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Choir Hanbook

Troy High School Choral Music

Handbook 2013-2014

Mrs. Sagona



Welcome to the 2013-2014 school year!   I know that this year will be a rewarding experience for all of us, and I look forward to seeing you grow as musicians this year.  It is essential, as musicians that we learn to work as a team, follow guidelines, and take pride in what we are doing.  In this handbook, you will find information that will help you as you start the year.  Please consult this handbook throughout the year regarding the policies, the responsibilities, and the exciting opportunities that come from being a member of the THS Choral Program.  Students should bring this handbook home and review it with their parents or guardians.   

The THS Choral Music Department is comprised of three curricular ensembles and an extra curricular ensemble.

TROY TONES:  Audition only ensemble.  Compete in Show Choir Competitions, OMEA Events, perform at four concerts, and sing throughout the community.  Meets daily First Period, and this class has weekly choreography rehearsals. 

CONCERT CHOIR: Non-auditioned women’s ensemble.  Perform at four concerts and OMEA Events. Meets daily Fourth Period. 

SYMPHONIC CHOIR: Auditioned SATB ensemble.  Perfrorm at four concerts and OMEA Events. Meets daily Second Period. 

MEN’S CHORUS: Non-auditioned men’s group that meets one to two times per week in the morning.  They perform at concerts and OMEA Events. 


Singing is a skill, and skills need to be practiced to improve.  Singers are also musicians. Singing, like most skills, becomes more fun as one’s abilities increase. 

  • Every member of choir will work to increase individual music skills
  • Choir is a GROUP effort.  We will work together to achieve goals. 
  • We will strive to give quality performances
  • We will work to develop healthy vocal habits. 
  • We will work to become responsible and mature leaders throughout THS and the Troy community. 



Throughout the rehearsal process, students will be able to:

  • Distinguish and apply part-singing in an ensemble.
  • Recognize and use standard musical terms/markings within the choral repertoire. 
  • Recognize and apply proper vocal techniques: the use of head/chest voice, tone quality, intonation, diction, phrasing, and care of the voice.
  • Demonstrate awareness of and tolerance for the diversity of the choral repertoire.  We will explore various genres and styles including: Folksongs, Secular Concert, Sacred Concert, Multicultural Holiday, Spirituals, Musical Theatre, Vocal Jazz, Pop Music, Solo and Duet Repertoire, and Multicultural/World Music. 
  • Develop sensitivity toward musical text as it relates to meaning and emotional quality.
  • Evaluate musical performances: recordings, live performances, or personal performances. 
  • Demonstrate appropriate stage presence, proper performance and audience etiquette and correct microphone technique. 
  • Participate in a variety of public performances in varying performance styles.
  • Use synchronized movement/choreography in conjunction with vocal performance when appropriate. 

Through the sight-singing process, students will be able to:

  • Acquire and apply sight-singing and ear training skills
  • Recognize and read rhythms in the time signatures 2/4,3/4, 4/4, 2/2, and 6/8. 
  • Recognize and read rhythms of whole, half, dotted half, quarter, dotted quarter, eighth notes, and rests. 
  • Recognize and read melodies in the key signatures of C, F, G, D, and Bb.
  • Recognize and read melodies with stepwise motion and skips of at least thirds. 
  • Apply a minimum of two-part singing (three-part and four-part when applicable). 


Students need to be in class everyday and on time:

  • By one minute after the bell rings, students should be on the risers, ready for warm-ups.
  • You are required to have your music, a pencil, and your agenda with you everyday.  There is nothing else on the riser with you but these things and possibly a bottle of water.
  • You are required to stand in your assigned spot.  If you need to move about the room, please, ask first.
  • When we are singing, it is expected that you stand with proper singing posture.  If you are allowed to sit on the risers, please sit with the best singer’s posture you can make.
  • When your section is singing, it is required that you participate fully.  When another section is singing, you are to be polite and respectful and to listen quietly.
  • Students will masker skills and concert music at the requested time, or seek additional help when needed to attain these goals.
  • Students and parents will keep track of performance and rehearsal dates and come to all concerts and rehearsals at the appropriate time. 
  • There is to be no gum or food in the choir room. 
  • Students will maintain a positive attitude while showing respect for themselves, the directors, and others at all times.



