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Choir                                Johnson Choir at the Capitol Building in Austin

Choral music is art, skill, and activity.  The NEISD content standards for middle school and high school choirs are the benchmarks for instruction. The program consists of group performance as well as individual instruction.

Choral music is offered as an elective at 14 middle schools and 7 high schools.  The choral staff consists of 32 fully certified choral specialists.  Over 2,000 high school students are enrolled in the choir programs.  The schedules include men’s choirs, women’s choirs, mixed voice choirs, and vocal ensembles, which include show choirs, vocal jazz ensembles, and madrigal choirs.  Private voice lessons are available on all high school campuses and some middle school campuses where space allows.

The many successes within our music programs have created a strong sense of pride within our district and have resulted in NEISD being the most desirable community in which to work and live.  Due to our master directors and teachers, supportive community, and talented students, NEISD will certainly continue on the path of excellence in all of our Fine Arts programs.

Choirs on all campuses participate in the UIL Concert and Sight-Reading Contest; Solo and Ensemble Contest; and auditions for Region Choir.  Singers at the high school level proceed from Region Choir through Top-10 and Area Auditions, in pursuit of a place in the All-State Choir.

Bush MS Choir at the Tobin

Middle School

Eligibility

Choral music is offered as an elective at all 14 middle schools in North East ISD. The choral staff consists of fully-certified choral specialists as well as countless vocal coaches and private lesson teachers. Nearly 2,000 middle school students are enrolled in our district’s choir programs which is a testament to the outstanding teaching and wonderful opportunities available to our NEISD choir students.

When entering middle school, students simply need to select “Choir” on their choice sheet and the middle school choir director will place them in the correct class. Courses include Tenor Bass choirs, Treble choirs, and mixed voice choirs, and are sometimes split based on grade level. Choir students will learn a multitude of styles from Classical technique to pop choirs. Students will have many opportunities to perform throughout the year and a large number of our students achieve success throughout the TMEA All-Region middle school choir audition process. Private voice lessons are available on most middle school campuses where space allows.

Expectations

Many of our programs also have a small fee associated with membership, which helps to offset the cost of performances, guest clinicians, competitions, music arrangements, and much more. These fees can often be fully paid through fundraisers during the school year.


High School

Eligibility

Choral music is offered as an elective at all 7 high schools in North East ISD. The choral staff consists of fully-certified choral specialists as well as countless vocal coaches and private lesson teachers. Over 1,500 high school students are enrolled in our district’s choir programs which is a testament to the outstanding teaching and wonderful opportunities available to our NEISD choir students.

At the end of 8th grade, the high school choir directors will reach out to all middle school choir students with information on how to join the high school choir program. Students may perform a quick evaluation toward the end of the school year so they can be placed in the correct 9th-grade choir class based on their ability and vocal range. Middle school director feedback is also used to determine class placement. Everyone “makes the choir!” Students simply need to select “Choir” on their high school choice sheet.

Courses include Tenor-Bass, Treble, mixed voice choirs, and vocal ensembles- including show choirs, contemporary acapella ensembles and much more. Choir students have many opportunities to perform throughout the year and a large number of our students achieve success throughout the TMEA All-Region and All-State Choir audition process. Private voice lessons are available on all high school campuses.

Expectations

Many of our programs also have a small fee associated with membership, which helps to offset the cost of uniforms, travel, performances, guest clinicians, competitions, music arrangements, and much more. These fees can often be fully paid through fundraisers during the school year.