Choir Director:  Rachael Kramer
Experience: 4th year Director of Choirs at OGHS; 3 years Vocal Music at Saint Mary Elementary and OGHS Ovation Show Choir Band Director; 7 years private vocal instructor
Email: rkramer@sfcss.org

Office Phone: 605 575 3327

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9th Grade Girls Chorus

Director:  Rachael Kramer

Overview:  Girls Chorus is a full year non-auditioned choir open to girls in grade 9 who demonstrate an interest in the development of singing.  This is the only chorus open to 9th grade girls.  Concerts and special rehearsals are a required part of the curriculum. Students pay a $30 participation fee.

Mixed Chorus
Director: Rachael Kramer

Overview: Mixed Chorus is a full year course open to all singers in grades 10-12 and 9th grade boys who demonstrate an interest in the development of singing.  This is the only chorus open to freshmen boys.  This is a non-auditioned choir.  Concerts and special rehearsals are a required part of the curriculum. Students pay a $30 participation fee.

Concert Choir
Director: Rachael Kramer

Overview: Concert Choir is a full year course open by audition only to singers in grades 11 and 12.  Students must demonstrate strong music reading skills, mature tone quality, commitment, teamwork and a desire to work for personal growth.  Private voice instruction is strongly encouraged. Students pay a $30 participation fee.

SMALL ENSEMBLE GROUPS
Ensembles are an extension of the choral program.  To be a member of a small group, you must first be a member of a large choir.  All auditions take place in the spring of the year for membership the following fall.  Most groups rehearses opposite the student’s lunch period each day for 25 minutes.

Chamber Choir
Director:  Rachael Kramer

Overview: Chamber Choir is an auditioned ensemble of 12—16 SATB singers in grades 10—12 that meets daily for 25 minutes opposite their lunch. This group will sing a variety of music including, but not limited to, vocal jazz, madrigals and chamber choir literature.  This group performs extensively in the community especially during the Christmas season. Students purchase their Chamber Choir costume ($50-60).  . Students receive 1/4 credit with a pass/fail grade. Students must be a member of a large chorus to participate in chamber choir.   Auditions take place in February/March for participation in the following school year.

Ovation! Show Choir (Varsity)

Director:  Lindsey Ussery

Overview:  Ovation meets every day opposite the student’s lunch period.  Students receive 1/2 credit for yearly participation with a pass/fail grade. Ovation is actively involved in state & regional competitions during February and March. Students must be a member of a large chorus to participate in show choir.  Students in grades 10, 11, and 12 are eligible to audition.  Auditions take place in March for participation the following year. Members pay a $250 costume rental and prop fee.  There are several fundraising opportunities to help defray costs.

Special Considerations: In addition to class time, students must attend one three- hour rehearsal each week in the evening from August through March.  Two weekend retreats to learn choreography are also required.  Additionally, students must commit to participation in five major competitions during February and March.