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Choral Department Mission Statement

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Our Mission

The mission of the choral program at CWU seeks to develop and enhance the vocal abilities and skills of students who are pursuing music and choral art as a vocation and avocation. These guidelines are set forth as means to accomplish these objectives.

Repertoire selection

  • balance of historical styles, sacred and secular
  • varied voicings, i.e. SSAA, SATB
  • selected for purposes of building solid vocal technique balanced with audience consideration
  • explore music of non-western culture
  • selections presented for the public are of exemplary quality
  • perform works of a larger musical context, i.e. combined with orchestra


  • awareness of individual/section responsibility for melodically and harmonically difficult
  • identify/anticipate/rehearse passages causing intonation difficulty
  • encourage vocal technique that is conducive to good intonation


  • healthy, unforced, well-focused, resonant tone that appropriately responds to the repertoire
  • warm, energetic and supported in wide dynamic range
  • uniform vowels
  • appropriate diction, not overemphasized


  • well-wrought musical line with flow, direction and motion
  • tempos which reflect the technical/musical capacity of the ensemble and accepted practices
  • phrase direction devised from issues of musicianship


  • variety appropriate to style
  • excessively percussive only as effect, to be used as accents to an essentially legato instrument

Musicianship/Academic understanding

  • active application of historical/theoretical concepts
  • relationship of text to music and music to text
  • harmonic function/progression
  • use of ensemble as a tool of synthesis for musical and non-musical knowledge

Provide exemplary teaching model for future educators

  • effective vocalises for teaching vocal technique
  • improve posture and breath management
  • improve sight-reading skills
  • utilize student accompanists
  • conduct with fluid, legato, expressive motion
  • use musical terminology/vocabulary
  • appropriate rehearsal pacing for vocal health


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