Vocal techniques: Breath support, phonation, resonance, diction (vowel and consonant formation), various visual and physical techniques to encourage healthy singing.
Ensemble techniques: Choral blend, intonation, understanding conducting gestures.
Repertoire: Standard choral repertoire from all historical periods; works in various languages (most commonly Latin, German, French and Italian as well as English) will be prepared, with appropriate attention given to correct pronunciation. Each work will be performed in an appropriate style.
Rehearsal and performance
Grades are based on the students’ regular preparation for rehearsals, attentiveness and effort during rehearsals, and musical contribution to the ensemble. Frequently during the semester, certain passages of music are assigned to be learned for an upcoming rehearsal, during which solo quartets (one singer per part) are heard by the instructor in private. Students are graded on their achievement on these assignments.
60% Assigned passages (minimum 3 tests)
20% Contribution to Ensemble (musical/vocal)
20% Attitude / Effort (ongoing assessment)
Every 15 minutes of unexcused absence or lateness will lower the final grade by 1%. Absence and lateness will be cumulative – whenever a student’s combined absence or lateness adds up to 15 minutes, 1% will be deducted from the final grade. A drop of 30% due to absence or lateness will result in a UN grade and expulsion from the choir.
Students who are absent without valid excuse from a Dress Rehearsal will not be permitted to perform in the concert, and will fail the course.
Unexcused absence from a concert will result in a failing grade. Every 2 minutes of unexcused lateness to the warm-up and rehearsal immediately prior to a concert (the concert call) will lower the final grade by 1%. Any student who is more than 40 minutes late to a concert warm-up without a valid excuse will not be permitted to perform in the concert, and will fail the course.
Absences will be excused for reasons of illness or emergency; written documentation must be provided.
Attendance at all rehearsals and concerts is assumed; perfect attendance does not increase the final grade.
Through rehearsal and performance of standard choral repertoire from all historical periods, the successful student will be able to demonstrate the fundamentals of healthy vocal technique, musical style, and ensemble performance and discipline.
Students may be required to purchase one or more of the scores used during the semester.
Course Guidelines for previous years are viewable by selecting the version desired. If you took this course and do not see a listing for the starting semester / year of the course, consider the previous version as the applicable version.
|Institution||Transfer Details||Effective Dates|
|Kwantlen Polytechnic University (KPU)||KPU MUSI 1269 (2)||2004/09/01 to -|
|Simon Fraser University (SFU)||SFU GE 1XX (2)||2004/09/01 to -|
|Thompson Rivers University (TRU)||TRU MUSI 180 (3)||2004/09/01 to 2010/08/31|
|Thompson Rivers University (TRU)||TRU MUSI 1800 (3)||2010/09/01 to -|
|Trinity Western University (TWU)||TWU MUSI 182 (1)||2004/09/01 to -|
|University of British Columbia - Okanagan (UBCO)||No credit||2004/09/01 to -|
|University of British Columbia - Vancouver (UBCV)||DOUG MUSC 1144 (2) & DOUG MUSC 1244 (2) = UBCV MUSC 154 (3)||2004/09/01 to -|
|University of Northern BC (UNBC)||No credit||2004/09/01 to -|
|University of the Fraser Valley (UFV)||UFV MUSC 1XX (1.5)||2005/09/01 to -|
|University of Victoria (UVIC)||DOUG MUSC 1144 (2) & DOUG MUSC 1244 (2) = UVIC MUS 180F (2)||2015/05/01 to -|
|University of Victoria (UVIC)||UVIC MUS 180 (0.5) or UVIC MUS 1XX (0.5)||2004/09/01 to 2015/04/30|
|Vancouver Island University (VIU)||VIU MUSC 1st (2)||2004/09/01 to -|