Dear Parents and Students,
Welcome to the South Aiken High School Choral Program! I am very excited to be a part of this team! I look forward to building relationships and making music with you! Perhaps one of the most valuable things about chorus is the bonds we build by uniting in song. Our bond will be strong when we make the best music possible. We will build strong bonds by singing together in unity.
My goal is for the choirs at South Aiken to be visible in the local community inside and outside Aiken County. I know that several students from the choir participated in All-State Choir activities, SC American Choral Directors Association, and SC Music Educators Association events. Possible events this year will feature some chorus students in performances with USC-Columbia’s choirs, adult community choirs, and other events in the greater Aiken area and South Carolina as a whole.
Music making helps us be better people. In a changing society, it is the creative, innovative, problem solvers who will direct the future. Choir develops those skills. Wherever you are on your musical journey, there is a place for you in the choir. It is my hope that you take the music, the memories, the relationships, and the skills with you throughout life to make you a stronger person and be a better citizen.
Though there is a place for everyone in the choir, only a very few will be the best. Nothing, and I mean NOTHING, can take the place of hard work. There will always be people more talented than you, but hard work and persistence can take you farther than others. Our choirs will work hard to be the BEST choir program in South Carolina.
In this program, we encourage students to audition and be a part of special ensembles, festivals, and events that nurture musical development and experiences in addition to the performance opportunities at South Aiken High School.
All of these positive events occur because of the great support system we have from the local community at South Aiken. I would like to thank our new principal Mr. Samuel Fuller, the SAHS Choir Booster Club, and our, and our chorus parents. Please join us at our Choir Booster Club meetings this fall to help ensure that our growth and success continues throughout the duration of the 2018-2019 school year.
You can reach me via phone at 803-306-6893 or email at firstname.lastname@example.org. Please feel open to contact me if you have any questions or would like to become involved in our growing choral program. I also hope you will take the time to become involved with our booster club, and to share ideas on how to make this year even better. If you have any suggestions or questions, you can reach our current SAHS Choir Booster Club president Nonica Livingston@gmail.com.
I look forward to an excellent year with you and I am thrilled about the music making experiences that lie ahead for our students. Thank you for all of your support.
Dr. Brad Green
Chorus students will participate in a daily musical rehearsal, utilizing structured vocal warm-ups, sight-reading exercises, and learning a diverse choral repertoire. The daily rehearsal will help students gain skills within music reading, music theory, solfege, tone quality, vowel production, as well as forming a sense of community within our ensembles. The repertoire selected for each performance will be from a variety of musical eras and styles to increase each student’s exposure and experience with various types of musical literature.
- Chorus will help students become well-rounded, competent musicians and singers.
- Every student will have the skills and knowledge to read and decode music, through the use of solfege.
- Students will learn how to produce a healthy vocal technique.
- Students will understand the importance of listening skills and blending within the ensemble, specifically with vowel unification.
- Students will sing music from a plethora of musical genres and time periods (Medieval, Renaissance, Baroque, Classical, Romantic, and 20th Century).
- Students will sing in 3-Part mixed formation, and SATB.
- Students will understand the importance of the rehearsal process, and participate to achieve successful quarterly performances.
- Students will contribute to the choral community and realize the importance of a unified choral group.