Mayfield High School

Choir Program

 

Handbook

 

Philosophy- It is the goal of the MHS Choir Department to help develop well rounded and successful human beings via the discipline of rigorous and engaged musical training. The MHS Choir curriculum consists of studying and performing music of all historical time periods and cultures, developing strong music literary skills, understanding good choral technique, and learning healthy vocal production. Through active participation in the MHS Choir Program, the student will gain experiences that help will develop self-esteem, self-discipline, a positive work ethic, and the ability to focus and concentration better. Intense musical engagement will also help the student develop character, independent thinking, problem solving, good behavior and leadership skills. Current, and extensive, scientific research concludes that the knowledge and skills learned by participating in a performing arts program will develop skills that will transfer into many aspects of the student’s current and future life.

Course Objectives- There are three course objectives. 1) The teaching of pitch, notes, rhythm and tone with specific emphasis on sight-reading by the method of solfege.  2) Exercise the voice in order to produce healthy and beautiful singing during rehearsal and performances. 3)  Learn and perform all genres of choral music. The literature will consist of secular and sacred texts, multicultural representations, and musical styles from the Middle Ages to current. Through these three objectives, the student will be given the opportunity to appreciate and understand the art of choral music.

Attendance Policy- Attendance is mandatory at all choral rehearsals and performances.  Any unexcused absences from scheduled rehearsals and concerts will result in the lowering of the student’s current nine weeks grade by two letter grades.  Excused absences include:  death in the family, illness (accompanied with a doctors note), and school activity conflicts, which will be considered on an individual basis at the discretion of the director. The MHS attendance policy will be followed for daily absences. Class attendance is redundant of the district policies—students should not miss class for any reason except for extenuating circumstances (listed above). Attendance is critical in orde to meet the demands of creating excellent music. Madrigal Attendance: the Madrigal rehearsal policy is treated with more attention. If the student is tardy for reasons beyond control, communication must be transmitted via text or phone call before the beginning of class to the director, who will convey the information to the rest of the choir. Communication after 7:30am is considered an unexcused tardy. Lateness due to controllable circumstances (waking up late, laziness, eating breakfast etc.) are considered unexcused. Excused and unexcused absences are redundant of the district policy. Three unexcused tardies and/or absences will result in a suspension from Madrigals for one week and a lowering of the student grade by one letter.

Grading Policy- The attendance policy stated above is a large part of the student’s grade. Unexcused absences from one dress rehearsal or a concert results in a reduction of the student’s current nine-week grade by two letter grades. The choral calendar is included with the course syllabus/policies and guidelines. Failure to meet concert dress requirements will result in the student not being able to perform, thus also resulting in the lowering of the student’s current nine-week grade by two letter grades. Dress requirements are listed below. Classroom rehearsal and performance participation are also considered when determining the student’s grade.  Examples are as follows: posture, excessive talking, inattentiveness, shaping of vowel sounds, folders in order, as well as excessive tardiness and absences.  Other written and singing tests will be given throughout the grading periods. Students are graded at their individual level in which they are enrolled in the class.

Academic Eligibility- In order to be excused for a school activity the student must have a current (from the previous 9 weeks) GPA of 2.0 with no more than one F.  The student must also be enrolled in at least 3 classes.  Academic eligibility will directly affect All-State auditions, attendance at All-State festivals, the spring trip and any performance that is during the school day.

Class Procedures- Students will dispense school bags and purses in designated area and proceed directly to the risers with their choral folders and a pencil at the instruction of the director. Students are asked to use limited talking throughout the class period. Students must be active listeners and continuously be engaged in all classroom activities. Cell phones are to be turned off and left in the student’s backpack. If a student’s phone is confiscated, disciplinary action will be determined by the MHS administration.  After the director’s dismissal from the risers, all students will be responsible for putting away their folder and cleaning up all water bottles. Yellow and Red Cards: Discipline will be dealt with similar to the rules of soccer. The students will receive one verbal undocumented warning, and two verbal documented warning before given a yellow card. When given a yellow card, the student must print his/her name, explain the his/her behavior for receiving the card, and sign the card. The director will document the card with a few of his own comments and schedule a parent meeting conference accompanied by other of the students teachers and an administrator. If poor behavior occurs again, the student will receive a red card and his/her involvement in the MHS Choir Program will be terminated immediately.

