The Choral/Vocal Arts Department at San Juan Hills is dedicated to the development of each individual student's musical abilities and fueling each singer's personal passion for singing. The Choral/Vocal Arts Program does this by focusing instruction on healthy vocal technique, musicianship skills - including sight-reading and music theory, solo singing technique, and choral ensemble singing technique. Students are also given opportunities to audition and perform on stage as a solo artist with both classical and modern repertoire. 

The Choral/Vocal Arts Program features six concerts in the 2019-2020 Academic Year with a Fall Concert, two Winter Concerts, Spring Concert, two Solo Concerts, and two Pops Concerts. The Pops Concerts will also be featuring a live rock band to accompany the choirs and the soloists. We invite you, friends, family and anyone in the community to come and join us this year at all of our concerts! We promise you won't be disappointed! 

CHOIR AUDITIONS

Students who wish to audition should for any ensemble should contact Mr. Ushino before April of the Spring Semester. Students who wish to audition must sign up for an audition time and will have to do a number of musicianship and skill-based exercises to determine placement. Students will also be asked to sing a solo piece of any genre ranging between 16-32 bars in length. Please contact Mr. Ushino at miushino@capousd.org to schedule an audition time or if you have any questions.

The Ensembles:

CHAMBER SINGERS

The Chamber Singers are the most advanced choir in the Choral Department at San Juan Hills High School. This choir is an audition-only ensemble. The Chamber Singers have built a reputation of singing challenging works from a variety of historical periods of music. The Chamber Singers have also only scored "Superior" ratings at local festivals including those hosted by the Southern California Vocal Association. The choir has been invited to perform at many functions around the Capistrano Unified School District and is proud to be a part of the SJHHS Stallion Family. 

Advanced Women's CHOIR

The Advanced Women's Choir is an audition-only ensemble. This choir sings a challenging repertoire of music exclusively for women's voices. A large portion of this ensemble's repertoire is sung unaccompanied. The Advanced Women's Choir also participates in choral festivals and is involved around campus singing for school functions. The choir performs in all concerts on campus and participates in all choral-related events throughout the year.

Concert CHOIR

Concert Choir is our beginning choir for female students of any age and background. This choir is a non-audition ensemble. The student needs only the desire to sing. They sing a wide variety of music appropriate for singers of all ages and backgrounds. In the class, each singer is being trained in classical vocal technique, receiving instruction on music theory/sight-reading, and given the opportunity to develop their voice. The Concert Choir performs in all concerts on campus and have numerous opportunities to participate in all choral-related events throughout the year. 

Men's Chorus

Like Concert Choir, Men's Chorus is our beginning choir for male students of any age and background. This choir is a non-audition ensemble. They too sing a wide variety of music appropriate for singers of all ages and backgrounds. In the class, each singer is being trained in classical vocal technique, receiving instruction on music theory/sight-reading, and given the opportunity to develop their voice. The Men's Chorus performs in all concerts on campus and have numerous opportunities to participate in all choral-related events throughout the year.

VOCAL ENSEMBLE

Vocal Ensemble is an audition-only, volunteer group made up of vocalists within and outside of the vocal department. Meeting exclusively during the singers' own free time, the group performs barbershop and contemporary a cappella repertoire for school functions and choir concerts. The group often sees student lead rehearsals and/or sectionals run by the various officers in the group. The President of the Vocal Ensemble for 2019-2020 is Jessica Tonai.