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Heather Orr

Room M103

Head Director of Choral Activities

 

Contact me:

heather.orr@misd.org

936-276-3042

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Heather Orr is beginning her 19th year as the Head Director of Choral Activities at Montgomery High School and 25rd year teaching. She holds a Master of Arts in Vocal Pedagogy from The Ohio State University and a Bachelor of Music in Voice Performance from Heidelberg University. 

Mrs. Orr's choirs consistently earn Sweepstakes at UIL Competitions and choirs under her direction have been recognized with First Divisions and Best in Class awards at several festivals in Texas, Florida and New York. Mrs. Orr is a member of "Who's Who Among America's Teachers” “Who’s Who Among American Women” and was awarded a TMEA scholarship to begin doctoral studies. She has served as TMEA All-State Treble Choir Section Leader in 2017, 2006 and in 2003, TCDA Conductor and Clinician, as well as host, clinician and adjudicator for many TMEA and UIL events. Mrs. Orr has been recognized with the UIL Sponsor Excellence Award and Fine Arts Teacher of the Year Award for Montgomery County. Mrs. Orr's professional affiliations include TMEA, TCDA, ACDA and TMAA.

In 2018, 2010, and 2005, the Montgomery High School Chorale Women performed at TMEA under Mrs. Orr's direction. Also in 2018, the Chorale Women performed at the Southwest ACDA Conference in Oklahoma City and in 2011, the National ACDA Conference in Chicago, IL.

As Director of High School Choral Activities, Mrs. Orr will be team teaching all choirs, although the primary responsibilities include the Montgomery Madrigals, Varsity Chorale, Varsity Chorale Women, Varsity Chorale Men, A Cappella Women, Bel Canto, and team teaching Concert Men, Jazz Girls, and Concert Women.

Mrs. Orr resides in Montgomery with her husband Will. Together, they have four children, college super senor twins, Carly and Abby; college senior, Christopher; and HS senior, Claire.

Daily schedule

  1. Conference
  2. Concert Men and Concert Women
  3. Bella Women's Choir
  4. Chorale Women and Chorale Men
  5. A Cappella Women
  6. Jazz Choir
  7. Montgomery Madrigals
  8. Supervision

Choir Online Forms Packet and Insurance information

Here is the link to complete your online choir forms: https://forms.gle/h8d6hoFUJeV9BK3Y8

 

Seth Getz and Heather Orr picture

YOUR CHOIR TEAM

Heather Orr, Head Director, heather.orr@misd.org

Seth Geth, Assistant Director, seth.getz@misd.org

Choir Calendar

Our Choir Calendar is online and can be found on the MHS Choir website www.charmsoffice.com. Please check it regularly as it is updated frequently. YOU MUST LOG IN TO SEE THE ENTIRE CALENDAR!
It will have the most current and specific information regarding upcoming events. Also – BE ON TIME! To be right on time is to be late! THE LOGIN IS BEARCHOIR. The Password is your child's id number

 

MANDATORY PERFORMANCES FOR ALL STUDENTS

*Madrigals and Jazz Choir will have their own schedule.

 

1st Semester
All Choirs, Fall Concert and Spaghetti Dinner Dress Rehearsal, October 7, from 3:00-5:00 pm
All Choirs, Fall Concert and Spaghetti Dinner Concert, October 8, at 7:00 pm. Call time is 5:00 pm

 

All Choirs, Patriotic Show, November 8, 7:30 pm. Call time is 6:30 pm.

 

All Choirs, Madrigal Dinner Rehearsal, December 9, 3:00-5:00 pm
All Choirs, Madrigal Dinner Dress Rehearsal, December 12, 3:00 pm-6:00 pm
All Choirs, Madrigal Dinner, December 13 & 14, Performance. Call time is 5:00 pm

 

2nd Semester
All Choirs, Showtime "Broadway Night" Dress Rehearsal, February 6, 3:00-6:00 pm
All Choirs, Showtime "Broadway Night" Final Dress Rehearsal, February 10, 3:00-5:00 pm
All Choirs, Showtime outreach performance during the day
All Choirs, Showtime Concert, February 11, 7:00 pm. 5:30 pm call time

 

All Choirs, Variety Night Dress Rehearsal, May 1, Logistics 3:00-7:00 pm
All Choirs, Variety Night Dress Rehearsal, May 7, 3:00-6:00 pm
All Choirs, Variety Night, May 8, 7:00 Performance, 5:00 call
*please check the choir calendar. There will be additional choir performances for individual choirs.

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CHOIR SYLLABUS

Course Objectives and Goals

 

Through this course students will:
1. Gain a greater understanding of the historical style factors of choral music.
2. Develop personal knowledge of a particular genre, style, or, composer through the study of choral compositions.
3. Develop a greater appreciation of the interaction between text, music, and other fine arts.
4. Develop communication skills through the performance of different styles of music.
5. Develop rhythmic, pitch, language skills appropriate for a piece of music.
6. Develop music reading skills appropriate for the level of the students.
Philosophy of Music Education
The benefits of a well-rounded education for all students cannot be overemphasized. One very important area of this complete education is the study of music. The aesthetic joys of making music cannot be duplicated in any other art form; it is a communication unto itself. It also has been found that the study of music strengthens the mind’s learning potential. Students who are part of a music program tend to achieve at higher levels in all areas of school.

 

Simply put:
Music makes better students, and music makes students better.
Ongoing research continues to offer dramatic statistics concerning young people who participate in their school music programs. In the publication, Profiles of SAT and Achievement Test Takers (from The College Board), it was discovered that, “Students with course work experience in music performance scored 89 points higher on the SAT tests than students with no course work in the arts.” This kind of information positively marks the future of our young musicians.

 

In addition to the educational benefits, music education also teaches important life skills. Music teaches discipline. Music develops self-confidence. Music gives students a feeling of pride and accomplishment. Singing in a choir teaches students the importance of working with others and helps them develop the social skills necessary to be part of a performing organization. It instills values, responsibility, purpose, direction, and devotion to duty, the spirit of cooperation and sensitivity to the beauty in our world. Not all choir students become great musicians, but all will certainly become more mature, cooperative, self-disciplined, hardworking members of their communities with an appreciation of the arts.
 
Classroom Expectations
Participation in the Montgomery High School Choral Program is a privilege and not a right. Students are expected to demonstrate responsible behavior, dependability, and dedication. With this philosophy in mind, the following guidelines of behavior will be expected:
1. Be in assigned place with folder when the bell rings.
2. When Mrs. Orr or Mr. Getz speaks – no talking.
3. Keep all body parts and objects to yourself.
4. Be courteous and supportive of other students.
5. Participate daily with a positive attitude…a YES attitude.
6. Dispose of gum and food prior to rehearsal. You may have a bottled water during rehearsals.
7. Keep all cell phones put away. No cell phones are permitted during rehearsals unless requested by a director.
 
Materials
Students are expected to have their black folder at the beginning of each rehearsal, and to put their folder back into the assigned folder slot at the end of each rehearsal. Students will be expected to keep a pencil in their folder at all times. It is the student’s responsibility to replace any lost or damaged choir department materials at her/his own expense.
Classroom Procedures
1. Place all personal items by the door upon entering the room.
2. Read the white screen.
3. Get sightreading book (if needed), folder and pencil.
4. Be in assigned spot on the risers with folder and supplies when the bell rings.
5. Get music in order or begin working on assignment.
 Each choir will have additional rehearsals and performances. Please see charmsoffice.com to keep up with those dates.

 

Grades and Participation – No Pass…No Play.
Grades play a crucial role in the student’s ability to participate in extracurricular activities. Directors have absolutely no discretion when a student is declared academically ineligible. U.I.L. Guidelines restrict ineligible students from participating in the following events: TMEA Auditions, U.I.L. Solo and Ensemble Contest, U.I.L. Concert and Sightreading, all competitions, events that charge admission, and events off campus.
The directors reserve the right to deny the opportunity to participate in NON-U.I.L. events based on a student’s academic standing at any time. Future choir placement will reflect in your ability to pass your classes! We want our singers to be academically successful!!!!

 

Visitors
Montgomery High School Policy states that all visitors must register at the front office during the school day. All Visitors (parents, other students, etc.) must contact a Choral Director prior to any visits during rehearsals both during and after school. MHS Choir Rehearsals are OPEN REHEARSALS to parents.
Parents should contact the director for parent conferences. At no time will a director meet with a parent without prior planning.
 
