• Bloomsburg High School Chorus

     
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    Covid Updates

      Please bear with us as we navigate the best plan for health and safety of our students.  All students will be social distanced when they are rehearsing indoors in the auditorium or outdoors.  Mask policies are in place.  Due to the limits on gatherings, the holiday concert will most likely be virtual. Hopefully, we will welcome you back into the auditorium for the Spring and Pops Concert. Time will tell.  All in-person PMEA festivals have been canceled.  A virtual option is being considered.  County Chorus for this year has been canceled. Due to the uncertainty of spring, the drama program will present multiple plays instead of a musical for this year only.

     

    Annual Holiday Concert is scheduled for December 17th at 7:30pm.  Most likely, this concert will be virtual this year!

     

    Annual Spring Concert is May 6th at 7:30pm in the High School Auditoirum 

     

    Annual Pops Concert is May 25th at 7pm in the High School Auditorium.

     

    Dear 2020-21 Chorus,

    Welcome to Chorus!  Bring a love and passion for singing and a drive for choral excellence to our new home, As you return from a quaratine, BHS looks the same but will function a bit differently.  Masks and social distancing are the norm. The auditoirum seating has been set up to accomodate 6 foot x 6 foot seating for inclimate weather.  Otherwise, we will be rehearsing outside on the floodwall and baseball field for chorus.  These changes are to keep you healthy and still offer a rich education. We will need to work very hard together to provide the proper care and concern for one another.  It can be done!  Bring yoru flexibility as I will bring mine.  Each day will most likely bring osme changes for us to embrace. Perseverance leads to greatness, so let's be great together!

     

    Chorus/Drama Fundraiser:

    PIE Sale Forms are DUE Tuesday, November 4th with Money! (pending approval!)

    PIE delivery due date is: Tuesday, November 19th between 230- 430pm! 

    Concert Attire:  Black pants/skirt (no bare legs showing) and Bloomsburg Pride T-shirts! 

    Pops Attire:  Chorus-designed t-shirt and khaki or black shorts. (Cost for the shirt is capped at $12.00)

    Fusion Audition Information:  I do not have information at this time due to the shift to block scheduling.  We are working on a solution. 

     

    County Chorus

     

    County Chorus was going to be hosted by Bloomsburg but the festival has since been canceled. Bloomsburg will host the festival in 2021-22 with Carol Madill as the guest conductor. 

     

     

    District Chorus

    District Chorus Audition piece: Achieved Is the Glorious Work - Haydn

    Audition Date:  Sunday, October 20  – The auditions and the festival will be online only this year! (as of now!)

    Audition Requirements:

    BHS Chorus member must be in 10th through 12th grade.  Two women per part are allowed from each school and four men per part allowed to audition from each school.  Students interested in auditioning for District Chorus MUST audition for County Chorus. (This expectation is suspended for 2020 only!)  The representatives for the women’s parts are chosen through those auditions.  Prepare Achieved from beginning to end.  You will sing 45-60 seconds of this choral piece unaccompanied as a solo.  The audition selection will be given to you the evening of auditions outside of the audition room.  ALL auditions MUST be LIVE and in person.  No taped auditions will be permitted.  You are evaluated in the categories of Pitch Accuracy, Intonation, Rhythm Accuracy, Tone Quality, Musicianship and Diction on a scale of 1-10 where 10 is the best.  The top 10-12 students will be selected to participate in the festival.  Do not audition if you cannot participate in the entire festival.  You cannot leave the festival for ANY REASON.  If a student auditions successfully for the festival but is not prepared for the festival (does not know their music two weeks prior to the festival), I reserve the right to remove them from the festival.

    Once you are selected for District Chorus – you will need to prepare 8-10 pieces.  From that folder of new music, you will be required to present a 60-90 second audition rom two contrasting pieces in the folder to audition for Region Chorus.  The same format is used for the students to advance to State Chorus.

     

    Audition Dates for two or three plays  - Saturday, November 16 (must be confirmed) from 8am - 6pm

     

    For the plays, you will need to prepare two contrasting monologues that are longer than 35 seconds but not exceeding 60 seconds. You will have the option to sign up for LCCC Introduction to Theatre.  We will do some of the backgorund study beginning in December and then proces of creating the plays will serve as the projects to satisfy the course requirements.  The auditions are one course requirement.  Collaboratively, you will be creating a budget and determinging the setting and costuming for the show.  With the help fo the peoduction staff, you will determine the unifying theme.  Yes, there will be some papers to write but they will be about character development or defense of the setting adn style of costuming that you would see as the producer/director of the show.

