Private Voice Lessons at South – Starting next week!

After an overwhelmingly positive response to our interest form, we are proud to say that we will be starting our Private Voice Lesson program at South next week!  During class, students have been informed about what voice lessons are, what they consist of, they have met some of our private instructors, and talked about what a great opportunity this is for our program.  This is an optional program that is encouraged for all choir students, regardless of prior experience.  Lessons cost $20 per lesson and will be taught one time a week by their private instructor either during class time, lunch, or after school.  Payment for lessons will happen in 4 installments of $140 over the course of the year.  To enroll, parents and students must fill out the Voice Lesson Registration Packet and turn it into Mr. McLean ASAP.  The Voice Lesson Packet can be found under the tab “Documents/Forms” and is listed as “Private Voice Lesson Packet”  Please email Mr. McLean at for more information and questions!

Learn your notes with Choral Tracks, Spotify, and iTunes

Students can learn their in-class music more quickly or ahead of time by utilizing these great resources offered to them.

Choral Tracks is a part recording service that is run by professional singer Matthew Curtis.  Matthew records each individual part (i.e. Soprano, Tenor, etc..) and puts them online for singers to learn their notes in an individual setting.  This helps students that have been out of rehearsal, are struggling with a part, or are looking for extra practice.  This site is regularly updated so keep checking for your parts!

Many of these tracks are available FOR FREE if you download Spotify (works with the free or Premium version) and search your song title with the word “Curtis” following it.  Spotify offers a web player that does not require a download, CLICK HERE. Tracks can also be purchased through iTunes or the Choral Tracks website/cell phone app for $1.  If your piece isn’t listed, Spotify and iTunes are still a great listening tool as there are tons of great choirs to listen to!  Also, check the music publisher’s website as there may be part tracks available there for free (i.e. Break of Day – John Trotta)

The following pieces being done at South are currently available with Choral Track parts and/or on Spotify for you to listen to (if it is in bold there are part tracks available through Spotify or the Choral Tracks website/app):

Grace Before Sleep – Susan LaBarr

Dwijavanthi – Ethan Sperry

Gitanjali Chants – Craig Hella Johnson

Requiem – Faure

Der Herr Segne Euch – JS Bach

Cover Me with the NIght – Andrea Ramsey

Stabat Mater, Mvmt. 1 – Pergolesi

Study/Practice Tools

Students looking to improve their musical skills, study for their upcoming exam, go over information, or looking to kill some time will find the new Study Tools page in the above menu to be very useful!  On this page you will find online music lessons, practice drills, practice exams/study guides, extra sight-reading material, and much more!  This information will help any student become a more independent and knowledgeable choir member.  If you have any suggestions of content to be added to this page, please comment below or contact Mr. McLean.

Schedule Auditions for All-State, ACDA National Honor Choir, and All-Northwest

Be sure you have scheduled your auditions for these GREAT opportunities if you have not done so by emailing Mr. McLean at to set up your time.  Slots are going fast!

Oregon All-State Audition Requirements

ACDA National Honor Choir Audition Detailed Info

10-12th Grade ACDA Audition Excerpt: Hallelujah from the Mount of  and Accompaniment Track

9th Grade ACDA Audition Excerpt: Hallelujah from Judas Maccadeus and Accompaniment Track


All Northwest Audition Info

Great Singing Opportunity for Female Choir Members – Williamette Girlchoir Auditions

Are you a female singer interested in more choir opportunities?  Here is a great community chorus for you!  The Williamette Girlchoir is holding auditions tonight and by appointment in the next couple of weeks.  Read below and check out THIS VIDEO for more information!  This group is led by Ms. Julie Cherry and is looking for some great female singers.  Contact her at

Willamette Girlchoir Open House Auditions

Today 4:30-6:45pm at First United Methodist Church downtown

– Show up and put your name on the list and fill out an audition form

– Audition components: a few vocal exercises, singing a simple melody, a sight singing exercise, a verbal interview

– Scholarship application forms will be available

– Acceptance notification will be mailed out the day after