Communication
In an effort to communicate effectively with parents, we will present up-to-date choir information in the following ways:
• CHARMS Emails and CHARMS Website for Financial Tracking – www.charmsoffice.com
• Choir Website, Choir Facebook Groups, Montgomery HS Choir Parents
• MHS Choir Page, MHS Choir Alumni and Friends, Montgomery Madrigals, MHS Jazz Girls, Twitter, Instagram
Please verify that you and your student(s) data is up-to-date in CHARMS so that we may send you choir information on an as-needed basis.

 

Social Media Information
It is the goal of the MHS Choir Program to use Social Media outlets like Facebook, Instagram and Twitter to promote our program to parents, students, and the public. Directors will indirectly (through groups, etc.) communicate with students.
Students are encouraged to make wise choices when posting in the choir group pages or publicly on Twitter and other social media. Negative public comments toward directors, ensembles or other students is damaging to the choir program and can affect ensemble placement and may lead to other consequences. We encourage students to resolve conflicts and frustrations through face to face communication or by phone.

 

Private Voice Lessons
We encourage all choir students to study voice privately. This helps in preparation for TMEA auditions, Solo and Ensemble Competition, and Varsity Choir auditions. Voice lessons will help you develop your individual vocal capabilities and contribute even more to your ensemble.
There are a variety of ways to take voice lessons at Montgomery. You can study voice through the MISD Voice Lesson Program. If interested, please speak to your choir directors.
During school hours
• Mike Ware, Kevin Smith, Dana Guidroz, and Melody Rich
Only MHS Choir Students are eligible to take private lessons with the MHS Voice Staff. In addition to the MHS Voice Staff, there are also a number of private voice instructors in the Montgomery Area. Students planning to take voice outside of MHS should inform their director that they are studying privately.

 

MANDATORY PERFORMANCES FOR ALL STUDENTS
*Madrigals and Jazz Choir will have their own schedule.

 

1st Semester
All Choirs, Fall Concert and Spaghetti Dinner Dress Rehearsal, October 7, from 3:00-5:00 pm
All Choirs, Fall Concert and Spaghetti Dinner Concert, October 8, at 7:00 pm. Call time is 5:00 pm

 

All Choirs, Patriotic Show, November 8, 7:30 pm. Call time is 6:30 pm.

 

All Choirs, Madrigal Dinner Rehearsal, December 9, 3:00-5:00 pm
All Choirs, Madrigal Dinner Dress Rehearsal, December 12, 3:00 pm-6:00 pm
All Choirs, Madrigal Dinner, December 13 & 14, Performance. Call time is 5:00 pm

 

2nd Semester
All Choirs, Showtime "Broadway Night" Dress Rehearsal, February 6, 3:00-6:00 pm
All Choirs, Showtime "Broadway Night" Final Dress Rehearsal, February 10, 3:00-5:00 pm
All Choirs, Showtime outreach performance during the day
All Choirs, Showtime Concert, February 11, 7:00 pm. 5:30 pm call time

 

All Choirs, Variety Night Dress Rehearsal, May 1, Logistics 3:00-7:00 pm
All Choirs, Variety Night Dress Rehearsal, May 7, 3:00-6:00 pm
All Choirs, Variety Night, May 8, 7:00 Performance, 5:00 call
*please check the choir calendar. There will be additional choir performances for individual choirs.
 
CELEBRATIONS
MISD HONORS NIGHT, April 14, 7:00 pm
Choir Banquet for students and parents, May 20, 7:00 pm (ticketed)
 
Please check the choir calendar for social activities and field trips.
 
Concert Attendance
Participation in performances outside of class time is part of the choral program at Montgomery High School. Concerts are considered curricular activities. Therefore, attendance and participation in all concerts are mandatory and part of the student's grade. Concerts are the ultimate culmination of many weeks of preparation and class work. It is impossible to make up a choral rehearsal or concert experience. In addition, Choir members are expected to be present for the entire duration of each performance.
Types of Excused Absences:
1. Personal illness - If personal illness prevents you from attending a scheduled event, you must send an email prior to the event.
2. Family Emergency/School Conflict - The student is responsible for notifying the director of a family emergency or school conflict. School conflicts MUST be approved prior to the event. For an illness-related absence, a written note from a doctor is required. For family emergencies, an email from a parent is required.
In the event of an excused missed performance (for choir classes), the following policy will be observed:
• Students will be given the opportunity to make up the missing grade for an excused absence. Part of completing this makeup assignment is singing the music performed at the concert for a choir director outside of regular rehearsal time. A student will receive a zero if they do not complete the Concert Makeup Assignment and sing the music performed for the director within 7 school days of the missed concert. It is the student’s responsibility to request a makeup assignment.
• Student will receive a zero for any missed concert if their absence is unexcused by their director. There is no makeup assignment for an unexcused absence.

After-School Rehearsals
At times there will be outside-of-school rehearsals throughout the school year. You will be given timely notice of these rehearsals. The number of these rehearsals is dependent on level of the class; i.e. Varsity classes will have more afterschool rehearsals than non-varsity classes.
In addition, there are heightened expectations on rehearsals the week of any production. Failure to attend any of the rehearsals without approval from a director will result in a grade deduction and possible removal from the ensemble. It is important to understand, that just because an absence is excused, it does not mean that the student can participate in the choir performance or production.
General Attendance Guidelines
Do NOT wait until the last minute to work out conflicts…be PROACTIVE. Many conflicts can be prevented if you make plans in advance.
Conflicts should be communicated no less than 48 hours in advance for rehearsals and no less than two weeks in advance for performances. All correspondence music be done by EMAIL. 
Since advance notice is given for concerts and extra rehearsals, a job will not be considered an excused absence. Also, Driver's Education will not be considered an excused absence for concert or rehearsal attendance. In the event of a missed performance or rehearsal students may forfeit their position in these ensembles if they miss a performance or rehearsal without being excused prior to the event by their director. Please plan ahead.
WE VALUE YOUR ATTENDANCE AND CONTRIBUTION IN CLASS. EACH STUDENT IS EXPECTED TO CONTRIBUTE ON A DAILY BASIS. SINCE EACH CLASS IS PERFORMANCE BASED, DAILY ATTENDANCE IN CLASS IS ESSENTIAL. STUDENTS WITH ATTENDANCE PROBLEMS WILL BE REMOVED FROM THE PROGRAM.
 
RECAP

Excused absences are family emergencies and severe illness.
  • There will be a make-up for this absence.
 
Unexcused absences are work, babysitting, transportation issues, driver’s education courses, doctor’s appointments, performances unrelated to school events, etc.
 
  • There is no make-up assignment for this absence.
Regardless of excused/unexcused absence, the director reserves the right to remove any student from a contest choir or performance.
 
Community Performing Groups
In the event that a club or community performing schedule conflicts with the Montgomery HS schedule or practice, Montgomery choir members are expected to give preference to the school schedule. This type of absence is unexcused.

 

Punctuality
Punctuality is of vital importance to the choir program, so please be on time. The time given is the start time…not the arrival time. On time is late.

 

Choir Calendar
Our Choir Calendar is online and can be found on the MHS Choir website www.charmsoffice.com. Please check it regularly as it is updated frequently. YOU MUST LOG IN TO SEE THE ENTIRE CALENDAR!
It will have the most current and specific information regarding upcoming events. Also – BE ON TIME! To be right on time is to be late!
THE LOGIN IS BEARCHOIR
The Password is your child's id number
We do our best to keep the dates for the year. At times there are situations beyond our control and a change is needed. There will be ample notice if date changes are necessary.
Choir Uniforms
Montgomery ISD will provide every choir member with a curricular choir uniform. These uniforms will be checked out, and must be turned in at the end of the year in the condition received. Any student who fails to turn in their choir uniform in the condition it was in when checked out to them will be responsible for the cost of replacing their uniform.
Students are expected to have a garment bag labeled with their name on it to transport and store their uniform. Bags will be supplied by the MHS Choir Department.
 