    Mr. Latsha

     
     
    Chorus Honor Roll
     
    2019-20
    County Chorus:  Jenna McCreary, Trinity Johnson, Rebecca Seymour, Lily Wirth, Bella Hiltabidel, Mary Decker, Bella Chyko, Sarah Bower, Elise Ramsey, Jamie Nguyen, Thea Duane, Nadja Hartman, Drew DiRienzo, James Rabaduex, Jake Crane, Alex Bohm, Thomas Yackiel, Jacob Guzevich, Will Clickard, Joe Polhill, Tyler Kenney, Lillian Hess

    District 8 Chorus:  Jenna McCreary, Tyler Kenney, Mary Decker, Bella Chyko, Jamie Nguyen, Thomas Yackiel, Alex Bohm, Andrew DiRienzo, William Clickard and J. Joseph Polhill

    District 8 Jazz:  Mary Decker, Jamie Nguyen and Bella Chyko
    Region IV State Chorus:  Mary Decker, Bella Chyko, Jamie Nguyen, Thomas Yackiel, Alex Bohm, Andrew DiRienzo, William Clickard, and J. Joseph Polhill
    All State Chorus:  Bella Chyko, William Clickard, Andrew DiRienzo and J. Joseph Polhill
    All State Chorus Alternates: Mary Decker and Jamie Nguyen
     
    2018-19 
    District Jazz:  Thomas Yackiel and Bella Chyko
    District and Region Chorus: Emaley Bacher, Katy McCarthy, Will Clickard, Mary Decker, Cody Weaver, Thomas Yackiel, Joseph Polhill, Andrew DiRienzo
    County Chorus:  Thomas Yackiel, Alex Bohm, Chad Lyman, Andrew DiRienzo, Cody Weaver, Emaley Bacher, Bella Hiltabidel, Bella Chyko, Haylie Wallick, Mackenzie Feese, Katy McCarthy, Evan Long, Will Clickard, Joe Polhill, Jacob Zink, Theo Hintz, James Rabaduex, Jamie Nguyen, Victoria Walter, Marissa Cartwright, Hallia Robinson, Alexa Giger, Mary Decker, Iris Barrett, Lily Wirth
     
    2017-18
    All-State Chorus:  Mary Decker (Lancaster, PA)
     
    2016-17  
     
    All East Treble Choir:  Julia Bagnata (Atlantic City, NJ)
    All State Chorus :  Tim Kirk (Erie, PA)
    District and Region Chorus Members:
    Julia Bagnata, Kayla Bankes, Andrew Clickard, Joseph Guzevich, Patrick Halye, Colton Harvey, Katie Herald, Claire Hintz, Tim Kirk, Foster Krupp, Hannah Ledezma, Chad Lyman, Abby Stout, David Zimmerman, Theo Hintz 
     
     

    2015-16

    Julia Bagnata - All State Chorus (Hershey)
     
    All State Alternates were Hannah Ledezma and Tim Kirk.
     
    In 2014-15 - Dante Green, Jordan Marolf, Nathan Lincoln and Lyell Hintz represented BHS at All State Chorus. Dante Green represented BHS at All Eastern Chorus in Rhode Island.
     

    In 2013-14, Bloomsburg High School had 26 students attend County Chorus, 16 students attend District Chorus, 8 students attend Region Chorus and three students, Lyell Hintz, Jordan Marolf and Dante Green, attend State Chorus!

     

    In 2012, Andrew Zimmerman represented BHS at All-State Chorus.

     

     
    I think music in itself is healing. It's an explosive expression of humanity. It's something we are all touched by. No matter what culture we're from, everyone loves music.
    Billy Joel
    The wise musicians are those who play what they can master.
    Duke Ellington
    We must pursue greatness this year!

     

     
     

     

     

    Historical overview of the program:

