Welcome to the BCHS Music Program
Bishop Chatard offers student musicians the opportunity to learn and showcase their talents through participation in the school Concert Band, Concert Choir, A Capella Choir and Vox Triano.
All students interested in learning more about the performing arts at Bishop Chatard are encouraged to contact the school.
Incoming Freshman Band Member News
Whether you signed up for the Band class, or are taking the Zero Period option (two rehearsals a week from 7:00-7:45 AM, and two Seminar rehearsals a week from 10:50-11:30 AM), THANKS FOR STEPPING FORWARD TO JOIN US AND WELCOME TO BCHS MUSIC!
We are so excited to have you join our Band, and the entire community of BCHS musicians!If you haven’t already signed up to be in Band, don’t worry. Just email or call your BCHS Guidance Counselor TODAY to let her know you’re IN!. ACTION NEEDED
All incoming band members, please email Mr. Duray (firstname.lastname@example.org) at your earliest convenience to indicate the following:
- The instrument you play
- Are you bringing your own instrument (either by rental or ownership)?
- Are you in need of an instrument?
- For all reed instrument players, please include size of reed you prefer to use.
This will ensure that the proper instructional materials and supplies are available for use once you arrive. We are absolutely committed to your success as an artist and servant-hearted musician as God has designed in you!
Band Rehearsals: Aug. 2, 3
The BCHS band members will be gathering in the Music Room 115 (please enter Door 10) on the following dates to distribute folders, music and materials for the upcoming football season and performances of all shapes and sizes moving forward. This is for those enrolled in a band course for the 2021-22 school year.
- Monday, August 2: 6:00-8:00 p.n.
- Tuesday, August 3: 6:00-8:00 p.m.
These rehearsals play a key role in helping us to establish our sense of ensemble community and culture, as well as to develop our artistry and repertoire for our many performances. Your attendance at rehearsals is absolutely necessary to our success and momentum! Please make every effort to attend.
Email Mr. Duray (email@example.com) with any questions you may have at your earliest convenience.
2021-22 Musical Events
Please check with the BCHS Music Director for updates to the below information
- October 7, 2021:
- Fall Concert
- November 11, 2021:
- Veterans Day Concert
- December 6, 2021:
- Christmas Concert
2021-22 Academic Course Offerings
- Men’s Chorus: Beginning, Intermediate, Advanced (Honors)
- Women’s Chorus: Beginning, Intermediate, Advanced (Honors)
- A Cappella Honors (Sounds of Silas)
- Concert Band, Concert Band Honors ensemble
- Beginning Piano and Electronic Keyboard
- Applied Music: Guitar
- View Full Course Descriptions in our Course Catalog
Our Unique ‘Zero Period’ & Seminar Program
As academic courses fill a student’s schedule, it can often be difficult to fit an academic music course or ensemble into the daily schedule of classes. At Bishop Chatard, our unique ‘Zero Period’ & Seminar class period structure allows the flexibility for musicians to participate in a musical ensemble, either Concert Band or Vox Troiano, and still balance a rigorous academic course load.
The Vox Troiano ensemble rehearsals also follow a Zero Period/Seminar schedule: meeting 4 times a week – two during Zero Period and two during Seminar. Participants in this ensemble receive .5 fine arts credit per semester.
Concert Band is the instrumental ensemble of Bishop Chatard High School, currently open to wind, string, and percussion instrumentalists of all grade and ability levels. The Concert Band explores and performs literature from many musical genres and eras for a variety of seasonal concerts, events (on and off campus), select varsity sports contests. The band also provides music for all-school Mass in rotation with other ensembles.
Concert Band is offered during the standard academic day and also available via the Zero Period/Seminar option to appease the academic requirements. Students enrolled in the academic band period are welcomed and encouraged to attend Zero Period/Seminar band rehearsals, as well. After 2 semesters are completed, participants may enroll in the Concert Band for Honors credit.
See page 5 in the Music Handbook for further details.
Jazz Band is an extra-curricular instrumental ensemble open to all instrumentalists who are interested in exploring and performing literature and improvisation technique in the Jazz genre. This ensemble rehearses after school on Mondays in Music Room 115. Brand new in the 2nd semester of the 2021-22 school year, the Jazz Band performs at seasonal concerts and beyond as it expands and grows.
