The Choral Program at Milton is comprised of three choirs and Advanced Placement Music Theory. Members of all choral ensembles are eligible to participate in district and state-level choral activities.

Please note: All freshmen must enroll in Concert Choir. Only those 8th graders who participated in All-State Chorus are eligible for an audition into the Advanced Choral Ensembles.

Chorale

The Milton Chorale is the Advanced Mixed Ensemble at Milton. The members of this ensemble are selected by audition and are comprised of 10th – 12th grade men and women. This is a year long class that rehearses daily. This group presents four seasonal concerts as well as other various civic and school-related concerts throughout the year. The Chorale consistently receives Superior Ratings in performance and sight-singing at Large Group Performance Evaluation through the Georgia Music Educators Association. The group has also received Superior Ratings at festivals across the nation. The group has performed at Carnegie Hall in New York City, in Honolulu, Hawaii and most recently as part of the Smoky Mountain Music Festival in Gatlinburg, Tennessee where they placed 3rd overall and 2nd in the Chamber Choir division. They also performed at the annual Georgia Music Educators Convention in Savannah, Georgia in 1997. Auditions for this ensemble occur each spring and students must display proficiency in sight-singing, tonal memory, vocal technique and basic music theory.

Women’s Select

Women’s Select is the Advanced Women’s Ensemble at Milton. The members of this ensemble are selected by audition and are comprised of 10th – 12th grade women. This is a year long class that rehearses daily. This group presents four seasonal concerts throughout the year as well as other various civic and school-related concerts. This group consistently receives Superior Ratings in performance and sight-singing at Large Group Performance Evaluation through the Georgia Music Educators Association. The group has also received Superior Ratings at festivals across the nation. The group has performed at Carnegie Hall in New York City, at Walt Disney World in Orlando, and most recently as part of the Smoky Mountain Music Festival in Gatlinburg, Tennessee where they placed 2nd in the Women’s Choir division. Auditions for this ensemble occur each spring and students must display proficiency in sight-singing, tonal memory, vocal technique and basic music theory.

Concert Choir

The Concert Choir is open to all 9th – 12th grade men and women. No audition is required. This is the entry level choir for all freshmen. It is a year long class that meets daily and performs a wide variety of music in four seasonal concerts. This group also has opportunities throughout the year to perform at other various events. This group consistently receives Superior Ratings in performance and sight-singing at Large Group Performance Evaluation through the Georgia Music Educators Association.

Advanced Placement Music Theory

Students in this course will explore the musical practices and harmonic structures of the 18th and 19th centuries. All musical elements discussed and skills learned will be geared toward the successful completion of the Advanced Placement Music Theory exam. The AP Music Theory Exam will include both written and aural skills consisting of but not limited to correct part-writing techniques and recognition, understanding of harmonic progressions and harmonic analysis, melodic dictation, harmonic dictation, sight-singing and more. The ultimate goal of an AP Music Theory course is to develop a student’s ability to recognize, understand, and describe the basic materials and processes of music that are heard or presented in a score. The student’s ability to read and write musical notation is fundamental to such a course. It is also assumed that the student has acquired (or is acquiring) at least basic performance skills in voice or on an instrument. The student should have also completed another course in Music Theory or be recommended by one of the directors of the performing ensembles including Richard Bomba, Orchestra Director; Ryan Borger, Band Director; Drew Bowers, Choral Director; or Mark Kapral, Assistant Band Director.