Students interested in music can explore their talents through several different choral groups:
Students in Beginning Choir are exposed to the elements of music theory and a brief overview of musical periods, with an emphasis on the major composers of each era. The primary focus of the course, however, is performance. We teach basic vocal technique and give students the opportunity to perform musical selections of varying styles. Although the majority of the students who take the course will not become professional musicians, it is our hope that they will understand and appreciate excellence in performance and develop a love for music. Chorale students are selected through an audition process and focus on advanced vocal technique, musical skills and performance practices.
Students take great pride in participating in the culminating concert each semester. Many students participate in volunteer or auditioned choral groups that take part in District and State Honor Chorus auditions and Festivals.
Celebration is the liturgical music group of Mount Carmel Academy. Membership consists of singers and instrumentalists and is open to any student or faculty member of Mount Carmel. Auditions are held for opportunities to serve as cantors and soloists.
The purpose of Celebration is to develop self-assurance and leadership qualities in its members through their experiences as leaders of the liturgical music at school-sponsored liturgies and assemblies. Meetings are held every Thursday from 3:30-5 p.m.
Chorale is a select group of about 30 singers in grades 9-12 who participate in such activities as All-State and All-District Honors Chorus auditions and the Solo and Ensemble Festival. Chorale performs at the Christmas and Spring Concerts at Mount Carmel, participates in the District and State Large Ensemble Festivals, and performs for various events. Membership is by audition only. Rehearsals are on Tuesdays from 3:30-5:30 p.m.
Encore membership is open to eighth and ninth grade students. New members will be accepted for the first two months of each semester. Membership is closed in October for fall semester and February for spring semester.
Performances: Encore is invited to sing at special events such as Catholic Schools Week, Celebration in the Oaks, school liturgies, local festivals and workshops. Members may audition in the fall for LMEA District Junior High Honor Choir.
Requirements: Members must attend rehearsals scheduled on the Encore calendar from 3-5 p.m., participate fully in Honor Choir, if selected, and attend all performances and events. All members participate in the LMEA District Large Ensemble Festival in the spring.
Tri-M is the National Music Honor Society. This organization is open to any student that has demonstrated musical ability, academic excellence, and character. Students may be inducted at the end of their sophomore year. This club provides an opportunity for instrumentalists to be involved with the school’s music program. They frequently provide instrumental music at choir concerts and other events throughout the year.