 
Uniform Agreement
I will be responsible for the rental and return of my choir uniform. I am responsible for having the dress/tux returned in good condition. I agree to make financial restitution if any part of the uniform is damaged or lost. I understand that if I am not in the designated proper attire for a performance that I will not perform.
Concert Attire for Women
• Jewelry: No bracelets, necklaces, rings, or watches may be worn for a performance. NO facial jewelry will be permitted. Women MAY wear one small stud in each ear.
• Shoes: Women will be expected to wear closed toe, black dress shoes. Flip-flops, high heels and sandals will not be allowed on stage. All women should wear nude colored hosiery when wearing a choir dress.
• Hair/Make-Up: Hair MUST be up and out of the face. NO unnatural hair colors will be permitted on stage. Enough makeup should be worn to avoid the “washed out” look, but it should not be overdone.
Concert Attire for Men
• Jewelry: NO JEWELRY of any kind is permitted. (Men may NOT wear earrings during performances.)
• Shoes: Men will be expected to wear black dress shoes with black socks with their tuxedos. Tennis shoes, Doc Martins, or boots in general, etc. will not be allowed on stage.
• Hair: Hair MUST be up and out of the face. NO unnatural hair colors will be permitted on stage. It is recommended that men wear plain white t-shirts under their tux shirts.
General Requirements
Please avoid wearing cologne or fragrances, and please do wear deodorant. The goal is to create a uniform look that does not distract or hamper the choirs as they perform. Plan to arrive and leave each performance wearing your entire uniform. If you are staying after school, you are not to wander the building. You must stay in the choir room or designated area.

 

Fundraising Policy
1. No Fundraising money may be refunded or transferred to another MHS organization
2. Fundraising money can only be transferred within the immediate family.
3. Fundraising money may not be used for tickets to MHS Choir Performances or Banquets.
4. Fundraising money that is not used by the end of the school year will be transferred to the general choir fund.
5. Fundraising money has a sole purpose to be use towards trips for the choir department.
Fundraising Opportunities for Trips and Beginning of the Year Choir Expenses
• Sponsorship Sale
• Poinsettia Sale. This year only, the Poinsettia sale will carry over to 2020-2021 to pay for the NYC trip.
 
We travel to New York City every three years. This is incredible trip! Plan ahead now.

 

 


TMEA All State Audition Process

All MHS choir students are highly encouraged to participate in the TMEA All-State Auditions.

Once a singer is registered for a contest, if he chooses to not participate for any reason he will be required to pay a cancellation fee to cover the cost of their hotel, transportation, and entry fee(s).

The Texas Music Educators Association (TMEA) sponsors All-State Choirs (Mixed, Women’s, and Men’s) each year in February and the Region Choirs in November. Singers are selected throughout the entire state of Texas through a series of tryouts. The entire process is based on individual effort and is an individual accomplishment. Singers must be personally motivated to learn the music as well as work on sight-reading skills. According to TMEA policy, you must be an active member of the MHS Choir Department. An active member must have attendance according to school policy and be academically eligible. Our department offers many opportunities to learn the music, including after school rehearsals and in-class lessons. The process is very strenuous; however, rewards for those who compete are tremendous.

The various levels in the process are:


2019 All State Audition Dates and Locations

  • District audition, September 14, Oak Ridge HS
  • Region audition, October 19, Klein Forest HS
  • Prearea, December 3, The Woodlands HS
  • AREA, January 11, The Woodlands HS
  • All State Choir Event, February 12-15, San Antonio, TX

 

Region Choir Rehearsal November 12, 6:00-8:00 pm, Tomball Memorial HS
Region Choir Weekend, November 15 & 16, Klein HS



Private Voice Lessons

We encourage all choir students to study voice privately. This helps in preparation for TMEA auditions, Solo and Ensemble Competition, and Varsity Choir auditions. Voice lessons will help you develop your individual vocal capabilities and contribute even more to your ensemble.

There are a variety of ways to take voice lessons at Montgomery. You can study voice through the MISD Voice Lesson Program. If interested, please speak to your choir directors. 

Here is the form to sign up for private voice lessons:

https://forms.gle/t2LtYXN9AWsSwjDH9

Only MHS Choir Students are eligible to take private lessons with the MHS Voice Staff. In addition to the MHS Voice Staff, there are also a number of private voice instructors in the Montgomery Area. Students planning to take voice outside of MHS should inform their director that they are studying privately.

Texas Future Music Educators

The Texas Future Music Educators was established in 2004 to support students who have an interest in a music education career. The purpose of the chapters is for members to provide service to their school music programs and to prepare for entry into college music programs.












Tri-M Music Honor Society

 

Requirements

 

Applications are open to All choir students grades 9-12 who have:

 

1. Earned an A in choir during the 1st semester.
 2. Earned a B average in all other classes.
 (Take your semester grades and add them together and divide by the number of classes. This number must be 80 or above to apply).
 3. Earned a First Division on a UIL Solo
 4. Character and Citizenship
 5. Choir director recommendation.
 6. Pay a $30 application fee.

 

How to apply:
 1. Complete student form online.
 2. Submit a Gradebook printout of your semester grades and $30 cash in an envelope.

This application must be completed by Monday, February 19 by 3:00 pm.


In addition, the Gradebook printout and $30 must be turned in.


 Late applications will not be accepted.

https://goo.gl/forms/eUsMQUBIOBNAh5T22

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Accepted applicants will be recognized at Music Honors Night and then later inducted.  


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Choir Sponsorships are due on September 6. 2019.

Please check back to see the 2019-2020 Choir Sponsors.

Texas Music Merit Scholar Award

presented to students who apply and meet the following criteria:
1. Is a viable member of the school’s parent musical organization for the entire school year.
2. Maintains in all cumulative coursework an overall “A” average as defined by the local school district for the current school year.
3. Maintains academic eligibility for the entire school year.
4. Participates in all scheduled events of the parent organization.
5. Attends, as an audience member, two director-approved concert events of high school, collegiate or professional level during a school year.
6. Has auditioned, been selected, and participated in a Region Choir
7. Performs a UIL Prescribed Music List Class 1 solo for a competition or public performance.
8. Consistently exhibits behavior which brings honor to the parent organization, school and community.


 

awards

(Name - Graduating year from MHS - College attending - Degree)

Sarah Rickman, 2019, University of Washington, Music Education

Paige Clift, 2019, SFA, Music Education

Emily Le Blanc, 2019, SFA, Music Education

Lamar Sammons, 2019, Lamar University, Music Education

Emma Cockerham, 2019, University of North Texas, Music Education

Melanie McCreary, 2018, University of Houston

Jennifer Mejia, 2017 Sam Houston State University, Bachelor of Music Education, Voice

Tyler Hermes, 2017 Sam Houston State University, Bachelor of Music Education, Voice

David Ferguson, 2016 University of Houston, Bachelor of Music, Voice

Elaina Johnson, 2016 University of Texas, Austin, Bachelor of Music Business

Christopher Orr, 2016 Baylor University, Bachelor of Music, Church Music, Voice

Abby Orr, 2015 Oberlin Conservatory, Bachelor of Music, Voice Performance

Carly Orr, 2015 Baylor University, Bachelor of Music, Voice Performance

Justin Brock, 2015 University of Houston, Bachelor of Music, Education, Voice Emphasis

Emily Holguin, 2015, Oklahoma City University, Bachelor of Arts, Musical Theatre

Stephanie Hord, 2011, Hardin Simmons, Bachelor of Music Education, Voice Emphasis

Rheagan Blackwell, 2010, Baylor University, Bachelor of Music Education, Voice Emphasis

Cameron Carnley, 2010, LSU, Bachelor of Music Education, Voice Emphasis

Caroline Hymel, 2010, Belmont University, Commercial Voice

Kyle Walker, 2010, Baylor University, Bachelor of Music, Church Music

Bille Bruley, 2007, Baylor University, Bachelor of Music, Voice Performance. Pursuing M.M. Opera Performance

Christina Taylor, 2007, UTSA, Bachelor of Music, Voice Performance

Andrew Sullivan, 2006, Baylor University, Bachelor of Music, Voice Performance & Pre Med

Allison Cadenhead Hartzell, 2004, University of North Texas, Class of 2004, Bachelor of Music Education, Voice Emphasis

 

 

MUSIC CAREERS

Medical Field

Music Therapy

What is Music Therapy?
A career in music therapy offers challenge, opportunity, and distinctive rewards to those interested in working with people of all ages with various disabilities. Music therapists are employed in many different settings including general and psychiatric hospitals, community mental health agencies, rehabilitation centers, day care facilities, nursing homes, schools and private practice. Music therapists provide services for adults and children with psychiatric disorders, mental retardation and developmental disabilities, speech and hearing impairments, physical disabilities, and neurological impairments, among others. Music therapists are usually members of an interdisciplinary team that supports the goals and objectives for each client within the context of the music therapy setting.

