Join a highly successful tradition of musical excellence where students not only learn about music, but find a place where they belong. All students have a chance to succeed academically, socially, and musically.
I'd rather look back at my life and say,
"I can't believe I did that,"
instead of saying, "I wish I did that!"
Lake Orion Choir Benefits
We want students to benefit from a choir experience - no audition necessary for many of our choirs!
Earn required fine arts credits - participation in one year of high school choir will fulfill the fine arts credits needed for graduation.
Private voice lessons - high quality, professional voice instructors are available for on-site lessons: convenient, competitively priced, and accessible.
Classes prioritize the development of the individual voice - Lake Orion singers are regularly awarded: College music scholarships, Superior Regional and State Solo & Ensemble Ratings, Regional and State Honors Choir participation
Choir is academic and an activity - colleges and universities are looking for well-rounded, excellent students. Choir participation enriches college transcripts by showing balance in education and interests
Music enriches the lives of those involved.
Performing & creating music with others is extremely rewarding.
Music builds community & helps students develop self-confidence.
Students can use music to express their own thoughts, ideas, and passions.
Music benefits performers & listeners by physically helping people to feel better.
Making music in any form is relaxing. Singing releases stored muscle tension and decreases the levels of a stress hormone called cortisol in your blood stream.
Music communicates cultural values & traditions in a meaningful way.
In recent years, countless reports have promoted music for non-musical benefits such as: improvement in math, reading, creativity, critical analysis, focus, behavior, cooperation, college preparation, social skills, morals, patriotism, and healthy life choices.
Music is the greatest gift. It connects the heart, mind, body, and spirit. - Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.
Music gives soul to the universe, wings to the mind, and flight to the imagination, and life to everything. - Plato
The arts are an important component of education. Music reaches and teaches us in ways that can enlighten, and inspire for a lifetime... music is very important in giving a sense of direction and purpose to the youths of our society. - John Bryan, CEO, Sara Lee
Can I take Choir all 3 years
of Middle School?
Can I take Choir all 4 years
of High School?
Music is a science.
It is specific, and it demands exact acoustics. A conductor's full score is a chart, a graph which indicates frequencies, intensities, volume changes, melody and harmony all at once and with the most exact control of time.
Music is mathematical.
It is rhythmically based on the subdivisions of time into fractions which must be done instantaneously, not worked out on paper.
Music is a foreign language.
Most of the terms are in Italian, German or French and the notation is certainly not English but a highly developed kind of shorthand that uses symbols to represent ideas. The semantics of music is the most complete and universal language.
Music is history.
Music usually reflects the environment and times of its creation often even the country and/or racial feeling.
Music is physical education.
It requires fantastic coordination of fingers, hands, arms, lip, cheek and facial muscles, in addition to extraordinary control of diaphragmatic, back, stomach, and chest muscles, which respond instantly to the sound the ear hears and the mind interprets.
Music is all these things, but most of all, music is art.
It allows a human being to take all of these dry, technically boring (but difficult) techniques and use them to create emotion. That is one thing science cannot duplicate; humanism, feeling, emotion, call it what you will.
That is why we teach music.
Not because we expect our students to major in music
Not because we expect them to play or sing all their life
Not so they can relax
Not so they can have fun.
But so they will be human
So they will recognize beauty
So they will be sensitive
So they will be closer to an infinite beyond this world
So they will have something to cling to
So they will have more love, more compassion, more gentleness, more good
- - in short, more life.
Of what value will it be to make a prosperous living unless you know how to live?
That is why we teach music.