Introducing the Cougar Choirs of Clovis High School…
The CHS Choirs provide a place for singers to become vocalists and strangers to become friends. We offer opportunities to sing in concerts with daily rehearsals that lead to independent musicianship and an understanding of music and its ability to communicate to an audience a vast range of emotional and aesthetic experiences.
The Choral Department consists of five choirs: Enchante (beginning women), Belle Cantante (advanced women), Concert Choir, Chamber Singers, and Vocal Ensemble, an afterschool class that studies a variety of popular styles of singing (think ‘The Sing-Off’ or ‘Pitch Perfect’). We also feature soloists, men’s choir and small ensembles at many of our programs.
The program presents four concerts a year….
Our Fall Concert this past year was “Songs of the People” and featured folk songs and music from many different countries and in many different languages. During this season we participate in local invitational festivals.
In December, we present “Yuletide Joy”, songs of the season. There are so many wonderful songs that are unique to this time of year and our goal is to send you home having heard a few of your favorites as well as to introduce you to some new ones! Chamber Singers and Vocal Ensemble will be going into our community singing Christmas Carols for local businesses and organizations.
Our festival season is in March, and in order to ready ourselves for adjudicated performances, we present our “Festival Concert”, usually in early or mid-March. It is during this time that we participate in local CMEA and CUSD festivals.
These first three concerts are held at the Paul Shaghoian Concert Hall on the Clovis North Campus.
Our final concert is “Twilight Serenade”, presented on the amphitheater stage at Clovis High in late May. This concert features performances of songs suggested by the students and choreographed by the students. Themed around a musical era or concept, the students choose what they will wear in their performance based upon the songs they sing. Local food trucks come in to provide options for dinner and our Silent Auction is held in the cafeteria with many outstanding items for you to bid on! This next year we will also add a bake sale. It is a wonderful, relaxed evening with the community and many alumni in attendance.
And, let's not forget about the travel opportunities...
This past year, Concert Choir and Chamber Singers went to Southern California and participated in a Heritage Festival and spent a day in Disneyland. This year they will be headed to Northern California with some time in San Francisco and Six Flags Great America.
Students who participate in choir learn that music is expressive, rewarding, meaningful and relevant. Throughout the rehearsal and performance process they learn about the voice, choral singing, sight-singing, music theory, music history, languages and cultures. Being part of the Choral program is about more than just taking a class. It is being part of an experience in friendships and in creating art not only for our own experience but to share it with others in the hopes that we touch lives with the beauty and the power of music. Join in!