CMS Choirs, now heading into its fourth year in 2020-2021, has over 150 members. Our various ensembles not only learn music theory and rehearse music for performances, but also work together and build the rapport needed to grow themselves as young professionals in our community. Our ensembles participate in school concerts and functions, travel to local and regional competitions, and perform and volunteer within the community.
Spring Concert Choir- Grade 6, Grade 7, and Grade 8 (Marking Period 3/4)
Spring Choir is a half-year performance class that teaches and reinforces the concepts of confident choral singing and musicianship. Students learn and perform a varied repertoire of three or four songs that includes selection in different styles and languages. Students learn how to read choral music and perform with proper vocal technique, while learning about the rapport and professionalism expected of them in making music together.
Every class begins with myriad of warm-up exercises, followed by rehearsing various choral pieces. Students apply their theory knowledge to reading and note-taking in their music, and reinforce proper voice control, and how body position and poise can improve their abilities. While students rehearse, they not only are reading new music, but are keeping harmony through use of expressive qualities, all while exploring multicultural music spanning many eras of sound.
Choir teaches students to not only be young professionals in the ensemble and in the school community, but also to be a team player. Students improve not only through individual practice but together with hard work and discipline.
♫C.M.eSsence♫ - Carteret Middle School A Cappella Ensemble
In its first year, 2019-2020, C.M.eSsence is Carteret Middle School’s first a cappella ensemble. This ensemble exploded onto the scene, debuting at Carteret’s Annual Tree Lighting at Carteret Park in December of 2019. From there, the ensemble performed at the school’s annual Winter Concert, provided holiday caroling to the school community, and appeared again singing at our star-studded Black History Night Presentation and at the Black History Celebration at Town Hall.
C.M.eSsence is a full-year, double-period course that takes place on the stage. In addition to the expectations of our Spring Concert Choir classes, this a cappella ensemble is responsible for exploring and practicing advanced Music Theory concepts and basic Piano and Keyboard skills.
Every year, fifth, sixth, and seventh grade students may audition in the Spring for the following year. This is considered an honors music class. Students who audition and are accepted into the ensemble are expected to carry themselves with integrity and up to the pillars of our Rising Ramblers Pledge. Students will be ambassadors for the program both inside and outside of the ensemble space and will represent themselves and CMS Choirs to the best of their ability.
This year, we look to perform not just at Festivals of Music events, but at specific middle school and high school a cappella events, in addition to expanding our outreach into the Carteret School District and the Carteret community.
Advisor: Mr. Gonzalez