Is Music Therapy a Good Career Possibility for Me?
A music therapist should have a genuine interest in people and a desire to help others empower themselves. The essence of music therapy practice involves establishing caring and professional relationships with people of all ages and abilities. Empathy, patience, creativity, imagination, an openness to new ideas, and understanding of oneself are also important attributes. Because music therapists are musicians as well as therapists, a background in and love of music are also essential. Individuals considering a career in music therapy are advised to gain experience through volunteer opportunities or summer work in nursing homes, camps for children with disabilities, and other settings which serve the needs of people with disabilities.

What Career Opportunities are Available for Music Therapists?
Opportunities for employment are available to the registered music therapist, not only in traditional clinical settings, such as agencies serving individuals with emotional, developmental, or physical disabilities, but in new and expanding areas of health care delivery. For example, music therapists are now employed in hospice care, substance abuse programs, oncology treatment centers, pain/stress management clinics, and correctional settings. Additionally, many music therapists work in special education settings where they provide either direct services to students with disabilities or function as consultants for music educators and special educators. A recent hearing before the U.S. Senate's Special Committee on Aging and the subsequent passage of the Older Americans Act of 1992 have increased the recognition of music therapy's value, as well as employment opportunities.

Where do Music Therapists Work?

Inpatient psychiatric unit, School, Private practice, Intermediate care facility/mental retardation, University, Nursing home, State institution, Geriatric facility, Community mental health center, Inpatient medical unit, Drug/alcohol program, Group home, Outpatient clinic, Correctional facility, Hospice

Music Therapist
Primarily, a music therapist uses music as an aid in healing, relieving pain, providing emotional comfort, and even entertaining patients with various mental and physical health related ailments. A music therapist develops a treatment plan and applies various strategic techniques to accomplish goals for the patient’s improvement. It is also a unique opportunity to help and contribute to improving the life of patients who are at various stages of illness and recovery. Music therapists work either freelance or in clinical settings such as in hospitals, nursing homes, psychiatric centers, oncology and pain management treatment centers, as well as in drug treatment programs, correctional facilities and in hospice care programs.

Doctor of Otolaryngology (Head and Neck Surgery)

Music Business/Management

Personal Manager (or Artist Manager, Agent)
Personal managers represent one or more musical groups or artists, and oversee all aspects of an act's career. They deal with and advise the act(s) on all business decisions and many of the creative decisions an artist must make, and attempt to guide the artist's rise to the top.

Booking Agent (or Talent Agent)
Booking agents work to secure performance engagements for musical artists and groups. They work to find talent to book, and may be involved with developing the talent toward a goal. They must possess good communication skills to sell talent and develop contacts in the music industry. They often work closely with an act's Manager, and may be involved in setting the fee and negotiating with promoters or clubs. A booking agent is paid a percentage of the negotiated fee for an act's performance.

Concert Promoter
The concert promoter presents, organizes, advertises, and in many cases, finances concerts at performance venues such as arenas, festivals, clubs, church buildings, auditoriums, etc. The promoter often secures money for the concert by finding others to share in the profits/expenses. However, it is often times the concert promoter who absorbs all the financial risk.

Independent Radio Promoter
The Independent Radio Promoter (IRP) has a similar role as that of a Promotional Staffer at a record label, except the IRP is usually employed by an Independent Radio Promotions Company or they may work freelance. Often times a record label, artist/band or manager will hire the services of an Independent Radio Promotions Company to generate airplay of a particular song or record.  The IRP contacts radio station program directors, music directors, and disc jockeys in a local, regional, national or even an international market. They set up appointments with these station people and bring a number of new album releases as well as a supply of promotional or press material relating to the artist or band. An IRP may socialize frequently with program directors and music directors to help improve the chances that a radio station will add a song to its playlist. An IRP often will often take key radio station personnel out to lunch, dinner, or for drinks. They may also bring a program director to a club in order to listen to a group play a song(s) live and gauge audience response.

Entrepreneur (Music Business)
A person who organizes, operates, and assumes the risk for a music business venture. Some common businesses started by music entrepreneurs are: Recording Studio Facility, Private Teaching Practice, Performing Band, Booking Agency, Artist Management, Music Retail, Music Publishing Company, Record Label, etc.

Retail Sales Management
A Retail Sales Manager works, runs and operates a retail music store. Duties would include employee supervision, training, ordering, coordinate the timing and arrival of distribution shipments to the store, budgetary and financial planning, and coordinate sales promotions for specific CDs.

Entertainment Attorney
An entertainment attorney handles any contractual matters conceivable within the Entertainment industry. Entertainment attorneys can be freelance, hired on retainer or as an employee of a company or business within the entertainment industry. Entertainment attorneys generally specialize in one of three separate fields within the entertainment industry: Sports, Film and Television, and Music. An attorney that specializes in the music industry usually has a solid depth of understanding with regard to copyright laws and artist/band agreements with managers, publishers, record labels, booking agents, etc. Successful completion of Law school and a state bar exam are requisites for being an entertainment attorney as well.

Business Manager
The business manager handles the financial affairs of musicians and entertainers. Most have degrees in business administration with concentration in accounting or management. The business manager should have knowledge of negotiating, accounting skills, investments, and a thorough knowledge of tax laws.

Music Supervisor (Music Licensing/Clearance)
A music supervisor may act as an A&R scout to find and license popular songs (as source music) for a film, TV soundtrack or other media format.

Music Business Consultant
The Music Business Consultant advises his/her clients, who are generally artists, music industry professionals or entrepreneurs, on music business strategy for their career or business.

Contractor (or Leader)
A contractor is responsible for hiring musicians or road crew staff and tending to all the necessary contract obligations through the appropriate union organizations. It is in the contractors best interest to procure the best talent possible while working within given budget guidelines.


Record Label Business Careers

Record Company Executive
This person would usually be employed at a record label and be a director, vice-president or president of any of the various departments or areas therein.

A&R Coordinator
The main duty of the Artist & Repertoire coordinator is to find talent for the company to sign. A&R Coordinators search for new talent by visiting clubs, going to showcases, listening to tapes and demo recordings, and watching videotapes of acts performing. He or she is often responsible for helping find songs for the artists signed to the record label.

A&R Administrator
The Artist & Repertoire Administrator works in the Artist & Repertoire Department along with the A & R coordinator. In large companies, the A&R administrators are responsible for clerical functions within the department, planning budgets for artists signed to the label, and working on the annual or semiannual budget for all artists' expenditures. They must analyze previous budgets, and prepare a budget proposal with projected cost estimates for recording current acts. They also monitor the budget in relation to the expenses throughout the year. Staying within a budget means that the A&R administrator is doing his or her job. The individual might work exclusively with one or two studios in order to build up a great volume of studio time. With this volume, the A&R administrator can often receive discounts on time. They also keep track of all money spent for recording studio time, session musicians, talent, and miscellaneous expenses.

Director of Publicity (or Public Relations Director)
The Director of Publicity supervises the record label publicity department and develops and oversees publicity campaigns. As director, this person oversees all the work that is performed by the staff of the department.

Publicist (or Staff Publicist, Press Agent)
A Publicist handles the publicity and press needs of acts signed to a label. Publicity helps the label sell records and produce income. A publicist must be able to get an artist's name in the news (magazines, music trades, TV, radio, etc.) as often as possible. This is accomplished by writing press releases, sending them to the correct media, talking to media about acts, and arranging interviews. The Publicist often arranges a series of print interviews, radio interviews, and TV appearances in conjunction with the release of a new record. Staff publicists spend a lot of time on the telephone, and are usually the first to send out promotional copies of new records and other important materials to the media. After a new record is released, a publicist may work with the A&R or promotional departments on a showcase booking of the group, and make arrangements for a press party.

Assistant Publicist
Assists the publicist, compiling press kits, writing press releases, and double-checking information for accuracy.

