Choral Studies

The Choral Department at College of the Canyons, under the direction of Julie Lawson and Lori Marie Rios has been growing rapidly over the past five years. We now offer five choirs; all are open to students as well as community members, and all are performance groups.

The College of the Canyons music department is looking for singers for their five choirs. People with intermediate to advanced skill levels are needed for these groups.

According to Julie Lawson, "It is a great opportunity to further develop one's sight singing abilities, improve vocal technique, and become familiar with the wonderful choral literature that is available. We sing music from the Renaissance period through the 20th century, including jazz and pop."

Through the following ensembles, the student learns the relevant issues concerning performance practice and rehearsal techniques. All five groups refine the individual selections to high standards and represent the college throughout the community.

The Voices of the Canyons is a large, mixed voice choir which meets on Wednesday evenings from 7:00 to 10:00 PM.  They work on everything from folk songs, spirituals, motets, and cantatas, to larger works for choir and orchestra and everything in between. No auditions necessary.  
Student Learning Outcomes:
A student musician will be able to sing a voice part suitable for his/her vocal range as a member of a section within a larger ensemble by demonstrating fundamentals of effective breathing intonation, blending, balance, vocal quality, musical expression, proper diction and enunciation, and pronunciation.

The Chamber Singers, also a mixed voice group, is smaller in size and works on music more suitable for a small, intimate gathering. This would include pieces such as madrigals, chansons, jazz, and pop. Group meets MW from 12:20-2:15 PM.  Auditions will be held during the first class meeting. 
Student Learning Outcomes:  Compare and contrast different genres of choral literature and performance practice techniques. Demonstrate proper vocal techniques, including posture, breathing, intonation, rhythmic accuracy, and tone production, in a variety of languages

Just Jazz is a prestigous and award-winning vocal jazz ensemble.   It has been invited to the numerous times to the Monterey "Next Generation" Jazz Festival. It is amixed vocal group open to advanced singers with an interest in jazz and learning challenging choral literature. The music ranges from 4-8 parts, with some songs a cappella and others accompanied, usually by a jazz trio.  The choir draws some of its repertoire from popular jazz groups  as well as some original compositions and music arranged by vocal masters such as Michelle Weir, Jennifer Barnes, Kirk Marcy, and Paris Rutherford. Auditions are held the first Monday evening of every semester at 5:30 PM in PCOH-219. E-mail Julie Lawson with questions. This group meets Thursday evenings from 7-10:00 PM.
Student Learning Outcomes: Perform jazz arrangements in a variety of styles, including swing, be-bop, samba, bossa nova, New Orleans street beat, shuffle, funk, jazz waltz, and ballad

House Blend is a mixed vocal group open to intermediate singers with an interest in jazz and learning challenging choral literature.  The music ranges from 4-8 parts, with some songs a cappella and others accompanied, usually by a jazz trio.  The choir draws some of its repertoire from popular jazz groups like the Real Group, the New York Voices, and the Swingle Singers, as well as some original compositions and music arranged by vocal masters such as Michelle Weir, Jennifer Barnes, Kirk Marcy, and Paris Rutherford. Auditions are held the first Monday evening of the semester at 5:30 PM in PCOH-219. E-mail Julie Lawson with questions. This group meets Monday evenings from 5:30-10 PM.  .  This group meets Thursday evenings from 7-10:00 PM.
Student Learning Outcomes: P
erform jazz arrangements in a variety of styles, including swing, be-bop, samba, bossa nova, New Orleans street beat, shuffle, funk, jazz waltz, and ballad


Choral Performances Link

Please contact Julie Lawson at (661) 713-1932 or email her with any questions or to set up an audition. You may also contact Lori Marie Rios.
 
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