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 400 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 treble singer 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. The choir typically sees an enrollment of 100 students.
Directors – Ms. Douma & Ms. Cox
Lightning Choir is open to any Eastview student possessing a tenor or bass voice. 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. Typical enrollment is between 60-70 students.
Director – Mr. Douma.
Cantabile is a treble choir of students in grades 10-12. It is open to any Eastview treble singer, 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 60 young women. Director – Ms. Douma
Varsity Chorale is an auditioned chorus of between 40-50 tenors and basses 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 Varsity Chorale performs at a festival. In recent years, Varsity Chorale has been involved in a commissioning consortium, providing students the opportunity to premiere a new composition. Director – Mr. Douma
Elektra is a select, auditioned treble chorus 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, Elektra studies a wide variety of musical literature. Each year the choir represents EVHS at the South Suburban Conference Treble Festival. Current enrollment is at 60 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