About the Vocal Music program...at Big Walnut
Since 1998, The Big Walnut High School has seen
many new and exciting changes. Once again the growth of our program has created
a new membership record for the choral department. Can you believe that our
choral program since the beginning of the 1998 school year has MORE
THAN TRIPLED in size? We
started the 1998-1999 school year with only 35 choral students.
Today, there are 179
students involved in a choral music activity. A true sign of a
healthy program is the enrollment of 10 percent of the total school
enrollment involvement in a vocal music activity.
Based on this formula, BWHS currently has over 30 percent of the
total school population participating.
We are continuing on our quest to becoming one of the finest choral programs
in the state, both in quality and quantity! ~Mrs. Huston
MARK YOUR CALENDAR NOW---Mandatory concert
Christmas Concert--Dec. 11 @BWHS Auditorium
Spring Concert--May 14 @ BWHS Auditorium
Big Walnut Band
Big Walnut Music Booster
Big Walnut Local Schools
****Just a reminder....When weather calls for a
delay, there will be NO ZERO PERIOD CHOIR
ZERO PERIOD will be on the
designated days at 6:50am. It is important you are on time as our time
is very limited. If you arrive at 6:55am it will be considered an
absence. School policy states you can only miss 3 class periods.
(See student handbook)
Tuesday--Nov. 26 ALL
No School/Happy Thanksgiving
Thursday --Nov. 28
No School/Happy Thanksgiving
Friday- Nov. 29
No School/Happy Thanksgiving
Monday--Dec. 2 No School
Tuesday--Dec. 3 ALL
Wednesday- Dec. 4
Thursday --Dec. 5
We will continue to
observe our Eagle Time due to Performing Arts Mtg during the day.There may
be future Thursdays close to concerts or major performances where selected
groups may rehearse during this time. Keep posted throughout the school
Friday- Dec. 6
CHRISTMAS CONCERT December 2011
CHRISTMAS CONCERT Dec. 11 7:30pm in the BWHS
Auditorium ***Attendance is mandatory
will be presented at BWHS in February 2014 Auditions are open to
anyone interested the week of Dec. 16. Please keep checking in the
music hallway on the drama bulletin board
After much deliberation from the taped audition
(sent to an outside judge) the following members have been selected for
2013/2014 BW Vocal Jazz Select Ensemble. For all those students who
auditioned this was a very difficult decision and lots of upperclassman who
are returning members.
BWHS Vocal Jazz Select Ensemble 2013-2014
SOPRANO SOPRANO II
Julia Brown 12 Chrissy Schirzinger
12 Jessica Osburn 12
Bailey Sewalk 12 Rachel Rak
11 Mea Wank 12
Kelsi Kibler 12 Frankie Gianessi
11 Mackenzie Swank 10
Anna Butler 12 Hannah Boseker
11 McKenna Hemming 11
(ALT: Gabriella Pecci
10 & Anna Vrancken 9)
Moody Firewick 11 Kaden Thompson
12 Zac Moore 12
Nick Guglielmi 11 Ian Kirkendall
11 Patrick Rockett 12
10 Trevor Brown 11
Austin Thomas 12
Jacob Wilson 10 Michael Takatch 12
Logan Crum 12
(ALT: Ilya Geraci 9 &
Micah Arbogast 12)
2013-2014 BWHS CHOIR OFFICERS
PRESIDENT:~ MEA WANK
VICE PRESIDENT: CHRISSY SCHIRTZINGER
SECRETARY:~ 0-~~Bethany Rannebarger
3- Jordan Wall
GREAT NEWS --Donations/ payments can now be made
through the web through PAYPAL and you do not need to have a
Please click the button below to make payments via
PayPal. In the text field, put the name of the student and the reason for
the payment (e.g. "Susie Brown - Trip", or "Samuel Smith - Instrument
We have a Facebook page....look for Big Walnut HS
Choir and join!!!!!!!!!!!!!
www.yopus.com ONLINE MUSIC
COLLEGE RESEARCH RESOURCE....
CASE STUDY FOR
THE ARTS A recent study conducted by the
Americans for the Arts and the National School Boards Association found that
young people who CONSISTENTLY participate in a consistent and rigorous art
program are: 4 TIMES more likely to be recognized for academic
achievement, 4 TIMES more likely to participate in a math and science fair,
3 TIMES more likely to win an award for school attendance, 4 TIMES more
likely to win an award for writing an essay or poem, 3 TIMES more likely to
be elected to a class office. MORE GOOD NEWS for BWHS MUSIC STUDENTS
2007 Study Finds link between quality music programs and test scores.
A recent study found that students in high-quality school music
education programs score higher on standardized tests compared to students
in schools with deficient music education programs. On the elementary
level, it found that students in high quality music programs scored 22
percent better in English and 20 percent better in Mathematics than students
in deficient music programs. Middle School students scored 17
percent better in top quality programs than children who did not participate
in music and 33 percent higher than students in deficient music program.
This study included 4,730 Elementary and Middle School Students in four
regions of the United States.
"Why Study Music?"
to www.musicfriends.org to find
this answer along with many more resources supporting music education
MUSIC may add points to your IQ !!!
Another study was recently released to support the power, music has to
increasing a child's IQ. A study presented in the Psychological
Science journal states a child who completes 1 year of music lessons
showed a 7 point increase in their IQ. Math and language skills also
increased. This study also indicated there was no difference between
keyboard lessons, singing lessons or drama lessons. GOOD NEWS!!!
NEW POLL--Music Study Boosts Earning Power
Making music is its own reward, but it appears that
the payoffs don't end there. A Harris Interaction Poll reveled that
88% of people with a post-graduate education (Masters Degree or Doctorate)
were involved in music while in school. 83% of those earning $150,000 or
more had a music education. The reason stated is "it's a rigorous
discipline and in an ensemble situation, there's a great deal of working
with others." "Those types of skills stand you well in careers later
in life." Dec. 2007
Colorado Study finds links between Arts Education and Test Scores
Public High Schools in Colorado that offer arts education courses see more
of their students score highly on state tests in reading, writing, and
science than do those public high schools that do not offer art courses.
Regardless of student ethnicity or socio-economic status, higher test scores
prevailed at the arts-richer schools. Schools with the arts also have
lower drop-out rates. Employers today may be seeking a workforce that
is more imaginative, innovative, and creative. Please visit
1) You get to be loud.
Always feel like you’re being shushed
by teachers and adults? In choir, you’re actually
to make noise.
More than 42 million Americans
sing in choruses, so you’re sure to make some new buddies.
3) See the world!
Many choirs go on tours to
exciting and faraway places.
4) Begin the path to stardom.
Mega-celebs Beyoncé and
Justin Timberlake started their careers singing in school and church choirs.
Even President Obama was once a choral singer.
5) Bring home A’s.
Research shows that students who
sing in choruses get better grades than students who don’t.
6) Make your college application shine.
will love to see that you’re involved in extracurricular
activities—especially an activity like choir, which develops teamwork skills
and self discipline.
Lots of singers date people they meet in choir,
because music is
the food of love, after all.
8) Back rubs.
Yeah, that’s right: back rubs.
Many choruses do them as part of their rehearsal warm-ups.
9) No schlepping.
Singing does not require carrying
around heavy instruments or gym bags. All you need is your fab voice.
10) Bragging rights.
Not everyone can say they’ve been
in the spotlight, but you’ll be able to because singing in a chorus gives
you the opportunity to be front and center, baby!
--taken from The Chorus Impact Study--www.chorusamerica.org