Vocal Music

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Bohemian Rhapsody

Featuring Portola Singers

Premiered Spring 2020

Let Music Live: A Virtual Concert

Featuring all the PHS Vocal Ensembles

Premiered on March 26, 2021

How to Join

Reasons to Join:

  • Make new friends!

  • Have fun learning to sing!

  • Be part of one of the biggest and best communities on campus

  • Amazing performance opportunities

  • Earn your arts credits for graduation

  • Be a part of something BIGGER than yourself!

Select Your Ensemble

During course registration, just sign up for Treble Chorus or Bass Chorus. No audition necessary!

If interested in joining an advanced ensemble, see below for audition info.

Ensembles

All vocal ensembles are offered as classes during the school day!

All vocal music classes are "extended day" (7/8) electives which means you can add them to your schedule, even if you already have 6 other classes!

Treble Chorus & Bass Chorus

Level: Entry - No audition required!

Voice types: All

If you have ever wanted to learn how to sing, this is the perfect class for you! Treble and Bass Choir is open to ALL singers regardless of prior experience. The ensemble sings a diverse range of repertoire including pop, musical theater, classical, jazz, and more. Through the year, students learn and develop:

  • Vocal technique

  • Music reading skills

  • Musicianship skills

  • Team collaboration & leadership

Treble & Bass Chorus is a great place to make new friends, learn how to sing, bond over music, and have FUN!!

Concert Chorale

Level: Intermediate (audition required)

Voice types: All (Soprano, Alto, Tenor, Bass)

This intermediate level ensemble is full of new challenges and fun opportunities! As singers continue to develop their voices and music skills, they will also have increased independence and leadership of the ensemble. Greater emphasis is placed on working as a team within voice sections, and there are many opportunities for students to step up and become leaders. This ensemble gets many chances to bond throughout the year by participating together in concerts, festivals, retreats, rehearsals, and field trips!

FUN FACT: Concert Chorale was the very first PHS choir ensemble founded in 2016!

Vocal Performance Ensemble

Level: Intermediate (audition required)

Voice types: All

Vocal Performance Ensemble is a unique vocal class that focuses on contemporary solo and group repertoire with an emphasis on pop music and musical theater. Solo singing is a large component of the class in addition to ensemble singing. Through the year students will gain experience in:

  • solo singing technique

  • small and large ensemble collaboration

  • performance techniques

  • improvisation

  • harmonization

  • songwriting and lyric composition

Canta Bella

Level: Advanced (audition required)

Voice types: Treble (Soprano & Alto)

Canta Bella is an advanced, treble ensemble that focuses on performance of challenging literature of diverse genres. Students will acquire and use high level skills in reading music and in vocal technique, as well as performance, music production, and leadership. Performances throughout the year include concerts, pep rallies, festivals, competitions, and community events. Members of this ensemble are have many special extra opportunities to sing and perform including, festivals, concerts, master classes, field trips, and tours.

Portola Singers

Level: Advanced (audition required)

Voice types: Mixed (Soprano, Alto, Tenor, Bass)

Portola Singers is an advanced, mixed-voice (SATB) singing ensemble that focuses on performance of challenging literature of diverse genres. Students will acquire and use high level skills in reading music and in vocal technique, as well as performance, music production, and leadership. Performances throughout the year include concerts, pep rallies, festivals, competitions, and community events. Members of this ensemble are have many special extra opportunities to sing and perform including, festivals, concerts, master classes, field trips, and tours.

Auditions

Our primary round of auditions for 2021-2022 advanced ensembles were April 26-May 4.

If you are still interested in auditioning for an advanced ensemble, please register below and email Mr. Rangel to set up an audition time!

Audition Information

Auditions are required to join the following ensembles:

♫ Concert Chorale - Intermediate ensemble for mixed voices

♫ Vocal Performance - Pop/Contemporary/Musical theatre repertoire, with an emphasis on solo singing

♫ Canta Bella - Advanced ensemble for treble voices

♫ Portola Singers - Advanced ensemble for mixed voices

Audition Components:

1. Vocal Range – You will be asked to sing a few simple vocal patterns to demonstrate your vocal range.

2. Sight Singing – You will sight read a melodic exercise to demonstrate your ability to read sheet music. For the exercise you may sing on solfege, numbers, or a neutral syllable such as "Ta”. Samples of sight reading can be found in the link below. During the audition, you will get to choose the difficulty level (1-6) that you feel you will do best at. Examples of the different levels are available below. The key and the first note will be played for you and you will have 2 minutes to practice on your own before singing.

Sight Singing Examples:

https://drive.google.com/file/d/1Ld03ZXuvjuyeTIqIIZnjt34fG6JrXky5/view?usp=sharing


Auditions will be held on Zoom this year! The link will be provided when you pick a time slot.

For any and all questions, please contact Mr. Rangel at adrianrangelsanchez@iusd.org