Sept. 6-Sept. 23- Candle Sale

Tuesday, Oct. 15- HS Concert

Thursday, Dec. 19- HS Concert

Saturday, Feb. 1- Solo and Ensemble (not at Troy)

Monday, March 3- HS Concert

Friday/Saturday, March 14/15- HS Large Group (not at Troy)

Tuesday, May 13- HS Concert








People don’t all learn things at the same rate, nor do people sing and/or read music with equal skill.  However, everyone’s choir grade is within their control.  Students will be evaluated on their class participation (50% of grade), vocal and music reading mastery (20% of grade), and performances (30% of grade).  If a student actively participates during class, works hard at school and at home to master required music skills, and attends the concerts, this student is guaranteed at least a B.  If a student works a little harder, they will earn an A! It is up to YOU!


What parents/guardians can do to help you:

  • Help you get to concerts and enjoy listening to them.
  • Listen to you sing and encourage you.
  • Be supportive of any practicing.
  • Encourage you to come to me with any questions or to help to improve. 


Attendance Policy

Chorus is a unique learning opportunity for students. The required curriculum involves time both in and out of school, and focuses on working as a group. Please take time to read this important information regarding required attendance. Troy Families have very busy schedules. It is extremely important to understand this information and plan ahead by adding chorus events to your family calendar, in order to minimize last minute

conflicts. Please understand that due to the nature of the class, not all conflicts will be excused.


Students may only be excused from required after school rehearsals by talking to Mrs. Sagona in advance. Absences will be excused for school related conflicts or major family events. Unexcused absences will result in no credit.


Students will not be excused from required performances except in cases of extreme illness, family emergencies, major school, church, and family events. Parents should contact Mrs. Sagona at 937-332-6060 or if an emergency arises. Mrs. Sagona should be contacted at least 2 weeks in advance if a conflict of events exists. Excused students will be given the opportunity to make up the points.

Unexcused students will receive no credit.

***Emergency absences not reconciled within one week of the concert will stand as unexcused.***



Students with unexcused absences during the school day will not be given the opportunity to make up credit for missed assignments, rehearsals, or performances. Mrs. Sagona has the right to deny a student the right to perform in a concert due to excessive absences, regardless of whether they are excused.


Your schedule is your responsibility. If you plan ahead, often rehearsals can be split in order for you to make at least a portion of sports practices or other school activities. Do not rely on your teammates, sponsors, or coaches to let Mrs. Sagona know about conflicts. PLEASE NOTE: Practices or Rehearsals are not excuses for missing a CONCERT.  Work is NEVER an excuse since requests can be made to accommodate school schedules. 


What to wear …

  • Show Choir: Wear your uniform (dresses for ladies, tuxes for gentlemen)
  • Symphonic Choir and Concert Choir: Wear the robe assigned to you, everything from the hem of the robe to the floor should be BLACK- dress pants, nylons, dress shoes should all be black.
  • Men’s Chorus: Shirt and tie, nice dress pants, dress shoes. 


Large jewelry is prohibited. Rings and small stud earrings are permitted.

Hair must be worn off the face for all performances.

Shoes should not have excessive decoration. No tennis shoes or flip-flops. 



Each choral student should have the following supplies for each class period:

  • Black 3-Ring Binder (½ inch – 1 inch)

You may not share this binder with another class!

  • Sharpened Pencils (No Pens)
  • Notebook Paper
  • Music (you are responsible for keeping your music and binder in good condition)

If a student chooses not to follow the guidelines as set forth the following consequences will be in effect:

1.  Warning.

2.  Private after-class conversation about classroom expectations. 

3.  Take-home detention to be completed by the next class. 

4.  Parental Contact.

5.  Sent to the office.


Any student who refuses any consequence administered by a teacher in accordance with this plan or who argues with a teacher during the regular class period will be subject to a higher level of discipline.

Severe disruptions will result in the immediate removal from class. 


Choir is a privilege and not something that is required.  Any student who creates a severe disruption to the regular classroom procedures might be placed on a probationary membership to the group.  If the behavior improves the student will return to regular membership of the group, but if the disruptive behavior continues, the student will be removed from choir.