Bloomsburg High School Chorus

NEW Pops 2nd Round Audition Date:  May 2nd beginning at 4:30pm!  
The change was made to honor the request for more preparation time prior to the second round of auditions.  Use the time wisely!  ALL auditions must have sheet music provided with the exception of the acapella quartet and instrumentally accompanied acts. ALL vocals MUST be performed from memory.
Dear 2016-17 Chorus,
Welcome to Chorus!  Bring a love and passion for singing and a drive for choral excellence to our new home, Room 009 for a great experience in choral singing!  Last year, both choirs tied for first place in to separate categories at Hershey so we earned the Best Overall Choir Trophy!  I expect the 2016-17 chorus to achieve such a great distinction!  There are several of you that should easily make County, District, Region and All-State Chorus.  County Chorus will be held at Central Columbia. District Chorus will be held at Berwick High School.  Region Chorus is hosted by East Lycoming School District and All-State is in Erie, PA.  The audition piece for Fusion, County and District Chorus is Os Justi.  I have posted the music at an attachment to the left of your screen.  Looking forward to a great year!  Disney will be our theme for the Pops Concert.
Chorus:  Please sign up for text reminders about the concerts or vital information about fundraisers, etc.  To receive messages via text, text @16bhschoir to 81010. 
Fusion: If you are interested in joining 2016-17 Fusion, sign up for text alerts now!  To receive messages via text, text @16fusion to 81010.
Drama: If you are interested in receiving information about the 2016-17 Drama season! Please sign up to receive messages via text, text @16bhsdrama to 81010.

Chorus and Fusion Dates 2016-17

FUSION Friday, October 14 Football Game –Loyalsock – H – 7:00 p.m. Homecoming (Arrive 6:15pm Sing at 6:45pm Dress Nicely!)

District Chorus Auditions – Sunday, October 23 @ Williamsport 1:00 p.m.

October 24 – Look for the Chorus/Drama Pie Sale Form to come home for Thanksgiving delivery!!!

County Chorus Festival – November 1,2 @ Central Columbia (Updated November 2,3- typing error)

November 5 – Fusion sings National Anthem at Bloom Fire Hall for the Veterans Parade/Ceremony (Time 10:30 or 10:45am depends on when the parade is over!)

November 10 – Re-Creation in Concert at 7PM at the HS

November 12 -Musical Auditions 8am – 4:30pm High School Auditorium.  Please plan to enter by the FCS doors because there will be a Craft Show going on at the same time.

Saturday, December 3 – Fusion at Treefest Performance at 1:30pm Arrive at 1:15pm.  Formal Dress

Tuesday, December 6 - Middle School & High School Choral Concert @ HS Auditorium – 7:30 p.m.

Friday, December 9 – Suncom Christmas Party – Departure Time- TBA

Thursday, December 22 – Holiday Cheer Tour to the elementary schools Depart at 8:15am Return by noon.

Wednesday, January 4 – First Day of Rehearsal for Seven Brides for Seven Brothers

District Chorus – January 12 – 14 – Berwick

January 22 – Drama Gift Card Bingo at the Bloomsburg Fire Hall (Time: TBA)

Region Chorus – February 23 – 25 – Hughesville

February 27 – Musical Preview Day

March 3, 4 – Spring Musical: Seven Brides for Seven Brothers

April 3 – First Round of Pops Auditions in front of the chorus (preview your best 30 seconds of the piece!)

April 12 – 3:30-7:30pm Second Round of Pops Auditions (with the guest adult judging panel – You will need to sing the entire song.)

PMEA All State Band, Orchestra, Chorus at Erie – April 19 – 22

Wednesday, May 10 – High School Band & Chorus Concert @ HS Auditorium – 7:30 p.m.

Tuesday, May 23 – HS Chorus Pops Concert @ HS Auditorium 7:00 p.m.

CHORUS TRIP AND DRAMA TRIP DATES TBA – I AM CONSIDERING A DAY TRIP TO NYC TO SEE A MUSICAL.  NOTHING IS SET IN STONE YET.  All proceeds of the pie sale go to reducing the cost of the trip per student.  The other possibility is a trip to perform at Hershey Park again. 

Chorus: Black pants/skirt and Black shirt and dress shoes.  We wear the robes most of the time.

Pops Concert- Pops Tshirt (Cost not to exceed $11.00) and jean, khaki or black shorts/ pants.

Fusion Dress:  Specific to the performance event.


Watch for Pie Fundraiser Information next week! (10/24)

County Chorus


In 2015-16 - Julia Bagnata represented BHS at All State Chorus in Hershey.  All State Alternates were Hannah Ledezma and Tim Kirk.

 In 2014-15 - Dante Green, Jordan Marolf and Lyell Hintz represented BHS at All State Chorus. Dante Green represented BHS at All Eastern Chorus in Rhode Island.

In 2013-14, Bloomsburg High School had 26 students attend County Chorus, 16 students attend District Chorus, 8 students attend Region Chorus and three students, Lyell Hintz, Jordan Marolf and Dante Green, attend State Chorus!  Congratulations to these talented students!  Will the tradition of choral excellence be maintained in 2014-15?  

Once you are selected for District Chorus – you will need to prepare 8-10 pieces.  From that folder of new music, you will be required to present a 60-90 second audition rom two contrasting pieces in the folder to audition for Region Chorus.  The same format is used for the students to advance to State Chorus.

