Approved by Faculty Senate


UNIVERSITY STUDIES COURSE APPROVAL:

Department or Program: MUSIC
Course Number: 243              Number of credits: 1

Course Title: CONCERT CHOIR

Catalog Description: A choral ensemble providing singers the opportunity to rehearse, learn about, and perform music ranging from the Middle Ages to the 21st Century. Also, the ensemble provides the student the opportunity to further develop his/her musical skills and knowledge through various related listening, viewing and performing activities. Membership is open to all qualified students of the university. Prerequisite: audition. This course is eligible for University Studies Course credit under B. Arts and Science Core, 4. Fine and Performing Arts. The student must enroll and pass Women's Chorus with, at least, a B letter grade to receive one credit towards fulfilling the University Studies Course requirement for Fine and Performing Arts.

This is an existing course that has previously been approved by A2C2 X

Department Contact person for this course:

HARRY MECHELL
Hmechell@winona.edu
University Studies Course Proposal

For Mus 243: Concert Choir

The following objectives address:
  
A.    Explore the language, skills and materials of an artistic discipline:

Objectives

By being a participant in this class, the student will be able to identify and analyze representative musical forms, styles, performance practices, performance media, as well as representative composers and compositions of western music.

The student will be able to demonstrate a basic knowledge of vocal techniques and acoustics, including tone production and intonation, articulation and diction, and voice placement.

The student will be able to demonstrate solo and ensemble performance competence with the voice to assure musical accuracy and expressiveness using music examples from diverse styles and periods.

The student will demonstrate advanced performance competence, using their voice as a performing medium in a small or large ensemble.

The student will be able to identify and reproduce intervals, scales and chord structures with the voice.

The student will be able to demonstrate advanced solo and ensemble performance competence with the voice.

The student will be able to interpret music scores and understand range, tessitura and phrasing.


B.    Use the methods of an arts practitioner to actively engage in creative processes or interpretative performances:

Objectives

By being a participant in this class, the student will be able to identify and analyze representative musical forms, styles, performance practices, performance media, as well as representative composers and compositions of western music.

The student will be able to demonstrate a basic knowledge of vocal techniques and acoustics, including tone production and intonation, articulation and diction, and voice placement.

The student will be able to demonstrate solo and ensemble performance competence with the voice to assure musical accuracy and expressiveness using music examples from diverse styles and periods.

The student will demonstrate advanced performance competence, using their voice as a performing medium in a small or large ensemble.

The student will be able to identify and reproduce intervals, scales and chord structures with the voice.

The student will be able to demonstrate advanced solo and ensemble performance competence with the voice.

The student will be able to interpret music scores and understand range, tessitura and phrasing.

C.    Understand the cultural and gender contexts of artistic expression:

The student will be able to participate in activities relating to the musical traditions and characteristics of diverse and representative world cultures.
Concerts often include music of many countries, sung in various languages, such as Italian, French, German, Spanish, Russian, Chinese and African.

Students participate in exchange concerts_most recently, the Taiwanese choir from Tamkung University rehearsed and sang with our WSU Madrigal Singers.

The students will be able to demonstrate solo and ensemble performance competence with the voice to assure musical accuracy and expressiveness using music examples from diverse styles and time periods.

The students consistently sing in foreign languages, and learn important characteristics of diverse musical styles when rehearsing and performing.

The students will be able to participate in activities related to rehearsing and performing music compositions by women composers, drawing upon the literature of the Middle Ages to the present.

Every semester, the choirs participate in women composer recitals during Women History Month.

D.    Engage in reflective analysis of their own art work or interpretive performances and respond to the works of others:

The student will listen and view relevant recordings and videotapes of their own rehearsals and performances, and discuss their reactions in group discussions.

The students will listen and view videos of other live performances of collegiate and school choirs and instrumental ensembles in festivals, workshops and tours, and discuss their reactions in group discussions.

The students will attend other arts-related performances and discuss their reactions in group discussions.

Course requirements and learning activities designed to meet the course outcomes:

Rehearsals and performances of representative choral music, approximately 6-8 concerts per year. Variety of programs: periods of music, styles, traditions, genres, and forces. A, B, and C
Concerts to take place on and off campus. Attendance at all rehearsals and performances is required. A, B and C
Written quizzes will be taken during the semester to assess student's development. D
Listening assignments with follow-up group discussions. D

Syllabus

Course 243        Concert Choir
Professor: Dr. Harry A. Mechell
    Room 145, Performing Arts Center
    457-5251
    hmechell@winona.edu

Description: This choral ensemble provides students the opportunity to rehearse and perform choral music appropriate for mixed voices. The repertoire will include literature from all music periods and styles.

