The Choral Department at
West Covina High School
Wescovaires is our award-winning show choir and is consistently ranked in the top five of all Southern California high school show choirs! This highly-selective vocal ensemble of West Covina’s 20-25 best young men and women sing for thousands of people every year. The group specializes in concert music however there are several instances where they will sing selections of pop, rock, jazz and show tunes. Wescovaires is a year long course open to advanced singers by audition only in grades 10-12. Students are expected to be the top musicians at West Covina while continuing to develop advanced vocal and musicianship skills. They perform at all school concerts and may compete/attend competitions, local festivals, community events, tours, and school events.
Chamber Choir is a year-long course open to advanced female singers by audition only in grades 10-12. Students are expected to be the top musicians at West Covina while continuing to develop advanced vocal and musicianship skills. Students study and perform advanced literature for mixed ensembles, with an emphasis on chamber choir music from all periods of history in both classical and non-traditional styles. They perform at all school concerts and may compete/attend competitions, local festivals, community events, tours, and school events.
This course is a year-long course open to male and female singers grades 9-12. Concert Choir is for beginning/intermediate singers who have some choir experience. Concert Choir pursues the highest ideals of choral music, both classical and non-traditional. Students will further develop vocal and musicianship skills, as well as sight-reading and history training. They perform at all school concerts and may compete/attend competitions, local festivals, and tours.
CHORAL SINGING BENEFITS
Singing in choir not only teaches students basic musical skills, concepts and vocal production technique, but also develops professionalism, self-discipline, team-work and an appreciation for the arts. Students who study music from an early age have shown higher math and science aptitudes. Music students, on average, have higher SAT and ACT scores than non-music students. In addition, music students have higher GPA's than non-music students. The disciplines learned in a singing group will enable the student to participate in life long musical activities including many adult choral organizations. Singing offers a great physical and emotional outlet for young people, cultivating the expressive part of their personality in a positive manner which will carry over into adulthood.