• Bloomsburg High School Chorus

     NYC Trip Itinerary posted in the folder on the left! 

    Drama /Chorus New York City Trip – June 14, 2017

    Arrival time at BHS: 7:00am to 7:15am

    Board Coach: 7:15am to 7:30am

    Depart School Parking Lot: 7:30am (Coach departs PROMPTLY at 7:30am.  DO NOT BE LATE!)

    Arrive in NYC: 10:30am to 11:00am

    Drop off – 51st Street and 7th Avenue (Close to the Starlight Diner)

    11:00am  - Show Time – Free time in the city to GET LUNCH, shop and stroll.  Pay attention to your time so that you are not late for your show! 


    BRING $40.00 For Lunch and Supper


    Show Times and Locations

    Aladdin - Show Time 1pm - arrive at theater at 12:30pm

    New Amsterdam   214 42nd Street between 7th and 8th Ave.

    Wicked - Show Time 2pm - arrive at theater at 1:30pm

    Gershwin Theatre 222 51st Street

    Anastasia - Show Time 2:30pm - arrive at theater at 2:00pm

    Broadhurst Theatre 235 44th Street


    Pickup 6pm sharp at 51st and 7th Ave!

    Be on Time!


    7:30pm Dinner Stop:  Food Court and Mall Shopping at the Rockaway Mall

    11pm:  Arrive at Bloomsburg High School

     2017-18 Fusion Auditions
    Auditions begin the first Tuesday of school at 7:15am in the auditorium.
    To audition, you must prepare your part of "Achieved Is the Glorious Work:, the Alma Mater, the National Anthem and Sing We and Chant It.  Click on the 2017-18 Fusion file for the music!
    Achieved Is the Glorious Work Individual Parts
    Please click on the blue hyperlink! 
    Soprano:    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=6cmqK40cg74
    Alto:  https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=KqQTQ8CbR8o 
    Tenor:  https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=jZEOScF1534
    Bass:  https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=wq3gN1z-x6o 
    Dear 2017-18 Chorus,
    Welcome to Chorus!  Bring a love and passion for singing and a drive for choral excellence to our new home, Room 009 for a great experience in choral singing!    I expect the 2017-18 chorus to achieve such a great distinction!  There are several of you that should easily make County, District, Region and All-State Chorus.  County Chorus will be held at Millville. District Chorus will be held at Milton High School.  Region Chorus is hosted by __________(District 9)School District and All-State is in Lancaster, PA.  The audition piece for Fusion, County and District Chorus is Achieved Is Glorious Work.  I have posted the music at an attachment to the left of your screen.  Looking forward to a great year!  Our trip will be Hershey this year!  Our fundraiser will be a pie sale!

     Chorus Honor Roll
    All East Treble Choir:  Julia Bagnata (Atlantic City, NJ)
    All State Chorus :  Tim Kirk (Erie, PA)
    District and Region Chorus Members:
    Julia Bagnata, Kayla Bankes, Andrew Clickard, Joseph Guzevich, Patrick Halye, Colton Harvey, Katie Herald, Claire Hintz, Tim Kirk, Foster Krupp, Hannah Ledezma, Chad Lyman, Abby Stout, David Zimmerman, Theo Hintz 


    Julia Bagnata - All State Chorus (Hershey)
    All State Alternates were Hannah Ledezma and Tim Kirk.
    In 2014-15 - Dante Green, Jordan Marolf and Lyell Hintz represented BHS at All State Chorus. Dante Green represented BHS at All Eastern Chorus in Rhode Island.

    In 2013-14, Bloomsburg High School had 26 students attend County Chorus, 16 students attend District Chorus, 8 students attend Region Chorus and three students, Lyell Hintz, Jordan Marolf and Dante Green, attend State Chorus!  

    County Auditions

     Audition Date:  Monday after Fair
    Audition Location: Central Columbia High School 
    Audition Song:  Achieved is the Glorious Work - Haydn 
    Length of Audition: 30-45 seconds
     District Chorus Auditions:
    Audition Date:  Typically - the last Sunday in October
    Audition Location: Williamsport High School
    Length of Audition: 30-45seconds
    Audition Piece: Achieved is the Glorious Work - Haydn
     Once you are selected for District Chorus – you will need to prepare 8-10 pieces.  From that folder of new music, you will be required to present a 60-90 second audition rom two contrasting pieces in the folder to audition for Region Chorus.  The same format is used for the students to advance to State Chorus.
    Musical Auditions 
    Musical Auditions are hosted annually one or two weeks prior to Thanksgiving.  For those auditions, the students will need to prepare a 30 second ballad and 30 second character selection.  Students should know the entire show because they may be asked to sing more of the selection in the audition process.  Typically, a dance combination is taught at the audition and then a cold reading of scenes from the script are used to determine the character roles.  Shows are slated for March 9, and March 10 at 7:30pm and a 1pm Saturday Matinee.
    I think music in itself is healing. It's an explosive expression of humanity. It's something we are all touched by. No matter what culture we're from, everyone loves music.
    Billy Joel
    The wise musicians are those who play what they can master.
    Duke Ellington
    We must pursue greatness this year!


