Music and Chorus

Mrs. Lomaglio x112

CHORUS FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS

WHAT ARE EXPRESS SINGERS?

  • A GROUP OF ABOUT 40 SINGERS WHO MEET AFTER SCHOOL ON TUESDAYS UNTIL 4:00
  • EXPRESS SINGERS ARE THE TRAVEL CHORUS OF NEMS.
  • THEY SING CHALLENGING CHORAL MUSIC
  • THEY ARE AUDITIONED AND/OR SELECTED BY THE DIRECTOR (6TH GRADERS ARE SELECTED)
  • THEY WEAR A STANDARD UNIFORM AT CONCERTS CONSISTING OF BOWTIE, SHIRT AND CUMBERBUNDS.

HOW DO KIDS 'GET INTO' EXPRESS SINGERS?

  • THEY ARE SIGNED UP FOR CHORUS
  • THEY AUDITION BY SINGING A SOLO SONG AND DOING SOME EAR TRAINING TASKS.
  • THEY ARE APPROVED BY THE CHORUS DIRECTOR FOR THEIR EFFORT IN CHORUS AND THEIR MUSICAL ABILITY
  • THEY ARE APPROVED BY THEIR TEACHERS IN NEMS FOR THEIR ABILITY TO GET ALONG WITH OTHER STUDENTS, THEIR GOOD CONDUCT AND EFFORT IN THEIR ACADEMICS.

WHAT KIND OF A SINGER GETS INTO EXPRESS?

  • THEY SING ON PITCH, MATCHING THE TONE OF THE MODEL SINGER
  • THEY HAVE GOOD TONAL MEMORY, THE ABILITY TO REMEMBER AND REPEAT MUSICAL PHRASES
  • THEY ARE ABLE TO SING THE MIDDLE NOTE OF A CHORD THAT HAS THREE SOUNDS, HIGH, MIDDLE AND LOW
  • THEY HAVE AN OPEN TONE TO THEIR VOICE AND CAN PROJECT WITHOUT STRAINING.
  • THEY UNDERSTAND THE BASICS OF READING CHORAL MUSIC.

AUDITIONS FOR THIS YEAR ARE OVER, BUT IF SPACES OPEN UP, THOSE ON THE WAITING LIST WILL BE CALLED BACK!

POLO SHIRTS

  • The Northeast Middle School Music Department has established a 'standard uniform look' for all of our performing groups. Members of Northeast's musical groups are asked every fall to purchase matching white polo shirts through the music department. These shirts will be used as concert attire for all Northeast Bands and Chorus groups. Students who purchased a shirt last year do not need to buy a new one if their shirt still fits.
  • The shirts we will be purchasing are 6.8 oz., 110% cotton pique style sport shirt. They are white with an embroidered design on the front-left. Because we are purchasing a large number of shirts we are able to get a price of $20.00 per shirt. Students will keep the shirt that they purchase. If expense is a problem for anyone, please let Mrs. Verbyla or Mrs. Vocke know.

TECHNIQUES CLASSES

  • Students are given a lesson schedule in rehearsal on D day twice a month and are posted outside the choral room. If they are in chorus and band, they have a chorus lesson that is separate from band. This schedule rotates throughout the day. In each marking period there are 16 rotations or 16 possible lesson opportunities. 10 of those are graded. This gives some space in the lesson schedule for a student who has to take a test during their lesson time and cannot attend their lesson. If a student forgets to attend their lesson, they can make it up the next day at the same time, so that the rotation remains unaffected. This policy applies to chorus, not band. Students thus have at least 5 opportunities in a marking period to make up any lessons that were missed. Lessons must be made up in a timely fashion, that is the very next day.
  • In power school, you might see zeroes cropping up for missed lessons. By the end of the marking period, these zeroes are marked 'exempt' (they don't count) provided the lessons missed have been made up. The overall chorus average of the student will however be affected until the lessons are made up. Students need to do all they can about remembering their lesson time by writing the information in their planners.