Choir at CHHS
Why Fine Arts?
Colleyville Heritage High School is a dynamic high school campus offering students a variety of opportunities to engage in a rigorous and well-rounded education. Fine Arts education is essential to the development of a GCISD high school graduate as it fosters the creativity, self-discipline, and leadership skills essential to a student's success in their future higher education and in the workplace. The CHHS Panther Choir is a major campus organization with nine performing ensembles and over 200 students. Students perform regularly in the community and compete both as ensembles and individually. The Panther Choirs are recognized as some of the best ensembles in the state in the nation having been selected in 2018 as a performing choir for both the Texas Music Educators Association and the Southwest American Choral Directors Association. Choirs consistently receive UIL Sweepstakes awards and CHHS is among the most represented campuses in the state in the prestigious Texas All-State Choir. Our students consistently receive acceptance and scholarship to many of the most prestigious music institutions in the United States upon graduation. In addition to being an integral part of the student's education, students repeatedly site choir as a place they belong in high school, a community, and a family that they depend on during their high school years.
Creativity is as important in education as literacy and we should treat it with the same status - Sir Ken Robinson
In the CHHS Panther Choir we believe that a comprehensive education in choral music at the highest level provides students with valuable skills as they enter the collegiate environment and ultimately the workforce.
Some of our students choose a career in music. These students are provided the opportunity to develop their skills during high school and prepare for the difficult task of music school auditions during their senior year. There is a great deal of merit based scholarship money available to students entering music school which many of our students are able to secure. We invite you to see our alumni page to see how many of our students receive substantial financial assistance in college through their participation in the choral program.
Most of our students do not pursue music as a career, but through their participation in music during high school they expand their creativity, expressive ability, reasoning skills, ability to work collaboratively, and ability to process the abstract. In addition to these concrete skills our students often reference the social aspect of the choral program and the environment of "family" and emotional support the program provides them during their time in high school.
Whatever the reason for participation in the choral program at CHHS, we strive to provide every student with a foundational music education that will allow them to be participants in and consumers of music throughout their lives.
Dan Pink, best-selling author on business, behavior, and education
Fine arts in GCISD: A Student Perspective
Putting Together a 4-Year High School Plan
Sucess in a high level fine arts program is a result of continuous focused instruction and practice. The choir program at CHHS is designed to provide a 4-year curriculum that builds skills each year of instruction. Completing this 4-year cycle in addition to the basic high school requirements will result in students receiving the Arts & Humanities Endorsement on their high school diploma. Most of our students begin the program after having had superb instruction at one of our GCISD Middle School Choral Programs, however, we also accept new students into the high school program and have entry level choirs designed to provide these students with the tools to excel in our program. It is possible, and we encourage students, to be a part of multiple programs at CHHS including Fine Arts, Athletics, and our rigorous academic program. The new HS Graduation plans combined with the GCISD high school schedule offering 32 possible credits makes it easy for students to develop a plan for high school that allows a broad education with many enrichment opportunities.
What Course Do I Choose?
Students are placed in choirs based on experience and ability level at CHHS. You may read more about our audition process in our online choir handbook and learn more about our individual choirs HERE. You can also see the complete GCISD Program of studies which describes the GCISD Choir Curriculum in detail HERE. When making course selections please use the following guidelines noting that when courses are built the CHHS choir directors and counseling department will make the needed changes to make sure you are in the appropriate ensemble. You do not need to audition before requesting choir as a course. We accept all students into choir at CHHS and make a determination of exact choir placement based on auditions, experience, and references from middle school choral directors.
INCOMING 9th Grade Students
We are fortunate to have fantastic middle school feeder programs In GCISD that send well trained students into the program at CHHS, however, we also often have students new to choir that want to join us in high school. We will work with every student that wants to sing! 9th Grade Female students should register for FACC1, Choralier Women, 5th Period. 9th Grade Male students should register for FACM1 Concert Tenor-Bass Choir, 2nd Period.
9th Grade students may also audition for placement in one of our Jazz Choirs. Jazz choirs are an additional enrichment elective that can be taken in addition to the primary choir class. Auditions are being held online because of the current school closure. More information can be found on our Auditions Page. FACJ1, Vocal Ensemble I, 7th Period is the correct course number for this. You may choose this course during course selection, but only students selected after the audition will be placed in a jazz choir. We work with the counseling department after the completion of auditions to resolve these schedules. Students enrolled in Vocal Ensemble must be concurrently enrolled in a primary choir ensemble as per the GCISD Program of Studies.
CURRENT CHHS Students
Please see the AUDITIONS page for specific audition instructions.
Frequent Questions & Myths
Q: What choir should I sign up for?
A: See the information above and use your best judgement. After auditions the counselors will make any needed adjustments to your schedule.
Q: How do I audition for choir?
A: If you are currently in choir at CHHS, HMS, CMS, or GMS you will be given audition information during your choir class. If you are not currently in choir you may contact Mrs. McConnell at CHHS firstname.lastname@example.org for more information.
Q: How can I change my schedule after area scheduling is closed?
A: We will be able to change your schedule for you. Do not be concerned with the Arena Scheduling deadlines as it pertains to choir. We can fix it!
Q: Choir does not show up for an option for me in Arena Scheduling, what do I do?
A: Contact Mrs. McConnell at email@example.com, we can fix this.
Q: Choir shows up as an option for me in Arena Scheduling but it isn't the correct choir class, what do I do?
A: Contact Mrs. McConnell at firstname.lastname@example.org, we can fix this.
Q: I'm interested in auditioning for Jazz Choir, should I go ahead and sign up for it?
A: Sure! We are thrilled you want to be a part of our Jazz Choirs. We will sort your schedule out after auditions.
Q: I have another class that conflicts with the choir class I need to sign up for, what do I do?
A: Contact Mrs. McConnell. In most cases we can come up with a solution for you.
MYTH: Participating in choir will harm my GPA and class rank.
A: In GCISD only core classes are considered as part of your class rank. Many of our choir students are also academically driven students who graduate in the top 20 students of their class.
MYTH: I don't have time in my class schedule to participate in choir.
A: With 8 class credits available per year and the hybrid block schedule that removes double blocking of athletics there is more than ample time for a student to take choir throughout their time in high school AND be involved in multiple other activities.
MYTH: Choir requires too much after-school time.
A: While there are a few out of school commitments (typically about 4 days per year) for all choir students the other activities of the choir program are optional. A student may choose to immerse themselves in the program and be engage often outside of class or they may choose to enjoy the benefits of choir by participating primarily during their class.
Have a question that isn't answered here? NO PROBLEM! Contact Mrs. McConnell at email@example.com. We want every student at CHHS with an interest in singing to be a part of our Choir. We will help you!