• CHORAL PROGRAM COURSES

    Freshman Choir:  1 Credit, Ames
    Students are admitted to the Freshman Choir after successful completion of 8th Grade Chorus or by audition. Throughout the year of membership in the Freshman Choir, students will work toward an autonomous musical experience. Study includes a variety of musical genres, sung in large and small ensembles, with additional solo opportunities, including the NYSSMA solo-festival. The ensemble meets daily, and students are additionally required to meet weekly in sectional rehearsals. Grading is based on progress in a number of musical disciplines, including history, theory, vocal-production, and most importantly, music reading skills. Attendance is mandatory for all school-sponsored performances.

    Treble Choir:  1 Credit, MHS; open to all Treble Voices in Grade 10
    This course is open to students after successful completion of Ninth Grade Choir or by audition indicating superior ability in sight- reading and vocal production. Further development of vocal production and musical sensitivity, with emphasis on the analysis and performance of the large art forms and major composers, can include four-part unaccompanied literature and major works with orchestration in English and foreign texts. A variety of performance experiences is offered, including solo and small ensemble opportunities. All members are required to attend both within school and out of school scheduled performances and all members are required to participate in a weekly sectional rehearsal. Additional home study is required. Grading is based on musical development in rehearsals, performances, and lessons

    A Cappella Choir:  1 Credit, MHS; open to male students in Grades 10 - 12 and female students in Grades 11 and 12
    This course is open to students after successful completion of Freshman Choir Program (for 10th grade tenors and basses) or Treble Choir (for 11th grade altos and sopranos) or by audition indicating superior ability in sight-reading and vocal production. Further development of vocal production and musical sensitivity, with emphasis on the analysis and performance of the large art forms of major composers, can include eight-part unaccompanied literature and major works with orchestration English and foreign texts. A variety of performance experiences is offered, including solo and small ensemble opportunities. Students are scheduled on a daily basis and are required to participate in all school-sponsored events, both within school and out of school scheduled performances. All members are required to participate in a weekly sectional rehearsal. Additional home study is required. Grading is based on musical development in rehearsals, performances, and lessons. 

    Crooners:  No credit, Open to Tenor and Bass students in Grades 9 - 12
    Massapequa High School Crooners is a co-curricular ensemble and is an extension of the studies that take place in the choral classroom. This ensemble is geared toward more advanced singers. For this reason, anyone who wishes to audition for Crooners must be in one of the curricular choral ensembles offered at the high school level (Ames Campus or MHS Main Campus). Students wishing to audition for Crooners must meet the following criteria:

    • Membership in one of the MHS choral ensembles with a minimum average of a 90
    • Possess sight reading skills at Level 5 or 6 NYSSMA as determined by one of the following:
      • a NYSSMA solo evaluation (earning a minimum sight-reading score of 7 out of 10 and a cumulative minimum score of 93
      • the recommendation of the current school chorus teacher attesting to the fact that the student’s sight-reading ability meets the aforementioned criteria

    Chordettes:  No Credit, Open to Soprano and Alto students in Grades 9 - 12
    Massapequa High School Chordettes is a co-curricular ensemble and is an extension of the studies that take place in the choral classroom. This ensemble is geared toward more advanced singers. For this reason, anyone who wishes to audition for Chordettes must be in one of the curricular choral ensembles offered at the high school level (Ames Campus or MHS Main Campus). Students wishing to audition for Chordettes  must meet the following criteria:

    • Membership in one of the MHS choral ensembles with a minimum average of a 90
    • Possess sight reading skills at Level 5 or 6 NYSSMA as determined by one of the following:
      • a NYSSMA solo evaluation (earning a minimum sight-reading score of 7 out of 10 and a cumulative minimum score of 93
      • the recommendation of the current school chorus teacher attesting to the fact that the student’s sight-reading ability meets the aforementioned criteria