Choir

Choir

Choir classes from 5th-12th grade are optional and open to all students. Students will focus on healthy vocal technique, fundamentals of music theory, history, sight-singing, and the rehearsal of music. Concerts are performed throughout the year by each choir. Choral music is an incredible avenue toward building better musicians and better people. Through teamwork, performance, music literacy and creativity, students are able to develop their self-esteem and ability to express themselves. Through exposure to many different musical styles and periods, they are more aware of history and the world cultures. They also begin to understand the impact that music can have in their lives and in the lives of others. Most importantly, students will develop self-discipline and learn to work cooperatively.

The DIS choir is comprised of 4th and 5th grade auditioned singers that practice outside of the school day. 6th grade show choir is an enrollment option for any student and performs in town in the Christmas season. Both DIS choirs participate in the Cupcake Choir Fundraiser, Christmas on Durant Mainstreet, Circle the State with Song and the Sandy Lake Choir Contest.

The DMS choir is comprised of a Boys and Girls choir & show choir. Students in both choirs perform throughout the school year and travel to Branson each May.

The DHS choir is comprised of the Varsity Men's Choir, Varsity Women's Choir, Varsity Mixed Chorale, Junior Varsity Choir and Jazz Choir. Class instruction includes the study of all classifications of choral literature and sight-reading. Rehearsals and public performances outside of class are mandatory parts of the course. In addition, individual performance is encouraged.

Optional opportunities for students interested in choir are:

  • "Appawse" - Appawse is the DMS Show Choir. It is a select mixed ensemble of students from the girls and boys choirs. Rehearsals occur outside of the school day. Hard work and dedication will be expected. Commitment is essential. Rehearsals will be on Thursdays from 3:15-4:00pm and attendance will be mandatory.

  • All Choir Musicals - High School, Middle School and selected Elementary School students participate annually in an all choir musical. Participation is optional and require a large commitment. Performances are held at Durant High School and have traditionally sold out shows during the musical.

  • All-OCDA JH Honor Choir - This choir is a more advanced choir than All-District. The audition requires three pieces of music, two of which are also All-District audition pieces. The audition fee is $10 and is the responsibility of the students.

  • Broadway Lights -Broadway lights is a continuation of the musical theatre experience for the spring semester which includes solos, group and choreographed numbers from various Broadway shows. The audition process and the rehearsals are designed to develop the "triple threat" performer, which includes, acting, singing, and dancing. The performers are selected through an audition process. Performances are held at Durant High School.
  • Circle the State with Song/OMEA Children’s Chorus - CTSWS is a 4th-8th grade honor choir that is selected based on auditions. A limited number of students meet on a Saturday in February at DMS and rehearses for 6 hours and then perform a concert. This choir is for treble voices only. Students selected to participate are responsible for their own registration fee of $45 as well as learning the music on their own. Students who participate in CTSWS can also submit an audition CD for selection to the All-State Children’s Chorus. If selected, the student will spend three days in Tulsa during the Oklahoma Music Educator’s Association’s state convention. Hotel and registration cost is the responsibility of the student.

  • OU Young Men’s Vocal Workshop - This is a field trip that is available for all boys, grades 6-12, enrolled in choir. Students will learn 3 songs in class and will travel to OU in Norman and rehearse with boys from all over the state. All students will perform a concert of the music learned that afternoon. Music, lunch, and a t-shirt are provided.

  • S.E. All-District Honor Choir - This choir is for those students willing to work outside of class to learn two pieces of music and then audition alone for judges in October. The audition fee is $10 and is the student’s responsibility.

 

 

OSSAA


The Durant High School choir program competes in Class 5A of the Oklahoma Secondary Schools Activities Association. OSSAA is the governing body that oversees rules, regulations, and information regarding school competitive activities in the state of Oklahoma.

 

 

 

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This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it., DHS Choir Director
(580) 924-4424 (voice)
(580) 924-3642 (fax)


This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it., DMS Choir Director
(580) 924-1321 (voice)
(580) 924-8278 (fax)

This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it., DIS Choir Director
(580) 924-1397 (voice)(580) 920-7940 (fax)