    Historical overview of the program:

    The Bloomsburg High School Choral/Vocal Program has established a tradition of excellence. Catch 22 (now Fusion), a select mixed ensemble, has performed at the Basilica of the Shrine of the Immaculate Conception in Washington, D.C. In 2003, Catch 22 received the Best Overall Choir caption award at the Music in the Parks Festival competition at Hersheypark. In 2004, eighteen students successfully auditioned for the Columbia-Montour County Chorus Festival and eight students auditioned successfully for the 2004 PMEA District 8 Chorus Festival. Six advanced to Region Chorus. Nina Schwartzman qualified as an alternate for State Chorus. Livia Lakatos made BHS history by representing BHS in the All- State Chorus for two consecutive years. In 2005, the BHS Chorus and Catch 22 tied for Best Overall Chorus and first place in the mixed choir category. In 2006, the Chorus for receiving a first place trophy for Mixed Choir and several individual trophies were received: Jordan Musser-outstanding accompanist, Allison Day-outstanding instrumentalist, percussion ensemble - outstanding musicians, Outstanding men's section and Eric Newby- outstanding soloist. In 2007, Catch 22 will again the feature choir for the 5:15Pm Saturday Mass at the Basilica of the National Shrine of Immaculate Conception in Washington, DC. In 2007, three students placed as alternates for the PMEA All-State Chorus: Jordan Musser, MacCambridge Dowd-Whipple and Ryan Dyas-Gordon. Jordan Musser was selected to represent Bloomsburg High School at the first annual Future Music Educator's Symposium held in conjunction with the PMEA All State Conference. In 2008, Ryan Dyas-Gordon was selected as an All-State Chorus alternate. 2009 County Chorus: Julia Davis, Mary Schlauch, Ausielee Nearhoof, Lanie Presswood, Maura Bekelja, Veronica Laudermilch, Cheyenne Martin, Emily Hudock, CJ Atherton, Matt Day, Rob Moyer, David Owen and Andrew Zimmerman. Cheyenne Martin, Maura Bekelja, Julia Davis, Dave Owen, Rob Moyer, Lanie Presswood and Matt Day performed in the District Chorus Festival held at BHS. Dave Owen and Lanie Presswood advanced to Region Chorus. The BHS Chorus performed for was adjudicated in 2009 and 2010 by Mrs. Linda Tedford, the director of choral activities at Messiah College. 2010 - Cheyenne Martin, Matt Day and Tyler Dalious represented BHS at District Chorus.

    Students can audition for two student-directed ensembles: The Amigos, a men's ensemble, and No Bass, a women's ensemble. If you are interested in developing your independent vocal technique, schedule Voice Class. If you are interested in understanding more about the structure of music, schedule Music Theory. Advanced honors levels of study may be pursued upon completion of level one of Voice and Theory.
    508 - Chorus
    Chorus is offered five times a week. The following areas of music will be explored by students who select this one credit course: 1) Rhythm, melody, form and tone color through the use of choral music; 2) Various periods and styles of choral music; 3) Techniques of singing; 4) Performance of music in required public performances. Students will also have the opportunity to tryout for County and District Chorus Festivals.
    Band/Chorus, Band Front/Band Chorus and Band Front/ Chorus are classes that permit students to be actively involved in the entire music program at BHS! It is possible and encouraged to excel in both areas.
    506 Music Theory I
    Music Theory gives students the opportunity to express their thoughts through a medium of music. The art of composition is explored through the use of Sibelius, a computer notation program. If you have the desire to express yourself through song writing, this class is for you. Of course, we need to be sure that you have understanding of the fundamental concepts of rhythm, melody, harmony and form so that your pieces sound good in the end! This course is a must if you plan to study music beyond the high school level. You will be able to read music better by the end of the year of study!
    507 Music Theory IIH
    Music Theory IIH is designed for more in-depth study of the elements of the structure of music. Beware, your appreciation for the structure of good music will be greatly enhanced by taking this course! Through the use of Sibelius, you will notate scores and easily change the key so any instrument can perform your song. Through the use of Ear master 4.0, you will be able to better write the melodies that get stuck in your head in the middle of the night. More rules for the structure of music are explored, followed and then broken! This course would prepare you well if you desire to have a music career someday. Because it is an honors course, there is some advanced work to complete prior to taking the course. The successful completion of the Theory I is required!
    509 Voice Class
    Are you unhappy with the sound of your voice? Do you want to sing like your favorite pop icon? Do you eat, sleep, drink and breathe the desire to be a singer? Do you just want to learn more about singing? Check out Voice Class I. You will learn to sing with ease! There are several ingredients to the success puzzle for aspiring vocalists: diction, a fancy word for pronounces words correctly, efficient use of the body to breathe and shape sounds, phrasing and dynamics. One of the tools that will help you to learn diction is the secret language of IPA. You'll have to take the course to learn how to use it effectively. Seriously, if it your desire to learn to sing better, this is the class for you.
    510 Voice Class IIH and 511 Voice Class IIIH
    If you loved the first level, you will certainly want to delve deeper into vocal study. This course is designed for the vocal dynamo that wants to study voice in college or pursue singing more actively after high school. the curriculum is designed to encourage you to dig deeper into singing technique so the voice is more effortless and more expressive. More practice is required in this level. Level III students will sing a complete 20 minute recital. Some advanced work needs to be accomplished prior to taking this class. Of course, successful completion of Level I is required.
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    E-mail me at tlatsha@bloomsd.k12.pa.us with any questions!
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    Mr. Latsha
Last Modified on June 12, 2017