As a result of successfully completing the course, the following skills/knowledge will be enhanced:
Sight singing and ear training, vocal production, vocal/musical independence, choral tone, exposure to diverse choral literature, rhythm, choral blend, choral balance, and musical maturity.
The purpose of this course is to present and opportunity for students to participate in a large select choral ensemble. Selected choral compositions, both secular and sacred, from a wide variety of historical styles and periods as well as diverse cultures will be explored and performed. In addition Choral/Orchestral works will be performed in conjunction with the Oratorio Chorus at least once per academic year.
University Singers helps students achieve the following broad degree outcomes:
1. Learn essential elements of music and music performance.
2. Understand the basic elements and structures of performance
3. Perform with appropriate vocal tone, technique, and musicality.
4. Communicate the intellectual, emotional, and aesthetic qualities of
choral music to a diverse society.
All rehearsals and performances are required.
Four absences (excused or unexcused) are allowed during the semester. After four absences each absence thereafter will lower the letter grade one letter grade. Two tardies will equal one absence. The director retains the right to alter this policy in cases of individual emergencies, and situations beyond the student’s control. Students with class conflicts on Thursdays or other days should be very hesitant to exceed the number of allowed absences.
All members of choral organizations at Midwestern State University are expected to strive for excellence, exhibit outstanding attitudes, be punctual, sing with enthusiasm, and be diligent in pursuing and enhancing the art of choral singing.
Academic Dishonesty: Cheating, collusion, and plagiarism (the act of using source material of other persons, either published or unpublished, without following the accepted techniques of crediting, or the submission for credit of work not the individual’s to whom credit is given). Additional guidelines on procedures in these matters may be found in the Dean of Student’s Office.
Standards of Conduct:
Disruption of Teaching: Disruption of obstruction of teaching, research, administration, disciplinary proceedings, or other university activities authorized to be held or conducted on the premises of Midwestern State University. Such activity includes classroom behavior that interferes with either the instructor’s ability to conduct the class or the ability of other students to profit from the instructional program.
Instructor Drop: An instructor may drop a student any time during the semester for excessive absences, for consistently failing to meet class assignments, for an indifference attitude, or for disruptive conduct.
Standards of Conduct
Federal privacy law prohibits me from releasing information about students to certain parties outside the university without the signed consent of the student. Thus, in almost all cases I will not discuss your academic progress or other matters with your parents. Please do not have them call me. Regardless of these important legal considerations, it is my general policy to communicate with the students, not the parents, even when a student has signed a consent form. College students are adults and are expected to behave accordingly.
If you need course adaptations or accommodations because of a disability, if you have emergency medical information that needs sharing, or if you need special accommodations in case the building must be evacuated, please make an appointment with the professor as soon as possible.