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    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! 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 Honesdale School District and All-State is in Lancaster, PA.  The audition piece for Fusion, County and District Chorus is Achieved Is the Glorious Work.  I have posted the music at an attachment to the left of your screen.  Looking forward to a great year! Iconic Classics of My Childhood will be our theme for the Pops Concert.
    Chorus Trip is scheduled to New York City.  
    Fusion Begins - the first Friday of school!


    Concert Dress: 


    Chorus: Black pants/skirt and Black shirt and dress shoes.  



    POPS Concert Dress:



    Each year, a Pops T-shirt is designed for the concert.  Cost will not exceed $11.00.  The t-shirts are worn with black or khaki shorts or pants.




    Chorus Fundraiser:



    A chorus fundraiser will be planned in anticipation of a trip.  Students may use the fundraiser to cover the cost of the Pops T-shirts.  WATCH FOR THE PIE SALE FORM ON OCTOBER 23rd.




    Fusion Audition Information



    Fusion is a select mixed choral ensemble that performs music from all genres.  An audition is required for the group.  Auditions will begin the second day of school at 7:05am in the auditorium.  Part of the audition is punctuality.  AUDITION PACKETS  are available outside Mr. Latsha’s office.  You are expected to prepare the audition pieces for that first rehearsal.  Part independence is critical to the success of this group! Auditions will every day at 7:05am every day except Wednesday.




    County Chorus



    County Chorus Audition Piece:  Achieved Is the Glorious Work - Haydn 

    All of the information that you need is listed in the County/District Tab on the left.



    Audition Date:  Monday, October 2  – County Chorus Auditions at Central Columbia 6:00 p.m.



    Festival Dates: Wednesday, November 1, 2017 and Thursday, November 2, 2017 at Millville High School.  

     Concert: Thursday, November 2, 2017 at 7PM ($5 admission)




    Audition Requirements:



    Any BHS Chorus member in 9th through 12th grade may audition.  Prepare Achieved from beginning to end.  You will sing 30-45seconds of this choral piece unaccompanied as a solo.  The audition selection will be given to you the evening of auditions outside of the audition room.  ALL auditions MUST be LIVE and in person.  No taped auditions will be permitted.  You are evaluated in the categories of Pitch Accuracy, Intonation, Rhythm Accuracy, Tone Quality, Musicianship and Diction on a scale of 1-10 where 10 is the best.  The top 10-12 students will be selected to participate in the festival.  Do not audition if you cannot participate in both days of the festival.  Tuesday 8am-4pm  Wednesday 12:00pm – 8:30pm. 




    District Chorus



    District Chorus Audition piece:  Achieved Is the Glorious Work - Haydn (Yes, it is the same piece as County auditions)



    Audition Date:  Sunday, October 22  – District Chorus Auditions at Williamsport.  Time:  10:15am - 9pm Bring money for lunch at Hoss’



    Festival Dates:  District Chorus Wednesday thru Saturday (1/24-1/27) - Milton High School

    Audition Requirements:

    BHS Chorus member must be in 10th through 12th grade.  Two women per part are allowed from each school and four men per part allowed to audition from each school.  Students interested in auditioning for District Chorus MUST audition for County Chorus.  The representatives for the women’s parts are chosen through those auditions.  Prepare Achieved from beginning to end.  You will sing 45-60 seconds of this choral piece unaccompanied as a solo.  The audition selection will be given to you the evening of auditions outside of the audition room.  ALL auditions MUST be LIVE and in person.  No taped auditions will be permitted.  You are evaluated in the categories of Pitch Accuracy, Intonation, Rhythm Accuracy, Tone Quality, Musicianship and Diction on a scale of 1-10 where 10 is the best.  The top 10-12 students will be selected to participate in the festival.  Do not audition if you cannot participate in the entire festival.  You cannot leave the festival for ANY REASON.  If a student auditions successfully for the festival but is not prepared for the festival (does not know their music two weeks prior to the festival), I reserve the right to remove them from the festival.

    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.



     Audition Dates for Mary Poppins - Saturday, November 11 from 8am - 4:30pm

    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 usually slated for the first weekend in March. (This year's dates are March 9 and 10.)

    Mr. Latsha


    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
    Expecting much,
    Mr. Latsha



    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.  2012 All State Choris Member - Andrew Zimmerman.  Congratulations to Lyell Hintz and Dante Green for making 2013 State Chorus! Congrats to Jordan Marolf for being selected as an alternate. I am very proud of these young men!

    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