Welcome to the Watertown High School

Vocal Music Department

Watertown High School Meistersingers

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WHS CHOIR INFORMATION

There are currently three choirs offered during the regular school day at Watertown High School. 

Each of these choirs meets daily.

They are:

Freshman Choir

At the beginning of the Senior High School choral experience basics of vocal technique, balance, blend, note reading, solfege, and intonation are explored.  No previous choral experience is necessary.  All grade 9 students are welcome.

Concert Choir

Concert Choir builds on the basics learned in earlier choral experience.  Vocal technique, note reading, solfege, and sight-singing skills are enhanced.  Concert Choir provides a non-threatening, supportive environment for the inexperienced or little experienced choral participant.  All grade 10-12 students are welcome.

Meistersingers

"Meistersinger" is a German term used to describe “master singers” - a group, which adhered to strict rules in the writing and singing of their songs and who submitted works for competition.  This group will explore advanced literature and upper level singing techniques.  Emphasis will be placed on musical interpretation, competition level literature, and sight-reading.  This choir is auditioned and consists primarily of Juniors and Seniors.

Other Choral opportunities include:

JAZZ CHOIR

SHOW CHOIR

ALL-STATE CHORUS

HONOR CHOIRS

REGION 3 SOLO and ENSEMBLE CONTEST

 

EXPECTATIONS
(Expectations, Grading, Concert Dress, and Dates)

 

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SCHEDULES

Here is the daily schedule for the 2008-2009 school year.

                                                                                   7:45-8:25    CONCERT CHOIR

                                                       8:30-9:13     MEISTERSINGERS

                                                       9:17-10:00   FRESHMAN CHOIR

 

REHEARSAL SCHEDULE FOR OTHER GROUPS

JAZZ CHOIR

Mondays from 6:00-7:30 p.m.

 

REGIONAL ALL-STATE CHORUS

Mondays---September 22 to October 27 from 7:00 to 8:30 p.m.

(NOTE:  No rehearsal on Oct. 13 and Oct. 20)

 

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2008-2009 PERFORMANCE DATES

                            Monday, October 20         "Fall Preview" Concert                   7:30 p.m.        D.D. Miller Auditorium

                            Saturday, November 1      All-State Chorus and Orchestra     8:00 p.m.        Sioux Falls Arena

                            Tuesday, December 16     Christmas Concert                         7:30 p.m.        Civic Arena

                            Monday, March 9              "American Music" Concert              7:30 p.m.        D.D. Miller Auditorium

                            Saturday, April 4              Region 3 Small Group Contest       All Day            Watertown High School

                            Tuesday, April 21             Sing, String, and Swing Concert     7:00 p.m.       Senior High Cafeteria

                            Wednesday, May 6           Region 3 Large Group Contest       All Day            Milbank

                            Tuesday, May 19               "Choral Finale" Concert                 7:30 p.m.       D.D. Miller Auditorium

                            Sunday, May 31                WHS Commencement                  2:00 p.m.        Civic Arena

 

 

OTHER EVENTS

                        Wednesday, Sept. 17        Local All-State Chorus Auditions    3:00 p.m.       Vocal Music Room

                        Wednesday, Oct. 8            Choral Leadership Workshop        All Day            NSU---Aberdeen

                        Thursday, October 16        All-State Day at SDSU                  All Day            SDSU---Brookings

                        Saturday, January 17        SD Junior Honor Choir                  2:00 p.m.        Rapid City Ramkota Hotel

                        Friday, April 17                 SD Honor Choir Auditions              5:00 p.m.        Sioux Falls

                        Friday, May 8                    Chanhassen Dinner Theatre          10:00 a.m.      Chanhassen, MN

                        July 26-July 31                  SD High School Honor Choir                                 NSU---Aberdeen                              

 

 

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THE DIRECTOR

Burdell Gauger

B.A. Concordia College, Moorhead 1983

In Watertown since 1999

email  Burdell.Gauger@k12.sd.us

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WEBSITES

Search Engines
http://www.google.com
www.yahoo.com

South Dakota High School Activities Association
http://www.sdhsaa.com/

American Choral Directors Association
http://www.sdacda.org

The Internet Center for Choral Music
http://choralnet.org

World's Largest Sheet Music Retailer
http://jwpepper.com

 

 

 

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