Concordia Lutheran High School

Vocal Music

#sadernationChoir

2017-2018 Theme Verse:

“Therefore, my dear brothers and sisters, stand firm. Let nothing move you. Always give yourselves fully to the work of the Lord, because you know that your labor in the Lord is not in vain."
     -1 Corinthians 15:58 (NIV)

 Mr. Michael Palomaki, Conductor (palomakim@clhs-tx.org)

Mission Statement:

The CLHS Music Department shares God's gift of music, strives towards choral and instrumental excellence, and fosters each student to become a cooperative creative artist.

**Audio/video files of performances can be found on the bottom of the page**

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Performing Ensembles:

Concert Choir:

The Concert Choir is Concordia’s premier vocal ensemble.  This 70-voice select SATB choir meets during 4th period four times a week.  Admission into the ensemble is by audition only (see info below).  The Concert Choir performs quality choral music at numerous concerts, chapels, and competitions throughout the year.

Chamber Choir:

The Chamber Choir is an advanced 16-voice select SATB extracurricular vocal ensemble.  Students selected into the Chamber Choir must be a member of the Concert Choir.  Auditions are held at the beginning of each year.  Four members from each vocal section (Soprano, Alto, Tenor and Bass) are represented in this advanced ensemble.  The Chamber Choir rehearses twice a week before school and performs quality choral music at numerous concerts, chapels, community events, and competitions throughout the year.

Men’s Chorus:

The Men’s Chorus consists of all males participating in the Concert Choir.  Currently, this 31-voice all-male vocal ensemble rehearses during 4th period when needed.  Membership in Concert Choir is required to be in Men’s Chorus.  The Men’s Chorus performs quality choral music at numerous concerts and competitions throughout the year.

Women’s Chorale:

The Women’s Chorale consists of all females participating in the Concert Choir.  Currently, this 43-voice all-female vocal ensemble rehearses during 4th period when needed.  Membership in Concert Choir is required to be in Women’s Chorale.  The Women’s Chorale performs quality choral music at numerous concerts and competitions throughout the year.

Treble Choir:

The Treble Choir is a non-audition ensemble consisting of mainly incoming 9th grade female singers and beginning choir singers from 10th-12th grades.  The goal of this ensemble is to teach the members the basics and fundamentals of reading music and proper choral singing.  The Treble Choir is a non-auditioned ensemble and performs quality choral music twice a year with the Concert Choir.

Highlights:

  • 4 Major Concerts per year
  • Chapel performances at local elementary schools
  • Singing in worship services at local churches
  • Honor Choir audition opportunities:
    • Private School (TPSMEA) All-State Choir
    • National Honor Choir at Concordia University in Seward, Nebraska
  • TAPPS Music Competitions:
    • 2017 - Overall TAPPS 6A Vocal Runner-Up
    • 2016 - Overall TAPPS 5A Vocal Champion
    • 2015 - Overall TAPPS 5A Vocal Champion 
    • 2014 - Overall TAPPS 5A Vocal Champion
    • 2013 - Overall TAPPS 5A Vocal Champion

 

Unique Aspects of Our Choir Program:

  • Well-Rounded Involvement: Students who participate in choir at Concordia almost always are involved in multiple different activities and sports.  We don’t limit our students to participating in one single activity for their entire high school career.  Choir students are currently also involved in every sport at Concordia as well as theater, academic team, student council and numerous other clubs and organizations.
  • Honors Program: Juniors and Seniors have the option to be a part of the Concert Choir Honors Program (graded on a 5.0 GPA scale instead of 4.0).  To be eligible for this, students will have various extra requirements to fulfill throughout the year.
  • State Choir Trip: Each spring, the Concert Choir takes a weekend trip to Waco/Austin/San Antonio to participate in the TAPPS State Vocal Competition.  The weekend trip includes the competition in Waco on Saturday, worship at St. Paul Lutheran Church in Austin on Sunday morning, and then a free day at Six Flags in San Antonio on Sunday.
  • Choir Tour: In the works are plans for the Concert or Chamber Choir to take a tour every other year, rotating with the Symphonic Band’s tour schedule. 
  • Singing Praises to God: Choir gives each and every student involved a chance to first and foremost give thanks and praise to our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ by witnessing to others through the gift of singing.  The ability to spread the Word of God through choral music is powerful and can impact lives on every level.

 

Prospective Choir Students:

  • If you are interested in being a part of Concordia’s choral program, please arrange an audition time with Mr. Palomaki through email or phone.
  • Auditions will consist of:
    • Performing an excerpt from any song of your choice OR
    • Singing “Amazing Grace” or “Beautiful Savior”
    • Checking vocal range on the piano (for proper voice placement)
    • Basic music reading questions
 

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