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Choral Department | Reneé Chapman | rchapman@overturema.org

Choir At Overture Music Academy,  we want to give students of all abilities confidence in using their voice. We believe everyone can sing and we want to help students discover the joy of singing together! The benefits of singing in choir are many – vocal development, discipline, self-confidence and a feeling of togetherness are just a few– but the greatest aim and benefit is the opportunity we have, as singers, to glorify God with our unique instruments through his incredible gift of music. 

Viva Voce

Viva Voce (“with a lively voice”) is a non-auditioned choral ensemble for students in grades 6-12 of all levels of musicianship. This choir is a good starting point for students with no previous musical experience, and a good place for more experienced musicians to develop their skills. Through the exploration of various genres and styles of choral literature, choristers will learn music history and music theory as well as develop tonal awareness, sightreading skills, and proper vocal technique. There will be a strong emphasis on the development of listening skills essential for a high quality ensemble sound. In addition to singing all together, the choir may be divided into middle school and high school groups as well as men’s and women’s groups. Students are expected to practice at home between rehearsals. Each singer’s dedication  to daily practice will strengthen individual vocal performance and thus improve the choir’s sound.  The choir will perform in concerts at the end of each semester.  Rehearsal time is 1 hr 15 min weekly.

  • Minimum Age requirement: 6th grade  
  • Required supplies: black binder (1 inch), pencil, water bottle, & small keyboard for practice at home (example of keyboard linked here)
  • Concert Attire: men – black shirt, black pant, socks, shoes; women – black shirt, floor-length skirt or long pants, black shoes
  • Recommended minimum weekly at-home practice: at least 4 times per week of 30 min each
  • Assessment is conducted twice quarterly to track student progress
  • Grades are assigned (and made available to parents) based on attendance, practice time outside of rehearsals, and in-class and out-of-class assessments.

Vox Nobilis

Vox Nobilis (“the noble voice”) is a select choir for students in grades 8-12. Students are required to be enrolled concurrently in Viva Voce.  This ensemble has a more demanding performance schedule and challenging choral repertoire, carefully selected to expose students to  varied musical styles, historical periods, foreign languages, and world cultures. Students will continue to develop vocal technique and musicianship, including sightreading and music theory,  as well as developing critical thinking skills through the analysis of musical elements, including form and text. At this level, a special focus is placed on effectively conveying, musically and emotionally, the message of the music we sing. Students will be expected to rehearse and perform using an advanced level of musicianship and self-discipline. Daily vocalizing and practice at home between rehearsals is expected of Vox Nobilis members in order to strengthen individual vocal performance and thus improve the choir’s sound. VN singers must demonstrate the highest work ethic, a commitment to excellence, a positive attitude, and the ability to work well with others. In addition to singing in each semester’s OMA concert, Vox Noblilis has opportunities to perform and compete at area events such as churches, community events, and the MTVA High School Choral Festival; certain years this includes out-of-town performance trips in addition to in-town community events. Written communication with the director regarding any scheduling conflicts is required 4 weeks prior to planned events.   Rehearsal time is 1 hr 30 min weekly.  

  • Minimum Age requirement: 8th grade
  • Required supplies: black binder (1.5 inch), pencil, water bottle, & small keyboard for practice at home (example of keyboard linked here) 
  • Student and Parent meeting (potluck dinner and swim party) on Tuesday, July 26, 2022 where we will sign commitment letters 
  • Students will be required to participate in a VN choir retreat on August 26-27, 2022.
  • Concert Attire: available from Southeastern performance apparel.  Details after registration. 
  • Recommended minimum weekly at-home practice: at least 4 times per week totaling 3 hours per week (including practice time for Viva Voce music)
  • Prerequisite: Audition and consent of director
  • Assessment is conducted twice quarterly to track student progress
  • Grades are assigned (and made available to parents) based on attendance, practice time outside of rehearsals, and in-class and out-of-class assessments.
  • Please review the Audition Packet is available here along with the music excerpt to prepare
  • SignUp Genius link is available for selecting an audition times:  https://www.signupgenius.com/go/30e0a4cafa82ba57-voxnobilis

 

Choral Department Communication

Students and parents will receive regular choir messages with announcements, reminders, and practice guidance. Please make sure you and your student are reading the email, and please feel free to contact Mrs. Chapman if you have any questions.  E-mail is considered one of our official  and main means of communicating pertinent choir info to you outside of class time. All students (and/or parents) are expected to regularly check their e-mail for important communication. It is also your responsibility to check spam filters.  Google classroom access will be a requirement.

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