Choirs / Vocal Ensembles

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The JFKS Choirs and other Vocal Ensembles provide an opportunity for students to contribute individually to a group success greater than one might achieve alone. This process demands the pursuit of academic excellence in the realm of choral music, and multilingual facility and understanding. The process fosters respect and understanding of one’s peers and the individual contribution each is capable of making to the group success. The outreach activities practiced by our ensembles reinforce the understanding of the value of musical expression for all people regardless of age or physical condition.

Students are encouraged to participate in choir starting in 3rd Grade and have the opportunity to continue with choir and other vocal ensembles until they graduate.

The Parent/Faculty/Alumni Choir is open to all adult members of the community and performs together with the student choirs on a regular basis.

 

7th/8th Grade Choir

The 7th / 8th Grade Choir at JFKS is open to all interested students in grade 7 and 8 who wish to participate and who continually demonstrate satisfactory effort and conduct during rehearsals. No audition is required. Choir is both a performing ensemble and a learning experience, it is a yearlong commitment and all choir members are expected to participate fully in every scheduled rehearsal and performance. Every second year the 7th / 8th Grade Choir presents a stage musical. The entire choir participates in the chorus and stage roles are selected by audition.

When? Boys: Tuesday, 6th period; Girls: Wednesday, 6th period

Director: Lori Cook ()

 

7th/8th Grade Small Ensemble

Any 7th / 8th Grade Choir member may audition for the 7th / 8th Grade Small Ensemble, a group which rehearses extra times each week and which performs additional, more challenging music than that of the choir.

When? Thursday, 9th period

Director: Lori Cook ()

 

9th-12th Concert Choir

The Concert Choir at JFKS is open to all interested students in grades 9 through 12. No audition is required for this large ensemble. Several high-profile performances are undertaken throughout the school year and a wide variety of music styles are explored (Medieval through modern pop and musical theater). In addition, concepts in music history and theory are covered in relation to the literature being sung. Healthy vocal technique is also taught and emphasized. The ensemble rehearses three times per week, and a yearlong commitment is required. Most students stay in choir for several, or all, of their upper high-school years. Abitur students may choose Concert Choir as one of their “Grundkurse.”

When? Monday, 10th period; Wednesday and Friday, 6th period

Director: Dr. Joseph Curtis (jcurtis@jfksberlin.org)

 

Men’s Chorus / Barbershop

The Men’s Chorus/Barbershop activity for boys in grades 9 through 12 at JFK has been a popular one for years and even decades. The young men rehearse and perform in a variety of styles, including the American style of “barbershop”, which involves close 4-part harmonies in à cappella settings. An audition/interview with the director is required. Extra performances are often requested, and a healthy use of the vocal mechanism is emphasized.

Director: Dr. Joseph Curtis (jcurtis@jfksberlin.org)

 

Vocal Techniques

The Vocal Techniques activity at JFKS is one in which small groups of students work on their singing voices as soloists. Healthy singing and good vocal production are taught and a wide variety of solo literature is explored. The work in the small groups often leads to (though doesn’t need to) public performances of the works studied. This activity is open to all students in grades 9-12 and each student is typically in one vocal techniques session per week.

Instructor: Dr. Joseph Curtis (jcurtis@jfksberlin.org)

 

Women’s Chorus/Sweet Adelines

Women’s Chorus/Sweet Adelines is a young women’s vocal ensemble, which meets as an Activity once per week. An audition/interview with the director is required and students in grades 9 through 12 make up the ensemble. The emphasis is on performance of ta variety of styles of vocal/choral music. Regular performances are undertaken and the group is often requested to sing for various events inside and outside the school community. Good vocal technique is taught and practiced.

Director: Dr. Joseph Curtis (jcurtis@jfksberlin.org)

 

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The JFKS Fine Arts Department

MUSIC
Lori Cook - Elementary School

Dr. Joseph Curtis - High School
jcurtis@jfksberlin.org
Esther Freymadl - Oberstufe

Music Office G114
Phone +49-30-90299 5187

ART
Ingrid Stahl, G203

Phone +49-30-90299 5762


DRAMA
TBD, G116
@jfksberlin.org
Phone +49-30-90299 5634