Artist Relations Representative (Artist Development Representative)
The Artist Relations Representative's responsibility is to represent the label's interest to the artist/band and the artist/band's interest to the label, and maintain proper communication, cooperation and mutual understanding between the two entities. This person's job is to make the artist feel appreciated by the label by thoughtful gestures such as buying flowers, writing letters, arranging promotional appointments that coincide with a new tour, album release or career milestone such as having a certified Gold or Platinum album. If there is a problem or concern that the label or artist have with the each other, the Artist Relations Representative will seek to mediate the situation. The Artist Relations Representative may also advise the artist on creative/performing related issues as well.

Promotional Staffer
The prime function of the promotional staffer is contacting radio station program directors to generate airplay for the label's records. Promotional staffers will work closely with program directors, music directors, and disc jockeys in these markets. They set up appointments with these station people and bring a number of the label's new album releases as well as a supply of promotional or press material relating to the artist or band. A promotional staffer may socialize frequently with program directors and music directors to help improve the chances that a radio station will add a song to its playlist. Promotion Staffers often take key radio station personnel out to lunch, dinner, or for drinks. They may also bring a program director to a club in order to listen to a group play a song(s) live and gauge audience response.

Advertising Account Executive
An Advertising Account Executive develops advertising campaigns for a record label's products. This person must be creative, aggressive, have good sales skills and may have advertising experience in another area, as well as a strong knowledge of music.

Salesperson (Record Label)
A record label salesperson establishes a relationship with various accounts to sell the company's products, and provide continuing service to the accounts. Accounts may include retail stores, rack jobbers and one-stops.

Regional Sales Manager
The regional sales manager is responsible for supervising the selling of the label's records and tapes to wholesalers and/or retail outlets in a specific region, creating sales campaigns and policies, and overseeing sales staff.

Marketing Representative
The marketing representative is responsible for overseeing specific markets, and reporting sales of records to radio stations and trade publications.

Field Merchandiser (or Merchandiser)
The field merchandiser is in charge of distributing and explaining merchandising promotions to record stores/departments in specific markets.

Consumer Researcher
A consumer researcher researches and analyzes consumer-buying practices for the record company. This person should have knowledge of research and analytical methods, the ability to write reports, and knowledge of the music business and record industry.

College Representative (or Campus Representative)
College Representatives are responsible for promoting a record label's products to students on campus or perhaps to music retailers. They are students working toward a degree who have an interest and/or skill in the music industry, and often times are a music business major in college.

Music Publishing Business Careers

Music Publisher
Music publishers are responsible for acquiring the copyrights to songs and publishing them. They may work for a very large music publishing company and perform one or two specific duties as a music publisher. They may work for a relatively small firm and fulfill a variety of functions. Many individuals in music publishing or songwriting become independent music publishers, running their own music-publishing firm. The goal of the music publisher is to find and acquire potential hit songs (copyrights) and songwriters, promote them for financial gain and serve as copyright administrator whereby tracking, licensing and payment collection can be done efficiently. A good music publisher has knowledge of all facets of the music business, an understanding of music industry dynamics, an ability to hear hit tunes, knowledge of copyrights laws, and contacts in the music business.

Song Plugger (Professional Manager)
Song-Pluggers or Professional Managers work for a music publisher, and perform the administrative functions of music publishers. They also work to add new possible hits to the publisher's catalog, and to find acts to record these songs, generating income for the publisher. Professional managers seek to have a song covered and recorded by as many artists as possible and attempt to make the tune a "standard." Song-Pluggers rely heavily on their contacts in the music business to accomplish their job, and must have great communication skills. The Song-Plugger may provide creative input into a band or artist's demo since they have a good understanding of what the industry is looking for.

Tour/Road Work Business Careers


Tour Coordinator
The tour coordinator is responsible for coordinating the many facets of an act's tour, including travel, lodging, arranging for services, and budgeting for expenses.

Road Manager
Road managers handle the problems that occur while an act is traveling. They supervise equipment, sound, and light personnel.

Tour Publicist
The tour publicist is responsible for publicizing an act's tour to both fans and the media through press releases, press conferences, and special promotions.

Advance Person
The advance person is responsible for arriving ahead of the act to prepare for a concert, and assisting the tour coordinator or road manager with details prior to the show.

Sound Technician
Sound technicians are responsible for high quality sound during the live performance. They usually arrive at the concert sight before the performers and are involved in unloading and setting up the equipment and instruments along with the road crew. The sound technician supervises the placement of equipment, and works with the talent during the sound check to achieve the best sound. They may even work a soundboard during the actual performance.

Composition

Arranger (Adaptor)
An arranger provides musical arrangements of a musical composition or song for an artist, band, orchestra or other ensemble. The arranger determines the voice, instrument, harmonic structure, rhythm, tempo and other aspects of a song or composition, based on the artist, producer or conductor's specifications. Training in music theory, orchestration, composition, and harmony is required. An arranger should have experience as a copyist, writing music and playing one or more instruments.

Producer
Producers work mainly with recording acts and record labels to produce records. They also work with composers and produce sound recordings for film, TV and other forms of multimedia as well. The producer supervises all aspects of the recording process including contracting session players and overseeing the recording budget, and a producer may also help the artist select songs to be recorded. Preferably, a producer should be an excellent musician with a lot of performing experience, and have a great depth of musical, acoustical and studio technical knowledge.

Orchestrator
An orchestrator is responsible for transposing music from one instrument or voice to another in order to accommodate a particular musician or group, and writing scores for an orchestra, band, choral group, individual instrumentalist(s) or vocalist(s).

Composer
A composer creates instrumental pieces, either to stand-alone or to be combined with lyrics. They may compose for a specific situation such as film/TV composers who score/compose music to enhance videos or films, or they may compose for live performance and/or recording situations.

Film Scorer/Composer
A film scorer/composer scores music to accompany a motion picture for film or television. This could include dramatic underscore as well as popular songwriting. The traditional role of a film composer is to provide the orchestral dramatic underscore, and only more recently has the popular soundtrack begun to stand on its own.

Jingle Writer
A jingle writer is a songwriter/composer/lyricist who specializes in writing music for radio and television commercials. They are responsible for representing their client musically as directed. They must be skilled in all styles, be strong, musical arrangers and able to compose well for a very short form.

Songwriter
A songwriter writes both lyrics and music and is either a staff writer with a publishing company or a freelance songwriter. A songwriter may also perform and/or produce their own songs.

Transcriber
A transcriber notates musical performances onto a score from a recorded performance.

Copyist
A copyist transfers musical parts from a score onto individual parts. This person must have strong notation and transposition skills, training in music theory, as well as neat and accurate copy work.

Conductor
A conductor's main duty is preparing an orchestra or ensemble for the finest performance they are capable of presenting. This includes choosing the repertoire, rehearsals, and possibly planning an entire season of musical events, as well as handling all other business-related matters of an orchestra. A conductor must have a strong ability on an instrument (preferably piano), be able to sight read, and have a strong stage personality.

Film Scoring

Film Composer
A film composer scores music to accompany a motion picture for film or television. This could include dramatic underscore as well as popular songwriting. The traditional role of a film composer is to provide the orchestral dramatic underscore, and only more recently has the popular soundtrack begun to stand on its own.

Music Editor
A music editor is responsible for mixing and synchronizing the music with the film, and mixing the music with the film soundtrack. The music editor must be versatile, and possess a great musical sensitivity, a keen ear for balance, and awareness of how music can make or break a dramatic scene; all combined with knowledge of the special technology used in synchronizing music tracks to film or tape.

Programmer (Sequencing)
The Programmer utilizes music sequencing software and sometimes notation software to produce MIDI keyboard/synthesizer tracks for inclusion in the film score. Other times, a programmer will sequence a piece of music or a composition by this means, which will allow the composer and music editor an opportunity to hear the composition before it reaches the scoring stage. This is considerably cheaper than hiring a full orchestra and enables the composer to identify errors in the score before it gets to the scoring stage.

Orchestrator
The film music orchestrator is responsible for writing scores for an orchestra, band, choral group, individual instrumentalist(s), or vocalist(s). Also, an orchestrator transposes music from one instrument or voice to another in order to accommodate a particular music instrument, musician or group. Often times, the orchestrator will also be the conductor during the film scoring sessions.

