The choral program at The Brook Hill School is committed to providing students with a wide range of musical experiences through both individual and group activities. Our goal is to encourage students to become confident and well-rounded musicians, with an appreciation of all kinds of music. The choir will develop proper vocal technique through a wide variety of music, including unison and part singing, classical and contemporary, small and large ensembles, and even solo singing. Students will have the opportunity to compete in groups and individually as well at various competitions through TMEA and TAPPS vocal contests.
Lower School Music
Through our musical dramas most of our students sing in the choirs. This is an opportunity to apply the theory and skills of music in a musical presentation. Our programs are a step beyond a cute collection of children singing some songs. They are fully immersed in what is involved in presenting a musical program of excellence.
Middle School Boys Choir and Middle School Girls Choir
This course is a progressive study of choral literature and techniques through a variety of styles and genres of music. Students will progress from unison singing through multiple part sight-singing and performance music. Basic music theory will be
reviewed and reinforced throughout the year. Sight-singing will be taught using the solfege (Do-Re-Mi) system. Students will be given opportunities to perform both individually and corporately. For the past 10 years Brook Hill Middle School Choir students have consistently been chosen for the TMEA Region Choir and have received Superior ratings at both TMEA and TAPPS solo and ensemble contests. The Middle School Choirs also present a musical each spring. Past musicals have been Aladdin, Jr. and Seussical, Jr. For the 2009-2010 school year, the choirs will be performing The Music Man, Jr. The Middle School Choirs are open to any student in grades 6-8.
Upper School Choir
The Upper School Choir is open to students in grades 9 through 12. The course is designed to teach proper technique for choral singing and sight-singing through a progressive study of choral literature from classical to contemporary music. A variety of styles and genres are taught to give the students a complete experience of choral music. Also incorporated into the class is a thorough study of sight-reading skills using the solfege (Do-Re-Mi) system. Music theory will be taught and reinforced throughout the year. Students are given opportunities to perform both corporately and individually. The choir performs each year at Mistletoe and Magic, Christmas at the Brook, Spring at the Brook, and at various venues around East Texas. The Upper School Choir has consistently received Superior ratings at both district and state TAPPS Vocal Contests. In April 2007 and 2008 the choir was named runner-up for TAPPS 3A choirs at the state meet. Brook Hill Choir students have also repeatedly been named to the TMEA All-Region choirs.