The great mystery of God, which surpasses all words, summons us to silence as we ponder the infinite that is His realm. And in that stillness, the soul is receptive to hear the call that prompts us to inward peace and outward love. Then, out of love, we raise our voices in singing the beautiful proclamation – echoing back the love that God has shown his creation when he sent his only Son, Jesus Christ, to live and love with us, even unto death.
Music, the ancient treasure of the church, is brought alive and cherished at the Atonement Academy.
Rather than being frozen in time, the ancient treasure of the church is brought alive and cherished at the Atonement Academy. Children are taught music from the early grades all the way through High School. Students who show a liking to music are encouraged to join the Upper School Honors Choir, which has done very well in competitions with other choral ensembles from all over the state of Texas. The study of choral music also fosters lifelong virtues such as friendship, solidarity, and loyalty.
The academy’s choral music program is a distinctive and important part of the school curriculum and
culture. All Atonement students take a full course in choral music every year. Every student is assigned to
a choir, and all choirs perform at least twice annually. All students are required to participate fully in
choral activities, including performances.
- Middle School Choir
- Upper School Chorale Choir
- Upper School Honors Choir
Music 6 covers elementary vocal technique regarding appogio (lower expansion and breathing) and bel canto (easy onset with proper mouth opening for sung vowels). Basic music theory, Key signatures for C, F, G, and their relative mi-nor. Musical notation recognition, quarter notes, eighth notes, half notes, etc. and their paired rests. Introductory sight-reading skills in C, F, and G.
Music 7 covers expansion of vocal technique to include abdominal and lower back body mapping of breathing. Singing technique expanded to include vowel modification and awareness of tongue position when phonating, along with embouchure shape of vowel formation. Music theory expanded upon to include music terms and terminology along with simple compound meter. Key signatures expanded to include three sharps and three flats. Sight-reading expanded to include the keys of D and key of B-flat.
Music 8 covers basic understanding of proper vocal technique and how to self correct. Music theory to include basic ear training (recognition of intervals and chord structure). Compound meter expanded to include transition of mixed meter to simple meter. Sight-reading skills expanded to include triplets and sixteenth notes. Key signature recognition expanded to include four flats and sharps and their relative minors. Choral technique to be ad-dressed regarding the importance of melodic material combined with text.
Women’s Chorale and Men’s Chorale further develops maturing voices while increasing the difficulty of repertoire. More emphasis is placed on sight reading and the teaching of music theory is continued through worksheets and exercises.
As the only audition choral group in the Academy, members are held to a high standard of musicality. Audition for Honors Choir consists of an on-the-spot sight-reading component, singing of a segment of a prepared work, and ensemble singing with three current members of the Honors Choir. At the beginning of the year, all members are required to sign a statement agreeing to uphold the high standards of the Honors Choir.