Music

Students participate in some of the highest quality performance groups where there are opportunities for each individual student to perform, listen, and create music. By developing an appreciation of music in the context of aesthetic education, it is the intent of the program to instill a life-long love of music in each student. Our top Band, Choir, Orchestra and Music Theory courses are designated Century College Concurrent Enrollment. 

Course #  Course NameGradesPrerequisiteSemester 
Credits
Z5009th Grade Treble Choir9None2
Z5019th Grade Men's Choir9None2
Z531Varsity Women's Choir10-12None2
Z541Varsity Men's Choir10-12None2
Z525Belle Chanter Choir10-12Audition2
Z631The Stillwater Choir (Century College Concurrent Enrollment) 10-12Audition2
Z502Philharmonic Orchestra9Participation in 8th Grade Orchestra2
Z550Varsity Orchestra10-12Audition2
Z546Symphonic Orchestra 10-12Participation in 9th Grade Orchestra2
Z651The Stillwater Concert Orchestra (Century College Concurrent Enrollment)10-12Audition2
Z503Symphonic Band9Participation in 8th Grade Band2
Z509Concert Band9-12Audition2
Z511Wind Ensemble10-12Audition2
Z611The Stillwater Concert Wind Symphony (Century College Concurrent Enrollment) 10-12Audition2
Z901Percussion Ensemble 9-12None2
Z571Music Theory (Century College Concurrent Enrollment) 10-12None2

9th Grade Treble Choir, 9th Grade Men's Choir

In this choral performance class, students will continue their work toward becoming independent musicians. Beginning through intermediate choral performance skills, music literacy skills, and vocal technique will be developed through the study of music from a variety of cultures, styles and time periods. Students will perform high quality choral literature with thoughtful expression, healthy vocal technique, and will participate cooperatively and effectively in large and small ensembles. Students will perform in winter and spring concerts and participate in an ensemble-specific choral festival.

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Philharmonic Orchestra 

Students will to continue to expand their abilities within vibrato, shifting, independent tuning, leadership, note reading in upper positions, theory (written work) and rhythmic independence. Students will work towards mastery in the development of tone quality, bowing techniques, and intonation (pitch awareness and accuracy), musical expression (style and phrasing) through the development of advancing articulations, control of bow speed and bow placement. Students will be introduced and/or continue to develop and master three octave scales. Students will participate in the MNSOTA middle level orchestra festival and the Heritage Festival in Chicago. Please contact teacher for additional information.

Please note: The use of a school owned instrument (cello and bass) will have a rental fee of $80 per year.

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Symphonic Band 

Symphonic Band is a performance-oriented organization, which performs at concerts, festivals and selected community events. Students improve their skills as performers through the study of technique, musical elements, large and small ensemble performance and solo study. Attendance is required at all activities. The use of a school owned instrument will have a rental fee of $150 per year. Fundraising is involved. 

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Concert Band 

Concert Band is a performance-oriented organization, which performs concerts, festivals and selected community events. Students continue to advance their skills as performers through the study of technique, musical elements, large and small ensemble performance and solo study. Attendance is required at all activities. The use of a school owned instrument will have a rental fee of $150 per year. Fundraising is involved. Two semesters are mandatory for this. Auditions for membership occur each spring. Audition requirements are available at Stillwaterbands.net.

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Wind Ensemble

The Wind Ensemble is the second performance organization in the band program. This group performs at local concerts and special community events. Students continue to advance their skills as performers through the study of technique, musical elements, large and small ensemble performance and solo study. Private lessons are highly encouraged for all participants. Attendance is required at all activities. The use of a school owned instrument will have a rental fee of $150 per year. Two semesters are mandatory for this course. Auditions for membership occur each spring. Audition requirements are available at Stillwaterbands.net.

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The Stillwater Concert Wind Symphony (Century College Concurrent Enrollment)
 
The Stillwater Concert Wind Symphony is the elite performance organization in which college credit may be earned for students taking a full year. This group performs at local concerts, special community events, and unique performance opportunities on the state and national level. Private study on your instrument is strongly encouraged as musical demands are extremely high. Opportunities for performance as a soloist, chamber musician and orchestral member are also available. Attendance is required at all activities. The use of a school owned instrument will have a rental fee of $150 per year. Two consecutive semesters in Concert Wind Symphony is mandatory. SAHS letters may be earned. Auditions for membership occur each spring. Audition requirements are available at Stillwaterbands.net.
 
