• Bloomsburg High School Chorus

     
     
     
     

     

     
     
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    Proposed 2022-23 Chorus Events

    August 25 – Fusion Auditions

    October 3 – County Chorus Auditions at Central Columbia High School (live auditions)

    October 21 – Fusion sings for the Homecoming Game

    October 23 or 30 – District Chorus Auditions at Williamsport High School (might be live auditions)

    November 8 and 9 – County Chorus at Berwick High School

    November 18 and 19 – Fall Play

    November 20 District Band auditions

    Monday, December 5 from 5-9:30pm Musical Auditions (tentative)

    December 13 – Middle School and High School Chorus Concert

    December 16 – Holiday Concert Make-Up Date

    January 13 - District 8 Chorus Community Arts Center - Williamsport  

    January 27 - District 8 Orchestra at Berwick High School

    January 27 - District 8 Orchestra at Berwick High School

    February 10 - District 8 Band hosted by Montoursville/Muncy at the Community Arts Center

    February 23-25 Region IV Chorus – Community Arts Center - Williamsport

    March 6 (Musical Possible)

    March 9-11 Region Orchestra – Bloomsburg University – Bloomsburg

    March 23-25 Region IV Band – Susquehanna University – Selinsgrove

    March 30, 31, April 1 – (Musical Possible)

    April 15 - Jazz - HS Festival at Mount Carmel High School

    April 18 – Middle School/High School Spring Chorus Concert

    April 19-22 PMEA ALL STATE

    May 4 – Spring Band Concert

    May 18 – POPS Concert 7pm

     

    Further Information

     

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

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

    Fusion Audition Information:  Auditions begin on Thursday, August 25th at 7:10am in Mr. Latsha's room. Audition Information will be available on the first day of chorus. You will need to learn your part of the Os Justi, the National Anthem and the Alma Mater.  Rehearsal will be Monday, Tuesday, Thursday and Friday and Friday mornings from 7:10-7:50am.

    County Chorus

    Auditions at Central Columbia LIVE and in person on October 3

    District Chorus is planned as an in-person commuter or hotel festival. TBD  District Chorus auditions will either by live or recorded this year.  Decision to be made in August!

    District Chorus Audition piece: Os Justi - Bruckner (Part recordings are available for your preparations1)

    Audition Date:  Sunday, October 23  – The auditionseither online or in person. TBD in August! 

    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.  The representatives for the women’s parts are chosen through those auditions.  Prepare The Heavens 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 of two contrasting pieces in the folder to audition for Region Chorus.  

    Auditioning for State Chorus will require a submission of recording through Submittable.  The excerpts are supposed or guidelines for auditions will be posted on the PMEA page on October 1st under the All State Information tab.

     

    Audition Dates for the musical  - Date Monday, December 5pm-9:30pm (Tentative)

    Audition Requirements:

    1. One 30 - 45 seconds musical song clip for leading characters 

    2. Two contrasting monologues 30-45 seconds in length

    3. Cold recordings

    4. Theatrical games

    Mr. Latsha

     
    Chorus Honor Roll
     
    2022-23 - Will your name be written here?
     
    2021-22

    Millersville University Voices of the Future High School Honors Choris Festival 

    Theadora Duane

    Alexsandor Bohm

    Brooke Garman

    Kaidyn Fleetwood

     

    Lycoming College Sing! High School Honors Choir Festival:

    Aiden Derr

    Nova Hess

    Brooke Garman

    Shaye Trivilpiece

    Evan Bang

    Saraha Dobson

    Gavin Eyerly

     

    County Chorus

    Nikkiyah Sykes
    Ryan Kerestus
    Evan Bang
    Nadja Hartmann
    Sarah Dobson
    Lauren Baker
    Aiden Derr
    Gavin Eyerly
    Levi Fritz
    Brooke Garman
    Jake Crane
    Kaidyn Fleetwood
    Lydia Bacher
    Nova Hess
    Erika Traupman
    Alexsandor Bohm
    Thea Duane
    Ella Derr

    District Chorus

    Kaidyn Fleetwood

    Gavin Eyerly

    Ryan Kerestus

    Evan Bang

    Jake Crane

    Aiden Derr

    Brooke Garman

    Sarah Dobson

    Nadja Hartmann

    Lauren Baker

    Lydia Bacher

    Lillian Nova Hess

    Alex Bohm

     

    Region Chorus

    Nadja Hartmann

    Alex Bohm

    Aiden Derr

    Gavin Eyerly

    Levi Fritz (placed, but had to decline attendance)

     

    First Columbia Bank Teen Star Finalists

    Lydia Bacher

    Jaden Nguyen 

     

     
    2020-21
    District 8 Chorus: Adrew DiRienzo, Jake Crane, Alex Bohm, Aiden Derr, Nadja Hartmann, Caley Treat
     
    All East and All State Chorus Member:  Andrew DiRienzo
     
    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.

     
     
     
     
    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.
     
     
    MUS 170 LCCC Music Theory 1
    Music Theory gives students the opportunity to express their thoughts through a medium of music. The art of composition is explored. 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!
      
     
    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. Some advanced work needs to be accomplished prior to taking this class. Of course, successful completion of Level I is required.
     
    Guitar Class
    Want to learn a new instrument? Check out learning the guitar. Beginners and advanced players welcome.  Instruction is provided on terraced levels so that students can develop skills while facing new challenges every day.  The hardest part is playing during the first two weeks of class. It is so much fun to learn with your peers.
     
    THR 100 Introduction to Theatre (an LCCC elective)
    This course is so much fun.  The course is designed for any student that has an interest in exploring the history of the theatre, basic acting techniques, improvisation, delivering a monologue, leading others, problem solving, basic set and tech design and usage and writing a brief one or two scene skit. You need to bring your love of learning about the theatre and your desire to be a part of a show. Theatre is best learned in a collaborative environment!
     
     
    E-mail me at tlatsha@bloomsd.k12.pa.us with any questions!
     
     
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    Mr. Latsha
Last Modified on June 1, 2022