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chorus

Directors

Ms. Suzanne Senese, ssenese@fenwickfriars.com, ext. 198
Ms. Melanie Lamoureux, mlamoureux@fenwickfriars.com, ext.163

About

The Fenwick choral ensembles are full-year courses designed to provide an atmosphere for the enjoyment, appreciation and performance of all types of choral music. The classes focus on the development of vocal skill, music reading, diction, part-singing, sight singing and other fundamentals of music theory. Music is drawn from various choral music periods and styles. All choral classes meet five days per week and two consecutive semesters fulfill the Fine Arts requirement for graduation.

Women’s Chorus

The Women’s Chorus is an introductory level vocal ensemble open to all Fenwick female students. There is no audition required for this ensemble. 

Men’s Chorus

The Men’s Chorus is an introductory level vocal ensemble open to all Fenwick male students. There is no audition required for this ensemble. Emphasis is placed on developing the male changing voice and learning how to sing through the vocal break of the changing voice.

National Anthem Choir

Members of the Women’s Chorus and Men’s Chorus are combined to comprise the National Anthem Choir. The choir performs for home boys’ and girls’ basketball games.

Concert Choir (Honors)

Concert Choir is an intermediate ensemble of mixed voices selected by audition. It is open to students who have the desire to continue their study in choral music. All members of this performance group will perform in two concerts per year, as well as other engagements in the Fenwick community. The ensemble will also participate in Solo & Ensemble Contest(s). Members of this performance group are eligible to receive Honors status and credit by fulfilling the necessary Honors requirements. 

Madrigal Singers (Honors)

Madrigals is an advanced choral ensemble is a select group of 12 - 16 singers chosen by audition. The ensemble will study and perform music dating from the 15th century to the present. The ensemble will perform in two formal concerts per year, as well as several other engagements in the Fenwick community. The ensemble will also participate in Solo & Ensemble Contest(s) and several community performances. Members of this performance group are eligible to receive Honors status and credit by fulfilling the necessary Honors requirements.

Benefits

Students who want to learn to sing or become better singers will demonstrate knowledge of the choral art through the performance process and be able to explain and demonstrate a wide variety of vocal techniques and styles of singing, from classic bel canto style to modern vocal styles. Students will gain the knowledge of music terminology, music theory, reading music, sight-singing, and listening experiences in a variety of musical genres, styles, and historical periods. The primary objective of the Fenwick choral department is to engage students to become fine performers, culturally literate citizens, leading to a lifelong commitment to the appreciation and participation in music.  

Performances & Events

Performances

  • Christmas Concert (December)
  • Mother’s Club Events
  • University Club Chicago Christmas Performance
  • Spring Concert (May)
  • Other performances may be scheduled

Individual Student Events

  • ILMEA District Festival (by audition)
  • ILMEA All-State (by audition)
  • IHSA Solo & Ensemble Contest (March)
  • Northwestern Solo & Ensemble Contest (March)