Judson High School Choirs
The JHS Choir Department offers a variety of performing organizations that meet the needs of all students interested in singing. Each choir caters to the specific strengths and weaknesses of each student with regard to their musical ability and the amount of time they are able to commit. All choirs offer some form of performance opportunities and focus on expanding the student’s knowledge and use of basic music theory, music history, sightreading methods, and proper breathing and vocal techniques. In addition to developing individual musical strengths, each group is designed to teach self-discipline and commitment while working together with others toward a common goal of excellence.
The Varsity Mixed Choir at JHS is open to all students in grades 10-12, subject to audition. This choir will make up three of the UIL Varsity contest choirs (mixed, men, & women). Upper-level sightreading skills and superior singing ability are required. Consistent attendance, passing grades and a positive attitude are also required at ALL times throughout the year in order to remain in this ensemble.
This is a highly competitive non-varsity choir for treble voices in grades 10-12. Sightreading skills and vocal ability must be demonstrated by audition. This choir will compete in UlL Concert & Sightreading Contest and will sometimes combine with other women’s groups. Consistent attendance, passing grades and a positive attitude are required at ALL times throughout the year in order to remain in this ensemble.
This is a choir for treble voices in grades 10-12. This choir will focus on sigthreading skills and proper vocal technique. Camerate will occasionally combine with other choirs. This choir will perform a variety of literature and perform on all concerts.
This is a choir for treble voices in 9th grade. This choir will focus on sightreading skills and proper vocal technique. Nova will occasionally combine with other women’s groups. This choir will perform a variety of literature and perform on all concerts. Passing grades and a positive attitude are a must!
Open to all tenors and basses in grades 9-12. This choir will focus on sightreading skills and proper vocal technique. Cantus will perform alone and combine with other ensembles at times. Prerequisites include a strong desire to sing, a positive attitude, and passing grades.
Cantate is an auditioned extra-curricular show choir of SATB voicing. Members of this ensemble will be selected from Chorale. Cantate will sing a variety of pop and vocal jazz music, some of which involves choreography. They will be featured on most choir concerts and participate in off-campus community concerts. Prerequisites include stage presence, sightreading ability, vocal ability, coordination, a positive attitude, responsibility, and passing grades. Unexcused absences will be grounds for removal.
An extra uniform is required. Tux pants & shirt, vest, and tie are provided by the choir dept.
Advanced Music Classes
INTRODUCTION TO MUSIC THEORY
This is an introductory-level course which serves as a prerequisite to Music Theory AP. Students may be entering the class with a wide variety of music knowledge, experiences, and backgrounds. An assessment of this knowledge and experience will determine the appropriate placement of each student.
AP MUSIC THEORY
A course for those wishing to prepare for College Music Theory. This Honors Credit class is specifically designed for upperclassmen wishing to pursue a degree in Music. Prerequisites include enrollment in a music organization, a recommendation from the band, choir or orchestra director, intent to major in music, and completion of a Music Theory Pre-test.