The Choral Department at Winter Park High School is comprised of over 275 students in eight curricular and two extracurricular choirs led by a team of two directors. A wide range of non-select and auditioned ensembles allows each student to flourish in a nurturing and yet challenging musical environment. Particular emphasis is placed upon gender-based and chamber ensembles. The auditioned choirs are Park Singers, Belle Chanson, Concert Choir, Men’s Chorale, and Women’s Chorale. The non-auditioned choirs are the Cantabile, Wildcat Men’s Ensemble, and Freshman Women’s Chorus. The two extracurricular contemporary a cappella groups are Naughty Scotty and the Octapella as well as Take 7.
The Choral Department prides itself on its dedication to comprehensive musicianship and a diverse musical appreciation. All ensembles emphasize skill development including: music literacy, sight singing, ear training, music theory, and vocal technique. Students perform a varied repertoire, which includes music from different genres and all historical periods. Advocating for new music, the choirs have recently premiered works by Eric William Barnum, David Brunner, Jason Howland, Victor C. Johnson, Kerry Marsh, Rob Redei, Stanford Scriven, Mari Valverde, and Michele Weir. Each year, WPHS choirs perform four full concerts and also sing throughout Central Florida. In addition, all chorus students participate in Night on Broadway, a large-scale musical production.
OPPORTUNITIES AND ACCOMPLISHMENTS
• Biennial trips to cities such as Boston, Chicago, New York City, and Washington, D.C.
• Featured performances at the Washington National Cathedral, John F. Kennedy Presidential Library, and the Cathedral of St. John the Divine
• Night on Broadway, annual musical event (recent shows include: Les Misérables, Once Upon a Time, and British Invasion)
• Invited performances for the Florida American Choral Directors Association (2011, 2013, and 2015) and the Florida Music Education Association (2016)
• Honor Choir for Disney’s Candlelight Processional at Epcot
• International Championship of High School A Cappella South Champions (2012 and 2015)
• Straight Superior Ratings at District Festivals
THE WPHS CHORAL DEPARTMENT WANTS YOU!
If you want to be part of a nationally recognized tradition of excellence or if you just like to sing, then the Choral Department is the place for you! It is not too late to add chorus to your schedule. Please, contact the directors AND your guidance counselor to change your schedule TODAY!
Mr. Joseph Kemper, Associate Director of Choral Activities
MAIN CAMPUS GUIDANCE
FRESHMAN CAMPUS GUIDANCE
Join us for a brief, mandatory meeting for freshmen and their parents at the end of Freshman Orientation (typically the Thursday before classes begin). The meeting will feature information about the Choral Department and performances by Belle Chanson and Park Singers!
All students are welcome in the Choral Department, and no audition is necessary to participate in chorus! Our non-auditioned ensembles are Freshman Women’s Chorus, Cantabile, and Wildcat Men’s Ensemble. Our auditioned ensembles are Park Singers, Belle Chanson, Concert Choir, Men’s Chorale, and Women’s Chorale. With the exception of incoming freshmen and transfer students, auditions for advanced ensembles take place at the end of the school year. We also have two contemporary a cappella ensembles open to all students in the program. These auditions take place at the beginning of the school year. See below for more details.
Freshman Auditions for Concert Choir
Incoming freshmen are eligible to audition for Concert Choir, our advanced mixed chorus which meets during 6th period. Students do not need to prepare anything. The audition consists of a familiar song (e.g. “My Country Tis of Thee”), melodic sight-reading, rhythmic sight-reading, and tonal memory. These auditions take place the week before school begins. Email Mr. Swope to set up an appointment.
Auditions for Naughty Scotty and the Octapella
Naughty Scotty and the Octapella (NSO) is our select male a cappella group. All men enrolled in chorus are eligible to audition regardless of grade or experience. These auditions take place the first week of the school year. Students will be able to sign up for an audition time during the first few days of school.
Auditions for Take 7
Take 7 is our select female a cappella group. All women enrolled in chorus are eligible to audition. These auditions typically take place the first week of the school year. Students will be able to sign up for an audition time during the first few days of school.