In addition to six curricular choirs, the RHS Choral Arts program also has six co-curricular, auditioned ensembles that are open to all RHS students. These choirs rehearse outside of the school day throughout the academic year. The co-curricular choirs sing at home concerts and participate in our annual solo and ensemble contest in April.
There are four upper-level co-curricular choirs for sophomores, juniors and seniors:
- Chamber Singers, an advanced mixed (SATB) ensemble of 24 singers in grades 11 and 12, rehearses Monday evenings from 5:30 to 7:00 p.m.
- Da Capo, an intermediate mixed ensemble of approximately 40 singers in grade 10, rehearses Tuesday evenings from 5:30 to 6:30 p.m.
- Men’s Ensemble, an advanced choir of 16-20 tenor/bass singers in grades 10 through 12, rehearses Tuesday evenings from 7:00 to 8:30 p.m.
- Aurora Women’s Ensemble, an advanced choir of 16-20 treble singers in grades 10 through 12, rehearses Tuesday evenings from 7:00 to 8:30 p.m.
Auditions for these upper-level co-curricular choirs usually take place over the first two weeks of the school year. Some ensembles also have an additional round of callback auditions. Singers do not need to prepare a solo for the audition. They are evaluated based on their tone, intonation, ability to sing independently, sight-reading, and tonal memory skills.
Chamber Singers, Da Capo, Men's Ensemble and Aurora typically start rehearsals in mid-to-late September.
The Freshmen Select choirs are advanced co-curricular ensembles of about 30 singers each, one for treble singers and one for tenor/bass singers. They are drawn mostly from the freshmen curricular choirs (Cantabile and Cantemus), but are open to all ninth-grade students:
- Freshmen Select Tenor/Bass Choir rehearses Tuesday mornings from 6:50 to 7:25 a.m.
- Freshmen Select Treble Choir rehearses Wednesday mornings from 6:50 to 7:25 a.m.
These select choirs are chosen in the early fall through a slightly different audition process than the upper-level choirs. Ninth-grade students not enrolled in Irish Bards or Irish Belles should stop by the choir office or contact Mr. Albaugh or Mrs. Toso for more information.