Information for Incoming Freshman
Which choir should I sign-up for?
You will want to choose "Choir I" on your course selection sheet if it will be your first year in high school choir. You would choose Choir II for your second year, and so on. These designations have no bearing on which choir you will be placed in, they merely serve as a way for the counselors to put you into my grade book. For more information on the different choirs that are offered at Centennial HS, click here.
Is it possible to be in choir and another extracurricular activity?
Students in the Centennial HS Choir Program are involved in just about every possible activity on campus. Choir students are also Varsity football players, Sparklers, athletic trainers, band members, Thespians, AP students, and the list goes on! If you do a good job with keeping your calendar organized, you will have no trouble participating in choir and another extracurricular activity. Taking show choir for PE credit will allow you to move this credit outside of the school, opening up more options for academic class you would like to take as well.
How can I fit choir into my schedule?
Here is a list of sample graduation plans showing how easy it is to take choir throughout your high school career. If you have any specific questions, email Mr. Cooley and he will be happy to help work out a personalized graduation plan for you.
Can I be in choir if I haven't chosen an Arts & Humanities endorsement?
Absolutely. It is possible to take choir all four years of high school and earn an endorsement other than Arts & Humanities. If you want more information on how to make this option work for you, I would be happy to sit down and help you map out your schedule.
Does the choir take trips?
In addition to field trips to the opera, local universities, and other performance venues, we take an out-of-state trip in the spring semester of each school year. The cost of the trip varies each year. This year, we are traveling to Winter Park, Colorado to compete in the Winter Park Ski & Music Festival.
How much after-school practice is required?
This depends on the choir in which you are enrolled, but you will find that choir requires significantly fewer after-school practices than most other extra-curricular activities. For most students, there are only two mandatory rehearsals held outside of school hours in the fall semester, and those are dress rehearsals for our fall and winter concerts. Students involved in Spartan Chorale and Show Choir have regular rehearsals each week to support their preparations for contests, conventions, and competitions.
I heard that I can get PE Credit for my participation in Show Choir. Is this true?
It most certainly is! Those students interested in this option should plan to audition for "Shades of Blue" this spring. Those students that are selected for show choir in the fall will have the opportunity to earn credit for their work and participation in this group. Awarding of credit is dependent student attendance and fulfillment of the district's requirement for PE Credit (at least 100 minutes/week of physical activity in an approved course).
What if I don't know how to read music?
I'll teach you! There is a place for everyone in the Choral Department.
Do you have to be a good singer to join choir?
If you enjoy singing, then choir is for you, no matter your ability level or experience. It is our desire to help each of our students grow in both confidence and skill so that they may become life long participants and appreciators of music.
What type of music will we sing?
We will sing everything from Mozart to Mumford & Sons! Each choir performs a wide variety of musical styles throughout the year including, but not limited to: pop, a cappella, classical, contemporary, jazz, and musical theatre.
Which choir will I be in?
There are choirs for everyone at Centennial High School . Auditions for our advanced ensembles take place each spring and will be used to help the director assess where students are at in their musical development. Through these auditions the director will review and assess students in the following areas: vocal range, vocal timbre (color), reading skills, prior experience, grades in other courses, attitude, and work ethic. It is absolutely possible for a new choir student to be placed in an advanced group if they show promise and the ability to process new information quickly. All current 8th grade choir members will have the opportunity meet with Mr. Cooley to measure these skills and discuss their involvement in fine arts performance opportunities at CHS.
Will I have to sing in front of people by myself?
There will be opportunities for all types of singing in choir; small group, large group, full choir, and solos. It is our desire that through your work with us, you will develop an increased sense of self-esteem and confidence in your own abilities that you will feel capable of singing in any type of situation or performance ensemble.
I have more questions, who should I contact?
Mr. Cooley would be happy to answer any and all questions you might have about the Centennial HS Choir Program. You can send him an email at email@example.com.
Contact Mr. Cooley via Email:
Letter to Parents
Sample Graduation Plan
Elective Night Flyer
Faculty & Staff
Auditions & Placement
The Choirs of Centennial
Current Choir Handbook
All Incoming Freshmen will sign up for "CHORAL MUS I" in Career Cruising.
If you wish to enroll in Show Choir and earn PE credit through this alternative course, you will select "VOC ENS I"
Students in other grades should select the same course, however, the digit that follows the course title will correspond with their current grade.