Eastview High School has a rich tradition in the performing arts. Choir has played a major role in the lives of thousands of Eastview students. At Eastview, our philosophy is that every student has a place in choir. To facilitate this, we have non-auditioned choirs that are open to any EVHS student as well as highly select, auditioned choirs for the more advanced musician. We are proud that our choirs reflect a cross-section of the Eastview student body – artists, athletes, actors, dancers, scholars, females and males. The EVHS Choral Department is an active and vibrant part of the Eastview culture and has been identified throughout the Upper Midwest as an exemplary choral program.
There are over 450 students in grades 9-12 singing in one of Eastview’s six curricular choirs and five co-curricular choirs. All students receive small group lesson instruction as part of their grade. Private lessons are also available to students. In addition to choir activities, Eastview produces a musical every year, as well as BRAVO!, a musical revue that incorporates solo and chorus numbers, dance features and jazz band. Eastview students also participate in Solo & Ensemble Contest each spring, consistently earning top rating from judges.
Eastview High School offers six curricular choirs that meet for 50 minutes daily throughout the school year. The choirs are structured to meet the needs of all levels of singers, regardless of prior experience. Each choir performs in one concert per quarter.
Freshmen Choraliers is open to any 9th grade female at Eastview. No audition is necessary. The choir emphasizes the enjoyment of choral music and the development of the basic skills necessary for quality choral singing. Sight-reading and vocal independence are among the skills taught. Current enrollment is at 120 girls.
Directors – Ms. Douma & Ms. Cox
Lightning Men’s Choir
Lightning Men’s Choir is open to any male student at Eastview, including all 9th grade young men. No prior experience is necessary to join. The choir emphasizes the enjoyment of choral music and the development of the basic skills necessary for quality choral singing. Sight-reading, vocal independence and teamwork are among the skills taught. Current enrollment is at 75 boys.
Director – Mr. Douma.
Cantabile is an all-female choir of students in grades 10-12. It is open to any Eastview female, regardless of prior experience. No audition is necessary. The choir emphasizes the enjoyment of choral music while further exploring tone building and musicianship, including sight-reading. In addition to the four annual concerts, Cantabile normally participates in a festival field trip. Current enrollment is at 70 young women. Director – Ms. Douma
Men’s Chorale is an auditioned chorus of between 40-50 male singers in grades 10-12. This ensemble is for students who desire a strong background in choral singing. In addition to the development of sight-reading and tone building, a wide variety of literature is studied, including classics, new works, musical theater and popular pieces. Each year Men’s Chorale performs at a festival. In recent years, Men’s Chorale has been involved in a commissioning consortium, providing students the opportunity to premiere a new composition. Director – Mr. Douma
Women’s Chorale is a select, auditioned chorus of young women in grades 10-12. This ensemble is for singers who desire a strong background in choral singing. In addition to advanced vocal technique development and sight-reading, Women’s Chorale studies a wide variety of musical literature. Each year the choir represents EVHS at the South Suburban Conference Treble Festival. Current enrollment is at 70 singers. Director – Ms. Douma
The EVHS Concert Choir is the most advanced of the curricular choirs. It is an auditioned ensemble that is comprised of young men and women in grades 11-12. Concert Choir is for advanced choral students who desire a strong background in choral music performance, including an emphasis on a cappella singing and a high level of musicianship, personal responsibility and performance artistry.
Director – Mr. Douma