University Hill takes pride in our Fine Arts program. Art, Music and Theatre combine to deliver an outstanding program of Fine Arts for the benefit of our school and community.
U-Hill’s high-powered Music program of Chamber Choir, Concert choir, Senior and Intermediate Wind Orchestra attends district concerts, local festivals and performs on tour internationally as well as does workshops and weekend retreats throughout the year! Students will benefit from developing competency in problem solving, literacy in music, expressive skills, independence, self-motivation, discipline, confidence and co-operation.
MUSIC 9 MMU--09
CONCERT CHOIR 9 MMU--09CC
CONCERT CHOIR 10 MMCC-10
CONCERT CHOIR 11 MCMCC11
CONCERT CHOIR 12 MCMCC12
*Pre-Requisite: motivation and interest in singing
Students choosing to sing in Concert Choir learn musicianship, effective vocal production, ear training, and sight reading. The class surveys and studies all aspects of serious choral literature in all styles. Concert and sectional attendance are part of the course. This experience is open to any student who wishes to work in a singing ensemble at the school. Leadership opportunities exist for advanced singers. Students are expected to wear uniforms for performance and attend a yearly retreat. Students receive choir credit according to their grade.
CHAMBER CHOIR 9 MMU—9CH1
CHAMBER CHOIR 10 YVPA – 0C
CHAMBER CHOIR 11 YVPA – 1C
CHAMBER CHOIR 12 YVPA – 2C
*Recommended: previous choral singing experience strongly recommended
*Pre-Requisite: Audition required or permission of teacher
Please Note: This is an early morning 7:30 am class.
Inn this ensemble, students engage in a serious study of acappella literature from a variety of periods and styles. Students are expected to learn Musicianship, ear training, correct vocal production, and style. Students are also required to concurrently enroll in Concert Choir. Students will wear a uniform for performance and attend an annual performance tour. The tour will include workshops, adjudications and performances at universities or festivals, and will rotate from local to international. Please be prepared to make a time commitment if you choose to take this class. Students receive choir credit according to their grade.
INTERMEDIATE WIND ORCHESTRA 9 MMU- -09BA3
INTERMEDIATE WIND ORCHESTRA 10 MIMCB-10
*Strongly recommended: previous experience reading music notation and on instrument
* Please Note: This is an early morning 7:30 am class.
Students will learn the fundamentals of playing a band instrument from one of the following categories - brass, woodwind, percussion or bass. Orchestral string players are also welcome but are recommended to take lessons. People with previous experience on guitar or piano may choose from several instruments. Students will continue their development of musicianship and ear training through a variety of band repertoire. This course is open to beginners as well as advanced players. Beginning band students will receive the additional training needed to integrate them with the advanced players. Leadership opportunities exist for advanced players. Students are expected to wear uniforms for performance and attend a yearly retreat.
Students receive band credit according to their grade.
SENIOR WIND ORCHESTRA 11 MIMCB11
SENIOR WIND ORCHESTRA 12 MIMCB12
*Strongly recommended: Intermediate level Band or Orchestra Musicianship skills
The Senior Wind Ensemble is designed for serious music students who will be challenged by advanced musical repertoire. Students will continue their development of musicianship and ear training through a variety of repertoire. Students are expected to wear a uniform for performance and attend an annual performance tour. The tour will include performances, adjudications and workshops at universities or festivals, and will rotate semi-local to international locations from year to year. Please be prepared to make a time commitment to attend performance tours if you choose to take this class. Students receive band credit according to their grade.
SYMPHONY ORCHESTRA 10 MMOS-10
SYMPHONY ORCHESTRA 11 YVPA-1H
SYMPHONY ORCHESTRA 12 YVPA-2H
Grades: 10 to 12
Pre-Requisite: Appropriate experience, motivation, and by audition. Required to be concurrently enrolled in Wind Orchestra
Students enrolled in this class will have an opportunity to develop a musically with peers at an advanced level of skill as admission is by audition only. The course will act as enrichment through offering a focus on more advanced repertoire such as symphonic excerpts, and also offer students the opportunity to perform concertos on their instrument. Students must be motivated and prepared to work independently with student leaders. There will be an emphasis on ear training to assist in learning varied tonalities, meters and rhythmic patterns. The Symphony orchestra will participate in school concerts and district nights as well as retreats, local and international festivals.
AP MUSIC THEORY AMU- -12
Pre-Requisite Course Required: none open to all in Gr 11 and 12
*Strongly recommended: basic performance skills in reading music notation in voice or on an instrument.
The Advanced Placement Program enables willing and academically prepared students to pursue college-level studies with the opportunity to earn college credit, advanced placement, or both while still in high school. The ultimate goal of the AP Music Theory course is to develop a student’s ability to recognize, understand, and describe the basic materials and processes of music that are heard or presented in a score. The curriculum introduces ear training, sight-singing, theory, musical materials, and procedures, and will integrate aspects of melody, harmony, texture, rhythm, form, musical analysis, elementary composition. Musicianship skills such as dictation, sight-singing, keyboard harmony, reading and writing music notation, fundamentals of first-year University will be covered. Music Theory is primarily a non-performance class, but students will be expected to become proficient in ear training and sight-singing as a means to learn about music notation, intervals, harmonies and rhythmic patterns.