Choral Union (Amarillo Master Chorale) Syllabus for 2021-2022
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MB 306

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MUEN-1143-001 Choral Union (Amarillo Master Chorale)


Prerequisite: Audition

Course Description

Literature includes selections from all periods. Advanced choral literature stressed.

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(1 sem hr; 3 studio)

Class Type

On Campus Course

Syllabus Information




1. MUSIC: All music will be provided by either Amarillo College or the Amarillo Symphony. You will be held financially responsible for lost or damaged music.

2. PERFORMANCE DRESS: Women will wear conservative long black dresses with black shoes. Men will wear black tuxedos with black socks and shoes. Amarillo College has some tuxes available for loan.

3. PERFORMANCE FOLDER: All members will be lent a performance folder, which must be returned immediately after performance.  You will be held financially responsible for a lost or damaged folder.

See the instructor for details.

Student Performance

**This syllabus is also used for MUEN-2143

The goal of this course is to have fun experiencing the expressive possibilities of singing significant choral literature, and to share this experience with each other and our audience. After completion of the semester, the student will have:

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

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

3. Increased their knowledge of choral literature and style.

4. Met new people and experienced a bond of friendship with each other through music.

5. Performed significant choral/orchestral works at a professional level.

Repertoire includes selections from all periods and generally consists of significant choral/orchestral works.  Advanced choral literature stressed.  The ensemble meets regularly on Monday evenings and also at specially scheduled times during performance weeks.  Amarillo Master Chorale is a non-profit incorporated community chorus affiliated with Amarillo College. 

Students Rights and Responsibilities

Student Rights and Responsibilities

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Expected Student Behavior

a. You must have a positive attitude, and be encouraging to others.

b. You must participate in all dress rehearsals and concerts/performances, and make every effort to attend all Monday evening rehearsals.

c. You must refrain from talking during rehearsal, unless you have a musical question.

d. You must pay attention to instruction given to other voice parts that may apply to your part.

e. You must bring a pencil to every rehearsal to mark your music with appropriate directions.

f. You must be willing to work as a team to fulfill musical goals.

g. You must make every effort to come to rehearsal on time.

An audition is required as a prerequisite of this class.  Ensemble members may need to devote time outside of class to ensure their own part is learned.

Grading Criteria

Final Grade is based on the following scale:

A= 90-100%

B= 80-89%

C= 70-79%

D= 60-69%

F= Below 60%

Grading is based on attendance and preparation for rehearsals during class.


ATTENDANCE POLICY: Regular attendance is necessary for satisfactory achievement. Therefore, it is the responsibility of the student to attend class. In addition:

1. You are expected to attend every rehearsal. If you are not able to attend a rehearsal, please contact your section leader as early as possible before the conflict.

2.You are expected to participate in all concerts and dress rehearsals. Please contact the instructor well in advance of concert week if you have a scheduling conflict.


A detailed rehearsal and performance calendar (subject to change) will be distributed in class.

Additional Information

Visit the website:


Amarillo Master Chorale also has a facebook page!


Audition with the director 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:

08/20/21 4:49 PM