VOCAL PROGRAMS AT SFC
The SFCHS Concert Choir is an elective course open to all students grade 9-12 and consists of men's and women's voices. The choir provides students with an opportunity to sing, understand, and appreciate music from a wide variety of styles, cultures, and historical periods. Emphasis will be placed on increasing the proficiency of each singer by developing skills in sight reading and enhancing the level of musicianship in rehearsal and performance. Students will study and perform music of various styles, including classical, sacred, spiritual, folk, Broadway, and pop. The Concert Choir performs at several concerts, churches, contests, and community events throughout the year. The choir competes in the Region 2 State large Group Contest in Madison, SD each spring. Solo and ensemble activities are available to interested students. Friends of the Father is an auditioned ensemble selected from Concert Choir members. Robes will be issued to all members for performances; however, each member must provide their own black shoes, socks, and pants to complete the uniform. Participation in musicals, chapels, special assemblies, region solo and ensemble contest are not required by highly recommended. Students may repeat the class for four years for credit. A choir trip is taken on a two year rotationg basis opposite the band.
Credit-1 (This is a two semester class.)
Time Allotment: One period every day.
To develop habitual proper singing
To develop efficient breath control to support good choral sound
To establish healthy vocal habits
To understand the principles of vocal resonance
To improve technical proficiency in singing
To learn proper singing diction
To communicate to others the meaning of the song
To develop self confidence in performing
To sing a variety of literature
To develop a love for music and choral singing, recognizing that music is a gift from God
Chamber Choir is an elite auditioned ensemble of 20 or less singers. The group performs various styles of music, emphasizing selections from the classical, sacred, and madrigal repertoire. Any students who can demonstrate outstanding choral aptitude, tone, technique, and sight-reading should audition, but preference will be given to Juniors and Seniors. Chamber Choir is extra-curricular and rehearses outside of the school day. The group performs throughout the year as a part of SFC's regular vocal concert schedule, as well as on their own at churches, civic organizations and speciality functions. They compete in the Region 2 Solo & Ensemble contest yearly and consistently receive superior ratings for their performances.
The advanced voice students may audition for a place in the South Dakota All-State Chorus. Following the audition process, the auditions are judged and the top singers in our school are selected to the All-State Chorus. Sioux Falls Christian is allowed to bring 2 quartets to this festival each year. Being selected and performing as a member of the All-State Chorus is an outstanding musical experience and a very prestigious honor. Music, entry fees, and travel are provided by SFC. Additional information about this activity can be accessed through the South Dakota High School Activities Association (www.sdhsaa.com).
Choir students are given opportunity each Spring to participate either as solo or ensembles for the Region 2 Solo/Ensemble Contest held at Augustana College in Sioux Falls. Students perform for and are critiqued by area judges. Solos and Ensembles prepare and perform one work by memory. Ensemble options include Like or Unlike Duet, Mixed ensemble- large or small, Girls ensemble- large or small, Boys ensemble- large or small, Madrigal, Show Choir. The SFC Soloists and Ensembles have consistently received Superior Ratings at competition.
All 6th, 7th and 8th Grade Students are required to participate in Choir/General Music. These classes meet twice a week in the Choir Room, and are grade specific. Music Theory, Appreciation, History, and Performance are all focused on. The choir portion of our curriculum provides students with an opportunity to sing, understand, and appreciate music from a wide variety of styles, cultures, and historical periods. Emphasis will be placed on increasing the proficiency of each singer by developing skills in sight reading and enhancing the level of musicianship in rehearsal and performance. Students will study and perform music of various styles, including classical, sacred, spiritual, folk, Broadway, and pop. The Middle School Choirs perform at 2 concerts throughout the year- a Fall Band/Choir Concert and "All Things Vocal"- the Spring Choir Concert. Opportunities to participate in Honor Choirs and Small Ensembles are available.