Course Description

In Cantare Concert Choir, joyful music and powerful harmony come together to transformative musical experiences. The course cultivates a love for singing and provides students with skills and knowledge to become musicians who are confident, expressive, and collaborative.

Throughout the academic year, students explore a diverse repertoire of choral music, ranging from classical to contemporary genres, allowing them to develop a well-rounded understanding of vocal techniques, musical styles, and cultural contexts. The curriculum emphasizes the development of vocal skills, sight-reading abilities, and musicianship, laying a solid foundation for a lifelong appreciation of music.

Key Learning Objectives:

Vocal Technique: Students will receive comprehensive vocal training to enhance their vocal range, tone, breath control, and expressiveness. Emphasis will be placed on healthy singing habits and proper vocal care.

Music Literacy: Through sight-reading exercises, students will strengthen their ability to read and interpret musical notation. They will develop skills in recognizing rhythms, pitches, and dynamics, fostering a greater understanding of musical elements.

Repertoire Mastery: Students will study a diverse selection of choral repertoire, spanning various musical genres and historical periods. This exploration will deepen their appreciation for different styles and cultures, promoting a well-rounded musical education.

Choral Ensemble Skills: The course will focus on developing teamwork and collaboration within the choir. Students will learn to blend their voices, listen actively, and respond to the conductor’s direction, fostering a sense of unity and musical cohesion.

Performance Preparation: Regular performances, both within the school and the community, will provide students with opportunities to showcase their musical achievements. Through these experiences, students will gain confidence, stage presence, and a sense of pride in their musical accomplishments.

Music Appreciation: Beyond performance, students will engage in discussions about the historical and cultural contexts of the music they study. This component aims to deepen their understanding and appreciation of the rich tapestry of choral music.

By the end of the Cantare Concert Choir course, students will not only have honed their vocal skills but also developed a lifelong appreciation for music as a means of self-expression and cultural exploration. This class invites students to discover the transformative power of music, fostering a community where every voice contributes to the beauty of harmony. 

Course Details

Cantare Concert Choir

Eight Grade Ninth Grade Tenth Grade Eleventh Grade Twelfth Grade

Course Goals and Objectives:

1. **Vocal Technique and Development:**
   – Explore and develop proper vocal techniques, including breath control, pitch accuracy, tone production, and vocal range.
   – Understand and practice healthy vocal habits to enhance singing skills.

2. **Musicianship Skills:**
   – Develop aural skills, including pitch recognition, interval identification, and sight-singing.
   – Study and apply fundamental music theory concepts, such as rhythm, dynamics, articulation, and phrasing.

3. **Repertoire Exploration:**
   – Explore a diverse selection of choral repertoire.
   – Analyze and interpret selected pieces.

4. **Choral Ensemble Skills:**
   – Foster a sense of ensemble through collaborative singing, listening, and blending of voices.
   – Practice effective rehearsal techniques, including sectionals, vocal warm-ups, and choral techniques.

5. **Performance Preparation:**
   – Prepare for and participate in two choir concerts per academic year, showcasing a variety of repertoire.
   – Develop stage presence, communication skills, and the ability to connect with an audience.

6. **Music Appreciation:**
   – Explore the historical and cultural significance of choral music traditions.
   – Develop an appreciation for the diversity of musical styles and genres within the choral repertoire.

7. **Individual and Group Assessments:**
   – Participate in individual and group assessments to evaluate vocal progress, musicianship skills, and overall performance abilities.

8. **Collaboration and Teamwork:**
   – Foster a positive and supportive musical community through collaboration, teamwork, and mutual respect among choir members.

9. **Lifelong Learning:**
    – Encourage a lifelong love for singing and music by fostering a curiosity for exploration and continuous learning beyond the classroom.

Assessment and Grading:
– Assessment methods may include individual vocal assessments, written exams, ensemble performances, participation in rehearsals, and attendance at concerts and events.

“Gaudium” arr. by Audrey Snyder

“Castleton Carol” by Ben Cohn

“Tidings of Comfort and Joy” arr. by Audrey Snyder

“Hine Ma Tov” arr. by Neil Ginsberg

“93 Million Miles” by Jason Mraz, arr. by Susan LaBarr

“Carnavalito” arr. by Will Lopes


Mrs. Katy Francom

Katy Francom graduated from the University of Northern Colorado with a Master of Music Education. Prior to this she graduated from Brigham Young University with a Bachelor of Arts in Music. She has completed three levels of Kodály certification through Intermuse Academy at BYU. In addition to three years of teaching elementary music in Loveland, Colorado, she has 25 years of experience teaching private piano and voice lessons, and she has been the director of seven ward choirs! Katy has four amazing grown children and a wonderful extended family. She loves to read, garden, hike, and sing at the piano.