Choral

In Tune

Music education is a vital part of becoming roundly educated and prepared for life. In chorus, students learn creative and critical thinking, problem solving, and personal responsibility every day. These lessons are inherent in every music class and are skills which will be advantageous to students long after high school. 

The department’s goal is that each student will become the finest musician he or she is capable of becoming. Through the process of progressing as an individual singer and as a member of the performing ensemble, the student will gain an understanding of how music is put together as a composition. Also, he or she will gain a respect for great performers and performances as the class discovers what is required to perform. This respect and appreciation will last throughout life. 

In addition, students learn interpersonal skills and the ability to motivate and influence a group to work together toward a common goal. Marist singers are successful because they take pride in doing their absolute best every time.


Courses

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  • Girls Chorus (FA201: Grade 7)

    This three-term course is composed entirely of younger female voices and designed for those girls who demonstrate a beginning to moderate level of ability in pitch retention, rhythmic accuracy, and vocal production. During the course of the year, the girls will develop reading music at sight, many varying music theory concepts such as dynamics, rhythm, note names, and singing in two- and three-parts. Performances include the Foundations Fall, Christmas, and Spring Concerts in addition to the Sacred Choral Concert in February.

    This course fulfills the first year of the 7th and 8th grade music requirement and must be scheduled for three consecutive terms.
  • Boys Chorus (FA203: Grade 7)

    This three-term course is designed for 7th grade male students demonstrating a beginning to moderate level of ability in pitch retention, rhythmic accuracy, and vocal production. Vocal technique, intonation, blend, vowel placement, diction, and sight-reading are developed. Performances include the Foundations Fall, Christmas, Sacred, and Spring Concerts.

    This class fulfills the first year of the 7th and 8th grade music requirement and must be scheduled for three consecutive terms.
  • Advanced Girls Chorus (FA205: Grade-8)

    This three-term course is designed for 8th grade female students demonstrating a moderate to early advanced level of ability in pitch retention, rhythmic, accuracy, and vocal production. Vocal technique, intonation, blend, vowel placement, diction, and sight-reading are developed. Continued study of music theory concepts such as tempi, cut time, compound meter, and rhythmic and melodic dictation are provided. Performances include the Foundations Fall, Christmas, and Spring Concerts in addition to the Sacred Choral Concert in February.

    This course fulfills the second year of the 7th and 8th grade music requirement and must be scheduled for three consecutive terms.
  • Advanced Boys Chorus (FA207: Grade 8)

    This three-term course is designed for 8th grade male students demonstrating a moderate level of ability in pitch retention, rhythmic accuracy, and vocal production. Vocal technique, intonation, blend, vowel placement, diction, and sight-reading are developed. Performances include the Foundations Fall, Christmas, Sacred, and Spring Concerts.

    This course fulfills the second year of the 7th and 8th grade music requirement and must be scheduled for three consecutive terms.
  • Chorale (FA241-243: Grades 9-12)

    This one-, two-, or three-term course is designed for those high school students with moderate ability in vocal skills and music reading. Music sight-reading and tonal production are a main focus for the term as is octavo preparation for concerts. The ensemble sings SATB, SSA, and TTBB throughout the year in the many performances which include the Fall, Christmas, Sacred, and Spring Concerts.
  • Chamber Chorus (FA252-253: Grades 11-12, plus Grades 9-10 by audition)

    This one- or two-term course is designed for students with the highest level of vocal skill and music reading. Exposure to advanced and divisi literature and a cappella singing will be taught throughout the year.
  • Honors Marist Singers (FA261-263: Grades 9-12 by audition only)

    Honors credit for Marist Singers is earned every term that a student is enrolled in, and selected by audition from, Chorale (FA241-243) or Chamber Chorus (FA252-253). Marist Singers is a yearlong commitment. Marist Singers must enroll in Chorale or Chamber Chorus for at least one term during the school year. Additionally, students are expected to attend Tuesday and Friday morning rehearsals before school.
    The ensemble studies and performs vocal jazz repertoire and must devote adequate time at home for music preparation. Marist Singers performs at the Fall, Christmas, Sacred, and Spring Concerts, as well as at Open House and other off-campus events. Auditions take place in May for the following school year.

    Prerequisites/Co-requisites: Audition in May of the previous school year. Required enrollment for a minimum of one term in Chorale (FA241-243) and Chamber Chorus (FA252-253).
  • Introduction to Music Technology (FA148: Grades 9-12)

    This one-term course will introduce the concepts of music technology and its use in current music production methods. Students will manipulate MIDI protocol and create multi-track compositions and song accompaniments using sequencing software. Students will also analyze formal elements of music and learn correct operational techniques for sound reinforcement systems. Students will explore acoustics, audio recording and its applications, music theory, and other music-related topics as they implement current technology.

    This course may be repeated for elective credit.

List of 2 members.

  • Photo of Sharon Coheley

    Mrs. Sharon Coheley 

    Teacher & Choral Director
  • Photo of Timothy Johnson

    Mr. Timothy Johnson 

    Teacher

Marist Singers

Marist School

3790 Ashford Dunwoody Road, NE
Atlanta, GA 30319-1899
(770) 457-7201
An Independent Catholic School of the Marist Fathers and Brothers