Grandville offers choir coursework for sixth through 12th graders.
Middle School Course Descriptions:
CHOIR 7: Students will demonstrate proper vocal technique through the performance of unison, two-part, and three-part music of several styles and historical periods. Music theory and sight singing will be studied on a daily basis. Grades are based largely on participation and effort while a portion is derived from theory and written work. Attendance is mandatory for all performances.
CHOIR 8 (Full Year Course) This course is the bridge between middle and high school choir and is a full-year course, meeting every day. Students build on what they have learned in 7th Grade Choir. There are three major performances which feature either ethnic and holiday, classics and traditional or show choir and light jazz. Unlike 7th Grade Choir, students will participate in the District Festival Event. Grades are based on rehearsal attendance and commitment, written work, performance skills and self-discipline. Attendance is mandatory for all performances.
High School Course Descriptions:
GHS SINGERS 1 Yr. (9th-12th) This choir is the “junior varsity” choral group to Chamber Choir. Students can be selected from this choir to sing with the Chambers. It is a group which includes women and men. Students must audition to participate. Students learn more advanced singing techniques and music theory. Students perform at Festival and in all other concerts.
CHAMBER CHOIR 1 Yr. (10th-12th) This is the most selective choral group. Students must audition and have written permission by the director and their parent/guardian to join. It is limited to 26 with 4 alternates who perform in another choir until an opening becomes available. The group includes women and men. Students learn advanced singing technique and music theory. Students perform at Festival and in all other concerts.
VARSITY WOMEN’S CHOIR 1 Yr. (10th-12th) This choir features only women’s voices. Students can be selected from this choir to sing with the Chambers. Students must audition to participate. Students learn more advanced singing techniques and music theory. Students perform either at Festival or Solo Ensemble and at all other concerts.
JAS CHOIR 1 Yr. (9th -12th) . This choir is the only choral group that meets Tuesday night, Wednesday night and Friday mornings before school and once during the week at a special time depending on each student’s individual schedule. This choir is select with 26 members and 4 alternates. A group of musicians which includes a drummer, lead guitarist, bass guitarist and pianist can participate without singing. Singers must audition and have written permission to participate by their director and parent/guardian. Students do not have to be in Choir to be in this group. Students can be in this group and another performing group of Band, Choir or Orchestra. Students in this choir are serious about pursuing a career in fine arts. This choir features music that is Vocal Jazz, Acapella and Show Choir. It has 4 components – (1) performance, (2) a specialized project each student decides to pursue (EX: music theory, voice lessons, piano lessons, costume design, set construction, fine arts media, etc), (3) career planning (a yearly field trip to visit fine arts options in areas like musical theater, management, media, therapy, historic preservation, performance, etc. and (4) an internship by taking on a responsibility for the Choir’s annual spring Revue Show (EX: publicity, producer, stage manager, props manager, house manager, lighting, media, student director, costume manager, etc.)