Concert Choir Syllabus for 2021-2022
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MUEN-1141-001 Concert Choir


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(1 sem hr; 5 studio)

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1. MUSIC AND PENCIL - All music will be provided on loan by Amarillo College. You will be held financially responsible for lost, damaged, or stolen music.  If you forget your music for rehearsal, DO NOT TAKE SOMEONE ELSE`S MUSIC. Your grades will be held at the end of the semester until all music is returned. You must bring music and a pencil to every rehearsal.

2. CONCERT ATTIRE - With the exception of shoes, women`s dresses and men`s tuxedos will be purchased and lent to students by Amarillo College. YOU WILL BE FINANCIALLY RESPONSIBLE FOR LOST OR DAMAGED GARMENTS. All tuxes and dresses must be returned after the final concert.   Women will wear black hose and closed toe black flats with conservative jewelry and hair either done up or pulled back.   Men will wear black socks and black, shined dress shoes, and hair will be neatly kept.

Student Performance

***This syllabus is also used for MUEN-2141 and MUSIC-1150

Over the course of the semester, the student will:

1. Learn vocal fundamentals and improved their singing through increasing vocal flexibility.

2. Learn the listening skills required for choral blend and balance.

3. Increase their knowledge of choral history and style.

4. Learn fundamentals of music theory and its application to choral singing.

5. Meet new people and experienced a bond of friendship through music.

Students Rights and Responsibilities

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Expected Student Behavior

Choral ideals:

Relationships are at the heart of everything we do as humans, and especially as artists.  In AC Concert Choir, music is our common activity and common love.  However, the creation of beautiful and meaningful choral music requires a respect for – and pursuit of – certain character traits that tend towards healthy relationships within the human person (spirit, mind, body) and between individuals.  As an ensemble, let us therefore endeavor to embody:


RELIABILITY in rehearsal presence and musical preparation.

PROFESSIONALISM in attire, speech, and attitude. 

EXCELLENCE in every moment of performance (on- and off-stage).

FLEXIBILITY with the short-comings of self, others, and circumstances. 

GENEROSITY with musical convictions and uplifting words. 

OPENNESS in communication.

CREATIVITY in problem-solving and music-living.

WILLINGNESS to try new things and help one another overcome challenges.

PERSISTENCE in fighting to protect and grow our musical family. 

JOY in the opportunity we have to share another day, and another song.


In addition:

BE ON TIME for every choir-related activity, whether on or off campus.  "Early is on time.  On time is late.  Late is unacceptable."  - B.V.

NO DISRESPECTFUL or inappropriate language, towards faculty or a fellow student, will be tolerated.

NO FOOD OR DRINKS (excluding water) are permitted in the choir room, except as part of official choir social functions. 

NO CELL-PHONE USE is permitted during rehearsal.  Student must inform instructor ahead of class if they are on call for an emergency situation. 

NO CRUDE LANGUAGE OR INAPPROPRIATE IMAGERY may be displayed on student attire during any official choral activity, including rehearsals.

Grading Criteria

Grading is determined by your attendance and positive participation in the choir.  If the instructor notes that you have been missing rehearsals or are having trouble keeping up with the music, he will personally contact you to help you and let you know if you are in danger of dropping a letter grade.

1. Concerts/Performances are equivalent to required examinations - NO EXCUSES WILL BE PERMITTED FOR MISSING A CONCERT, with the exception of family tragedy or documented emergency. A final grade of "F" may be given for missing a concert or the dress rehearsal for a concert. If you are extremely ill, you are required to call the instructor before the concert. Not showing up for a concert without any prior notification may result in a failing grade. Please be responsible; we depend on each other for our success as a group.

2. Class Attendance - Your grade will drop one letter grade for every THREE UNEXCUSED ABSENCES. One absence will be counted for every two times you are late for rehearsal.

3. A syllabus quiz, worth 10% of your grade, will be given at the start of term.

4. You may be asked to sing your part in class for a grade. These grades are determined by the following criteria:

A= part sung perfectly, or with few minor mistakes

B= part sung with two to five major mistakes

C= part sung with more than five major mistakes

D= making a significant amount of mistakes

F= failure to finish the example, or simply not knowing the part


FINAL EXAMINATIONS: There are no final written examinations. As stated above, all performances are considered examinations.

Final Grade is based on the following scale:

A= 90-100%

B= 80-89%

C= 70-79%

D= 60-69%

F= Below 60%


Ensemble attendance policy:

Regular attendance on the part of every student/singer is necessary for satisfactory individual achievement and is critical to our success as a group.  Attendance and participation are the singer’s primary “course work” and are graded accordingly (see Grading Criteria above).  To remain in good standing with the group, students should adhere to the following ensemble policies:


The singer is expected to attend every rehearsal, unless excused by the director prior to the rehearsal.


