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Choir Program
Director: Ms. Zoe Petersen
 
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The Choral Music Program at San Jacinto Valley Academy provides students with the opportunity to sing and work within an ensemble, employ deeper vocal exploration, and explore a wide variety of cultures and time periods through performance and study. The program contributes to the achievement of Expected School-Wide Learning Results while promoting International Baccalaureate values.
 
Mission Statement
 
SJVA’s Choral Department seeks to provide students of all ages and experience levels with an opportunity to enrich their musical skills in a rigorous and supportive environment. Students in the program will learn a variety of musical selections, gain musicianship skills and improve their vocal technique. We culminate each semester of singing with a variety of performances for families and friends.
 
Middle & High School Choir Schedule 2022-2023
Fall Semester Concert Dates:
Wednesday, November 2nd- Fall Festival Concert
Tuesday, December 13th- Winter Holiday Concert
 
SJVA’s choir classes are choral ensembles that focus on the development of comprehensive choral musicianship through performance experience. This ensemble performs multiple times throughout the year. This group has several performances throughout the school year. They perform twice per semester at SJVA and participate in field trips/community performance opportunities. Performances include: fall concert, winter concert, SJVA’s Annual harvest festival, Community awards ceremonies, spring concert, end of the year concert, 8th grade graduation, high school graduation, etc. Past field trips have included: Disneyland, Camelot Assisted Living, Brookdale Assisted Living Community, Hemet Senior Center, Knott’s Berry Farm Performance in the Park.
 
Beginning Middle School Choir- 1st Period:
Beginning middle school choir rehearses daily as part of the regular school day, and is open to students in 6th grade with choir experience and students in 6-8th grade that are new to choir! This course meets elective course requirements. Students will be introduced to basic music theory, musicianship, a variety of choral literature, healthy vocal technique, and performance opportunities. This period will collaborate with both advanced middle school choirs, giving students a chance to sing in larger ensembles with a range of singers. This class will also have the opportunity to attend choral festivals and sing for school wide events throughout the year. 
 
Advanced Middle School Boys Choir- 2nd Period:
7th/8th grade choir rehearses daily as part of the regular school day, and is open to returning choir students in 7th-8th grade. This course meets elective course requirements. Students will be introduced to intermediate/advanced music theory, musicianship, a variety of choral literature, healthy vocal technique, and performance opportunities. In this class we will focus specifically on the changing voice and how to ease that transition in a healthy and positive way for singers. This period will collaborate with the boys in the beginning choir, as well as with the Advanced Treble Choir. This class will also have the opportunity to attend choral festivals and sing for school wide events throughout the year. 

Advanced Middle School Treble Choir- 4th Period:
7th/8th grade choir rehearses daily as part of the regular school day, and is open to returning choir students in 7th-8th grade. This course meets elective course requirements. Students will be introduced to intermediate/advanced music theory, musicianship, a variety of choral literature, healthy vocal technique, and performance opportunities. This class will have the opportunity to attend choral festivals and sing for school wide events throughout the year. 
 
High School Choir- 3rd Period:
High School Choir rehearses daily as part of the regular school day and is open to new and returning choir students. This course meets elective course A-G requirements. Students in High School Choir will be introduced to intermediate/advanced music theory, a variety of choral literature, proper vocal technique, and performance opportunities. It is encouraged that students stay in choir throughout both middle and high school. This class will have the opportunity to attend choral festivals and sing for school wide events throughout the year. This choir will also have the opportunity to attend an overnight field trip in the spring semester. 
 

After School Elementary Choir

2nd & 3rd Grade Choir
Rehearsal times TBD
Instructor TBD
For any students that love to sing, the choir program starts early in educating students on healthy vocal technique and musicianship skills.  In choir, we focus on creating a beautiful sound together and enjoying the process of music making.  We use movement, games and activities to encourage learning.  This group rehearses and performs once per semester at SJVA as well as participating in field trips to visit other choirs. 
 
4th & 5th Grade Choir
Rehearsal times TBD
Instructor TBD
This choir is a continuation in educating students on healthy vocal technique and musicianship skills.  This choir typically focuses on some harder music, often including songs with harmonies and more challenging rhythms. We use movement, games and activities to encourage learning.  This group rehearses and performs once per semester at SJVA as well as participating in field trips to visit other choirs.  Past field trips have included: Visiting the South Bay Children’s Choir in Los Angeles and visiting and performing with the Redlands Youth Choir at the University of Redlands.