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Harold L. Richards High School Choir

The HLR Choir Department consists of three curricular choirs (Concert Choir, Womens Honors Choir, and Honors Concert Choir) that meet during the school day and two extracurricular A Cappella Ensembles.
 
Check out and listen to our choirs:
 
Membership in choir is open to all students and no experience is necessary to join.  All you have to have is a love for music and singing!  Students will have the opportunity to sing a variety of styles of music, develop their individual voices, and learn how to read music.  All students in choir perform at concerts at Richards throughout the year.
 
Concert Choir (Period 3): This choir consists of students with some singing experience as well as new students. Students learn about the basics of singing and build their technique so that they can improve their voice and become confident in singing. Concert choir prepares music that is at the beginning to intermediate-level. Students will learn to sing music in a variety of styles that are in two to four parts.  Students will develop their singing ability and musicianship skills as well as begin developing their skills in sight-reading and music theory. Concert Choir will perform at the four formal concerts at HLR in October, December, March, and May.
 

Womens Honors Choir (Period 7): Womens Honors Choir is a honors-level course that sings music in the treble range.  Students will be required to complete 4 activities in the honor’s packet per semester.  Membership in Womens Honors Choir is by audition only. This is an ensemble dedicated to singing more challenging three to four part music. Musicianship skills at an appropriate level will be required for this type of ensemble. Vocal balance and blend will have a high priority in the composition of this ensemble. Womens Honors Choir will present formal concerts, perform for local organizations, and participate in festivals and state music contests. 


Honors Concert Choir (Period 6): Honors Choir is a honors-level course that focuses on singing 4-part mixed music (SATB).  Students will be required to complete 4 activities in the honor’s packet per semester.  Membership in the Honors Concert Choir is by audition only. This is an ensemble dedicated to singing more challenging music than the repertoire for Concert Choir. Musicianship skills at an appropriate level will be required for this type of ensemble. Vocal balance and blend will have a high priority in the composition of this ensemble. Honors Concert Choir will present formal concerts, perform for local organizations, and participate in festivals and state music contests.
 
Voice Lessons: Students can sign-up for a weekly private voice lesson with our voice studio instructor Kathleen Madden.  Students will take the lesson during half of their choir or lunch period once a week. See Mr. Hammann for more information.
 
HLR Choir Dept. Musical (click for more information)
 
Gold Nation A Cappella (click for more information)
 
(Click links on PDF to hear our choirs and listen to student testimonials)



CALENDAR


EVENTS YOU ARE REQUIRED TO ATTEND:

  • Wednesday, October 20— Fall Choir Concert, 7:30 PM, Performing Arts Center (PAC)
  • Monday, December 13—Holiday Concert, 7:30 PM, PAC
  • Wednesday, March 23—Choral Showcase Concert, 7:30 PM, PAC
  • Saturday, April 18—IHSA Organizational Contest, (Time TBD, Honors & Women’s Honors only)
  • Wednesday, May 18—Spring Music Concert and Awards Night, 7:00 PM, PAC 
  • Thursday, May 26—Graduation (Honors and Women’s Honors Choir only)

Selected choirs may be required to attend additional daytime or evening performances. 


*All Choirs will be notified of which event they will perform for as soon as possible. 

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OTHER EVENTS INVOLVING THE CHOIRS:

  • Tuesday Aug. 24—Gold Nation and Treble In Paradise A Cappella Auditions
  • Wednesday Aug. 25—Gold Nation A Cappella Callbacks
  • December TBD—Fall Voice Recital (required for all voice lesson students)
  • Late January/early February – Musical Auditions (Show and Dates TBD)
  • Saturday, March 5—IHSA Solo and Ensemble Contest, Time and Place TBD (required for all voice lesson students)
  • Wednesday, March 2 or March 9—SSC Choir Festival (Field Trip during the day, choir TBD)
  • May 12-14—Musical Performances, Performing Arts Center (PAC) 7PM
  • May TBD—Spring Voice Recital