Kohler Intern Housing Agreement
Music Open House RSVP
Tuesday, January 13; 7 to 8:30 p.m. – OPEN HOUSE: See what our music program is all about! For high school students, directors, music teachers, parents.
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Singing in a Lakeland choral ensemble is an amazing way to make new friends, make beautiful music with others and make your Lakeland experience richer.
One of the best things about choir is that everyone can participate. Choir is a place where people training to sing opera to those who sing with the radio-and everyone in between-can come together and make something remarkable that no one could do alone.
At Lakeland, singing in a choir doesn't require an amazing voice, any prior experience (though we love experienced singers) or the ability to read music (we will teach you). We meet all of our singers where they are and, with the training we provide, everyone who participates will have the opportunity to make music at a high level.
If you’re interested, sign up for a choral placement hearing, and read more about our two choirs and what to expect at your choral placement date!
About the Choral Placement
The choral placement will take place on August 24 or 25. Students will sign up for a six-minute time period in which they will demonstrate the things below. Remember, this is not an audition! Everyone who wants to sing in a choir at Lakeland will be placed in an ensemble.View expectations and examples for choral placement.
- Sing something - Some voices are louder, some are softer. Some voices are brighter, some are darker. This is your time to demonstrate your singing so that we can hear the characteristics of your voice. You can sing anything you like (art song, aria, folk song, hymn, or musical theatre piece) but don’t worry if you don’t have any pieces prepared— we will have copies of “My Country ‘Tis of Thee” and “Hark! The Herald Angels Sing” in case you want to sing one of those. We will have a pianist to play sheet music for you but please bring a copy for him/her to play from and remember that he/she will be sightreading (don’t bring anything with a difficult piano part or don’t expect it to be played note-for-note!).
- Tonal Memory - The pianist will play a few notes on the piano, you sing them back on any syllable you like (e.g. “la,” “noo,” etc.), as accurately as possible. There will be a series of short passages and they will get a little more difficult each time.
- Sight-reading - Music literacy is important but not a prerequisite for singing in choir so don’t be scared if sight-reading is “not your thing.” In fact, we will work on literacy all year long but it’s helpful to know more about your reading level presently. We will have some examples of melodies for you to read in ascending order of difficulty. If you do well on one, we will move to the next one. All examples are very short. View examples of sight singing excerpts.
- Range check - We will ask you to sing a few short vocal exercises that will slowly move higher and then lower so that we can find the end-points of your vocal range and the “sweet spot” (where your voice sounds the best, also known as a tessitura).
Choral Policies and Expectations
Attendance and Grading
- Since choral ensembles are class-participation, performance-oriented courses, the expectation for each ensemble member is to attend all rehearsals and performances and become an expert on the semester’s repertoire.
- Courtesy dictates that the conductor be notified of all absences in advance by emailing or calling. Each ensemble member will be allowed a total of four absences during the semester. Each absence above four will lower the grade one full letter. Eight absences will cause dismissal from the Lakeland College ensemble with a failing grade.
- In order for choral ensembles to function at optimum levels and maximize each student’s experience, some regular individual practice outside of the normal rehearsal schedule will be expected. In order to assist students to focus attention on specific difficulties in the repertoire, assignments with performance exams may be made at the director’s discretion.
Apparel and Folders
- Each ensemble has its own requirement with regard to concert attire. Singers are required to obtain (purchase, rent, borrow) the specific concert attire.
- Singers in all choral ensembles will obtain a black folder as assigned by the conductor of the ensemble.
Tuesday/Thursday 13th hour (4:00-5:20 PM), Friday 9th hour (2:30-3:25 PM)
The Lakeland College Choir is an elite mixed-voice choir made up of the most skilled singers at Lakeland. In addition to performing on-campus concerts throughout the year, The Lakeland Choir showcases Lakeland’s choral program by singing at local schools and churches, and by touring each spring. Membership is open to all Lakeland students with instructor approval and music-reading skills are highly valued. Although there are no prerequisites for the class, students who have sung in Chorale will have acquired the skills they need to be successful in The Lakeland Choir. The Choir performs choral literature from all time periods and students will be asked to display the highest level of musicianship. MUS 235 The Lakeland Choir may be taken as often as desired for credit. Offered fall and spring. Prerequisite: Instructor approval.
Monday/Wednesday 12th hour (4:05-5:00 PM)
Chorale is open to all students, faculty, and staff. No experience is necessary and there is no formal audition. Just bring your voice, your ears, and your brain! Singers will learn basic vocal technique as well as literacy skills (sight-reading). Chorale presents three concerts on campus each year and accessible literature across genres, time periods, and languages will be studied and performed. MUS 236 Chorale may be taken as often as desired for credit. Offered fall and spring.
Family & Community Weekend
Join us Sept. 19-21 for three days of a variety of Lakeland activities, food and fun. Saturday, after enjoying some Muskies athletics, join us for dinner on the south lawn of the Campus Center as three bands will perform and the John Michael Kohler Arts Center Culinary Car will be on display.
Schedule of Events
Friday, Sept. 19
- 4 p.m. - Women's tennis vs. Mount Mary (at Sports Core, Kohler)
- 4 p.m. - Men's soccer JV vs. Concordia, Wis., soccer field
- 4:30 p.m. - Lakeland College Art Faculty Exhibit Opening Reception, Bradley Gallery
- 7:30 p.m. - Comedian Jay Harris, Campus Pub
Saturday, Sept. 20
- 11 a.m.-1 p.m. - Brunch available in Bossard Hall, Younger Family Campus Center. $8 per person (Lakeland students swipe your card).
- 1 p.m. - Football vs. Hope College, Taylor Field
- 1 p.m. - Men's soccer vs. Rockford College, soccer field
- 3 p.m. - Women soccer vs. UW-Superior, soccer field
- 4-7 p.m. – John Michael Kohler Arts Center and Lakeshore Technical College Culinary Art Car
- 4-7 p.m. - Dinner on Campus Center south lawn, with music by:
Dinner menu: All-you-can-eat taco bar, including seasoned beef, chicken fajitas with fresh peppers, refried and black beans, two kinds of rice, salsa, guacamole and all the fixings. $8.50 per person (Lakeland students swipe your card). Full cash bar will also be available.
Sunday, Sept. 21
- 10:30 a.m. - Chapel service, Ley Chapel
- 11 a.m. - Women's tennis vs. Lawrence (at Sports Core, Kohler)
- Noon - Packers vs. Detroit Lions Pub party with snacks