Music Supervisor (Theme Specialist: Film/TV)
The film producer hires the music supervisor. He/she may act as an A&R scout to find and license popular songs for inclusion as theme or background music within the film (called source music) and/or selecting songs for the soundtrack. Sometimes the music supervisor may be in charge of only the songs for the soundtrack, and other times he may]' be in charge of all the music involved with a film, including hiring and supervising the film composer for dramatic scoring.

Contractor
A film/TV music contractor is responsible for hiring the musicians and tending to all the necessary contract obligations through AFM (American Federation of Musicians). It is in the contractor's best interest to procure the best talent possible while working within his/her budget guidelines.

Film Arranger (Adaptor)
The film arranger provides musical arrangements of a musical composition or song for film and/or TV usage. The arranger determines the voice, instrument, harmonic structure, rhythm, tempo and other aspects of a song or composition, based on the conductor or, film producer's specifications. Training in music theory, orchestration, composition, and harmony is required. An arranger should have experience as a copyist, writing music and playing one or more instruments.

Film Conductor
A film conductor's main duty is preparing an orchestra or ensemble for the finest performance possible in a film scoring session. This includes preparing the musicians for the sessions via rehearsals, and all other business affairs related to leading an orchestra. A conductor should have a strong ability on an instrument, in-depth musical knowledge, be able to sight read, and have great interpersonal and leadership skills to interact with film composers, studio orchestra players, music editors, orchestrators and copyists. During a scoring session the conductor is able to hear the comments of the producer in the studio control room and direct the musicians/orchestra accordingly.

Copyist (Music Preparation)
In the film music industry a copyist's job is also called music preparation. The copyist transfers musical parts from a score onto individual parts. This person must have strong notation and transposition skills, training in music theory, attention to detail, as well as neat and accurate copy work.

Assistant to the Composer
An assistant to the composer acts as a liaison between the composer and various other entities in the film, television and music industry. The main responsibility for the Assistant to the Composer is to allow the film composer time to do what he does best, which is composing. This is usually an entry-level position and provides a unique perspective on the film making process.

Sound Designer (Synthesis Specialist)
Design synthesized music and sound effects to compliment and aid the music score.

Music Education

Elementary/Primary School Music Teacher
Elementary School Music Teachers work in public, private, or parochial schools. Their duties vary depending on the school and the ages and grades they teach, but for the most part they teach a general music class in grades kindergarten through the sixth (6th), introducing students to the different aspects of music, and the varying degrees of skill study. They must often follow guidelines for what they teach that are set up by the school music department heads, district music supervisors, and state music education supervisors.

Secondary School Music Teacher
Secondary school music teachers generally teach in grades seventh (7th) through twelfth (12th), and they work in public, private, or parochial schools. Their duties vary depending on the type of job they are hired for. They may teach specifically on one instrument, or many. They may be responsible for leading a school band, orchestra, or choir, and for putting on school concerts and competitions. They may handle rehearsals and conduct the school groups as well.

College/Conservatory/University Music Educator
College/Conservatory/University Music Educators may be hired for a variety of different positions. They may be brought into a school as a general music educator to teach areas of music theory, music arranging, music history, or vocal or instrumental performance. Educators are also hired to coach chamber music groups or to conduct choruses or orchestras.

Private Instructor
A private instructor usually does not work through a school, but gives individual instruction to students on a regular basis. They set their own fees, unless contracted by a music store or teaching group, and develop their own teaching plans and guidelines. Private instructors may work alone out of an office or home, with a group of teachers or at a music store that offers lessons. They may teach individual lessons or offer group lessons. Lessons generally run 45 minutes to one hour and are usually scheduled once a week. They may teach at different levels of skill, from beginners to professionals.

Choir Director
A choir director provides direction and guidance to a vocal group or choir in a school, church, or elsewhere in the community. The Choir Director is responsible for researching and selecting material, rehearsing and conducting the choir, and preparing and presenting public performances of the choir.

Music Education Supervisor (or School Music Supervisor)
A school music supervisor is responsible for directing and coordinating activities of teaching personnel who are engaged in instructing students in vocal and instrumental music in a specific school or school system. This person may teach a few days a week and administer programs in the remaining days. The music supervisor plans and develops the music education curriculum.

Independent Primary or Secondary School Music Teacher
These teachers work specifically at private, independent, parochial or in cooperative home school programs. Usually, state certification is not required to work at these schools.

Music Librarian
The Music Librarian is responsible for cataloging scores, recordings and song folios, and they work primarily at an educational institution such a school, college or university. Employers in this field generally prefer a Masters degree in Library Science.

Music Production/Engineering

Producer
The producer functions as a creative leader of any studio, film, television or radio recording project. Producers work mainly with recording acts and record labels to produce records. They also work with composers and produce sound recordings for film, TV and other forms of multimedia as well. The producer supervises all aspects of the recording process including contracting session players and overseeing the recording budget. A producer may also help the artist select songs to be recorded. Preferably, a producer should be an excellent musician with a lot of performing experience, and have a great depth of musical, acoustical and studio technical understanding.

Engineer
The recording engineer operates the soundboard and other electrical equipment during the recording of music. Recording engineers run the recording session with oversight from the producer. They may also be responsible for setting up equipment in the studio prior to the session, and discussing with the producer or musical act what they want for the end product to sound like. It is the Engineer's subsequent responsibility to craft a recording that meets the producer artist or band's desires. The engineer may also be responsible for mixing down the recorded tracks into the finished product.

Assistant Engineer
The assistant engineer works in the recording studio and is responsible for assisting the recording engineer with setup, recording tracks, and mixing. He works as directed by the recording engineer.

Production Assistant
As the producer's right hand person, the Production Assistant handles details for the producer such as contracting talent (musicians/vocalists) for sessions, scheduling studio time, placing telephone calls, sending e-mails ensuring everyone is aware of when and where the session will be held, assisting on the session, setting up the equipment in the studio for a session and/or returning it to its proper place after the session.

Studio Manager/Owner
The studio manager/owner is the person responsible for running the business of the recording studio and may be a sole or partial owner of the business. Studio managers are responsible for booking acts to record at the studio, scheduling engineers, marketing the studio, and budgetary accounting and providing for all the needs of a professional recording studio. He is also the in-house diplomat, acting as the liaison between engineers and clients and ensuring client satisfaction, and handling all financial transactions with clients.

Sound Technician
Sound technicians are responsible for high quality sound during the live performance. They usually arrive at the concert sight before the performers and are involved in unloading and setting up the equipment and instruments along with the road crew. The sound technician supervises the placement of equipment, and works with the talent during the sound check to achieve the best sound. They may even work a soundboard during the actual performance.

Acoustic Consultant
Acoustic consultants provide complete audio, video, and acoustic design services for performance spaces such as concert halls, arenas, stadiums, studios, convention facilities, clubs, churches and synagogues. Acoustical Consultants can provide an acoustical analysis of a particular venue, identify acoustical problems and make suggestions for equipment or interior design changes for fixing any problems.

Audio Engineer for Videos
This Engineer's specialty is making certain that the audio tracks are synchronized and equalized with the video.

Digital Remastering Engineer
This Engineer's responsibility is to take older analog masters, which are on vinyl, 8-track or audiocassette formats, and remaster them for release on CD or other digital mediums.

Live Sound Engineer
This engineer's primary responsibility is to operate the soundboard during a live performance. The live sound engineer is also involved in sound check and the placement of equipment in preparation for a live performance.

Recording Equipment Manufacturer's Rep/Customer Service
A Recording Equipment Manufacturer's Rep will usually work at the company's headquarters in a customer service/tech support role. They will also represent the company at trade shows or conferences and potentially serve as a product demonstrator. Usually, someone with strong playing ability as a musician is selected for this role.

Mastering Engineer (Post-Production Engineer)
This engineer is responsible for taking the final mixes of recordings that have been sent by a studio, band or artist for finishing touches such as EQ (equalization), over all effects and possibly compression.

Multimedia Developer (Interactive Multimedia Specialist)
The Multimedia Developer specializes in formatting and producing audio content for CD-Rom and websites. They primarily combine two or more of the following formats: text, still images, video, animation, or sound and prepare it as part of an interactive software package.

Rerecording Mixer (Film and Video)
If a film or business wants to use a particular song for a commercial or movie, they will often times rerecord the song or composition again in order to avoid having to negotiate and pay a hefty master licensing fee to a record label for use of the actual (master) recording. By rerecording the song they will only have to pay the mechanical licensing fee, which is a rate that is established by the U.S. government (currently, 8.0¢ per song, per unit that is five minutes and under in length, and 1.55¢ for each minute above five minutes) and is much cheaper than a master-licensing fee. Therefore, a Rerecording Mixer for film and video re-records a song or composition that already has been commercially released.