Vox Troiano is the select, advanced, mixed, soprano-alto-tenor-bass (SATB) chorale (large chorus) of Bishop Chatard High School. The ensemble explores and performs literature from many musical genres and eras for a variety of seasonal concerts and events (on and off campus), and also provides music for all-school Mass in rotation with other ensembles. Membership is gained through audition (open to grades 9-11) in early spring. Participants will receive .5 fine arts credit per semester. After 2 semesters are completed, participants may enroll in Vox Troiano for Honors credit.
Vox Troiano is offered via the Zero Period/Seminar rehearsal schedule: four times a week – two during the Zero Period and two during Seminar.
Sounds of Silas
Sounds of Silas (academic course title: A Cappella Choir) is the select, advanced chamber choir of Bishop Chatard High School. It is offered as an Honors-level class (fall and spring semester) during the regular, academic schedule. Sounds of Silas explores and performs chamber literature (small chorus) from many musical genres and eras for a variety of seasonal concerts and events (on and off campus). The choir also provides music for all-school Mass in rotation with other ensembles.
Membership is gained through audition (open to grades 9-11) in early spring.
Women’s Chorus studies and develops vocal health and musicianship, and explores and performs literature from many musical genres and eras suited for the treble voice (soprano and alto) for a variety of seasonal concerts and events. They also provides music for all-school Mass in rotation with other ensembles. Membership is open to all girls, grades 9-12, at the beginning, intermediate, or advanced level of vocal musicianship. After 2 semesters are completed, participants may enroll in Women’s Chorus for Honors credit.
Men’s Chorus studies and develops vocal health and musicianship, and explores and performs literature from many musical genres and eras arranged for male voices (tenor and bass) for a variety of seasonal concerts and events. Men’s Chorus also provides music for all-school Mass in rotation with other ensembles. Membership is open to all boys, grades 9-12, at the beginning, intermediate, or advanced level of vocal musicianship. After 2 semesters are completed, participants may enroll in Men’s Chorus for Honors credit.
More information to come on this new endeavor!
Music is the soundtrack of the most impactful and meaningful moments of our lives. Music heightens our sensibilities and sensitivities – it rends our hearts. Music enhances and amplifies our prayer, our spirituality, and draws us closer to Him. We need better music – better choices, better artists, better artistry. Where will we get that? We will get that from the servant-hearted, caretaker musicians of Bishop Chatard High School, our children. –Mr. Duray
Jillian Hurley, junior, achieved a gold rating with a nearly perfect score at the 2020 Indiana State School Music Association (ISSMA) State Vocal Solo and Ensemble Festival competition.
Jillian Hurley earned a gold medal for her vocal performance in the top performance level in the 2019 Indiana State School Musician’s Association (ISSMA) State competition.
Emily Boon received a Gold Medal with her flute performance in the 2019 Indiana State School Musician’s Association (ISSMA) State competition.
Jillian Hurley, Adam Pemberton and Emily Boon earned Gold Medals in the regional ISSMA Music Competition in Jan/Feb. 2018. Jillian won the gold for her vocal solo; Adam for his piano solo and Emily for her flute solo. Emily will compete at the ISSMA state competition on February 24.
Emily Boon auditioned and was chosen by the New World Youth Symphony as the second chair flutist in their Philharmonic Orchestra. She also was the only high school student in the pit orchestra for the summer stock production of ‘Pippin’at Park Tudor. Read the full story in The-Blueprint.org, the student news website.
The BCHS band and choir each took 1st Place in their categories in the Smoky Mountain Music Festival in Gatlinburg, Tenn, Spring 2017.
Emily Boon, freshman, was the outstanding flutist at the CYO music contest on Feb. 11, 2017.
Jillian Hurley, freshman, was the overall vocal winner in the High School division of the CYO music contest on Feb. 11, 2017.
Erik Compton, Jack Lockrem, Robbie Tebbe, and Zach Elcesser received gold ratings at the January 2016 ISSMA District Solo & Ensemble contest!
BCHS students Colleen Curry, Rebecca Doyle, and St. John Jefferson traveled to New York City to perform at Carnegie Hall with the Indianapolis Youth Chorale and National Festival Chorus on May 10, 2015. The group performed 10 pieces and received a standing ovation.
Exciting sounds are happening in the BCHS Music Department. Would you like to be a part of them? Consider helping out via the BCHS Music Booster Club. Contact Music Director Mark Duray at firstname.lastname@example.org