Band & Choir

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.

Music Handbook
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Flute Players 2018-19

2021-22 Musical Events

Please check with the BCHS Music Director for updates to the below information

    • School Year
    •     Select weekly school Masses
    • August 26, 2021
    •     Grandparents Mass
    • September 3, 2021
    •     Football Game vs Roncalli — Band reports at 6 p.m.; attire: Theme dress or BCHS spiritwear
    • September 8, 2021
    •     Annual Fund Dinner – Band, Vox Troiano, Sounds of Silas
      — Members meet by 6pm in the Music Room
    • September 8, 2021
    •     Apparel Order Forms are due. (Girls Order Form) – (Boys Order Form)
    • September 17, 2021
    •     Football Game vs Southport — Band reports at 6 p.m.
    • October 1, 2021
    •     Football Game vs Columbus East — Band reports at 6 p.m.
    • October 7, 2021:
    •     Fall Concert, 7 p.m. (All ensembles arrive by 6 p.m.)
    • October 12, 2021
    •      Living Rosary
    • October 15, 2021
    •     Football Game vs Bloomington South — Band reports at 6 p.m.
    • November 22, 2021:
    •     Deadline for ISSMA Solo & Ensemble Festival entries
    • December 6, 2021:
    •     Christmas Concert, 7 p.m. in the Main Gym (All Ensembles arrive by 6 p.m.)
    • December-February:
    •      Select Varsity Basketball game performances
    • January 29, 2022
    •      ISSMA District Wind/Percussion/String Solo & Ensemble Festival
    • February 5, 2022
    •      ISSMA District Vocal/Piano Solo & Ensemble Festival
    • February 12, 2022
    •     Chatard-A-Bration (all ensembles)
    • February 19, 2022
    •      CYO Music Contest @ Bishop Chatard (all hands on deck)
    • February 19, 2022
    •     ISSMA State Vocal/Piano Solo & Ensemble Festival
    • February 26, 2022
    •    ISSMA State Wind/Percussion/String Solo & Ensemble Festival
    • April 21-23, 2022
    •      Spring Musical, BCHS gym
    • TBA
    •      Band Jam for Incoming Freshmen Instrumentalists
    • May 2, 2022
    •      Celebration of the Arts, Spring Concert, 7 p.m., BCHS gym (all ensembles report by 6 p.m.)
    • May 19, 2022
    •      Baccalaureate Mass (all ensembles)
    • May 22, 2022
    •      Graduation (Band, Vox Troiano, Sounds of Silas)
    • May 31 – June 1, 2022
    •      Music Department Trip to Cedar Point
Mark Duray
Mark Duray

Music Director
mduray@bishopchatard.org

Music Handbook

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 before-school Zero Period (7:20 – 7:50 a.m.) & 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.

Concert Band offered through this program has 4 rehearsals during the week: two during Zero Period (7:00 to 7:45 a.m.) and two during Seminar during the school day. These provide critical rehearsal time outside of the standard course schedule while fulfilling the academic requirements for the course. Students who take the typical academic Concert Band course are always welcome at these rehearsals too.

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.

See page 5 in the Music Handbook for further details


BCHS Ensembles

Concert Band

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

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

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

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

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.

Student-Led Ensembles

More information to come on this new endeavor!

View complete information in our Music Handbook.

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

Band and Choir at Nashville
BCHS band and choir at Nashville, 2017

Check back for our latest accomplishments.

Music Department Awards

The Music Department recognizes the accomplishments of students who have demonstrated extraordinary leadership and effort in musicianship and service.

Varsity Letter

Varsity letters are awarded student musicians who have completed 6 semesters of participation in a music ensemble here at Bishop Chatard High School.

John Philip Sousa Award

This is the national school band award, whereby the recipient is recognized for leadership and musicianship within the ensemble and is selected through a vote by fellow members of his/her ensemble.

National School Orchestra Award

This is the national school orchestra award, whereby the Orchestra Award recipient is recognized for leadership and musicianship within the ensemble and is selected through a vote by fellow members of his/her ensemble.

Fred Waring Award

This is the national school choral award, whereby the recipient is recognized for leadership and musicianship within the ensemble and is selected through a vote by fellow members of his/her ensemble.


Music Boosters

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 mduray@bishopchatard.org

BCHS Choir singing 2018-2019
 
 
The above video was created by BCHS student journalists and originally published in 2018/19 in THE-BLUEPRINT.ORG, the student-run news website.

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