Chorus

Choral Director – Dr. Kathleen Orr

Chorus class fulfills the current course requirement for fine arts.  It is meant to be a continuous course of study culminating in Honors Chorus at the senior level.  Students in chorus class learn basic skills in proper singing technique, note reading, and sound production.  Students also perform a variety of music, with an emphasis on multi-cultural and world music.  All chorus classes are performance based, requiring participation in all school, county and state choral activities as determined by the director.  Students in this ensemble must purchase selected concert attire ($69-84) which we will measure for and order in the Fall.  Some after school rehearsals are required in preparation for winter/spring concerts and adjudicated events.  Additionally, chorus class performs in the feeder concert, the winter and spring choral concerts.

Activity Fees

Please not that these fees are NOT optional. They are vital to the successful operation of the SRHS chorus. In the event of family financial hardship, please contact Dr. Orr for other arrangements.

  • $25/semester Activity Fee for Chorus
  • $15 /semester Activity Fee for A Capella groups

A Cappella Vocal Ensemble-Fortes

  •  This group of 15 – 20 men and women is our select extracurricular ensemble and performs in all concerts, trips and other events.
  •  Membership is open.
  •  The group rehearses three days a week (TBD).
  • Concert attire is determined by the participants.
  •  Fortes regularly perform for community and school functions as well as for commercially sponsored engagements..

Treble Clefs

  • The Trouble Clefs is our treble chorus consisting of soprano and alto voices.
  • Membership is open.
  • Mandatory Treble Clefs rehearsals will be during NEST on Blue Block on “A” days, and other rehearsals as determined by the director and the student members.
  • Students in this ensemble must purchase selected concert attire ($69-84) which we will measure for and order in the Fall.
  • The Treble Clefs regularly perform for community and school functions as well as for commercially sponsored engagements.

Soar (Show Choir)

  • Soar is our show choir consisting of three sopranos, three altos, two tenors and two basses.
  • Membership is by audition.
  • Concert attire is determined by the participants.
  • Mandatory Soar rehearsals will during NEST on Blue Block on “B” days, and other rehearsals as determined by the director and the student members.
  • The Treble Clefs regularly perform for community and school functions as well as for commercially sponsored engagements.

Membership

Auditions and membership in all special ensembles are open to all students.  Students do not need to be registered in a chorus class to participate in these groups.  STEM students are welcome and highly encouraged to take advantage of these NEST programs.

Rehearsals

  • “A” Days Blue Block– Treble Clefs
  • “B” Days Blue Block—Soar

Special Opportunities and Recognition

In addition to our scholarship students in the Annapolis and Chesapeake Chorales, outstanding and talented singers are recommended for membership in our Tri-M Music Honor Society chapter.  This group is made up of the best student musicians in our department.  Student members give recitals and provide musical support for other school activities in and around our community.  They are South River’s Musical Ambassadors.

Questions

For questions regarding the Chorus Program, please contact Dr. Kathleen Orr on 410-956-5600.

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