Vocal Music

Lindsay Brown

Department Chair

The Vocal Music classes of the Fine Arts Department endeavor to cultivate an understanding and appreciation of the affective dimensions of humankind, as expressed in choral literature.

Kennedy Catholic High School Music Faculty:

Mr. Daniel Fischer - Director of Orchestra and Bands
Mrs. Lindsay Brown - Department Chair, Director of Choirs
Miss Frances McKamey - Elementary Band Program Director
Mr. Gerald Larkins - Elementary Bands

• I want to compete in athletics. Can I take music at the same time?
Yes, of course. Sports and music are compatible. Music classes are taken during the school day, while interscholastic sports take place after school. Students do not have to opt for one or the other. They can participate in both. Over two thirds of the current music students currently participate in a JV or varsity sport.

• When do we perform?
Performances happen frequently throughout the year. All choirs participate in a Christmas concert and a spring concert, as well as the Archdiocesan Festival of Choirs at Benaroya Hall in February. Other performances include regional choral assessments, collegiate choral festivals, assemblies, caroling, and tours, depending on the choir and need. Another important ministry of the choirs is to provide music for all-school liturgies.

• I am interested in musical theatre. Is the choir involved in one?
Kennedy Catholic High School presents a musical annually. While many choir students audition and choose to participate, it is an activity that separate from choir class.

What kind of music do we sing?
As a choir student, you will sing music from all different time periods and parts of the world. You will experience both sacred and secular music, a cappella and accompanied 21st century and 15th century, and everything in between.

• I like to sing but am not sure about singing alone or how good I actually am. Is choir for me?
Of course! All students with the desire and heart to sing should make choir a part of their day! Choir is an ensemble, which means that everyone sings together. There are solo opportunities in choir, but they are not mandatory. The beauty of choral music is that everyone comes together to create one product; we are a team. Don’t worry about how good you are- usually everyone is thinking that same thing. You will only get better and together, we are strong.

Courses

MU0910 TROUBADORS (OC/FA) (FULL YEAR)

This entry level mixed concert choir will develop singing skills, musical knowledge, and musicianship. No audition or experience is needed. Performances include school Masses, concerts, and festivals.

MU1201 KENNEDY CATHOLIC SINGERS (OC/FA) (FULL YEAR)

Admission by audition. This is a women’s ensemble for experienced singers. A wide variety of choral literature is performed, leading to a refinement of vocal technique and musicianship. Performances include school Masses, concerts, and festivals.

MU1102 EXCALIBUR (OC/FA) (FULL YEAR)

Admission by audition. This is a select ensemble for advanced singers. This group offers an opportunity for choral singing at the highest level, with music from all eras. Performances include school Masses, tours, assemblies, concerts, and festivals.