Musical Auditions are hosted annually one or two weeks prior to Thanksgiving.  For those auditions, the students will need to prepare a 30 second ballad and 30 second character selection.  Students should know the entire show because they may be asked to sing more of the selection in the audition process.  Typically, a dance combination is taught at the audition and then a cold reading of scenes from the script are used to determine the character roles.  Shows are slated for March 5, March 6, and March 7 at 7:30pm and a 1pm Saturday Matinee.
Mr. Latsha
I think music in itself is healing. It's an explosive expression of humanity. It's something we are all touched by. No matter what culture we're from, everyone loves music.
Billy Joel
The wise musicians are those who play what they can master.
Duke Ellington
We must pursue greatness this year!
Expecting much,
Mr. Latsha


Historical overview of the program:

The Bloomsburg High School Choral/Vocal Program has established a tradition of excellence. Catch 22 (now Fusion), a select mixed ensemble, has performed at the Basilica of the Shrine of the Immaculate Conception in Washington, D.C. In 2003, Catch 22 received the Best Overall Choir caption award at the Music in the Parks Festival competition at Hersheypark. In 2004, eighteen students successfully auditioned for the Columbia-Montour County Chorus Festival and eight students auditioned successfully for the 2004 PMEA District 8 Chorus Festival. Six advanced to Region Chorus. Nina Schwartzman qualified as an alternate for State Chorus. Livia Lakatos made BHS history by representing BHS in the All- State Chorus for two consecutive years. In 2005, the BHS Chorus and Catch 22 tied for Best Overall Chorus and first place in the mixed choir category. In 2006, the Chorus for receiving a first place trophy for Mixed Choir and several individual trophies were received: Jordan Musser-outstanding accompanist, Allison Day-outstanding instrumentalist, percussion ensemble - outstanding musicians, Outstanding men's section and Eric Newby- outstanding soloist. In 2007, Catch 22 will again the feature choir for the 5:15Pm Saturday Mass at the Basilica of the National Shrine of Immaculate Conception in Washington, DC. In 2007, three students placed as alternates for the PMEA All-State Chorus: Jordan Musser, MacCambridge Dowd-Whipple and Ryan Dyas-Gordon. Jordan Musser was selected to represent Bloomsburg High School at the first annual Future Music Educator's Symposium held in conjunction with the PMEA All State Conference. In 2008, Ryan Dyas-Gordon was selected as an All-State Chorus alternate. 2009 County Chorus: Julia Davis, Mary Schlauch, Ausielee Nearhoof, Lanie Presswood, Maura Bekelja, Veronica Laudermilch, Cheyenne Martin, Emily Hudock, CJ Atherton, Matt Day, Rob Moyer, David Owen and Andrew Zimmerman. Cheyenne Martin, Maura Bekelja, Julia Davis, Dave Owen, Rob Moyer, Lanie Presswood and Matt Day performed in the District Chorus Festival held at BHS. Dave Owen and Lanie Presswood advanced to Region Chorus. The BHS Chorus performed for was adjudicated in 2009 and 2010 by Mrs. Linda Tedford, the director of choral activities at Messiah College. 2010 - Cheyenne Martin, Matt Day and Tyler Dalious represented BHS at District Chorus.

Students can audition for two student-directed ensembles: The Amigos, a men's ensemble, and No Bass, a women's ensemble. If you are interested in developing your independent vocal technique, schedule Voice Class. If you are interested in understanding more about the structure of music, schedule Music Theory. Advanced honors levels of study may be pursued upon completion of level one of Voice and Theory.
508 - Chorus
Chorus is offered five times a week. The following areas of music will be explored by students who select this one credit course: 1) Rhythm, melody, form and tone color through the use of choral music; 2) Various periods and styles of choral music; 3) Techniques of singing; 4) Performance of music in required public performances. Students will also have the opportunity to tryout for County and District Chorus Festivals.
Band/Chorus, Band Front/Band Chorus and Band Front/ Chorus are classes that permit students to be actively involved in the entire music program at BHS! It is possible and encouraged to excel in both areas.
506 Music Theory I
Music Theory gives students the opportunity to express their thoughts through a medium of music. The art of composition is explored through the use of Sibelius, a computer notation program. If you have the desire to express yourself through song writing, this class is for you. Of course, we need to be sure that you have understanding of the fundamental concepts of rhythm, melody, harmony and form so that your pieces sound good in the end! This course is a must if you plan to study music beyond the high school level. You will be able to read music better by the end of the year of study!
507 Music Theory IIH
Music Theory IIH is designed for more in-depth study of the elements of the structure of music. Beware, your appreciation for the structure of good music will be greatly enhanced by taking this course! Through the use of Sibelius, you will notate scores and easily change the key so any instrument can perform your song. Through the use of Ear master 4.0, you will be able to better write the melodies that get stuck in your head in the middle of the night. More rules for the structure of music are explored, followed and then broken! This course would prepare you well if you desire to have a music career someday. Because it is an honors course, there is some advanced work to complete prior to taking the course. The successful completion of the Theory I is required!
509 Voice Class
Are you unhappy with the sound of your voice? Do you want to sing like your favorite pop icon? Do you eat, sleep, drink and breathe the desire to be a singer? Do you just want to learn more about singing? Check out Voice Class I. You will learn to sing with ease! There are several ingredients to the success puzzle for aspiring vocalists: diction, a fancy word for pronounces words correctly, efficient use of the body to breathe and shape sounds, phrasing and dynamics. One of the tools that will help you to learn diction is the secret language of IPA. You'll have to take the course to learn how to use it effectively. Seriously, if it your desire to learn to sing better, this is the class for you.
510 Voice Class IIH and 511 Voice Class IIIH
If you loved the first level, you will certainly want to delve deeper into vocal study. This course is designed for the vocal dynamo that wants to study voice in college or pursue singing more actively after high school. the curriculum is designed to encourage you to dig deeper into singing technique so the voice is more effortless and more expressive. More practice is required in this level. Level III students will sing a complete 20 minute recital. Some advanced work needs to be accomplished prior to taking this class. Of course, successful completion of Level I is required.
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Last Modified on April 9, 2017