Celina Middle School Choirs

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Celina Middle School Choirs

Celina High School
715 E. Wayne Street
Celina, OH 45822
Phone: 419-586-8300 X 1500
Fax: 419-584-0307
Welcome to the CMS Choirs Website.
Please check back often as all of the information on this page will be the most up-to-date.

Notifications will be sent to students using Google Classroom. Students must be enrolled in the class to receive homework assignments, rehearsal tracks, and other important information. NOTE: These dates, times, and locations MAY change. Any changes will be communicated using the above mentioned methods and every effort will be made to ensure you receive said changes ASAP!

Monday, 11/11/19

Veteran’s Day Program

During School Day

CMS Cafeteria

Thursday, 12/12/19

Holiday Concert



Saturday, TBA

OMEA D3 Solo/Ensemble*

All Day

Minster Elementary


Tue, 5/12/20

Anti-Bullying Parent Performance


Celina Middle School Gym

* Students choose to sign up for Solo and Ensemble. There is a soloist fee of $20.00 if a student decides to participate. Spots will be limited!

Students are strongly encouraged to attend the High School choirs’ performance of Handel’s Messiah¸ on Monday, December 16th at 7:00pm at Grand Lake Church - St. Paul's Campus in Celina.

Contact Mr. Trisel via email ([email protected]) if you have ANY questions regarding this information!


Celina Middle School Choirs

Syllabus 2019-2020

Students and parents are encouraged to check student progress on Progress Book regularly. Please notify Mr. Trisel if you discover any discrepancy with grading. Be proactive: do NOT wait until after grades are submitted at the end of each quarter!


Daily participation – 10 pts. (50 pts. weekly)

Points will be deducted for lack of participation in all class activities.

Individualized Voice Testing – 50 pts.

Students will be required to be voice tested in small groups to determine voice changes and growth. Lack of participation will result in point deduction.

Performance Participation – 150 pts.

Points will be deducted for tardiness, dress code violations, and participation during performance. This includes time NOT spent singing… you are a performer from the second you step into the venue!

Written Assessments – 100 pts.

Assessments about choir related topics to be conducted throughout the year.

Please note that absences will only be excused if the director is informed in advance (for appropriate reasons) and/or if a signed doctor's note is presented after the absence. Keeping in mind students’ other school activities and responsibility to notify work, every effort will be made by the director to work around other scheduled school activities. Conflicts should be discussed with the director in advance of the conflict.

Students are expected to attend all performances in which their ensemble performs. Performance dates are set as early as possible so that students and parents can plan accordingly. Call times for students will be provided at least 2 weeks before a performance. Call times will be sent out via Google Classroom and will be posted on the choir website. 

Rather than use Remind text messaging reminders, for the 2019-2020 school year I will be sending out all reminders on the Google Classroom. Please make sure you have notification emails enabled and you are checking your school email REGULARLY! Of course, you can always email Mr. Trisel using his school email, [email protected] with any questions!

Students are expected to stay for the ENTIRE performance. Students will not be excused from performances because of work, homework/studying, or other non-school related activities.

If a student does not show up to a performance, or another *completely unavoidable* obligation comes up, the student can expect to earn a grade of “0” for that performance. The performing aspect of being in choir is completely unique and cannot be duplicated in rehearsal. It is an essential component of this course. Do NOT let your fellow singers down by not showing up! Points lost for a performance absence can be earned by completing an academic assignment, the content of which will be at the discretion of the director. Only partial credit will be awarded for these assignments.

Concert Apparel:

Students who are dressed inappropriately for concerts will lose performance participation points and/or will not be permitted to perform with the ensemble. The district’s dress code applies to events outside of the school day. Jeans, athletic shoes, flip flops, and anything low-cut or revealing, and mini-skirts are NEVER appropriate for concerts. Ladies are NOT permitted to wear high-heels! Concert dress will be further discussed in each class, as attire varies for each performance.


Classroom/Rehearsal Rules and Procedures

Be on time to class, with your music and a pencil.

Any student arriving to class late will receive a red slip. Accumulated tardies will result in detention.


Only WATER is permitted in the choir room. Any other food/drink items will need to be disposed of upon entering the room.

Students need to respect the learning/rehearsal process and remain quiet.