Record Company Staff
Many times successful producers and engineers who have a track-record of working with and identifying successful artists and bands, will be tapped for an executive level position at a record label, to oversee artist development, production, or A&R. These producers and engineers usually have had an exclusive agreement and history or working with the record label for several years, and the success of the producer or engineer has resulted in the success of the label.

Recording Studio Set Up Worker
This person is generally charged with the responsibilities of setting up for a recording session by arriving early before the session musicians, artist or band, setting up any necessary musical equipment such as amplifiers, the drum-set, microphones, running microphone cords, music stands, etc. This person is also generally the last person to leave since he/she is left with the responsibility of ensuring that all equipment is returned to its proper place.

Studio Designer
Studio Designers provide complete audio, video, and acoustic design services for recording facilities. Studio Designers can serve as consultants for designing or renovating studios for select and distinct purposes.

Studio Technician/Maintenance
The Studio Technician is extremely knowledgeable in the field of electrical engineering, circuitry and audio electronics. This person may work within the audio manufacturer's headquarters and/or conduct fieldwork, such as visiting a client's studio for customer service related issues or product repair.

Music Synthesis

Sound Designer
The Sound Designer is employed to develop a sound library of synthesized original sounds and effects for artists/bands, production and multimedia companies and music equipment manufacturers. The Sound Designer also uses various sophisticated electronic equipment to arrive at conclusions and find sonic solutions in their work.

Film/Video Sound Designer
The Film/Video Sound Designer designs creative sounds for images. As Berklee Music Synthesis faculty member Chris Noyes† states, "When the earth shakes in a film or video, what does it sound like? This is the job of the Film/Video Sound Designer." The Film Video Sound Designer would determine if this sound can be recorded, or if it would have to be created?

Digital Audio Editor
Most of the audio, music, sound effects, spoken word (dialogue) that we hear in TV and film productions is edited on digital audio systems. The Digital Audio Editor works with sound designers, composers and directors to put all these elements together in a highly controlled environment.

Performer
A music synthesis performer utilizes music technology and MIDI for live performance.

Studio Musician/Synthesist
This person plays and often programs synthesizers and other contemporary musical instruments within a studio context.

Synthesist/Producer
The Synthesist/Producer has the ability to creatively produce and incorporate (his/her own) sound design into the production process. The producer functions as the creative leader of any studio, film, television or radio recording project. Producers work mainly with recording acts and record labels to produce records. They also work with composers and produce sound recordings for film, TV and other forms of multimedia as well. The producer supervises all aspects of the recording process including contracting session players and overseeing the recording budget. A producer may also help the artist select songs to be recorded. A producer should be an excellent musician with a lot of experience, and have a great depth of musical, acoustical and studio technical understanding.

Composer
The composer in the music synthesis field has a particular specialty in using computer and MIDI technology throughout the entire composing and arranging process. A composer creates instrumental pieces, either to stand-alone or to be combined with lyrics. They may composes for a specific situation such as film/TV composers who score/compose music to enhance videos or films, or they may compose for live performance and/or recording situations.

Arranger
An arranger in the music synthesis field provides musical arrangements of a musical composition or song for an artist, band, orchestra or other ensemble, using computer and MIDI technology. The arranger determines the voice, instrument, harmonic structure, rhythm, tempo and other aspects of a song or composition, based on the artist, producer or conductor's specifications.

MIDI Pre-Producer
Whenever a film/TV composer is trying to be hired for a film scoring project, they will attempt to convey their ideas or musical themes to the film/TV director. In order to communicate his or her musical ideas effectively, they will often times hire a MIDI Pre-Producer to prepare their compositions in a MIDI studio where the orchestration can be economically realized. This is much more cost effective than hiring an entire orchestra to record your musical ideas and themes.

Jingle Writer
A jingle writer is a songwriter/composer/lyricist who specializes in writing music for radio and television commercials. The synthesist in this field has the ability to creatively produce and incorporate (his/her own) sound designs into the production process. They are responsible for representing their client musically as directed. They must be skilled in all styles, and be strong arrangers able to compose well for a very short form.

Educator
An educator in a music synthesis field would almost always teach in a higher education, college of university program.

Consultant (Other: Manufacturer Representative, Technical Support or Sales Representative)
A consultant in the field of music synthesis usually is employed by companies that manufacture and design technology based musical instruments and software. These music technology companies desire to have consultants with a musical and technological backgrounds and perspectives.

Multimedia Developer (Interactive Multimedia Specialist)
The Multimedia Developer specializes in formatting and producing audio content for CD-Rom and websites. They primarily combine two or more of the following formats: text, still images, video, animation, or sound and prepare it as part of an interactive software package.

Product Representative
The Product Representative tours and demonstrates the latest audio/MIDI software and musical instrument technology available to musicians and producers.

Computer Music Researcher
The Computer Music Researcher works at a graduate level institute of higher education and researches computer languages associated with algorhythmic composition and sound synthesis.

Music Performance

Performing Artist (Recording Artist/Group)
Performing artists specialize in the performance of music, either original or cover material. Their performing skill defines their marketability. The performing artist may work as a solo act with or without backing musicians, or be packaged as a group.

Vocal/Instrumental Soloist
A vocal/instrumental soloist is similar to a performing artist, and may perform in much the same capacity. But this artist may also work as a contracted performer with a group or in a recording situation. For example, an orchestra, church group or a recording ensemble may hire a soloist. When performing as a contracted soloist, he/she has a responsibility to rehearse and perform the selected music as directed by the group or project leader.

Session Musician
The session musician may be known as a studio musician, a session player, a sideman or woman, a freelance musician, or a backup musician. The main responsibility of the job is to backup the leader of a group in the recording studio, or possibly during a live performance, and play in a style or manner that the leader of the group or the producer desires. In addition to being a good musician, he or she must be responsible, reliable, and easy to get along with. It is also important to know how to sight-read and be familiar with a number of different styles, and preferably be proficient on more than one instrument. Session musicians are usually hired by a contractor and paid an hourly fee set by the union (AFM). A session musician may work on various types of projects, including television and film scores, records, demos, jingles, and other music industry gigs.

General Business Musician
A general business (GB) musician may work as a freelance artist or perform with a general business group. These groups maintain a widely varying repertoire to allow them to perform in almost any situation, including weddings, bar or bat mitzvahs, private parties, corporate functions, and dance clubs. GB musicians cover material by well-known recording artists in many different styles, and tailor their repertoire to clients' expressed desires. Many general business gigs may be formal dress occasions, so tuxedos and formal dresses are a necessity. The largest amount of work can be found in performances of this type, and pay is generally very good. A general business band may work through one or more booking agencies, and/or book themselves.

Orchestra/Group Member
An orchestra/group member plays a supporting role in a musical group as an instrumentalist. A vast knowledge of repertoire, musical skill, reading, and doubling ability are important qualities to develop, especially in the orchestral environment. Also important is the ability to play with a group, and to prepare and know the material before rehearsal. The responsibility of the orchestra/group member is to follow the directions of the group leader or conductor and perform prepared music, in performance and recording situations.

Background Vocalist
Background vocalists backup other singers and musicians on recordings, jingles/ television commercials, or in live performances. They may work full-time or on a free-lance basis, or travel with a performing act, holding responsibility for learning repertoire and attending rehearsals. Background vocalists must be versatile and flexible; those performing on recordings, jingles, or television/radio will need the ability to read music quickly and record it quickly with a minimum of errors. Harmony and improvisation abilities are a plus as well.

Floor Show Band
Floor show bands work in nightclubs, hotels, resorts, cruise ships, cafes, bars, and concert halls putting on show for patrons. They not only perform, they entertain! Show groups may perform many different types of music in their act. Show groups must have pizzazz, and usually involve extensive planning and rehearsal to appear professional at all times. Floor show groups may work in one place for a few days or even weeks before moving on to the next gig, and they travel frequently.

Theatre Musician
A theatre musician is an instrumentalist that plays in the pit orchestra of a music theatre production.

Theatre Performer
A Theatre Performer is a singer/actor or actress who performs in a music theatre production on stage.

