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Choir Handbook

Troy Junior 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 TJHS Choral Program.  Students should bring this handbook home and review it with their parents or guardians.   


The TJHS Choral Music Department is comprised

of two curricular ensembles.

Scarlet Choir and Grey Choir: Meet everyday and perform at four concerts.  


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. 

  1. Every member of choir will work to increase individual music skills
  2. Choir is a GROUP effort.  We will work together to achieve goals. 
  3. We will strive to give quality performances
  4. We will work to develop healthy vocal habits. 
  5. We will work to become responsible and mature leaders throughout TJHS 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. 
  • Recognize and read rhythms of whole, half, dotted half, quarter, dotted quarter, eighth notes, and rests. 
  • Recognize and read melodies with stepwise motion and skips of at least thirds. 



Students need to be in class everyday and on time:

  • By one minute after the bell rings, students should be in their assigned seat, ready for warm-ups
  • You are required to have your music, a pencil, and your agenda with you everyday.
  • If you have a question, raise your hand until Mrs. Sagona calls on you. 
  • You are required to sit in your assigned seat unless you have been given special permission from Mrs. Sagona.  You must stay in your assigned seat the whole period.  If you need to get up, raise your hand and ask. 
  • When we are singing it is expected that you sit or stand with proper singing posture. 
  • 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 listen quietly.
  • You will be given a maximum of THREE restroom passes a quarter and FIVE people are allowed to leave during a single class period. 
  • 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. 
  • Students will not be allowed to bring gum, food or drink (water is acceptable) to choir class. 
  • Students will maintain a positive attitude while showing respect for themselves, the directors, and others at all times.



Wednesday, October 16, at 7:00 pm: Concert at HS Auditorium

Monday, December 16, at 7:00 pm: Concert at HS Auditorium

Monday, March 10, at 7:00 pm: Concert at the JH Gymnasium

Saturday, April 12, All Day: JH Solo and Ensemble (this is an optional performance opportunity)

Thursday, May 22, at 7:00 pm: Concert at the JH Gymnasium


Concerts begin at 7:00 pm and are held

 in the HS Auditorium or the JH Gymnasium. 



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 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: SPORT PRACTICES/REHEARSALS ARE NOT AN EXCUSE FOR MISSING A CONCERT. 

What to wear:

  • Black dress pants or ladies a to-the-knee black skirt.
  • Black Dress shoes: oxford shoe or a ballet flat are acceptable
    • no tennis shoes or flip flops
  • Red Choir Polo- tucked in 
  • No excessive jewelry or hair bows


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

  • Choir Folder- must remain in good condition or you will have to replace it.
    • You may not share this folder with another class!
  • Sharpened Pencils (No Pens)
  • Notebook Paper
  • Music- must remain in good condition or you will have to replace the music.
  • Agenda


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.