Thomas Baty

Dear Parents, Guardians, and Choir Members,

I am so very excited for the opportunity to welcome singers new and experienced back to choir class at Capital High School.  It goes without saying that last Spring was an unfortunate debacle and none of us was able to close the year like we wanted or deserved.  While I have high hopes that we will have many opportunities for in-person instruction this school year, there are, of course, still many known and unknown challenges ahead of us.

I would like to begin with a very important truth about this year:  It will not feel like normal.  It is likely that none of our classes will be rehearsing fully choral music, and we may not have a single “normal” performance.  What I can promise, however, is that music-making will continue.  When circumstances allow, in-person instruction will include elements of singing in solo and small ensemble settings.

In the opening weeks of school each student will determine one of two online “paths” that will allow them to earn credit for vocal music:

  1. Music Fundamentals: In an online format, this path will be largely composed of written and music listening assignments.
  2. Vocal Performance: In an online format, students that choose this path will be responsible for submitting recordings of themselves. Students on this path will effectively be receiving free voice lessons.

While I feel as many of you do that there can be no substitute for the experience of singing in a choral ensemble, health and safety needs demand that we seek out alternatives.  I promise that I will do all I can to help each student continue to develop as a confident musician and vocalist.  Life is what you make of it.  I encourage you to seize every opportunity to continue to grow and learn.

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 Tenor-Bass Choir,
Jubilettes, or Treble 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 Treble 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

Treble 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.

Tenor-Bass 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.

Documents

  • 2020-2021 Syllabus
  • Music Fundamentals Calendar Semester 1
  • Music Fundamentals Calendar Semester 2

Upcoming Events

  • October 6, 2020

    Fall Concert

    Cancelled

  • November 9, 2020 - November 12, 2019

    AA Choral Festival

    Cancelled

  • December 1, 2020

    Winter Concert

    Begins @ 7:00 pm in CHS Auditorium

    Mandatory for all choir students.

    VERY TENTATIVE – Only if we are in PHASE 3

  • December 15, 2020

    Jazz Choir Tour

    Local tour of elementary schools and assisted living facilities.

    During school hours.

    VERY TENTATIVE – Only if we are in PHASE 3

  • February 20, 2020

    CRA/CHS Combined Concert

    Tentative Date

    Only affects Saturday’s Children and Jazz Choirs.

    Details TBA

    VERY TENTATIVE – Only if we are in PHASE 3

  • March 8, 2020

    Spring Concert

    Begins @ 7:00 pm in CHS Auditorium

    Mandatory for all choir students.

    VERY TENTATIVE – Only if we are in PHASE 3

  • April 8, 2021 - April 10, 2021

    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.

    VERY TENTATIVE – Only if we are in PHASE 3

  • May 7, 2021 - May 8, 2021

    State Music Festival

    Optional.

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

    @ Missoula

    VERY TENTATIVE – Only if we are in PHASE 3

  • May 24, 2021

    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.

    VERY TENTATIVE – Only if we are in PHASE 3

Thomas Baty's Schedule

  • Period 0 8:09-8:51

    Jazz Choir

  • Period 1 8:55-9:37

    Saturday's Children Choir

  • Period 2 9:41-10:23

    Preparation Period

  • Period 3 10:27-11:09

    Jubilettes Choir

  • Period 4 11:13-11:55

    Preparation Period

  • Lunch 11:55-12:15

    Lunch

  • Period 5 12:19-1:01

    Men's Choir

  • Period 6 1:05-1:47

    Women's Choir

  • Period 7 1:51-2:33

    Done

  • Digital Office Hours 1

    11:15-11:45

  • Digital Office Hours 2

    2:00-2:45