"If I cannot fly, let me sing." Stephan Sondheim
The Dexter Community Schools Vocal Music Department strives to assist all members in becoming responsible musicians and informed music consumers. Students will experience music through singing, listening, moving, evaluating and studying works of different genres. We work hard to develop attitudes which will encourage further student growth and enjoyment throughout adult life. Students will develop positive self worth, musical interests and leadership skills through musical experiences. At each grade level, students will learn to read music through basic sight-reading and theory drills practiced on a daily basis. Members will achieve successful performance through focusing on intonation, rhythm, diction, balance, dynamics and phrasing.
Culminating in an accurate and expressive performance
2020-2021 CONCERT DATES TBA
This will be updated as MSVMA releases more information about these events.
Concert dates have been scheduled but may not happen in person due to COVID 19. More information will be published as we develope our plans to return to school in person later this school year.
MSVMA OPPORTUNITIES 2020-2021 SCHOOL YEAR
Musical Theatre Intensive - October 24
Art Song Lessons/Lectures - Date TBD
Solo & Ensemble Festival - Submission deadline of December 15 Festival will include traditional S&E participants and Musical Theatre Festival participants. Musical Theatre participation is extended to include 7th and 8th-grade students. Students will receive a rubric adjudication and a clinic experience.
Choral Festival - Submission deadline of March 31 Festival will include traditional choral festival participants, Chamber Choir Festival participants, and A Cappella Festival participants. Participants will receive an area-specific rubric adjudication from one MSVMA adjudicator as well as a clinic experience.
Honors Choir Choirs - Submission deadline TBD (late fall) Three virtual honors choirs will be professionally produced Middle School/High School/Vocal Jazz. No audition to participate. Submissions may mark application for potential adjudication and consideration for an “All-State” level project or ensemble. Each virtual honors choir will perform a different piece of music from a composer/director (TBD). Directors will lead Zoom rehearsals throughout the fall to prepare and guide students before they record their submissions.
Dexter Music Students Visit Ireland
The Dexter High School Choirs and Chamber Orchestra travel internationally every three years. This past March, we were fortunate enough to spend 7 days touring and performing in Ireland. Check out this video of a few of the highlights.