Thanks for all of your hard work last class! Today you will start all together with Josh leading warm-ups and doing some solfege work. Then, you will divide and conquer!


The tenors and basses with stay in the music room with Josh and will start to look at the opening TTBB section of Loch Lomond. There will be a password on the board to unlock youtube, so you can start off with a recording to refresh your memory on what the opening should sound like. Maybe Nolan can help plunk out parts, and you can see if you can get the opening men’s section to a spot where you know the parts enough to get through it. You can then review the die die’s to the end, and maybe review your work in Afternoon on a Hill and Light of a Clear Blue Morning before you tackle Baleilakka. Once you get to Baleilakka, first review the chorus and verse sections. Then, using the recording to remind you of pronunciation if need be, see if you have time to work on the “sadugudu” section. With this part, the more repetition, the easier it will get! Good luck today, and stay focused! Thanks in advance for you hard work!


You can head into the auditorium, more room to spread out with your parts! You will first be focusing on Only In Sleep. I have asked Madeleine to keep everyone on track and help where it is needed! Thanks Madeleine!

All SSAA voices will learn this! I am so proud of all who auditioned for the solo. I wish I could have had you all do it! The solo will be sung by Rachel Dumont – CONGRATULATIONS! This will be sung in our spring concert with Treble and Chamber SSAA combined voices. It will also be sung at Disney with SSAA combined voices! Please spend today with your learning track and work in small groups or sections with the laptops to help solidify your part. It’s a touch song, but the parts are pretty straight forward on their own. In a dream world, we would just be able to run it when I return and at least get from beginning to end. THAT WOULD BE CRAZY. If’ you’re feeling brave at the end you can run through it with your section, or as a group! This is in a six part split, and your part assignments are written on an awkward piece of paper located in my little silver chamber choir drawer on the right side of the black sound system console. There is a Treble drawer with a red dot, and a Chamber drawer with a blue dot – the hand written list is in one of these! Please locate it and figure out where I’ve assigned you! I forgot to type it up so I don’t have a copy with me here in NYC! Ahh! Here is my best estimation from my unreliable memory- just in case you can’t locate it. (Disclaimer: I will feel really badly if this wrong and you have to re-learn a part. I apologize in advance for this.) 

Solo: Rachel D

S1: Lily KW, Caitlyn L, Pearl

S2: Madeleine B, Ella P, Rowan, Julia P, Shannon

S3: Amanda, Adeline, Ania, Hannah L, Hannah P, Sarah P, Ella O

A1: Logan, Grace, Kristen, Audrey, Eliza, Emily S, Emily V

A2: Liberty, Violet, Kellie, Liz, Josh P, Sara S

A3: Eleanor, Emma, Rachel P, Brynn, Molly

I would definitely look for that paper. Go with whatever that says! This is my 1 am brain trying to remember it…..yikes.

If there’s time remaining you can review your work in our other songs – Afternoon, Light of A Clear Blue Morning, and Baleilakka! You can use youtube recording to help with any/all of these! Thanks in advance for your hard work!

Here are the tracks:

Soprano 1

Soprano 2

Soprano 3

Alto 1

Alto 2

Alto 3


Balanced Voices

BHS Chamber Choir Syllabus 2018-2019

Faculty NameAshley Albert

Office Hours: Orange 3-4, Black 1-2

Academic Role

Chamber Choir is the advanced, honors level performance course for vocalists at BHS. With regard to our High School Music Curriculum, “performing” is an artistic process that embraces 5 critical elements:

1) Selecting… artistic works or repertoire to perform

2) Analyzing… structure and composition

3) Interpreting… the expressive intent of the composer

4) Rehearsing/Evaluating/Refining… all the details and nuances of each selection through independently developed cognitive knowledge and motor skills

5) Presenting… the selections that are sufficiently prepared to be ‘brought back to life’ for an assembled audience

Course Description

Chamber Choir is a performance-based course designed to develop students’ personal maturity, vocal ability and musical aptitude at a collegiate level. Curriculum will be centered on carefully selected literature, composed for 4 or more part choir. While this course is open to all BHS students by audition only, those unwilling or unable to commit to the required performances each semester should not be enrolled. Attendance at all rehearsals and performances is mandatory.

Learning Outcomes

  • Advanced application of verbal and non-verbal cues in daily rehearsal.
  • Successful ensemble performance of literature that reflects growth in musical concepts.
  • Successful ensemble performance of literature that reflects growth in personal responsibility to the ensemble.
  • Successful ensemble performance of literature that reflects growth in vocal development.
  • Successful performance of advanced High School and College level literature.

Textbooks & Reading Materials

  • Choral Folder, pencil, assigned music.

Expectations & Classroom Conduct:

General Rehearsal Expectations:

Collegiate focus and application of musical aptitude are expected. Be in your assigned seat with your folderon time and ready to work. Students may only leave class with a previously issued pass or for other unique circumstances. Hats, food, gum and drinks are not permitted in class.


  • In School: Unless you are excused from school, you are expected to be in class. A single skip  WILL result in a ZERO for the daily assessment and/or the right to take part in upcoming concerts.
  • Concerts, Dress Rehearsals and Sectionals: There are several REQUIRED Concert performances each semesteras well as two mandatory dress rehearsals. Absences from these will only be excused in the case of family emergencies, AND with a note and phone conversation with a parent or guardian. Absences for any other reason may result in a loss of credit for the course, at the teacher’s discretion.

Choral Music and Folders:

These are the property of the School. The privacy afforded a student with regard to lockers or personal notebooks does not apply to a BHS Choral Folder or its contents. The minimal expectation is that you are absolutely prepared for rehearsals and concerts. If taking the music home from time to time is necessary for you to accomplish this, please do so. Students who lose, steal, or vandalize BHS Folders and/or music will be responsible for reimbursing the music department for the aforementioned materials.

Grading Policies: (Please also see the BHS Music Standards tab of this website)

Standards Based grading:

Standards-Based Grading places emphasis on student achievement as the chief factor in grading and assessing students. It is a grading format that is designed to better report student understanding to parents in a given subject. A student’s grade in choir reflects their ability to master concepts by the end of each term.

Why is this Occurring in Choir?

Eventually all classes at the secondary level will be assessed in this way. The nature of a music class is all about performance – knowing through doing. In short, the way we demonstrate knowledge is by performing that knowledge. This is really the same basic way music classes have always been assessed- it is just in a more formal way. For a detailed explanation of the standards themselves and how they are being evaluated, please refer to the BHS Music Standards tab at the top of this page.

Chamber Choir students will be assessed:

1. Each week via productivity, progress made, and following rehearsal protocol (posture, breathing, etc).

2. Each quarter via individual assignments.

3. Each semester via mid-term and final exams.

4. Through performance in an end of term public concert.

5. Preparation for run-out concerts in the community.

Other Important Information:


Performance Attire