Merrillville High School Choir offers all students the opportunity to further their knowledge in performing skills, musical notation reading skills and general musicianship, and a better understanding of aesthetics. However, the students opportunity to work and cooperate with other students in a performing organization to achieve an artistic goal is the most important and unique aspect of music education.
Merrillville High School has a full slate of choral offerings for our vocalists. The Concert Choir is a mixed group composed of beginners to the choral program at MHS. The Noteables ensemble is designed for upperclassmen women. The Choralteens are the Advanced Mixed Ensemble whose performs more difficult repertoire from a variety of genres with a focus on theatrical aspects of music and choreography. The Vocalteens, an elite mixed group, and Velveteens, a girls’only group, are show choirs who showcase their talents through song and dance. The Vocalteens are constantly in demand for performances throughout the community and are fine ambassadors of goodwill for Merrillville High School.
All choral groups perform a variety of music literature ranging from classical to contemporary and present four major concerts during the school year. In addition to public concerts, choir students are strongly encouraged to take advantage of the numerous performance opportunities available in Northwest Indiana and beyond. Every choir student has the chance to gain valuable solo and small group performance experience through participation in the ISSMA District Solo & Ensemble Contest and many students advance to the State level in this competition. Vocal music students become involved in school and community-sponsored musical theater productions.In conclusion, the Merrillville High School choir provides a wealth of opportunities for students to act as spectator, learner, and performer. These experiences are multi-faceted, varied and numerous. The impact of these experiences expands musical horizons, provides a firm grounding in the aesthetics of musical arts and models the necessary steps of hard work and group effort to achieve artistic goals.