Choir

Join the award-winning Vocal Department!


Our choirs have won unanimous Superior ratings at all festivals, worked with Grammy-award-winning artist, Avi Kaplan, from Pentatonix, and have toured San Francisco, CA, San Diego, CA, and, most recently performed at Carnegie Hall, NYC!

For more information, check out www.canyonchoir.com

How to Join? 

The Vocal Music Department is a dedicated to maintaining a community based on respect, exemplary musical artistry, and teamwork. We recognize the unique qualities within each person in our “Choir Family” and are committed to creating a safe and nurturing space for all students to explore, build confidence, and grow in as musicians and individuals.

Students in the Vocal Department will find comprehensive instruction focused on a variety of musical styles (Classical, Pop, Broadway, Jazz, Multi-Cultural), healthy vocal technique, musicianship skills (sight-reading and music theory), solo singing, audition and performance technique, and leadership skills. Solo opportunities, including individual coaching, are available for all students and in all styles. Our department strives to offer students unparalleled experiences in vocal education, music careers, travel, and hands-on workshops with professionals in the music industry.

CHS choirs have won unanimous Superior ratings at all festivals, were ranked 1st place Overall for Music in the Parks, and were selected for the 2018 Top Choirs for Nationals in NYC at Carnegie Hall.  Students in our program have worked with Grammy-award-winning artist,  Avi Kaplan, from Pentatonix,  Vanderbilt University’s nationally-renowned a cappella group, Melodores, and The Young American’s touring cast.  Additionally, students have received numerous clinics and scholarship opportunities from visiting university faculty.

Students from the Choir Family have shared that being in choir has helped them build essential skills in leadership, teamwork, public speaking, and self-confidence, to emerge as confident young adults with a lifelong love of music.



COURSES
Bass Clef Choir- Lower voices, all levels (no audition)

Treble Clef Choir- Higher voices, all levels (no audition)
Concert Choir- Mixed voices, intermediate (audition required)
Advanced Treble Clef- Higher voices, advanced (audition required)
*Honors Chamber Singers- Mixed voices, advanced (audition required)
Extra-curricular Opportunities- A Cappella, Barbershop, and Beautyshop Groups.

Types of Choirs

Treble Clef Choir

This course is open to all treble clef singers (soprano & alto).  This course focuses on building fundamental musicianship skills including healthy vocal technique, music theory, sight reading, and performing SSA choral literature for the beginning/intermediate women’s ensemble. Students will learn to sing in a variety of vocal styles, including Classical, jazz, pop, and musical theater. 

Bass clef Choir

This course is open to all bass clef singers (tenors & basses).  This course focuses on building fundamental musicianship skills including healthy vocal technique, music theory, sight reading, and performing TTB choral literature for the beginning/intermediate men's ensemble. Students will learn to sing in a variety of vocal styles, including Classical, jazz, pop, and musical theater. 

Concert Mixed Choir

 

This intermediate mixed choir requires a thorough audition that showcases the singer's ear, vocal range, and familiarity with music .  This course focuses on building fundamental musicianship skills including healthy vocal technique, music theory, sight reading, and performing mixed choral literature for the intermediate/advanced mixed ensemble. Students will perform a variety of vocal styles, including Classical, jazz, pop, and musical theater. Students may participate in choral festivals, competitions, and other travel opportunities.
 
 

Advanced Treble Clef Choir

This is our Advanced Treble Clef Choir, which requires an extensive audition that includes sight-reading, musicianship testing, and solo singing. This is an advanced course focusing on SSAA literature from all periods of music.  Students will develop advanced vocal and musicianship skills, as well as sight-reading and music history training. Students will learn to sing in a variety of vocal styles, including Classical, jazz, pop, and musical theater. Students may participate in choral festivals, competitions, and other travel opportunities. 

*Honors Chamber Singers

This advanced mixed ensemble requires an extensive audition that includes sight-reading, solo and ensemble singing, and musicianship testing. Students will study advanced SATB literature for a cappella, chamber, and jazz ensembles. Students will learn to sing in a variety of vocal styles, including classical, jazz, pop, and musical theater. Students may participate in choral festivals, competitions, and other travel opportunities.
 

FAQs

•   Do I need to have a good voice to join choir? No— all students and all levels are welcome! You will learn to sing in a group setting that is safe and supportive.

•   Is choir an actual class during school hours? Yes. Choir class is during the school day just like any other class. There are no choir classes after school.

•   Can I do choir as well as sports/drama/AP courses? Absolutely! We have students in all of the mentioned activities, from varsity football to the musicals after school. Just speak with your counselor to get choir onto your schedule.

•   What kind of music will I learn in choir? You will learn all types of music, from Broadway and Pop (rock, funk, jazz, indie, etc) to Classical. Students will never be forced to sing a solo, however, solo opportunities are available to those who are interested.

Program Advisor: Ariel Lambrecht-May

alambrecht@orangeusd.org

Ariel Lambrecht-May (Mrs. May) is a Southern California native. She earned a Bachelor of Music Education (Vocal Emphasis) from Chapman University's Hall-Musco Conservatory of Music in 2010. While at Chapman, Mrs. May participated in Chapman’s world-renowned University Singers, co-founded Chapman’s premier cappella group, SoundCheck, and was president of the American Choral Director's Association (ACDA) collegiate chapter. She studied voice with Margaret Dehning and piano with Laszlo Lak. In 2014, she graduated from the University of California, Irvine with a Masters in Teaching Music. Mrs. May has had the honor of conducting ensembles including the Chapman University Singers, University Choir, and the Orange County Women's Chorus, and has studied under such conductors as Joseph Modica, D.M., Eliza Rubenstein, and Chelsea Dehn. She has extensive experience as a vocal teacher, conducting master classes and lessons with students in classical, musical theater, and jazz repertoire. From 2010-2013 she served on the vocal and piano faculty at the Young Americans College of Performing Arts. Her students have gone on to become teachers, performers, and recording artists. 

In addition to teaching, Mrs. May enjoys performing with choral ensembles throughout Orange County and Los Angeles. She has been a soloist and chorister with the Pacific Chorale, Meistersingers, De Angelis Vocal Ensemble, Orange County Choral Society, and the Orange County Women's Chorus. When not rehearsing or performing, Mrs. May enjoys spending time with her husband, also a musician, and their dog, Gemma.