There will be times daily when one group/section is singing and others are not. During those times the sections not being worked with need to remain quiet. Other coursework/books are not permitted. If you respect your peers and remain silent, you won’t have time to accomplish anything anyway! Students are expected to STAND for a large portion of the class and must be quiet when standing up and sitting down. These transitions are crucial for maintaining a productive rehearsal. Any student who frequently disrupts class will be asked to leave the choir program at the director’s discretion.

Hall passes will be granted only with STUDENT’S OWN agenda, at the director’s discretion.

Passes should only be requested when absolutely necessary. Leaving and returning is distracting and disrupts rehearsal.

Electronic devices are not to be present in rehearsal, during or after school. This is a school-wide policy that is enforced by all staff members.

If Mr. Trisel sees or hears a device he will ask for it and student will need to retrieve it from the office. If a student does not hand over the device, he or she will be sent to the office for insubordination. Instagram is for after school!


Choir rehearsal is a safe environment. Disrespect will not be tolerated.

Disrespect for a classmate, teacher, substitute teacher, or school property will result in strong disciplinary action, starting with detention, parent phone call, and student/parent/teacher/administrator conferencing. Choir is a team sport and everyone should feel comfortable contributing. This goes for posting negative comments related to this course on social media as well. It will not be tolerated. Disrespect for classmates, teachers, or school property may result in removal from choral program, which in turn results in a FAILING GRADE for the entire YEAR.

Students are expected to participate to the best of their ability. Period.

Mr. Trisel demands a fun, fast-paced, productive rehearsal each and every day. Choir can be a lot of fun, but only when we are working at peak productivity. Choir can also be a real drag when nothing is being accomplished. A good choir has discipline. A great choir has discipline and has fun. If you aren’t contributing in choir, you are taking away. A choir of 60 that sounds like a choir of 40 because 20 members aren’t singing is pretty disappointing. 


Composer choices: Hildegard von Bingen, Johann Christian Bach, Johann Sebastian Bach, Samuel Barber, Bela Bartok, Ludwig van Beethoven, Hector Berlioz, Johannes Brahms, Max Bruch, Frederic Chopin, Aaron Copland, Arcangelo Corelli, Claude Debussy, Antonin Dvorak, Edward Elgar, Gabriel Faure, Geroge Gershwin, Christoph Gluck, Edvard Grieg, George Frideric Handel, Joseph Haydn, Charles Ives, Dmitri Kabalevsky, Zoltan Kodaly, Edouard Lalo, Franz Liszt, Gustav Mahler, Benedetto Marcello, Felix Mendelssohn, Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart, Modest Musorgsky, Johann Pachelbel, Alma Mahler, Sergei Prokofiev, Giacomo Puccini, Sergei Rachmaninoff, Maurice Ravel, Nikolai Rimsky-Korsakov, Gioachino Rossini, Camille Saint-Saens, Arnold Schoenberg, Franz Schubert, Robert Schumann, Clara Schumann, Dmitri Shostakovich, Jean Sibelius, Johann Stamitz, Richard Strauss, Igor Stravinsky, Giuseppe Tartini, Pyotr Ilyich Tchaikovsky, Georg Philipp Telemann, Amy Beach, Ralph Vaughan Williams, Giuseppe Verdi, Antonio Vivaldi, Richard Wagner, Carl Maria von Weber, Anton Webern, Fanny Mendelssohn, Nadia Boulanger.

Repeatable assignment for E-days 1, 2, and 3. You MUST choose a different composer for each! Please create a google doc to type the assignment, which you will then add to so that all three (if we use them) will be in the same doc. You will attach the doc to classroom when I create the assignment for submission. Thanks!

Celina Middle School Choirs
Biographical sketch of a composer

Choose from any of the listed composers below. Write a minimum 1/2 page biography of your chosen composer. Your paper must be at least 1/2 page, double spaced, 12 font. This will count as credit for 1 make-up lesson for the quarter. You must cite all of your sources.

Your paper must provide the following information about your composer:
• When and where the person was born and died.
• Where they spent most of their life.
• What era of classical music does the composer come from (classical, romantic, baroque, renaissance, modern, etc…)
• Names of their most influential works.
• What composers influenced them and why. What composers they influenced and why.
• At least 3 interesting stories or facts about their lives.

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