The VLHS Choral Department is a place where students learn about the artistry and mechanics of music through singing. Each choir represents a different level of general vocal ability, although considerations of grade level and scheduling are also factors. Singers participate in a wide variety of performance experiences. There are several school concerts throughout the year, as well as outside opportunities. These include MSVMA District and State Choral Festivals, MSVMA Solo and Ensemble Contest, as well as festivals and clinics presented by area colleges and organizations.
In all of our activities, we want the philosophy of our music department to be clearly visible. Christ is our foundation, and we strive to do everything that we do with excellence so that we can get out of the way and Christ’s message is clearly seen, heard, and felt through our music. Through us, others should see how good God is.
Mixed Chorus is for all ninth grade men and women as well as men and women of other grade levels who need vocal maturation and growth in basic musicianship. The goal of this choir is to help students develop their gift of music through specific instruction in basic music theory and vocal mechanics. This choir always impresses me with their ability to make great musical strides.
Golden Voice is the advanced mixed choir at VLHS, where singers receive intermediate to advanced -level instruction. Participation is by audition with usually 40 to 50 singers included each year. This group tours with the Symphonic band every spring. They also regularly attend District and State Festivals.
Impact is the praise and worship team of VLHS. The main goal of this group is to provide worship leadership opportunities for our students. The music is contemporary in nature and is centered around a chapel theme. Each year this group leads worship at Valley, grade schools, area churches and special events. Members of this group are selected by audition.
Barbershop is for all ninth through twelfth grade men who are interested in learning the art of this style of harmonization as well as other contemporary styles. This group is formed based on interest of students and often sings for special events. Selection is by audition.
Acclaim is a select group chosen from Golden Voice students. This group practices largely on their own with a few rehearsals together. Their music leadership and individual talent will lead the way for future groups.
Jazz Choir is a group that is chosen by audition. This group will have regular practices and performance opportunities. The focus will be on the jazz style of vocal singing. This group will work together with the jazz band as well for several performance opportunities.
Women’s Chorus is for all ninth through twelfth grade women who are interested in singing music specifically designed for the female voice. There will be opportunities to sing for many special events in the community.