridays. (link to the calendar is below and on Schoology)

We will still all perform together at concerts and we will sing the same songs.

We will have a couple combined rehearsals before each concert.

 This new schedule will start on Monday, September 23rd.  There will be no rehearsal this Friday, September 20th.  Thank you for your flexibility and your support of your daughters’ love of singing! 


 Ms. Briggs

Click in this link to open the 2013-2014 Rehearsal and Performance Schedule
Rehearsal and Concert Schedule

Concert Choir
 Concert Choir performs at the 2011 Spring Concert

Enrollment: If you are interested in enrolling for Concert Choir you can register with Tamara Allison in the registrar's office. There will be an informational meeting the beginning of each school year for new students interested in joining Concert Choir. There will be posters around school, a note on this webpage, and announcements with the date and time of this meeting. It will most likely be during lunch one day the first or second week of school. At this informational meeting students can meet Ms. Briggs, learn about Concert Choir, and sign up to officially enroll at that time.

Please contact Ms. Briggs ( if you have any questions. New members may be accepted at each semester.

Choir stretch
Concert Choir stretches together at the beginning of their morning rehearsal.

Choir is educationally enriching and TOTALLY FUN.  But if that's not enough of a reason to join, read on!


Tone movement
Concert Choir rehearses production of a good choral tone.

Concert Choir students will discover, learn, and develop the following:

• Singing with healthy vocal technique

• Pitch matching, intonation, choral blending, harmonizing, and listening skills

• Music literacy and sight-singing/sight-reading skills

• A variety of music: everything from Renaissance madrigals to classic choral compositions to popular music of today

• Concert etiquette, stage presence, and poise

aw vowel
Concert Choir forms a tall, warm "ah" vowel in rehearsal.

The College Board identifies the arts and music as one of the six basic academic subject areas students should study in order to succeed in college.
Academic Preparation for College: What Students Need to Know and Be Able to Do. The College Board, New York.

The U.S. Department of Education lists music and the arts as subjects that college-bound students should take, stating "Many colleges view participation in the arts and music as a valuable experience that broadens students' understanding and appreciation of the worlds around them. It is well known and widely recognized that the arts contribute significantly to children's intellectual development."
Getting Ready for College Early: A Handbook for Parents of Students in the Middle School and High School Years, U.S. Department of Education.

Secondary students who participated in music performing ensembles reported the lowest lifetime and current use of all substances (alcohol, tobacco, illicit drugs).
Texas Commission on Drug and Alcohol Abuse Report.

Students with coursework/experience in music performance and music appreciation scored higher on the SAT: students in music performance scored
57 points higher on the verbal and 41 points higher on the math, and studentsin music appreciation scored 63 points higher on the verbal and 44 points higher on the math, than did students with no arts participation.
College-Bound Seniors National Report: Profile of SAT program Test Takers.  Princeton, NJ: The College Entrance Examination Board, 2001.

Music participation positively influences students' self-esteem/self-image. Music programs also provide emotional and social outlets for students as well as stimulate and promote trust and cooperativeness. Music participation can provide a variety of psychosocial benefits to many students.
Spin-Offs: The Extra-Musical Advantages of a Musical Education. Dr. Robert Cutietta, University of Arizona; Dr. Donald L. Hamann, Kent State University; Dr. Linda Miller Walker, Kent State University. Future of Music Project.


spring 2011
Concert Choir performs at the 2011 Spring Concert.

Choral singing is a life-long skill.
Many high school choir students continue singing through out college and adulthood, providing themselves with creative outlets, balance, and social connections in their lives via participation in collegiate, community, and church choral groups.

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