A BLEND OF INDIVIDUAL VOICES &
THE POWER OF ARTISTIC EXPRESSION
Singing has the ability to transform lives: the lives of those who listen to music as well as those who participate in its performance. Musicians at Council Rock High School North experience significant personal growth and development through exposure to high-quality choral music. By refining choral and vocal skills, students are offered opportunities for self-expression, aesthetic awareness and the constant challenge of striving for excellence. It is this challenge that inspires everything we do.
Students are exposed to a wide variety of quality choral literature that broadens perspective about life and the human condition. Connections to history, poetry, politics, world cultures, languages, folklore, and literature are made in ways that are different and more personal than a regular academic classroom. Choral music brings students to a deeper awareness of emotion in an amazingly profound way…it is a journey that we take together but has a unique and special destination for everyone. Ultimately, the concert stage performance is a reflection of the unity that comes from teamwork, the blend of individual voices and the power of artistic expression.
Council Rock North has a vibrant choral department consisting of three ensembles: Symphonic Choir, NorthVoice, and Rhythm of the Rock. The North Choirs perform a wide variety of repertoire, from classical to pop and everything in-between, singing and competing throughout the region and beyond. Every 3-4 years, all choir students have the opportunity to participate in a Concert Tour, with recent trips to Portugal, Spain, and Texas!
Symphonic Choir is an advanced level ensemble. Students in this group perform the highest level of high school choral literature, and demonstrate high skill levels. Students advance their vocal and choral skills with an emphasis on tone production, breathing, diction, musicality, music reading proficiency and rehearsal techniques. A variety of advanced choral literature, ranging from Renaissance to contemporary, is studied and performed in concert. The performance nature of this course requires attendance after school for scheduled rehearsals and concerts. The Symphonic Choir rehearses monthly after school, and additional rehearsals are scheduled at the discretion of the director to prepare for local, national, and international events.
NorthVoice is Council Rock North's highly-competitive, auditioned select ensemble. NorthVoice sings at a variety of events in school and throughout the community, and performs a varied repertoire of mostly a cappella music. Auditions for NorthVoice are held in the spring for the following school year. All members of NorthVoice sing in Symphonic Choir as well. You must be registered for a choir class in order to participate in this group.
Rhythm of the Rock
Rhythm of the Rock (ROTR) is Council Rock North's premiere pop a cappella singing ensemble. This is an auditioned group that sings in the style of modern pop a cappella and uses individual voices to convey lyrics as well as individual instruments (such as Bass) and drums. The group often features soloists and a vocal percussion. This highly competitive group also performs with staging and movement.
Those who love to sing AND move AND perform thrive in this group. (Stage presence is a must!) ROTR performs at school events and concerts, as well as travels to a cappella competitions and festivals. All Council Rock North students may audition for this group, even if not enrolled in an academic choir (although enrolling in choir classes is strongly recommended.) Members of ROTR are quick learners, hard workers, and willing to be flexible. Students work on music-reading skills, are good listeners, and are ready to have fun not only singing, but more importantly performing.