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.

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Summer Mini-Camp 2019

BCHS Band and Vox Troiano will hold a mini camp from Monday, July 22 to Friday, July 26, at BCHS, in preparation for the upcoming performance season. The daily schedule is:

  • Band Rehearsal: Monday – Thursday: 9:00 – 11:00 a.m.; Friday: 9:00 a.m. – Noon
  • Vox Troiano Rehearsal: Monday – Thursday: 1:00 – 3:00 p.m.; Friday 9:00 – Noon

In order for us to “hit the ground running” successfully, these rehearsals play a critical 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 key to our success and momentum! Please make every effort to attend.

Incoming Freshman Band Members

Please email Mr. Duray (mduray@bishopchatard.org) at your earliest convenience to indicate the following:

  1. the instrument you play
  2. I am bringing my own instrument (either by rental or ownership).
  3. I am in need of an instrument.
  4. 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 Track Suits – Orders will be taken at Mini-Camp

The BCHS MUSIC track suit will be THE uniform for ALL Band members for football and basketball games, and will be worn on select, spirit days as well as various performances off-campus. ALL Band members are to supply their own, white athletic/tennis shoes for performances. Please note, the track suit DOES NOT replace the school-supplied, formal wear (tux or gown) the Band will use for more, solemn and/or formal performances.
Sizes for each Band member will be taken at rehearsals during the mini-camp. The cost per set (jacket and pant) is $70.00. Payment is due to music director, Mr. Duray, either by cash or check (payable to Bishop Chatard High School) by Friday, July 26th. As always, if payment cannot be made by the deadline, please send Mr. Duray an email to discuss a solution or arrangement for payment to be made.

View Summer Music Newsletter plus Track Suit photos

Mark Duray
Mark Duray

Music Director
mduray@bishopchatard.org

The world today tells us that music is a great hobby, and that it benefits us in ways outside that go beyond the activity of music-making. While all that is certainly true, music is critically important because of its transformative and transportive power. 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

BCHS Choirs – 2019/2020

Vox Troiano

Vox Troiano, formerly known as the Liturgical Choir, is the select (auditioned), advanced, mixed, soprano-alto-tenor-bass (SATB) chorale (large chorus) of Bishop Chatard High School. Membership is through audition in early spring. For 2019/2020, choir members have four rehearsals a week – two during ZERO period (Wednesday and Friday) and two during HOMEROOM. Upon gaining membership through audition, members will be assigned to Mr. Duray’s homeroom. Participants will receive .5 fine arts credit per semester.

Sounds of Silas

Sounds of Silas is the select (auditioned), advanced, mixed (SATB) chamber chorus (8-16 members) of Bishop Chatard High School. This ensemble meets as a class during the 1st and 2nd semesters. Upon gaining membership through audition, students will need to adjust your schedule with the help of the school counseling department. Participants will receive 1 fine arts credit per semester.

Note: After serving two years (or four semesters) of either chorus, you are eligible for fine arts credit at the HONORS level for each semester of membership and participation. See or email Mr. Duray (mduray@bishopchatard.org) for additional details or questions you may have.

BCHS 2019/2020 Music Courses

Applied Music: Guitar
Concert Band, Concert Band Honors
Concert Orchestra
Chorus, Chorus Honors
Adv. Chorus: A Cappella Choir
Beginning Piano and Electronic Keyboard
View Full Course Descriptions in our Course Catalog

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

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.
Carnegie Hall Photo 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.

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 Band at Christmas Concert
 
 
The above video was created by BCHS student journalists and originally published in 2018/19 in THE-BLUEPRINT.ORG, the student-run news website.

RT @DeaconRWagner Celebrating my ordination anniversary today - 7 years as a deacon! What a blessing it has been to me! Thank you to all that have helped form me as a deacon: my family, @SaintMeinradPDF / @spxparish / @BishopChatardHS / @GuerinCatholic Happy Anniversary to my deacon brothers!

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