O. Henry Middle School Choir is a multi-grade class for students who are interested in singing and performing. Four basic strands- preconception, creative expression/performance, historical and cultural heritage, and critical evaluation- provide broad, unifying structures for organizing the knowledge and skills of choir students. During the year, the choir members will be exposed to a variety of music styles from Pop, Rock, Jazz, and Classical, and students will gain skill in sight singing, proper vocal technique, and music theory. Term marks are based on singing samples, class work, and concert performances.
Beginning Con Brio Girls Choir
Beginning Choir is for anyone who wishes to learn to sing. This choir is performance oriented. Students learn the basics of good vocal tone and how to sight-sing. Students go on all field trips.
Cantante Girls Choir
This choir is made up of 7th and 8th grade singers who are not interested in serious competition but sing for the enjoyment of singing. This choir is performance oriented. Students go on all field trips, however, there is less emphasis on their sight-singing ability, and therefore students who do not sight-sing well might be asked to join this choir.
Bel Canto Girls Choir
This choir is an auditioned group of 7th and 8th grade singers that exemplify model student behavior. These students pass all their classes and have exceptional work ethic and superior sight-singing ability; this choir goes on all field trips and competes in UIL competition in the spring.
This choir is 6th, 7th and 8th grade male singers that exemplify model student behavior. These students pass all their classes and have exceptional work ethic and superior sight-singing ability; this choir goes on all field trips and an auditioned Men’s choir competes in UIL competition in the spring.
Can you do other activities and still be in choir?
Yes! Choir does not have after school commitments, except three concerts. We have a Fall Concert, Winter Concert and Spring Concert.
What are the field trips?
The choir goes on field trips to sing and then eat lunch (usually to the mall!) At the end of the year we take a trip to Fiesta Texas to sing in the park. We also have a lock-in once a year.
What kind of music does the choir sing?
The choirs sing Pop, Hip-hop, Jazz, Classical, Choral, Multi-Cultural and anything we choose. It varies year to year.
Piano is a semester long course for students who want to learn how to play the piano or practice the skills they are learning outside the classroom. This class is performance oriented. Students will work at his or her own pace, individually guided by an instructor. All levels of ability may take this course. Reading music, piano technique, and music listening develops musicianship.