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2017-2018 General Information

The Blackman High School Choral Department:
The choral program at Blackman High School serves over 150 students in grades 9-12. There are currently four choirs from which the students can choose:
  • The BHS Concert SingersOpen to all students in grades 9-12 without audition*
  • The Women's Chorale - Open to all students in grades 9-12 without audition.*
  • The Men's ChoraleOpen to all students in grades 9-12 without audition.*
  • The Women's Chamber Chorale - Open to students in grades 10-12 by audition only. 
*While there is no audition to join, each singer will be evaluated for vocal maturity and placement.
  • Holiday Concert - December
  • Spring Choral Concert
  • Banquet Choral Showcase - May
  • Various Special Events

Participation in the Rutherford County Choral Festival, Mid-State Choir, and All-State Choir is encouraged to all choir members but is not a requirement. Those students that choose to audition are financially responsible for all association fees, meals, transportation, and lodging. If chosen for an event there will be additional financial responsibilities similar to those previously listed for each subsequent event. Music is provided. Those that require financial assistance should inquire to the director. Practice help from the Director is offered prior to each event.

Each choir is a performance/participation based class, so attendance and participation is critical. Students will receive a daily participation grade for each class period. Factors such as excessive talking, non-participation, attitude issues, etc. will result in a loss of points for that particular day/week. If a student is absent, he or she must make up that day's participation score via an assignment given by the director. If the absence is unexcused, the student will NOT be able to make up the daily grade. Other grades that will factor into the nine-weeks' average will come from quizzes, folder checks, literature checks, and overall involvement.**
Performances: The main objective of rehearsals is the end performance. To miss a performance is a severe breach of professionalism and an insult to fellow choir members. Each performance will be treated as an assessment grade on a 100pt. scale that is summative. If a student is absent from a performance, they will receive a 0/100 for that assessment. Extenuating circumstances such as illness, family emergencies, etc. can be dealt with on a case by case basis. Work commitments are never excused. 
**Grade calculation is based on 100% with the following breakdown:
  • Formative: 50 % of grade is rehearsal participation, short quizzes, notebook/folder
  • Summative: 50 % of grade is professionalism, performances, projects, and tests
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Fine Arts at Blackman High School 
The choral department is just one piece of an amazing Fine Arts program at Blackman. Many students are involved in Drama, Art, and Band. Several crossover among the different ones. We are very proud of our school and its support of Fine Arts. For more information about all programs: Click Here