CHORAL MUSIC AT CONARD

The West Hartford Public Schools' Music Department will provide all students with a comprehensive, standards-based music education. The study of music fosters artistic development, critical thinking, intellectual curiosity, and the pursuit of life-long learning. Through performing and responding to music, all students develop individual skills, realize a sense of belonging, and establish connections to the community.

The Music department offers courses that provide a variety of experiences for students of all abilities and musical backgrounds. These courses are designed for students who wish to pursue music as an avocation as well as those planning a career in music. Some of the courses listed below are open to all students; others require a special audition for membership. Most music classes meet daily.

Students enrolling in performance groups accept the obligation to participate in all scheduled concerts and rehearsals. Students may only be excused with the instructor's approval.

In addition to the courses listed below as Honors Level, Contract Credit is available for a limited number of juniors and seniors in conjunction with one music class. Acceptance to this Contract Honors Program is based on a student audition and portfolio, both of which will be reviewed by the music faculty.

Men's Choir

1 Credit
Grades 9-10

Men's Choir is a year-long course made of up of primarily 9th and 10th grade students, but is open to 11th and 12th grade students that elect to take it. The focus of this ensemble is to develop proper vocal production, basic musicianship, and musical skills for use in more advanced SATB (soprano, alto, tenor, bass) ensembles. This choir performs a wide variety of musical styles for tenors and basses. Men's Choir combines with other ensembles for certain performances and combined numbers. Participation in this class enables students to participate in the Conard Musical.

*Freshmen students enrolled in a full-time band, jazz band, or orchestra class have the opportunity to take Men's Choir 2x/week opposite their physical education class.

Women’s Choir

1 Credit 
Grades 9-10

Women’s Choir is a year-long course made of up of primarily 9th and 10th grade students, but is open to 11th and 12th grade students that elect to take it. The focus of this ensemble is to develop proper vocal production, basic musicianship, and musical skills for use in more advanced, SATB (soprano, alto, tenor, base) ensembles. This choir performs a wide variety of musical styles for sopranos and altos. Women’s Choir combines with other ensembles for certain performances and combined numbers. Participation in this class enables students to participate in the Conard Musical.

*Freshman students enrolled in a full-time band, jazz band, or orchestra class have the opportunity to take Women’s Choir 2x/week opposite their physical education class.

Chorale Cantare

1 Credit
Grades 11-12
Prerequisite: Teacher Recommendation

Chorale Cantare is made up of 11th and 12th grade students. This ensemble requires a high level of knowledge about vocal production, musicianship, musical literacy, and performance practice. Students that were not a part of Men’s Choir or Women’s Choir will need to audition in order to be recommended for this class. Students in this class may receive honors credit if they meet the requirements for contract honors. Chorale Cantare combines with other ensembles for certain performances and combined numbers. Participation in this class enables students to participate in the Conard Musical.

Solo Choir (Honors)

1 Credit
Grades 11/12
Prerequisite: Audition

Solo Choir is open to juniors and seniors. This small ensemble represents Conard's most advanced singers. Solo Choir performs music of every genre. Music preparation requires an extensive, advanced knowledge of vocal production, musicianship, musical literacy and performance practice. This ensemble meets daily with additional evening rehearsals. Students in Solo Choir are expected to commit extra time to performances and concert tours. Performances are scheduled throughout the year and may include required performances and concerts for the music department as well as community appearances. Students may also participate in the Spring Musical.

Voices of the World (V0W)

1 Credit
Grades 9-12

Voices of the World is open to all students in grades 9-12. Participants need not have been in a school choir previously to participate. VoW covers music from all around the world with strong emphases on Gospel/African American music and Hispanic music and their history. Performances are scheduled throughout the year, including department choir concerts and the Martin Luther King Day performance at the Town Hall. VoW will combine with other ensembles for certain performances. Students in this choir are eligible to participate in the Conard Musical.