- STUDENT LIFE
The choir program is designed to instruct students in the development and care of their voice. Junior and senior high students are given individual voice checks to determine range and ability to match pitch.
First through fifth grade students receive instruction in general music twice a week. Based on a repertoire of folk, classical, and sacred music, these classes cover the basic elements of music including vocal technique, rhythm, harmony, note-reading, cultural music, and music history.
In addition to the weekly music classes, all students participate in the elementary choirs which perform during the annual Christmas and spring concerts. The fourth through sixth grade choir also competes in the Illinois Association of Christian Schools (IACS) Fine Arts Tournament.
Sixth, seventh, and eighth grade students participate in the Junior High Choir. This class further develops the vocal skills learned in the elementary choirs through more challenging repertoire and expanded part-singing. Opportunities are also available to participate in smaller ensembles. As in elementary, the Junior High Choir performs for the school Christmas and Spring concerts and competes at the IACS Tournament.
Senior high choir builds on the principles taught in junior high choir. Students are exposed to standard sacred and secular repertoire of SATB music. Students may also participate in a variety of smaller ensembles. The choir performs for concerts at MMBA as well as in the community. Performance dress is black dress for the ladies and tuxes for the men.