 
 
Percussion Ensemble
 
Percussion Ensemble is a performance-oriented organization, which performs at local concerts. The focus is on the development of advanced percussion skills through the exclusive study of percussion instruments. Students improve their skills as performers through the study of technique, musical elements, large and small ensemble performance and solo study. Attendance is required at all activities. Instrument use fee of $150 will be required. Percussion Ensemble is suggested as a two semester course; however, students may take one or two semesters. Some fundraising is involved. 
 
 
 
Belle Chanter Choir 
 
Belle Chanter is an upper level, performance-oriented organization specializing in advanced singing and reading skills for women’s voices. The ensemble performs at local concerts and often participates in unique performance opportunities on both state and national levels. Attendance is required at all activities presented by the organization including a fall choir retreat and a spring tour. Two semesters are mandatory. Optional experiences include: voice lessons, solo and ensemble contest and All-State Choir. SAHS letters may be earned.
 

 

Varsity Women's Choir, Varsity Men's Choir

Varsity Choir is an intermediate level performance-oriented organization that is split into two choirs made of soprano/alto voices and tenor/bass voices in order to further develop the unique vocal needs of the developing range of singers. Daily rehearsals specialize in a variety of choral repertoire from all historic eras and many different cultures, and involve individual vocal development, intermediate music reading skills, music history lessons and performance preparation. The two sections of the choir (treble and tenor/bass) will regularly combine to rehearse and perform in a mixed choir setting. Attendance is required at all activities and performances. Optional experiences may include: voice lessons, solo and ensemble contest, and music festivals. An SAHS letters may be earned. 

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The Stillwater Choir (Century College Concurrent Enrollment) 

The Stillwater Choir is a performance-oriented organization in which weighted college credit may be earned for students taking a full year. The repertoire includes medium to advanced choral literature from the Renaissance to present day contemporary compositions. Attendance is required at all activities including an annual concert tour. Two consecutive semesters in choir is mandatory. Optional experiences: voice lessons, solo and ensemble contest participation, festivals, All-State Choir. SAHS letters may be earned. Fundraising is involved.

 

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Varsity Orchestra

Varsity Orchestra is a performance-oriented organization, which performs at school concerts, Minnesota State High School large group contest, and selected community events. Students in Varsity Orchestra continue their development of technique in advanced positions, music theory, and standard orchestral literature. Private instrument instruction is encouraged to assist in preparing for the demand of CIS Concert Orchestra. Attendance is required at all orchestra activities. Two consecutive semesters are mandatory to prepare for Concert Orchestra. SAHS letters may be earned. 

Please note: The use of a school owned instrument (cello and bass) will have a rental fee of $80 per year.

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The Stillwater Concert Orchestra (Century College Concurrent Enrollment)

The Stillwater Concert Orchestra is the elite performance- oriented organization in which college credit may be earned for taking a full year. This group performs at school concerts, Minnesota State High School large group contest, and one annual four-day tour. Students in Concert Orchestra focus on performing original masterworks of the orchestral repertoire; including symphonies, concertos, overtures, and symphonic suites. Students in Concert Orchestra study the most advanced bowings, fingerings, and artistic skills. It is strongly recommended that members study with a private music instructor to meet the musical demands of Concert Orchestra. Students will perform in full orchestra with members of the Wind Symphony. Attendance is required at all activities. Two consecutive semesters are mandatory for participation. There is an opportunity to earn an SAHS letters by participating in this course. Fundraising opportunities exsist.

Please note: The use of a school owned instrument (cello and bass) will have a rental fee of $80 per year.

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Symphonic Orchestra

Symphonic Orchestra is a performance- oriented organization, which performs at school concerts, Minnesota State High School large group contest, and selected community events. Students focus on the development of high school level technique through the study of concert music, music theory, and advanced scale study. Students will study and perform string orchestra, small ensemble, and solo music. Attendance is required at all orchestra activities. Two consecutive semesters are suggested for the maximum preparation for advanced orchestras. Private instrumental instruction is encouraged to assist in preparing for the demand of Varsity and CIS Concert Orchestra. SAHS letters can be earned.

Please note: The use of a school owned instrument (cello and bass) will have a rental fee of $80 per year.

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Music Theory (Century College Concurrent Enrollment) 

This is a course for students seriously interested in music. College credit may be earned for 11th and 12th grade students taking a full year of Music Theory. Students learn the language of music reading and the elements of melody, harmony, rhythm, and counterpoint. Music History will examine the evolution of music through the major style periods to the present, and Ear Training will help students identify what they hear. This course represents the most efficient way to gain a strong foundation in the elements of music, music composition, and music appreciation. This course is concurrent enrollment and not AP. However, it will prepare students for an optional Theory/Ear Training AP exam and will prepare potential College Music majors.

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