Band and Choir

DEPARTMENT PHILOSOPHY 
The department will provide students with an opportunity to develop their musical talent and skills on instruments or with the voice. The program is designed for education and performance. It is the explicit aim of the school to have a high performance quality band, choir, and orchestra. In this way Bellarmine will provide the students with an opportunity to integrate their musical talents with a wide range of academic, social, and athletic interests of our American culture. 

Coursework is designed to reinforce solid foundational skills and develop proficiencies measured by grade-level standards established by professional music associations and the federal and state departments of education. Students leaving Bellarmine with four years of progressive music experiences are expected to be prepared to enter college ensembles. 

Music can be taken in a four-year sequence. Care should be taken by the student and advisor to ensure that the student can take four years of music and still meet the Bellarmine graduation requirements. Any specific questions can be directed to the Music Department Chair. 

Band


The Bellarmine Instrumental Music Department's co-curricular program consists of two concert bands, a Chamber Orchestra, and a jazz band. The concert bands are Wind Ensemble and Concert Band. The bands and Orchestra compete in contests and festivals and have won awards for their outstanding performances. The two concert ensembles combine to form the Lion Marching Band and the pep bands. Casey Whitson is the Band Director.

Choral


The Bellarmine Choral Arts Department's co-curricular program has three choirs: Vocal Ensemble, Con Gratia and Concert Choir. Con Gratia (with grace) is a treble women's choir. All choirs have won awards at contests and festivals including "Best in the Northwest." 


Full Descriptions: 

(See course catalog for complete details)

CONCERT BAND
Students will be provided the opportunity to develop their proficiency on their instrument so they might qualify for entrance into the Wind Ensemble, the most advanced performance group. Young musicians will have the opportunity to perform in major school concerts as well as in jazz band and marching band. This course is open to all grade levels. Participation in the Lion Marching Band and Pep Band is required as part of the course.  Training and team-building with band members takes place in the required Band Camp at Bellarmine during the third week of August.  Performance at home games and community events is part of our service to the community, and counts for approximately 25% of the course grade (30% in the fall, 20% in the spring). 

PERCUSSION ENSEMBLE    
This will include keyboard percussion, timpani, multiple percussion, marching percussion, snare drum, and all auxiliary percussion as well as non-traditional percussion instruments. During the first semester, all Percussion Ensemble students will perform with the Marching Band. 
The Percussion Ensemble may take special trips to perform at various festivals and/or events. The ensemble will perform many concert pieces that feature percussion as well as normal percussion duties for concert groups. Performance is required. This is a year-long course. 

WIND ENSEMBLE    
This is Bellarmine’s most advanced instrumental performing group. Activities include concerts (Fall, Winter, and Spring), special assemblies, winter tour and the Lion Marching Band and Pep Band. This ensemble provides young musicians who excel with an opportunity to use and further develop their talents and abilities; therefore, all members are expected to fulfill a one year commitment to this band. Participation in the Lion Marching Band and Pep Band is required as part of the course.  Training and team-building with band members takes place in the required Band Camp at Bellarmine during the third week of August.  Performance at home games and community events is part of our service to the community, and counts for approximately 25% of the course grade.

CHAMBER ORCHESTRA     
Chamber Orchestra is a year-long class for all string players. Students will perform standard and contemporary chamber orchestra literature and have opportunities for solo and small ensemble performances.  The class focuses on improving technique, style, and will musical concepts, working on both technical skills and overall musicianship. Students will work to improve tone production, sight reading, ensemble performance and technical skills on their instrument.  Chamber Orchestra performs and school concerts and participates in festivals.  This course satisfies both the WIAA and TYS requirements for school program participation. 

JAZZ BAND    
This course is open to students by audition only. If students play a wind instrument or percussion instrument, they must be enrolled in one of the other Music Department performing groups. 

CON GRATIA       
The class is devoted to the training and development of a strong performance in choir. Opportunities for public performances are essential objectives. Emphasis is placed on developing proper techniques of vocal production in the female voice and experiencing a variety of music types.  Open to women of all grade levels.
 
MEN’S ENSEMBLE         
The class is devoted to the training and development of a strong performance in choir. Opportunities for public performances are essential objectives. Emphasis is placed on developing proper techniques of vocal production in the male voice and experiencing a variety of music types.  Open to men of all grade levels. 

VOCAL ENSEMBLE    
Vocal Ensemble is a small group of selected vocalists devoted to the learning and performance of various kinds of music.  Emphasis is placed on the refinement of vocal production and performance techniques.  Ensemble member represent Bellarmine’s finest.  Therefore, each member demonstrates qualities of musical excellence, leadership, and sound moral values. Open to 10th-12th grades.