    The Bloomsburg High School Choral/Vocal Program has established a tradition of excellence. Catch 22 (now Fusion), a select mixed ensemble, has performed at the Basilica of the Shrine of the Immaculate Conception in Washington, D.C. In 2003, Catch 22 received the Best Overall Choir caption award at the Music in the Parks Festival competition at Hersheypark. In 2004, eighteen students successfully auditioned for the Columbia-Montour County Chorus Festival and eight students auditioned successfully for the 2004 PMEA District 8 Chorus Festival. Six advanced to Region Chorus. Nina Schwartzman qualified as an alternate for State Chorus. Livia Lakatos made BHS history by representing BHS in the All- State Chorus for two consecutive years. In 2005, the BHS Chorus and Catch 22 tied for Best Overall Chorus and first place in the mixed choir category. In 2006, the Chorus for receiving a first place trophy for Mixed Choir and several individual trophies were received: Jordan Musser-outstanding accompanist, Allison Day-outstanding instrumentalist, percussion ensemble - outstanding musicians, Outstanding men's section and Eric Newby- outstanding soloist. In 2007, Catch 22 will again the feature choir for the 5:15Pm Saturday Mass at the Basilica of the National Shrine of Immaculate Conception in Washington, DC. In 2007, three students placed as alternates for the PMEA All-State Chorus: Jordan Musser, MacCambridge Dowd-Whipple and Ryan Dyas-Gordon. Jordan Musser was selected to represent Bloomsburg High School at the first annual Future Music Educator's Symposium held in conjunction with the PMEA All State Conference. In 2008, Ryan Dyas-Gordon was selected as an All-State Chorus alternate. 2009 County Chorus: Julia Davis, Mary Schlauch, Ausielee Nearhoof, Lanie Presswood, Maura Bekelja, Veronica Laudermilch, Cheyenne Martin, Emily Hudock, CJ Atherton, Matt Day, Rob Moyer, David Owen and Andrew Zimmerman. Cheyenne Martin, Maura Bekelja, Julia Davis, Dave Owen, Rob Moyer, Lanie Presswood and Matt Day performed in the District Chorus Festival held at BHS. Dave Owen and Lanie Presswood advanced to Region Chorus. The BHS Chorus performed for was adjudicated in 2009 and 2010 by Mrs. Linda Tedford, the director of choral activities at Messiah College. 2010 - Cheyenne Martin, Matt Day and Tyler Dalious represented BHS at District Chorus.

     
    Students can audition for two student-directed ensembles: The Amigos, a men's ensemble, and No Bass, a women's ensemble. If you are interested in developing your independent vocal technique, schedule Voice Class. If you are interested in understanding more about the structure of music, schedule Music Theory. Advanced honors levels of study may be pursued upon completion of level one of Voice and Theory.
     
     
     
    508 - Chorus
    Chorus is offered five times a week. The following areas of music will be explored by students who select this one credit course: 1) Rhythm, melody, form and tone color through the use of choral music; 2) Various periods and styles of choral music; 3) Techniques of singing; 4) Performance of music in required public performances. Students will also have the opportunity to tryout for County and District Chorus Festivals.
     
    Band/Chorus, Band Front/Band Chorus and Band Front/ Chorus are classes that permit students to be actively involved in the entire music program at BHS! It is possible and encouraged to excel in both areas.
     
     
    506 Music Theory I
    Music Theory gives students the opportunity to express their thoughts through a medium of music. The art of composition is explored through the use of Sibelius, a computer notation program. If you have the desire to express yourself through song writing, this class is for you. Of course, we need to be sure that you have understanding of the fundamental concepts of rhythm, melody, harmony and form so that your pieces sound good in the end! This course is a must if you plan to study music beyond the high school level. You will be able to read music better by the end of the year of study!
     
     
    507 Music Theory IIH
    Music Theory IIH is designed for more in-depth study of the elements of the structure of music. Beware, your appreciation for the structure of good music will be greatly enhanced by taking this course! Through the use of Sibelius, you will notate scores and easily change the key so any instrument can perform your song. Through the use of Ear master 4.0, you will be able to better write the melodies that get stuck in your head in the middle of the night. More rules for the structure of music are explored, followed and then broken! This course would prepare you well if you desire to have a music career someday. Because it is an honors course, there is some advanced work to complete prior to taking the course. The successful completion of the Theory I is required!
     
     
    509 Voice Class
    Are you unhappy with the sound of your voice? Do you want to sing like your favorite pop icon? Do you eat, sleep, drink and breathe the desire to be a singer? Do you just want to learn more about singing? Check out Voice Class I. You will learn to sing with ease! There are several ingredients to the success puzzle for aspiring vocalists: diction, a fancy word for pronounces words correctly, efficient use of the body to breathe and shape sounds, phrasing and dynamics. One of the tools that will help you to learn diction is the secret language of IPA. You'll have to take the course to learn how to use it effectively. Seriously, if it your desire to learn to sing better, this is the class for you.
     
     
    510 Voice Class IIH and 511 Voice Class IIIH
    If you loved the first level, you will certainly want to delve deeper into vocal study. This course is designed for the vocal dynamo that wants to study voice in college or pursue singing more actively after high school. the curriculum is designed to encourage you to dig deeper into singing technique so the voice is more effortless and more expressive. More practice is required in this level. Level III students will sing a complete 20 minute recital. Some advanced work needs to be accomplished prior to taking this class. Of course, successful completion of Level I is required.
     
     
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    E-mail me at tlatsha@bloomsd.k12.pa.us with any questions!
     
     
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    Mr. Latsha
Last Modified on August 17, 2020