Concert Attire- All Students will receive a casual t-shirt for concerts, pep assemblies, community functions, etc. A choir polo will be provided for Madrigal Singer members.  Replacements will be available for $20.00 each. 

Treble Choir- Treble choir members are provided with a concert dress owned by the Parents Choral Club.  Upon fitting, tailoring of the dress may be required by the student.  Students are responsible for care and the return of all concert dresses.  REPLACEMENT COST IS $125.00. Dry cleaning may be necessary throughout the year and is required before check in with a dry-cleaning tag attached*.  Dresses should not be worn wrinkled, but should be pressed with a warm iron before performances. No jewelry. Black closed toed shoes with less than an inch heal are the required.

Varsity Singers (women)- Varsity Women choir members are provided with a concert dress owned by the Parents Choral club.  Upon fitting, tailoring of the dress may be required by the student.  Students are responsible for care and the return of all concert dresses.  REPLACEMENT COST IS $125.00. Dry cleaning may be necessary throughout the year and is required before check in with a dry-cleaning tag attached*. Dresses should not be worn wrinkled, but should be pressed with a warm iron before performances. A white rhinestone necklaces must purchased to accompany this dress. Black closed toed shoes with less than an inch heal are the required.

All Men- The men will be issued black concert tuxedos (including a vest and tie) owned by the Parents Choral Club.  Students are responsible for care and the return of the tuxedo. REPLACEMENT COST OF THE VEST IS $10.00, TIE $5.00, and TUXEDO $200.00. Dry cleaning may be necessary throughout the year and is required before check in with a dry-cleaning tag attached*.  Please have the tuxedo and shirt freshly pressed before all performances, as wrinkled tuxedos are not acceptable.  Black dress socks and black dress shoes are required.

Madrigal Singers Men - The men in Madrigal Singers will be issued a green vest and a green tie that will be worn when these men sing with this ensemble. During combined performances, the Madrigal Singer men will need to change from their black vests and tie to sing with Varsity and the green vest and tie to sing with the Madrigals. 

* Dresses and Tuxes that are not returned dry cleaned will result in a $20.00 fee paid at the MHS Office in order to pay for the dry cleaning.   

General Performance Guidelines-  Perfume and scented hair spray cause problems during performances and should not be used.  Hairstyles, hair color, and body piercing must not distract form the uniformity of the group that the concert dresses and tuxedos create.  Hairstyle, hair color, and jewelry need to complement and conform to the uniformity of the ensemble; extenuation circumstances are at the discretion of the directors.

Mandatory Class Fee- There is a semester fee of $50 required of all students who participate in the MHS Choir Program. The fee will be posted to the student’s school account and will remain unless paid to the choir department. Please pay the class fee at the front desk.  

Choir Personnel

Derek B. Gilmour, Director                                                                  (505)414-1932 (cell)                                                                                                                                                                                        dgilmour@lcps.net
                                                                                                     derekbgilmour@gmail.com

Amanda De Rycke, Accompanist/Vocal Coach                                               (575)382-0742
                                                                                                                 b4music@nsm.com

Deanne Wright, President                                                                              (575)644-9120
                                                                                                              dee4boys@gmail.com

Administration

 Eric Fraass, Principal                                                                                     efraass@lcps.net

Christina Mullins, Assistant Principal                                                         cmullins@lcps.net

Wendy Tomlinson, Assistant Principal                                        wmiller-tomlinson@lcps.net

Alfred Rue, Assistant Principal                                                                           arue@lcps.net

Ellen Torres, Assistant Principal                                                                   etorres1@lcps.net