Welcome to Children's Choir at SCS! We are glad you are here! We want this webpage to help you be successful, so we've put everything here you might need. Scroll down for answers to your questions about our vision, philosophy, music, staff, schedule, fees, expectations, and even help practicing! Remember, we want you to succeed, so if you don't see what you need, feel free to contact Dr. Hunter or Dr. Railey with any questions!
Our vision is for SCS to have a voluntary, excellent, and sustainable children's choir program for students in grades 2-6. We want this program to provide musical, vocal, and ensemble training and performance experience for all of our singers while also providing opportunities for our high-achieving musicians to participate at higher and higher levels as their skills increase. We are therefore going to strive to create a program that is accessible, graduated, and comprehensive in scope, such that it serves as both a complete musical and educational choral experience on its own and as a feeder program for our middle and high school choral programs.
We are guided by two fundamental principles:
1. All children who sincerely desire to participate in a choir should have either an opportunity or a pathway to an opportunity to do so. We believe that welcoming in such a manner is glorifying to God and displays His Image by reflecting His nature.
2. Children who demonstrate requisite levels of achievement should have the opportunity for advancement to higher levels of challenge and accomplishment. We believe that continuing to strive after excellence at all levels is glorifying to God and displays His Image by reflecting His nature.
Expectations of Members
All of our members must agree to and abide by the following expectations:
1. Membership Fee of $15.00 per student must be paid prior to the start of a Children's Choir rehearsal season. For Fall 2018, this means prior to Oct. 29.
2. Rehearal Attendance must be a high priority. Each member is allowed one (1) excused absence per rehearsal season. An excused absence is an absence which has been communicated to choir staff in writing before it occurs. Any absences beyond the one (1) allowed may result in the member being asked not to participate for the remainder of the rehearsal season.
3. Performance Attendance is fully expected of every member. Except for severe illness or family emergency, absence from a performance will not be excused. Clear communication of such emergencies is expected in as timely a manner as possible.
4. Rehearsal Etiquette is of vital importance to the success of any choir. Anything less than total respect for your directors, staff, and fellow singers will not be tolerated. Specifically, we expect our members to show respect in the following ways:
a. Be on time (5 minutes early) for all rehearsals and performances.
b. Be physically prepared with your music, water bottle, and pencil at every rehearsal.
c. Be mentally prepared by knowing all of the music you are expected to know.
d. Never interrupt a song or another person with your words or actions.
e. Take responsibility for your performance by maturely acknowledging your mistakes, asking good questions, and celebrating others' success.
f. Write down everything you are instructed to do.
For Fall 2018 (Christmas):
Sing Joy, Sing Gaudia by Greg Gilpin
Once in Royal David's City by Alexander/Gauntlett
Personet hodie arr. Betty Bertaux
Dona nobis pacem attr. W.A. Mozart
Stille Nacht by Franz Gruber
Joy to the World attr. G.F. Handel, arr. John Rutter
Dr. Micah Hunter (BME, Montana State University; MA in Music Ed, Canyon College; MCM in Choral Conducting, Pensacola Theological Seminary; DSM, Graduate Theological Foundation) is in his 13th year as Director of Choirs at SCS. For the first 12 of those years, he also taught elementary general music. Micah is so happy that he can maintain contact with our young musicians at SCS through his work with our Children's Choir!
Dr. Mark Railey (BA, Ouachita Baptist University; MDiv, Southern Baptist Theological Seminary; SciD, Immanuel Baptist Theological Seminary) has many years of experience teaching boychoirs. He comes to us this year as our new elementary general music teacher!
Mrs. Vicki Lambert (BS, Louisiana State University) has been teaching Latin and accompanying our choirs at SCS for 15 years. We are so thankful she'll be playing for us as well!
SCS Elementary Christmas Concert, Monday, December 10, 2018 at 7:00 p.m. (6:30 call time)
SCS All School Christmas Assembly, Wednesday, December 19 at 2:20 p.m. (1:50 call time)
All rehearsals are on Mondays and Thursdays in the Music Major Room (Rm. 101) from 3:10-4:30 p.m.:
M Oct. 29
R Nov. 1
M Nov. 5
R Nov. 8
M Nov. 12
R Nov. 15
M Nov. 19
M Nov. 26
R Nov. 29
M Dec. 3 (Dr. Hunter gone. Dr. Railey will run rehearsal alone.)
R Dec. 6
Click on the song title and your part to hear it played. Follow along with your music and sing along to practice!
Sing Joy, Sing Gaudia
Once in Royal David's City
Dona nobis pacem
Joy to the World (verse)
Joy to the World (descant)