The singer is required to participate in every concert and dress rehearsal for a concert.


The singer is required to contact the director before rehearsal if needing to miss a rehearsal due to illness, after which point a doctor’s note must be provided.  All absence requests must be submitted in writing using the appropriate form, and excuses will only be accepted at the discretion of the Instructor.


The singer may request exemption from any rehearsal using a Rehearsal Excuse Form and should provide supporting documentation whenever possible. 


Any singer with 3 or more unexcused rehearsal absences for any given concert (including absences communicated to the instructor by email but without specific written exemption from the instructor) will not be permitted to perform on that concert.  The student will still be expected to participate in remaining rehearsals as deemed appropriate by the instructor to fulfill obligations for class credit. 


Travel privileges may be withheld from any singer who demonstrates a lack of commitment to the ensemble and its ideals, or whose attendance record precludes them from performing on tour. 


This is a PRELIMINARY rehearsal and performance calendar for fall of 2020.  In the event of any significant changes, a calendar of important and required events will be handed out in class, and students will sign a copy of the calendar to confirm their ability and commitment to attend required events.  

Performances in BOLD.  ITALICIZED events are highly recommended. 

Aug 23 (Mon)  –  First rehearsal (IN-PERSON) –  12:30-1:45pm

Sep 6 (Mon)  –  NO CLASS  –  Labor Day

Oct 18-22 (Mon-Fri)  –  NO CLASSES    Fall Break

Nov 1 (Mon)  –  Rehearsal #1 with AC Concert Band  –  7:00-8:00pm (TBD)

Nov 8 (Mon)  –  Rehearsal #2 ("dress") with AC Concert Band  –  7:00-9:00pm (TBD)

Nov 14 (Sun)  –  "Hymn to the Fallen" with AC Concert Band  –  3:00pm concert (call time TBD)

Nov 15 (Mon)  –  EVENING Requiem rehearsal with Amarillo Master Chorale  –  7:00-9:00pm (time and location TBD)

Nov 17 (Wed)  –  Regular Afternoon Rehearsal (TBD)

Nov 17 (Wed)  –  EVENING Dress Rehearsal #1 at Globe-News Center  –  7:00-9:30pm  –  Call time TBD

Nov 18 (Thu)  –  EVENING Dress Rehearsal #2 at Globe-News Center  –  7:00-9:30pm  –  Call time TBD

Nov 19 (Fri)  –  Mozart's Requiem with ASO  –  Globe-News Center  –  Performance 7:30pm  –  Call Time (TBD)

Nov 20 (Sat)  –  Mozart's Requiem with ASO  –  Globe-News Center  –  Performance 7:30pm  –  Call Time (TBD)

Nov 24-26 (Wed-Fri)  –  NO CLASS    Thanksgiving Break

Dec 1 (Wed)  –  Dress Reheasal #1  –  St. Andrew's Episcopal Church  –  Normal class time (12:30-1:45pm)  –  ARRIVE EARLY

Dec 2 (Fri)  –  Dress Rehearsal #2  –  St. Andrew’s Episcopal Church  –  Normal class time (12:30-1:45pm)  –  ARRIVE EARLY

Dec 5 (Sun)  –  Christmas Concert ("Lessons and Carols")  –  St. Andrew’s  –  Performance 4:00pm  –  Call Time 2:00pm

Dec 6-10 (Mon-Fri)  –  On and Off-campus Caroling and Fundraising  –  Schedule TBD

Dec 13 (Mon)  –  "Final Exam Time" (12:30-2:30) reserved for Commencement dress rehearsal  –  TBD

Dec 16 (Thur)  –  Commencement dress rehearsal  –  5:00-6:30pm   –  TBD

Dec 18 (Friday)    Fall Commencement (TBD)  –  Civic Center Coliseum  –  7:00pm  –  Sound Check 5:45pm

Additional Information

 Vocal Placement with the instructor is required as a prerequisite of this class. 


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COVID-19 POLICIES (Fall 2020)

Class will be conducted in-person as allowable by Amarillo College, which will be taking its cues from city officials, AISD, and the governer's office.  

Students must abide by all AC-required health safety precautions, including:

          Masking, social distancing, and frequent hand sanitization are strongly encouraged, though not required.

A live-stream option for class attendance will be available for any student who is absent due to COVID-related concerns.  NOTE: Requests for live-stream attendance must be submitted in writing before the start of the class period(s) in question.

Rehearsals may be moved to a tech-supported structure (virtual meetings) at any time to align with College mandates or to address health concerns within the Music Department. 


OFFICE HOURS (Fall 2020)

     Posted outside office door (MB 306), and by appointment.

Syllabus Created on:

08/19/21 3:17 PM

Last Edited on:

09/03/21 12:21 PM