TORRINGTON HIGH SCHOOL 
MUSIC DEPARTMENT
The Pride of Torrington  

Performing Ensemble Requirements:

*Students enrolled in the performing ensemble will be expected to participate in daily  or weekly classes and attend ALL SCHEDULED PERFORMANCES including, but not limited to, Winter Concert, Berkshire League Music Festival, American School Band Directors Association Honor Festival, March Concert, Pops Concert, Memorial Day parade, local parades, competitions, awards ceremonies and graduation.  Students may also choose to participate in the Connecticut Music Educators Association Northern Regional Music Festival, CMEA All-State Auditions/music festival and New England audition/festival.  In addition, travel may include an invitation to participate in an event or music festival.  Trips will be partially financed through student fund-raisers.  Participates will be asked to purchase uniform performance attire.
 

 

VOCAL PERFORMING ENSEMBLES
Chamber Choir (Honors) (HS669w06) 1 Credit
Grades 9-12
Prerequisite: Audition and permission of Instructor
Ms Rondeau


Chamber Choir is an auditioned group.  Auditions take place in June and September (for those who did not audition in June). January auditions will be held at the director’s discretion.  Audition will include (not limited to) vocalizing to establish vocal range, exercise in matching pitch and demonstrating ability to sing harmony without accompaniment.  Chamber Choir requires a much higher level of commitment as compared to Concert Choir.  The literature is more challenging and diverse.  Chamber Choir meets outside the normal school day.   Participates will be asked to purchase uniform performance attire. All music will be memorized for concert performance. See performance requirements for ensembles.*

 

 

 

 

 

Concert Choir (General) (HS670w00) (Honors) (HS670w06) 1 Credit
Grades 9-12
Prerequisite: None
Ms. Rondeau

Concert Choir is a non-auditioned group of students who enjoy singing and who want to learn to sing better. The Concert Choir welcomes singers of all experience levels; the only requirement is that singers be able to match pitches. Students will develop healthy singing technique, improve their musical literacy, and will be afforded the opportunity to perform several times during the year.  The choir will sing a variety of choral literature from many styles and in many languages. All music will be memorized for concert performances.   Participates will be asked to purchase uniform performance attire. See performance requirements for ensembles.

 

 

 
 
 
 
INSTRUMENTAL PERFORMANCE ENSEMBLES
Jazz Ensemble (General HS659w00) 1 Credit (Honors HS659w06) 1 Credit
Grades 9-12
Prerequisite: Audition and permission of the Instructor

Mr. Splettstoeszer

This is a performance-based course where students will learn to execute various jazz styles from swing to funk and begin to utilize the art of improvisation.  Students interested in playing in the Jazz Ensemble, including bass, piano and guitar players must audition in the spring of each school year in order to considered for this ensemble.  No previous jazz experience is necessary. Woodwind, brass and percussion students must be enrolled in concert band in order to be eligible.  Jazz Ensemble meets outside the school day.   Participates will be asked to purchase uniform performance attire. See performance requirements for ensembles.

 

 

String Orchestra (General HS652w00) 1 Credit (Honors HS652w06) 1 Credit
Grades 9-12
Prerequisite: None
Mr. Splettstoeszer

The Torrington High School String Orchestra is open to all high school string players.  Through full group and sectional lessons students are exposed to a wide variety of music.  The knowledge gained through these experiences builds upon musical proficiencies learned at the middle school and prepares students for post-graduate musical experience.  Participates will be asked to purchase uniform performance attire. Beginners may join the orchestra by arrangement with the director.  See performance requirements for ensembles.

 

Concert Band (General – HS650w00) (Honors-HS650w06) – 1 Credit
Grades 9-12
Prerequisite: None
Mr. Splettstoeszer

The Torrington High School Band is open to all high school wind and percussion players.  Through marching band, concert band, ensembles and sectional lessons, students are exposed to a wide variety of music.  The knowledge gained through these experiences builds upon musical proficiencies learned at the middle school and prepares students for post graduate musical experience.  Participates will be asked to purchase uniform performance attire. Beginners may join the band by arrangement with the director. See performance requirements for ensembles.*

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NON-PERFORMING CLASSES
Music Technology I  (General HS690w00) .5 Credit
Grades 9-12
Prerequisite: None

Ms. Rondeau and Mr. Splettstoeszer

This introductory course is open to any student with the desire to learn about the ever-changing world of Music Technology.  Students will explore the latest computer software and hardware along with analog and digital recording.  Students will leave this course with a basic understanding of sound systems, recording techniques and computer music.  Students must have access to headphones for class use
 

 
 
 
 
Music Technology II (College Prep HS694w04) .5 Credit
Grades 9-12
Prerequisite: Completion of Music Technology I with a grade of 80 or better.
Mr. Splettstoeszer

This course will explore advanced topics in Music Technology and concentrate on “Real World” applications.  Topics include but not limited to: Commercials/Radio Jingles, Podcasting and Film Scoring will be studies.  Students must have access to headphones for class use.
 

 

Introduction to Piano (General HS688w00) .5 Credit
Grades 9-12
Prerequisite: None
Ms Rondeau

This course is for any student interested in the fundamentals of piano; students with little to no piano background.  This class is NOT for students with prior piano experience.  Students will learn the basics of piano; reading notation and musical terms, playing chords and melodies, learning to transpose and translating that notation to the piano.  Using a mixture of independent and group learning experiences, a variety of basic piano literature will be studied, with the ultimate goal of students being able to learn a desired piece of music independently.  If students are curious about piano and always wanted to learn about it, they should sign up.

 

History of Popular Music (College Prep HS686w04) .5 Credit
Grades 9-12
Prerequisite: None
Ms Rondeau

Students will examine the development of American popular music from early blues to jazz to Hip Hop, will make connections between the music and its historical and cultural contexts and will be able to recognize key artists and compositions from recorded examples.  Students will develop the ability to recognize major musical components, such as form, instrumentation and style.  Students will listen to lectures, engage in discussions and will listen to music.  Required skills: note-taking, weekly written work, and basic English skills.  No previous musical experience is required.

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