Clemens High School offers two choirs that meet during the school day. One competitive mixed chorus, Chorale, and one non-competitive treble chorus for women, Cantabile.
Each ensemble reads music by sight reading the notes and rhythms using a technique called Solfeg. This technique, as we know it so well from the movie The Sound of Music, the "Do-Re-Mi" song, is used for singers to help develop interval and spatial relationship between pitches. The technique was developed by well-known Hungarian composer and music educator, Zoltán Kodály.
Acceptance into Chorale is by audition and/or appointed by the director. Chorale sings at minimum, 3-part harmony; Soprano, Alto, Bass, and often 4-part harmony; Soprano, Alto, Tenor, Bass. Each lady and gentleman is classified into one of these voice parts depending on their vocal range, color, and timbre of their voice.
Cantabile is open to any female singer who wants to join choir and is looking for vocal training and experience in a choral ensemble.
Choir curriculum at Clemens follow the Texas Education Association TEKS Chapter 117.60 for Music,
as well as the National Standards for Music Education established by the Music Educators National Conference.
1. Singing, alone and with others, a varied repertoire of music.
2. Performing on instruments, alone and with others, a varied repertoire of music.
3. Improvising melodies, variations, and accompaniments.
4. Composing and arranging music within specified guidelines.
5. Reading and notating music.
6. Listening to, analyzing, and describing music.
7. Evaluating music and music performances.
8. Understanding relationships between music, the other arts, and disciplines outside the arts.
9. Understanding music in relation to history and culture.