This course is eligible for University Studies Course credit under
B. Arts and Science Core,
4. Fine and Performing Arts.

The student must enroll and pass Concert Choir with, at least, a B letter grade to receive one credit towards fulfilling the University Studies Course requirement for Fine and Performing Arts.

Course outcomes: The following are competencies to be attained. This course will include requirements and learning activities that promote students' abilities to_

A    Explore the language, skills, and materials of an artistic discipline; B.    Use the methods of an arts practitioner to actively engage in creative processes or interpretative performances;
C     Understand the cultural and gender contexts of artistic expression;
E.    Engage in reflective analysis of their own artwork or interpretative performances and respond to the works of others.


Outcomes:

_.identify and analyze representative musical forms, styles, performance practices, performance media, as well as representative composers and compositions of western music, and identify musical characteristics of diverse and representative world cultures. ABC

_demonstrate the basic knowledge of vocal techniques and acoustics, including tone production and intonation, articulation and diction, and voice placement. ABC

...demonstrate advanced solo and ensemble performance competence with the voice to assure musical accuracy and expressiveness using music examples from diverse styles and time periods. ABD

...demonstrate advanced performance competence on one's major vocal performing medium in a small or large ensemble. ABD

...identify and reproduce intervals, scales and chord structures with the voice. AB

...demonstrate advanced vocal solo and ensemble performance competence with the voice. ABD

...interpret vocal music scores and understand range, tessitura and phrasing. ABD


Outline of topics:


Form, style, and performance practices.
Composers of western music.
Musical traditions of diverse and representative world cultures.
Proper vocal production techniques.
Tone, articulation, diction, focus.
Vocal performing in small and large ensembles.
Music theory.
Choral music score reading.


Projects and assignments:

Rehearsals and performances of representative choral music, up to approximately 4 concerts per year.

To include Women Composers concert participation, Schubertiade concert participation, Renaissance Madrigal Banquet participation, New Music festival participation, programs focusing on cultural diversity participation and music concerts focusing on historical musical significance,A,B, C, and D.

Variety of programs- periods, styles, traditions, genres, forces, a cappella, and accompanied. ABCD
Concerts to take place on and off campus. Attendance at all rehearsals is required.
Written quizzes will be taken during the semester to assess students' development. D
Listening assignments with follow-up group discussion. D

Text: sight-reading texts

Materials: choral music octavos and collections, folder, piano, CD's, videos, tapes, records, audio equipment, camcorder

Evaluation Criteria:

pre concert evaluations              40 % of grade

    sing music in quartets
    written music exam

rehearsal and concert attendance        60 % of grade



2000-2001 Concert SCHEDULE


Fall

10/17/2000    Pastime with good company, RH, 7:30 PM, Concert Choir and Madrigal Singers
10/27    Knut Nystedt Festival: Nystedt's Magnificat for the New Millenium, Central Lutheran Church, 7:30 PM
        rehearse: 10/19 & 10/26 6 PM, Concert Choir
11/19    Winona Oratorio Chorus: Haydn's The Creation, Central Lutheran Church, 3 PM
        dress rehearsal: 11/18 9 am
12/2    Messiah Sing-In, Somsen Auditorium, 4 and 7 PM, Concert Choir
       
Spring

1/30/2001        Schubertiade, RH, 7:30 PM, Concert Choir and Madrigal Singers
2/23-24    Renaissance Madrigal Banquet, Lourdes Hall, WSU, 6PM
        Rehearse:    2/11, 2/18 all day.
                2/19, 2/20, 2/22 6 PM
            Concert Choir and Madrigal Singers
March    Women Composers' Program, RH, 7:30 PM, Concert Choir and Madrigal Singers
March 31    Winona Oratorio Chorus: Rutter Requiem and Te Deum, The Chapel of Saint Mary of the Angels, Winona, 7:30 PM
4/17    Spring Choral Concert, RH, 7:30 PM, Concert Choir and Madrigal Singers


Summer

6/18-6/30    Mozart Requiem in Innsbruck, Austria.
    Further touring in Western Europe.