Bel Canto

Department: Performing Arts

Course Description: A blend of traditional chorus and training ground, Bel Canto explores choral technique and music theory, and many musical genres, including African-American spirituals, traditional Latin, modern choral, non-English folk songs, pop and jazz music. Students may remain in Bel Canto multiple years, taking advantage of the changing repertoire and varied genres in order to maximize their choral music education and prepare them for whatever type of ensemble they will choose in college or as an adult. Others participate in Bel Canto a year or two before choosing to specialize by requesting Camerata or auditioning for Cantilena or Downbeat, and indeed a year in Bel Canto is required before joining one of these other groups.

This episode discusses Bel Canto in addition to briefly discussing other opportunities for vocal music such as Cantilena, Camerata, and Downbeat.

Interview with: Ms. Sandusky

Produced by: Evan Cheng

Speech and Debate

Department: Speech and Debate

Program Description: The speech and debate department provides students with a breadth of opportunities in debate (policy, congressional, public forum and Lincoln-Douglas formats) and individual speech events. The lifelong value of written and oral communication skills are emphasized within an environment that encourages students to participate in local, regional and national tournament competitions. There is an emphasis on critical thinking, research, argumentation and presentation. Travel fees apply for tournament competitions.

Interview with: Ms. Achten

Produced by: Evan Cheng