Thomas Baty

Dear Parents, Guardians, and Choir Members,

It is my sincere pleasure to once again welcome back our hard-working singers.  I hope that everyone has been invigorated these last Summer months.  I am beyond excited to begin fresh this school year and take our Capital High Choral Program further than we have yet experienced.

As a program, we engaged in some important reflection last Spring.  I strongly believe that this year will bring about a very tangible improvement in student ownership of the Capital High School Choral Program as well as the quality of musicianship.  I plan to continue the special focus on individual skill building and temper that with an active regimen to foster real-world leadership skills.  It is my hope that these qualities will substantially augment the achievement potential of each student and have a broader and more positive impact on our Helena Community.  I believe that music is a practice that connects us like no other, and I feel distinctly privileged to share that practice with our Capital High students, families, friends, and neighbors.

It is a priority of mine to maintain a cooperative and communicative network with parents.  This helps to ensure that students have premium musical experiences and a solid framework of support both in and out of class.  The best way to contact me is by email.  Please do not hesitate to do so with any questions or concerns: tbaty@helenaschools.org.

I am so excited to be making music with the Capital High School students again, and I cannot wait to share and experience the musical achievements of another year.

All the Best,

Thomas Baty

Director of Choirs, Capital High School

Saturday's Children Choir

This is the most advanced large ensemble at Capital High School. Members are required to have taken Men’s Choir,
Jubilettes, or Women’s Choir or show exceptional ability. This group is a touring choir. Members should be prepared to
fund-raise for tours and traveling opportunities. Students will study music theory, sight reading, and music appreciation
through class participation, performances and District Music Festival. Prerequisite(s): Audition and selection required.

Jazz Choir

This is a select choir of up to 16 voices. Membership will vary based on ability and voicing. This class emphasizes
repertoire in pop and jazz styles, and requires a skillful ear to hear and maintain close harmonies. Students will study
music theory, sight reading, and music appreciation through class participation, performances and District Music Festival.
Prerequisite(s): Audition and selection required -AND- Concurrent enrollment in a music class.

Jubilettes Choir

This is a select women’s choir. Members are required to have at least one year in Women’s Choir, or show exceptional
ability. This group is a touring choir. Members should be prepared to fund-raise for tours and traveling opportunities.
Students will study music theory, sight reading, and music appreciation through class participation, performance and
District Music Festival. Prerequisite(s): Audition and selection required

Women's Choir

This class is an opportunity for any female, grades 9-12, who has a special interest in singing. No student will be refused
admittance except where there is limitation in space facilities, or good vocal balance dictates otherwise. Students will
study music theory, sight-reading, and music appreciation through class participation, performances, and District Music
Festival. Prior choir experience is helpful, but not necessary. No audition is required.

Men's Choir

This class is an opportunity for any male, grades 9-12 who has a special interest in singing. No student will be refused
admittance. Students will study music theory, sight reading, and music appreciation through class participation,
performances and District Music Festival. Prior choir experience is helpful, but not necessary. No audition is required.

Music Theory Careers Prep

Music Theory Careers Prep class is intended to guide and educate students who are considering music education or
performance as a career path. Through the course, students will gain foundational knowledge of music theory, music
technology, ensemble leadership, and career paths. Prerequisite(s): Concurrent enrollment in a music ensemble. In order to
receive full boar credit, you will have to take both semester 1 & 2 in same school year.

Upcoming Events

  • October 7, 2019

    Fall Concert

    Begins @ 7:00 pm in CHS Auditorium

    Mandatory for all choir students.

  • November 14, 2019 - November 23, 2019

    X-Town Musical: Music Man

    Musical theater production of “The Music Man” featuring students of Capital High School and Helena High School.

    6 Show over two weekends (14-16 and 21-23)

    @ 7:00 in the CHS Auditorium

  • November 11, 2019 - November 12, 2019

    AA Choral Festival

    In Billings

    Only affects Saturday’s Children and Jazz Choirs.

  • December 16, 2019

    Winter Concert

    Begins @ 7:00 pm in CHS Auditorium

    Mandatory for all choir students.

  • December 18, 2019 - December 19, 2019

    Jazz Choir Tour

    Local tour of elementary schools and assisted living facilities.

    Two days during school hours.

  • January 26, 2020 - January 27, 2020

    Men's Festival

    In Bozeman

    All male voices in Men’s Choir and Saturday’s Children

  • February 20, 2020

    CRA/CHS Combined Concert

    Only affects Saturday’s Children and Jazz Choirs.

    Details TBA

  • March 9, 2020

    Pre-Festival Concert

    Begins @ 7:00 pm in CHS Auditorium

    Mandatory for all choir students.

  • March 24, 2020

    Boy's/Men's Choir Concert

    Begins @ 7:00 pm in CHS Auditorium

    Only affects Men’s Choir.

  • April 9, 2020 - April 11, 2020

    District Music Festival

    Thursday evening and all day Friday at Helena Middle School, all day Saturday at Helena High School.

    Thursday/Friday is mandatory for all choir students.  Saturday is optional.

  • May 1, 2020 - May 2, 2020

    State Music Festival

    Optional.

    Students who receive a “Superior” rating for a solo or small ensemble at District Music Festival are eligible to participate.

    @ Helena High School

  • May 18, 2020

    Dessert Show/Final Concert

    Begins @ 6:30 pm in CHS Gymnasium

    Mandatory for all choir students.

    Fundraiser for the choir program.  Tickets are pre-sold.

    All students must help set up for at least one hour during the weekend prior.

Thomas Baty's Schedule

  • Period 0 7:25-8:15

    Jazz Choir

  • Period 1 8:20-9:10

    Saturday's Children Choir

  • Period 2 9:15-10:05

    Preparation Period

  • Period 3 10:15-11:05

    Jubilettes Choir

  • Period 4 11:10-12:00

    Preparation Period

  • Lunch 12:00-12:30

    Lunch

  • Period 5 12:35-1:25

    Men's Choir

  • Period 6 1:30-2:20

    Women's Choir

  • Period 7 2:25-3:15

    Done