The goal of the choral program is to develop an individual's vocal, social and musical potentials as a means of self-expression and communication. Choral students will learn music theory, aural skills, language diction, vocal technique, and historical and cultural influences by the introduction to a wide variety of Vocal Literature. Students will have the opportunity to perform as individuals, small ensembles, and as a full chorus. Through these experiences, Lamar choral students will learn self-discipline and the benefit of teamwork.
The MB Lamar Department of Choral Activities involves approximately 190 students in grades 9-12 and includes five sections of ability based ensembles: JV Men, JV Women, Concert Women, Chorale, and Madrigals. The students in Madrigals are also members of a traditional choir class. The department performs four major concerts a year including: a traditional fall concert, “Sounds of the Season” winter concert, Pre-UIL concert and spring variety show. The choirs traditionally perform at UIL Concert and Sight-reading Contest.
Interested in joining the Lamar Choir? Get Started HereEligibilityPlacement in the Lamar High School choirs is based on sight-reading ability, tonal memory, tone quality, academic eligibility and positive attitude. All students in upper level choirs must remain academically eligible throughout the entire year. . All students who demonstrate a mastery of skills and maintain academic eligibility will be placed in a choir that participates in various competitions and off campus trips and performances.AdvancementAdvancement in the choral program is dependant on spring auditions, academic eligibiliy, and work ethic demonstrated during the academic year..Advancement criteria may include:
- Learning the All-State repertoire and entering the All-State audition process
- Individual sight-reading practice and improvement (optional sight-reading sessions are provided before or after school)
- Demonstrating commitment and enthusiasm for the choir program
- Preparing and performing a solo at UIL solo contest
- Attending a summer All-State Music Camp
- Attending American Festival of the Arts (AFA) Summer Workshop, or similar summer camp
- Maintaining academic eligibility..
More detailed information for participating students and parents is available on the Charms system. Please refer to Logging into Charms for instructions.Distinctions
- The choirs are successful at local, state, and national levels.
- Chorale performed with the Houston Symphony as part of the Houston in Concert Against Hate in 2013.
- All choirs perform at the UIL Concert and Sight-Reading Competition and consistently receive superior and excellent ratings.
- The Chorale performed at the University of Houston Moore’s School of Music High School Choir Invitational in 2007.
- The Chorale was featured in a combined concert with the Sam Houston State University Chorale in 2008.
- Chorale was featured in the 2009 Houston Chamber Choir “Hear the Future” concert.
- In 2008, Chorale members had the rich experience of hosting and performing with the Cathedral Choir from Stavanger, Norway, as part of the Houston/Galveston—Stavanger Sister City Society “Stavanger Days.”
- In 2009, Chorale Women received the prestigious invitation to perform at the TMEA (Texas Music Educator’s Association) annual convention in San Antonio.
- Madrigals had the honor of being invited to “Texas Days” in Stavanger.
- Madrigals were featured with the Galveston Ballet in their winter show, “Soulstice.”
- Chorale joined with the HSPVA Chorale in a performance of music from “The Lion King” with the Houston Symphony.