Accompanist/Rehearsal Pianist
The accompanist/rehearsal pianist primarily works with vocalists and/or music theatre groups for rehearsals, live performance or audition settings.

Cantor
A cantor is a song leader in a Reformed, Conservative or Orthodox Jewish Synagogue/Temple Service, or Catholic or Christian Orthodox service. The cantor sings liturgical prayers and leads the worshippers in attendance to sing in a precise and measured "call and answer" type response to his/her own sung part or line.

Church Musician: Choir Director, Worship Leader, Praise & Worship Band Member, Organist, and Soloist
A musician or vocalist that plays, sings or conducts during the musical portion of a worship service.

Product Demonstrator
A product demonstrator is a musician that is employed by a music equipment manufacturer to demonstrate the company's product line at trade shows and conferences. Usually, someone with strong playing ability as a musician is selected for this role.

Other Music-Related Professions

Radio Disc Jockey
A disc jockey is an on-air personality responsible for introducing music, commercials, and news on a radio station. DJs should have a good speaking voice and an ability to project personality over the air.

Instrument Sales Representative
Instrument Sales Representatives sell musical instruments to instrument dealers for retail sale.

Intern
Interns perform tasks in specific departments of a record company while learning the business under the direction of management.

Music Shop Manager
Music shop managers manage and run music shops including buying and/or selling instruments, sheet music, equipment, and other music products.

Music Shop Salesperson
Music shop salespeople sell instruments, musical accessories, equipment, supplies, and sheet music to customers in a retail store.

Musical Instrument Builder/Designer
Musical instrument buidler/desigers build and/or custom design instruments for sale privately or through a shop or factory.

Rack Jobber
Rack jobbers supply records and tapes to shops whose main business is not the sale of records.

Record Shop (or Department) Manager
Record shop or department managers run a record shop or department on a day-to-day basis.

Record Shop Clerk
Record shop clerks sell records and tapes in record shops or departments.

Still More Jobs!

Author (Pedagogy, etc..)

Bow Repairer and Restorer

Computer Music Programmer

Director

Instrument Designer

Instrument Repair & Restoration

Music Critic/Journalist

Music Historian

Music Librarian

Nightclub Disc Jockey

Nightclub Manager

Orchestra Music Librarian

Piano Tuner/Technician

Repairing stringed instrument bows

Retail Sales/Management

Subscription and Ticket Service

MONTGOMERY HS CHORALE WOMEN

The Montgomery High School Chorale Women’s Choir is the select varsity women’s choir in Montgomery ISD, Montgomery, TX .

 

The Montgomery HS Chorale Women consists of 39 young women in grades 10-12. This choir performs in a variety of concerts and combines with the Chorale Men to form the Varsity Mixed Choir. The ChoraleWomen's Choir has a long history of UIL Sweepstakes Awards and convention performances at TMEA, ACDA and SWACDA.

 

This school year will mark the choir's 5th Convention performance in 12 years. Many students from theChorale Women are members of TFME and Tri-M music honor society, and are active in Regional and State Solo and Ensemble UIL Contests, as well as in Region and All-State choirs. These young women are role models in the high school and excel in all areas of academia.  They have proven to be leaders in the school and community.

 

Heather Orr serves as the Director of Choral Activities at Montgomery HS and director of the Chorale Women. During her 18 year tenure, the choir program has grown from 3 choirs to 10 choirs. A native Ohioan, Mrs. Orr holds a Bachelor of Music degree in Voice Performance from Heidelberg University and Master of Music in Vocal Pedagogy from The Ohio State University. Mrs. Orr is married and a mother of three college music majors and one high school sophomore who will sing in the convention choir. 


 
 
 
Links
           

Choral Public Domain Library
www.cpdl.org
Texas Music Educator's Association
http://www.tmea.org/
tri-m
Classical Choral Archives
http://www.classicalarchives.com/
tri-m
Texas Choral Director's Association
http://www.ensemble.org/tcda/
tri-m
Choral Net
http://www.choralnet.org/
tri-m
JW Pepper
www.jwpepper.com
tri-m
Music Rack
http://www.musicrack.com/
tri-m
CHARMS OFFICE
https://www.charmsoffice.com/
tri-m
TCDA
www.tcda.net
tri-m

Montgomery County Solo and Ensemble Contest 
Open to all Region 9 middle schools, junior highs, and homeschool students in grades 6-8

The Contest site is at Montgomery HS.
22825 Highway 105 West
Montgomery, TX October 24, 2019
4:00-7:30 pm
 
$11 per solo entry. 
$6 per student in each Ensemble.
 
Please bring books and music for solos and ensembles.
 
A Block of time will be assigned to each school.
 
Live accompaniment or accompaniment tracks will be supplied by the individual school director.
Again, this year, we will award medals for First Divisions and top students could be recognized with Outstanding Performer awards. 
 
Concessions will be available and sold.
 
Entries due September 27, 2019

Here is the entry form. 
 

2016-17

Senior Scholarship Winners

Tyler Hermes, SHSU, Music Education

Bethany Person, WTAM, Education

Cameron Gourley, SHSU, Kinesiology

Jennifer Mejia, SHSU, Music Education

Elizabeth Sells, UT Arlington, Japanese Studies

Application Link

https://goo.gl/forms/B1VWn2yskY5Uc9lw2 (opens external link in new window)

Completed Application due by 5:00 pm on Friday, May 5.


Senior Scholarship Criteria

1. Student is a current member of the choir program
2. Student has been accepted to a college
3. Student need not be majoring in music
4. Parents are current members of Choir Parents Association and have been for 4 years. (Retroactive payment if needed)
5. Parent/Adult designee must volunteer for 2 activities per year. (Retroactive if needed)
Application year procedure
1. Scholarships will be available from the counseling office.
2. Complete the application (participation chart included)
3.  2 letter of recommendation (one from a core teacher)
4. Transcript

 

Parents or Adult Representative can choose 2 from the following each year:
1. Choir Prep Day
2. Disney Tea Set up
3. Princess Tea tear down
4. Disney Tea decoration and food prep
5. Showtime set up
6. Showtime tear down
7. Veterans Reception
8. Madrigal Dinner set up
9. Madrigal Dinner tear down
10. Madrigal Dinner decorating
11. Broadway Night Reception
12. UIL Contest Chaperone
13. Variety Night set up
 Variety Night tear down
14. Banquet set up
15. Banquet tear down
16. Lake Conroe Classical Voice Competition for High School students
17. Selling tickets at 2 events in a school year (equals 1 activity).
18. Publicity for a choir event.
19. Board member
20. Any other volunteer service approved by director.
Since this is a new program and policy, the following involvement is needed.
 
2017-2018 current year membership
2018-2019 fulfill the criteria sophomore, junior and senior
2019-2020 fulfill the criteria freshmen, sophomore, junior and senior year.
2020-2021 fulfill the criteria freshmen, sophomore, junior and senior year.
*Membership and volunteerism can be retroactive.
 
All State Camp Scholarship
Open to current 9-11 graders
Criteria
1. Completed Application (including advancement chart)
2. Desire to be competitive in the All State process
3. Camp registration must be included.
4. Parents must be a current member of the Choir Parents Association.
5. Parents must volunteer 2 times during the current year of application.
All State Camp Scholarships can range from partial up to $250. Scholarships will be paid to the supporting organization

Princess and Superhero Tea Party Tickets on sale!
Singing, Dancing, Story time, Fashion Show and Character Meet and Greet!


You are invited to celebrate with your favorite Superhero and Princess at the Tea Party! 


Saturday, October 5 at Montgomery HS at 11:30 am.
Reserved seating only.

Click here to choose your seats. ?
https://montgomerychoir.ludus.com


Check out the video link below!

https://drive.google.com/file/d/1V1464ncPyAfZiZTUJivptRD9uxA1pfsD/view?usp=sharing

 


We hope to see you there! This performance is presented by the MHS Choir - Madrigals and Jazz Choir.


All children must be accompanied by an adult.
All are encouraged to dress as their favorite character!

 



Our Mission

Montgomery Independent School District, with an unyielding commitment to excellence, will provide a premier academic program that recognizes the unique potential of each student and integrates the intellectual, social, cultural and physical aspects of learning.  This program will empower each student to become an eager lifelong learner committed to academic excellence, integrity, responsible citizenship and service to others.

 

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